KTAO/KLNN Ownership Restructures With Katie Speirs As Majority Owner
February 17, 2014 at 2:41 PM (PT)
KATHERINE SPEIRS, originating founder of ASKK MEDIA and related companies, has announced the acquisition of controlling interest in Triple A KTAO (KTAOS 101.9FM), AC KLNN (LUNA 103.7FM) and the KTAOS SOLAR CENTER AND BAR in TAOS. NM. SPEIRS gained control on FEBRUARY 7th when the scheduled buyout was finalized.
"I'm so proud of all we've accomplished together over the past few years," said SPEIRS. "We've had wild ride but change is inevitable and in business ownership it's no exception. I am thrilled to have a greater share of these companies that I love, and to use my passion for the music, our community and entertainment industries to continue to take KTAOS to higher and higher levels."
Under the new direction provided by SPEIRS, the companies will retain the legacy set forth by previous owner, BRAD HOCKMEYER; the station formats will remain the same and no substantial changes to the operations or structure of the companies are anticipated in the near future.
As part of an employee-owned business, SPEIRS will be named President and will remain at KTAOS as the Production and MD working with PD and morning show host, PADDY MAC, on music selection and the general sound of the stations. SPEIRS will also be working one-on-one with a team of marketing consultants and clients to produce award-winning commercials and branding that will bring success to local business owners.
"KATIE's passion for the KTAOS sound and her dedication to the TAOS community is precisely why she was the first person I approached when it was time to sell the station in 2010," said HOCKMEYER. "She understands KTAOS and we are all very fortunate to have this wonderful radio station and venue in her capable hands alongside the magnificent and loyal staff. Congrats!"