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FCC Report 7/23: Salem Denied Two Cleveland Translators

Dismissals Media-Com Inc. News/Talk 100.1 WNIR Kent/Akron OH has been granted its Petition For Reconsiderations against two subsidiaries of Salem Media to relocate two translators from Angola IN and Battle Creek MI respectively to 99.9 and 100.3 in Cleveland where they were to rebroadcast Conservative Talk "1420 The Answer" WHK and Christian Preaching "1220 The Word" WHKW. Media-Com petitioned that the new translators would create interference for its listeners within their contours. Salem purchased 99.9 W260CY (then 99.1 W256CO Angola) and 100.3 W262CY (originally 100.5 W263CS Battle Creek) from Friends of Christian Radio for $50,000 each last year. Stay tuned for a big San Diego AM downgrade and nearly 150 translator modifications ahead of the filing freeze.

WRIF’s Dave & Chuck The Freak To Syndicate To Boston

Beasley Media Alternative “Alt 92.9” WBOS Brookline/Boston will add the Dave & Chuck The Freak morning show based at sister Rock 101.1 WRIF Detroit. Dave Hunter, Chuck ‘The Freak’ Urquhart and Lisa Way have been at WRIF since May 2013 after previously hosting mornings at Bell Media Alternative “89X” 88.7 CIMX Windsor ON/Detroit from 2001-2012. The show will debut on WBOS on Monday, July 24. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show will now be simulcast on ALT 92.9 /WBOS-FM in Boston beginning on Monday, July 24th, 2017. The consistently rated #1 award winning morning show will be heard in both markets from 5:30am-10:3...Read More

What The 2017 Summer Song Won’t Be

In Germany, the Summer Song 2017 battle is already decided. On Billboard, “Despacito” has been No. 1 for so many weeks that it would seem like they’re only holding off on the coronation to try and keep the suspense going. I’m still not ready. I like that a Spanish-language hit could be Song of the Summer (as has been happening around the world for years, see that German list). I like seeing Luis Fonsi have an English-language hit after nearly 20 years. I don’t like that the title translates to “Slowly,” in this summer of tempo deprivation. But we have reached the point where a lot of the songs that were contenders at summer’s outset have peaked or fallen away. Some of them were records I would have much preferred to do better. And the list says something about the current state of pop musi...Read More

Steve McKay To Program Cumulus’ WGNI/WKXS Wilmington

Cumulus Media has tabbed Steve McKay as Program Director of AC 102.7 WGNI and Classic Rock “94.5 The Hawk” WKXS Wilmington NC. McKay, who has been mostly out of the radio industry for the past decade, joins Cumulus from Beasley Media Classic Hits 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin NJ where he was hosting weekends. He is best known for his runs programming Entercom Hot AC “94.9 The Point” WPTE Norfolk from 2002-2006 and Greater Media Rhythmic Oldies “95.7 Jammin’ Gold” WEJM Philadelphia in 1999-2000. He has also programmed CHR’s 93.5 WSBG Stroudsburg and 97.1 WBHT Wilkes-Barre PA and worked in sales for Max Media Norfolk during his radio career. McKay fills the position previously held by Jackie Jordan until her exit in May. Cumulus Media announces that it...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 7/21

Station Sales Shamrock Communications is selling Alternative 104.1 KRZQ Fallon/Reno NV to John Burkavage’s Big Horn Media for $200,000. Burkavage was the previous General Manager of Shamrock’s Reno cluster until retiring in 2015. He also spent a decade with Entercom as the Market Manager of its Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Greenville/Spartanburg clusters. He is currently operating the station via LMA, while Shamrock retains its other three FMs in the Reno market. After going silent rather than converting its satellite dish, Continental Broadcasting Corp. of Arizona sells 1480 KPHX Phoenix to Cedar Cove Broadcasting for $100,000. In the Atlanta suburbs, Multicultural Broadcasting sells Brokered Caribbean 1430 WGFS Covington GA to Light Media Holdings for $50,000. Jon Yinger’s...Read More

Wilhite & Wall To Go National Via Rockcastle Media

Former WYCD Detroit, WTNR Grand Rapids, and WDAF-FM Kansas City morning hosts Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall are bringing their show to national syndication starting Monday, September 4. Rockcastle Media Networks will handle distribution and services for the program. The show will be delivered via FTP with stations retaining full control of playlist, stopsets, and imaging. Wilhite & Wall currently air on a trio of stations in Arkansas: “96.7 The Coyote” KCYT Fayetteville, “B99.5” KMTB Nashville, and 107.1 KTHS-FM Berryhill. Rockcastle Media Networks announces “Wilhite & Wall” to its lineup of affiliate-friendly, listener-focused programming beginning Monday, September 4th. “Darren [Wilhite] & Tim [Wall] are born entertainers who not only understand the a...Read More

Ray J Joins Hot 97.5 Las Vegas

Kemp Broadcasting Urban “Hot 97.5” KVEG Mesquite/Las Vegas has announced the addition of actor/singer/reality tv/sex tape star Ray J to the station’s airstaff. Ray J will host the “Out-Ray-Geos Morning Show” on Saturday mornings from 6-9am along with KVEG Program Director/Morning Host Lady G. The new show will debut this upcoming Saturday, July 22.

Paul Douglas & Jordana Green To Host WCCO Afternoons

CBS Radio News/Talk 830 WCCO Minneapolis has found a replacement for afternoon host John Williams. Longtime WCCO-TV and KARE meteorologist Paul Douglas will join current WCCO 9-11pm host Jordana Green for the “Paul & Jordana Show” from 3-6pm weekdays starting Tuesday, August 1. They replace John Williams, who moved back to 720 WGN Chicago earlier this year. Paul Douglas is a longtime television fixture in Minneapolis where he was seen on KARE-TV from 1983-1994 and WCCO-TV from 1997-2008. In addition to building a few meteorology based companies, he was involved in the launch of WeatherNation TV in 2011 where Green was Vice President of Programming. Green has hosted the 9-11pm show at WCCO since 2012 and also was a co-host on John Williams’ afternoon show. In addition...Read More

CBS Gives HD Radio A Needed Programming Boost A Decade Too Late

On Wednesday CBS Radio News/Talk 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh announced the launch of a new “KDKA Traffic & Weather” HD Radio subchannel on 107.9 WDSY-HD3 and streaming via Radio.com. The programming will feature traffic and weather reports every five minutes from 5am to 7pm weekdays and road closure updates along with weather in nights and weekends. For the first time since 102.7 WNEW New York debuted as the first HD Radio station in 1999 a broadcaster is creating something that can be used as a selling point for the technology. In its early days both Sirius and XM used their 24/7 traffic and weather channels as selling points for their new satellite services. The combined SiriusXM has now consolidated traffic to just eight markets split over five channels after temporarily elimi...Read More

George Plaster To Join WSM Nashville

Former “104.5 The Zone” WGFX and “102.5 The Game” WPRT-FM Nashville afternoon host George Plaster is set to join Grand Ole Opry’s 650 WSM Nashville. The Tennessean reports that Plaster, who exited WPRT-FM in august 2016 to become Associate Athletic Director at Belmont University, will be be officially introduced at a press conference on Wednesday, July 26. No timeslot has been revealed yet. WSM Program Director Jonathan Shaffer will co-host with Plaster and told the newspaper that despite the addition of the show it will retain its mostly Classic Country format, “I do want to say that this is not any part of any kind of format flip or anything else; we’re totally committed to what we’re doing (at WSM-AM 650). My official stance as program dir...Read More

Lee Hammer & Jeremiah Crowe Rise At KNBR/KTCT

Cumulus Media has announced a pair of management promotions at Sports 680 KNBR and 1050 KTCT San Francisco. Lee Hammer, Program Director of KNBR since 2005 and KTCT from 1998-2016, has been promoted the the newly created role of Vice President of Sports Play-by-Play Programming for Cumulus San Francisco overseeing all San Francisco Giants and 49ers broadcasts. Concurrently, Jeremiah Crowe who joined Cumulus last year as KTCT PD and KNBR Assistant Program Director, will take the programming reigns at KNBR. Cumulus Media announces that it has bolstered its sports radio programming leadership team in San Francisco for heritage Bay Area sports stations KNBR 680 and KNBR 1050 (KTCT). The company has promoted seasoned sports talk radio programmer and producer Jeremiah Crowe to Program Director f...Read More

DJ Hot Sauce To Program WYNN

Cumulus Urban 106.3 WYNN-FM Florence SC has named Roderick ‘DJ Hot Sauce’ Grover as its new Program Director. Grover joins WYNN-FM from iHeartMedia Urban 107.5 WGCI Chicago where he served as Mix Show Coordinator and weekend/fill-in host. He has also worked on-air at WKKV Milwaukee, WIKS New Bern, WZHT Montgomery, and KMJJ Shreveport. He will also host afternoons at WYNN-FM. DJ Hot Sauce fills the opening created by the transfer of BigMMike to sister “E93” 93.1 WEAS-FM Savannah GA in April. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Roderick Grover – known on-air as DJ Hot Sauce – as Program Director for Urban radio station WYNN-FM 106.3 in Florence, SC. DJ Hot Sauce was previously Mix Show Coordinator and On-Air Personality for WGCI-FM in Chicago. Prior to that, he held rad...Read More

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