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

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In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their 6th NBA title in eight seasons.  The collected footage resulted in a dazzling depiction of one of sport’s most iconic athletes and celebrated teams.  The Last Danceproduced by ESPN, follows the Bulls’ 1997-98 season from start to finish, while also covering the rest of the chapters in Michael Jordan’s career.  

The 10-part documentary has been immensely popular with nearly 24 million people viewing it.  Pop Life host Joe Lee was not one of them.  On this episode of the podcast, Joe welcomes Seth Everett, veteran sports broadcaster and host of the popular podcast Sports With Friends, back to the show and invites Seth to convince him to watch The Last Dance.  


Ever since sports vanished overnight, the question remains when they will return. As the complex answers trickle in, more questions emerge. On this week’s episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman looks across the sports landscape at the road ahead.

The UFC has already made its grand reentrance. WAER’s Gill Gross joins the pod to discuss his conversation with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani about why and how UFC started back up.

Dystopian movies and novels have been all the rage recently, and you might feel like if you've seen or read one of them you've seen all they have to offer. Well here's a twist that might pique your interest. What if I told you this one takes place during the second ice age and is set on a train that travels the world?

On this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee chats with Dr. Kendall R. Phillips, Professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University about the movie and now televistion series, Snowpiercer. Can the plot from the movie survive as a series? How do the two compare? What should we expect if we're tuning into the series without having seen the movie? You'll hear that and more on this episode of Pop Life.


Hemp growers are deciding right now how much hemp crops to plant with the unknowns of when they will be able to farm and when processors will be able to start, again.  As part of City Limits Food For Thought podcast series, John Smith reports the industry appeared to be gaining state support before the COVID-19 virus hit but, was also dealing with unknowns at the federal level.  


As the calendar nears June, ballparks across the country are still silent. On this week's episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks with two Major League Baseball announcers who grew up around the game of baseball. They share the experiences that shaped their love for America's National Pastime.


Since the emergence of COVID-19 we've heard a lot about "essential workers". You might picture these workers as nurses, grocery store associates, and delivery drivers. And you'd be correct, but what about zoo workers providing care to living, breathing animals?

On this episode of The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Jeff Taylor, owner of The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango. They discuss the history of the park, impact of COVID-19, and the Netflix documentary Tiger King.


Talkback: Ep 06- Family

May 13, 2020

Family comes first. On this week's episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks with three WAER alumni about the impact of family on their life and how they created one in Syracuse.


Pushing forward may be difficult right now as we all search for a sense of purpose. On this week's episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks with three WAER alumni from three separate decades about how their station experience shaped their own ambitions.   

           

Talkback: Ep 04- Hope

Apr 29, 2020

Without many of its many usual reminders, hope can seem lost. On this episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman looks at the journeys of three WAER alumni finding hope in their own lives and in the present moment. 


Uncertainty rules our lives in the world of COVID-19. On this episode of Talkback, Cooper Boardman talks to three WAER alumni about how they deal with it. We'll hear from Jason Benetti of ESPN and the Chicago White Sox about finding positive in the day-to-day, Steve Bunin of KING5 in Seattle on what it is like to cover the pandemic and Pete Gianesini, the Senior Director, Digital Audio Programming at ESPN, who explains what the Worldwide Leader in Sports does without live events.


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