Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation, an independent broadcasting company with offices and studios in Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Prescott Valley, Arizona, announces staff changes to fill the void left when OM Rich Malone succumbed to cancer in October 2018. Rich wore many hats – besides being Operations Manager for all Yavapai Broadcasting stations, he also was PD and the long-time Morning Man at Triple A KVNA-FM.
Bryan James, Program Director of Top 40 KQST (The Q 102.9) will add the duties of OM for all six Yavapai Broadcasting Radio Stations. Bryan James started working at Yavapai Broadcasting almost 20 years ago when he was still in high school producing Mingus High School football games and helping with special weekend events. As the company grew, he took on more responsibilities. He started doing nights at The Q 102.9 and became the group’s Production Director. When the station’s PD retired, he moved into the PD position and started doing mornings. He’s never worked anywhere else in radio! He considers it to be an honor to take on the role of OM.
Juli Page, PD of Classic Hits KKLD (95.9 The Cloud) adds the title of PD for Triple A KVNA-FM. Juli was the wife of Rich Malone and is fully vested in his vision for the station. She does the midday show at KVNA-FM using the air name “Jules.” Juli grew up on Cleveland rock radio in the ’70s and ’80s as a faithful listener always hoping to catch her next new favorite song. She says, “I am grateful to work on a station that allows me to share my passion with our listeners and encourage community participation.”
Doug Brannson is new to the Yavapai Broadcasting staff. He joins as KVNA-FM Music Director and Morning Man. Doug grew up in Minneapolis in the late ’80s and early ’90s when the Alternative movement was just taking off. He’s a 25-year radio vet who worked in radio in the Midwest for most of his career until he decided to get out of the cold and move to Arizona.
Mike Puetz, Yavapai Broadcasting General Manager says, “After the loss of long time Operations Manager, Program Director and morning announcer Rich Malone, and with the guidance of our Triple A consultant Dennis Constantine, I am very happy that Rich’s dream and direction for KVNA-FM, Northern Arizona’s Adult Alternative station, will be in the very capable hands of new program director Juli Page and new morning announcer and music director Doug Brannson. Both Juli and Doug have a tremendous amount of experience, and I look forward to working with them and listening to them as they guide KVNA-FM into the future.
KVNA-FM Program Director Juli Page says of her new role, “As the new program director of KVNA-FM, I’m pleased to be able to keep the station on course to reach the potential my husband Rich knew it had. I have been blessed with an amazing support crew — the award-winning programmer Dennis Constantine and our new addition, MD and Morning Host Doug Brannson.”
Doug Brannson added, “I love the Triple A format because it’s all about the music and the artists. I couldn’t have a better mentor that Dennis Constantine who knows more about the format than anyone. I give a lot of credit to the owners of Yavapai Broadcasting for supporting this format like they do.”