Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Rock programming professional Jim Kurdziel to Regional Vice President, Programming – Rock, overseeing the Rock and Alternative formats for Cumulus’ radio stations in the Northeastern U.S. Kurdziel will continue to serve Cumulus Media-Buffalo as PD/Midday Host for WEDG (103.3 The Edge). In his new role, Kurdziel will support stations in markets including Buffalo, NY; Syracuse, NY; Harrisburg, PA; Wilkes Barre, PA; Saginaw, MI; New Orleans, LA and Appleton, WI.
Mike McVay, EVP of Content & Programming for Cumulus Media, said, “Jim has shown his ability to program successfully. His track record speaks for itself. We’re excited to expand his role and take advantage of his success and experience.”
Troy Hanson, VP of Rock Programming for Cumulus Media, said, “We are incredibly proud of Jim for this well-deserved promotion. He is a natural leader. It is a true recognition of his skills, talents and commitment to excellence. And that’s just his hair.”
Kurdziel said, “It’s hard for me to put into words how much this means to me. To have Mike McVay, John Dimick and Doug Hamand believe in me is humbling and I don’t know what I can say about Troy (that he won’t make fun of me for saying). He doesn’t like getting credit or attention, but to put it simply, he’s made a lot of lives and careers better, especially mine. To continue my career with Cumulus is my passion because Mike is leading us to new heights and it’s so much fun to follow him. Working with true mentors like Ralph Cipolla, Keith Cunningham, Derek Madden, Val Garris and so many others is a privilege. That I can continue in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, with Steve Bearance leading our amazing team is a really wonderful perk – a very cold perk, but a perk, nonetheless.”