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 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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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Tuesday morning,  Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, will testify.

There's been a trend growing if you pay attention to lifestyle and culture around the Syracuse area. Vegan items in restaurants and the availability of vegan products in grocery store has been steadily on the rise. To gain a better understanding of the movement that goes far beyond simply a diet, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sat down with Jim Thompson and Theresa Stowell of Vegan CNY.

They discuss what Vegan CNY hopes to offer the Syracuse community, what inspired them to pursue this lifestyle and then they taste some authenic vegan food items. 


34 points in a season opener is not exactly ideal. Hosts Brendan Mortensen and Owen Valentine are joined by special guest JD Raucci to discuss what went wrong, and what changes could be made in the Cuse starting lineup going forward. Will we find the answers tonight as Syracuse hosts Colgate? 


With a struggling SU football team on a bye, what better time to have our SU basketball preview show! Hosts Brendan Mortensen and Owen Valentine break down the expectations for this years team, who is going to step up with the departure of Battle, Brissett and Howard, and what can we expect from the new members of the team. Plus, a preview of Wednesday night's opener against Virginia.


Stephen Shepherd sits down with most of the cast, plus the director, of Next Fall, a modern play centered around a gay couple. One of them is religious; the other... not so much. This production has six performances at the Central New York Playhouse from November 8th-16th, 2019.

More info is available at cnyplayhouse.org.  


What better way is there to build a bridge between what happens in school and what happens in life than using popular culture?  Especially when it comes to subject matter that we find troubling or difficult?  On this episode of the Pop Life podcast, host Joe Lee explores how the use of popular culture as a teaching device has grown from frowned-upon activity to mainstream staple.


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The U.S. House of Representatives is voting to formalize its ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution before lawmakers outlines the next steps in their investigation. Watch the debate and vote on the House floor live.

Stay tuned to 88.3 FM, WAER for continued coverage from NPR as the House vote and impeachment inquiry continues.

Central New Yorkers faces an election in November with dozens of local offices on the ballot for positions that decide things such as tax rates, education policy, and district lines. But voter turnout in elections with primarily local races has been historically low. In light of this, community groups and political researchers are asking what will get people engaged?


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