iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that KeKe Hampton and Jason Brown will be new morning show contributors for “The Fred Show” on 103.5 KISS FM, Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective September 1. Hampton and Brown can be heard weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition, Josh Martinez will be the new Night Host and will broadcast from 7 p.m. to midnight, effective immediately.
Hampton brings her expertise in creating viral content, compelling celebrity interviews, and reporting from the hottest events to the “The Fred Show.” Brown joins the “The Fred Show” as a permanent cast member with a loyal social media following across multiple platforms as he connects with listeners on the latest trending stories, entertainment news, celebrity news and sports. As Night Host, Martinez brings 103.5 KISS FM’s listeners contests, features, entertainment news, the latest hits from Harry Styles, Doja Cat, Lizzo and more.
“Keke and Jason have been amazing co-workers for years,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago. “It is such a pleasure to promote both of these dedicated and talented cast members. I am so happy for them and for the newly enhanced ‘Fred Show’ experience. In addition, Josh brings a unique skill set and tremendous energy to the Chicago airwaves. You can hear and experience his passion and enthusiasm in every single air shift.”
“Thrilled to offer Chicago these incredibly talented companions on 103.5 KISS FM,” said James Howard, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Chicago and 103.5 KISS FM and Rock 95 FIVE Program Director. “They truly reflect our audience and our brand mission.”
Hampton, a Chicago native, most recently served as Digital Content Manager of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. She is also host of 107.5 WGCI’s “The Kickback with KeKe” weekend show, co-host of the popular “What More Can I Say” podcast and co-creator and co-host of “Cooking with KeKe & Ryan” on YouTube. In addition, Hampton was named a “2020 Rising Radio Star” by Radio Facts and “2021 Future African American Radio Leader” by Radio Ink.
Brown, a Chicago native, has spent the last seven years as 103.5 KISS FM’s Promotions Director. He has been a frequent on-air contributor for “The Fred Show” and host of “The Saturday Morning Tea” weekend show on 103.5 KISS FM. He has also appeared on TMZ and TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.”
Martinez, a Brooklyn native, started his radio career at iHeartMedia’s WKTU in New York. He served as Program Director and Night Host at iHeartMedia’s KISS 107.1 in Cincinnati, Program Director at Channel 99.9 in Dayton and Hot 95.7 in Cedar Rapids. He was also on-air talent and Music Director at 107.5 KISS FM in Des Moines.
iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Chicago market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 160 million registered users.