KBCR ownership shakes up staff


— KBCR Big Country Radio has undergone some big staff changes.

Program director Tom Palmer has been promoted to station manager, replacing longtime station manager Nathleen Rife. In a prepared statement, the board of directors of KBCR said that Rife was offered a sales position with the radio station but chose to resign.

Rife did not return phone calls seeking comment.

In the wake of Rife's dismissal, general sales manager Beth Dennehy resigned.

She will be replaced by sales associate Renee St. Andre. St. Andre has been in broadcast sales and sales management for several years.

The station also has cancelled Frank Meek's weekly radio talk show that was broadcast on the AM side of KBCR. Meek is no longer with the station. Former KBCR employee Tom Whiddon has been hired to take over the "Outdoor Report" that Meek was in charge of.

Palmer is a Steamboat native and has been broadcasting since 1988. In the prepared statement he tried to cast a positive light on what have been tumultuous staff changes at the local country music station.

"A new station manager, a new general sales manager and the purchase of new studio and broadcast equipment to improve sound will all provide KBCR with a combination of fresh faces, new perspective and more experience," Palmer stated.

KBCR is installing a new FM transmitter that is expected to be up by late June.


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