Jonathan Steele Joins 98.5 Kiss-FM Peoria As Program Director

98.5 Kiss-FM Peoria Jonathan Steele Miracle Hits 94.7 WYULAdvanced Media Partners CHR “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA Eureka/Peoria IL has appointed Jonathan Steele as its next Program Director.

Steele joins WPIA from the PD role at Martz Communications’ “94.7 Hits-FM” WYUL Malone NY/Montreal and “Wild Country 96.5” Malone NY. He also hosted afternoons at WVNV. Prior to that he worked in the Peoria market at defunct Alpha Media CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY.

Advanced Media Partners (AMP) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jonathan Steele, who will join the AMP team as Program Director of WPIA (98.5 KISS-FM). Within this role, Steele will take over the day today operation of the market’s leading Top 40 radio station, working on developing talent and growing brand on air and online.

“I couldn’t be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this brand and build upon the success of 98-5 KISS FM.” Steele said. “Kiss has always been the epicenter of hit music in Peoria and I look forward to this next chapter in my career being a part of a team that still believes in doing LIVE and LOCAL radio. There’s a lot of good things in store for the future.”

Steele comes to AMP with five years of experience as an air personality and programmer. Most recently, Steele worked as Program Director for the Martz Communications Group in upstate New York. There, he led three stations that were players in both the U.S. and Canada respectively. Previously, Steele worked on air at the former WNGY-FM in Peoria.

“I intend to bring the same fire and passion that I had when I was here before. Thanks to Scott Heathorn and Mike Rea, I get to play in Peoria once again. I am humbled to join this team and I’m so glad to be back in the 309!!” he said.

Scott Hecathorn, Operations Manager for the cluster, is excited by the addition. “Jonathan is a key hire in our quest to connect on an even deeper level with Peoria radio listeners. His enthusiasm and passion for the traditional medium, and ability to tell a story through not only his words on air, but also pictures and videos on social media, will help lead us to even greater success!”

Steele joins July 24th.

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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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