Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC-FM Indianapolis has announced that Greg Garrison will retire from his daily 9-11am show on Friday, June 9. Garrison has hosted at WIBC since 1997 and later replaced now Vice President Mike Pence on the regionally syndicated Network Indiana in 2000. Prior to beginning his radio career he served as lawyer including prosecuting Mike Tyson in his 1993 trial on rape charges. He later served as a legal analyst for WIBC and CBS News. Following the end of his daily show, Garrison will continue to write a weekly column for WIBC.com and do commentary and serve as a legal expert for the station. Indianapolis radio legend Greg Garrison today announced his retirement from the rigors of his weekday show on Indy’s news/talk leader, WIBC 93.1FM, but will remain part of the WIBC f...Read More
Jules Riley, who joined iHeartMedia as Program Director of Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU St. Louis last November, will add on additional duties programming sister Country “93.7 The Bull” KSD-FM. Riley tacks on the KSD-FM Program Director role from Dusty, who will remain with the station as APD/MD/Afternoon host. Dusty had taken the PD reigns when Steve ‘Scrubs’ Stewart moved to “Big 95.5” WEBG Chicago in 2015. iHeartMedia-St. Louis announced today that Jules Riley has been named Program Director for 93.7 The Bull, #1 For New Country in St. Louis, effective immediately. 93.7 The Bull has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of programs and personalities– The Bobby Bones Show, Dusty, Hemmy, and CMT’s Cody Alan, — and produces legend...Read More
Cumulus Media has hired Nicola ‘Nic’ Merenda as VP/Market Manager for its Topeka KS operations. Merenda had most recently been working in ad sales for Pandora based in San Antonio. He has worked in sales at multiple Chicago stations and as General Sales Manager for Entercom Kansas City ad VP/Sales for iHeartMedia San Antonio during his career. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 20-year radio broadcasting executive Nicola (Nic) Merenda as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Topeka. Merenda joins Cumulus from Pandora Media, Inc. in San Antonio, TX, where he was also Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia. He was recognized as Entercom’s 2011 Sales Manager of the Year for his performance as General Sales Manager of KQRC-FM and KRBZ-FM in Mission, ...Read More
Days after Univision Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 95.1” KMYO and iHeartMedia Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 104.5” both flipped out of their formats, Alpha Media has brought the format back as it flips Alternative “103.3 The App” K277CX Terrell Hills/KTFM-HD2 to “G103.3“. “San Antonio’s Throwback Station” launched at 5pm local time with Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”. KMYO and KZEP each had a 2.2 share in the March 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while the Alternative format registered a 0.8 share.
Alpha Media has launched Sports “960 The Bull” WRNS Kinston NC. WRNS is carrying CBS Sports Radio programming around the clock along with play-by-play of the new Down East Wood Ducks minor league baseball team and Carolina Panthers football. WRNS had been simulcasting sister Country 95.1 WRNS-FM Kinston.
Station Sales Kansas’ Rocking M Media is expanding to California with the purchase of Talk 1490 KMET Banning and 99.7 K259BJ El Centro. However the sale price was omitted from the submitted contract. Hog Radio LLC purchases AC “Variety 106.5” KBVA Bella Vista/Fayetteville AR from Hendren Communications for $1.15 million. Pure Word Broadcasting acquires Southern Gospel 104.1 KMHM Lutesville MO from Southern Gospetality LLC for $200,000 to pair with Christian AC 89.9 KHIS Jackson MO. South Carolina State University will acquire Silent 1580 WPJK Orangeburg SC from Ermma Barton Gowdy for the $6500 the station owes to the FCC for outstanding filing fees. WPJK will relocate to a new tower site on the University’s campus. Translator Sales After selling 99.7 KBXD Amarillo a...Read More
Red Zebra Broadcasting is selling Sports 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 950 WXGI Richmond VA to Radio One for an undisclosed amount. With the deal, Radio One will begin operating both stations via LMA on Monday, May 1. WWXT will drop from the “ESPN 980” simulcast it has with 980 WTEM Washington DC and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA and begin simulcasting Radio One Urban AC “Majic 102.3” WMMJ Bethesda MD. The addition of 92.7 to WMMJ will expand the station’s coverage on the southern and eastern side of the Washington market. Meanwhile in Richmond, WXGI will retain its ESPN Radio affiliation and begin to simulcast on Radio One’s 1240 WTPS and 102.7 W274BX Petersburg under a new “Richmond ESPN Radio” brand. With Red Zebra’s co-owned Washington ...Read More
Terry Foster has announced his retirement from co-hosting afternoons at CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Detroit effective immediately. Foster has co-hosted the daypart with Mike Valenti since 2004, first on 1270 WXYT and later moving with the station to 97.1 in 2007. His retirement comes after suffering a stroke last August that kept him out until returning in January. Foster will continue with his other position as a columnist for The Detroit News, where he has worked since 1988. Terry Foster, co-host of the “Valenti and Foster” show on WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket, has retired from the station, effective immediately. As Foster has openly shared with listeners over the last several months, he suffered a stroke and was on medical leave for much of the second half of 2016. He re...Read More
iHeartMedia has appointed Jeff Wyatt as SVP/Programming for its Baltimore MD cluster. Wyatt had been serving as VP/Programming for the company’s Virginia-Carolina region overseeing stations in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh NC, Greenville SC, and Harrisonburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Winchester VA. He also was Program Director for Country “96.9 The Kat” WKKT Statesville/Charlotte. In his new position, Wyatt will be Program Director of Country 93.1 WPOC and Variety Hits “102.7 Jack-FM” WQSR while overseeing CHR “Z104.3” WZFT and Gospel “Heaven 600” WCAO. Along with the appointment of Wyatt, iHeart has announced that Tommy Chuck, Program Director of CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC and WPOC will add simil...Read More
Univision has completed the roll-out of the new “Univision Deportes Radio” on ten of its stations across the country. As announced last December, the network is airing on 1280 WADO New York, 1020 KTNQ Los Angeles, 1200 WRTO Chicago, 1270 KFLC Dallas, 1010 KLAT Houston, 1140 WQBA Miami, 105.1 KHOV Phoenix, 870 KLSQ Las Vegas, 1350 KCOR San Antonio, and 1530 KGBT McAllen TX. The network’s schedule (all times Eastern) features: Buenos Dias America (M-F, 6 a.m. /ET) –Network morning drive show that will provide audience with the most important information covering national and international news, with a special attention to news from LATAM. The show will focus on a broader Hispanic audience, covering entertainment, comedy and of course, sports. Hosted by Ino Gomez, the show h...Read More
Cumulus Media is transferring Mike ‘BigMMike’ Bell to the Program Director position at Urban “E93” 93.1 WEAS-FM Springfield/Savannah GA. Bell joins WEAS-FM from the Program Director position at Cumulus Urban 106.3 WYNN-FM Florence SC. Prior to joining WYNN-FM in March 2016, Bell has worked at WFXE Columbus GA, KBLZ Tyler TX, KBTT Shreveport LA, WKPO Madison and WXSS Milwaukee WI. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 15-year radio broadcasting professional Mike (“Big Mike”) Bell as Program Director for WEAS-FM/E93, Savannah’s Hip Hop and R&B Leader. Bell moves to the Mainstream Urban station from Cumulus Media-Florence, SC, where he is currently Program Director for Mainstream Urban WYNN-FM. Prior to joining Cumulus, he held Assistant Program Director a...Read More