Kevin Kloss

Content & Operations Manager

 I’ve always been enamored by the allure of radio. Maybe it was because my father worked in radio. Maybe it was the personal connection I felt with the hosts on the microphone. Whatever it was, I’ve been hooked on it for as long as I can remember. From Sports Talk, to Public Radio storytelling, to Alternative Rock I always found something different about each format that I appreciate. 

 As a student at Onondaga Community College in 2008 I had the opportunity to intern with Gomez and Dave on TK99 and I learned so much about the craft of putting together a successful morning show. I finished up my Radio Production degree at SUNY Fredonia, as an active member of their student radio program, hosting a weekly sports talk show.

 In 2011 I started working for the Mars Hill Network in Syracuse as their Morning Show Sports Announcer and ended up working as their Traffic Manager. Eventually I would transition into their Program Director and after nearly six years at the network I accepted a position with WAER. As someone who has enjoyed storytelling podcasts for years joining WAER has been a true pleasure. The opportunity to share stories from members of a community that has been my home for nearly my entire life was what drew me to WAER. 

  When I’m not poking around the radio station I enjoy taking day trips with my wife Chelsea and our son Jack.  

Ways to Connect

The numbers are staggering.  On any given day, about 25 Syracuse residents are forced to pack up their belongings and find another place to live.  They’re among the 8,000 to 11,000 renters who are evicted every year in Syracuse.  That’s the highest rate in upstate New York.  Why evictions are so prevalent?  Where can people turn for help? 

As the political climate has shifted so has the perception of what is acceptable in terms of comedy. This week on Pop Life, WAER's Joe Lee is joined by  Jeff Kinsler of the Salt City Improv Theatre to answer the question, "can America take a joke?"

They'll also rewind the tape on Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner to examine if her routine crossed the line. 

An estimated 200,000 Americans struggle with a severe form of Tourette’s syndrome,  and as many as one in 100 milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics. Often times leading to misinterpretation of their symptoms as behavioral problems.

WAER’s Alexandra Jennerjahn has this special report on one Syracuse University student who has taken his experience with Tourette’s and turned it into an opportunity to encourage others.

Throughout the early stages of City Limits, we have briefly discussed the concept of food insecurity. How do families living in poverty function day to day when they are unsure of how they will obtain their next meal?

WAER's Liz Tosi

Have you ever wondered if just one person can really make a difference? Well, if you have, don't mention that to John DeSantis. He's the Executive Director of the community organization Believe In Syracuse. Their mission is to promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area.

This week on The 315, John DeSantis chats with Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss about the positive side of Syracuse. Also, he tells us why Central New York residents should be excited about its future.

For those struggling with poverty entering into a legal dispute is not only a challenge but it could also become nearly impossible. Ranging from evictions, divorce, and court hearings without the means to acquire legal assistance some are left to fend for themselves and they might not be equipped to do so adequately. 

Recently WAER held a City Limits Talk round table discussion centered around the topic of legal assistance and how it is impacting poverty in Syracuse. The discussion was moderated by WAER's News Director Chris Bolt.

The City Limits Talk panel included-

In Major League Baseball, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans went decades and decades without a championship. So, when you hear that Syracuse men's lacrosse is in a drought you might be skeptical.

Truth is, it's been four years since the Orange have made it to the lacrosse Final Four. And while that might not seem like a long time, as WAER's Dana Grey tell us, it's actually the longest such stretch in program history.

Those in our community who are unemployed or underemployed face a daily challenge of surviving from one day to the next and struggle to meet basic needs like food and shelter.  Who is there to catch them when they fall?  In this episode of City Limits, Brian Moore examines important safety net programs, challenges assumptions about who uses them, and the local impact from national policy-making.


This past winter WNYC and The Takeaway started looking for a new host to replace the retired John Hockenberry. In the meantime listeners were treated to a number of interim hosts including Todd Zwillich.

But on Monday May 7th WNYC will welcome Tanzina Vega as the new host of The Takeaway. Vega has spent time at The New York Times, CNN, and Princeton. She recently sat down with WAER's Kevin Kloss to discuss her new role as host of The Takeaway. 

Hear The Takeaway  weekdays at 2pm on WAER,

Generally in sports it’s difficult to win on the road. And occasionally you just come across a team and venue that simply has your number. For Syracuse Men’s lacrosse that has largely been the case when traveling to play Virginia. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, James Colgan examines the road ails that SU lacrosse has experienced when traveling to Virginia. 

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