Entercom Sports 850 WEEI Boston and its six station regional network announced a new lineup as it continues to battle CBS’ crosstown “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM. Michael Holley, who had been co-hosting WEEI’s midday show since 2005 will join Glenn Ordway on the afternoon drive “Big Show” from 2pm to 6pm beginning February 28. His current co-host Dale Arnold will move to a fill-in spot with the station. While not announced today, the Boston Herald reports that the midday slot will be filled by weekender Mike Mutnansky and former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni.
Longtime Miami radio host Neil Rogers has announced that he will be leaving his midday position at 560 WQAM and become a consultant to the station. Rogers, who had been doing his show from his personal studio in Toronto had been off the air since being suspended in late-May for cursing out station GM Joe Bell. Rogers had been with WQAM since leaving crosstown WIOD in 1997.
Update 4/28/09: And Clear Channel is at it again. Another 590 employees have been let go from the company, following the 1800+ let go in January. Among the names let go are: KHHT “Hot 92.3” Los Angeles middayer Al B. Sure WKSC “103.5 Kiss-FM” Chicago APD/MD Smash WMVX “Mix 106.5” Cleveland morning hosts Brian & Joe 107.1 WERZ Exeter, NH PD Glenn Turner and Morning Hosts Ralphie Marino and Suzanne Lewis WDTW “106.7 The Fox” Detroit morning show Chad Mitchell and Erica “CJ” Delong All-Access and R&R have growing lists of all the dismissed employees. More local news for the following markets available here: Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Orlando, R...Read More
CBS continues its run of eliminating some of the higher profile morning shows brought in to replace Howard Stern as The Woody Show was dropped from Alternative KITS “Live 105” San Francisco joining the likes of Adam Carolla and Opie & Anthony as former CBS employees. Woody, Tony, and Ravey were brought in from afternoons at Q101 in Chicago to replace Stern on KITS.
Two months ago it was announced that Don Geronimo would be retiring from his WJFK Washington based syndicated show at the end of May. Now, DCRTV is reporting that Geronimo will be finishing up sooner than planned. On Friday, April 11, Don Geronimo will host a farewell show before handing off the show to co-host Mike O’Meara, who will continue on with current sidekicks Buzz Burbank, Robb Spewak, and Joe Ardinger. Don & Mike have been off-air on an extended vacation since March 13.
It seems every week we’re writing about major layoffs at one of the big radio companies. This time it’s Citadel’s turn on the heels of a $848 Million loss in the fourth quarter of 2007. So far we’ve heard from DCRTV of 630 WMAL dropping late-morning host Chris Core and Operations/News Director John Matthews as well as the entire airstaff of 105.9 WJZW. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution brings us news that 12 of the 15 on-air personalities at Country combo “Kicks 101.5” WKHX and “Eagle 106.7” WYAY have been let go. The AJC expects a format flip at 106.7 within the next couple weeks. Additionally, WABC New York mid-morning host John Gambling and newsman George Weber are out, temporarily ending 83 years of the Gambling family on the air in New Yo...Read More
Following his departure from crosstown 96.5 WCMF earlier this month, Rochester morning fixture Brother Wease has come to terms with Clear Channel to join Classic Rocker “95.1 The Fox” WFXF. Wease’s debut date is still not known as he must wait out the end of the non-compete clause in his old contract. In the interim, Wease will work in the sales department for the station while building a new team for his show.
After 17 years at Jefferson Pilot/Lincoln Financial’s Hot AC WSTR “Star 94” Atlanta, morning team Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke left in November. On July 1, following the expiration of their non-compete clause, the pair will take over mornings at crosstown AC WSB-FM “B98.5“.
Update 2/19/08: Ohio Media Watch reports that Clear Channel’s 100.7 WMMS has been notifying clients that Rover will debut on that station on April 1 following the expiration of his contract with CBS. Original Report 2/18/08: The syndicated “Rover’s Morning Glory”, one of the primary replacements for Howard Stern when he left CBS for Sirius, has been dropped by flagship station WKRK “92.3 K-Rock” Cleveland after being unable to come to terms on a new contract. Opie & Anthony will move from tape-delayed afternoon drive to the live morning slot. On Rover’s site he has posted a semi-cryptic haiku about the situation: “Told the Eye we’re gone, They’re bitter we found new friends, Scared, they yanked us off.” No word yet on h...Read More
We hate making posts like this one. In the past week we’ve seen Clear Channel announce a hiring freeze, Emmis lay-off 40+ employees, and today word comes of major cuts from CBS. Among the staffers known to be out are: WCBS New York PD Crys Quimby WWFS New York PD Rick Martini WXRK New York PD Tracy Cloherty WCBS-FM New York Promotions Director Theresa Beyer WFAN New York Promotions Director Jocelyn Taub KVIL Dallas PD Charlie Connolly KHJZ Houston PD Maxine Todd WXRT Chicago VP/GM Michael Damsky WDOK Cleveland PD Scott Miller Pittsburgh VP/GM Jim Meltzer KKJJ Las Vegas PD Craig Powers WPGC-AM Washington PD/MD Cheryl Jackson KHTK Sacramento PD Mike Remy KOOL Phoenix morning host Bill Gardner Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these cuts at CBS as well as those elsewhere.
Longtime CHR jock and Talk show host Don Geronimo has announced that he will retire from his WJFK Washington and syndicated “Don & Mike” show on May 30. Co-host Mike O’Meara will continue on as host of “The Mike O’Meara Show” beginning in June. Our sister site, Airchexx.com, has a collection of airchecks from Geronimo’s time as a CHR jock before being paired with O’Meara for mornings at WAVA Washington in 1985. The two moved to crosstown WJFK for afternoons in 1991, where they have remained to this day, with the exception of a move to middays in 2001-02, to syndicate the show to New York and Philadelphia and to offer stations a daytime block of Howard Stern in mornings, Don & Mike in middays, and Opie & Anthony in afternoons. M...Read More
For all those that have been asking via e-mail: Sporting News Radio has announced that they will not be renewing the contract of Tony Bruno when it expires in April and he has already made his final on-air appearance for the network. Bruno had a long run in Philadelphia at 1210 WCAU and 610 WIP before moving to ESPN Radio and later Fox Sports Radio before joining Sporting News. Bruno has a farewell message posted at his site.