Friday, February 6, 2015

Kiss radio names new talent lineup

New morning teams at Kiss is, from left, LauRen Merola, Roy Brown and Steve Maney. 

Charlotte's pop Kiss radio, WNKS-FM (95.1), unveiled its new lineup Friday for morning and evening shows, including a new team built around morning host Steve Maney.

Joining Maney will be LauRen Merola and Roy Brown, replacing P.J. "Drex" Rener and Cassiday Proctor who left the top-40 station last month for a new job in Atlanta.

Merola, 30, has done television in her native Pittsburgh and sports radio in Miami and on Charlotte's WZGV-AM (ESPN 730). She was a dancer on four USO entertainment tours and for the Charlotte Hornets. She was Miss Pennsylvania in 2008 and represented the state in the Miss USA pageant that year. She was also co-captain of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad.

Brown's background is less worldly. He comes from a station in Roanoke, Va., has never been on an airplane, never been to a NASCAR race and says he has never been above five stories in a skyscraper. 

Anna Sorrentino takes over the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift at Kiss.

 A.J Anelli 
Taking the midday shift that Proctor used to fill is Anna Sorrentino, who goes by the air name Riley. 

Taking over the night shift from Nick Felton, who used the air name Jay Sparxx and who has taken another job outside radio in Charlotte, is A.J. Anelli, who had worked for Kiss in production and promotion before taking jobs in Jacksonville and Washington, N.C.