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Mike Buresh is chief meteorologist at Action News Jax. He anchors the 5, 6, 6:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WJAX and the 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WFOX and can be heard daily on News 104.5 WOKV.
Rich Jones is News Director and the Host of Jacksonville’s Morning News on News 104.5 WOKV. Rich joined WOKV in October 2006 after ten years as a reporter, anchor and news director at radio stations in Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, and Niles Michigan. In his role as WOKV News Director, Rich oversees an award-winning team of journalists who consistently deliver quality local stories, weather and traffic information to the NE Florida community. WOKV-FM has been recognized annually with RTDNA Murrow and Associated Press Awards for Overall Excellence, Newscast, Breaking News, and Severe Weather coverage. Rich is involved in many community organizations and causes including his role as planner and host of the WOKV Careathon. This fundraiser for the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida has netted approximately $1.4 million since 2015. Rich and his wife, Noelle, have three children: Avery, Harper and Austen.
Jeana Gondek is one of the morning anchors of Jacksonville’s Morning News on 104.5 WOKV. Jeana joined WOKV in November of 2020. Before coming to Jacksonville, Jeana was a morning show producer, afternoon news anchor, and fill-in traffic reporter for a station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She then became the morning news anchor and news director of a station in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jeana was named the 2020 recipient for the Michigan Association of Broadcaster's (MAB) "Young Professional Award" and has won multiple MAB awards for her reporting and on-air work. She also helped her station in Kalamazoo become MAB's Station of the Year in 2019. Jeana is an outdoor lover, an avid concert goer, and is always looking for any restaurant recommendations or things to do in and around Duval County.
Jeremy has worked with Cox Media Group since 2007, when he joined the WOKV news team. During his radio career, Jeremy has been a producer, news anchor, host, Assistant News Director and Program Director. Jeremy has been on-air on WOKV for over years, and currently anchors on Jacksonville’s Morning News with Rich Jones weekdays from 5 am to 9 am. You can also hear him anchoring after the morning show, including on Jacksonville’s News at Noon. You can follow Jeremy online on Twitter at Twitter.com/jeremyratliff, and on Facebook at facebook.com/JeremyRatliffRadio. You can contact him by email at jeremy.ratliff@CMG.com.
Steven Ponson is the afternoon News Producer with WOKV. He has been with Cox Media Group since the summer of 2015, and with WOKV since mid-2017. He is also the host of Jax Journal, one of the public affairs programs heard every Saturday night on WOKV. Steven has lived in Florida for over 25 years.
Jacob Pickering keeps everyone moving on the roadways in his role as lead traffic anchor with detailed reports of traffic incidents, alternate routes, and construction slowdowns every 6 minutes during Jacksonville's Morning News. Jacob has been reporting traffic on-air for 104.5 WOKV since 2017. Jacob is also the host of the WOKV Traffic Podcast.
Hannah has warmly and expertly guided Jacksonville through their most trying traffic tie-ups since 2018 on all of CMG’s local stations. She came to WOKV before graduating from the University of North Florida with her bachelors in communications, and a minor in political science. Hannah was hired as a board-op who within a week worked into a traffic anchor roll. Shortly after, Mark Kaye pulled Hannah in to help produce the now nationally syndicated Mark Kaye Show. Since that time, she has flavored Mark’s show with her no-nonsense quips, laughter, and infectious charm as an on-air personality, and associate producer. Prior to WOKV, Hannah was with another local sports radio station as an intern and later assistant PR coordinator. Prior to that she hosted a television segment with Spinnaker called How to UNF. Hannah who married in May of 2021, is enjoying the adventures of outdoor life with her new husband, Casey.
Sheifalika Bhatnagar joined the CMG family in January as a control board operator for WOKV. Now, she is thrilled to get behind the mic as your afternoon traffic anchor! Her favorite thing about the job is watching Road Rangers save drivers in tough situations, and she loves and respects the wonderful listeners, who call in just to learn how to say her name properly.
Josh McCarthy is the Executive Producer of the Mark Kaye Show, Monday-Friday from noon-3pm on 104.5 WOKV. Josh grew up in Jupiter, Florida and moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida in 2007. He received a degree in Communications, and began his radio career at WDBO in 2012 and has been excited to continue doing what he loves. Josh is happily married with two kids. Which means he is legally obligated to annoy his wife, Alexandria, with hilarious dad jokes.
Scott wears several hats in the WOKV control room. In addition to being the executive producer for Jacksonville’s Morning News with Rich Jones, you may have heard him hosting some weekend expert shows and updating weekend traffic. He has worked at various radio and TV stations in Jacksonville and other regional markets. His first radio job was with Y103 in Jacksonville back in 1989, and he laughs daily at the reality that so many years later, the 102.9 control room is now just a couple of doors down the hall. Talk about life going full circle!? Originally a Jacksonville native, Scott has multiple degrees from the University of North Florida. He finds wisdom in the philosophy of Bugs Bunny: “Never take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.”