Monday, March 16, 2015

He's a huge part of Knoxville Radio History (101)...


(Knoxville, TN) -- In its second major announcement in less than a week, Merle 96.7 (WMYL/Knoxville) today announced the addition of Hall of Fame Program Director and Music Consultant Mike Hammond. “Mike brings four decades of country music knowledge and relationships from Nashville to Knoxville to Merle FM,” says Jack Ryan, Merle afternoon show host and station partner. “I’m pleased to have him available on a professional level as well as a personal one.”

In addition to the professional aspect of Hammond’s presence at the radio group, there’s a personal one: Mike is Jack’s father. “While Jack’s air name is Ryan, his last name is Hammond,” says Mike. We’re both excited to be working together again in this way.”

Hammond serves as the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk. "This is my focus each day, and I am proud of what our team has accomplished. Working with Merle on the weekends will be another extension of my public service as I work with artists and musicians to give them the chance to have their music heard on the radio."

"In my 40 year career in country radio, music has been my passion. The chance to hear new artists like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift and see their careers go worldwide has been a source of pride to me. I hope to continue that tradition with Merle FM. Ron and Jack are passionate about the music and I look forward to working with them to bring not only new music from Nashville but music from our local artists as well." Hammond begins his new role April 1st.

Ron Meredith built Merle FM 96.7 in 2007. It is now the highest rated and most successful locally-owned radio station in the Knoxville market. With the addition of afternoon drive host now partner Jack Ryan in 2012 Merle FM accelerated the climb to the top of Knoxville’s Radio market. Now, with the addition of Ed Brantley last week and, Mike Hammond today the Merle FM staff will have more than 190 years of combined broadcasting experience and will work to become Knoxville’s number one radio station. 

“It is our goal to move Merle FM into the top spot in Knoxville radio.says Meredith. People the caliber of Ed Brantley and Mike Hammond combined with our already successful staff Jack Ryan, Dan Bell, Phil Jarnagin, Jennifer Alexander and a host of others, that goal may be attained much faster.