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.  

Ways to Connect

Talkback: Ep 19: Halted

Aug 12, 2020

With the Big Ten and Pac-12's decisions to postpone fall sports—including college football—the ramifications of those choices are endless. This week on Talkback, host Cooper Boardman hears three different perspectives on the future of the sport: Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Matt Chazanow, voice of Washington State in the Pac-12, and Paul Peck, play-by-play for the University at Buffalo of the MAC.

There are loads of uncertainties with regards to College Football as we sit in limbo waiting for big decisions to be made. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman look into a myriad of topics including Syracuse's schedule, player statements and a radio segment from Jim Boeheim. 

Talkback: Ep 18: Adapt

Aug 5, 2020

With major sports leagues back in action, adaptation is at a premium. On this week’s episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman looks at the winding career paths of podcast pioneer Seth Everett and Phoenix Suns broadcaster Jon Bloom. The 90’s SU grads talk about making the most of opportunities and rolling with the punches.






















With the team almost entirely back in voluntary practices, we explore the new faces of the Syracuse Men's Basketball team and take a look ahead to the 2021 recruiting class. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Paul Biancardi, who talks national, ACC and 'Cuse recruiting.

Jeffrey R. Staab

Sports is a deeply rooted part of popular culture in countries all around the world.  From big games like the Super Bowl to tournaments like the NCAA Final Four, sports have a way of bringing us together and creating new tribes like few things do in our society.  From post-game pizza outings in little league baseball to grabbing a brew with your friends at a neighborhood sports bar, sports serve as a popular backdrop for human connection, bonding, and community.  That’s all changing in the face of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

In this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee chats with veteran sports broadcaster Ian Eagle about the return of sports, the impact the pandemic is having on the business of sports, and what the future of the fan experience might be like in a post pandemic world.  

Basketball comes back this week inside the bubbles in the NBA and WNBA. On this week’s episode of Talkback, Orlando and Bradenton take center stage. Minnesota Timberwolves play-by-play radio voice Alan Horton walks through the challenges ahead for the NBA’s Disney World reopening, and 2018 WAER Syracuse alum Sean Salisbury details calling the WNBA season from a studio.

As the fall approaches and Syracuse Football's scheduled training camp inches closer, we explore the new faces of the 2020 recruiting class. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Stephen Bailey talking guys that can have immediate impact as well as some others that could be big names a few years down the road.

With Major League Baseball’s return marking the end of this sports drought, host Cooper Boardman dives into the challenges ahead and what the return to baseball means with ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Boston Red Sox TV announcer Dave O’Brien and Houston Astros radio announcer Rob Ford.













With things still up in the air regarding when and how the 2020 college football season will be played, hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman look ahead to the Syracuse Football 2021 recruiting class (1:24-9:07); special guest Matt Hauswirth shines a light on some faces to look out for in orange in the coming years (9:07-34:52); and we dive into the upside potential of 2021 QB commit Justin Lamson (34:52-41:51).

The fifteenth episode of Talkback comes less than three weeks before the National Hockey League restarts its season. Two NHL voices—Jim Jackson of the Philadelphia Flyers and Steve Goldstein of the Florida Panthers—join the podcast to break down the sport's return in Canadian bubble cities.