SiriusXM VP of Pop Music Programming Kid Kelly has exited after nearly two decades at the satellite broadcaster. Kelly also handled day-to-day programming of the “Hits 1” and “Venus” channels.
Kelly, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, is also creator and host of the syndicated “Backtrax USA” program.
“After a long tenure at SiriusXM, Kid Kelly is no longer with SiriusXM, and we wish him the best in his new endeavors,” a statement from the company read. “His programming responsibilities are being taken over by SiriusXM Vice Presidents Alex Tear and Lou Simon.”
Kelly is forever associated with New York powerhouse CHR “Z100” WHTZ, where he served as night talent, Assistant Program Director and eventually Operations Manager over three stints with the station.
Tear joined SiriusXM/Pandora in September as VP/Music Curation and Programming after serving as Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Miami and PD of CHR “Y100” WHYI.
Tear was brought in to partner with the programming teams to “further build Pandora’s listener base and maximize music assets across both the Pandora and SiriusXM platforms,” according to a memo from President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
Simon is Senior Director of Programming at SiriusXM and host of Sunday night program “The Diner” on the “Volume” channel.