Award-Winning Chicago On-Air Personality Ray Stevens Debuts New Morning Show Today on Cumulus Media’s 890 WLS-AM

CHICAGO, IL — June 10, 2024 — Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has named popular Chicagoland radio personality, Ray Stevens, as On-Air Host, Mornings, on Chicago News/Talk station 890 WLS-AM. Stevens kicks off his new morning show on 890 WLS-AM today and can be heard Monday through Friday from 5:30am-9:00am.

Stevens, known on-air as “Ramblin’ Ray Stevens,” is an award-winning News/Talk and Country radio host and television personality. A fixture for many years at Chicago’s US 99/WUSN-FM and 890 WLS-AM, Stevens was honored by the Country Music Association as Major Market Personality of the Year in 2010 and for four consecutive years, was honored as the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Major Market Talent of the Year. Stevens has also been heard nationwide on Westwood One’s Country’s Cutting Edge, and on United Stations’ Serving Your Country.

Stevens received the Semper Fi Award from the U.S. Marines for his work on behalf of U.S. servicemen and women at home and abroad, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the U.S. Marines. He is an avid supporter of PAWS Chicago, 100 Club Chicago, Illinois State Crime Commission, Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Stephanie Tichenor, Program Director, 890 WLS-AM, said: “Ray has been part of the fabric of The Big 89 for years. We’re thrilled to have him back in morning drive on 890 WLS-AM.”

Ray Stevens commented: “I am beyond ecstatic to be back doing mornings at WLS and 890 in my hometown. Special thanks to Marv Nyren and Stephanie Tichenor for having faith and believing in me. Also special thanks to Cumulus KCMO, Donna Baker, and Pete Mundo who’ve let me work middays at the radio station for the better part of the year. I can’t wait to get to work and be on the air at the legendary 890 WLS-AM talking NASCAR, politics, football, and everything that makes us the greatest city in the world!”

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