Kevin Kloss

Content & Operations Manager

 I’ve always been enamored by the allure of radio. Maybe it was because my father worked in radio. Maybe it was the personal connection I felt with the hosts on the microphone. Whatever it was, I’ve been hooked on it for as long as I can remember. From Sports Talk, to Public Radio storytelling, to Alternative Rock I always found something different about each format that I appreciate. 

 As a student at Onondaga Community College in 2008 I had the opportunity to intern with Gomez and Dave on TK99 and I learned so much about the craft of putting together a successful morning show. I finished up my Radio Production degree at SUNY Fredonia, as an active member of their student radio program, hosting a weekly sports talk show.

 In 2011 I started working for the Mars Hill Network in Syracuse as their Morning Show Sports Announcer and ended up working as their Traffic Manager. Eventually I would transition into their Program Director and after nearly six years at the network I accepted a position with WAER. As someone who has enjoyed storytelling podcasts for years joining WAER has been a true pleasure. The opportunity to share stories from members of a community that has been my home for nearly my entire life was what drew me to WAER. 

  When I’m not poking around the radio station I enjoy taking day trips with my wife Chelsea and our son Jack.  

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WAER continues its celebration of the 16th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month with Part 2 of Jazz Journeys. 

Hosted by Music Director Eric Cohen, this week's program offers up another collection of wide ranging interviews by award winning author and journalist Reese Erlich in addition to music from the various artists.

 This week, we delve into the musical minds of pianists Chick Corea and George Shearing, along with  guitarists John Pizzarelli and John Scofield among others.

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger talks about the Sun. You'll hear specific details about our source of light and heat such as how far away from earth is it?  What is the Sun's chemical makeup ? And just how hot is the surface of the Sun?

All of that and of course a well-timed joke or two, this week on Science on the Radio. You can hear Science on the Radio Wednesday evenings at 8:35pm on WAER.

When the weather gradually becomes warmer and the snow is a distant memory Central New York Music fans begin to think about Jazz Fest. This June the Syracuse Jazz Fest will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. In honor of this achievement  WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a look at the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, it's the story of transformation for one Syracuse University  Men's Lacrosse Player. Sergio Salcido came to SU with visions of breaking onto the scene and immediately making a name for himself.  But after a torn ACL and no scholarship Salcido's future was looking bleak.

Fast Forward to today and the midfielder is one of the Orange's most  electrifying players. WAER's Tyler Aki tells us how Salcido went from a walk-on to an All-American.

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WAER is proud to join in the celebration of the 16th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month by presenting a special two-part program titled Jazz Journeys.

 

Hosted by Music Director Eric Cohen, the show captures a wide array of artists being interviewed by award winning author and journalist Reese Erlich backstage at festivals and clubs all across the globe.  This week, you'll get some behind the scenes perspectives from the likes of Kenny Barron, Claudio Roditi, John McLaughlin and Ramsey Lewis among others.

It's hard to think about Summer in Central New York without being reminded of the Syracuse Jazz Fest. This June the annual festival will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a historical look at the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week on Jazz Fest 35, the festival finds a new home. Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano examine how the festival came to call Onondaga Community College, it's home.  Along with remembering the music of Al Jarreau and Gil Scott-Heron. That and more this week on Jazz Fest 35.

Syracuse University Lacrosse is no stranger to being led by well known players. Players, whose name hold a strong reputation across the college lacrosse landscape. Heading into this season John Desko and his SU squad were in search of that leader.

This week on the Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Sean Salisbury tells us that Syracuse believes it has found that leader in Nick Mariano. Not only has Mariano proved to be an elite scoring option, but he's also developed into one of the best all around players in college lacrosse this year, 

For three and a half decades now the music community of Central New York has looked forward to Jazz Fest. In recognition of the 35th anniversary WAER present Jazz Fest 35, a chronicling of the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano continue their discussion of the downtown years. They recall the excellent festivals in 1999 and 2000, and of course Ray Charles. Take a trip down memory lane this week with episode four of Jazz Fest 35.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we hear about an emerging lacrosse program in Central New York. Jamesville-Dewitt is well know for their high school lacrosse success of recent years. Also Syracuse University has a storied history of success at the collegiate level, but they're not the only college program with success.

WAER's Tim Scott has the story of how Le Moyne College has established  a strong lacrosse program built to succeed for the long haul. And what future success might be in store for this Dolphins program led by  head coach Dan Sheehan

When the Syracuse Jazz Fest takes place at Onondaga Community College this June it will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. From humble beginnings to what it has become today Jazz Fest 35 chronicles each step in this iconic festival's history.

This week on Jazz Fest 35 Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano discuss the location change from Longbranch Park to downtown Syracuse. What were the advantages of this new venue? Also, what politics now came into play? That and more on this weeks episode of Jazz Fest 35.

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