People Moves 4/18: Draeger To Image WKQX

Troy Hanson PJ Kling 101 WKQX Chicago Cumulus Media Program DirectorNick Draeger is departing his position as Creative Imaging Director at Entercom Alternative “Alt 94.7” KKDO and CHR “106.5 The End” KUDL Sacramento to take the same position at Cumulus Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago. Draeger previously imaged 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles and Learfield Sports.

I was waiting to post a press release, but since I’ve tip-toed around it, I’ll announce it: I was offered and accepted…

Posted by Nick Draeger on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed audio imaging professional Nick Draeger as Creative Imaging Director for Chicago Rock radio station 101 WKQX-FM. Draeger joins Cumulus from Entercom-Sacramento, where he imaged Entercom’s various Rock formats, including KKDO/ALT 94.7. His career also includes imaging work for GrooveWorx, Apple Music and Magic Broadcasting in Los Angeles.

Troy Hanson, WKQX Program Director/Vice President, Operations, Cumulus Media-Chicago and Vice President, Programming, Rock, Cumulus Media, said: “We talked with many strong candidates, but we kept coming back to Nick’s excellent grasp of cut-through messaging for the brands he’s worked on. Nick will work with our voiceover pros Dan Stone and Wendy K. Gray to continue to deliver the top-notch writing and sonic feel of WKQX. We’re excited to have Nick on board!”

Draeger said: “Chicago. The City by the Bay. The Mile High City. City of Brotherly Love. (Geography was never my strong suit.) I’m so excited to be taking over the imaging reins for WKQX! Alternative has always been my passion, and I can’t wait to put my own stamp on this world-class radio station. Working closely with Dan Stone and Wendy K Gray, with guidance from Troy, we’ve got all of the elements we need to continue to take this thing into the stratosphere! (Insert Mike Ditka gif here).”


Tom ‘Cadillac Jack’ Lawler is departing afternoons at Dick Broadcasting Country 95.1 WRNS-FM Kinston NC after three years at the station to relocate to Pennsylvania to care for his ailing grandmother. Lawler also tracks middays at sister “Rock 105” 105.5 WXQR, afternoons at Oldies 107.9 WOLD-LP Woodbridge NJ, and overnights at the legendary 92.1 WLNG Sag Harbor NY and has previously worked on-air in Monmouth/Ocean NJ, programmed in Wilmington NC, and served as an engineer in New York City.


Colt Parkey is moving from afternoons at iHeartMedia CHR “97.9 Kiss-FM” WKSL Neptune Beach/Jacksonville FL to nights at 101.3 KDWB Minneapolis to fill the slot created by Raven Brinson’s move to middays at “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS Dallas.

If you’re still following along WKSL has promoted Catalina from nights to afternoons and weekender DJ WizKidd to nights to fill their schedule vacancies.


Beasley Media VP/Programming Buzz Knight has launched a monthly podcast on the company’s corporate site titled “Healthy Paranoia” discussing new innovation, new methods, new strategies and new thinking.

Beasley Media Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., announces the official unveiling of a new podcast entitled Healthy Paranoia, hosted by Vice President of Programming, Buzz Knight. Found on the “Insights” section of the brand new Beasley Media Group corporate website, the podcast will feature interviews with thought leaders of today discussing new innovation, new methods, new strategies and new thinking.

Listeners will be able to enjoy new episodes on a monthly basis.

“We are thrilled to unveil this exciting new podcast on the Beasley platform that focuses on innovation… a coveted core value of our company,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “I look forward to listening to Buzz as he shares valuable insight from thought leaders who are making a difference both in the media industry and the world around us.”

“As Beasley Media Group grows its Podcast content, I’m very excited to share my passion for innovation and technology, as well as the implications both have on our industry,” said Knight.

Episode One – Autonomous Driving In Las Vegas

Autonomous driving is in the headlines every day and was the talk of the recent Consumer Electronics Show. In this episode, Buzz learns more about an exciting Autonomous driving pilot project that is happening right now in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining Buzz on the podcast are members of the project team: Joanna Wadsworth, program manager for the Transportation Engineering Division for the City of Las Vegas and Michael Blasky, media relations specialist with AAA of Northern California, Utah and Nevada.

Episode Two – Technology & Storytelling

In this episode, Buzz speaks with Peter D. Cathy, author of Media 2.0(17): An Insider’s Guide to Today’s World of Digital Media & Where It’s Going. They discuss how technology has transformed storytelling and how that impacts radio personalities and the broadcast industry as a whole.

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