Las Vegas Radio Legend Cat Thomas
After working college radio at Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University, Cat became an Assistant Golf Pro in Orlando, Florida. Radio still called and after 4+ years spent on a college education, Cat accepted his first professional radio gig at Y106 (now XL 106.7) as the station mascot “Chuck the Duck.” His parents were soooo proud! Under the guidance of Gerry Cagle followed by Dennis Reese, Cat became Y106’s Promotion’s Director, Research Director, and weekend air talent. After sending out 64 tapes and resumes across the U.S. looking for a station desperate enough to hire him as a full time air talent, Cat coerced then P.D. Jerry Dean into hiring him to do Nights at 98.5 KLUC in Las Vegas. Cat added the M.D. stripes, then soon moved to afternoon drive. In 1996, KLUC promoted Cat to the Program Director position. Cat then worked his way to become the P.D./O.M. for KLUC, KMXB (Mix 94.1) and then KMZQ (Lite 100.5) at CBS Las Vegas. Since Cat was not hired for the head football coach vacancy for either The National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes or the Cleveland Browns, he is still gainfully employed as the Program Director for his first love 98.5 KLUC as well as working on additional programming projects.
Cat Thomas Facts:
College: Bowling Green State University / The Ohio State University.
First Radio Gig…High School Radio: WNHS, Northland HS, Columbus, OH / College Radio: On Air & Asst. P.D. WFAL-AM & WBGU-FM / Morning Show Intern: WCOL-AM, Columbus, OH / Traffic Reporter: WNCI-FM, Columbus, OH / Promotions Director-Research Director-Overnight Talent XL 106.7 FM Orlando, FL / Night Air Talent-Afternoon Air Talent-Music Director KLUC, Las Vegas / Director of Programming CBS Las Vegas
4 Time Billboard Program Director of the Year/Top 40
4 Time SIN Award for Program Director of the Year/Rhythmic CHR
3 Time Billboard Music Director of the Year/Top 40
2 Time Billboard Air Personality of the Year/Top 40
3 Time Gavin Award for Program Director Of the Year/Top 40
3 Time Gavin Award For Music Director of the Year/Top 40
2 Time EMA Award winner for Program Director of the Year/Las Vegas Market