iHeartMedia and Univision launched new Spanish CHRs in San Antonio this afternoon. While we were waiting for iHeartMedia to flip Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP-FM San Antonio to “104.5 Latino Hits“, Univision beat them to the punch by flipping Classic Hip Hop “Yo 95.1” KMYO Comfort back to its previous “95.1 Latino Mix” identity. “95.1 Latino Mix” debuted at 5pm today with a playlist described as “Pop, Reggaeton, y mas!”. KMYO had previously used that branding for its previous identity until its flip to Classic Hip-Hop in December 2014. As the press release below points out, the new “104.5 Latino Hits” was originally intended to launch at 12pm on Thursday or Friday but was moved up to 5:30pm due to KMYO b...Read More
After selling off its other Duluth MN stations to Midwest Communications and Minnesota Public Radio, Red Rock Radio has found a buyer for Sports “92.1 The Fan” WWAX Hermantown and 1490 KQDS Duluth. Dan Hatfield’s Twin Ports Radio LLC will acquire both stations for $200,000. Northpine.com reports that Hatfield, who also serves as head of local Christian network Refuge Media Group, will move the stations into the studios of network flagship 89.5 WJRF Duluth while retaining the current Sports format. Twin Ports Radio will begin operating WWAX and KQDS via Time Brokerage Agreement on Monday, May 1. This is to announce that a contract has been signed and an application is being filed with the FCC for the assignment of radio stations WWAX(FM), Hermantown, and KQDS(AM), Duluth, ...Read More
Former 680 WRKO Boston morning host Todd Feinberg will join CBS News/Talk 1080 WTIC Hartford for 3-6pm afternoons starting Monday, April 24. Feinberg replaces the Sports based show hosted by Joe D’Ambrosio and Andy Gresh. D’Ambrosio was let go following Gresh’s exit to join Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence earlier this month. Feinberg co-hosted mornings at WRKO from 2007-2012 after prevously hosting nights and late mornings and has worked as a fill-in host at various New England stations since. He also hosted a syndicated weekend show from 2003-2009. The next era of afternoon drive on WTIC AM NewsTalk1080 begins Monday, April 24th when the station launches “Afternoons with Todd Feinburg” airing weekdays from 3 to 6pm. “Todd is a familiar voice on NewsTalk 1080 having...Read More
Oi2 Media has launched Bilingual CHR “Boom 97 Uno” on iHeartMedia’s 97.1 W246BT Clermont and 97.1 W246CK Kissimmee/Orlando FL. Fed by 100.3 WRUM-HD2 the new format is targeting bilingual millennials with a mix of English and Spanish Hits. The station’s airstaff features hosts from across the globe including US based Michelle Ciotti, Puerto Rico based Luis ‘El Coyote’ Ortiz, and DJ Semaforo from Colombia. Oi2 Media is using the new station to debut its “Visual Radio” technology in the United States and will make both the visual element and this format available to other broadcasters. In a spanish release translated Oi2 Media CEO Anthony Michael Hernandez stated, “The format debuts at a time when the Orlando market commands more than 34% ...Read More
John Shomby will add Program Director duties for Cumulus Country “103.3 Nash-FM” WKDF Nashville on on top of his duties as Director of Programming for all of the company’s NASH branded programming based in the city. Shomby succeeds Charlie Cook as WKDF Program Director. Cook remains in place as Cumulus Media’s VP/Country, VP/Operations for Cumulus Nashville, and Program Director of “95.5 Nash Icon” WSM-FM. Shomby joined Cumulus in February 2016 as NASH Director of Programming overseeing the Ty, Kelly and Chuck morning show, NASH Nights Live, Blair Garner Show, and American Country Countdown. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted John Shomby to Program Director of NASH FM 103.3 (WKDF) in Nashville; in addition to the NASH Director of Programming po...Read More
Hubbard Radio Rock “Rock 98.9” KVRQ Seattle has announced the addition of The Billy Madison Show for mornings starting Monday, April 24. Based at Cox Media’s 99.5 KISS-FM San Antonio, KVRQ becomes Madison’s sixth and largest market. The show also airs in Corpus Christi, Palm Springs, Salisbury and Tampa. KVRQ had been jockless in mornings since it launched its Rock format in March 2016. Hubbard Radio Seattle welcomes The Billy Madison Show, Mornings on ROCK 98.9 KVRQ. The announcement came today from Marc Kaye, Hubbard Radio VP/Market Manager Seattle. “Billy had me at hello”, said VP/Market Manager Marc Kaye. “The first time I met Billy, Derek and Nard, I knew the Billy Madison Show was going to be a part of Rock 98.9 and a huge part indeed.” Dave Numme, KVRQ’s Pro...Read More
iHeartMedia has promoted Russell Rush to Program Director of CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM San Antonio. Rush has been with KXXM since 2005 and added APD and Afternoon Host duties the following year. He takes over the day-to-day programming job that had been vacant since Chase Murphy departed last year. iHeartMedia announced today that Russell Rush has been promoted to Program Director for Mix 96.1, San Antonio’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective immediately. He will continue to serve as weekday afternoon on-air personality for the station. Mix 96.1 has a strong cross-platform presence and broadcasts several popular personalities including the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Emily and EJ. iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live...Read More
As part of a multi-year renewal with iHeartMedia, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving their game broadcasts to Rock “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Clearwater. WXTB will succeed Country “US 103.5” WFUS and Sports 620 WDAE as the home for the franchise’s gameday broadcasts. WDAE will continue to be the home for ancillary programming including weekly coach and player shows. WFUS had been the Buccaneers flagship station since Clear Channel took over the franchise’s radio rights in 2004. Prior to that the team had been heard on then CBS Radio Country 99.5 WQYK. Gene Deckerhoff, Dave Moore, and TJ Rives will remain in place as the broadcast team for the Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today a multi-year agreement with iHeartMedia Tampa Bay as t...Read More
iHeartMedia Country 101.5 WYNK Baton Rouge LA has appointed Brittany Tully as its new Program Director. Tully joins WYNK from Cumulus Media CHR 94.5 KSMB Lafayette where she has served as APD/MD/Midday Host. She will also take the afternoon drive slot at WYNK replacing Libby Davis. iHeartMedia Baton Rouge announced today that Brittany Tully has been named Program Director for 101.5 WYNK-FM, Baton Rouge’s No. 1 for Today’s Hit Country, effective April 17. Tully will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the 101.5 WYNK-FM radio station brand, Baton Rouge’s legacy Country leader. The station lineup includes The Bobby Bones Show and Baton Rouge on-air personality Austin James. “Brittany is a South Louisiana native who understands the community, its listeners, the media market and the ...Read More
iHeartMedia Variety Hits “107.3 Jack-FM” WWJK Green Cove Springs/Jacksonville FL has dropped the Jack moniker for just “107.3 Jacksonville“. No other changes accompany the rebranding, which simply sees iHeart dropping the Sparknet licensed brand. The expected move, follows iHeart dropping the brand in Sacramento earlier this month for Classic Rock. This leaves 102.7 WQSR Baltimore as the only “Jack-FM” in iHeartMedia’s portfolio.
Cumulus Media has flipped Country “100.5 Nash-FM” WHLZ Marion/Florence SC to Hot AC “Q100.5” WQPD. The new format will feature the syndicated Bob & Sheri morning show and Westwood One talent in other dayparts. The station had been stunting over the Easter weekend with “The Wheel of Decades” prior to launching the new format which positions WQPD between iHeartMedia CHR “103X” 103.3 WJMX-FM and Community Broadcasters Hot AC “Star 93.7” WSIM. The flips brings the WHLZ Country brand to an end after over 30 years in the market. Debuting on 92.5 before moving to 100.5 in 2003 when the 92.5 frequency was moved into the Charleston market, its “Wheelz” brand was abandoned in favor of “Nash-FM” when Cumulus laun...Read More
Entercom Classic Rock 96.5 WCMF Rochester NY has appointed Michael ‘Mud’ Gross as its new Program Director. Gross most spent 12 years at iHeartMedia where he programmed “105.9 The Rock” WNRQ Nashville from 2005-2014 and “Big 105.9” WBGG Miami from 2014-2016. He has also programmed 94.5 WARO Fort Myers and hosted mornings at 100.3 WDIZ Orlando, 105.7 WPNT St. Louis, and 103.1 WHVY Baltimore during his career. Gross will start at WCMF on May 15 and succeeds Chris Crowley who transferred to sister 92.3 KGON Portland earlier this year.