Cliff Smithers Named WRQN PD/Morning Host
Cumulus Classic Hits 93.5 WRQN Bowling Green/Toledo OH has appointed Cliff Smithers as its new Program Director/Morning Host.
Smithers rejoins the Cumulus Toledo cluster from Maumee Valley Broadcasting Association Christian AC “102.3 The Promise” WPOS-FM where he served as PD/Afternoon Host/Morning Co-host. He fills the vacancy created by Mark Elliott’s resignation in May to relocate to Columbus where he is now working in sales for the Tom Kent Radio Network.
Smithers previously spent 21 years at the Cumulus Toledo cluster including 12 years in afternoons at sister Country “K100” 99.9 WKKO.
Cumulus Media announces that Cliff Smithers joins Classic Hits-formatted WRQN-FM in Toledo as Program Director and Morning Personality. Smithers will debut on The WRQN Breakfast Show on Monday, August 8, 2016, from 5AM-9AM EST. This marks a homecoming for Smithers, who started his radio career at Cumulus Media-Toledo, where he was on-air for 21 years from 1989 through 2010, hosting shows on WTOD-AM 1560, WRQN-FM, and on K100 (WKKO). His other on-air positions include shows on WIOG in Saginaw, MI; WGRV in Detroit; and CBS Radio-Detroit’s WOMC and WYCD.
Bill Michaels, Cumulus Media-Toledo Operations Manager, said: “We are thrilled to have Cliff come on board as PD/Morning talent for WRQN. Cliff’s market heritage, knowledge of the format and social media skills make him the perfect fit!”
Smithers said: “I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Cumulus/Toledo as PD at 93-5 WRQN. I would like to say thank you to Andy Stuart, Bill Michaels, Mike McVay and Doug Hamand for believing in me and giving me this awesome opportunity. WRQN is staffed with true professionals and I am very excited to work with such a great team! I would also like to say thank you to Gary Shores and Harvey Steele at WKKO/K100 for being mentors to me over the years in this business. I feel honored to step into this position at such a great radio station and am excited to get to work!”