Martindale Back to KKGO For PM Drive. Starting next Monday (8/15), Christine Martindale will return to Mt. Wilson Broadcasters' country KKGO "Go Country 105," Los Angeles for afternoon drive duties (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm). Martindale comments that, after a five-month absence from KKGO, she is, "thrilled to be back on the air and to work again with the 'Go Country 105' family." Martindale joined KKGO as its mid-day talent three years ago and exited the Saul Levine-owned station in March. Various country artists are doing guest stints in Martindale's former mid-day slot. She succeeds longtime Los Angeles on-air personality Paul Freeman, who is relocating to Washington State. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio's July 2016 Los Angeles PPM report, "Go Country 105" is in a three-way tie at #17 (2.4, 6+); iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST "Coast 103.5" – where Martindale previously worked as a weekend talent – is on top with a 5.4 (6+). KKGO is up in back-to-back sweeps (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+) and is in 2.0 – 2.4 range (6+) for the sixth straight time. Its highest 6+-share in the past 12 surveys is 2.6 this past October.
Kellogg Transfers to Cumulus Fort Walton Beach as OM. Inbound from Columbia, Missouri where he was operations manager for Cumulus Media Columbia-Jefferson City the past 12 years, Chris Kellogg relocates to Fort Walton Beach for similar duties at the company's five-station Florida cluster. Cumulus Media regional vice president Pete De Simone states, "The addition of Chris to our team will afford us the additional focus we need to continue to grow our ratings and revenue. We are excited to have the collective firepower of this dynamic programming team at work for our brands, listeners, and advertisers." Kellogg comments, "Pete has created a terrific atmosphere to foster radio excellence. I appreciate his confidence in me and I am excited to collaborate with the programming team." The Cumulus Media Fort Walton Beach cluster consists of talk WFTW; WKSM "99 Rock"; adult contemporary WNCV "Coast 93.3"; country WYZB "Nash FM"; and CHR WZNS "Z-96." In addition to his OM duties, Kellogg will program WNCV and WFTW, as well as co-host mornings (with Lisa Captain) on WNCV. He succeeds Hayden Green, who continues programming "Z-96" as he has done the past 16 years and is the station's afternoon drive talent; Green has been with the cluster the past 23 years.