Radio Legend Kevin Phillips Named Program Director at 93.9 the Mix

RAPID CITY, SD – HomeSlice Media Group is proud to announce the promotion of long-time radio personality, Kevin Phillips, to the position of Program Director at the popular Black Hills radio station, 93.9 The Mix.

“Kevin, has been with us for a long time and it’s a privilege to know that he will continue to be on the air and now as the program director for the Mix,” said MaryAnne Whittle, general manager for HomeSlice Media.

Kevin recently celebrated his 35th year in radio, having started his career in 1982 in Fargo, ND. Phillips started at The Mix, or Magic 93.9 as it was called then, in December of 1989, where he became the long-time voice of the Morning Animals. “I look forward to this fantastic opportunity,” Phillips said, “We have a great staff, and HomeSlice is a great company.”

Phillips also hosts a classic country program every Saturday morning on HomeSlice Media’s sister station, The Big 81 KBHB.

Outside of his duties at HomeSlice Media, Phillips stays busy as the public address announcer at sporting events for Rapid City Central High School, South Dakota School of Mines, Black Hills Speedway, and Central States Fair Demolition Derby. Black Hills area residents may also recognize him from his stand-up career, having shared the stage with Jay Leno and George Carlin, among others, or from his appearances on “ABC’s Prime Time Live” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

Phillips also hosted a variety of charitable telethons, including, Children’s Miracle Network and March of Dimes. He is a member of the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Black Hills Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award, and has received Distinguished Service Awards from the South Dakota High School Activities Association and the Cosmopolitan Club.

Kevin has also received the South Dakota High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award, the Central States Fair Hero Award, the Cosmopolitan Club Distinguished Service Award, and has twice been awarded the Lakota Nation Invitational Public Service Award.

He and his wife Marcy have two daughters and three grandchildren that currently
demand whatever time they have left on their busy schedules.

Old Dominion Returns to Rapid City

Old Dominion Band(Rapid City, SD) – HomeSlice Concerts announced this morning that Sony Music Nashville Recording Artists, Old Dominion, will be making their return to Rapid City on February 24th in the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Special guest Michael Ray, singer of the 2016 hit single, “Think a Little Less” will join the band, along with Tennessee singer-songwriter, Brandon Lay. Old Dominion, the famed songwriters turned superstar arena act, are embarking on the Happy Endings World Tour in support of their hit album of the same name.

Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. The band has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Old Dominion recently released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Happy Endings, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart & #7 on the Top 200 and were nominated for two CMA nominations for “New Artist of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year.” Old Dominions new single, “Written In The Sand,” follows the success of the first single off of the album “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” which hit #1 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts. The band released their first full length album Meat and Candy, which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and hailed a “stellar debut by Entertainment Weekly and declared “one of the hottest breaking bands in county music” by Vice. The group already has several top selling singles under their belts, including the two-week No.1 “Break Up With Him” (PLATINUM), “Snapback” (GOLD) and “Song For Another Time,” which hit No. 1 the on Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase charts. In 2016, the band was notably named ACM New Group of the YearACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.

Tickets for KAT Country 98.7 Presents OLD DOMINION – The Happy Endings World Tour go on sale on Friday October 20, 2017 and can be purchased at GotMine.com, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center box office, The Silverado in Deadwood, Ellsworth Airforce Base Recreation or 1-800-GOT-MINE.

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The HomeSlice Group is a media and entertainment conglomerate of small businesses, based primarily in the Black Hills. The firm owns and operates six radio stations in the Rapid City area, including the market-leading country FM, KAT Country 98.7, presenting station of the Old Dominion stop in Rapid City.  HomeSlice was formed in Sturgis, SD in 1994 with its roots in the concert business and now produce or provide talent for more than 500 live events per year.   The company is also the worldwide exclusive licensing agent of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally and operates the premier digital marketing agency in the region. 

Clint Ridley to Return to The Ridley Report on Tuesday, January 3!

kbhb(Sturgis, SD) – KBHB Radio Cattle Market Analyst Clint Ridley announced this morning that he plans to return to the airwaves on Tuesday, January 3.   Two years ago, Ridley, now 35, was referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester after a large mass was discovered on his brain.  The rancher, cattle buyer, broadcaster and member of the multi-generational St. Onge Ridley’s,  soon found himself undergoing emergency surgery, followed by several weeks in intensive care and many months of continued radiation, chemotherapy and rehab.

Clint had been the host of a popular radio program called The Ridley Report, that airs three times daily on The Big 81, KBHB.  The programs are a mix of market analysis, news and commentary.  For the past two years, other radio station personnel have filled-in for Ridley, while he recovered from the traumatic health scare.   KBHB has continued to promote the show as The Ridley Report in his absence. “This is Clint Ridley’s radio show,” explained HomeSlice President, Dean Kinney, whose firm owns and operates the station, “we’ve just been covering it the best we can, hoping that one day Clint could take it over again. The decision was, and is, entirely his.”

Clint Ridley“God saved me, no doubt about it,” remarked Ridley, one recent afternoon while sitting in Kinney’s office.  “I was always a person of faith, but not like now.  I’m also a bit of a perfectionist, so it has been hard to know when to attempt the show again.  I just know I owe it to God, my wife, my family and all the friends that have supported me through this to be the best me I can be.  I want to do this report again and if it’s not perfect right away, so be it.”

Kinney says while The Ridley Report will continue to air three times per day, Clint will host only the 12:40PM report for now.  “Clint has always felt the 12:40 was the most important and he and I agree that we just need to start and see where it goes.   After all it’s just a radio show, it doesn’t define who Clint Ridley is.  He’s home, happy and alive.  That’s the miracle.  This is just a bonus.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a big smile on my face right now just thinking about him being on the air again.”

The current plan is for Clint Ridley to anchor his first Ridley Report in almost two years at 12:40 Tuesday January 3.