Cumulus Media has hired John Shomby as director of programming for the Nash Network. In other Cumulus Country news, Mac Daniels has been named program director for KPLX(FM) and KSCS(FM) in Dallas. Additionally, the company has appointed David Walls as vice president/market manager for its six-station cluster in Birmingham, Ala., and the Buffalo, N.Y., cluster has named Tiffany Bentley as music director and afternoon drive on-air personality for WEDG(FM).
Shomby will oversee all Nash programming through the Nashville, Tenn., network and syndication operations, and he will be based at the Nashville campus in and report to Senior Vice President of Content and Programming Mike McVay.
For more than 13 years, Shomby has been director of programming for Max Media’s five-station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va. Prior to that he was operations manager for Cumulus stations in Augusta, Ga., Flint, Mich., and Kalamazoo, Mich. He has programmed stations in Birmingham, Ala., Portland, Ore., New Orleans, Dallas and Boston. He serves on the board of directors for the Country Radio Broadcasters and the PD Advisory Board for ESPN Radio.
Effective Feb. 16, Daniels joins the Dallas cluster from KSJO(FM) San Jose, Calif., where he was program director. He has also programmed stations, including WMZQ(FM), Washington; WYCD(FM), Detroit; KSKS(FM), Fresno, Calif.; and KASE(FM) and KVET(FM), Austin, where he was operations manager for iHeartMedia. Daniels was also previously assistant program director for KPLX(FM) Dallas.
Walls joins Cumulus from Summit Media in Birmingham, where he was general sales manager and director of sales for Summit and Cox Radio for 19 years. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as a high school football coach and teacher in Birmingham metro high schools.
Bentley comes to Cumulus and WEDG(FM) from WLKK(FM) in Buffalo, where she was morning host. Prior to that, Bentley was a freelance journalist in New York City. She also programmed and hosted a free-form music show, “The Blend,” on Lehigh Valley, Pa., NPR affiliate WDIY(FM). She began her radio career as programming assistant and nighttime on-air personality for WKRL(FM)/WKLL(FM) in Syracuse, N.Y.