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.
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
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
Beasley Media Classic Hits “Q105” 104.7 WRBQ Tampa has announced the addition of former game show announcer and television meteorologist Rich Fields for afternoons starting Monday, October 16. Fields, who is best known as serving as the announcer for The Price Is Right from 2004-2010, also served as evening meteorologist for KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV Los Angeles from 2010-2016. He had a long radio career in both Los Angeles and Tampa working at 93.1 Los Angeles under multiple sets of call letters (including being the first voice on KODJ in 1989) and 101.1 KRTH as well as 92.5 WYUU, 101.5 WFJO, 107.3 WCOF and a previous stint at WRBQ. He had left radio in 2000 to go back to school to become a meteorologist and worked at KPSP Palm Springs before joining The Price Is Right. He has also ...Read More
Saga Communications has appointed Jess Jennings as Program Director for its recently acquired “92.5 Kickin Country” WCKN Moncks Corner/Charleston SC. Jennings joins WCKN from Sandhill Media Group where she was Program Director/midday host at Hot AC “100.7 My-FM” KSNA and morning co-host at Country 99.1 KUPI Idaho Falls ID. She also served as Music Director/midday host at Alpha Media Country “Bob 106.9” WUBB Bluffton SC/Savannah GA and APD/MD/morning co-host at Riverbend Communications Country “105.5 The Hawk” KTHK Idaho Falls. She fills the opening created by Andy Webb’s exit in August.
ESPN Radio’s 710 KSPN Los Angeles has announced the addition of former NFL cornerback Eric Davis to Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington’s afternoon show starting today. The newly branded “Afternoons with Marcellus, Kelvin and E.D.” will continue to air from 3-7pm weekdays. Davis currently serves as an NFL analyst for FS1 and on Los Angeles Rams pregame coverage with Travis Rodgers and Kirk Morrison on KSPN. He also previously co-hosted mornings at Entercom Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco. Former NFL cornerback Eric Davis is expanding his role on ESPNLA 710AM to include a position with Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington starting today, Thursday, Oct. 12. The newly renamed Afternoons with Marcellus, Kelvin and E.D. will air weekdays from 3 –...Read More
Nikki Sixx has announced he will step down as host of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, Side Show Countdown, and Side Show Classic at the end of 2017 to focus on other projects. The three programs are distributed by Premiere Networks with Sixx Sense currently airing on over 130 stations mostly owned by iHeartMedia. The show debuted at the start of 2010 and is currently co-hosted by Jenn Marino. Following his departure from the show, the Mötley Crüe co-founder is working on projects including photography, television, and adapting his “The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life of a Shattered Rockstar” into a Broadway musical. iHeartMedia and Premiere Networks have not set plans for the show following Sixx’s exit. Today global rock icon Nikki Sixx announces plans to step down as host...Read More
Scripps Media Country “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI Milwaukee has parted ways with morning host Jake Kelly. Kelly’s departure comes on the heels of his partner Tanner Jay’s exit last July. The duo joined WKTI from Midwest Communications CHR 101.1 WIXX Green Bay in November 2015. Their departure continues a reshuffling of the talent at the station that started with the arrival of former 106.1 WMIL morning co-host Karen Dallesandro for afternoons last month. Carol ‘CV’ Vonn, most recently morning co-host at Milwaukee Radio Alliance AC “B93.3” WLDB until her own exit last April, is joining WKTI as interim morning host.
Entercom CHR “106.5 The End” KUDL Sacramento has added Jordan Teklay as its new night host. The Sacramento native will host “Jordan’s Bouncehouse” from 7pm-12am weeknights. He most recently was hosting nights at Midwest Broadcasting CHR “i106.7” WNFN Nashville and has also worked at “Z99” ZFZZ Grand Cayman Island as well as stations in Modesto CA and Tyler TX. Entercom Sacramento announced today the appointment of Jordan Teklay as night show host for Top 40 radio station KUDL-FM “106.5 The End”, effective immediately. The show, ‘Jordan’s Bouncehouse’ will air Monday-Friday, 7pm to Midnight PST. Teklay returns home to Sacramento where he grew up and attended Florin High School. Teklay was previously night show host at WNFN-FM “i106.7” in...Read More
Cumulus Hot AC 104.5 WXLO Fitchburg/Worcester MA has appointed Laura St. James as its new Program Director and midday host. St. James previously spent six years programming Cumulus AC 100.7 WLEV Allentown PA until exiting in July 2016. She has been hosting weekends on Country “Nash-FM 94.7” WNSH New York for the company and will continue to do so. She also spent 16 years at iHeartMedia CHR “B104” WAEB-FM Allentown with the final eight as PD there. St. James fills the vacancies created by the resignation of APD/MD/Midday host Mary Knight and departure of OM/PD Lance Ballance in August. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio programming professional Laura St. James as Program Director for Hot AC-formatted WXLO 104.5 FM in Worcester, MA. St. James will con...Read More
IHeartMedia’s wide encompassing Allentown-Harrisburg Region has set new programming duties for five people. Jeff Hurley, Regional SVP of Programming and Program Director of CHR “99.3 Kiss-FM” WHKF Harrisburg PA, will reassume Program Director duties for CHR “FM 97” WLAN-FM Lancaster PA. Derrick ‘DC’ Cole moves from WLAN-FM and overseeing the Wilmington DE stations to Allentown where he will program Rock 95.1 WZZO and CHR “B104” 104.1 WAEB-FM. He fills the hole created by Kyle Due’s move to San Antonio this summer. Dave Hovel, who serves as SVP/Programming for Salisbury MD, will add oversight of Wilmington DE stations including Hot AC “92.9 Tom-FM” WRDX and Country 94.7 WDSD. WRDX Program Director Kathryn Alt will add t...Read More
Townsquare Media Country “92.9 The Bull” KDBL Yakima spent this past weekend stunting with Christmas Music to lead into the the return of Gunner Jackson as co-host of “The Morning Bullpen”. Jackson, who had been producing the Bender & Molly show at iHeartMedia Hot AC “106.1 Kiss-FM” KBKS Seattle, had previously been part of KDBL’s morning show from 2011-2013. He is now reteamed with former partner Michele Mathews. With the return of Jackson, John Riggs will return to focusing on afternoons at CHR 107.3 KFFM.