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''Java'' Joel Murphy Named WAKS-FM/Cleveland PD


''Java'' Joel Murphy
''Java'' Joel Murphy

"Java" Joel Murphy (pictured) is named Program Director for iHeartMedia CHR WAKS-FM (96.5 KISS FM)/Cleveland, effective immediately. In addition, Senior VP/Programming North Ohio Region Keith Abrams is appointed Program Director for Rock WMMS-FM, also effective immediately. Murphy previously served as KISS FM's Assistant PD/Music Director and afternoon personality since December, 2012. Before that, he was MD for co-owned WHLK-FM (106-5 The Lake) from 2011-2015.

"Joel knows great radio and has been an important part of KISS FM for more than 10 years," said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia's North Ohio Region. "I'm excited for him to lead KISS FM's strategic and creative direction. We're ready for him to take the station to the top of the Terminal Tower."

"Being handed the keys to program 96.5 KISS FM is a dream come true," said Murphy. "I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity after being part of the brand for over a decade!"

"I couldn't be more excited to work day-to-day with the MMS team including Rover's Morning Glory and the Alan Cox Show," added Abrams. WMMS stands for so much more than just call letters in this town; it represents a history and a lifestyle 50 years in the making."

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