Thursday, September 21, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: WQMX PD Mason Heads to Nashville Label

This just in, directly to us and via AllAccess (before we got a chance to post this):

Rubber City Radio country WQMX/94.9 program director/operations manager Kevin Mason is leaving the Akron Radio Center to take a job as vice president and general manager of Nashville record label Rust Records.

His last day in Akron will be October 13th, just days after he's inducted locally into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall Of Fame on October 8th.

Mason has kept a high profile in the Country Radio Broadcasters national organization, and at the Country Radio Seminar...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe now that Mason is going some of these on air-moves will be re-done some of the talents at QMX are just awful as for the overnight slot give it to the syndicated Danny Wright who happened to be a former nighttime host from 7pm-12am about oh maybe 10 years ago. I wonder if Chuck Collins will be adding some more programing stripes if not Ken Steele certainly deserves the nod since he is an APD.

Anonymous said...

Oh that's brilliant...take the show from local, cause you can't work there, and syndicate it...duh...you sure know a lot about that place....interesting. You say the talents are awful but haven't they had pretty good numbers? I am no OA but I thought they have been holding thier own.
Will be interesting to see who fill Mason's shoes.

Anonymous said...

Can't get more local than freakin' DANNY WRIGHT, WQMX staffer. He could teach ALL of you a thing or two about how to be ENTERTAINING on a Country station.

Overnights are unrated, by the way. Certainly wouldn't hurt 'QMX to pick up the show.

Anonymous said...

Weekday talent on WQMX is pretty good - it's some of the weekenders that are awful! i.e. Jenny Lite and George "my music bed is drowning me out" McFly

Anonymous said...

Uncle Charlie! Oh my god!

Anonymous said...

Jenny Lyte is pretty good. Sure, she's not your typical DJ, but, for weekend entertainment, she's great. She brings something unique to the table. Her chit chat is light, and amusing. It's great weekend levity. I enjoy her time on the air...

As well, same with McFly, sure, it's different but who's to say different isn't good.

Anonymous said...

Danny Wright's overnight show is excellent..worth a listen and if 'QMX can get it, worth picking up..

Anonymous said...

No, she is not good. Jenny still sounds as green as the grass, there's nothing polished about her delivery - and to make matter worse, there's no sign of any kind of "personality" to make up for it. (Giggling at callers when they aren't even saying anything funny or talking like a phone-sex operator when Kenny Chesney plays doesn't count)

It's amazing how she hasn't gotten even ONE iota better in what, 3-4 years?? It's not entirely her fault since obviously none of the higher-ups (Kevin, Ken) WORK WITH THEIR TALENT. I suspect if they DO have aircheck sessions with their talent, the harshest criticism they give is "hey that sounds great, keep it up!"

Anonymous said...

Wow, you people are just jealously harsh.

I love you "academic" broadcasting types that "know all about broadcasting" but have never done crap in the industry and all you do is sit back and armchair PD radio stations.

Anonymous said...

They'd do well to reach out to area country outlet, 'QKT, for their afternoon drive talent.

With a decent PD to steer that talent, they'd have something to move on. God knows he has the voice .. I have no idea why anybody hasn't taken him from the backwoods. Voice is voice, can't teach it.

Leash that and it would be a major statement that they are local and still keeping a solid sound.

Heck, I remember listening to Dial in the 80's. You're getting a pro that's pretty smooth.

God, I sound like his agent. 13.5% please, Double D.

Anonymous said...

"God knows he has the voice "

*yawn*

Voice doesn't mean a damn thing unless you have something to say. If the schtick is good, it's better to hire Kermit the Frog than some big voiced liner-card hack.

Anonymous said...

Why in Gods name would any of you "pro's" suggest taking the show from live and local to bring back dancing Danny or any other syndicated show? You would all be the first ones to piss and moan the first time we drug something in off the Sat. You kill me with that stuff. Being from the area doesn't make the show local. Was the show local when we ran Chick Watkins on WAKR? Kevin has done an outstanding job the last 11 years and they will be HUGE shoes to fill. Nick and company are not idiots, they will find the right person to bring in and get the job done...they hired Mason didn't they?
I do like reading how you all hate our weekend part-timers(probably cause Mason threw away your tape) but find me another locally owned station where they are: 1 live and 2 sound like Alan Freed.
Kevin will be missed. And no, I have nothing to gain by saying this as he and I didn't always see eye to eye on everything but we could always work out our disagreements. He came up with some crazy shit but that's is one of the things that kept the job interesting. Matter of fact, he made me some money and I cost him some money. Sorry about the Genny being stolen.
Kevin, let me know when you need to fly me down to engineer something and make some more money. Keep in touch brother and hope you kick ass in Nashville.
George

Anonymous said...

Thank you George! Right on man.

The weekenders are awesome!

Anonymous said...

I'll second that!

Anonymous said...

I'm with George

Anonymous said...

Good to see the 'QMX weekend airstaff is checking out Ohio Media Watch during their shifts this weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love how a post about Kevin leaving turns into.....EEWWWWWW lets tear his air-staff apart....very very mature! Did anyone say congrats KEV! ?! Geeez! Grow up!

Keith Kennedy said...

Sorry, but these attacks on the weekenders are killing me, and I don't even work there!

For what it's worth as a PD, and as an occassional listener I happen to enjoy several of their weekend jocks. I have not heard all the named mentioned, but Tim, Jenny and George all sound great and they keep the 1st rule of radio in mind...FUN!

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