The Tom Kent Radio Network is launching two new programs 3/15 with syndication partner Citadel Media. The shows will target the lunch hour and afternoon drive and will be hosted by popular radio personality Tom Kent. The afternoon drive program will be available for all contemporary music formats and will utilize Kent’s proprietary Customized Linked Automatic System Solution (CLASS), which provides an enhanced level of localization to stations. Kent’s new lunchtime show, Your Request Show Live, will drive appointment listening for listener requests and present the opportunity for Kent to answer local station phone calls while mentioning individual station call letters. The program will offer a live, interactive experience for local audiences designed to bring listener participation back to middays. Initial stations carrying the lunchtime show include WKQK –Memphis, WOLX – Madison and WBPC – Panama City.
The Tom Kent Radio Network portfolio of products also includes Tom Kent, airing live Monday-Friday from 7 p.m. – Midnight ET; The Ultimate Party, a live Saturday evening show with an all party-hit playlist; and My 70s Show on Sundays, which pays homage to the days of platform shoes and bell-bottom jeans and catches up with the artists who defined the decade. The shows are syndicated by Citadel Media and have more than 200 affiliations. Some of the leading markets include Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, St. Louis, Tampa and Kansas City.
“Tom is constantly looking for innovative ways to address the needs of local stations and his CLASS system is a truly unique approach,” said Carl Anderson, SVP/Programming and Distribution for Citadel Media. “These two new afternoon programs allow tremendous flexibility for affiliates and will serve as perfect complements to his full slate of offerings.”
Known for his on-air energy and ability to drive ratings, Kent has worked at some of the top radio stations in the country including WLS – Chicago, KLIF – Dallas, WAVA – Washington, WMJX – Miami, WGCL – Cleveland and WIBG – Philadelphia. He also worked in the music industry as a promotion executive for Elektra Entertainment.