Kendall Taylor Rises To APD/Midday Host At WDVD Detroit

96.3 WDVD DetroitCumulus Media has promoted four staffers at its Detroit cluster.

The first move is to fill the APD/Midday host position at Hot AC 96.3 WDVD as weekender Kendall Taylor takes the slot that previously belonged to Beau Derek prior to his exit last month. Taylor previously hosted afternoons at Max Media CHR “Hot 100.5” WVHT Norfolk and has also worked in Lansing, Dallas, and Myrtle Beach as well as hosting overnights on WDVD in the mid 2000’s. She will also continue to host on Westwood One’s Hot AC network.

Also at WDVD, Matt Laurenic rises from Producer to Executive Producer of the Blaine Fowler Morning Show. Mike Gagliano moves from Production Director to FM Production Director and Programming Coordinator. Adam Ficorelli moves from street teamer to Promotions Manager and will also become a swing talent on Country “Nash-FM 93.1” WDRQ.

Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted four programming professionals across its Detroit radio station group. Concurrently, Matt Laurenic rises from Producer to Executive Producer of the Blaine Fowler Morning Show on WDVD-FM. Mike Gagliano becomes FM Production Director and Programming Coordinator from his previous role as Production Director, and Adam Ficorelli, formerly with the Street Team, was named Promotions Manager/Swing Air Talent for WDRQ-FM.

Cumulus also announces the promotion of Kendall Taylor as Assistant Program Director and Midday Host for Hot AC radio station WDVD-FM. Taylor was previously WDVD weekend personality and interim Midday Host. She has held on-air positions at radio stations in Dallas, Norfolk, and Myrtle Beach and was overnight jock at WDVD in 2005. In addition to her duties at WDVD, Taylor will continue to be heard as a host on Westwood One’s 24-hour Hot AC format.

Robby Bridges, Director of FM Programming, Cumulus Media-Detroit, said: “To better reflect the scope of their existing duties at Cumulus Detroit, we are excited to promote Matt Laurenic from Producer to Executive Producer of the Blaine Fowler Morning Show, Mike Gagliano to FM Production Director and Programming Coordinator and Adam Ficorelli to Promotions Manager/Swing air talent for WDRQ. Congratulations to our all-star team!”

Bridges added: “From her mad social media and production skills to her ability to create meaningful, memorable content over 10-second song intros, and her positive team-oriented attitude, Kendall has it all and really stood out as the perfect choice to compliment our personality-driven line-up at 96.3 WDVD.”

Taylor said: “I couldn’t be prouder or more excited to be part of the WDVD team. I gotta thank John Shomby and Mike McVay for being long-time believers in me and thanks to Robby Bridges, Mike Wheeler and Rob Roberts for this amazing opportunity in Detroit. Let’s rock this!”

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