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Chris Mays out at KINK

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  1. warner

    Well, in light of recent events, this is interesting:

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 03:47 PM #
  2. Andy_brown

    Just more proof Alpha does not make smart decisions and then looks for a whipping boy, or girl as the case may be.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 04:45 PM #
  3. field_strength

    KINK is now a shadow of the great station it used to be. It's hard to tell if that's been May's doing or Alpha's, since they've both been involved with KINK roughly the same amount of time. I'm glad to see someone else take the reigns. I just hope whoever it is doesn't make a further mess of it and brings back some of KINK's old heart and soul.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 04:56 PM #
  4. RobP

    This from ALL ACCESS:

    Chris Mays Resigns From KINK

    ALL ACCESS has learned that TODAY (11/3) is CHRIS MAYS’ final day at ALPHA MEDIA Triple A KINK/PORTLAND, OR. MAYS wrote on FACEBOOK:

    “I am extremely proud to have worked at some of the finest, most influential stations in the Triple A format and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to lend my talents and years of expertise to help those stations achieve unprecedented successes.

    "Working in PORTLAND has been no exception. During my four years here, KINK was nominated for the MARCONI AWARD for Best Rock Station in the nation in both 2011 and 2012. We won in 2012! I have been honored as Best Programmer in the Triple A format for the past two years. And KINK received the award for best station of the Year by our peers at the Triple A Conference this summer. KINK has produced over 600 BING LOUNGE performances during my tenure. We have enjoyed very high ratings in the format for much of my four years here.

    "However, situations do change. While I will always cherish my time at KINK and ALPHA MEDIA, I feel it’s time for a change. And so it’s with mixed feelings that I’ve decided to move on. I’m going to take some time off to enjoy traveling and seeing family. After that, we’ll see what the future holds. You can stay in touch with me at, or see my adventures on FACEBOOK. I’ll miss you -- and the BING LOUNGE!”

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 05:03 PM #
  5. bossjock

    Andy, what you say may be so - but she did herself (and the station, and Alpha) no favors with the attitude she took on social media after Marconi was 86'd.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 05:25 PM #
  6. Andy_brown

    Clearly even bringing Marconi in shows the ineptitude of both. No offense to Marconi, but he is what he is and he's not what KINK needed to lure a younger audience even remotely in the KINK tradition. Frankly, I could have done a better job. As far as Ms. Mays frustration on social media, IMO the die was already cast when Marconi exited that she'd be soon to go. Whether for suggesting Macaroni, endorsing him, not protesting someone else's suggestion . . . it doesn't matter. Alpha takes the big hit. Alpha and only Alpha is supposed to be making personnel decisions and to date, they have made a mess out of a once highly respected station (even if they were somewhat musically lame).

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 05:31 PM #
  7. warner

    What we don't know for sure, did she jump, or was she pushed? (ref: Richard Thompson).

    Her FB post implies it was her idea, she "decided to move on."

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 05:33 PM #
  8. Andy_brown

    Standard language for either jumping or being pushed, that is, if you want to work again in corporate radio.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 05:36 PM #
  9. BrokenToy

    Marconi was hired by Scott Mahalick (EVP of Programming, Alpha Media), but when it didn't work out Chris Mays took the blame. And of course, everyone at Alpha handled the whole situation with their usual grace, dignity, and professionalism.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 07:18 PM #
  10. paulwalker

    Chris Mays probably has no memory of me, but she hired me to do weekends at KLSY in '85. She was nothing but polite. Unfortunately, I had a chance to move into full-time across the street. (Or lake in this case). But I will always remember her as being a kind and professional PD. Chris, come back to Seattle, I'm sure someone could use your talent.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 - 07:44 PM #