April 17, 2012

On the Menu Live Launches New Partnership with KNST 

(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Local foodies rejoice! Tucson publicist and radio personality Matt Russell today announced a new partnership with KNST that will bring his popular foodie-centric program to Tucson’s heritage talk radio station. Beginning on May 12, On the Menu Live will air every Saturday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm on KNST, AM 790 and 97.1 FM. Listeners will also be able to tune in online, at www.OnTheMenuLive.com.

Often called the most delicious hour on radio, the high-energy show covers the latest trends on the local food and wine scene, featuring interviews with local restaurateurs, celebrity chefs and mixologists and Tucson’s most colorful culinary characters. The program routinely broadcasts live from different restaurants and lounges across Southern Arizona, and gift certificates are given out to listeners on every show.

“We’re thrilled to be working with KNST, with its deep roots in Tucson and its commitment to excellence in programming,” said Russell. “We can’t imagine a better station to call home, and are really looking forward to joining its lineup of informative and entertaining programs,” he continued.

“KNST is excited to add On the Menu Live to our Saturday lineup,” said Garret Lewis, KNST’s program director.  “Matt’s been on the air for many years in Tucson, so his history with the community fits perfectly with KNST as Tucson’s heritage news/talk station,” he continued.  “KNST listeners will now find out all the great restaurants to enjoy in Tucson!”

A life-long culinary enthusiast, Russell has interviewed scores of chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs from across the country. He has also interviewed some of the nation’s highest profile celebrity chefs, including the Food Network’s Guy Fieri, Melissa D’Arabian, and Jeffrey Saad. Russell is also called on regularly to be a judge at local and national food and cocktail competitions, including Iron Chef Tucson, Agave Fest, Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Tucson Taco Festival and the Tucson Firefighters’ Chili Cook-Off.

When he’s not on the radio, or serving as master of ceremonies at community events, he’s running Russell Public Communications, a public relations agency he founded in 2002.

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