Monday, January 18, 2016

R.I.P.: Former WGCI-FM Chicago PD Kris Kelley

Kris Kelley
Former Chicago radio programmer Kris Kelley was found dead in her Philadelphia apartment late Saturday.

She was 45-years-old.  Industry sources state few people had talked to her for a while and calls were not returned from friends and family. A friend went to do a welfare check and found the former PD dead.

Tony Coles, Senior Vice President/Programming at iHeartMedia-chicago, stated on Facebook, "as I talk with members of the WGCI family, I cannot help but notice how often I hear the word "mentor." While Kris Kelley took great pride in her ratings, her joy came from discovering new talent and developing leaders. She did not make the process easy for them - because she knew that getting what you really want is never an easy process. She left us too soon, but we are so thankful for her legacy."

Kelley first came to Chicago in March 2007, joining WGCI 107.5 FM as Program Director and part-time on-air personality. Early on, Kelley was the Program Director that fired top-rated morning show host Crazy Howard McGee, replacing him with syndicated programming, which ended up with far lower ratings and revenue. Two years later, her role was reduced to Assistant Program Director at WGCI-FM and she was given an on-air role at WVAZ-FM/V103, taking over the popular midday shift.

At the end of October of 2012, Clear Channel Media+Entertainment Chicago proudly announced that Kris Kelley had been given the role of double Program Director, overseeing both WGCI-FM and WKSC 103.5 KissFM.

She was fired in in December 2013 with no public reason has been given for the abrupt exit.

Prior to coming to Chicago in 2007, Kelley worked as a midday DJ and Assistant Program Director/Music Director at WJLB-FM in Detroit, MI from 1998-2007.

Her radio career began in Pittsburgh, where she worked as the midday disc jockey and music director at WAMO-FM.

Kris Kelley is a native of Philadelphia, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

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