FORT WAYNE - The program and news director of WOWO radio in Fort Wayne has been named host of the station's morning show. Kayla Blakeslee will lead Fort Wayne's Morning News, succeeding longtime host Charly Butcher, who passed away in August

Blakeslee has served as the station's program director for the past two years, and previously served as news director and afternoon anchor. She led the station's "Penny Pitch" campaign in 2017, which earned a Service to America award from the National Association of Broadcasters.

"When it came to finding the right person for the job, Kayla stood out for many reasons. She loves radio, she loves WOWO and she loves northeast Indiana," said Jim Allgeier, market manager for WOWO parent Federated Media. "I am excited for WOWO’s future."

Before returning to WOWO in 2016, Blakeslee served as a multimedia specialist for the Ohio Department of Transportation. She will begin her new role Wednesday morning.