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96.7 Merle FM WMYL
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For immediate release
May 13, 2013

JACK RYAN NAMED PARTNER WITH OWNERSHIP IN 96.7 MERLE FM

(Knoxville, TN) – Ron Meredith and M&M Broadcasting, the local broadcast company that owns WMYL 96.7 Merle FM announced today that Jack Ryan, host of the afternoon drive, has accepted a new position with the company.

The new position includes an ownership stake that allows Ryan to serve as a partner in M&M broadcasting.

Ryan’s new role will allow him to be part of the decisions made concerning M&M. He will put his vast knowledge of Country music and the industry to work fine-tuning the music and presentation of Merle FM.

Meredith said “This is a great day for M&M broadcasting and Merle FM. To have a partner like Jack Ryan to help continue the unprecedented growth Merle FM has experienced over the last year is something I am very excited about. It is good for a local company like ours to partner with a local guy like Jack. He is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. ”

Ryan says “This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Merle FM is already one of Knoxville’s most listened to radio stations. To actually own part of East Tennessee’s fast growing radio station is a dream come true. I have always wanted to own my own radio station. I never imagined it would be one as successful as Merle FM.”

Today’s announcement is not just a WIN for Merle FM. Today’s announcement is a WIN for East Tennessee. Today’s announcement is a WIN for LOCAL Radio. 96.7 Merle FM WMYL, WYSH am 1380, FM 101.1, and WGAP is the ONLY remaining locally owned radio group in Knoxville.
Journal Broadcasting is owned and Operated out of Milwaukee Wisconsin
Cumulus Broadcasting is owned and operated out of Atlanta, Georgia
South Central Broadcasting is owned and operated out of Evansville, Indiana
M&M Broadcasting is owned and operated out of Clinton, Tennessee

Merle FM recently bested both WIVK and Journal’s Q station when Merle was nominated as Radio Station of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and Ryan was nominated for Personality of the Year.

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