Cox Media Group in Tampa has named John Kage Director of Branding for Hot 101.5 FM WPOI. Additionally, the Director of Branding and Programming for 97X WSUN FM will report to Kage. Before joining CMG Tampa, Kage was PD and Digital Content Director for Entercom’s KQKS/ KS1075 in Denver.
Kage said having spent many years in Denver with both an amazing radio station and staff, it was going to have to be a pretty special opportunity to move elsewhere. “CMG Tampa is exactly that, and every time I get the chance to talk radio with Steve Smith I leave inspired and excited about this business. Most important to me at this stage in my career is a positive team atmosphere, the right tools to win, and great brands, and Keith Lawless and the talented CMG Tampa team have done a tremendous job with these brands.” Market Manager Keith Lawless said, “I am proud to have John join our team. His proven track record of success and leadership in programming, along with his clear passion to win, will make him a very welcome addition to our amazing team at CMG Tampa.”
Kage’s career accolades include: Marconi CHR Station of the Year 2014; Colorado Broadcaster Award for Best use of New Media 2013; two-time A.I.R. Award Winner as most accurate Hit Picker at Rhythm Radio; Program Director/Digital Content Director/Comedy 103.1 in Denver; Colorado Broadcaster Award for Best Use of New Media 2014; APD, Music Director, and afternoon drive host for KSFM in Sacramento, Calif.; afternoon drive, midday host, and Production Director for KKSS in Albuquerque, N.M.; morning drive host for KCLD in Saint Cloud, Minn.; host of middays and nights at WKHI in Ocean City, M.D.; late nights at KKXL in Grand Forks, N.D.; and Producer at KDWB in the Twin Cities, M.N.