WAPE Names Kobe As Its New PD
August 2, 2011 at 7:51 AM (PT)
COX MEDIA Top 40 WAPE/JACKSONVILLE has tapped sister Top 40 WPUP (POWER 100.1) and Hot AC WGMG (MAGIC 102.1)/ATHENS, GA PD KOBE FARGO as its new PD. KOBE is replacing TIM CLARKE who moved cross-state as PD for newly launched sister Top 40 WPOI (HOT 101.5)/TAMPA (NET NEWS 7/11). KOBE will also pull down afternoons.
COX/JACKSONVILLE Ops Dir. TODD SHANNON added, "KOBE's programming and social media skills put him at the top of the list of candidates to lead the legendary BIG APE. We look forward to his arrival on the 22nd."
KOBE told ALL ACCESS, "This is an amazing opportunity to join one of the most legendary Top 40s in the country, for the best broadcasting company in the country! I can't wait to get to work with JEREMY RICE, STEVE SMITH and the excellent team at WAPE in strengthening its position as JACKSONVILLE's #1 Hit Music Station for now and years to come! My time in ATHENS may have been short, but our team accomplished so much, and I know they will only continue to do great things there. I'd like to thank my GM SCOTT SMITH he is truly one of the best GMs in radio. I must also thank our Market VP STEVE SINICROPI, and my GSM MICHELLE CATOLICO, and my AC format coordinator STEVE HUNTER -- they have all taught me something I will take on to JACKSONVILLE.
"For me, this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I must give thanks to TODD SHANNON and BILL HENDRICH in JACKSONVILLE for making it possible for me to grow with COX MEDIA GROUP."
Back in ATHENS, the search is on for KOBE's replacement. An open communicator is sought who likes to brainstorm creatively with programming and sales, and works to stay in touch with the female demos and what they are thinking, doing and how they are living. Rush the stuff to GM SCOTT SMITH Scott.Smith@coxinc.com for this EOE opportunity.