Cumulus Media Names Dave Gibson as Morning Co-Host on Allentown’s Classic Rocker 99.9 The Hawk, WODE-FM

Gibson Joins Veteran Morning Host Rick Michaels on Newly Rebranded “The Hawk Morning Rave with Rick and Dave” Weekdays From 5:30AM-9:00AM

ALLENTOWN, PA – July 31, 2023 – Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has appointed Dave Gibson as Co-Host, Mornings, on Classic Rock station 99.9 the Hawk (WODE-FM) in Allentown, PA. Gibson debuts on 99.9 The Hawk on Tuesday, August 1st, and joins radio veteran and Morning Host Rick Michaels on the newly rebranded “Hawk Morning Rave with Rick and Dave” Monday through Friday from 5:30am-9:00am.

Gibson joins Cumulus Allentown from Classic Rock station 102.9 WMGK-FM in Philadelphia, PA, where he was the Morning Show Producer/Co-Host for “The John DeBella Show” at 102.9 WMGK.

Elizabeth Pembleton, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, said: ‘This is an exciting time for one of our legacy Allentown brands and demonstrates Cumulus Media’s commitment to the very best LIVE and LOCAL talent on our stations.’

Sal Palazzolo, Program Director, 99.9 The Hawk/WODE-FM, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Dave to the Hawk Team! Dave’s experience and synergies with the rest of the Cumulus Allentown Staff will be a welcome addition. I’m eager for Rick Michaels and his new on-air partner to wake up the Valley and keep WODE-FM the force it has been for many years!” 

Dave Gibson remarked: “Mama, I’m coming home! As a kid I used to record songs to cassette off WODE, so joining their well-established morning show is a real thrill. 99.9 The Hawk represents the best of everything that is the Lehigh Valley, and I can’t wait to join their winning brand and rock mornings with Rick.” 

Rick Michaels added: “I am eager to start a new chapter with the Hawk Morning Rave with Rick and Dave. We hit it off from the second we met!! Plus, Dave comes from working with the legendary John DeBella in Philly, so he brings some serious chops to mornings on WODE. I am sure this will be an awesome new morning show for THE Lehigh Valley Classic Rock station!!”

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 404 owned-and-operated radio stations across 85 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 more than 9,400 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  Contact: Lisa Dollinger, Dollinger Strategic Communication for Cumulus Media, and 512.633.4084.