John Roten hosts Kiss Country Classics Sunday mornings from 8am until 12noon on 99.9 Kiss Country.
John grew up in the northwestern part of North Carolina, in Ashe County. His family were farmers, growing tobacco and beans, and raising beef cattle. Living in a remote section made it difficult to listen to radio, but John enjoyed his hometown radio station WKSK and at night he would tune the AM dial to stations from Nashville, Fort Wayne, Wheeling, and others that would bring country, rock, and pop music and the voices of the legendary disc jockeys to his radio. John became intrigued by broadcasting, and after graduating high school, entered Wilkes Community College where he graduated with a degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting.
John has spent most of his career working at Western North Carolina radio stations, WKSK, WKBC, WFMX, and others. In 1991 John came to work for Asheville Broadcasting, which became Clear Channel Asheville. John has had shows on several of the Clear Channel Asheville radio stations.
Besides hosting Kiss Country Classics, John is the producer of the Morning Report on NewsRadio 570 WWNC and the station's Assistant Program Director. John also hosts Mountain Music Time, a program of Bluegrass and Old Time Music, Saturday mornings from 8 until 10 on 880 The Revolution. And during football season, John is the play by play voice of the Tuscola Mountaineer broadcasts on Waynesville's AM 1400 The Peak.
John and his wife, Delilah, reside in the Upper Crabtree community of Haywood County and are members of James Chapel Baptist Church. John enjoys hunting (ask him about that 9 pointer), fishing, camping, his vegetable garden and all kinds of music.