Sid Kelly takes radio job in TulsaWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio host Sid Kelly has accepted a job as a morning show host in Tulsa, Oklahoma, starting Aug. 11.
The former host of Toledo’s 92.5 KISS-FM’s “The Morning Rush” was let go in May over a salary dispute with the radio station’s corporate owners, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
The 17-year radio veteran’s one-year contract came up for review and Clear Channel decided not to renew, leaving the radio host “heartbroken” and “shocked,” he told Toledo Free Press at the time. He had been with the station for three years.
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Kelly announced the new job on his Facebook page July 30.
“I know a lot of you have been waiting to hear what my next move is going to be, and after all the legal red tape and last-minute phone calls I’m PROUD to announce that I’ve accepted the morning host job at KHITS in Tulsa, Oklahoma starting August 11,” he wrote. “While this opportunity is a dream come true, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I leave behind several friends I’ve made throughout the years here in Northwest Ohio.”
Kelly will join the morning show at WHTT 106.9 K-HITS in Tulsa.
“Sid’s talent really stuck out early in this process and his previous successes demonstrate the type of track record that will continue to grow K-HITS’ audience,” said K-HITS Program Director Jet Black in a July 30 news release. “We’re very excited to get him started. August 11th can’t get here fast enough.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Sid to the K-HITS team,” added KHTT Operations Manager Jules Riley in the release. “His ability to connect with the audience through humor and community involvement will be a huge asset as we continue with the evolution of this heritage brand.”
“From the moment I walked the halls and saw the operation, I could tell it was the place I wanted to be,” Kelly said in the release. “One of the goals I’ve always had was to be able to build a morning show from the ground up and work with managers who have the knowledge and faith to trust in my abilities.”
Kelly and his wife Emily were married in Toledo. They have three children, ages 5, 3 and 9 months. He was an occasional columnist for Toledo Free Press.
“N. W. Ohio will ALWAYS hold a huge spot in my heart,” he posted on Facebook. “The truth is, I love this city. From the Polish Fest and German Fest, Walleye games, moving Halloween, replacing a thief that stole more than just cash, to repairing relationships in a building that seemed to go less and less noticed as time went on; I enjoyed myself.”