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Karen Dalessandro Joins WKTI For Afternoons

After “retiring” from iHeartMedia Country “FM 106.1” WMIL Waukesha/Milwaukee in March, Karen Dalessandro is returning to the market at Scripps’ “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI in afternoons. Dalessandro spent 19 years in mornings at WMIL until hers and Tony ‘Radar’ Hess’ exit in March. She has also worked in the Detroit market at “W4 Country” 106.7 WWWW-FM and 99.5 WYCD. Her arrival means the departure of Jonathan ‘JW’ West after just short of a year in afternoons. He will continue to work weekends at Hubbard Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX Chicago.

94.5 KBAD Sioux Falls Goes Dark As Owner’s Dollar Loan Business Becomes Illegal

After launching Classic Rock 94.5 KBAD-FM Sioux Falls SD in November 2015 as part of tourist attraction Badlands Pawn Shop, Chuck Brennan has pulled the plug on the station and the remaining parts of his businesses. KBAD-FM went dark on Saturday as Brennan shuttered his all of his businesses following the South Dakota Division of Banking revoking the business licenses of his Dollar Loan Center in the state earlier this month. Brennan shut down the Badlands Pawn Shop and that included “a foundry, tattoo parlor, deli, gun range, gun store, concert venue, music department, casino, house band, entertainment group, radio station and retail store” at the end of 2016 after South Dakota voters approved a measure capping high interest short-term loans at 36% interest. Along with KBAD-FM...Read More

FCC Report 9/24: WHOO On The Move

[membership level="2,3"] AM Changes Genesis Communications' "Sports Talk Florida" 1080 WHOO Kissimmee/Orlando FL is amending its plans to move to the site of Star Over Orlando's 810 WRSO Orlovista and will now diplex with sister Christian 1190 WAMT Pine Castle Sky Lake. As part of the move WHOO will change city-of-license to Winter Park and drop from 19kW day/190W night to 6kW day/55w night. WHOO has been operating from the WAMT site under an STA with 1.5kW day/11w night since the land of its former five tower array was sold in 2015.

Priority Radio Reaches For Gospel

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.

Station Sales Week Of 9/22

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

KMHX Santa Rosa Flips To Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.9”

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

Beat Brings Hip-Hop To Rochester

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

Michael La Crosse To Program KKCW/KLTH Portland

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

Cheryl Salomone Joins Cumulus Fayetteville NC As Market Manager

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

New Talker Debuts In Rochester

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.

Four More Mystery Songs To Uncover

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 Prepares Move Of 1260 The Answer Washington

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

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