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Chio Returns To Philadelphia

Clear Channel Hot AC “Mix 106.1” WISX Philadelphia is returning Chio In The Morning to the market. Chio will join incumbent co-host Nicole Michalik in the 6-9am slot most recently held by Logan, who exited last week. He is currently hosting mornings at Clear Channel Rhythmic AC “95.7 Kiss-FM” KSSX San Diego and will continue in that role in addition to WISX. Chio spent two tours of duty at CHR “Q102” WIOQ including a run in mornings from 2000 until 2006. Following a brief stay in San Diego, he joined Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM for mornings until late 2012. In addition to those stations, Chio has spent time at Z100 New York, KPTY Phoenix, and KHTS, KKLQ, XHRM and XHTZ in the San Diego market.

Brian Thomas Joins Cumulus As WNSH/Corporate PD

Brian Thomas is joining Cumulus as Corporate Program Director and PD of Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York. Thomas most recently served as National Vice President of Classic Hits programming and PD of Country 99.5 WQYK and Classic Hits “Q105” 104.7 WRBQ in Tampa for CBS. Prior to that he programmed 101.1 WCBS-FM (and was involved in their return from Variety Hits “JackFM“) and “Fresh 102.7” WWFS New York. At WNSH he succeeds John Foxx, who will remain as PD of sister Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ. Thomas will help oversee multiple formats for Cumulus including Classic Hits. Cumulus Media announces that Brian Thomas joins the company as Corporate Program Director and as Program Director of NASH FM New York. Thomas comes to Cumulus from CBS, where he was ...Read More

Emmis Invests In Funkmaster Flex To Expand Personality Brands

Emmis is doubling-down on its investment in “Hot 97” WQHT New York nighttime personality/mixer Funkmaster Flex. Flexco, run by Flex, will sell a 40% stake to Emmis. Flexco currently operates InFlexWeTrust.com, as well as sites for fellow WQHT personalities such as Angie Martinez’s TheAngieReview.com, Dj Enuff’s ThatsEnuff.com and one in development for Ebro Darden. The investment will see Flexco develop sites, apps and social networks for additional Emmis stations across the country. Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) has entered into a joint venture with Flexco, owned by popular Emmis personality Funkmaster Flex, to build a network of owned and operated digital platforms for Emmis’ biggest personalities. One of radio’s most visible personalities, Flex ...Read More

Randi Rhodes To End Syndicated Show

Syndicated Liberal Talker Randi Rhodes is ending her daily program on May 16. Last November Premiere Radio Networks cancelled and then uncancelled her West Palm Beach based show after agreeing to a contract extension through 2014. The decision to end the program this time came from Rhodes herself. A brief statement from Premiere Radio Networks claimed “Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. We’ve had a successful partnership with Randi for several years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16, 2014.” Randi Rhodes aired live from 3-6pm Eastern and includes 910 KKSF San Francisco, 760 KKZN Denver, and 1480 KPHX Phoenix among her larger market affiliates.

Ryan Seacrest To Expand Clear Channel Role

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ryan Seacrest is in talks with Clear Channel to expand his role with the company. Seacrest is currently in the process of renegotiating his duties with his multiple employers. THR’s report states that Seacrest will depart amicably with NBC Universal leaving his role as Red Carpet Host for E!, while signing an extension with Fox to remain as host of American Idol. The biggest change will be an increased role with Clear Channel where his current $25 million per year contract runs through next year. Seacrest would build more multi-platform programming for Clear Channel and IHeartRadio via his Ryan Seacrest Productions. They state the One Direction IHeartRadio album release special on the CW last year as an example of the type of content Seacrest will ...Read More

Michael Graham Joins All News 106.7 Atlanta

Update 4/18: Cumulus has confirmed what we assumed. Michael Graham will join “All News 106.7” WYAY for a 9am to 12pm daily talk show. No start date has been announced. Cumulus Media announces that talk radio personality Michael Graham will host a new radio talk show on WYAY, Atlanta “All News 106.7”. The show will air weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Graham moves to Atlanta from Boston, where he hosted shows on the New England Talk Network and on the BostonHeraldRadio.com, and was a columnist for the Boston Herald. Graham has spent most of his life in front of a microphone, starting his career in college as a stand-up comic and spending six years on the national circuit performing with stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Robin Williams. He then worked as a GOP...Read More

Clear Channel Confirms Sales Cuts

Clear Channel has made cuts at sales departments across the country. While not specifying the amount of people let go, the company has released the following statement regarding the layoffs: As a policy, we don’t discuss personnel matters. However, for the last several months we have been flattening our senior management organization to reduce overlap. Now we are aligning our sales organizations to this new structure and to give more resources, authority and accountability to the most productive members of our team so we can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. Change is not always easy, and unfortunately in the process some people were negatively impacted. We thank them for their commitment and service and wish them the best for the future, and will work with them to ...Read More

WHPT Tampa’s Mike Calta Expands To Atlanta & Orlando

Cox Hot Talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT Tampa afternoon host Mike Calta is adding a second show that will be syndicated to sister stations in Atlanta and Orlando. The syndication will bring the show to Cox sister News/Talk 750 WSB/95.5 WSBB Atlanta and “News 96.5” WDBO Orlando. The stations will begin airing Calta’s second program from 10pm to 12am starting tonight, which will also be carried on WHPT. Until last week Calta’s entire broadcast career had been under the name “Cowhead”. In preparation for the entry into syndication, Calta held a funeral for the Cowhead moniker which dated back to his entry into radio in 1992 as a sidekick of Bubba The Love Sponge at “The Power Pig” 93.3 WFLZ. At one point his then morning show at WHPT was ...Read More

Clear Channel & Grupo Radio Centro Partner To Distribute El Mandril

lClear Channel and its Premiere Radio Networks subsidiary are establishing a multi-platform partnership with Mexico based Grupo Radio Centro. The primary purpose of the partnership will be to allow Premiere to take over domestic distribution and sales support for “Radio Centro 93.9” KXOS Los Angeles based El Show del Mandril. The companies will work together to develop additional programming, events and digital opportunities to reach Hispanic audiences. Ricardo ‘El Mandril’ Sanchez joined Grupo Radio Centro and KXOS in January after departing SBS’ “La Raza” 97.9 KLAX. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any radio or television outlet, and Grupo Radio Centro (GRC),...Read More

Michigan Congressman To Join Cumulus In 2015

Republican Congressman Mike Rogers has announced he will not seek reelection this year for an eight term in order to launch a nationally syndicated radio program with Cumulus in 2015. No timeslot or additional information about his future program has been announced other than it will be distributed by Cumulus’ Westwood One and be featured on Rdio.com as Cumulus ramps up its presence on the site. Congressman Mike Rogers will bring his unique perspective as a leading intelligence expert and former FBI agent to Cumulus, the national media company that operates the nation’s largest talk radio platform, after the conclusion of his seventh term in the House of Representatives at the end of the year. As a media-savvy politician who last year appeared on more Sunday public affairs show than ...Read More

John Gambling Joins Salem’s WNYM

After “retiring” from mornings at Clear Channel’s 710 WOR New York in December, John Gambling is joining Salem Conservative Talk “970 The Answer” WNYM ww.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/nyc-radio-legend-john-gambling-returning-dial-article-1.1727048″>for a midday show. Gambling will be heard daily from 11am to 1pm with a show that will alternate from WNYM’s Broadway studios that used to house WOR or Gambling’s home in Florida. WNYM recently added comedian Joe Piscopo to its morning show from 6-9am after the departure of Curtis Sliwa to WABC.

95.7 The Game Continues Lineup Changes

Update 3/18: Following last week’s announcement of a revised on-air lineup, Entercom Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco has announced that former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff will join the station’s new morning show with Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend on Monday, March 31. 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), the Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, announced today a major new addition to their recently launched morning show. Starting Monday, March 31st, two-time World Series Champion and former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff joins the morning team of Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend. Huff, who retired from baseball in 2013, previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants. “Last week, we announced a n...Read More

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