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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Jim Boeheim isn't one to make changes in his lineup. Our hosts debate whether that should change, and which players should be seeing different minutes. Plus, a a look at the late January stretch of games for the Orange with hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman.


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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

On Tuesday, the live video stream is expected to begin at Noon. You can also listen to the impeachment trial on 88.3 FM WAER.

After a brief intermission, the Ostrom Avenue Podcast is back, and we've got a lot to catch up on. Hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine, and Ben Shluman catch you up on all the Syracuse basketball action from Georgia Tech to Virginia. Has Syracuse done enough to convince us that they're a tournament contender?


Not to be confused with the adorable characters from Willy Wonka , Oompa Loompyas is an emerging spot for authenic Filipino food. Garlic fried rice, pancit, or loompya, Oompa Loompyas offers authentic Filipino dishes with a twist of other ethnic cuisines.

443 Social Club & Lounge

In a place with the musical diversity of Syracuse, it only makes sense that there would be a variety of options in music venues. Residents of Central New York are well aware of some of the areas music staples, such as The Landmark Theatre, Funk 'N Waffles and The St Joseph's Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview. 

But, a comprehensive look at the area shows that there are a number of new and emerging options as well. WAER's Allison Weiss, took a trip to The 443 Social Club & Loungue recently, and highlights the unique aspects of their listening room style shows.

According to music historians, Hip-Hop (or rap music) was born in 1973 in the Bronx, NY.  It’s first commercial success dropped in 1979 with the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rappers Delight”.  At 46 years old and many of its early hitmakers in their 50’s and 60’s, Hip-Hop is all grown up and impacting cultures all around the globe.

On this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee explores the early beginnings of rap music, the Hip-Hop movement and its profound impact on popular American culture with scholar Dr Don Sawyer of Quinnipiac University.  Dr Sawyer is Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sociology.  He teaches a course on the Sociology of Hip-Hop.

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This holiday season as you go through your holiday tradiitons, chances are you'll catch a showing of It's A Wonderful Life on television. Central New York residents can add to the experience this year by catching the new documentary, The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life”, which highlights connections between Bedford Falls and Seneca Falls.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by the narrator for the film, Bob Dotson, professor at the Newhouse School and WAER alumnus. They dive into Bob's initial interest in Bedford Falls, the documentary, and some of stories he's collected through his 40 years as a reporter.

The good news is that the Syracuse football team ended on a high note after a 39-30 overtime victory against Wake Forest. The bad news? The team still didn't live up to expectations. Speaking of not living up to expectations, the Syracuse basketball team has had its worst 8 game start to a season under the Jim Boehiem era, currently sitting at 4-4. What should the expectations be for SU hoops? Hosts Brendan Mortensen and Owen Valentine are joined by special guest Jonathon Hoppe to discuss


The Central New York community has a lot offer it's residents, but what about the night life? There's a new late night spot in Syracuse and they're hoping to add a little spice to downtown in a unique atmosphere. 

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Scott Friedberg, Managing Partner of Gilded Club about what his modern style speakeasy can offer residents looking for something new when heading downtown.


On November 12th pop culture fans received an early holiday gift in the form of the new streaming service Disney+. Headlining the original content planned for the new service was the Star Wars original series The Mandalorian. 

This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee is joined by Seth Everett hosts the podcasts Hall of Justice and Sports with Friends. They discuss how to manage the plethora of streaming services available and their reactions to the first few episodes of The Mandalorian.


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