Beasley Media Group has made a major change at its Boston country station WKLB 102.5 today. Boston radio veteran David Corey has officially been named as WKLB's new program director effective May 31. He replaces another veteran Mike Brophey who is retiring. Brophey first arrived to Boston in 1996 to program new WKLB 96.9 when Greater Media merged two country formats on 96.9 and 105.7. In addition, Brophey's wife Ginny Rogers Brophey who has been assistant program director/music director since Greater Media launched WBCS 96.9 back in 1993 is also stepping down.
As for Corey, his Boston radio career took off at the young age of 17 at WXKS-FM (Kiss 108) where he worked his way up the ranks starting as intern
|"Kid David" Corey(L) with late|
Donna Summer(C) and
music director Jerry McKenna(R) at
Kiss Concert in May 1990
Corey was let go from Kiss 108 in June 2006 to due budget cuts at Clear Channel(now Iheart Media). In November 2006, he landed as program director at Canada's biggest Top 40 station CHUM 104.5 in Toronto thru corporate ranks at CHUM's owner Bell Media. In early May, Corey submitted his resignation from Bell Media without divulging his next career stop.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to return home to Boston to work at WKLB-FM," said Corey. "It's an amazing station with an incredible history in Country radio. I look forward to working with Justin Chase, Mary Menna, Cadillac Jack and the entire team at the station."
"David possesses the unique combination of being an excellent strategist and talent developer, as well as a battle-tested winner," added Director of Programming Cadillac Jack. "He's a one of a kind competitor that we are fortunate to add to our Beasley Media Boston team of programmers/"
[Ed. Note : What does return of Corey mean to WKLB in the short term? The station just rebranded itself as "New 102.5", dropping the old standby "Country 102.5. Also, with Corey having extensive Top 40 background, is Beasley thinking of jumping into the ring with Iheart's giant Kiss 108 and CBS Radio's feisty Amp 103.3? Stay tuned.]
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