Grant Broadcasters recruits Ryan Khay, Keith Fowler & Billy McFerran as content directors
Grant Broadcasters has announced a string of content director appointments for its regional radio stations.
Ryan Khay, Keith Fowler and Billy McFerran have all joined the business in the top content roles, reporting to group content director, Ryan Rathbone.
Khay is a previous group content director across the likes of 92.7 Mix FM and SEA FM and returns to radio to lead the Northern Territory team at Hot 100 and Mix 104.9.
The Mix 104.9 on-air lineup has recently undergone a shake-up, with Andrew Thain and Sarah Passalick moving into Breakfast, and Ali Burton shifting to Drive.
Khay starts on June 24 and said there are a number of reasons he’s looking forward to the move.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with a company that has such a strong focus on live and local radio and fostering and growing talent,” he said. “I am also looking forward to throwing off the sub-zero degree Gippsland mornings for the climate that the Top End offers this time of year.”
Fowler, meanwhile, was the group creative director of Austereo in the mid 1980s and ’90s, and was has also worked in numerous high-profile programming and operations roles across Asia.
He will be taking the reins as content director for Star 106.3 and Power FM in Townsville from July 5.
He said he’s ready to get started.
“I am absolutely looking forward to getting to know the staff and immersing myself in the evolving content for Star 106.3 and Power100 while maintaining and enhancing the fiercely local focus already in place,” he said. “Roll on July.”
And finally, Billy McFerran takes the role at Bundaberg’s Hitz 939 and 4BU.
McFerran has been SCA’s content director in Shepparton as well as NEW FM and 2HD in Newcastle. He’s currently assistant group content and music director for ACE Radio, based in regional Victoria.
Grant Broadcasters said he has a proven track record of developing talent and has worked in some of the country’s biggest markets.
McFerran said it was like coming home.
“It seems like I’m heading back home to the family after having worked with so many people within the Grants team over the years,” he said. “Hitz and 4BU are absolute leaders here in local radio and I can’t wait to make Bundaberg my home.”
Of his new recruits, Rathbone added: “The addition of three such talented Content Directors to the group is just another example of the company’s commitment to growth and our staff. I can’t wait to see the improvements in each market under their direction in the coming months and years.”