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Entercom Names Richard J. Schmaeling Chief Financial Officer

Entercom has announced the hiring of Richard J. Schmaeling as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective April 18. Schmaeling joins Entercom from Travel Leaders Group where he held CFO duties. He has also served as CFO for television station operator LIN Media from 2008 until its acquisition by Media General at the end of 2014 and VP/Finance of Dow Jones. Schmaeling will succeed Steve Fisher, who previously announced his intentions to step down, as of April 30. Fisher will continue to assist Entercom with the CBS Radio merger through January 2018. Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) today announced that it has appointed Richard J. Schmaeling as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 18, 2017. Mr. Schmaeling will report to David J. Fi...Read More

Cumulus Turns In Albany GA AM

Cumulus Media is turning in the license of 1450 WGPC Albany GA. WGPC went dark earlier this year after its tower was snapped in half by a wind storm on January 2. A Cumulus official told WALB-TV that the company was surrendering the license for WGPC rather than rebuild. Prior to going dark the station was operating as Sports “1450 The Fan” with the national CBS Sports Radio lineup around the clock. WGPC was the first radio station in Albany and had been operating from the same tower site since 1940.

WFML To Return To Vincennes University Operation

After ten years under the auspices of DLC Media, Vincennes University Foundation will resume operations of its 96.7 WFML Vincennes IN on April 1. DLC Media has operated WFML under multiple formats including Country, Rock, and since 2014 as Variety Hits “96.7 Jack-FM“. The station will be placed under the VU Broadcasting umbrella that operates student run Hot AC “Blazer 91.1” WVUB and PBS affiliate WVUT-TV. WFML will debut its new format on Sunday, April 2 under new Program Director Dane Foley. Foley most recently hosted at Original Company Country “106.5 The Bullet” WWBL Washington IN. The station will continue to operate as a commercial facility. DLC Media also announced that it will break 910 WAKO Lawrenceville IL off of its simulcast of sister AC R...Read More

Doug Gottlieb Jumps To Fox Sports Radio

The long-rumored move of Doug Gottlieb from CBS Sports Radio to Fox Sports Radio is official. Gottlieb will take the 3-6pm eastern timeslot vacated by Jay Mohr earlier this year and the same daypart he is currently heard on CBS Sports Radio. He will also serve as a basketball analyst for FS1 programs including Skip And Shannon: Undisputed and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. He will debut on Monday, April 24. The former Notre Dame and Oklahoma State basketball player has also hosted shows for WWLS Oklahoma City and ESPN Radio. CBS Sports Radio previously announced the move of Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber from 9am-12pm to Gottlieb’s afternoon timeslot and CBS Sports Network television simulcast starting April 17. FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced today the addition of veteran sports med...Read More

JJ Ryan Moves To KJYO/KXXY Oklahoma City

For the first time since 1989, iHeartMedia CHR “KJ 103” 102.7 KJYO Oklahoma City has a new Program Director. JJ Ryan, most recently PD of sister Country “92.5 The Bull” KBEB Sacramento, is transferring to KJYO and sister Country “96.1 KXY” KXXY as Program Director. At KJYO Ryan will succeed Mike McCoy, who had been at the station as PD since 1989 and exited last week. At KXXY Ryan will succeed iHeartMedia Senior VP/Programming Tom Travis as the day-to-day programmer of the station. Bryan ‘B-Dub’ Washington replaced Ryan as KBEB PD last week. Prior to joining KBEB in 2014, Ryan programmed iHeart Rhythmic CHR “92.1 The Beat” KIBT and Country “106.1 The Twister” KTGX Tulsa for iHeart. He has also worked on-air in the Roch...Read More

Alpha Shakes Up Richmond Cluster

With the sale of Country “98.9 The Wolf” 98.9 WLFV Midlothian/100.3 WARV-FM Petersburg to Educational Media Foundation about to close, Alpha Media has made changes at its two remaining Richmond VA market stations. Classic Hits “107.3 BBT” WBBT-FM Powhatan has flipped to 1980s Hits positioning as “The 80s Station”. WLFV middayer Jason Paige has moved to mornings at WBBT-FM replacing now former Program Director Jim Conlee, who exits. WLFV/WARV-FM are currently running music beds and imaging redirecting listeners to sister Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM” WWLB Ettrick. With “The Wolf” reaching its end, WWLB has added some more recent artists such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert to its now-mostly 80s/90s Country play...Read More

Mapleton Launches 94.1 The Bear Spokane

Mapleton Communications flipped Adult Standards “Magic 790” KJRB Spokane WA to Classic Rock “94.1 The Bear” at 7am on Tuesday as it signed on its new FM translator. Launching with the normal 10,000 songs in a row commercial free, the new format is positioning as “The Rock You Know”. The new format goes up against iHeartMedia’s market leading 98.9 KKZX and QueenB Radio “Rock 94.5” KHTQ. Mapleton Spokane OM Greg Tillotson will add programming duties for KJRB. 94.1 K231CU Spokane operates with 99w/408m giving nearly full market coverage.

Natalia Hernandez Joins Q100.5 Las Vegas For Middays

CBS Radio Rhythmic Hot AC “Q100.5” KXQQ Henderson/Las Vegas has named Natalia Hernandez as its new 10am-3pm host. Hernandez joins KXQQ from weekends at sister CHR 98.5 KLUC. She has also co-hosted mornings at Kemp Broadcasting Urban “Hot 97.5” KVEG in Las Vegas and has worked at WPOW and WXDJ Miami, WPTY Long Island, and WMBX West Palm Beach in her career. KXQQ Q100.5 announced today Natalia Hernandez has been named the new Midday host on Q100.5 airing weekdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM effective immediately. In addition to listening to Natalia live on Q100.5 locally, listeners can also stream the station through q100vegas.com or the Radio.com app for mobile devices. Prior to joining Q100.5, Natalia was on-air with sister station 98.5 KLUC. “It’s always rewarding whe...Read More

How Is Removing The Ownership Subcaps Good For All?

Earlier this month six group owners wrote a letter to the FCC petitioning for the removal of the AM/FM band subcaps per market. The heads of Alpha Media, Connoisseur Media, East Arkansas Broadcasters, Galaxy Communications, Jackson Radio Works, and Roberts Communications seek the FCC to act on a previous NAB petition to reconsider the limits on the amounts of stations a company can own in a market. The Commission originally adopted the AM/FM subcaps in light of technological and marketplace differences between AM and FM stations that the FCC feared disadvantaged AM stations. The Commission’s most recent broadcast ownership order ignores record evidence that any technical and marketplace dynamics that may once have differentiated AM and FM stations no longer exist. On reconsideration, the C...Read More

Entercom/CBS Radio Place Future Spin-Offs In Divestiture Trust

Entercom and CBS Radio have filed with the FCC to create the Entercom Divestiture Trust to handle the divestiture of the stations in seven markets that it is required to spin-off. While Entercom will only be required to divest fourteen stations to get under the current FCC market caps, it is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into the trust. This will give Entercom flexibility to choose which stations it will seek to keep and which ones it will spin-off. Among the stations being filed for placement into the divestiture trust are all of CBS Radio and Entercom’s stations in the Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle markets. Entercom will be required to spin-off 2 FMs in Boston, 1 FM in Los Angeles, 3 FMs in Sacramento, 1 FM in San Diego, 4 FMs i...Read More

CBS Sports Radio To Move Tiki & Tierney To Afternoons; DA To Late Mornings

CBS Sports Radio is making schedule changes starting Monday, April 17. With Doug Gottlieb exiting the network on Friday, April 14, Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney will move from 9am-12pm to 3pm-6pm. The duo will also take Gottlieb’s simulcast on the CBS Sports cable network. Moving from nights to fill the 9am-12pm will be Damon ‘DA’ Amendolara. The new 6pm-10pm timeslot host will be announced at a later date. Gottlieb is expected to join Fox Sports and Fox Sports Radio potentially taking their vacant 3-6pm show previously held by Jay Mohr. –CBS Sports Radio’s popular shows, “Tiki and Tierney” and “The DA Show,” will move to new weekday timeslots, effective Monday, April 17, as part of new multi-year agreements with their respective hosts, Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney a...Read More

ESPN Radio Promotes WEPN PD Justin Craig To Senior Director Programming and Operations

ESPN has promoted Justin Craig to Senior Director, Programming and Operations for the national ESPN Radio network. Craig has worked for ESPN since January 1998 moving up from board operator to producer to Program Director first for “ESPN 1000” WMVP Chicago and since 2010 as PD of “ESPN 98.7” WEPN New York. In his new role Craig will relocate to Bristol CT and oversee all ESPN Radio programming and production. Ryan Hurley, who has served as Assistant Program Director at WEPN since 2015 and producer of The Michael Kay Show since 2004, will assume the Program Director role at WEPN. Stephen A. Smith show producer Jonathan Winthrop adds Assistant Program Director duties. ESPN Radio New York 98.7FM program director Justin Craig has been named Senior Director, Programming ...Read More

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