Priority Radio Inc. has flipped its four FM stations and thirteen translators across seven states from Christian AC “Reach FM” to Urban Gospel “Reach Gospel Radio“. The network is using programming from the Rejoice! Musical Soul Food Network including their Mike Chandler & Friends morning show, Tracy Morgan (not the actor) in middays, and Cedric Bailey in afternoons. Reach Gospel Radio is based at 89.1 WXHL-FM Christiana/Wilmington DE and airs on 88.3 WVBH Beach Haven West NJ, 91.9 WXHM Middletown DE, 90.1 KXRL Cherry Valley AR and translators in the Philadelphia, Buffalo NY, Atlantic City NJ, and Sumter SC markets.
Todd Robinson’s KZLZ Inc. sells Classic Country 1250 KHIL and 98.1 K251CG Willcox AZ to John Oberreuter and Mark Lucke for $150,000. Lucke, who serves as Station Manager for KHIL and current sister Variety Hits “X-Wave 104.9” KWCX-FM will continue to operate KWCX-FM until that station completes its move to Tanque Verde in the Phoenix market. In a deal buried in a settlement agreement earlier this month, Viva Media LLC will convert their Time Brokerage of Caroline Smith’s Norteno 105.1 KAMT Channing/Amarillo TX to a purchase for $351,000 minus a $100,000 TBA payment. The deal was originally filed within a supplement to a petition to deny filed by Smith to Viva’s purchase of CHR “Wild 104.3” KQFX Borger/Amarillo from Tejas Broadcasting. Cameron University donates 89.1 KYCU ...Read More
Amaturo Sonoma Media flipped Hot AC “Mix 104.9” KMHX Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa CA to 80s based Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.9” at 5pm today. The station will run jockless for now under Program Director Danny Wright. Positioned as “Sonoma County’s Greatest Hits”, the station will be centered on 1980s hits while stretching into the late 70s and early 90s. The new format will compete with Redwood Empire Stereocasters’ 60s/70s based “102.7 The Wolf” KVWF. In the Spring 2017 Eastlan ratings, KMHX registered a 1.2 share of the Santa Rosa market, while KVWF held a 3.7. Amaturo Sonoma Media Group introduced a Classic Hits format on former Hot AC KMHX on Thursday at 5PM. The station is branded as K-Hits 104.9, Sonoma County’s Greatest Hits. In a...Read More
Bluelight Communications will launch Urban “105.5 The Beat” W288CS Rochester NY/102.7 WLGZ-HD2 Webster at 6pm today. Helmed by veteran programmer Mickey Johnson, the new new station will feature the syndicated Breakfast Club in mornings. Pamela Anise, former Program Director/Midday Host at iHeartMedia Urban “101.1 The Beat” WUBT Nashville, joins the station as APD/Midday Host. Afternoons and nights are currently vacant but Johnson is seeking applicants at [email protected] Johnson joins Bluelight from Townsquare Media’s 92.9 WTUG Tuscaloosa AL where he served as Brand Manager. He has also programmed Urban stations in Jacksonville, Birmingham, and St. Louis including launching “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ and serving as OM for Radio-One’s “H...Read More
iHeartMedia Portland has appointed Michael La Crosse as Program Director for AC “K103” 103.3 KKCW and Classic Hits “106.7 The Eagle” KLTH Portland OR. La Crosse joins the stations from Los Angeles where he programmed AC 103.5 KOST until the start of this year. He has been serving as an advisor working on special projects since then. La Crosse has also served as PD of Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 92.3” KHHT Los Angeles, Operations Manager of iHeartMedia Spokane, PD of 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago, and Promotions Director, Music Director and Assistant Program Director of Smooth Jazz 95.5 WNUA Chicago in his career. He fills the opening created by Chris Shebel’s announcement that he would leave at the end of the year to relocate to Palm Springs. iHeartMedia has announ...Read More
Cumulus Media has tabbed Cheryl Salomone as Vice President/Market Manager of its Fayetteville NC cluster. Salomone joins Cumulus from Pamal Broadcasting AAA “107.1 The Peak” WXPK Briarcliff Manor NY where she was Director of Non-Traditional Revenue. She has also served as Market Manager for Adams Radio Salisbury/OCean City MD, Regional Vice President of Townsquare Media’s Tri-Cities and Yakima WA and General Manager of Townsquare Media Billings MT. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed seasoned broadcasting executive Cheryl Salomone as Vice President/Market Manager for its four-station group in Fayetteville, NC, effective October 2, 2017. Salomone joins Cumulus from Pamal Broadcasting in White Plains, NY, where she was Director of Non-Traditional Revenue and Local...Read More
Genesee Media has launched Talk 1310 WOKR Canandaigua/Rochester NY. WOKR had previously been simulcasting Sports “97.5 The Team” 1590 WRSB Brockport/W248BH Rochester. The two AMs swapped call letters over the summer around the same time that the Sports programming moved to 97.5 from 105.5 W288CS. Programming on WOKR includes This Morning with Gordon Deal, Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade from 9am-12pm and Tom Shillue from 3-6pm, Chad Benson from 6-9pm, Bloomberg Radio in middays and 9-10pm, Business Rockstars from 10pm-12am, and Free Talk Live overnight. Weekend shows are focusing on money, technology, and law.
I suspected my column on the mystery songs that I’d accumulated over my life as a music lover and record collector would be only of interest to a certain strata of music geek. So for every likely “hoo, boy!” likely generated by the topic, it was gratifying to see how many readers it did resonate with. Of course, other readers sent me the stories of the songs they needed years to untangle, or never figured out. Then, upon further reflection, I realized I still had a few more songs I was trying to hunt down as well. So here are four more, only one of which has actually been solved. The One I’m Solving for “A Friend” In the very early ‘70s, there were still some places that would sell you a bag of ten mystery singles for a dollar. This one, which I’m pretty sure I got on a visit to New York, ...Read More
Salem Media is preparing to rearrange its Washington DC assets. As Edward Atsinger and Stu Epperson’s AM 570 LLC has closed on its $2.1 million acquisition of “SportsTalk 570” WSPZ Bethesda MD from Red Zebra Broadcasting, the assets will now be split between two Salem Media subsidiaries. Salem will reimburse Atsinger and Epperson the $2.1 million as the station license goes to Salem Media of Virginia for $600,000 while the property assets goes to Salem Radio Properties for $1,500,000. Salem Chairman Epperson and CEO Atsinger will also be reimbursed $20,000 in acquisition costs related to the purchase of WSPZ. Salem has begun simulcasting Conservative Talk “AM 1260 The Answer” WWRC Washington on 570 and is promoting the frequency as the future home of the format. How...Read More
iHeartMedia has transferred 101.1 WNOE New Orleans Program Director David Dean to the same role at Country “95.5 The Bull” KWNR Las Vegas. Dean has programmed WNOE since January 2015 after previously serving as APD/MD at “Q104.1” WTQR Winston-Salem NC. He has also worked at “98.1 The Bull” WBUL Lexington KY and 92.5 WPAP Panama City FL during his career. This is a different David Dean than the one who continues to host afternoons at CBS’ 94.1 KMPS Seattle. Dean fills the opening created when KWNR PD/Las Vegas Senior VP of Programming JoJo Turnbeaugh transferred to Denver in May. iHeartMedia Las Vegas announced today that David Dean has been named Program Director for Country 95.5 The Bull effective immediately.Dean will work closely with on-air per...Read More
Mike Adam has returned to CBS Radio to host afternoons at Hot AC “Fresh 102.7” WNEW New York. Adam most recently held afternoons at CHR “96.5 Amp Radio” WZMP Philadelphia until the end of 2016 just before it flipped to AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY-FM. He has also worked at iHeartMedia CHR “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia and “Kiss 95.7” WKSS Hartford-Meriden CT. Adam also worked weekend and fill-in shifts in recent months for CBS’ “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York. With the addition of Adam for afternoons, Cane Peterson moves to nights. Cane had just moved from mornings to afternoons last December. Matt Sneed moves from nights to weekends.
PodcastOne has launched the Music Connection Podcast hosted by Randy Thomas and Arnie Wohl. Presented in conjunction with Music Connection Magazine, the show will feature stories taken from the magazine described as “a podcast from the people who make music, for the people who love music”. The show will be hosted by well-known voiceover artist Randy Thomas and longtime music manager and promoter Arnie Wohl with new episodes debuting every Wednesday. Iconic music artists and cutting-edge acts now share their voice through spoken word on the new Music Connection Podcast on PodcastOne, America’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network. Hosted by Randy Thomas, known by her voice as the announcer of the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and...Read More