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Station Sales Week Of 10/20

Hearst News/Talk 1090 WBAL Baltimore has found its path to FM as the company purchases the CP for 101.5 W268BA Church Hill MD from Hope Christian Church of Marlton for $650,000. Educational Media Foundation sells 101.5 K268AH Palm Springs CA to Marker Broadcasting for $200,000 to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 95.9 KJJZ Indian Wells. The translator became redundant to EMF when it acquired what is now 105.1 KLXB Bermuda Dunes. EMF is also buying in multiple areas. It will pay Audion Communications $250,000 for the CP of 104.1 KRXC Murrieta/Temecula CA to join its Christian CHR “Air 1” network. EMF will also acquire “Christian 107.3” WCLN-FM Clinton/Fayetteville NC from Christian Listening Network for $1.2 million. WCLN-FM will join its Christian AC “K-LoveR...Read More

Todd Schnitt Exits WOR New York

iHeartMedia Talk 710 WOR New York has lost half of its morning show as Todd Schnitt was unable to come to terms with the company on a new contract. Len Berman remains in place with guest co-hosts filling Schnitt’s place until a new partner can be found. Berman and Schnitt both joined WOR in January 2015 to fill its long vacant morning slot. Schnitt will continue to host his syndicated afternoon talk show. Schnitt is best known for his 20 year run hosting mornings at CHR 93.3 WFLZ Tampa under the name MJ Kelli. He has also worked at multiple stations in the Norfolk VA market, KQLZ Los Angeles, and WPLJ New York in his career.

What Top 40 Must Do Now

  Maybe it’s not fair to look at Top 40’s numbers during the fall. The time after back-to-school has, traditionally, been a bad time for the format. But have you seen the numbers? It’s been common for a while to look through monthly PPMs and find only a station or two at the top of their market. But crunching just the 6+ PPMs makes the story more explicit. There are only two CHRs that are No. 1 in their market this month: WXKS-FM (Kiss 108) Boston and WNCI Columbus, Ohio. There are two others, KDWB Minneapolis and WRVW (The River) Nashville at No. 2 in their markets. There are only ten CHRs with a five-share or higher. Of those, only five are in a top 25 market. When you look at just the top-rated CHRs in their market, more than 50% of those are somewhere in the 4-5 share range, or be...Read More

Paul Coates & Mike Huckabee Take Branson Into New Directions

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

Daily Domains 10/18: Univision Giving Five Markets Some Amor

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.

Tom Joyner To Fly Into Retirement In 2019

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 Brings Praise To St. Louis While Moving The Answer

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

KARZ & KNSG Swap Locations

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 Promotes Bill Wilson and Dhruv Prasad To Co-CEO

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

Brooke & Jubal Added At Mix 106.5 San Jose

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

WWJB Boots Talk For Country

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.

WYKB Flips To Classic Country Jax Country 105.3

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“.