Programming Vet Kachinske Rises at Cumulus/Providence


Cumulus Media has made a series of promotions at its Rhode Island operations, elevating five individuals across its stations serving Providence and its surrounding communities. Among them: the appointment to a key programming post for a well-known industry veteran.

Now serving as Director of Music Programming for Adult Contemporary WWLI-FM “Lite 105,” heritage Top 40 WPRO-FM and rhythmic Top 40 WWKX “Hot 106” is Mary Ellen Kachinske. She was previously Operations Manager and Program Director of Lite 105.

Profile photo of Mary Ellen KachinskeKachinske is well-known across the radio industry, as she spent eighteen years at WTMX-FM “101.9 The Mix” in Chicago, the Hubbard Radio Hot Adult Contemporary station that recently saw a change in its morning show following a period of instability tied to allegations of sexual misconduct and abusive behavior against longtime host Eric Ferguson.

Kachinske joined Cumulus/Providence in January 2020.

Before taking the WTMX role of Program Director some 20 years earlier, Kachinske was in Cleveland, serving as PD of WQAL “Q104.” She held that role for nearly 6 years, rising through the ranks over a tenure that began in fall 1987, when she joined WQAL as Traffic Director.

Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus in Providence, praised the Kent State University graduate. “When Mary Ellen Kachinske came to Providence in 2020, WWLI immediately benefited from her many years of broadcasting in larger markets. Elevating her to a position where she can oversee music programming for the entire cluster will allow all the stations to draw from her successes. In addition, the team of individuals working with Mary Ellen will provide the necessary support to succeed in the ever-changing landscape.”

Among the other moves at Cumulus/Providence, Nick Giuliano adds duties as Assistant Program Director of WPRO-FM. He will continue in his previous roles as an on-air talent in afternoons at WWKX, where he also serves as Asst. PD/MD.

Meanwhile, WPRO midday host Jess Schiano rises to Music Director and shifts to afternoons. Succeeding her in middays is J Buff, who will continue to produce the station’s Giovanni and Kim Show, its wake-up program.

Lastly, Heather Gersten is now MD for Lite 105, adding the role to her Asst. PD duties.

Cumulus Media owns and operates five radio stations in Providence: WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM (News/Talk); WPRV-AM/AM 790 Talk & Business (News/Talk); WPRO-FM/92PRO-FM (CHR); WWKX-FM/Hot 106 (Rhythmic CHR); and WWLI-FM/Lite 105 (AC).