Legendary radio personality Bobby Rich, Tucson TV and Radio GM Jim Arnold and Tucson business owner Fletcher McCusker have joined forces to launch a new locally owned-and-operated radio station called The DRIVE Tucson on KDRI AM and FM.
The trio acquired the stations from Family Life Radio and converted it to The DRIVE with an original format of music and local, live personalities. The name of the new company is Radio Tucson with McCusker as Chairman of the Board, Rich is the President, Arnold is Partner and General Manager.
Rich said, “This is a dream come true for all of us,” said Rich, a 25-year Tucson talent/PD who anchored the top-rated morning show on KMXZ since 1993, “a chance to select our own music, manage content that matters to Tucson and have fun making great radio without corporate oversight.”
“KDRI-AM830 carries from the Mexican border to Phoenix,” McCusker continues, “The DRIVE 101.7-FM signal can be heard all over Tucson, so we will provide frequent road reports and local information. The music will be familiar without playing the same 40 songs over and over.” The previous format was Christian.
Every Jock comes with Tucson Cred. Partnering with Bobby Rich in mornings is Hill Bailey, a Tucsonan since 1987 with gigs in Colorado and California; Middays Ken Carr, in Tucson radio and TV since 2001 as a PD and jock; Afternoons, Mike Esparza, a 30-year pro who started his career in Tucson returns after years of San Diego success as “The Mikey Show”; Nights Tyler Russell, born and raised in Tucson, started his career as an intern for Bobby Rich and later Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Laguna Beach, CA.