Let’s uncover Ten Things To Impact Your Ratings. Learn if your music toolbelt is fully equipped, how to find your unique competitive difference, and triple check your clock strategy and song category sizes. Walk away with real, practical, and specific actions to take in order for you to boost your own confidence level, as well as gaining the trust of those around you and above you. Come prepared to interact, collaborate, learn and grow!
Mike Couchman • Program Director, KLJY & KPVR/St. Louis
Unless you count pirate radio stations with transmitters I built as a kid and teen, my official resume begins with a mainstream Hip Hop station, Power 96.5 in Lansing, MI, where I grew up. You name the Michigan market or format, and I probably worked it. Top 40 in Lansing and Detroit. Smooth Jazz. Country a few times. In CCM, I’m grateful to have worked with the WAY-FM network, SOS Radio in Vegas, among others. I currently program KLJY and BOOST Radio in St. Louis, MO. And I’m out of the pirate radio business!
Rick Hall • Director of Digital Radio, Moody
Rick Hall joined the Moody Radio team as Director of Digital Radio the summer of 2019. Prior to his role at Moody, Rick was the Program Director at Star 99.1. In this role, he was responsible for the programming operation and the morning show of top-rated Star 99.1 WAWZ/New York, in the nation’s No. 1 market. During his near 20-year broadcasting career, Rick has also worked as Program Director for Life 101.9 in Cedar Rapids, IA; and Assistant Program Director of the SOS Radio Network in Las Vegas. He also worked as on-air personality with CBS Radio’s US99.5 and Fresh 105.9 in Chicago; and Music Director at The Fish in Milwaukee. Rick holds a personal winning scorecard as a programmer and is an expert in Nielsen PPM and Diary analysis and implementation. He has a passion for growing talent and works coast to coast with numerous stations in the Contemporary Christian format as a talent mentor, fundraiser and a remote voice tracker. In 2014, Rick was awarded the illustrious “30 Under 30” award from Edison Research. Rick resides in Chicago with his wife, son and daughter.
Ty McFarland • Program Director, KCMS/Seattle
Ty McFarland has been programming stations in the format for the past 29 years at stations such as KTSY/Boise, WGTS/Washington, D.C., K-LOVE network, KSBJ/Houston, and most recently KCMS/Seattle. He’s optimistic about the future of our format, and loves going to work every day.
Melony McKaye • Director of Operations, KJNW/Kansas City
Melony began her radio career while still attending North Dakota State University. She has experience in nearly every format from NPR to jazz to country to Top 40 and talk radio. While working in St. Cloud, God answered her prayers to serve in CCM when she was tapped to flip KKJM from a Top 40 to CCM station. Melony went on the serve with the Z88.3 family in Orlando for 12 and a half years as Promotions Director and Midday host. In 2013, she joined University of Northwestern Media to bring Life 88.5/KJNW to Kansas City. After a year and a half of hosting the Morning Show, she added Director of Operations duties.
Steve Shore • Asst Program Director/Music Director, WAY-FM
Steve Shore is the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WAY-FM as well as the format captain for WAY Now (WAY-FM’s pop/hip hop online station). He’s one of those oddities whose worked for the same company for the majority of his career, having just celebrated his 17th year with WAY-FM this past summer. He’s also one of those crazies who, along with his wife, has five kids at home, ages 11 and under.
Keith Stevens • Program Director, KTIS/Minneapolis
Keith Stevens has been Program Director at KTIS Minneapolis since 2010 and recently switched to Morning Drive, where he has enjoyed building an audience by creating a fresh new sound for morning radio in Minneapolis. Prior to KTIS, Keith served as APD/PM Drive at Star 99.1 New York from 2003-2010. He started his career in promotions and weekend air-shifts at Z-100 New York during their heyday, and also held down sticker patrol as “Bubba” on the Z-morning Zoo! He later went on to work weekends at Q104.3 New York, and ALICE 104.5 in Philly. Keith is married to his wife Sue and they have 4 sons. When he’s not at the station, he’s probably at “table 21” with Sue at their favorite restaurant, or at an old car show with his sons, or collecting vinyl records. But his favorite pass time is fishing “up north” with his family from a canoe, during the golden Summer days of late August.