Mark Kaye Retiring As Hubbard Seattle Market Manager

Hubbard Radio Greg Solk 97.1 The Drive ChicagoAfter 45 years in radio and 21 years at the Hubbard Radio Seattle cluster, Mark Kaye has announced he will be stepping down as VP/Market Manager.

Kaye joined the then Sandusky Radio cluster in 1997 and has served in that role through its 2013 sale to Hubbard. His radio career began in sales in 1973 at 1240 WGBB Babylon NY where he gradually rose through the ranks to General Manager in 1979. He also served as an on-air sportscaster for St. John’s University and ESPN in its early days. He moved to the Tampa market in 1981 where he served as Sales Manager for 1380 WNSI and then “Q105” WRBQ. He spent time in sales at KODA and KKBQ Houston and as GM in his first run in Seattle overseeing 106.9 KNUA before two terms at 100.7 WUSA-FM Tampa and 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles before beginning his current long run in Seattle.

Hubbard Radio Seattle Vice President/Market Manager Marc Kaye has announced that he will be stepping down after 45 years in the broadcast industry. “I promised myself that when I hit the 45 year mark in the great business of radio, I was going to get a bit selfish and consider that milestone was enough to prove I have given it my all. I am looking forward to spending a whole lot more time with my wife and see what new challenges and chapters I can write as I move forward,” said Kaye.

Kaye’s radio career began in 1973 when he joined Susquehanna Broadcasting’s WGBB/Long Island, as an account executive. In his eight-year run at WGBB, Kaye was recognized for his talent and leadership, moving up the ranks from AE to Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager. In 1979, at the age of 27, he was named General Manager.
From 1981 to 1996 Kaye led radio stations in St. Petersburg, Houston, Seattle, Tampa and Los Angeles for companies like Harte-Hanks, Westinghouse, Gannett and Jacor. In 1997, he teamed with Sandusky Radio to manage its five-station cluster in Seattle. In 2013, the stations were sold to Hubbard and he remained as VP/Market Manager.

“Marc’s broadcast career has been his dream come true,” said Hubbard Radio President and CEO Drew Horowitz. “It has been my good fortune to have had the opportunity to work with Marc as he is the consummate broadcast professional. Wishing him all the best in his next chapter.”

Hubbard Chair Ginny Morris commented, “Having the opportunity to work with Marc Kaye has been one of the great delights of my career. Marc’s positive spirit, creativity and passion for life made working with him a great joy. Marc will be very hard to replace but we are very happy that he will stay in his position through the transition and will help us find his replacement.”

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