Best Country Program Directors (2015)

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Here’s a look at the Top Country PDs list as it appeared in Radio Ink magazine.

Below is the 2015 list…

1JEFF KAPUGI — AMERICA’S TOP PROGRAM DIRECTOR

In 2014, WUSN in Chicago was the largest-cume-ing Country station in the U.S. 2014 was also the first full year the station was 100 percent live and local from 5:30 a.m.-midnight. As we polled our top Country programmers for 2015, Jeff Kapugi was listed as the number one program director by more than half, with most others putting him in the top five. He was clearly the dominant choice as the number one PD in Country radio for 2015 — a remarkable accomplishment.

CBS Radio EVP/Programming Chris Oliviero says, “Jeff is truly a model for the modern Country programmer. He has embraced all the energy, excitement, and buzz of today’s country and has crafted a contemporary sound that stands out on the dial. Jeff has also earned the respect of both Nashville and his fellow programmers, which makes him our ideal leader for CBS Radio’s major-market country footprint coast to coast.” CBS Radio Chicago SVP/Market Manager Rod Zimmerman echoes those sentiments, saying, “Jeff has all the qualities you look for in a program director. He’s smart, strategic, experienced, driven, connected, competitive, and he’s a problem-solver. Jeff has the confidence of the entire staff, and his leadership skills make everyone around him ‘raise their game.’ Radio Ink’s recognition of Jeff is well earned and well deserved.”

Thursday night in Nashville, Radio Ink and Sony Nashville will honor the best country program directors in radio with a special plaque during a star-studded country music event, with most country music program directors in attendance. Congratulate Jeff on being chosen America’s top country program director at [email protected]

This year’s list of top Country PDs started, as always, with nominations made by radio-industry managers, country music experts, and record label executives. Nominees were asked to respond to questions about their stations and themselves, and they were asked to rank their colleagues as if they were putting together this list themselves. All that information was used by the Radio Ink Country Radio Editorial Committee to determine the 2015 Best Program Directors in Country Radio.

WUSN/Chicago
CBS Radio
[email protected]
@jeffkapugi

2Johnny Chiang

KKBQ/Houston
Cox Media Group
[email protected]
@jchiang68
Years Programming Country: 14

3Mike Brophey

WKLB/Boston
Greater Media
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 30

4Shelly Easton

WXTU-FM/Philadelphia
CBS Radio
[email protected]
@shellyeaston
Years Programming Country: 20

5Tim Roberts

WYCD-FM/Detroit
CBS Radio
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 36

6Steve Stewart

WEBG-FM/Chicago
iHeartMedia
[email protected]
@BigSteveRadio
Years Programming Country: 13

7Gregg Swedberg

KEEY/Minneapolis
iHeartMedia
[email protected]
@thatsalottags
Years Programming Country: 22

8Mike Preston

KKWF-FM/Seattle
Entercom
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 5

9Meg Stevens

WMZQ-FM/DC
iHeartMedia
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 17

10Wes Poe

KDAF-FM/Kansas City
Entercom
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 10

11DJ Stout

WSOC-FM/Charlotte
Beasley
[email protected]
@stoutman01
Years Programming Country: 12

12Bob Richards

WLHK/Indianapolis
Emmis
[email protected]
@hankfm
Years Programming Country: 25

13Jeff Garrison

KCYY-FM/San Antonio
Cox Media Group
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 24

14Lisa McKay

WQDR-FM/Raleigh
Curtis Media Group
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 12

15Mike Kennedy

KBEQ/Kansas City
Wilks Broadcasting
[email protected]kskc.com
@MikeKennedyQ104
Years Programming Country: 21

16Mark Anderson

WDSY/Pittsburgh
CBS Radio
[email protected]
@mark_a_anderson
Years Programming Country: 5

17Mike Moore

KWJJ/Portland, OR
Entercom
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 20

18Bruce Logan

KILT-FM/Houston
CBS Radio
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 22

19Eddie Haskell

KYGO/Denver
Lincoln Financial Media (soon to be Entercom)
[email protected]
@haskell99
Years Programming Country: 17

20Travis Daily

WFUS-FM/Tampa
iHeartMedia
[email protected]
@us1035travis
Years Programming Country: 22

21J.R. Schumann

KSCS & KPLX/Dallas
Cumulus
[email protected]
@JRSchumann1
Years Programming Country: 7

22Kevin Callahan

KSON/San Diego
Lincoln Financial Media (soon to be Entercom)
[email protected]
@KSON973
Years Programming Country: 5

23Julie Stevens

KRTY/San Jose
Empire Broadcasting
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 33

24Kerry Wolfe

WMIL/Milwaukee & WMAD/Madison
iHeartMedia
[email protected]
@fm1061 and @963starcountry
Years Programming Country: 30

25Tosh Jackson

KNTY/Sacramento
Entravision
[email protected]
Years Programming Country: 5

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