Former AAA “103.7 The Mountain” KMTT Seattle (now “Hot 103.7” KHTP) morning host Marty Riemer is joining iHeartMedia Classic Hits “95.7 The Jet” KJR-FM beginning Monday, January 5. Riemer, a veteran of multiple Seattle stations, is best known for his long run at KMTT in mornings from 1997 until 2009 before returning in afternoons from 2010 to 2012. He will join his former co-host Jodi Brothers at The Jet. Brothers was the only holdover after Bob Rivers retired and the station relaunched in August. Brothers re-debuted today and will host by herself with Riemer making sporadic appearances until he rejoins her daily in January.
Update 10/8: Cumulus has officially announced the hiring of Steve Dahl for afternoons at 890 WLS Chicago. Dahl will replace Roe Conn and Richard Roeper who have exited the station. Conn told WLS-TV’s “Windy City Live” that they were informed last night that they have already hosted their final show for the station. Cumulus Chicago announces that iconic Chicago personality Steve Dahl will return to 89 WLS-AM as host of a new weekday show, after almost six years away from broadcast radio. Cumulus will also partner with Dahl to expand his successful podcasting network, the Steve Dahl Network. Dahl’s new weekday show will debut on WLS-AM (890 AM) Monday, November 3, from 2:00-6:00p.m. A Chicago radio fixture for over 30 years, Dahl hosted a popular show on WLS-AM from 1980-19...Read More
Conservative Talk host Neal Boortz is coming out of retirement to host a subscription podcast on Andy Dean’s ConnectPal.com. Boortz exited his WSB Atlanta based syndicated talker in January 2013. He has still been producing regular commentaries and blog posts for WSB. At ConnectPal.com he joins founder Dean, who exited his Premiere Radio Networks syndicated talker this past summer. Radio Legend Neal Boortz has decided to join ConnectPal.com. Neal Boortz will broadcast his radio show 2-3 times a week for his subscribers on ConnectPal. As the host of “The Neal Boortz Show,” Neal reached over 6 million weekly listeners and was ranked in the Top 10 highest rated broadcasters in radio. Boortz was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. Boortz said, “My new show ...Read More
Fox Sports Radio will soon add DirecTV’s Rich Eisen Show to its daily lineup. Eisen, who has been the lead anchor of NFL Network since its launch, debuted his new daily 12-3pm talk show yesterday on multiple services. The program is currently available on DirecTV’s Audience Network, Root Sports regional television networks in Denver, Pittsburgh and Seattle, the NFL Now mobile app, and PodcastOne.com. The program is produced and owned by DirecTV Original Content just like the Dan Patrick Show that precedes it in the 9am-12pm timeslot and is also carried by Fox Sports Radio. Eisen will move into the 12-3pm timeslot currently held by Jay Mohr on Monday, November 3. Mohr, who signed a contract extension last week, will move to the 3-6pm daypart while Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorm...Read More
Mount Wilson FM Country “Go Country 105” KKGO Los Angeles is launching a new morning show on Monday, October 13. The new show will be led by Graham Bunn, who has appeared on three variations of the ABC Bachelor dating series. Bunn was a contestant on season four of the Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad 2, and this past summer’s Bachelor In Paradise. The 35 year-old Bunn played basketball professionally in Germany and operates an online t-shirt company. This will be the first radio industry job for Bunn. He will be joined Debra Mark and Ted Lekas. Mark has spent much of the past decade as a news anchor in Los Angeles including stops at 640 KFI, 790 KABC, and 89.3 KPCC. Lekas, who will produce the show, spent twelve years as the producer of the Mark & Brian Show at 95.5 KLOS....Read More
Cumulus Media has released the following statement regarding the passing today of KGO/KSFO San Francisco OM Kevin Metheny: It is with a heavy heart that I confirm what many have contacted us about tonight. Kevin Metheny, legendary broadcaster and friend to many in our industry, passed away suddenly this afternoon. Kevin was Operations Manager of KGO and KSFO in San Francisco at the time of his death and a beloved and highly respected member of the Cumulus operations team. Out of respect for Kevin’s family, we have no additional details to provide at this time, but want to share the following quote with you. Please attribute the following quote to John Dickey, Executive Vice President, Programming and Content for Cumulus: “Kevin Metheny’s sudden passing this afternoon is a...Read More
Cox Media Group has named new VP/General Managers in three of its markets. Cox Media Group (CMG) Radio has named new leaders for its station groups in Atlanta, San Antonio and Tulsa, effective immediately. Donna Hall, previously Group VP with Cox Media – the media sales division of Cox Communications – returns to CMG to lead the five-station Atlanta radio group as VP and General Manager. Hall began her career with Cox in 1987 as an account executive with the Dayton Daily News and joined Cox Radio in Dayton in 1989, serving in various sales leadership positions until becoming VP and GM in 1997. She later became Senior VP of Marketing and Client Solutions for CMG Ohio for the company’s converged radio, TV and newspaper operations in Dayton. Ben Reed, previously VP and General Manager in Atla...Read More
iHeartMedia’s Fox Sports Radio has announced it has signed 12-3pm eastern host Jay Mohr to a new, long-term contract. FOX Sports Radio today announced a new long-term agreement with Jay Mohr, national radio host, actor and comedian. As part of the agreement, Mohr will continue hosting Jay Mohr Sports, which launched into national syndication with FOX Sports Radio in January 2013 and currently broadcasts on more than 150 stations nationwide, including the following top markets: Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and Tampa. Since its launch, the program’s AQH audience has increased 92% (Source: Nielsen Audio, SP’14 vs. SP’13, Nationwide, Exact Times, AQH, P 12+, Week of 9/22/14 vs. 1/7/13) “I’m so happy to be on the air with FOX Sports Radio and i...Read More
SiriusXM has agreed to new deals with Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes and Jim Norton to remain with the company. We have re-signed not resigned from @SIRIUSXM — opie radio (@OpieRadio) September 30, 2014 The show will be from 7 – 10:30am and we'll do some fridays. I got a Rock Star to do the other fridays…will announce that tomorrow. — opie radio (@OpieRadio) September 30, 2014 The contracts for Hughes and Norton were set to expire at the end of this month. Whether they would remain with SiriusXM or follow former co-host Anthony Cumia to podcasting ventures was up in the air.
Matt Scarano is returning to iHeartMedia’s Chicago cluster as Market President. Scarano formerly served as Director of Sales from 2009 until 2012 before being promoted to Market President of the company’s Atlanta cluster. He replaces Earl Jones who has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Urban Operations for the company. Jones has been President of Chicago for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia since 2005. As VP/Urban Operations, Jones will “develop and implement Urban sales and programming initiatives and strategies to generate revenue for the Chicago, New York, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Orlando markets, as well as iHeartMedia Urban stations throughout the country. He will use his extensive experience, insight and leadership to drive results, inn...Read More
Jon Pinch not be retiring from Cumulus Media after all. The Co-Chief Operating Officer was set to retire in November, but will instead remain with Cumulus as Market Manager of the company’s Atlanta properties. Cumulus announces that Jon Pinch has been appointed Market Manager for its six-station cluster in Atlanta. Pinch has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Cumulus for the past 14 years. Earlier this month, Cumulus announced Pinch’s retirement from the company, initially scheduled for late November. Pinch, a 45-year radio broadcasting veteran, has since decided to take on one more key assignment for the company, as Market Manager of Cumulus’ Atlanta stations Kicks 101.5/WKHX-FM, Rock 100.5/WNNX-FM, Q100/WWQ-FM, Nash Icon 98.9/WWWQ-HD2, Q100 [email protected]/W...Read More
Denny Schaffer is returning the market where he spent the majority of his radio career. Schaffer is joining Cumulus Hot AC “Star 105” WWWM-FM Sylvania/Toledo, OH for mornings beginning Monday, September 22. He spent most of the 1990’s in mornings at crosstown CHR “92.5 Kiss-FM” WVKS before segueing to Talk first at 1370 WSPD and then in Atlanta. Schaffer exited mornings at Clear Channel Conservative Talk 99.5 WRNO New Orleans in late August. Cumulus announces that popular radio personality Denny Schaffer will host an all-new morning show for the new Star 105 WWWM. Schaffer’s new weekday show debuts on Monday, September 22, from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. EST. This marks a return to Toledo for Schaffer, who formerly hosted shows on Toledo’s WSPD and WVKS. Most recent...Read More