Cumulus Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH Newark NJ/New York has promoted Katie Neal to midday host.
Neal had been working on-air weekends at WNSH in addition to working in sales for sister Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ. Prior to coming to New York she hosted nights at Cumulus CHR 101.5 WBNQ Bloomington IL. Neal replaces Shila Nathan, who exited in November after just 11 months at the station.
Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Katie Neal to Midday Host on NASH FM 94.7/WNSH-FM in New York City. Neal joined Cumulus in 2011 as Evening Host for 101.5 WBNQ in Bloomington, IL. She moved to Cumulus Media-New York in 2013 as Weekend/Swing talent for NASH FM 94.7. She has also served Cumulus Media-New York as Account Executive for 95.5 WPLJ. Neal holds a B.A. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Illinois State University.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “Katie is the epitome of the American dream and underscores the new Cumulus’ commitment to talent. A small town girl from Illinois proves her abilities by working weekends and excelling at every job she is given. If that isn’t a country song waiting to be written, I don’t know what is.”
Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-New York, said: “There’s nothing better than growing your own… Katie’s drive, passion, and commitment to success is exciting to watch everyday. We’ve installed a new culture with FORCE values that has created an environment for Katie to achieve her goals. Katie is a great extension of the NASH FM 94.7 brand in New York.”
John Foxx, Program Director, NASH FM 94.7, said: “Katie’s skill set, love for country music, passion for this city and understanding of the NASH FM 94.7 brand creates the perfect alignment. There’s a lot of creativity in Katie’s execution. The investment that Katie has made in this product and in the relationship she has built on the dial, digital and social space has been explosive!”
Neal said: “I’m over the moon… This is more than a dream come true. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to play the music I grew up listening to for the most passionate listeners in the format. Thank you to Mike McVay, Chad Lopez, John Foxx and Mike Allan. I’m looking forward to an amazing 2017.”