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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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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Planning to limit your public engagement this Halloween?  If you need ideas for at-home entertainment, this episode of Pop Life promises to help you make it spooky and safe. 

Joe Lee is joined by Kendal R Phillips, professor of Communications & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University and author of the book Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture, to discuss a few movies and shows to explore for a haunting good time during the global pandemic.


Syracuse gears up for its sixth contest of the eleven-game season against #1 Clemson. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman discuss the incredibly lopsided matchup between the Orange and Tigers. Plus, Ben talks to Syracuse.com football reporter Nate Mink about Clemson, the first half of the season, and Dino Babers job security.

Historically, black artists have long played an integral role in social justice movements by using their art and their voice to amplify anger and frustrations.  This City Limits episode examines how artists and arts organizations in Syracuse are working to support and sustain the racial justice movement.  This story features the voices of the Black Artist Collective, 100 Black Men of Syracuse, the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse Stage and listeners like you.


It's time for SU's non-conference game against Liberty. Last year, the Orange dominated the Flames 24-0, but this time around it is expected to be very different. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman discuss the matchup as well as the quarterback situation in Syracuse. Plus, Liberty Flames Sports Network football reporter and pregame analyst Nick Pierce joins the show to talk LU's undefeated start to the season.


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