Jeff Schechtman will step down as general manager at local radio stations 1440 KVON and 99.3 KVYN on Jan. 1, according to a news release. The new general manager at the stations will be Larry Sharp, most recently with the Napa Valley Register.

After nine years of running KVYN and KVON, Schechtman has decided to pursue other ventures, the release said.

“Jeff Schechtman has provided nine years of solid leadership for Napa Valley’s only radio stations,” said station owner Roger Walther in a statement.

“It’s customary,” Walther said, “that stations rethink and upgrade programming on a relatively frequent basis and it was certainly time for this review for KVON and KVYN.”

“Ten years is a long time in any one job, and it seemed an ideal time to move on to pursue some projects I’ve been thinking about,” Schechtman said. “There is always a tendency to get stale after too long in one job and in one place.”

Sharp is a Napa resident with extensive experience in the radio industry, said a news release. During his more than 30 years in the industry, he has worked for stations in San Francisco, Sacramento and Seattle.

“Larry’s diverse and extensive experience in all aspects of radio management makes him the ideal candidate to bring about change and add abundant energy to his new assignment,” said Walther.

Schechtman has been with KVYN and KVON since 1996, when Tom Young owned the station. He was originally an on-air personality and later became general manager. His “Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman” interview program has been continuously on the air for 16 years, according to a news release.

Schechtman said he will be developing a number of new projects including the expansion of his current interview program. He also has two book proposals currently in the hands of publishers and two documentary projects in development.

Wine Country Broadcasting purchased KVYN and KVON in 2003 from Moss Entertainment. In September

Walther announced that he was considering the sale of the stations.

(7) comments

Mic
Mic

I am familiar with Mr. Sharps musical tastes + radio style. We are very fortunate to have Larry aboard. He will bring a much needed change to KVYN/KVON. Let this guy do his thing!

surfdog
surfdog

Hopefully the new manager will keep some format and change others..I agree with Glenroy, it needs to be kept as a local station for the Napa Valley area..There are a couple of Spanish language programs, and they probably should expand this somewhat..i hope they keep the music format..I am a lifelong "Napkin" 55 years..I have just now started listening again, replacing KFOG and The Bone with KVYN...Bob in the Mornings and Drive Home with Mindi are fabulous programs with rocking music for everyone..I don't personally like most newer, hip hop, or such music, but it is needed for diversity....Please keep these 2 great personalities on..It's nice to finally have some interesting and plainly humble, great local radio personalities that we can relate to.

Lynn W
Lynn W

Please let KVYN play decent music. Currently it is not one of my programmed stations and I have 35 presets. I do love Vacaville's 95.3. Hopefully the new GM will listen for an hour and understand that the station needs help.

farmboy
farmboy

Kevin, hope you speak Spanish because rumor has it that it will become either a Spanish language station or all sports. Clearly, it will not revert back to the Tom Young days of being a hometown locally based station for the general community. Even though that model has proven very successful in Vacaville with KUIC 95.3 FM.

glenroy
glenroy

...they went left when the vote went right...

anothervoice
anothervoice

Me too. I stopped listening years ago, due to the constant complaining and negativity of Mr. Jeff S. and his interrupting of news people while they were trying to deliver the news to listeners. It was so irritating and annoying. However remembering back, his morning interviews with authors were very professional, interesting and educational.

kevin
kevin

About time.

I might actually start listening again...

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