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CBS Radio Fills the Big Shoes of Jhani Kaye

Here’s how Los Angeles Daily News columnist Richard Waggoner put it earlier this spring when rumors of program director Jhani Kaye’s departure from K-Earth 101 and The Wave 94.7 FM were confirmed:

Considered by many, including myself, as one of the true geniuses of radio, Kaye refined the idea of flow as it pertains to the sound of a radio station. Bob Moore, who was managing adult-contemporary KHTZ (now KAMP, 97.1 FM) when Kaye was named to the programming position at new competitor KOST in the 1980s, said that Kaye likened the soft-rock station to a wave, moving up and down gently.

He says that Kaye is the reason KHTZ changed to classic rock in 1986 – he just couldn’t compete against Kaye’s programming prowess.

Kaye’s stint with KOST-FM (1982 -2005) before moving to K-Earth and, later, The Wave also gave him the record for longest-running programmer at a single LA station. So who will be stepping into this formidable figure’s KRTH and KTWV-FM shoes next month? Hawaii radio personality Rick Thomas (pictured).

Erika Engle of the Honolulu Star Advertiser frames the move as a local hitting the big time. Given that Thomas is jumping from the nation’s 64th radio market to its second largest, that’s a fair assessment. Congrats to Thomas, who starts June 17.

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