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RCN Publisher Named News Director at WNKR Radio

The relationship between The River City News and Classic Country 106.7 WNKR continues to strengthen.

Grant County Broadcasters named RCN founder, editor, and publisher its new news director at 106.7 and 105.9. Michael Monks, of Covington, will broadcast news, weather, and traffic reports from its studios in Dry Ridge, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Just last month, Grant County Broadcasters and The River City News created a partnership to promote one another on their platforms as Northern Kentucky-based and locally-owned and operated media outlets. Monks began hosting WNKR's Northern Kentucky Focus, which airs on Sundays at 8 a.m. but now moves into a daily role at the stations.

"This is a great opportunity for me and The River City News to grow and to continue to find its voice and place in the region," Monks said. "I know that RCN has become a special place each day for so many in Northern Kentucky, particularly in the urban cities where we just dominate the news cycle, and now to be picked up by the original Northern Kentucky media pioneer - WNKR radio - says a lot about what this publication has become."

Grant County Broadcasters has not yet announced the format for 105.9, which is based in Middletown, Oh. and was purchased earlier in the summer from Northern Kentucky University. It is currently the last signal broadcasting WNKU radio which will no longer exist when the sale of the station closes.

Video: Monks trains at WNKR where he will do news for 106.7 starting on Monday, and later on 105.9, too.

Before founding RCN in 2011, Monks was a senior news producer at WXIX-TV (FOX 19) and a news reporter and fill-in anchor at 700 WLW radio in Cincinnati.

He is a Covington native and a graduate of Scott High School in Taylor Mill. His bachelor's degree from Northern Kentucky University is in radio & television and his master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University is in mass communication.

RCN operates out of the Mutual Building on Madison Avenue in Covington, where it moved in 2015. 

-Staff report

Photo: Michael Monks at WNKR (RCN)