Just a few months ago Radio One announced the promotion of Vernon Kelson to Operations Manager for the Baltimore market cluster of stations WERQ 92Q FM, WWIN 95.9 FM, WWIN 1400 AM and WOLB 1010 AM. Now, Kelson, a Baltimore native is set to take to the airwaves on Monday, January 11, 2016 with ‘Kels in the Afternoon’, weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is the replacement show for The Fam with QuickSilva and Lil’ Mo, which transitions to Radio One DC on WKYS 93.9 FM on January 19, 2016.
Kelson has already taken to social media to announce his upcoming show (#KelsInTheAfternoon) https://www.facebook.com/92QJamsBaltimore/ with the same level of wit and friendly sarcasm his listeners will soon hear daily. Known as the Urban Informer, Kelson’s show will highlight pop culture, entertainment reports, Baltimore news and a good time.
“I love my job! I not only enjoy what I do as a programmer, but I now get to expand my voice in the place where I was born and raised. I can’t wait to interact with Baltimore,” said Kelson.
Kelson started his radio career as a programming intern in 2001at Radio One Baltimore and eventually worked in programming, promotions and production. His innovation and drive for broadcast excellence got him named on Source Magazine’s 2012 “Power 30” list and has propelled his career. Kelson was eventually promoted to Music Director and Assistant Program Director before transitioning to Radio One DC to support WKYS. In 2014, Kelson was promoted once again to Program Director of WIZF and Interim Program Director of WOSL in Cincinnati. Proving himself yet again, Howard Mazer, Vice President and General Manager, Radio One Baltimore promoted him back home to Baltimore as Operations Manager and now as the afternoon talent.
“I want my story to be one of hope and possibility for young people,” said Kelson. “I grew up here, interned at this very station and now I’m back! Anything is possible.”
The new show, ‘Kels in the Afternoon’ will feature:
The Urban Informer Report – an entertainment snapshot of everything pop culture
Smash or Trash – a daily new song feature for listeners to “smash” or “trash”
Tell Kels – listeners can answer the question of the day on-air or on social media