88Nine Radio Milwaukee names new executive director

Kevin Sucher has been named the new executive director of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9), the station announced today.

Sucher is a Milwaukee native who worked as a professional musician for several years and developed a career as a music producer. Artists he has worked with include Eric Benét, David Foster, Train, The Tenors and Michelle Branch.

Sucher has more than over 20 years of leadership and business experience in the entertainment industry. He has run his own Milwaukee-based management, production and consulting agency, Sucher Entertainment, since 2008. In 2012, Sucher was hired as the president/CEO of Truth Records, a Houston Texas-based artist management company, with a music publishing arm and record label. Sucher has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He was also an uncredited executive producer on the Oscar-winning movie “Dallas Buyers Club.”

“While rooted in Milwaukee, Kevin brings connections and innovative ideas drawn from his national music industry experience,” Radio Milwaukee Board president Juli Kaufmann said. “He is an inclusive leader who brings fresh perspective to enhance our already exceptional team. We are thrilled to advance our mission under Kevin’s leadership.”

Sucher will replace outgoing executive director Glenn Kleiman, who announced in October that he would step down this spring after four years in the role.

As executive director, Sucher is responsible for management of the station and leading the organization.

“The organization’s commitment – especially at this critical time – to creating a more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee by connecting us through music is something I’m incredibly passionate about,” Sucher said. “We’re finding that 88Nine’s unique programming, including changes we’ve made to respond to the (coronavirus) situation, is providing comfort to Milwaukee residents sheltering at home.”

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.