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Legendary Country Programmer Ed Salamon: ‘The Time is Always Right’ for Country in NYC

It’s official: New York’s Country station is now WNSH/NASH FM 94.7. The temporary WRXP call letters now belong to a station in Minnesota.

The newly acquired Cumulus station made the historic move to Country last week. Now, the nationwide search begins for an air staff and a combination program director/air personality.

Ed Salamon knows all about programming Country in New York. During the latter half of the 1970s Salamon was in charge at WHN, the most successful Country station New York has ever heard.

The timing was right for a Country return, and also for Salamon to write a book detailing his memories from the WHN days. While he puts the finishing touches on the book, due out next month, it’s a perfect opportunity to pick Salamon’s brain about NASH.

Salamon, who lives in Nashville, took advantage of the Web site’s streaming live feature. Waiting another month or two before NASH starts to use live jocks, Salamon cautions anyone from being critical as this isn’t the final product.

“I can’t be listening and commenting on it, because it’s going to be something different,” Salamon says.

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NASH FM Will Likely Add Air Personalities in Next Several Weeks

Now that New York has a new home for country music, there will ultimately be air personalities on NASH FM 94.7.

Cumulus VP/New York market manager Kim Bryant tells FishbowlNY that it will take a month or so before DJs are phased into the programming.

Yesterday, Cumulus announced the plan for NASH branding nationwide with its stable of 83 Country stations. But Bryant says 94.7, which is expected to change call letters to WNSH next week, will stay true to the city.

Related: FishbowlNY, Country Returns to NYC

“It’ll all be out of New York,” Bryant says. “We have a studio here. We’re going to be a New York radio station.”

Bryant confirms that NASH is broadcasting from 2 Penn Plaza, alongside sister stations WPLJ and WABC.

She strikes down any possibility of linking the Country stations into a “Nash-in-nal” network.

“Every market is unique. Every market is going to have its own needs,” Bryant says.

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Cumulus Taps Kim Bryant as New York Market Manager

Industry veteran Kim Bryant has been named executive in charge of Cumulus’ New York radio cluster. She’ll oversee all sales and station operations.

Bryant will lead the talk giant WABC with aging, albeit still a rating draw, Don Imus, and WPLJ on the FM.

“As you would expect, we had hundreds of applicants for this position and Kim, with her passion for radio and incredible resume, was always our first choice,”COO/EVP Jon Pinch, tells All Access. “With WFME expected to close shortly, Cumulus will own and operate a significant cluster in market number 1 and Kim’s leadership will be essential for our continued success.”

Bryant joins Cumulus after more than 25 years in radio and television, most recently serving as EVP/marketing and sales for international cable channel Cinemoi.

“I believe this is one of the most exciting times in broadcasting. With all of the platforms at our reach from digital, video to social media and the important roll that radio plays in all of it,” Bryant said. “There is no place that I would rather be then with a progressive company like Cumulus and in one of the most important markets like New York City. I am thrilled to be working with the Cumulus team and one of the fastest growing radio companies in the U.S. today.”