Staff Changes At VRE/Oahu
April 23, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT (VRE) is making several important additions and promotions to its OAHU programming team.
"These appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to becoming the premier radio organization in the state of HAWAII," said GM JOHN AETO. "As HAWAII’s largest radio group we are uniquely focused on serving HAWAII’s radio listeners and the HAWAIIAN business community. We are especially proud to be HAWAII’s only locally and privately owned statewide radio group."
BROCK WHALEY, a veteran HONOLULU programmer and on-air personality, is returning to HAWAII to accept the position of Dir./Programming for VRE’s five OAHU radio stations: KDDB (DA BOMB), KPOI, KUMU, KQMQ (THE ZONE) and KUMU-A. WHALEY spent 17 years in HONOLULU radio and television before moving to ATLANTA to work with COX RADIO. WHALEY will also be taking over KPOI's morning drive airshift as part of his responsibilities.
"I am happy to be returning to HONOLULU and especially excited to be back on the air mornings at KPOI," said WHALEY. "The opportunity to work with a truly local company, where decisions are made locally and for the benefit of the local community, is a rare opportunity in today’s radio industry."
In addition, AETO announced that RYAN KAWAMOTO has been promoted to PD for KDDB (DA BOMB 102.7). KAWAMOTO was previously the MD for KDDB and KQMQ and has been a member of the VRE/OAHU stations since 2003.
"It’s great to have the opportunity step into a leadership role within VRE," said KAWAMOTO. "We’re going to continue to make DA BOMB the #1 destination for HAWAII’s young adult listeners looking for contemporary music and entertainment."
AETO also announced that DARRAH YORK has been named Creative Director for VRE/OAHU. YORK returns to radio from a recent stint at THE HARRIS GROUP. YORK will oversee on-air commercial, promotional and imaging production for the VRE/OAHU stations.
Finally, JIM MCKEON recently joined the VRE executive team as Group Programming Consultant for all 17 stations. MCKEON has been involved in HAWAII radio since 1988 as an owner, manager and programmer and has extensive experience in the music industry.
"VRE reaches listeners across the state -- OAHU, MAUI, KAUAI, HAWAII, LANAI and now, with the addition of KMKK, MOLOKAI," said MCKEON. "VRE continues to offer HAWAII listeners the most choices for locally programmed music and talk. As we build out KBCH in HILO, as well as our new station in KIHEI, we will offer our listeners even more choices."