George S Kalman, President of Newsradio 1480 WFLN, is a veteran broadcaster who has spent many years in radio. George’s credentials include Sales Manager at WNEW AM New York, Vice President & General Manager at WNSW AM New York and on- air stints as Johnny Knox at WHN New York and WFAS White Plains, New York. Johnny Knox (George, that is) was co-host along with Perry Como on Weekend With Perry, a weekly nationally syndicated program aired on 150 radio stations nationwide. (Text provided by WFLN.)
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George Kalman is originally from the New York City area. He attended the University of Tampa, Florida from 1963 to 1967 and got his start in broadcasting at the school’s radio station, WTUN. Following college, he returned to The Big Apple and took a job as a station relations coordinator for NBC Radio.
In 1971, he moved into sales at WMCA and became the number one biller the first year. Three years later, he was national sales manager for WNEW-AM.
In the mid 1980’s, George was named president and general manager of Melcor Broadcasting, a producer of adult standard syndicated radio programs. He joined Multicultural Broadcasting in 1999 as VP/General Manager of WNSW brining back to NYC the standardss format and hired DJ’s such as Danny Stiles, Chuck Leonard, Lee Arnold and Russ Knight.
Today he is president of Integrity Radio of Florida LLC, the company that acquired Arcadia’s 1480-AM WZTK in 2003 and changed it to WFLN the following year. He turned the zero-billing outlet around and made it into one of southwest Florida’s most listened-to talk stations by adding nationally-syndicated shows featuring Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Alan Colmes, and Mark Levin along with CBS network news each hour.
George S. Kalman and WFLN PD Jack Welch
George did quite a bit of deejay work, too, as Johnny Knox, pulling weekend, part-time, and fill-in work at New York City’s WHN (during its country years) and WEVD-FM, and WFAS in White Plains. And, for about fourteen years, he co-hosted the weekly hour-long “Weekend with Perry (Como)” which aired on approximately 150 stations. He still does a two-hour Como Christmas show each year that airs nationwide and over the World Wide Web.
George Kalman bio from www.radioyears.com
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