JJ Jeffries Exits Riviera; Duncan Payton Named PD/Mornings For KVGS
June 29, 2007 at 2:51 PM (PT)
Shocker! RIVIERA BROADCAST GROUP Corporate VP/Programming JJ JEFFRIES exits to pursue other interests. JEFFRIES has been with RIVIERA since NOVEMBER 2005. He previously spent a decade as PD at SANDUSKY Active Rock KUPD/PHOENIX.
RIVIERA BROADCAST GROUP CEO TIM POHLMAN commented, "We wish to thank JJ for all of his efforts during his tenure here. He wore many hats while we grew and formed our company. JJ is a very talented programmer, and I know he will be successful in the next stage of his career."
RIVIERA owns Alternative KEDJ and Top 40/Rhythmic KKFR in PHOENIX and Alternative KVGS and Smooth Jazz KOAS in LAS VEGAS.
Duncan Payton Named PD/Mornings For KVGS
Meanwhile, on the heels of JEFFRIES departure, KVGS (AREA 108) named DUNCAN PAYTON PD/mornings effective MONDAY (7/2). PAYTON fills the vacant PD post previously occupied by LARRY MAC, who exited the station almost three months ago (NET NEWS 4/9).
PAYTON most recently was PD at CLEAR CHANNEL Hot AC KMYI (STAR 94.1)/SAN DIEGO. He previously was OM/PD in the SIN CITY at crosstown CBS Hot AC KMXB (MIX 94.1) and AC KMZQ (LITE 100.5).
AREA 108 VP/GM DAVE PRESHER said, "We are thrilled to announce the hiring of DUNCAN PAYTON as Program Director and the new morning show host for KVGS-FM. DUNCAN brings a proven track record in the radio business. His recent success in SAN DIEGO and his previous success in LAS VEGAS make him the dream candidate for this position. He is known as a great brand manager and marketer, and his ability to build winning teams in multiple formats and markets make me confident that he will lead his new team in LAS VEGAS to the top."
DUNCAN says of his new adventures, "I am thrilled about returning to VEGAS, especially in such an exciting role. I’m looking forward to working with the already great staff at AREA 108 and delivering another winner in VEGAS for RIVIERA. My sincere thanks to RIVIERA’s TIM POHLMAN, CHRIS MAGUIRE, and DAVE PRESHER for their belief and support. Now, I’m off to see if they remember me at the blackjack pit at the HARD ROCK!"
Gonzo In The Morning Is Out
Also part of the whirlwind of changes today at AREA 108 is GONZO IN THE MORNING exiting, as well as his co-host, NICOLE PADBERG, who served in a similar capacity as part of GONZO'S "BIG DUMB SHOW" on CLEAR CHANNEL Alternative WRZX/INDIANAPOLIS.
Reach out to GONZO at (702) 265-3311 and NICOLE at (702) 265-8711.