Don Brake Joins KAYD Beaumont As Program Director/Morning Host

Nash FM 101.7 KAYD Beaumont Rowdy YatesCumulus Media Country “101.7 Nash-FM” KAYD Beaumont TX has announced the appointment of Don Brake as Program Director and Morning Host.

Brake joins KAYD from West Virginia Radio Corp’s Country 97.9 WKKW Fairmont/Morgantown WV where he served as midday host and music director. He has also programmed Country 99.9 WFRE Frederick MD, 104.7 WAYZ Hagerstown MD, 98.1 WHWK Binghamton NY during his career.

Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 26-year radio broadcasting veteran Don Brake as Program Director and Morning On-Air Personality for its Beaumont, TX, Country radio station, KAYD-FM/NASH FM 101.7. Brake debuts this week on NASH FM 101.7’s new morning show, “New NASH Morning Show”. The show will air weekdays from 6am-10am on NASH FM 101.7.

Brake joins Cumulus from WKKQ in Morgantown, WV, where he was Music Director and On-Air Personality, Middays. Prior to that, he was Program Director for WFRE in Frederick, MD, was Program Director for WHWK in Binghamton, NY, and served as Assistant Program Director/Music Director and Morning On-Air Personality for WCAT in Harrisburg, PA. Brake was also Operations Manager of Verstandig Broadcasting’s Hagerstown, MD/Chambersburg, PA, station cluster and served as Program Director of WAYZ.

Charlie Cook, Vice President, Country Formats, Cumulus Media, said: “I am so pleased that we got Don into Cumulus. I have known him for many years and I believe that he can bring an exciting, fun morning show to Beaumont.”

Brandin Shaw, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Beaumont, said: “We are happy to welcome Don Brake to Cumulus Beaumont. I am looking forward to working alongside Don to bring new life to mornings on NASH FM 101.7, and to the NASH brand here in Beaumont.”

Brake said: “I am truly excited for the opportunity to program NASH FM 101.7 in Beaumont and revive this heritage station in the hometown of artists like Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd and Clay Walker along with writer Mark Nesler and more. I owe a special thanks to Cumulus VP of Country Formats, Charlie Cook, and to former Market Manager Elizabeth Blackstock for making it possible for me to join new Market Manager Bo Brown and Operations Manager Brandin Shaw’s team and welcoming my family to Texas!”

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