Al Payne Joins WHUR Washington As Program Director

96.3 WHUR Washington Marc Clarke Michael BaisdenHoward University R&B 96.3 WHUR Washington DC has appointed Al Payne as its Program Director.

Payne exited the same position at Cumulus’ “Magic 107.3” KMJK Kansas City earlier this month. He had joined KMJK in April 2018 after previously programming Beasley Media Classic Hip-Hop “105.1 The Bounce” WMGC Detroit. Payne has also programmed Alpha Media’s three Urban stations in Louisville, for Radio One in Baltimore, Detroit, Richmond and Washington as well as stations in Beaumont, Dallas, Greensboro and Wilmington NC.

WHUR 96.3FM today announced that Al Payne is the new program director, bringing over two decades of programming experience to the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network.

Payne has worked at radio stations in Louisville, Detroit, Richmond, Dallas, and Baltimore. “Al Payne is an innovative force in the radio industry and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome him to WHUR,” said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater.

Payne is no stranger to the Washington market. He also worked up the radio dial at WKYS a decade ago. “Al has the energy, experience, passion, and creativity needed to lead our Programming team, with a fresh perspective for the future.”

Most recently, Payne was the Program Director and Content Creator at KMJK Majic 107.3 in Kansas City, where he successfully raised the station’s ratings from #18 to #3. “Growing up as an I-95 ‘radio kid,’ there were a few iconic stations that you could only dream of one day having the opportunity to program and influence. 96.3 WHUR is at the pinnacle of my personal list and to say that this is a blessing is a huge understatement,” said Payne.

“I look forward to working with the incredible GM, Sean Plater, to help this amazing team of world class broadcasters continue to entertain and serve the DMV under the umbrella of Howard University.”

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