Evening star: Finnigan ‘beyond flattered’ to join Mix lineup

Although he’s only 23, Andrew Finnigan already has nine years’ experience in radio — the last four at Clear Channel stations, including Top 40 WKSC-FM (103.5) here. Now he’s about to step up to what he calls a "dream come true."

Finnigan, as he's known on the air, has won the coveted nighttime job on WTMX-FM (101.9), Hubbard Radio’s hot adult-contemporary station. The Benton, Illinois, native will take over the 7pm-to-midnight weeknight shift, including U Mix It, the listener request show that airs from 8pm to midnight.

“We had many exciting candidates to choose from, but we just kept going back to Finnigan’s positive energy and keen delivery,” program director Mary Ellen Kachinske said in a statement Wednesday. “We expect big things from Finnigan on the air nightly as the host of U Mix It. His strengths in social media and station imaging make our formidable programming team an even stronger force in the market.”

The post has been open since early June when Erin Carman, who’d hosted the nighttime show since it premiered last August, left The Mix without a trace. Finnigan is expected to start on the air within the next two weeks.

"I'm beyond flattered and ironically at a loss for words,” Finnigan said in a statement.  “After nine years of hard work, I couldn't be happier to become a part of the amazing Mix brand. Eric Ferguson has already welcomed me with his personal Coldplay tickets that he left in the studio this morning."

Finnigan, whose real name is Andrew Hart, got his start in radio at age 14 as an intern at WQRL-FM in his downstate hometown. “At 5am before school, he would ride his electric scooter to the radio station to work as the co-host and production assistant for the local morning show,” his official bio recalls. Within three years, he moved up to hosting nights on WCIL-FM in Carbondale, Illinois, and soon after that joined KSLZ-FM in St. Louis.

Since 2009, he’s been working weekends and fill-in at Kiss FM here, while voice-tracking for multiple Clear Channel stations in other markets.


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