Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Austin names Jonathan "JR" Reed as its Program Director for Mainstream CHR KHFI 96.7 (KISS FM) and Rhythmic CHR KPEZ 102.3 (The Beat), effective July 28, 2014
JR will join Clear Channel Austin from WNOK in Columbia, SC, where he has served as Program Director/Music Director and On-Air Host for the station since 2010. †He will bring to Austin more than 15 years of experience, holding a number of programming and on-air positions in a variety of markets including Madison, WI; Tallahassee, FLA; and Richmond, VA.
"Thanks to JT Bosch, Pam McKay and Brad Hardin for this amazing opportunity as well as Alex Tear and John Ivey. I canít wait to move to Austin and work with the incredible staff at KISS and The Beat," said JR.† "Iíve heard so many great things about Austin and their loyal listeners.† Monday, July 28th canít get here quick enough."
"We looked long and hard to find someone to take over KHFI and KPEZ, and Iím excited to welcome JR to the Austin cluster. JR has done an amazing job at WNOK and we couldnít be happier with our choice," said JT Bosch, Vice President/Programming, CCM+E Austin.† "I cannot forget to thank Ryan Kramer for all his hard work as interim Program Director too. I see nothing but bright things for the future here in Austin."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that will celebrate Beyonce's fashion history in a new exhibit. Opening next Tuesday, July 22, the exhibit will feature her black leotard from the iconic "Single Ladies" video and her outfit from last year's Super Bowl halftime show, among other items, according to multiple reports.
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