Rich Bailey Joins WIVK Knoxville As Program Director

Tony Kris Andy Allison 107.7 WIVK KnoxvilleCumulus Media Country 107.7 WIVK Knoxville has appointed Rich Bailey as Program Director.

Bailey has been a staple in the Knoxville market where he spent 23 years at CHR “Star 102.1” WWST until his exit in March following the acquisition of the station by SummitMedia.

Bailey, who has also previously programmed WKSI Greensboro NC and WSSX Charleston SC, fills the opening created by the exit of Nikki Thomas in July.

CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed Rich Bailey as Program Director for legendary country radio station WIVK-FM in Knoxville, TN. Bailey joins Cumulus Knoxville after 23 years as Program Director for WWST-FM/Star 102.1. He has programmed stations in Charleston, SC (Mix 95.1), and Greensboro, NC (KISS 98.7), and has been a popular on-air talent in Knoxville for over 20 years.
Ken Salyer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Knoxville, said: “The opportunity to have Rich join our team in Knoxville was simply too good to pass up. His dedication to detail and drive to win is known industry wide. This elevates our group to an entirely new level.”
Jeff Jarnigan, Operations Manager, Cumulus Knoxville, said: “The good fortune to have Rich Bailey sitting in our back yard and available was beyond comprehension. His success in Knoxville and vast market knowledge brings an entirely different level of competition capabilities to WIVK. A CMA win and a tremendous PD hire… It’s been a great October for WIVK!”

Bailey said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to join a legendary and award-winning station like WIVK. I look forward to working with the team there and growing the market share even more. I want to thank Jeff Jarnigan, Ken Salyer, Doug Hamand and Brian Philips for allowing me this opportunity. Now the FUN begins!”

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