Cumulus Taps Joe Russo For Kansas City, Gary Nolan To Pensacola And Jerry King Moves To Corporate Programming
August 14, 2015 at 5:17 AM (PT)
CUMULUS MEDIA shuffles the deck and announces that it has appointed 15-year radio programming professional JOE RUSSO as PD for Adult Hits KCJK (105.1 JACK-FM) and Classic Hits KCMO/KANSAS CITY. He replaces GARY NOLAN, who moves to CUMULUS/PENSACOLA as OM/PD for Classic Hits WJTQ.
Concurrently, PENSACOLA OM/PD JERRY KING joins the CUMULUS corporate programming team.
Current KCJK PD JON ANTHONY will remain with the company in KANSAS CITY as APD and on-air at KCMO and as PD for NASH ICON.
RUSSO was previously a consultant with SPARKNET COMMUNICATIONS (syndicators of the JACK format), following nearly a decade in BUFFALO. He served as PD/Brand Manager for WBUF (92.9 JACK-FM), and later as Adult Hits Brand Leader for TOWNSQUARE MEDIA.
SVP/Content and Programming MIKE MCVAY said, “JOE and I worked together during my consulting days. I was impressed with him then and even more impressed seeing what he did with SPARKNET. He’ll be a great addition to JACK/KANSAS CITY and is quite capable to build on GARY NOLAN’s success at KCMO. GARY steps into JERRY KING’s shoes. He’s a brilliant multi-format PD. JERRY KING returns to a corporate role and will work directly with JOHN DICKEY and I as we develop new projects. JON ANTHONY has served us well in KC and we’re delighted that he will continue to be a part of the team.”
MIDWEST RVP DONNA BAKER said, "Two out of three people -- over a million fans -- listen to a CUMULUS/KANSAS CITY station every week. JOE RUSSO brings a wealth of experience and results to his position leading KCJK and KCMO. JON's legacy of success in KANSAS CITY continues as he goes back on the air in prime afternoon drive on 94.9 and leads NASH ICON. Winning with this team is going to be fun!"
RUSSO said, “This is such an incredible opportunity to work with two exciting and fun brands. I have unbelievable respect for MIKE MCVAY’s work as a consultant, and his vision with CUMULUS MEDIA. He’s always been a mentor to me, and influenced me as a consultant. The JACK format is one of the most unique and challenging formats to program, but also the most rewarding. KCMO has massive heritage in KANSAS CITY and thanks to GARY NOLAN, is already positioned to win. I couldn’t have drawn up a better position. I’m impressed by DONNA BAKER’s commitment to JACK FM and I’m looking forward to working with her team, and CUMULUS MEDIA in building on these strong brands and making some noise in KANSAS CITY.”