Cumulus Media has hired Lance Tidwell to serve as Operations Manager of their Kansas City cluster and PD of Talk 710 KCMO/103.7 K279BI.
Tidwell recently exited his position as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio following the elimination of his position. Despite most of his career being spent in Country formats, Cumulus does not have a Country station in Kansas City.
Cumulus Media announces that it has named 21-year radio programming professional Lance Tidwell as Cluster Operations Manager of Cumulus Media-Kansas City’s seven-station cluster and Chiefs Radio Network. He will also be the Program Director for KCMO Talk Radio 710/103.7. Cumulus Media-Kansas City owns and operates: 101 The Fox (KCFX-FM), 94.9 KCMO, 105.1 JACK FM (KCJK-FM), 95.7 The Vibe (KCHZ-FM), Magic 107.3 (KMJK-FM), KCMO Talk Radio 710/103.7, and 102.5 The Underground (KCMO-HD2). Cumulus Media-Kansas City also operates Chiefs Radio Network, the official radio network for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tidwell was previously SVPP, iHeartMedia-San Antonio and SVPP, iHeartMedia-Tucson, and prior to that, was Program Director for Clear Channel’s WWYZ-FM in Hartford/New Haven, CT. He also served as Program Director of KQFC-Boise and WGKX-Memphis for Citadel Broadcasting. Earlier in his career, Tidwell was Operations Manager for Clear Channel stations KTOM-Monterey/Salinas, CA, and for WCOS in Columbia, SC. Tidwell attended Auburn University and is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served in the Gulf War.
Donna Baker, Midwest Regional Vice President and Kansas City Market Manager for Cumulus Media said: “As Cumulus CEO Mary Berner has said, “Programming is the oxygen of Cumulus”. With his vast experience and success record, Lance is the ideal choice to lead our outstanding local programming teams and partner with me in Cumulus KC as Operations Manager.”
Doug Hamand, Vice President of Programming Operations for Cumulus Media said: “Lance Tidwell is an amazing programmer with incredible vision and insight. He and the Cumulus-Kansas City team will be very successful in a very short time.”
Tidwell said: “I am thrilled to join the Kansas City Cumulus team, and am anxious to get started and to work closely with local leadership, programming and talent to grow ratings and revenue. I want to thank Donna Baker, Doug Hamand and Mike McVay for this opportunity to help make a difference during such a dynamic time.”