Ryan Hatch, 44, has been named as operations director and will take on day-to-day programming for conservative news talkers, KIROFM, and KTTH on April 12. (new hires, reshuffles, and a cancellation have recently rocked the stations which took a huge hit with the onset of the PPM's last year).
He'll take over for Rod Arquette who was relieved of duties earlier this month.
Odd that Hatch will not do programming for sporty KIROAM since his background is sports rather than news. He comes to Seattle from Phoenix, where he's been PD of Bonneville's news/talk/sports KTAR-FM.
Before that it was sports, sports, sports…
During his career, Hatch was Program Director for 1280 The Zone KZNS, the top rated sports talker in Utah, and hosted the number one rated midday sports talk show in the Beehive State. The Salt Lake native has also hosted countless Utah Jazz, University of Utah and BYU pre and post-game shows, and provided television and radio play-by-play for Major League Soccer and Arena Football League broadcasts. Hatch began his radio career at KISN-AM in Salt Lake City in 1995, before helping to launch KFNZ-AM and the Utah Jazz Radio Network.A source reminds us:
KTAR, incidentally, was one of the two models Bonneville cited (DC was the other) where they've moved the established AM news/talk operation to FM and put sports talk on the AM. Both Phoenix and DC worked out a lot better than Seattle has so far - but then, Seattle is a much stronger AM market than the other two, and the 710 is much more of a regional signal than the Bonneville AMs in Phoenix (620 AM, but less power) or DC (50 kw, but high on the dial at 1500 AM).
He'll emphasize, they say, new media. “Hatch will bring “a … strategy to Seattle creating a culture of collaboration and product integration between the newsroom, talk shows and digital media assets.”