Paul Coates & Mike Huckabee’s New Directions Media Group LLC have announced their acquisition of Earls Family Broadcasting’s Branson MO stations for an undisclosed amount. The group had launched in 2015 with the debut of four stations in Pine Bluff AR and then expanded to the Tyler TX market earlier this year with the purchase of Waller Broadcasting. The stations included in the deal are Hot AC “My 100.1” KOMC-FM Kimberling City, Country “102.9 The Z” KHBZ Harrison AR, Classic Country 106.3 KRZK Branson, Full Service AC 900 KHOZ/94.9 K235CE Harrison AR, and Classic Hits 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ Branson. Also included are local news site HometownDailyNews.com and cable channel “The Vacation Channel“. Tom Taylor Now adds that the company plan...Read More
Univision has registered domains for a rebranding at five of its "Más Variedad" Spanish AC stations.Also a possible frequency swap in St. Louis, new Rocker on the Gulf Coast, and rebranding in Grand Rapids.
Reach Media syndicated morning host Tom Joyner has announced his upcoming retirement in 2019. Joyner has hosted The Tom Joyner Morning Show in syndication since 1994. Previously he earned the nickname “The Fly Jock” as he would host mornings for 104.5 KKDA-FM Dallas and then fly to Chicago every day to do afternoons at 107.5 WGCI for eight years. The Tom Joyner Morning Show currently airs on over 80 stations nationwide. Joyner and David Kantor founded Reach Media in 2003 to take over distribution of the Tom Joyner Morning Show from ABC Radio Networks and add additional programming. Controlling stake was sold to Radio-One in 2004, who then increased their stake to 80% in 2012.
Salem Media is shuffling its St. Louis operations. Conservative Talk “1260 The Answer” WSDZ Belleville IL has moved to 1380 KXFN/105.3 K287BY St. Louis replacing Health/Wellness Talk “1380 The Pulse“. That move will clear the way for the launch of Gospel “Praise 95.1” on Monday, October 23 on WSDZ and 95.1 K236CS St. Louis. Positioned as “The St. Louis Gospel Experience”, the move gives a direct format competitor to Church of God In Christ’s “Jubilee 690” KSTL and iHeartMedia’s “Hallelujah 1600” KATZ. The new format will be led by former 104.9 KMJM-FM/1600 KATZ program director Darrel Eason. -Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM), announced today that it will launch a contemporary urban gospel radio statio...Read More
Linder Radio Group has shuffled brand locations in Marshall MN. The call letters of Rock 107.5 KARZ Marshall have moved over to Classic Hits 94.7 KNSG Springfield while retaining the existing format. The KNSG call letters slide to 107.5 with a Sports heavy Rock format. The station will completely flip to Sports by early 2018.
Townsquare Media has promoted Bill Wilson and Dhruv Prasa to Co-Chief Executive Officers. Current CEO Steven Price will transition to the position of Executive Chairman of the Board. Wilson rises from Executive Vice President and Chief Content & Digital Officer and has previously served as President of AOL Media. Prasad had been Executive Vice President of Live Events for Townsquare overseeing the live events division of the company. Additionally, Erik Hellum rises to the role Chief Operating Officer of Local Media. Hellum joined Townsquare following their acquisition of GAP West in 2010. He also has worked as Market Manager for Bonneville in Phoenix and St. Louis. Townsquare Media, Inc. (NYSE: TSQ) (“Townsquare” or the “Company”) announced today the promotion ...Read More
Alpha Media Hot AC “Mix 106.5” KEZR San Jose has announced the addition of the syndicated Brooke & Jubal morning show. They replace Jeff Pope and Marla Davies who exited last week. Alpha Media, San Jose signs Brooke & Jubal to mornings on Mix 106 (KEZR) starting today, Monday, October 16, 2017. Alpha Media VP of Content, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “It’s been a joy to watch the success story of Brooke & Jubal grow in multiple U.S. markets over the past couple of years, and it’s a genuine thrill to bring this world class show to the Bay area.” “I’m excited to give both our listeners and our advertisers the amazing Brooke & Jubal show,” added Lori Heeren, Alpha Media, San Jose Market Manager. Jubal Flagg is a sta...Read More
Hernando Broadcasting Company has flipped Talk 1450 WWJB/92.3 W222CI Brooksville and 103.9 W280DK Spring Hill FL to Country “103.9 The Boot“. Longtime 99.5 WQYK Tampa host Randy Price has joined WWJB for mornings. Price worked at WQYK from 1982-2010 co-hosting with Dave McKay from 1996 until his departure and then returned in 2015 for fill-ins. Most of the Talk programming that had been heard on WWJB continues to be heard in the Spring Hill area on 99.9 WXJB Homosassa.
As we first reported last month in Daily Domains, NIA Broadcasting’s 105.3 WYKB Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville FL has found a new operator. The station, which had been simulcasting Country “K-Bay 106.3” WKBX Kingsland GA since January 1, is now being operated by Delmarva Educational Association/Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting as Classic Country “Jax Country 105.3“.
AM Changes CBS Radio News 780 WBBM Chicago has applied to vacate its tower site of the last 75 years and co-locate at the site of sister Sports "670 The Score" WSCR and SBS' "La Ley 107.9" WLEY-FM Aurora.From its new location WBBM will drop from 50kW day/night to 35kW day/42kW night but with the taller tower should come close to duplicating its current coverage. With WBBM's simulcast partner 105.9 WCFS Elmwood Park being the home to most of its in-market listening it is doubtful most WBBM listeners even notice the change.WBBM currently operates from a 55 acre site adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 290 and Illinois 390 in Itasca IL. Likely valued in the tens or hundreds of millions this is not the first time the station has sought a potential move. In 1988, the adjacent Ro...Read More
Beasley Media Classic Hits “Q105” 104.7 WRBQ Tampa has announced the addition of former game show announcer and television meteorologist Rich Fields for afternoons starting Monday, October 16. Fields, who is best known as serving as the announcer for The Price Is Right from 2004-2010, also served as evening meteorologist for KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV Los Angeles from 2010-2016. He had a long radio career in both Los Angeles and Tampa working at 93.1 Los Angeles under multiple sets of call letters (including being the first voice on KODJ in 1989) and 101.1 KRTH as well as 92.5 WYUU, 101.5 WFJO, 107.3 WCOF and a previous stint at WRBQ. He had left radio in 2000 to go back to school to become a meteorologist and worked at KPSP Palm Springs before joining The Price Is Right. He has also ...Read More
With the sale of 101.1 WSUX-FM Snow Hill MD to GSB Broadcasting, the station’s Variety Hits “101.1 Jack-FM” programming is on the move to a new frequency. The Jack-FM programming will move to Miriam Media’s 94.9 WAMS Newark MD on Wednesday, November 1. That will replace the LMA held by Rothschild Broadcasting who had been operating the station as AAA “Delmarva’s Album Music Source“. 94.9 WAMS launched on April 1.