Chris Hoffman Rises To Cumulus VP/AC Format

B98.7 KBEE Salt Lake CityCumulus Media has promoted Salt Lake City Operations Manager and Program Director/midday host of AC “B98.7” KBEE to Vice President of AC Programming for the company.

In his new role, Hoffman will oversee Cumulus’ 27 AC formatted stations. He will continue in his existing Salt Lake City duties as well.

Hoffman has held his positions in Salt Lake City since 2015. He previously has programmed Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX San Jose from 2013-2015, Conservative Talk 710 KCMO and Classic Rock “101 The Fox” KCFX Kansas City from 2004-2013, Oldies 94.9 KCMO-FM Kansas City from 1999 to 2004, and Oldies “Kool 105” KXKL Denver from 1996 to 1999. Hoffman also held various roles at KXKL APD/MD and Morning Show Producer from 1988 to 96.

Hoffman succeeds Emily Boldon, who departed her dual role as VP/AC Programming and VP/Stratus Music at the end of March.

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has promoted Chris Hoffman to Vice President of Adult Contemporary. Hoffman will continue in his role as Operations Manager for Cumulus Salt Lake City’s KUBL-FM, KBEE-FM, and KKAT-AM. As Vice President of Adult Contemporary for Cumulus Media, Hoffman will be responsible for 27 Cumulus AC-formatted radio stations, overseeing best practices, artist and label relations and company communications pertaining to the AC format

Hoffman is a 35-year radio veteran, programming stations in the AC, Classic Rock, Classic Hits and News/Talk formats. He started his career while still in high school, at the University of Colorado’s radio station. As a teenager he worked his way up at Shamrock Broadcasting’s Kool 105 (KXKL FM) in Denver, rising to Program Director in 1996. He went on to program KCMO FM in Kansas City, MO, where his team won two Marconi Awards, and took on Operations Manager and Program Director roles for Cumulus at KCMO-AM and KCFX-FM. After two years in San Francisco programming KUZX/KUFX, Hoffman moved to Salt Lake City as Operations Manager for Cumulus Media’s KUBL, KKAT and KBEE, where he also served as Program Director and Midday host.
John Dimick, Senior Vice President Programming Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “Having the depth to recruit from within and promote someone with Chris’ abilities is another example of our commitment to having the best and brightest in Cumulus Media. This is well deserved recognition, and we are delighted to have Chris as part of the Audience and Content leadership team.”
Hoffman said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to lead our AC team at Cumulus and work with our PDs to grow our legendary group of stations. A huge thank you to EVP Brian Philips and our VPs of Programming, John Dimick, Doug Hamand and Greg Frey for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”

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