New drive-time radio team
Seattle Times staff
"Jackie and Bender," a popular-husband-and-wife DJ team from Richmond, Va., will join "Kiss" radio in the 5:30-10 a.m. slot starting in early February.
The couple will do the new show live from the Dexter Avenue offices of the station, which is Infinity Broadcasting's KBKS-FM (106.1).
Jackie and Bender, who use only those names, previously did morning shows in Pittsburgh and worked in Portland at KKIZ-FM.
Lisa Decker, station vice president and general manager, said the couple, both 30, will bring a blend of music and topical conversation on pop culture, current events and lifestyles to the morning drive-time slot. Their show is one of the top-rated radio programs in Richmond.
"Their strength is listener involvement," said Mike Preston, program director. When they decided to recently rename their show to put Jackie's name first, for instance, they let listeners vote.
The station targets listeners in the 18-34 age range with a Top 40 format. Nighttime DJs have been filling the morning slot for the past 10 months, Preston said.
Infinity, parent company of Viacom,owns more than 180 radio stations around the U.S. including sister stations KMPS-FM, KZOK-FM, KYPT-FM and KYCW-AM.
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