Marc Kaye’s radio career began in 1973. After graduating from Ohio University, he joined Susquehanna Broadcasting’s WGBB-AM 1240, on the South Shore of Nassau County, N.Y., as an account executive.
Forty-five years later, Kaye is the VP/GM of a cluster of Seattle-Tacoma stations owned and operated by Hubbard Radio.
Now, he’s ready to reflect on his career — as a retired broadcast media professional.
As first reported by Streamline Publishing’s Radio Ink, Kaye said he promised himself when he hit the 45-year mark, he was going to get a bit selfish and consider that milestone was enough to prove he had given it his all.
“I’m looking forward to spending a whole lot more time with my wife and see what new challenges and chapters I can write as I move forward,” Kaye said. “I have been fortunate to have worked with the very best and for this I am very grateful.”
Kaye’s first taste of management was as WGBB’s GM; Susquehanna sold WGBB in 1981.
This led Kaye to Tampa-St. Petersburg. With Scott Shannon across the street at Gary Edens’ WRBQ-FM “Q105,” Kaye took on the role of GSM at Harte-Hanks’ News/Sports/Info WNSI-AM 1380 in Tampa. He’d end up working for Edens as a Sales Manager, as WNSI was acquired and became a simulcast partner of Q105.
Soon after, Westinghouse came calling, and he moved to KODA in Houston. It was short-lived: Kaye’s old boss in Tampa had a new “Q” for him — Gannett’s KKBQ-AM & FM, which was rapidly becoming the Top 40 leader in the market. This began a 15-year career with Gannett that includes roles as President/GM of KIIS-AM & FM in Los Angeles, as GM of KNUA in Seattle and as GM of WUSA-FM “W101” in Tampa.
Kaye left Tampa Bay when WUSA was acquired by Jacor Broadcasting in December 1996. Four months later, he returned to Seattle to manage Sandusky’s five-station cluster. Today, those stations are owned by Hubbard: KQMV-FM, KIXI-AM, KNUC-FM, KKNW-AM and KRWM-FM.
Hubbard Radio President/CEO Drew Horowitz said, “Marc’s broadcast career has been his dream come true. It has been my good fortune to have had the opportunity to work with Marc as he is the consummate broadcast professional. Wishing him all the best in his next chapter.”
Hubbard Chair Ginny Morris added, “Having the opportunity to work with Marc Kaye has been one of the great delights of my career. Marc’s positive spirit, creativity and passion for life made working with him a great joy. Marc will be very hard to replace but we are very happy that he will stay in his position through the transition and will help us find his replacement.”