CBS Radio is one of our favorite radio corporations. The programmers and jocks that work for CBS always say great things about the company and we love the fact that they are innovative and they allow programmers autonomy in various markets to actually program their stations. Respected programmer Rick Thomas was just settling in with a new format at Los Angeles’ KTWV in Los Angeles when he was called to work in radio’s top market (NY) to tweak and grow the format at 92.3 Amp Radio. I have to admit I was not happy when I heard he was leaving as I thought it was too soon after developing the new format and the corporation might switch formats again. I was really enjoying the changes and found myself constantly tuning in to see how the format was working at KTWV. It’s great to know he will still be involved and the format will not change as the station sounds better than it has in over a decade and the new format was a welcomed and much needed change to the market. Many stations and programmers have tried the same format but fell short with the implementation and presentation. Thomas aced it by keeping some of the key jocks like LA Staple Talaya Trigueros, who can probably work any format, and bringing in great vet talent like Frankie Ross. (no relation to me as some people think). Here… Thomas gives us an update of what roles he is currently playing not only at 92.3 but for the company’s LA Stations.
KEVIN ROSS: Congrats on your new gig, did you expect to make a move this fast after The Wave?
RICK THOMAS: Not at all. I love what is going on with the Wave. Regarding NY, I had intended to play whatever role CBS wished of me on a task force of CHR PD’s who were sort of internally consulting the NY project. Along the way I realized how much fun it would be to apply what I do to serving listeners in the city where I was born and raised on a daily basis