Cumulus Media Promotes Five in Providence 

Ellen Kachinske

Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted five radio programming professionals across its Providence, RI, radio station group. Cumulus has elevated Mary Ellen Kachinske to Director of Music Programming for WWLI-FM (Lite 105), WPRO-FM (92PRO-FM) and WWKX-FM (Hot 106). Kachinske rises from her previous role as Operations Manager/Program Director of WWLI-FM/Lite 105.  

Nick Giuliano

Cumulus has also promoted Nick Giuliano to Assistant Program Director of WPRO-FM. He will continue in his previous roles as On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive on WWKX-FM and as Assistant Program Director/Music Director for WWKX-FM. 

Jess Schiano

Jess Schiano rises to Music Director for WPRO-FM. She was previously On-Air Host, Middays, on WPRO-FM and now moves to Afternoon Drive hosting duties on the station. 

J Buff

Also promoted at WPRO-FM is J Buff, who has been named On-Air Host, Middays, on WPRO-FM. J Buff will continue to produce the Giovanni and Kim Show on WPRO-FM. 

Heather Gersten

At sister station WWLI-FM, Heather Gersten has been promoted to Music Director, in addition to her current roles as On-Air Co-Host, WWLI, and Assistant Program Director for WWLI-FM.  

Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Providence, said: “When Mary Ellen Kachinske came to Providence in 2020, WWLI immediately benefited from her many years of broadcasting in larger markets. Elevating her to a position where she can oversee music programming for the entire cluster will allow all the stations to draw from her successes. In addition, the team of individuals working with Mary Ellen will provide the necessary support to succeed in the ever-changing landscape.” 

Paras added: “I am delighted that the Cumulus Providence cluster has the combined dedication and commitment from so many talented broadcasters. We are well positioned to take on what the future may hold.” 

Cumulus Media owns and operates five radio stations in Providence, including: WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM (News/Talk); WPRV-AM/AM 790 Talk & Business (News/Talk); WPRO-FM/92PRO-FM (CHR); WWKX-FM/Hot 106 (Rhythmic CHR); and WWLI-FM/Lite 105 (AC). 


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