Chicago media columnist Robert Feder got the jump Monday on today’s big LA radio announcement. Drew Hayes, operations director with that city’s WLS-AM 980, is heading back out west to reunite with Cumulus Media’s Talk Radio KABC 790.
He replaces the recently departed Jack Silver as program director and in so doing slips back into the same set of responsibilities he held when KABC was owned by Walt Disney Co./ABC. From Feder’s report:
“I’m really excited for the next chapter,” Hayes told me. “I appreciate the confidence that Cumulus has shown in me and in what we’ve built at WLS.”
Hayes has a habit of coming back to places he’s worked at before. The 54-year-old New York native was with WLS previously from 1989 to 1996, before heading off to serve as GM at ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT. He had been back in The Windy City since 2001 and recently had to deal at WLS with the loss of two on-air talents to a brain tumor diagnosis and fatal heart attack. Welcome back to LA, Mr. Hayes.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Another Big Change at KLOS-FM