People Moves 2/1: Jason Carr Joins Alt 99.1/WMMS Cleveland
Carr joins the company from Horizon Broadcasting’s AC “Coast 101.3” WHLG Port St. Lucie FL where he served as Station Manager and Variety Hits “Beach 98.5” WSBH Satellite Beach/Melbourne and “97.9 ESPN Radio” WTSM Woodville/Tallahasse FL where he was Operations Manager. Wood also previously spent seven years as Executive Producer and later Director of Network Operations for the Lex & Terry Show.
iHeartMedia Cleveland has announced that Jason Carr has been named Program Director for ALT 99.1 FM, and Assistant Program Director for Rocker WMMS, effective February 12.
As Program Director for ALT 99.1 FM and Assistant Program Director for 100.7 WMMS, Carr will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee both stations’ on-air content, digital footprint, music programming, local community events and partnerships. He will report to Keith Abrams, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region and Program Director for 100.7 WMMS.
“Jason Carr comes to Cleveland after spending 10 plus years programming and running stations in Florida,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region. “I’m excited for him to head north, experience the Cleveland winter, contribute to the growth of ALT 99.1 FM and further strengthen the brand of 100.7 WMMS.”
Carr most recently served as Operations Manager for WSBH and WTSM in the Melbourne/Treasure Coast area of Florida, as well as Station Manager for WHLG. His career includes a seven year stint in Dallas/Fort Worth as part of the Lex & Terry Radio Network.
“I’m thrilled to begin this new chapter of my career in Cleveland,” said Carr. “I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to lead the efforts of ALT 99.1 and to be on the same team as Rover’s Morning Glory and the Alan Cox Show at the legendary 100.7 WMMS.”
iHeartMedia Country “106.7 The Bull” KWBL Denver ended its 10,000 songs commercial-free today and officially debuted The Bobby Bones Show in mornings. The station has also added CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan for overnights. While the station rounds out its on-air lineup middays are being tracked by Madison, “92.5 The Bull” KBEB Sacramento Program Director B-Dub in afternoons, and “Big 95.5” WUBG Chicago afternoon host Brooke Taylor in nights.
Jim Henderson has retired as the radio play-by-play voice of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints on Entercom News/Talk 870 WWL/105.3 WWL-FM after 30 seasons.
Entercom New Orleans SVP/Market Manager Chris Wegmann released the following statement:
Jim has been a beloved member of our team at WWL in New Orleans for many years. He made a very complex job look easy and raised the bar for sportscasters everywhere. I speak on behalf of the entire WWL family when I say we will miss Jim dearly, as will all New Orleans Saints fans across the Gulf South and throughout the country. We wish him the absolute best on his next chapter.
Brazos Valley Communications is seeking a new Program Director and morning co-host for Texas Country 98.3 KORA-FM Byran/College Station TX following the departure of Carly Evans.
NRG Media is transferring Kurt Luchs from Wausau/Stevens Point WI where he has served as General Manager for the past five years to the same position in Omaha. Luchs previously served as the Omaha based General Manager for Dial Global Local as well as American Comedy Network, New Northwest Broadcasters’ Tri-Cities WA, and President/CEO of Pacific Empire Radio Corp. He is also a comedy writer working at Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and contributing to the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, McSweeneys, The Onion and his own The Big Jewel.
Replacing Luchs in Wausau will be Aleese Fielder, who moves up from Director of Sales for the cluster.
NRG Media appoints Kurt Luchs as General Manager of its seven-station cluster in Omaha, effective immediately. Previously, he lead the company’s four-station group in Wausau-Stevens Point, WI, for nearly five years. Concurrently, Aleese Fielder, who has been Director of Sales at the Wausau cluster, now becomes the group’s General Manager. Luchs is not new to the Omaha market, having started there with NRG as the GM for Waitt Radio Networks, which the company owned at the time. Before coming to NRG, Fielder worked as a GSM and GM for Cumulus, among others.
NRG Media President/CEO, Mary Quass said, “The goal of NRG Media is to be a destination company for our team to build a career, so I am very excited to be able to promote from within. These promotions are well deserved, together Kurt and Aleese turned Wausau around and helped make it one of the most successful markets in the company. We like to reward a job well done and these moves are a definite win-win for two very talented teams.”
Luchs added, “My best experiences in radio have been with this company. I am excited about returning to Omaha and seeing what the team there will accomplish next with its incredible brands and people.”
Fielder said, “”Working for NRG Media has been the most rewarding experience of my career, and I am honored to receive the promotion to General Manager of the Wausau/Stevens Point cluster. I am blessed to have a remarkable team of highly-talented and extremely dedicated radio professionals at all levels within the market. The continued growth and success of all four stations is at the forefront of everything they do.”