Dallas McCade, mid-day host at Kicks 101.5. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Radio notes: Dallas McCade swaps with Scott Gaines on Kicks 101.5, new Kiss PD, Lew Dickey’s purchase

Originally posted Monday, January 28, 2019 by RODNEY HO/@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Dallas McCade is moving yet again on Kicks 101.5. After leaving mornings in June, 2017 for mid-days, she is now hosting afternoons from 2 to 7 p.m. starting today.

She is swapping places with Scott Gaines, who now mans the mid-day slot. McCade was a long-time morning co host with Cadillac Jack until 2017. 

Kicks has seen a lot of on-air staff changes over the past couple of years. Ali Mac arrived in 2016 to do mid-days, then mornings in 2017, then was cut earlier this month. CJ Lusk arrived in 2016 to do afternoons, moved to mornings in 2017 and left later that year. Gaines joined Kicks in 2017 for afternoons and now has a new time slot.

Caddy is the one steady presence, having been morning host for 13 years and at Kicks for virtually his entire career going back a quarter century. 

Scott Gaines will be doing mid-days now. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajccom


Terri Avery
Photo: Designs By JK

Kiss 104.1 has a new program director Terri Avery. She effectively replaces Tony Kidd, who was program director of Kiss but also oversaw all urban stations at Cox Media Group. 

Kidd retired in October after 25 years with the company.

She was previously station manager at the Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte. Before that, she was operations manager and program director for 14 years at Power 98 and V-101.9 in Charlotte. 

Avery started January 22. 

Kiss an the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both owned by Cox Media Group. 


Cumulus co-founder Lew Dickey was replaced last fall as CEO.
Photo: AP

Lew Dickey, former founder of Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, will be running a new U.K. music streaming company Modern Media Acquisition after his company Modern Media purchased Akazoo Ltd.

Akazoo - similar to Spotify - says it has about 4.3 million premium subscribers in 25 countries across Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa. Akazoo said it has 37 million total registered users as of September 30, 2018. It’s not available in the United States.

In 2015, Dickey was ousted from day-to-day operations of Cumulus, which is one of the largest radio companies in the country and recently got out of bankruptcy protection. He left the board in 2017. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.