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Troy Hanson Named WKQX Program Director

Troy Hanson PJ Kling 101 WKQX Chicago Cumulus Media Program DirectorCumulus Corporate Program Director of Rock Formats Troy Hanson is adding additional duties as the day-to-day Program Director for Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago.

Hanson joined Cumulus in 2013 as the Corporate Program Director of Rock Formats and PD of Classic Rock “Rock 100.5” WNNX Atlanta. He handed the reigns of WNNX over to Greg Ausham last August. Before joining Cumulus, Hanson was Operations Manager of Cromwell’s Nashville stations. He has also programmed in Duluth, Saginaw, Milwaukee, Des Moines, Detroit and Miami.

He will be replacing PJ Kling, who Cumulus states is leaving for a position outside of the radio industry. Kling had overseen WKQX since its relaunch by Merlin Media as “Q87.7” in 2012.

Cumulus Media announces that it has named Troy Hanson as Program Director for Chicago Alternative station WKQX. In addition to his new role overseeing day-to-day programming for WKQX, Hanson will continue to oversee Rock Formats as Corporate Program Director, Rock Formats for Cumulus.

Hanson joined Cumulus in 2013 as Corporate Program Director, Rock Formats and as Program Director for WNNX/ROCK 100.5 in Atlanta. Prior to Cumulus, Hanson was Operations Manager for Cromwell Radio Group in Nashville. A 25-year programming professional, he has held various programming positions at stations in markets including: Duluth, MN; Saginaw, MI; Milwaukee; Des Moines; Detroit; Miami; Nashville and Atlanta.

Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “Troy continues to do an excellent job Corporate PD/Rock for Cumulus. His experience, combined with the need for WKQX to continue to excel, makes him the perfect candidate for this

Peter Bowen, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Chicago said: “We are very fortunate to have someone like Troy leading the charge at WKQX. His experience and leadership will only build upon our brand position and ratings success moving forward.”

Hanson said: “Cumulus has put together an amazing group of highly talented people in our Chicago cluster. Many thanks to John Dickey and Mike McVay for their continued trust in the course of direction our rock brands are charting and in particular, for this new assignment on WKQX– which is incredibly exciting.”

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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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