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Big D & Bubba
Morning Show Hosts
Big D started in radio when he was 14 years old at a 1000-watt Christian radio station in Cookeville, Tenn. By the age of 17, he hosted his first talk show, which led him to doing mornings on an oldies station in the same city. His first country radio experience was when he was 19 in Billings, Montana, where I fell in love with the country lifestyle. Bubba was 14 years old when he became a disc jockey at the local radio station in his hometown of Houma, La. He went on to use radio to travel the world and worked at stations in places such as Guam and Tokyo. Eventually, he got homesick and returned to the U.S. Hear Big D & Bubba weekdays 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Big Rick
Ricky Kitzmiller, better known as Big Rick. He's evening personality on Merle FM 7 pm - 12 midnight. He also works on our sister stations, WYSH and WGAP. Rick loves working both on the air and with clients. He's married to Kim and has one daughter, Kyanna.
Dan Bell
Dan and The Sunday Survey 20/20 return to Knoxville radio! Each Sunday, Dan will play 20 songs of today and 20 songs of yesterday LIVE from 12 to 4 p.m. Dan Bell, a living legend.
Garry Walden
Account Executive
Garry Walden has been in sales since 1973 and with our family since 1997. He knows how to make your advertising dollar go as far as possible.
Heather Hoover
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Jack Ryan
Jack is a native East Tennessean and attended Karns, Farragut, and CAK schools, and graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1997. He has worked at several radio stations across the southeast. He is the 2009 winner of CMA Radio Personality of the Year and was recently nominated for an ACM award. He is a father of two and resides in East Knoxville. Jack is the host of the Airport Honda Afternoon Drive 3-7 pm on Merle FM!
Jasper Young
Account Executive
Jasper Young has over 2 decades of business to business sales experience, specializing in building media campaigns for a wide variety of clients. He is married with one daughter.
Jennifer Clabo
Account Executive/Promotions
Jim Harris
News & Sports Director
Jim Harris, News and Sports Director. Jim came to our family in 1998. He worked his way from weekend announcer to play-by-play announcer to sports and news director. Jim is one of the cornerstones of the operation.
Kelly Harris
Traffic & Billing Director
Kelly Harris, Traffic and Billing. Needless to say, these are two areas that must be handled correctly. When you get your bill, you can rest assured a great deal of attention went into making sure it is correct. Kelly is the wife of Jim, and she understands the importance of making sure clients are happy.
Kelsey Golden
Street Crew
Kevin Coiner
Account Executive
Kevin Coiner has 15 yrs experience in creating successful advertising campaigns for a diverse range of clients with focus on unique characteristics of each business. He has two children, Eli and Makenzie, and has called Knoxville home for over 28 yrs.
Mike Kelly
Join Mike Kelly 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Sunday in the South! Where country and bluegrass artists sing about family and faith. Only on 96.7 Merle FM!
Phil Jarnagin
Personality/Account Executive
Phil spent the better part of 30 years in the TV business. Phil was the rep that handled the Merle FM account for the local CBS TV station. After a few years, we finally brought him to the good side and he has been with us here at Merle FM since February 2010.
Ron Meredith
Owner/Operator/Managing Partner
Ron started his career in broadcasting in 1979 in LaFollette, TN. He purchased WYSH in 1990 and has bought or built a total of 10 radio stations in East TN since then. If it has to do with radio, Ron Meredith has done, can do, or will find out how to do it in order to bring results to clients and listeners.
Savannah Lynn
Personality/Street Team
Hear on Merle FM weekends. Also, you can hear her on our sister stations, WYSH and WGAP. She hosts Prime Time Trading Time throughout the week. Savannah also serves as producer for a number of the stations' remote broadcasts.
Will Housley
Digital, Web, & Communication Media Director
Will is the webmaster for Merle FM, handles all social media efforts, and serves as the primary contact for media relations. He studies Public Relations at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Will has worked as a morning producer, programmer, and board operator for Merle FM in the past. Before joining the Merle family, Will worked on our sister station, WYSH-AM, as a DJ for Trading Time and several other weekend programs.
Zach Neely
Street Crew
Zach Neely, also known as Zach Morris, has had a love for radio ever since he was a kid. Zach helps with Merle FM remote broadcasts, promotional events, and various other marketing events. Zach will soon help with sporting events on Merle's sister stations, WYSH and WGAP. Zach loves country music!