Ken Evans In; Gravy Out At WHTS Grand Rapids Mornings

105.3 HotFM Hot FM WHTS Grand Rapids Ken Evans Gravy RachaelCumulus CHR “105.3 Hot-FM” WHTS Coopersville/Grand Rapids MI has made a morning show and programming change.

Incoming is former 104.5 WSNX morning host Ken Evans and outgoing is Kevin ‘Gravy’ Canup. Evans exited his role as APD/Morning host at WSNX at the start of this year when it imported WKQI Detroit’s “Mojo In The Morning”. Evans also programmed 103.3 WKFR Kalamazoo
and previously worked in the Grand Rapids market at Hot AC “I96” WVTI.

Canup had served as Program Director at WHTS since 2007. He added morning show duties in 2011 after hosting nights. He previously worked at stations in Champaign IL and Corpus Cristi TX. No word yet on who will take WHTS programming duties.

Remaining in the morning slot with Evans will be existing co-host Rachael Gray.

Cumulus Media announces that heritage West Michigan radio personality Ken Evans will join WHTS/105.3 Hot FM today as Co-Host of the 105.3 Hot FM Morning Show. Evans joins longtime 105.3 Hot FM host Rachael Gray for wake-ups from 6am-10am weekdays. Evans’ former stops in West Michigan include iHeart Media’s WSNX, where he most recently hosted mornings for seven years; WKFR/Kalamazoo; and former Clear Channel-Grand Rapids station i-96. 

Jeff Cartwright, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI, said: “We are excited at the direction 105-3 Hot FM will take with Ken now in our Cumulus Grand Rapids family. It’s going to be a lot of fun hearing the new evolution of the Hot FM Morning Show with Ken joining Racheal in the morning.”

Lori Bennett, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI, said: “Ken has incredible insight into the lifestyle of the local audience. His wickedly perceptive sense of humor, paired with Rachael’s equally excellent market heritage and genuine, engaging personality will make this ‘live and local’ radio show a must-hear in West Michigan!”

Evans said: “I can’t wait to talk to the West Michigan audience once again here at my new home on Grand Rapids’ 105-3 Hot FM. They have a stellar local management team focused on great content for West Michigan and serving the local audience. It would have been a mistake to pass up an opportunity to work with Rachael Gray, one of the market’s top talents!”

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