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SiriusXM Makes Lineup Changes

SiriusXM has announced that it will debut two new music formats as part of a lineup revamp on Thursday, August 17. PopRocks will debut on Channel 17 featuring pop rock from the ’90s and 2000s, including The Killers, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, No Doubt and Matchbox 20. Turbo is upgraded from the SiriusXM Online service to Channel 41 with hard rock from the 1990s and early 2000s from artists such as Linkin Park, Korn, Papa Roach, Godsmack, System Of A Down, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit and Disturbed. Channel 41 was previously Punk “Faction“, but currently home to Guns ‘N Roses Radio. Faction’s music programming will move to the online channel 314. The Talk part of the channel including the Jason Ellis Show was merged into the former ...Read More

Daily Domains 8/16: Alpha Prepping A Jack Launch

Alpha Media is prepping to launch a new Variety Hits "Jack-FM" and pending changes in Wichita and Winston-Salem.

Jay Dabhi Rises To 92.3 Amp Radio Music Director

CBS Radio CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York has promoted mixer Jay Dabhi to Music Director. Dabhi fills to void created by the departure of former Music Director/Midday Host Niko Petrou in late July. He will report to New York SVP/Programming Jim Ryan and San Francisco based SVP/Programming and Music Initiatives Michael Martin who oversee WBMP programming. Dabhi has been with WBMP since 2015 and currently does a 12pm mixshow for the station. He also mixes for Pitbull’s Globalization channel on SiriusXM. Jay Dabhi has been promoted to music director at CBS RADIO’s 92.3 AMP Radio in New York. Jay also hosts the station’s weekday afternoon mix show and often broadcasts live on Saturday nights from the metro areas hottest nightclubs. Jay reports to both Jim Ryan, SVP of prog...Read More

WFAN/CBS Sports Radio Adds Legal Analyst

CBS Sports Radio and 660/101.9 WFAN New York has added Amy Dash as a legal analyst. Dash has previously worked for WCBS-TV and currently is an anchor for Law Newz Network and a correspondent for the syndicated “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen”, while contributing to multiple blogs. She will guest on WFAN and CBS Sports Radio network programming to discuss legal issues pertaining to sports. Emmy Award-winning Legal Correspondent Amy Dash will begin contributing to CBS Sports Radio and WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66AM as a legal analyst. Amy will be a featured guest across the popular shows on CBS Sports Radio as well as The Fan to offer her expert legal opinion and analysis of news stories at the intersection of sports and the law. CBS Sports Radio and WFAN-F...Read More

MARC Radio Begins Gainesville Shuffle

MARC Radio has flipped Christian AC “106.9 The Pulse” WPLL Cross City/Gainesville to Classic Country “I Am Country” simulcasting 980 WDVH/94.1 W231DH Gainesville. WPLL was required to drop its format as part of a non-compete in the spinoff of 101.7 WDVH-FM Trenton. That station will drop out of the WDVH Classic Country format on Thursday, August 17 and join Radio Training Network’s non-commercial Christian AC “The Joy FM” network as its sale is finalized. The divestiture of WDVH-FM will enable MARC Radio to close on its acquisition of Classic Hits “Wow 100.9” WXJZ Gainesville from JVC Broadcasting. Original Report 5/24: MARC Radio is selling 101.7 WDVH-FM Trenton FL and acquiring 100.9 WXJZ Gainesville. MARC will pay $500,000 to purchas...Read More

Jackie Rinker Named Cumulus Pensacola Market Manager

Cumulus Media has appointed Jackie Rinker as Vice President/Market Manager for its Pensacola FL cluster. Rinker most recently served as Market President for iHeartMedia Panama City and Tallahassee until exiting in the recent round of layoffs. She has also served as GSM for Cox Media in New Haven and Orlando, and Director of Sales for Treasure Coast Radio and Clear Channel Birmingham. Previous Pensacola Market Manager Davey Willhoit is still listed in the position on the station websites. No word on his status with the company. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Jackie Rinker as Vice President and Market Manager for its five radio stations in Pensacola, FL. Rinker was previously Market President for iHeartMedia in Panama City and Tallahassee, FL, and prior to that, was Director o...Read More

El Zol Moves In Philly

Aztec Capital Partners Spanish CHR “El Zol” 1340 WHAT Philadelphia has moved its programming from Priority Radio’s 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood NJ to new sign-on 99.9 W260CZ Philadelphia. WHAT began broadcasting on W246AQ in January 2016 after now defunct competitor “Supra 97.1” WPEN-HD3 moved to 95.3 W237EH Pennsauken NJ. Aztec Capital Partners acquired then 102.5 W273CM Clayton NJ in April 2016 for $10,000. After a move to 92.1 was squashed due to interference complaints by Oldies 92.1 WVLT Vineland NJ, the translator has now completed its move to Philadelphia on 99.9 with 50w/46m. 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood has now returned to carrying the programming of Priority Radio’s Christian CHR “Reach Radio” 89.1 WXHL-FM Christiana DE.

Ice Rises To APD/MD At Live 95.5 Portland

Alpha Media CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland has promoted Music Director/

Walter ‘Sterling’ Sabo Goes Into Sunday Night Syndication

Westwood One has announced it is taking CBS Radio News/Talk 1210 WPHT Philadelphia Sunday night host Walter Sterling into national syndication. Sterling, better known as veteran programmer/consultant Walt Sabo, has hosted a lifestyle based talkshow on WPHT since 2014 from 10pm-1am Sunday nights. The new syndicated show will debut on CBS Radio’s 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh and 1120 KMOX St. Louis plus Cumulus Media’s 630/105.9 WMAL Washington DC and 890 WLS Chicago. Sabo is known for his work developing the Hot Talk format in the early 1990s at “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton and “Real Radio 104.1” WTKS Orlando. He also worked as a programming VP at both ABC and NBC Radio and was involved in the launch of Sirius Satellite Radio and Merlin Media’s “FM...Read More

FCC Restores Numerous Vacant Allocations

The FCC has released a revised version of its Table of Allotments to restore a number of allocations that had been removed since 2006 by the deletion of previous construction permits or licenses. The allotments are now being considered vacant because of the dismissals and will be made available in future auctions. Additional vacant allocations will be added in the future. The changes made to the table follow:

Lazer Broadcasting Acquires Three In Reno

Lazer has filed its acquisition of Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI Fallon Station, CHR “106.3 Pop-FM” KWNZ Lovelock, and Conservative Talk “107.3 K-News” KNEZ Hazen NV with the FCC. Lazer will pay $425,000 for the three stations and will begin operating the three stations via LMA today. Update 8/3: Bighorn Media has completed the flip of 104.1 KRZQ Fallon/Reno NV to Soft Oldies “Easy 104.1” KUEZ. Shamrock has parked the KRZQ call letters on the former 105.9 KZNV Amargosa Valley NV, which holds a CP to move to 106.1 where it will rimshot into Las Vegas. Shamrock has also announced the sale of the remainder of its Reno cluster to Lazer Broadcasting (and not Entravision as we incorrectly noted below). Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI Fallon Stati...Read More

FCC Report 8/13: Brian Can’t Dodge FCC Any Longer

After misrepresenting himself to the FCC with multiple pseudonyms for nearly three decades, Brian Dodge entered a Consent Decree with the FCC last fall where he admitted that he was the operator of two AMs, nine translators, and two LPFM's. As part of the deal with the FCC Dodge was allowed to complete the sale of three translators for a combined $225,000 but had to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and surrendered the license of 560 WCKL Catskill NY and the two LPFM's which he was ineligible to own. The rest of his licenses were granted one year renewals on the condition that they were all operating in compliance with the FCC rules within 180 days. That 180 day period ended on April 25 with none of the necessary documentation asked of Dodge filed with the FCC. With Dodge failing to comply t...Read More

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