Cumulus Media Promotes Five in Providence

Mary Ellen Kachinske Rises to Director of Music Programming for Cumulus Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI, January 26, 2022 – Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted five radio programming professionals across its Providence, RI, radio station group. Cumulus has elevated Mary Ellen Kachinske to Director of Music Programming for WWLI-FM (Lite 105), WPRO-FM (92PRO-FM) and WWKX-FM (Hot 106). Kachinske rises from her previous role as Operations Manager/Program Director of WWLI-FM/Lite 105.

Cumulus has also promoted Nick Giuliano to Assistant Program Director of WPRO-FM. He will continue in his previous roles as On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive on WWKX-FM and as Assistant Program Director/Music Director for WWKX-FM.

Jess Schiano rises to Music Director for WPRO-FM. She was previously On-Air Host, Middays, on WPRO-FM and now moves to Afternoon Drive hosting duties on the station.

Also promoted at WPRO-FM is J Buff, who has been named On-Air Host, Middays, on WPRO-FM. J Buff will continue to produce the Giovanni and Kim Show on WPRO-FM.

At sister station WWLI-FM, Heather Gersten has been promoted to Music Director, in addition to her current roles as On-Air Co-Host, WWLI, and Assistant Program Director for WWLI-FM.

Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Providence, said: “When Mary Ellen Kachinske came to Providence in 2020, WWLI immediately benefited from her many years of broadcasting in larger markets. Elevating her to a position where she can oversee music programming for the entire cluster will allow all the stations to draw from her successes. In addition, the team of individuals working with Mary Ellen will provide the necessary support to succeed in the ever-changing landscape.”

Paras added: “I am delighted that the Cumulus Providence cluster has the combined dedication and commitment from so many talented broadcasters. We are well positioned to take on what the future may hold.”

Cumulus Media owns and operates five radio stations in Providence, including: WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM (News/Talk); WPRV-AM/AM 790 Talk & Business (News/Talk); WPRO-FM/92PRO-FM (CHR); WWKX-FM/Hot 106 (Rhythmic CHR); and WWLI-FM/Lite 105 (AC).

About Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 410 owned-and-operated radio stations across 86 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across nearly 7,300 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information, visit


Lisa Dollinger, Dollinger Strategic Communication for Cumulus Media, 512.633.4084.