Cumulus Media has announced that Jon Manley has been named APD/MD for Modern Rock 101 WKQX/Chicago. Manley, a Chicago native, will also be heard weeknights from 7pm – midnight. Manley was previously APD/MD/afternoon drive host at Modern Rock KNDD (107.7 The End)/Seattle. Prior to that, he held the same duties at Modern Rock KXTE (X107.5)/Las Vegas.
Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus-Chicago, said, “The beauty of 101 WKQX is that when a position becomes available, the talent lines up. Jon epitomizes the type of talent we were looking for. He’s smart, has an outstanding knowledge of music, and is a Chicago guy coming home who knows exactly what the audience wants. He’ll be a rock star on the air and an Alt Rock star working with Troy Hanson on the product.”
Troy Hanson, VP of Operations for Cumulus-Chicago, and 101 WKQX PD, said, “Manley is the premier Music Director of the Alternative format. His track record of ratings success and understanding of where tomorrow is today just made WKQX better.”
Manley said, “As a kid growing up in Chicago, I recorded songs off WKQX to play back later on my Sony Walkman. And now I get to be the one cracking the mic and helping to shape the sound of the station for the next generation of music nerds! It’s cliché to say, but it is literally a dream come true for me and I could not be more excited to start this new adventure. Big thanks to Troy Hanson and Marv Nyren for believing in me and giving me this opportunity, and a tip of the cap to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey.”