Radio vet, Al Payne joins Cumulus as the new PD of Urban KMJK-Kansas City’s Magic 107.3. Payne most recently programmed Beasley Throwback WMGC (105.1 The Bounce)/Detroit. Before that he was Director of Urban Programming for Alpha Media in Louisville. Payne’s lengthy career also includes an 11-year run with Radio One, the last six as OM of WERQ & WWIN/Baltimore. Other programming department stops include WKYS/Washington; WDMK & WHTD/Detroit; WCDX & WKJS/Richmond, VA; KRNB/Dallas; WQMG/Greensboro and WMNX/Wilmington, NC.
Donna Baker, Midwest RVP/Market Manager, Cumulus Kansas City, said commented, “Al Payne brings proven leadership with a clear vision of winning to the helm of our talented Magic 107.3 team. He’s the perfect choice to rekindle KMJK to a new level of success.” Doug Hamand, Cumulus VP of Programming Operations, added, “Al made a bunch of successful noise in Detroit! He’s so plugged into what the Urban AC community needs. He will definitely wake our sleeping giant at Magic 107.3.” Payne commented, “I’m ready to help maximize the Magic in KC with this great team Donna has put in place. The vibe of this city is incredible and I’m ready to dig in!”