iHeartMedia Phoenix’s 104.7 KISS FM, The Valley’s Number 1 Hit Music Station, announced today that Payton Whitmore will join “The Johnjay & Rich Show,” effective immediately. “The Johnjay & Rich Show” broadcasts weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“The Johnjay & Rich Show” features Johnjay Van Es, Rich Berra and Kyle Unfug who host segments such as Second Date Update, War of the Roses and #LoveUp Moments.
“I’m thrilled to officially add Payton’s authentic point of view and endless energy to our show family. She brings her heart and soul to the show every morning – making her the perfect fit,” said Van Es.
Berra added “We are beyond thrilled to have her unique badassery charging up the entire vibe of the show with her infectious laughter and boundless potential.”
Payton Whitmore joins iHeartMedia Phoenix from Portland, Oregon as a new graduate and began her career at 104.7 KISS FM in April of 2021 as an associate producer of the “Johnjay & Rich Show.”
“I could not be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a permanent member on the Johnjay and Rich show. This is SO surreal for me because I have been listening to the show since I was little so to be a part of it is so special. I can’t wait to grow and learn from the amazing people around me and bring a spark every single morning! A huge thank you goes out to Johnjay and Rich for taking a chance on a young 23 year old who is still navigating life!” said Whitmore
Payton replaces Suzette Rodriguez, who will be hosting her own afternoon drive show weekdays on 104.7 KISS FM from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and across iHeartMedia’s network of stations.
iHeartMedia Phoenix has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than 860 stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.
iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Phoenix market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.