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NASH FM 94.7 Welcomes First On-Air Personalities

Now the real fun begins!

Cumulus has announced its midday and afternoon jocks for NASH FM 94.7, New York’s first Country format in more than 15 years.

Related: FishbowlNY, Can Country Music Make a Comeback on New York Radio?

Beginning Monday, Kelly Ford will be heard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while Jesse Addy follows from 3 to 7 p.m.

The station debuted last month, and Cumulus quickly stated that the NASH name will be branded nationally.

Ford joins NASH FM from Denver where she woke up Country listeners for 20 years. She has won best Major Market Radio Personality three times from the Country Music Awards and once from the Academy of Country Music Awards as well as a prestigious Marconi Award for Excellence from the National Association of Broadcasters.

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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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