Cox Media Group Tampa Welcomes John E. Kage as New Hot 101.5 FM Director of Branding and Programming


TAMPA – Nov. 25, 2015 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa has named John E. Kage as its new Director of Branding for Hot 101.5 FM WPOI. Additionally, the Director of Branding and Programming for 97X WSUN FM will report to Kage.

“I am proud to have John join our team,” said Keith Lawless, CMG Tampa VP and Market Manager. “His proven track record of success and leadership in programming, along with his clear passion to win, will make him a very welcome addition to our amazing team at CMG Tampa.”

Before joining CMG Tampa, Kage was Program Director and Digital Content Director for KQKS/ KS1075 in Denver, Colo. His career accolades include: Marconi CHR Station of the Year 2014; Colorado Broadcaster Award for Best use of New Media 2013; two-time A.I.R. Award Winner as most accurate Hit Picker at Rhythm Radio; Program Director/Digital Content Director/Comedy 103.1 in Denver; Colorado Broadcaster Award for Best Use of New Media 2014; APD, Music Director and afternoon drive host for KSFM in Sacramento, Calif.; afternoon drive, mid-day host and Production Director for KKSS in Albuquerque, N.M.; morning drive host for KCLD in Saint Cloud, Minn.; host of mid days and nights at WKHI in Ocean City, Md.; late nights at KKXL in Grand Forks, N.D. and Producer at KDWB in the Twin Cities, Minn.

“Having spent many years in Denver with both an amazing radio station and staff, it was going to have to be a pretty special opportunity to move elsewhere,” said Kage. “CMG Tampa is exactly that, and every time I get the chance to talk radio with Steve Smith I leave inspired and excited about this business. Most important to me at this stage in my career is a positive team atmosphere, the right tools to win and great brands, and Keith Lawless and the talented CMG Tampa team have done a tremendous job with these brands.”

“I have had my eye on John for the last five years,” added Steve Smith, CMG’s VP of Programming. “I had the benefit of hearing him win battle after battle where we both reside in Denver. He can make it come out of the speakers. I quickly got to know not only what a great programmer he is, but what a great person he is. At CMG that’s what we look for. He is great fit for CMG, and I am so excited to have him on board.”

About Cox Media Group Tampa
CMG Tampa is comprised of WDUV-FM (105.5), WHPT-FM (102.5), WPOI-FM (101.5), WSUN-FM (97.1), WWRM-FM (94.9), and WXGL-FM (107.3).

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 59 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at