(4/25/2001) XM Radio Adds 25 More To Growing Staff, Including Eight New Program Directors.
XM Satellite Radio announced 25 additions to its growing programming staff, welcoming:
* Eight new program directors: Lou Brutus, Tim Farley, B.K. Kirkland,
Mike Marrone, George Taylor Morris, Ken Smith, Johnny Williams and
* Six new music directors: Luis Baro, Bladerunner, Jim Bonner, Colonel St. James, Shirley Hayes and Joel Haas;
* Nine new production directors: Jeremy Beaver, Brent Ebright, Kevin
Konyha, Aaron Lee, Jim McBean, Rick McClure, Quinton Roebuck, Curtis Stewart and Kirk Tanter;
* And news anchors Chris Barnes and Chris Cruise.
Lou Brutus joins XM as a program director. He is the former drive time host of WCRX-FM/Chicago, IL, WMMR-FM/Philadelphia, WHJY-FM/Providence, RI and WHFS-FM/Washington, D.C. Brutus has been nominated for several industry awards, including Billboard's 2000 Airplay Monitor Award for Best Syndicated Show and Billboard's 1998 Best New Talent Award. He is the winner of the Friday Morning Quarterback's 1996 award for Best Afternoon Drive Host.
Tim Farley will program XM's NASCAR channel. Farley was most recently
operations manager for WRVA-FM and WRNL-FM and the Virginia Radio Networks in Richmond, VA. During his tenure, both radio stations and the network increased their NASCAR coverage, and Farley hosted many live broadcasts from Richmond International Raceway, where two Winston Cup and Busch Grand National races are run annually. XM's NASCAR Channel will feature a mix of the old and the new, the established and the unknown. The live coverage and special programs produced by MRN (Motor Racing Network) and PRN (Performance Racing Network) will be a prominent part of the channel.
B.K. Kirkland will serve as a program director for one of XM's R&B channels. He brings a wealth of experience from a variety of Washington D.C. stations, including WJMO-FM, WHUR-FM and WMMJ-FM. He has also worked as a programming consultant for KONI-FM/Maui, HI, and KBLX-FM/San Francisco.
Mike Marrone, a radio veteran, comes to XM as a program director for XM's
singer/songwriter channel. He was most recently the managing producer for iCast, an Internet entertainment company. He has also worked at RYKODISC, one of the largest independent record companies in the world, where he was the national director of promotion.
George Taylor Morris will serve as Program Director for one of XM's classic rock channels. George comes to XM from discjockey.com, where he was VP/Programming. George's background also includes work as program director of WBOS/Boston and as long-time host of ``Reelin' In The Years,'' an award-winning syndicated radio show.
Ken Smith joins XM as the program director for the fifties channel. He was
an on-air personality on KLDE-FM/Houston, TX, an oldies channel where he hosted the highly rated ``Doo Wop Sunday Night'' show. Prior to that, he was an on-air personality on Houston's KQQK-FM, where he hosted a morning and afternoon show and was also music director.
Johnny Williams comes to XM as a program director. He will program a channel dedicated to playing love songs. His career in radio started in eastern Michigan, which took him to WTRX-FM in Flint, MI, WOHO-FM in Toledo, WYSL-FM in Buffalo, NY, and CKLW-FM/Windsor/Detroit, MI. He also hosted ``Pillow Talk'' on WNIC-FM/Detroit, a segment that was rated the No. 1 nighttime show for six years in a row.
Luis Baro joins XM as a music director for two of XM's dance channels. He
will work with Blake Lawrence and Joey Swanson, program directors, to
establish XM's dance sound. Baro is credited for founding Vibeonauts, the
longest running Wednesday club night of its kind in the Midwest. The club
night broke new ground within the rave community. For the past three years, he has been a buyer, event coordinator and head of promotions for all electronic music events at Metro, a popular Chicago nightclub.
Bladerunner joins XM as music director for XM's hard rock channel. A true
radio original, Bladerunner comes aboard from KATT/Oklahoma City where he created an inspired evening show. Prior to KATT, Bladerunner worked at WNNX/Atlanta, one of the premier alternative stations in America.
Jim Bonner comes to XM as music director for XM's children's channel.
Recently, he was an on-air personality for the Children's Broadcasting
Corporation. He also worked as an operations manager for KAHZ-FM/Fort Worth-Dallas, TX.
Colonel St. James joins XM as music director for the fifties channel. The
Colonel comes to XM from ABC Radio Networks where he was Program Director for their Oldies format. The Colonel also worked at KLDE-FM/Houston and WODJ/Grand Rapids.
Joel Haas brings a barrel of laughs and creativity to XM's comedy channel.
For the past three years, he has worked at WBYR-FM, an Active Rock station in Fort Wayne, IN, as morning show sidekick, head writer and producer for the station's morning show, ``The Bear.''
Shirley Hayes brings more than 10 years of major market radio experience to XM as the music director for one of XM's jazz channels. Shirley comes to XM from KBLX-FM in San Francisco, where she was music director and on-air personality. While at KBLX-FM, she was also an on-air personality for the Urban AC format.
Jeremy Beaver joins XM as a production director. His production experience includes work as an independent producer in Washington, D.C., where he owned and operated a private recording studio, wrote, recorded and produced music for radio, film and professional recording artists. His past clients include MTV, NPR, Virgin Records and Miramax Films.
Brent Ebright, or ``Bodhi'' as he is also known, joins XM as a production
director. Prior to joining XM, he worked as the imaging director at WAZU,
anactive rock station in Columbus, OH. He is also known for his work at
WLVQ- FM, a mainstream rock station in Columbus where he was an on-air personality as well as the imaging director.
Kevin Konyha comes to XM as a production director. Most recently, he served as the assistant production director for WGRV-FM/ Detroit, MI.
Aaron Lee will serve as a production director. Before joining XM, he worked as a host at KRAB and KDFO-FM/Bakersfield, CA. He has also worked at KUFO-FM and KBBT-FM/Portland, OR, where he was a production director for both stations. Lee is the recipient of six Awards of Excellence in Radio Production from the Bakersfield Advertising Club. His imaging production work at KUFO -FM was featured on FMQB's CD Aircheck -Volume 28.
Jim McBean comes to XM as a production director. He will bring more than 20 years of radio experience to XM, the last five at a top freelance production company. He was most recently the program director and on-air personality for WLPX-FM and WISN-FM/Milwaukee, WI. Prior to that, he was the morning personality for WISHE-FM/Miami, FL.
Rick McClure comes to XM as a production director. He has worked at
Washington D.C.'s WARW-FM, a classic rock station, where he was the
assistant producer for ``The Greaseman Show.'' He also did production,
voicing and commercial producing for the 48-station Washington Redskins radio network.
Quinton Roebuck joins XM as a production director. His background includes work in commercial production and experience working with advertising agencies, producing television and radio commercials, sound design and jingles.
Curtis Stewart joins XM as a production director. He was host and producer for Sonic Boom, a groundbreaking mix show format founded in nightlife culture, on WKQX-FM/Chicago. He also assisted in the success of the program by implementing creative elements of programming and by featuring exclusive DJ mixes weekly.
Kirk Tanter is one of XM's new production directors. For the past four
years, he was production director for a cluster of Radio One stations that
included WKYS-FM, WMMJ-FM, WOL-AM and WYCB-AM, all located in the Washington, D.C. region. He is also the producer for the nationally syndicated radio program, ``We Remember,'' which highlight R&B legends.
Chris Barnes and Chris Cruise join XM as news anchors. They will both work with Irina Lallemand on the XM news channels. Barnes was most recently the news director for Maine's WXTK-AM, WCOD-AM, WWKJ-AM and WYST-AM. He has also worked at Boston's WRKO-AM and WCRB-AM as a news anchor and writer. Cruise comes to XM with experience as an anchor on CNN Radio and CNN Headline News.
David Ziemer, who joined XM last year, has been named Program Director for XM's Movie Soundtrack Channel. Ziemer transitions from production director and will now lend his talents to the XM channel dedicated to movie soundtracks.
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