We have some big news to share! Kile Smith has been promoted to Director of Content, a new key position at WRTI. And after a nationwide search, Kevin Gordon has been selected as our new Afternoon Drive (2 to 6 pm) Classical Host starting on April 25th.
Kile, who has been filling in as Afternoon Drive host since last summer, will be in charge of all on-air programming, production, and digital content. His contributions to WRTI as a producer and host have been considerable. Perhaps even more important, though, is his absolute dedication to helping WRTI become the best possible public media station. His experience as curator of the Fleisher Collection and an award-winning composer are tremendous assets that he brings to this new position. In addition, Kile possesses a love of music that keeps him inquisitive and engaged in the people and organizations making music today. We are lucky to have such a qualified person help us pioneer this new role at WRTI.
Kevin has a wealth of radio experience. At WQXR in New York City, Kevin was a classical music host for 15 years, and most recently was on the air at Classical South Florida WKCP, a station that served listeners in Miami, Naples, and West Palm Beach until it folded last year. He also served as a host for WINS, NBC News, and the RKO Radio Network, all in New York. Additionally, Kevin is a fine artist and portrait painter with works on display at numerous universities, hospitals, and other institutions. As he puts it, he has been — at one time or another — "a television weatherman, a nightclub magician, a private pilot, and an amateur bullfighter.” We look forward to his newest challenge of charming listeners from 2 to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Kevin begins his new gig with WRTI on Monday, April 25th.
Congratulations to Kile and Kevin!