People & Places

Elroy Smith Walks Away From Chicago Translator Purchase; Named Summit Media Greenville OM

The deal that was to be the single highest price paid for a single FM translator will not come to pass. Elroy Smith’s Integrity Radio Communications is walking away from its $4.6 million purchase of 100.7 W264BF Englewood, IL from CSN International. Smith instead will head to Greenville, SC where he has been named Operations Manager for SummitMedia’s four stations. Smith had agreed to purchase W264BF in July 2014. It is currently licensed with 2 watts at 442.2 meters from the top of the Willis Center with a Construction Permit to increase to 10 watts (Coverage Map) that has been held up by objections by Digity Media’s “Q-Rock 100.7” WRXQ Coal City, IL due to interference claims. Smith will join SummitMedia’s Greenville, SC cluster on April 1 where he wil...Read More

WLUP Sets Mancow Debut Date

Mancow will make his return to mornings in Chicago on Monday, March 30. WLUP has concluded its stunting surrounding its vacant morning show with Muller announcing “he will accept the job” from Tokyo, where he is currently vacationing. Mancow tells Robert Feder that “This will be my final act in media.” Classic Rock 97.9 The Loop/WLUP Chicago announces that Erich “Mancow” Muller has won its listener-generated morning show talent search and will join The Loop as host of a brand new entertainment-based morning show. Mancow announced on-air Friday that he would return to Chicago airwaves with the new show, Mancow Morning Show on 97.9 The Loop. Mancow’s new show will debut on Monday, March 30, and will air weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mancow will reunite popular...Read More

Bubba The Love Sponge Quickly Out In Orlando

JVC Media Country “103.1 The Wolf” WOTW Windermere/Orlando has dropped Bubba The Love Sponge from mornings after just two months. Bubba debuted on WOTW a month after the station’s launch in December allowing him to first focus on his new Tampa flagship. JVC had added the show based on the success pairing it with Country at their “My Country 102.3” WTRS-FM Ocala. In a memo published by Tom Taylor Now, JVC Media President/CEO John Caracciolo stated, “When we initially launched, we were of the mindset that winning in the morning and going against the #1 morning show would help us grow quickly…we soon figured out that what works in other markets does not necessarily [guarantee] a win in Orlando.” WOTW is currently running jockless in mornings and promo...Read More

KLAC Reveals Details Of Dodgers Partnership

iHeartMedia Sports “AM 570” KLAC Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Dodgers have revealed the details of their partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers announced last fall. The station will rebrand as “AM 570 LA Sports” with a new logo. KLAC also adds a new local show “LA Today” with Bill Reiter and Leann Tweeden from 9am to 12pm daily. Dodger Talk with David Vassegh and Kevin Kennedy will air following all Dodgers games or at 7pm on days the Dodgers do not play including the offseason. The remainder of the lineup remains the same with Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick from 6-9am and Jay Mohr from 12-3pm and Petros & Money in afternoons from 3-7pm. iHeartMedia Los Angeles and the Dodgers announced today the debut of the all-new AM 570 LA Sports, eff...Read More

JB Wilde Named KDWB/KTCZ Program Director

iHeartMedia is transferring JB Wilde, Program Director of CHR’s “Kiss 95.7” WKSS Hartford and “KC 101” WKCI New Haven, CT to Minneapolis to program Hot AC “Cities 97” KTCZ and CHR 101.3 KDWB. Wilde heads to Minneapolis to take the opening created by Rich Davis’ move to Seattle as VP/Programming in December. Wilde will start in Minneapolis on April 20th. Before joining WKSS/WKCI in 2012, Wilde previously programmed for iHeart in Atlanta, Greensboro, Lexington, and Winchester VA. Additionally, former 95.1 WAPE Jacksonville Program Director ‘Kobe’ Fargo joins iHeartMedia’s “Hot 107.9” WWHT Syracuse as its new PD.

Jim Scott Retires; Mike McConnell To WLW Mornings

Jim Scott is ending his 30+ year run in mornings at iHeartMedia News/Talk 700 WLW Cincinnati. Scott has hosted the WLW morning show since 1984 and has worked almost exclusively in Cincinnati since 1968 outside of a brief stint at WNBC New York in the early 1970s. Scott’s final day will be Friday, April 3. Mike McConnell will take the reigns of the WLW morning show on Monday, April 6. McConnell previously hosted mid-mornings at WLW from 1986 through 2010 before an ill-fated run at WGN Chicago. Jim Scott announced that he will retire from his on-air duties after 30 years with the station. Scott’s last day on-air will be Friday, April 3, 2015 but he will continue working closely with the station. A Tri-State favorite, Mike McConnell will become 700 WLW’s new morning show hos...Read More

Howie Carr Returns To WRKO

After an acrimonious divorce last fall, Howie Carr is quickly returning to Entercom Conservative Talk 680 WRKO Boston. Carr exited WRKO in November and moved to Vanguard Radio Network’s 1510 WMEX. On March 16 Carr will return to his previous home and return to the afternoon slot that has been vacant since his exit. During his previous 20 year run at WRKO, Carr attempted to jump to Greater Media’s now defunct 96.9 WTKK in 2007. After a court ruling forced him back to WRKO after Entercom matched his contract, he was quite vocal in his displeasure over his employer. Yet just four months after leaving Carr is returning back to his long time home. No word on what this move means for the future of 1510 WMEX, where station time broker/morning host Kevin ‘Dr. K’ Wallis is e...Read More

KSLX Pairs Two KDKB Alums In Mornings

Hubbard Classic Rock 100.7 KSLX Phoenix is launching a new morning show on Monday, March 16 with former 93.3 KDKB alums Mark Devine and Paul ‘Neanderpaul’ Marshall. Devine, who was one half of the longtime “Tim & Mark” morning show on KDKB from 1989 until 2005, most recently was at defunct Bonneville Variety Hits “98.7 The Peak” KPXK. Marshall was PD/Afternoon host at KDKB until its flip to Alternative in September 2014 and then moved to KSLX as night host. The pair replace Mark Mayfield in KSLX’s morning slot. Classic Rock radio station KSLX-FM (100.7 KSLX) brings a high-octane morning show to Phoenix with Mark Devine and Paul “NeanderPaul” Marshall, two local powerhouse veterans. Mark Devine spent 15 years as half of the top ranked Tim and M...Read More

Hot 101.5 Tampa Brings In Miguel Show For Mornings

Cox Media CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa has filled its vacant morning opening with the addition of Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor from “Island 106” WILN Panama City. “The Miguel Show” will debut on Monday, March 30 and fills the opening created by Jayde Donovan’s move to WPLJ New York at the end of 2014. It is a return to Tampa mornings for the duo who previously co-hosted with “That Guy Kramer” on CBS’ defunct Hot AC “Play 98.7” WSJT in 2011 and 2012. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa is adding “The Miguel Show” to their Hot 101.5 FM daily lineup beginning March 30. The show, hosted by Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor, will air week days from 6 to 10 a.m. “We searched the country for a show that we felt would be the ne...Read More

New Morning Show Announced At 100.3 The Bull Houston

CBS Country “100.3 The Bull” KILT-FM Houston has filled its long-vacant morning show opening. Nick Russo will move from weekends at KILT-FM and sister CHR “Hot 95.7” KKHH to the night spot vacated by Cowboy Dave. The station has confirmed that George Lindsay will join the station from Alpha Media Hot AC “102.3 The Max” WXMA Louisville as reported below. He will be joined by former 98.7 KUPL Portland morning co-host Monica Lunsford and current KILT-FM night host Cowboy Dave for “The Morning Bull” starting Monday, March 16. CBS RADIO’s 100.3 The Bull today announced a new morning show will debut on the station beginning on Monday, March 16. THE MORNING BULL with George, Mo and Cowboy Dave will be broadcast weekdays 5:00-10:00AM, CT on-air, onli...Read More

The Rush To Get Limbaugh Off WLS

This morning longtime Chicago media reporter Robert Feder wrote that Cumulus Talk 890 WLS was looking to drop Rush Limbaugh’s syndicated show by the end of this month. That led to quick denials from Cumulus that such a move was in the works with EVP/Content John Dickey telling NTSMediaOnline.com, “Rush Limbaugh will be on WLS/Chicago until Rush tells us he doesn’t want to be on WLS!” Cumulus has been in the process of rebuilding WLS’ lineup over the past few months. Steve Dahl joined the station for afternoons in October and was joined by new morning host Big John Howell in January. A new syndicated show hosted by Chicago based Johnathan Brandmeier will debut in the late morning slot later this month. The 50kw one-time Top 40 powerhouse is now hovering just above a ...Read More

Cumulus Shuffles Los Angeles & Minneapolis Rock Programmers

Cumulus has announced a few staffing changes at its Rock stations in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Keith Cunningham, who exited his role as VP/Programming of iHeartMedia Seattle late last year, will join Cumulus as Program Director of Classic Rock 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles and Format Captain. That addition will allow Derek Madden to move from KLOS to Active Rock “93X” KXXR Minneapolis as PD, while retaining his corporate Rock/Alternative programming duties. John Lassman, who joined KXXR as Program Director last summer will move across the hall to join Tom Barnard’s morning show at Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS. Cumulus announces that Keith Cunningham has been named Program Director for KLOS-FM in Los Angeles. Cunningham will also have corporate responsibility as a Format Captain for ...Read More