November 26, 2014
Greater Media announces Darla Thomas has been named as the new Program Director of WLNK-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Thomas most recently served as the Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality at iHeartRadio’s Adult Hits “102.9 The Lake” WLKO-FM in Charlotte. Prior to that, Thomas spent five years as Operations Manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson cluster after programming Journal’s Hot AC “Star 104.5” KSRZ-FM in Omaha, Nebraska.
Before that, she served as the Music Director at Sandusky Radio’s hot AC “Mix 92.5” KLSY-FM, Seattle. Earlier in her career Thomas worked in San Antonio and Austin. She also has recent experience as a Digital Marketer in the non-profit sector.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Darla join the LINK team,” said Rick Feinblatt, senior vice president and market manager of Greater Media Charlotte. “Her experience, passion and leadership are exactly what we need to take the station to the next level.”
“I’m so excited to join the Greater Media team! The LINK is a heritage radio station that I’ve been a fan of for many years. Getting a chance to lead the station in a city I love, and work with legendary personalities like Bob & Sheri and Matt & Ramona, is a dream come true. Thanks to Rick Feinblatt for giving me this opportunity-I can’t wait to get started!”
Thomas replaces Anthony Michaels, who recently resigned to pursue other opportunities.
November 25, 2014
November 25 from 6-9 a.m., Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM’s morning host, John DeBella, broadcast live and collected monetary and turkey donations at Love Park (16th & JFK in Center City Philadelphia) during his 13th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop. The rest of the WMGK air staff collected donations at eight other locations (7 Giant Food Store locations in PA and Cherry Hill Classic Jaguar in NJ) across the tri-state area. Last year’s Turkey Drop raised over 9,000 turkeys. The station is hoping that this year’s Turkey Drop will raise even more.
The John DeBella Turkey Drop is the largest, one day food gathering event in Philadelphia. The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, an organization that provides holiday meals as well as other services to less fortunate individuals and families in the tri-state area. Cityteam Philadelphia, has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meal assistance this year. A large percentage of families seeking City Team’s assistance are seeking assistance for the first time.
Listeners that weren’t able to make it out to one of the 9 collection locations are still able to take part in this year’s WMGK Turkey Drop by going to wmgk.com or turkeydrop.wmgk.com and making a secure, tax deductible donation that will go directly to Cityteam Philadelphia. Online donations will be accepted through Sunday, November 30.
Mayor Michael Nutter was among the many guests who made an appearance, urging listeners to make an on-site or online donation to the Turkey Drop. This year’s efforts were assisted by a huge donation from Parx Casino. Parx Casino surprised everyone by having a truck with over $10,000 worth of turkeys pull up to the Love Park live broadcast site.
This year’s output was helped by sizable donations from a variety of sources, including: Freedom Credit Union, Giant Food Stores, UFCW Local 1776, Hooters Food & Restaurant, Always Best Care Senior Services, 6abc, Dave Magrogran Group, John Dougherty’s IBEW Local 98, Local 1 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Mingey General Contractors, Bob’s Diner in Roxborough.