After 19 years at Townsquare’s Country WGNA-FM, popular middayer Kevin Richards is out at WGNA. No word as to the reason given. He’s an award winning personality that has won many awards for Medium sized markets, produced a highly rated midday and Sunday show and respected by thousands, notes a RadioDiscussions.com post.
Kevin made the announcement on his Facebook page. His page has been flooded with upset fans expressing everything from dismay and anger to encouragement and support, says an Albany Business Review story.
On his Facebook page Kevin wrote, “It is with deep sadness that I must announce that I am no longer affiliated with WGNA and Townsquare Media. After watching several employees before me depart from Townsquare Media, I am not in shock that I am the next one to leave the station – but sadly corporate radio feels different of my performance.”
Richards is a nationally recognized radio talent, at one time having a show on Sirius Satellite Radio while also holding down his local WGNA show.
He has been nominated six times for his on-air performance for a CMA (Country Music Association) award, winning once in 2006, and nominated once for an ACM (Academy of Country Music) award.
A fan page to “Bring Back Kevin Richards” Had more than 1,300 likes less than 24 hours since it was created.
Kevin’s departure follows several major changes at WGNA over the past several years including the departure of market manager Daniel Austin, long-time general manager Robert Ausfeld, program director Tom Jacobson, and the cancellation of the weekly version of the Cryin’ Lovin’ Or Leavin’ Show hosted by “Brother” Lou Roberts.
A representative of Townsquare Media could not immediately be