Vicki ‘Oh’ Ochoa is joining Bonneville Hot AC “Now 100.5” KZZO Sacramento for middays. Ochoa joins from weekends at Cumulus Media CHR “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM Dallas. She fills the spot most recently held by Megan Rage until her exit earlier this year.
iHeartMedia CHR “Z107.1” WERZ Exeter/Portsmouth NH Program Director Jadd Naamani is transferring within the company to “92.1 The Beat” KTBT Tulsa for similar duties. Naamani, who hosted afternoons in New Hampshire since 2012 will move to middays in Tulsa.
Clarity Communications Classic Country “Hank 96.1” WLXO Stamping Ground/Lexington KY morning host Karl Shannon has announced he will retire effective September 14. Shannon joined WLXO in 2014 after long runs at WLXX and WBUL in the market as well as WAKY Louisville and WSM Nashville.
Bonneville News/Talk 97.3 KIRO-FM Tacoma/Seattle has announced the return of Jillian Raftery as midday news editor and Heather Bosch as afternoon news anchor.
Raftery previously worked at the station from 2011-2016 in multiple roles including digital editor, social media manager, midday and morning editor, reporter, and fill-in anchor. Bosch returns to KIRO-FM from CBS Radio News where she served as a national correspondent. She previously worked at the station from 2003-2013. In a press statement Program Director Ryan Maguire said, “Heather and Jillian are great additions to our award-winning and diverse news team. I want to thank our Managing Editor Colleen O’Brien for her work in these very thorough job searches. We’re proud that KIRO continues to attract the best and brightest in the industry.”
A few staff additions to announce at KIRO Radio:
Jillian Raftery will be returning to Seattle after two years of living the Canadian lifestyle to become our Midday News Editor, commanding the desk from 10am-6:30pm. From Jillian:
“I fell in love with radio and storytelling listening to KIRO Radio growing up. I started my career at the station in 2011 as an intern and after graduating from college returned and worked my way through many roles on the digital and news teams, serving as digital editor, social media manager, midday and morning editor, reporter, as well as filling in on anchor shifts. I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2016 to support my husband’s career in the tech industry. Since then, I have worked for a boutique luxury goods import firm as a sales and marketing consultant. I am thrilled to come home and get to know the ever-changing Seattle landscape all over again.”
Heather Bosch is returning to a full-time role at KIRO Radio as our Afternoon News Anchor. This is her second stint at KIRO after spending the last 5 years at CBS Radio News in NY as a National Correspondent. She’ll be heard Monday through Friday 3pm-6:30pm. From Heather:
“I’m thrilled to be back at KIRO Radio: my broadcast home for ten years! After five years as a Manhattan-based CBS Network News Correspondent, I’m eager to share what I’ve learned while covering big, breaking news stories like the Boston Marathon bombing, and investigating more complex issues, such as the experience of women serving in the US military.”
Heather has won six Murrows, three Gracie Awards and two Headliner Awards in her illustrious career.
Maxwell Schaeffer, who recently exited mornings at Saga Classic Hits 93.3 KIOA Des Moines after 23 years in the spot, is joining iHeartMedia Des Moines as Director of Promotions and Marketing effective August 10.
iHeartMedia announced today that Maxwell Schaeffer has been named Director of Promotions and Marketing for iHeartMedia Des Moines, effective August 10. iHeartMedia Des Moines has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing eight stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.
iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. In his new role Schaeffer will be responsible for leading the day-to-day promotional and marketing operations of the radio stations, overseeing promotional campaigns and events for the market, including on-air, online, social media, station personalities and live events. Schaeffer will also make on-air appearances across all Des Moines stations, including 100.3 The Bus and News Radio 1040 WHO, making a special appearance on the Van and Bonnie In The Morning show during the 2018 Iowa State Fair.
“Everyone in Des Moines knows Maxwell,” said Joel McCrea, Area Market President-Iowa. “He is a friend to many charitable organizations as well as the arts, and the business community, giving him a solid understanding and connection to the market.”
Schaeffer joins iHeartMedia Des Moines from Des Moines Radio Group where he served 23 years as a morning show host on KIOA-FM. He began his career at KVIC-FM in Victoria, Texas and is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Schaeffer is also a member of the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“I’m thrilled to continue my relationship with Iowa’s passionate radio fans and the community that I’ve known for decades,” said Schaeffer. “We have an amazing team at iHeartMedia Des Moines and we’re looking forward to continuing to use our stable of station brands to help our business and advertising partners best serve consumers and listeners.”