People Moves 1/17: Less Hart For Lansing; More Flagstaff Staffing Changes

Classic Rock 94.9 WMMQ LansingThe Lansing State Journal reports that Deb Hart is exiting mornings at Townsquare Media Classic Rock 94.9 WMMQ Lansing on January 24.

Hart has been with WMMQ since 2011 after previously hosting mornings at 106.1 WJQX in the market. She will be taking a full time position with a local yoga studio. Co-host Joe ‘Joey Pants’ Schneider will remain in mornings with a new partner to be named.

Another departure at Cumulus Media Atlanta as Byron Cooper departs nights at CHR “Q99.7” WWWQ. Cooper had been with the station since November 2017.

After six years as Director of Sales for Cox Media Group San Antonio, Mary Rogers has joined Entercom Dallas in the same position with an additional Vice President title attached.

Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the appointment of Mary Rogers as Vice President and Director of Sales for Entercom Dallas, effective January 28. In this role, Rogers will oversee sales efforts for 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM), 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM), 98.7 K-LUV (KLUV-FM), ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM), La Grande 107.5 (KMVK-FM) and News Radio 1080 (KRLD-AM).

“Mary is a well-respected executive with remarkable experience and we are looking forward to welcoming her to Dallas,” said Brian Purdy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. “I am confident she will lead the sales team to sustained revenue growth in 2019 and beyond.”

“I am excited to join Entercom Dallas, working alongside Brian Purdy and his amazing team,” said Rogers. “I began my career in Dallas and it is a great feeling to be back working with these iconic brands and audiences.”

Rogers brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, development and management to this role. For the past six years, she served as Director of Sales for Cox Media Group in San Antonio, TX developing strategies to exceed revenue targets. Rogers has served on numerous boards, including the San Antonio Youth Educational Sports Foundation, Transplants for Children, Child Abuse Network, American Women in Radio and Television and Go Red for Women.

Yavapai Broadcasting has announced multiple staff changes created by the passing of Operations Manager Rich Malone in October 2018.

CHR “Q102.9” KQST Program Director Bryan James will rise to the Operations Manager position for the cluster. Classic Hits “95.9 The Cloud” KKLD Program Director Juli Page will add those duties for AAA “100.One” 100.1 KVNA-FM while continuing to host middays at KVNA-FM. Doug Brannson, who had been hosting mornings at crosstown Classic Hits “Rewind 92.5/104.1” KFLX, will join KVNA-FM for mornings. Brannson has held previous on-air and programming jobs in Fargo, St. Cloud, Lubbock, and Inverness FL.

Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation, an independent broadcasting company with offices and studios in Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Prescott Valley, Arizona, has announced several staff changes to fill the void left when Operations Manager Rich Malone (Richard D. Nearing) succumbed to cancer in October 2018.

Malone wore many hats. Besides being operations manager for all Yavapai Broadcasting stations, he also was program director and the long-time “Morning Man” at AAA KVNA-FM.

Bryan James, program director of Top 40 KQST (The Q 102.9) will add the duties of operations manager for all six Yavapai Broadcasting radio stations. Bryan James started working at Yavapai Broadcasting almost 20 years ago when he was still in high school producing Mingus Union High School football games and helping with special weekend events. As the company grew, he took on more responsibilities. He started doing nights at The Q 102.9 and became the group’s production director. When the station’s PD retired, he moved into the PD position and started doing mornings. He’s never worked anywhere else in radio and considers it to be an honor to take on the role of operations manager.

Juli Page, program director of Classic Hits KKLD (95.9 The Cloud) adds the title of program director for AAA KVNA-FM. Juli was the wife of Rich Malone and is fully vested in his vision for the station. She does the midday show at KVNA-FM using the air name “Jules.” Juli grew up on Cleveland rock radio in the 70’s and 80’s as a faithful listener always hoping to catch her next new favorite song. She says, “I am grateful to work on a station that allows me to share my passion with our listeners and encourage community participation.”

Doug Brannson is new to the Yavapai Broadcasting staff. He joins as KVNA-FM music director and “Morning Man.” Doug grew up in Minneapolis in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the Alternative movement was just taking off. He’s a 25-year radio vet who worked in radio in the Midwest for most of his career until he decided to get out of the cold and move to Arizona.

Mike Puetz, Yavapai Broadcasting general manager, says, “After the loss of long time operations manager, program director and morning announcer Rich Malone, and with the guidance of our AAA consultant Dennis Constantine, I am very happy that Rich’s dream and direction for KVNA-FM, Northern Arizona’s Adult Alternative station, will be in the very capable hands of new program director Juli Page and new morning announcer and music director Doug Brannson. Both Juli and Doug have a tremendous amount of experience, and I look forward to working with them and listening to them as they guide KVNA-FM into the future.

KVNA-FM Program Director Juli Page says of her new role, “As the new program director of KVNA-FM, I’m pleased to be able to keep the station on course to reach the potential my husband Rich knew it had. I have been blessed with an amazing support crew — the award-winning programmer Dennis Constantine and our new addition, MD and Morning Host Doug Brannson.”

Doug Branson added, “I love the AAA format because it’s all about the music and the artists. I couldn’t have a better mentor that Dennis Constantine who knows more about the format than anyone. I give a lot of credit to the owners of Yavapai Broadcasting for supporting this format like they do.”

Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation operates six radio stations and a TV station in Northern Arizona. The radio stations are: AAA KVNA-FM 100.1, Top 40 KQST (The Q 102.9), Classic Hits KKLD (95.9 The Cloud), Country KVRD 105.7, Adult Standards KYBC and Sports KVNA-AM (ESPN 600). They also operate Verde Valley TV, the City of Cottonwood Government Access Channel.

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