101.5 Staff Profiles

tkennedy [at] 1015tvmp [dot] com (Tom Kennedy)

General Manager

Tom grew up in the northernmost suburb of Chicago, which happened to be in the state of Wisconsin. The first concert he ever attended without parental supervision was Pete Seeger and Tom has been a fan of socially relevant music ever since.

After spending many years hitch hiking around the country, at one time living at 9800 feet altitude in the Rocky Mountains without electricity or plumbing for a year, Tom got off the road and on a dare from a young lady applied for a job at a radio station in Milwaukee -- and, got it. Much to his surprise he found an environment that encouraged freedom of thought and he has been hanging out in radio stations ever since

The broadcast odyssey has given Tom the opportunity to manage hugely successful stations in Oklahoma City, Greensboro-Winston - Salem, Memphis and New Orleans, where he was based for approximately 18 years. Stations under Tom's supervision were known nationally for their success, being nominated for many national awards including the most prestigious NAB Marconi Award four times.

Now he finally is involved with a radio station, 101.5 the valley's music place, that represents the best of what he believes a local radio station should be -- Passionately involved with the listener, An advocate for the community, An opportunity for new music to sampled.

Tom and his Scottish Terrier, Hamish, can often be found at the dog park. He also likes live music, sprightly conversation, and watching people discover how great they can be when they discover their passions.


rruthenberg [at] 1015tvmp [dot] com (Rob Ruthenberg)

Operations Manager
On-Air Personality

Rob started his career as a stand up comic touring across the country working with such acts as Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Billy Gardell, and Weird Al. Then he got an offer to write and create bits for a local morning show before getting a show of his own. A decade later, Rob left to work in television where as a Producer, On Air Talent and eventually Program Director., he won cable television’s “Impact Award”

Rob later went into business working for production companies and found himself on the road again. “I started to forget what the inside of my house looked like." Rob came to 101.5 in February of 2012 and is currently the Operations Manager and Morning Show Host. Rob loves it here, if he could sum it up with one word…positive. 


suzanne [at] 1015tvmp [dot] com (Suzanne N. Gandy)

 

Client Services Manager

SG Photo 145x145Suzanne saw her first concert as a young teen in the gym of the college campus in Georgia, where she was a faculty brat.  Performing was a trifecta of Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge backing up Marshall Tucker Band…who was opening for the Allman Brothers!  Hence, her love and awe of music was set.

Suzanne moved to the mountains of Virginia for college, where she returned, after stints in Charlottesville, Richmond, and San Francisco.  Though she was a Political Science and Philosophy major in college, she found her passion in both the public and private sectors, in business development, marketing strategy, public relations, and advertising.  In advocacy and promotion of business, municipal, and great causes, Suzanne’s love remains in community building.  At 101.5 the valley’s music place, Suzanne can utilize her skills to help our local economy and build our community, as well as help those agencies who help others.


mwilliams [at] 1015tvmp [dot] com (Michael Williams)

Business Manager

Michael's career in radio broadcasting spans over 25 years.  His first radio station job was at WLEE-AM, on of the great heritage radio stations in Richmond, Virginia.  Over the years he has worked at various radio stations in the mid-atlantic area and has learned a great deal along the way.  He enjoys working with numbers, scheduling commercials and writing commercials.  He loves working at 101.5 the valley's music place and believes in its mission statement and how it helps the community.


dmembreno [at] 1015tvmp [dot] com (Denise Allen Membreno)

On-Air Personality

Denise Allen Membreno has been doing radio and TV in this region for nearly 30 years.  She is a former television sports reporter and morning show anchor. Growing up in Arlington, Virginia, you would find her on the soccer field or basketball court playing with the boys. Being active has always been a part of her life. She has run three marathons and has set a goal to run her fourth, “America’s toughest road marathon,” the Blue Ridge Marathon. She left television to start New Moon Creative Media and has won awards for her historical documentaries.  She enjoys hiking with her daughter, organic gardening and watching BBC dramas Merlin, Sherlock and Dr. Who.


borophoto [at] icloud [dot] com (Mike Wilson)

On-Air Personality

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Mike Wilson has over 10 years of combined broadcast experience in radio and television.  He has anchored one of the top ten most watched local morning shows in the nation and has been on the O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition and most recently on the Mike Huckabee Show.  If he looks familiar, then you like watching tv when you should be at work, as he was the co-host of Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS, or he just has ‘one of those faces'.   He currently is retired from television and spends his time as an artist with Bohemian Robot Media Group, a professional volunteer and can be heard weekdays on 101.5 the valley’s music place.