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WRWM Goes From Worst To First To Gone In Three Years

After flipping from CHR to Classic Hip-Hop in December 2014 and surging from a 1.7 share to leading the Indianapolis market with a 7.7 share in its first full ratings period, Cumulus has pulled the plug on Classic Hip-Hop “93.9 The Beat” WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis IN. WRWM began stunting for the holiday season at 5:30pm today as “North Pole Radio” after a ten minute farewell to the old format and teasing random formats. WRMW had still been doing better than it was prior to its flip to Classic Hip-Hop but had dropped back down into the 2’s in recent months with a 2.7 in the October PPM’s. The move also gives WRWM a head-start against Emmis AC “B105.7” WYXB which will go Christmas next Friday. Cumulus Media announces that it has delivered the b...Read More

104.3 WJMK Chicago Flips To Classic Hip-Hop

Another change takes place as Entercom takes over CBS Radio as Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK Chicago has flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams“. Launching with Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize”, the new format is taking shots at iHeartMedia’s combination of Urban 107.5 WGCI and Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ. The staion began stunting at 10am with sound effects and occasional comments to the like of “What’s Going On Here” and “It’s Almost Time To Start”. The final two songs played were Beatles “Long And Winding Road” and David Bowie “Changes”. Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today announced that WJMK-FM is ‘The New 104.3 JAMS, Chicago’s #1 for Throwbacks,’ the ultimate dest...Read More

And Now Entercom Launches Alt 103.7 Dallas

One year after iHeartMedia flipped Alternative “102.1 The Edge” KDGE to AC, Entercom has debuted “Alt 103.7” KVIL Dallas. Just like its similar launch in New York, KVIL is debuting with 10,000 songs commercial-free. KVIL had only rebranded as “Amp 103.7” this past January after seguing to CHR in August 2016. It was the third CHR in the market behind iHeartMedia’s “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS and Cumulus’ “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM. Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today announced that alternative rock returns to radio in the largest media market in Texas with the launch of ALT 103.7, DFW’s New Alternative. ALT 103.7 will give music fans a true cutting edge alternative – an expertly crafted playlist with local, informed curation. Es...Read More

Alternative Returns To New York As WBMP Becomes Alt 92.3

Entercom announced its entry to New York in a major way as it has flipped CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York to Alternative “Alt 92.3” at 10am today. Launching with 10,000 songs commercial free, the station fills the long vacant opening in the market which hasn’t had the format in place since Merlin Media’s placeholder “New Rock 101.9” WRXP in 2012. The move takes WBMP out of competition with iHeartMedia CHR “Z100” WHTZ. WBMP ranked 20th in the market with a 2.0 share in the October 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WHTZ was eighth with a 4.8. WBMP also faced a crowded Pop/Rhythmic battlefield that included “Hot 97” WQHT, 103.5 WKTU, and 95.5 WPLJ. Amp Radio closed out with Jay Z’s “Encore” before the...Read More

ESPN Radio Sets New Lineup For 2018

ESPN Radio is revamping its on-air and podcast lineup starting on January 2, 2018. The first half of the lineup remains the same as Wingo & Golic, who debut on November 27 with Trey Wingo replacing Mike Greenberg, will air from 6-10am eastern. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz stays from 10am to 1pm. The big move is the return of Stephen A. Smith to the national lineup from 1-3pm eastern. His show currently airs on 710 KSPN Los Angeles, 98.7 WEPN-FM New York, and on SiriusXM but now goes back on the national radio lineup. Ryen Russillo will move from 1-4pm to 3-6pm with Will Cain joining him as co-host. Cain currently serves as a contributor to ESPN Radio and First Take. Sarah Spain, who currently co-hosts 9pm-11pm with Israel Gutierrez will move to 6-9pm with new co-host Jason Fitz...Read More

Entercom Reveals New Sales Practices & Audience Analytics

Entercom continues to roll-out new formats and initiatives upon the closing of the CBS Radio merger. The company has announced a few sales strategies with the goal of providing greater value for advertisers and improving the listener experience. The moves are a 5% cut across the board in commercial inventory across Entercom stations, eliminating cash infusion advertising deals, and eliminating future sales to spot resellers. They then followed up with the launch of “Entercom Audience Analytics” taking a product that had been used by CBS Radio and is being tweaked for the company. The service is described as “a tool to offer advertisers unique data and analytic insights designed to optimize their advertising campaigns and improve return on investment” in partnership ...Read More

Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger

As expected Entercom completed its acquisition of CBS Radio this morning. CEO David Field sent the following memo to all employees as well as a video: It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that we have officially completed our merger! We are now one company! And so with great respect and appreciation for the former CBS Radio and its extraordinary history and achievements, we usher in a new era in which these two proud and great organizations will join as one to create a preeminent industry leader with the scale, team, brands, focus, resources and will to build something truly special. Today marks the end of a near two-year journey to complete this historic, transformational merger that has created an incredibly exciting new company with truly game-changing power and potentia...Read More

Bob Richards Promoted To Emmis Indianapolis Market Manager

Emmis Communications has promoted Bob Richards from VP/Programming to Market Manager for its Indianapolis cluster. Richards joined Emmis in 2009 as Operations Manager and then rose to VP/Programming in 2014. Along with his promotion, Taja Graham has been promoted from Director of Sales for the cluster’s music stations to VP/Director of Sales for the entire cluster. Richards supplants Chuck Williams who had joined Emmis in August 2016 from the same position at Radio-One Indianapolis. Bob Richards has been named Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes 1070 The Fan, B105.7, 93 WIBC and 97.1 Hank FM. Taja Graham, currently Director of Sales for Music for the Emmis-Indianapolis cluster, has been promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the cluster. Richards joined ...Read More

99.7 Now Promotes Jazzy Jim Archer To Program Director

With Michael Martin remaining with Entercom as SVP of Programming and Music Initiatives and Alternative Format Captain, Bonneville’s newly acquired CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ San Francisco has promoted ‘Jazzy’ Jim Archer to Program Director. Archer has been with KMVQ as Assistant Program Director and Music Director since 2011. He previously served as APD/MD and then programmed iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.9” KYLD San Francisco until 2008. Bonneville began operating KMVQ today via LMA from the Entercom Divestiture Trust. Bonneville International Corporation announced today that it has promoted “Jazzy” Jim Archer as Program Director for 99.7 Now (KMVQ-FM), San Francisco’s new hit music station. Archer has served as KMVQ’s has been Assistant...Read More

Minnesota Twins Return To WCCO

Update 11/17: Entercom has officially announced its new deal with the Twins to bring the franchise back to News/Talk 830 WCCO. WCCO carried the team’s broadcasts from its move to Minnesota in 1961 through the end of the 2006 season will resume that role for the upcoming season. The Twins have been on team owned Alternative “Go 96.3” KQGO Edina since 2013 and also spent six seasons on Hubbard Sports “ESPN 1500” KSTP. WCCO will lead a network that stretches across Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin with additional ancillary programming and features on Variety Hits “104.1 Jack-FM” KZJK and Country “Buz’n 102.9” KMNB. Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today announced a fully-integrated radio partnership with ...Read More

Matt Shepard Returns To WDFN Detroit

Just seven months after exiting iHeartMedia Sports “1130 The Fan” WDFN Detroit in a round of budget cuts, Matt Shepard is returning to mornings at the station. Shepard is bringing his recently launched podcast Shep, Shower & Shave to the station for 6-9am starting Monday, November 20. He previously hosted mornings at WDFN with Jamie Samuelsen and Gregg Brady from 2001-2007 and then solo from 2009 through earlier this year. He is also play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball and Eastern Michigan University football. The Detroit News reports that the show will originate from GM’s OnStar Studios at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit with the intent to syndicate the show across Michigan.

Station Sales Week Of 11/17

Eure Communications is transferring Country “97.9 The Bear” WNBB Bayboro/New Bern NC to Diana Schulman for $500,000. Schulmann currently serves as Sales Manager for the station. Sarah Shellhammer’s Morgan County Media is acquiring Country 105.5 WJVO South Jacksonville, News/Talk 1550 WJIL South Jacksonville and Classic Hits 102.9 W275BM Jacksonville IL from Bart Boling’s Morgan County Broadcasting for $250,000. Shellhammer has served as General Manager of the stations since 1997. Alpha Media is selling the Construction Permit for 99.1 KZAH Harper TX to JAM Broadcasting for $125,000. Alpha had paid $408,000 in the 2015 FCC Auction 98 for the rights to the allocation. The buyers also own Country “103.7 The Buck” KAXA Mountain Home TX. On the fringes of the...Read More