Cumulus Shuffles Los Angeles & Minneapolis Rock Programmers
Cumulus has announced a few staffing changes at its Rock stations in Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Keith Cunningham, who exited his role as VP/Programming of iHeartMedia Seattle late last year, will join Cumulus as Program Director of Classic Rock 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles and Format Captain. That addition will allow Derek Madden to move from KLOS to Active Rock “93X” KXXR Minneapolis as PD, while retaining his corporate Rock/Alternative programming duties. John Lassman, who joined KXXR as Program Director last summer will move across the hall to join Tom Barnard’s morning show at Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS.
Cumulus announces that Keith Cunningham has been named Program Director for KLOS-FM in Los Angeles. Cunningham will also have corporate responsibility as a Format Captain for Cumulus. Former KLOS Program Director Derek Madden moves to Cumulus Minneapolis, where he has been named Program Director of KXXR-FM, replacing KXXR Program Director John Lassman, who moves to an on-air post at The Tom Barnard Morning Show on Cumulus’ KQRS in Minneapolis. Madden will also continue in his role as Corporate Programmer, Rock & Alternative for Cumulus.
Cunningham joins Cumulus from iHeart Media, where he was Vice President of Programming for iHeart’s seven-station cluster in Seattle. Prior to that, he was a Broadcast Media Consultant for Jacobs Media, where he supported and consulted with more than 20 radio stations from across the country including: KNRK/Portland, OR; XTRA (91X)/San Diego; KNDD (The End 107.7)/Seattle; and KXRX/Salt Lake City. Cunningham also has extensive experience as an on-air talent coach, working with talent across all formats. In addition, Cunningham previously held posts for iHeart Media in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Denver.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus said: “Keith is the latest great programming mind to join Cumulus. We’re excited at the opportunities created by Derek’s promotion and Keith’s arrival.”
Cunningham said: “When my parents told me I could do anything I wanted in life; I thought that was just parental B.S. I guess I was wrong. Cranking classic rock all day at the legendary KLOS and helping other great Cumulus brands IS my dream job. Thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, Val Garris and Paul Anderson for clearing the path.”?
Madden said: “I’m really proud of the work our team has done at KLOS, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to program another of America’s greatest and most influential rock stations. Thanks to Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, Scott Jameson, Shelly Wilkes, and John Dickey for helping to create path forward that worked for both stations. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy a very warm coat.”
Scott Jameson, Operations Manager for Cumulus Minneapolis said: “John Lassman has a rich Minneapolis heritage and understanding of KQRS going back to the early 90’s. His tremendous work ethic and deep local connections will only help the of the KQ Morning Show grow further.”