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KMPS Seattle Goes Christmas

Entercom made another move on Friday evening as newly acquired Country 94.1 KMPS Seattle dropped its format for Christmas Music. The move makes KMPS the third all-Christmas station in the market joining Hubbard AC “Warm 106.9” KRWM which made the move earlier in the week and Sinclair AC “Star 101.5” KPLZ which made its second annual move to “Santa-FM” yesterday. It also leaves its new Entercom sister station “100.7 The Wolf” KKWF as the only Country outlet in the market leading to inmarket rumors starting that the current KMPS staff had been let go and the station will debut a new format after the holidays. While a format change can not be ruled out yet, we can debunk the rumor that the staff had been let go yesterday. The station is running ...Read More

Dick Wilson Among Cumulus Kansas City Cuts

The budgetary axe has swung at Cumulus Classic Hits 94.9 KCMO-FM and Talk 710 KCMO/103.7 K279BI Kansas City. As KCMO-FM made its annual move to Christmas music yesterday it parted ways with morning host Dick Wilson. Wilson had been in mornings at KCMO-FM since 1986 and also spent eight years co-hosting mornings at Rock “KY 102” KYYS from 1975-83. Wilson also briefly hosted the short-lived Camp Midnite for USA Network and Dick Clark Productions in 1989. Over at 710 KCMO, morning hosts Greg Knapp and Tom Becka have exited. Knapp had rejoined KCMO in January to host 5-9am. He had previously hosted afternoons at the station from 2011-2016. Also exiting is 9-11am host Tom Becka, who had joined KCMO in May 2016 during a lineup change that led to Knapp’s first departure. Becka i...Read More

ESPN Radio Sets New Lineup For 2018

ESPN Radio is revamping its on-air and podcast lineup starting on January 2, 2018. The first half of the lineup remains the same as Wingo & Golic, who debut on November 27 with Trey Wingo replacing Mike Greenberg, will air from 6-10am eastern. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz stays from 10am to 1pm. The big move is the return of Stephen A. Smith to the national lineup from 1-3pm eastern. His show currently airs on 710 KSPN Los Angeles, 98.7 WEPN-FM New York, and on SiriusXM but now goes back on the national radio lineup. Ryen Russillo will move from 1-4pm to 3-6pm with Will Cain joining him as co-host. Cain currently serves as a contributor to ESPN Radio and First Take. Sarah Spain, who currently co-hosts 9pm-11pm with Israel Gutierrez will move to 6-9pm with new co-host Jason Fitz...Read More

Bob Richards Promoted To Emmis Indianapolis Market Manager

Emmis Communications has promoted Bob Richards from VP/Programming to Market Manager for its Indianapolis cluster. Richards joined Emmis in 2009 as Operations Manager and then rose to VP/Programming in 2014. Along with his promotion, Taja Graham has been promoted from Director of Sales for the cluster’s music stations to VP/Director of Sales for the entire cluster. Richards supplants Chuck Williams who had joined Emmis in August 2016 from the same position at Radio-One Indianapolis. Bob Richards has been named Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes 1070 The Fan, B105.7, 93 WIBC and 97.1 Hank FM. Taja Graham, currently Director of Sales for Music for the Emmis-Indianapolis cluster, has been promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the cluster. Richards joined ...Read More

99.7 Now Promotes Jazzy Jim Archer To Program Director

With Michael Martin remaining with Entercom as SVP of Programming and Music Initiatives and Alternative Format Captain, Bonneville’s newly acquired CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ San Francisco has promoted ‘Jazzy’ Jim Archer to Program Director. Archer has been with KMVQ as Assistant Program Director and Music Director since 2011. He previously served as APD/MD and then programmed iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.9” KYLD San Francisco until 2008. Bonneville began operating KMVQ today via LMA from the Entercom Divestiture Trust. Bonneville International Corporation announced today that it has promoted “Jazzy” Jim Archer as Program Director for 99.7 Now (KMVQ-FM), San Francisco’s new hit music station. Archer has served as KMVQ’s has been Assistant...Read More

Matt Shepard Returns To WDFN Detroit

Just seven months after exiting iHeartMedia Sports “1130 The Fan” WDFN Detroit in a round of budget cuts, Matt Shepard is returning to mornings at the station. Shepard is bringing his recently launched podcast Shep, Shower & Shave to the station for 6-9am starting Monday, November 20. He previously hosted mornings at WDFN with Jamie Samuelsen and Gregg Brady from 2001-2007 and then solo from 2009 through earlier this year. He is also play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball and Eastern Michigan University football. The Detroit News reports that the show will originate from GM’s OnStar Studios at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit with the intent to syndicate the show across Michigan.

Eric White Rises From Philadelphia Intern To Des Moines Music Director

Eric White makes an impressive leap for his first full-time radio job. White, who had been interning at iHeartMedia’s Philadelphia cluster in the programming and production departments and recently became a weekend host at CHR “Q102” WIOQ has been hired by sister CHR “107.5 Kiss-FM” KKDM Des Moines as Music Director, Imaging Director, and Afternoon Host. White began interning at iHeartMedia earlier this year after also interned for Greater Media Rock 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia as well as programming his college’s student-run webcaster. White succeeds Greg Chance in afternoons at KKDM. Chance remains in place as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia Des Moines and KKDM Program Director. Eric White has been named Afternoon Personality, Music Director and Imaging Dir...Read More

WFAN Officially Reveals New Morning & Afternoon Shows

CBS Radio (about to be Entercom) Sports 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York has set its replacements for retiring afternoon host Mike Francesa and morning co-host Craig Carton. Gregg Giannotti will assume the morning co-host spot next to Boomer Esiason. He joins WFAN from the adjacent studio of CBS Sports Radio where he was co-hosting mornings at CBS Sports Radio with Brian Jones. He began his career as an intern at WFAN in 2005 and later produced the midday show with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. He then joined sister “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh at its launch in February 2010 as night host and quickly rose to mornings six months later. He then moved to CBS Sports Radio in 2015. The trio of Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will take over the afternoon slot from 2-630...Read More

Lisa Worden Joins iHeartMedia As VP/Programming For KYSR And Alternative Rock Brand Manager

After over two decades at CBS Radio’s 106.7 KROQ Los Angeles, Lisa Worden is jumping to iHeartMedia where she will serve as Vice President of Programming for Alternative “Alt 98.7” KYSR Los Angeles and Alternative Rock Brand Manager for the company’s National Programming Group. Worden joined KROQ as Music Director in 1995 and outside of two years programming sister 99.1 WHFS Annapolis MD from 2003-2005 has been there ever since currently serving as Assistant Program Director. In her new position she will lead the “Alternative Rock Brand Management Team connecting key advertisers with the company’s Alternative Rock music audience and provides strategic guidance to more than 25 Alternative Rock music station brands”. Mike Kaplan remains in place as KYSR Pr...Read More

97.9 The Beat Dallas Goes Local In The Morning Replacing Rickey Smiley

Urban One Urban “97.9 The Beat” KBFB Dallas has dropped the syndicated Rickey Smiley morning show and is launching a new local morning show in its place. The new show will be led by current afternoon host Veda Loca, who will be accompanied by current night host J-Kruz, DJ Kayotic who will serve as producer and mixer, and Jazzi Black. The new show will debut on Monday, November 27 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Smiley “has supported the move and actually will officially pass the mic to Veda.” His show began on KBFB in 2004 and entered syndication in 2008. It is now based at Urban One’s “Hot 107.9” WHTA Atlanta. Loca began her career as part of Smiley’s show.

Jon Marks Moves To Afternoons; Joe Giglio To Nights At 94.1 WIP Philadelphia

With the impending departure of Chris Carlin to sister 660/101.9 WFAN New York to be part of the replacement show for longtime host Mike Francesa, CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia has announced that Jon Marks will move from nights to afternoons starting Thursday, November 16. Marks joined WIP this past February from Beasley Media’s crosstown Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM where he co-hosted mornings. He will join incumbent co-host and former Philadelphia Eagle Ike Reese in the 2-6pm slot. Joe Giglio, who has served as a weekend and fill-in host at WIP for the past four years, will take the vacated 6-10pm slot as well as host Philadelphia Phillies pre and postgame shows. He also worked at WFAN by winning a one year contract during a “Fantasy Phenom” co...Read More

2 Guys Named Chris Expands To Rock 105 Jacksonville NC

Dick Broadcasting’s “Rock 105” 105.5 WXQR-FM Jacksonville NC has added the syndicated Two Guys Named Chris morning show based at sister Classic Rock “Rock 92” WKRR Greensboro NC. The show debuted in Greensboro in 2000 when former WKRR night host Chris Demm was paired with Chris Kelly who had been producing the morning show at sister CHR 107.5 WKZL. The show is distributed by Global Media Services. With the addition of the show, WXQR-FM moves Program Director Tina Smash to afternoons and afternoon host Ryan Daniels to nights. Tubby remains in middays. 2 Guys Named Chris the heritage morning show originating from Dick broadcasting’s WKRR-FM/Greensboro grows again in North Carolina, adding WXQR-FM/Rock 105.5 in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville (NC) market. Di...Read More