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

The recent passing of Alex Trebek, host of America’s favorite quiz show, represents the loss of a major pop culture icon.  The Jeopardy! host most known for his genial style and passion for trivia was a mainstay on television and a 7-time Daytime Emmy award-winner.

On this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee speaks with Claire McNear, staff writer at The Ringer and author of the new book Answers In The Form Of Questions: A Definitive History And Insider’s Guide To Jeopardy!  The two speak about Trebek’s success as show host and the impact that Jeopardy! has on American Popular culture.


Rochester-based vocalist Danielle Ponder has an interesting story to tell.  The soulful singer whose touching lyrics often tell stories of pain and injustice was once a defense attorney who spent five years working as a public defender.  Her criminal justice experience inspires her work and she’ll bring her music and message to Syracuse on November 20th when she will perform a virtual concert for the Community Folk Art Center.


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President Trump is giving an update on the coronavirus pandemic, speaking for the first time since Joe Biden became president-elect. Trump has been falsely claiming on Twitter that he won, and his campaign launched a slew of lawsuits challenging the legitimacy of the results and baselessly alleging widespread voter fraud. 

President Trump plans to speak in the White House Rose Garden at 4 PM ET today. 

Watch his remarks live.

Noted actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery passed on October 31, 2020 at the age of 90.  The actor, best known for is role as James Bond, left behind a legacy of work expanding 70 years.  On this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee is joined by media scholar Bob Thompson of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to discuss Connery’s body of work and the problematic nature of the James Bond character.  


After losing its last 4 games, Syracuse looks to get back in the win column against a new-look Boston College team. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Julian Benbow (15:30 - 37:20) and AJ Black (45:55 - 1:01:07) to look into what the Eagles have to offer in 2020.


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We've seen them numerous times on television commercials and movies, but how much do we really know about polar bears?  This week on Science on the Radio, Dr. Marvin Druger will tell us how they locate their main food source, how they're being impacted by global warming and more.


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The season finale of HBO’s Lovecraft Country left fans shocked and confused.  In this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee welcomes Lovecraft County author Matt Ruff back to the show to discuss the divergence of the television series and his novel in an effort to make sense of the series's shocking ending.  

The two compare and contrast the final chapter of the book, The Mark of Cain, to the final two episodes of the HBO series and discuss where the show might go from here.  


Despite a loss to Clemson last week, Syracuse carries some momentum into a Halloween battle with the Demon Deacons. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Stan Cotten (11:35-39:05) and Conor O'Neill (42:10-1:08:20) to discuss all there is to know about Wake Forest.


The previous episode of City Limits examined efforts in the Syracuse community to use art to heal the emotional wounds created by instances of racial injustice, police brutality, and social unrest.  In that episode, you heard voices of members of the Black Artist Collective, an organized group of black artists dedicated to enhancing the growth and endurance of all Black arts. 

Representatives of the group sat with Joe Lee to explore the intersection of art and activism and their fight to create a permanent seat at the table.


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