KZZP 104.7 KISS FM, Johnjay & Rich and all the hits, today announced that Tim Richards has been named Program Director, effective immediately. Richards is a veteran radio programmer and will continue his role as Director of the Johnjay and Rich Radio Show.
“Tim has been a tremendous long-term asset to the Johnjay and Rich Show and to all of Clear Channel’s Phoenix stations. Naming Tim the Program Director of their home market station was the natural choice,” said Jeff England, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Radio Phoenix. “With Mark Medina’s recent move to Clear Channel Radio in Washington, D.C./Baltimore, it is exciting to have a veteran like Tim step into the role.”
Richards’ history with the Johnjay and Rich Show started more than a decade ago when he was Program Director at 93.7 KRQ in Tucson, Ariz. Since then, he has helped the show become a multiple market success story and most recently added Flagstaff, Ariz. and Las Vegas to their seven station family of affiliates.
“It’s an honor to program KISS FM and continue working with the world-class Johnjay and Rich brand. It feels like the perfect fit,” said Richards. “I’m focused on keeping KISS on its winning trajectory. Smokey Rivers and Jeff England have cultivated a top-notch culture and it’s great to be on their team.”
Fans can listen to 104.7 KISS FM on the station’s website, 1047kissfm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital radio service that delivers more than 800 of America’s favorite radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control, deeper social integration, as well as commercial-free digital only stations; specialized artist stations; non-music radio programming and national programming, including 24/7 Comedy Radio, White House Brief, Fox Sports Radio, AT40 with Ryan Seacrest; and more.
Messinger Mortuaries, Paradise Memorial Gardens, and their media partners KOY-AM, KSLX-FM, KFYI-AM, KKNT-AM, and KTAR-FM are doing a cell phone recycling drive to benefit the non-profit, “Cell Phones for Soldiers.”
People who would like to donate old cell phones may drop them off during normal business hours at any Messinger Mortuary location, Paradise Memorial Gardens, Arcadia Tavern, LifeBrokers, participating radio station location, and designated radio station events. For a complete listing of locations see our drop-off locations page.
They will start collecting phones on Monday, October 31st, and continue through Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th.
Cell Phones for Soldiers uses proceeds raised from cell phone donations to buy and distribute calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas, so that they can afford to call home.
Today, Polly’s Pipeline heard KDKB’s blast from the past Mark Derringer (from the legendary Tim and Mark Show) on KTAR-FM, doing fill-in in the afternoons. Mark sounded absolutely fantastic! He’s now going by the on-air name Mark Devine. Welcome back!
News Talk 92.3 KTAR FM is creating a new show to get back to its old roots. In a return to an all-local-news daytime focus, the 89-year-old station is launching “Karie & Chuck,” will air in the noon – 3 p.m. weekday slot currently occupied by Glenn Beck. Karie & Chuck is a fast-paced, frank and funny show built around conversations on current events
and the biggest news stories of the day. It features local and national news stories, political
issues, pop culture and entertainment along with regular interviews with newsmakers.
“The chemistry between Karie and Chuck is off the charts,” said Ryan Hatch, KTAR vice
president for news and sports content. “They are two distinct, smart and fun personalities who bring unique perspectives from their life experiences. This show will connect emotionally and intellectually with our audience in a meaningful, relatable way.”
Dozer is well known in the Valley through her charitable work and also to KTAR listeners.
Beginning with a newsroom internship as an ASU journalism student, Dozer has been on the air and behind the scenes at the station in one form or another since 1991. Her most recent appearances have been as a guest host for Connie Weber on Arizona’s Morning News with Ned Foster. Powell is very familiar to Valley listeners from hosting sports shows on KGME and KDUS as well as his days as a popular personality on KZON 101.5 and 103.9 The Edge. He’s been in radio for 20 years, the last 10 on the air in Phoenix. Powell is currently wrapping up his KDUS show, Chuck & Vince Live. “I’ve been looking for this role for a long time, where I can take what everyone is talking about in the news, share my thoughts and have some fun with the stories,” Powell said. “Karie has an incredible personality that is going to engage and challenge me. I’m looking forward to my daily
dose of Dozer.”
Although the two have worked at times in the same building, their paths didn’t cross until Hatch brought them together in his search for the right team. “I have always known that my career would never stray far from the news and current events,” said Dozer. “To have a show where we get to dig into the stories of the day and have fun with the people and events around us will be a treat for the audience and for Chuck and me. He is such a
great radio talent, and he makes me laugh out loud. I never know what he will say next!”
The Karie & Chuck show gives KTAR FM a seamless line-up of local programming for daytime listeners. The team promises a fun show that takes a serious tone when necessary and also provides “totally random and unpredictable moments,” added Powell. “Most importantly, we want to talk about the stories impacting Arizonans in an accessible and relevant way while providing a healthy dose of entertainment,” he said. “I think most of us suffer from information overload,” Dozer said. “We want to make sure our audience learns something every day through great stories and meaningful conversation, while making sure everyone has a great time.”
NEW KTAR FM PRIMETIME LINEUP:
5 – 9 a.m.: Arizona’s Morning News with Ned & Connie