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Chunky In At 98.7 The Bull; Many Others Exit Alpha Portland

98.7 The Bull KUPL 101.9 KINK Portland Chunky Howie Drummond Matt Sparx Alpha Media PortlandA fairly significant on-air turnover has taken place at Alpha Media’s Portland, OR cluster.

Incoming to mornings at Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL is former “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia morning host Chunky. With much of his previous experience in CHR, Chunky or “Big Boy” as he was formerly known also
worked at “Kiss 95.1” WNKS Charlotte, “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit, “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York, and “Z90” XHTZ San Diego. He will join incumbents Jake Byron and McKinzie Roth on “The Morning Bull Ride” starting May 11.

Missing from that show is Howie Drummond who was one of a few Alpha Media Portland staffers to be let go last week. Night host Matt Sparx also departs KUPL. At sister AAA 101.9 KINK, Program Director/Night Host Brad Dolbeer and Morning Co-Host Dan Merchant are among the reported exits.

Alpha Media Portland, OR announced today, Chunky will join the 98.7 The Bull Morning Bull Ride weekdays 5a-10a starting May 11th.

Originally from North Carolina, Chunky started his radio career in Charlotte doing nights at Kiss 95.1. From there, he transitioned to mornings in Boise and later had a successful run at nights in Detroit at Channel 955. Chunky also has extensive major market experience in NYC, San Diego and most recently hosting mornings at CBS’ Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia.

Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “Chunky is a funny, entertaining, witty talent with a passion for country music who loves everything the Northwest has to offer. His energy and charismatic personality is a formula for success and we can’t wait to see him take the bull by the horns.”

“I want to thank EVERYONE who has ever been instrumental in my radio career and who has helped me get to where I’m at today! I am really looking forward to being under the Alpha Media umbrella. I LOVE the mission of this company and the drive and willingness they have to win! This is real radio at its grassroots finest! 98.7 The Bull is a legendary country signal that is revered in PORTLAND and I’m excited to bring my style of morning radio here and make everyone’s mornings a little more fun!

Thanks to Scott Mahalick, Phil Becker and all the good people at Alpha that made this happen! And thanks again to every single PD, GM and exec that has ever hired me in the past!” remarked Chunky.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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