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Frye Guy

Hey it’s Frye!  Born and raised in the Dayton area, I have been lucky enough to work in radio since first cracking a mic at 13 years old.  My fiancé Bethany and I are proud parents of our son Leo.  Pet parents to Fat and Furrahy the cats. 

Where were you born?

Kettering Hospital

What is your favorite TV show?

Still watch Soprano’s.  Man V Food, Food Paradise.


What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?

Work on the radio!  My first studio was a cardboard box, complete with two tape decks at the age of 7


How might someone have described you in high school?

Long hair and a chain.  It was the late 90’s…it was ok then.


What was your first job?

On-Air at WMMA an oldies station that covered Cincinnati!


What was your first job in radio?

I worked overnights.  All you had to eat was vending machine food. 


What do you like about your job?

Everything!  The fact that every day is different is great.


What might people be surprised to know about you?

I used to fly planes in my spare time.  Actually thinking about getting back into that.


What would be a perfect day for you?

Waking up to palm trees.  Eating mom’s bacon gravy, then heading to the beach with Bethany and Leo.  Maybe come home and play around a golf with dad.  Then eat a steak. 


What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?

Work your way up, it takes time.  But learn everything you can in every aspect.  It is invaluable to what you do every day in this business.  And have fun!  It’s radio!



Favorite book: Nope

Favorite food: Steak!  Favorites… Filet, Prime Rib, Ribeye, and T-Bone are all just fine.

Favorite hobby: Golf, swimming, and eating.

Favorite Miami Valley place: That’s a tough one!  Probably any steak restaurant.  Pine Club, Oakwood Club, Fleming’s…really any restaurant.  But love mom and pop places.

Favorite movies: Matrix, Pulp Fiction.

Favorite music: Country is my favorite by far.  Also a big fan of NIN. 

Favorite travel destination: Florida!!  New York, and Vegas are a good time too.

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K99.1FM in running for station of the year

K99.1FM has been nominated for Marconi Medium Market Station of the Year.

The winners will be announced Thursday, Sept. 22, at the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show.

The award show will be held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Radio stations and personalities honored that night were selected by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy.

The NAB awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi.

These prestigious awards recognize stations and individuals for their excellence and performance in radio.

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Remembering Steve Kerrigan

After a long brave battle, Steve Kerrigan lost his battle with multiple myeloma March 14th, 2011. He was the greatest friend and colleague and brought joy to all of you every morning who listened. But above that, he was a wonderful father, husband, son and brother. Steve was posthumously inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012. We love you Steve and will miss you terribly. It's been nearly two years, but as long as we remember someone, they live forever. Listen to his last on air appearance with us at the Cares For Kids Radiothon from November 23rd, 2010 right here.

Even though Steve Kerrigan is no longer with us, he would want us to continue the fight against cancer. Here are just a few ways you can help causes that were near and dear to Steve's heart. 

  • The Kerrigan Family has stated that donations can be made to the James Cancer Center Hospital at The Ohio State University. Visit the hospital website to donate in honor of Steve Kerrigan.
  • You may make a blood donation to the Community Blood Center in honor of Steve.
  • Support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!
  • Support Dayton Children's by making a donation in Steve's name. Visit to donate.

Brace Yourself: Country Concert '16 is here


WHAT: The 36th Annual Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake featuring Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, and others

Where: Hickory Hills Lakes, 7103 Ohio 55, Ft. Loramie

When: July 7-9; starts at 3 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday

Cost: $99-$672

More info: 937-295-3000 or

It's our belief that everyone should experience the epitome of outdoor concerts in Ohio -- Country Concert in Fort Loramie.

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It's a definite bucket list item if you like country music or people-watching. It's a three-day outdoor celebration of all things country music.

Here's what's in store for this year's shenanigans at Hickory Hills Lakes:

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Brantley Gilbert (Thursday headliner)

Brantley Gilbert is tearing up the road to country music with his upcoming album JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.), which is already burning up the airwaves and ushering in summer with his first new work in four years. Like the album’s title, the songs are an expression of who he is at this time in his life. The rings, the chains, the faith, the no apologies — “If You Want A Bad Boy,” you’ll find one in Brantley’s first song on his new album. Love him or not, his latest offering is JUST AS I AM and it is an album of unforgettable memories — for him and everyone who hears it.

Dierks Bentley (Friday headliner)

Probably no other artist on country radio in the past 10 years could manage the kind of range and versatility that Dierks Bentley regularly displays, especially when you consider his broader record. He’s had eight No. 1 singles and has written every one of them. He’s performed at Lollapalooza, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Bonnaroo and the CMA Music Festival, all with great success. His instantly recognizable voice and acoustic/electric hybrid sound have propelled him to membership in the Grand Ole Opry and, in 2011, a performance for the President at the White House. All made possible by his devotion to developing all sides of his musicianship. Bentley’s eighth studio album is filled with heartfelt storytelling and wide-screen production. It’s hard not to get swept away with the echoing guitars and deeply human stories of Black — whether lost in the passionate flood of the title track or on the breezy rebound fling of “Somewhere on a Beach.” While the inspired collaborations (with Trombone Shorty, Elle King, or songwriter Maren Morris) speak to his genre-bending appeal, it’s personal, introspective tracks like “Why Do I Feel” and “All the Way to Me” that hit the hardest.

Eric Church (Saturday headliner)

Although Church has already built a reputation as a restless creative force while blazing an unconventional path to country superstardom, The Outsiders, his fourth album and the follow-up to his platinum breakthrough Chief, represents an audacious quantum leap. The aggressive set, which consists almost entirely of Church compositions or co-compositions, finds the iconoclastic singer-songwriter-guitarist covering a dizzying amount of musical and lyrical ground, taking advantage of a wide range of sonic options to construct an adventurous, consistently thrilling ride. The result is Church's most revealing, personally-charged statement yet — and one that challenges many of the accepted rules of contemporary country music.


Main stage


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 6 p.m.

Dustin Lynch, 8 p.m.

Brantley Gilbert, 10 p.m.


Chris Janson, 4 p.m.

Big & Rich, 6 p.m.

Sam Hunt, 8 p.m.

Dierks Bentley, 10 p.m.


Brothers Osborne, Noon

Cassadee Pope, 2 p.m.

A Thousand Horses, 4 p.m.

Kacey Musgraves, 6 p.m.

Thomas Rhett, 8 p.m.

Eric Church, 10 p.m.


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Coolers are permitted inside the facility, but food and beverages are also sold on site. Re-entry to the concert is free, and parking is only $6 a carload and close to the camping sites. The general admission area is an open, grass-covered space, so bring your own seating.

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Tent camping and RV spots are available, which Paul Barhorst, organizer of the event, recommends for the ultimate weekend experience.

“We have everything from tent camping to more expensive sites with electric so you can come and camp in an area where you’re comfortable,” he said. “You can have fun, stay on site and stay safe. It’s very convenient. We have a lot of breaks so if you want to go back to your camper and relax you can and then go back to the shows.”

Tickets range from $99 for a one-day pass to $672 for a VIP package that includes meals. Kids under 10 are free in the general admission area (with an accompanying adult), but will require tickets in the seated areas.


"This is is always our major event of the year," says James Frye, also known as Frye Guy on K99.1 FM. "Country Concert is like no other event in our area when it comes to country music.  It's always the biggest and best in country music packed into a non-stop 3 day event."

"People watching is also a must," he adds. "You literally see it all!  If you are a country music fan, or just a fan of a good time, this is where to be."



K99.1FM nominated for Station of the Year by CMA

Dayton’s #1 country music station K99.1FM (WHKO-FM), has been nominated by the Country Music Association (CMA) for Station of the Year.

The CMA announced Wednesday its nominees for medium market Station of the Year, and K99.1FM, (WHKO-FM) was one of six on the list. K99.1 FM, has long been the country music station of choice for country music fans in the Dayton-Springfield area.

“All of us are absolutely thrilled to receive such a huge honor as a CMA nomination,” said WHKO-FM Program Director and host Nancy Wilson. “We have all worked hard to give our Miami Valley listeners the best country music station. To be recognized for this is a dream come true for us and a wonderful tribute to our amazing listeners.”

Winners will be announced in October and honored during the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 4th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, according the Country Music Association.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 6,300 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music, according the the association.

K99.1FM is an affiliate of Cox Media Group Ohio, which also owns WHIO-TV, WHIO-Radio and the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News

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