Ian ‘Slacker’ Richards Upped To 98.7 Amp Radio Program Director

Amp Radio 98.7 WDZH Detroit Rat & Puff Coop ShowCBS Radio CHR “98.7 Amp Radio” WDZH Detroit has promoted Ian ‘Slacker’ Richards to Program Director.

Richards joined WDZH fulltime in 2012 as Music Director/Afternoon host and added APD duties in 2015. He succeeds Tim Roberts as day-to-day WDZH Program Director, although Roberts remains in place as VP/Programming for CBS Radio Detroit and Program Director of Country 99.5 WYCD and Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC.

CBS RADIO Detroit’s WDZH-FM/98.7 AMP Radio announced today that APD/MD/Afternoon Drive Host, Ian “Slacker” Richards, has been promoted to Program Director. Richards will continue to host Afternoon Drive and can be heard 3:00PM – 7:00PM both on air and online at 987ampradio.com and through the Radio.com mobile app.

In 2003, Ian Richards started his radio career in Flint, Michigan as an intern at WQUS-FM and in 2005, Richards moved on to WRCL-Club 93.7 as Night Show Host and Music Director. In 2010, while still working at WRCL, Richards joined the WDZH team as a part-time air personality and in 2012, he left WRCL to become the full time Afternoon Drive Host/Music Director at the station. Richards added Assistant Program Director to his title in October 2015.

Tim Roberts, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Detroit, said, “Ian has demonstrated over and over an in-depth knowledge of the Top 40 format, music and artists. He is also a natural leader both on and off the air for our staff and the WDZH brand.”    

“I am excited to take WDZH to the next level and grow as a programmer! I’d like to thank our Market Manager, Debbie Kenyon, and some of the best programmers in the industry who helped me get to where I am today including, Michael Martin, Tim Roberts, Erik Bradley, Tim Rainey and Clay Church,” added Richards.

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