Home , Staff


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.
Britney Rhea White
Board Operator
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.
Ed Brantley
Ed brings four decades of leadership in East Tennessee radio and is a member of The Knox County Commission. He has extensive experience and success in all aspects of country music radio and will help Merle FM grow a great deal in every facet of our operation. Brantley keeps strong relationships within the community among both listeners and advertisers. Brantley’s opportunities at Merle include consulting on all departments within the station including programming, community relations, and advertising sales. He was on the air at WIVK for 27 years, being voted #1 afternoon radio personality in America and later became its sales manager and general manager. He managed five stations overseeing a staff of more than one hundred with annual revenues of eight figures. He became General Manager and morning show host at WNOX where he dealt daily with the needs of the people of Knox County and East Tennessee. Ed started Coats for the Cold, and The Knoxville Award and has served United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service and others. Merle FM is happy to welcome Ed Brantley to the team.
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.
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.
Mike Hammond
Hall of Fame Program Director and Music Consultant Mike Hammond brings four decades of country music knowledge and relationships from Nashville to Knoxville to Merle FM Hammond serves as the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk, so he works Merle on the evenings and weekends. Mike works with artists and musicians to give them the chance to have their music heard on the radio.
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.
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.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: