The veteran programmer will manage a four-station cluster, including Soft-AC KMXZ Mix 94.9 FM, Talk KQTH 104.1 FM, Old School KTGV 106.3 FM The Groove and ESPN Sports KFFN 1490 AM / 104.9 T-FM.
His previous work experience included National VP/Programming for Stoner Broadcasting Systems, National VP/AC programming for CBS Radio and VP/Programming for Clear Channel eight-station Phoenix cluster.
"It was a long and active search and we are very fortunate to welcome Smokey to Scripps," said Scripps Tucson VP/GM Leon Clark. "He is a creative idea generator with an extensive and varied background in several formats. His expertise is perfect for our stations here in Tucson. I am confident that Smokey will continue to help grow these very important brands in the Tucson market."
"Thanks to Leon Clark, Beverlee Brannigan and Steve Wexler for being personal and provocative throughout the interviewing and hiring process," added Rivers. "I look forward to this opportunity to once again become a part of the Scripps family and to help lead the Tucson stations to even greater success."