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Andy Dean Exits America Now

Premiere Radio Networks has announced that Andy Dean will step down as host of the syndicated “America Now” as of Friday, August 8. Joe Pags will fill-in as host until a new host for the program which airs from 6-9pm Eastern/3-6pm Pacific is announced after Labor Day. Dean is exiting the program to focus on his The platform allows users to place content behind a subscription paywall. Dean will host a podcast on the platform 2-3 times per week. Premiere Networks announced today that Andy Dean has decided to step down as host of America Now on August 8, 2014. Dean will focus on some exciting projects in the works. Details regarding a new host for the popular News/Talk program will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Joe Pags, host of the Premiere Networks-sy...Read More

Larry Mendte Joins WABC

Cumulus Conservative Talk 770 WABC New York is adding a local Sunday night show from 7-9pm hosted by Larry Mendte. Mendte, a long time television newscaster in Philadelphia and New York, previously co-hosted mornings at Merlin Media’s now-defunct “IQ 106.9” in Philadelphia. The new program will be the only non-brokered or syndicated program to air on WABC’s weekend schedule. 77 WABC announces the addition of The Larry Mendte Show to Sunday nights, 7 pm to 9 pm, starting this weekend. Mendte is a familiar voice to the New York metro area, having most recently been a contributor to WPIX-TV’s nightly newscast, producing commentaries that showcased Mendte’s strong opinions on a wide range of topics. Returning to New York on 77 WABC allows Mendte to expand upon these com...Read More

Clear Channel Launching Tige & Daniel As National Country Night Show

Earlier this week we lamented the continuing demise of the local night jock and Clear Channel has taken another step in that direction. Country “Q104.1” WTQR Greensboro, NC morning hosts Tige & Daniel will step down from that show after Friday, July 25 to launch a new national evening program based at 97.9 WSIX Nashville. The show will also be heard initially on WTQR, “B93.9” WKSL Raleigh, “94.9 TNT” WTNT-FM Tallahassee, and “G105.7” WSCG Augusta. The show will replace jockless time slots or hosts voicetracked from other markets on those stations. Bobby Bones will replace Tige & Daniel on WTQR. Tige Rogers and Daniel Baker joined WTQR in March 2012 from Qantum Communications’ “Gator 107.9” WGTR Myrtle Beach. WeR...Read More

Opie & Jim Norton Discuss Anthony Cumia’s Firing

SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton returned from vacation for their first show following the firing of co-host Anthony Cumia from the “Opie & Anthony” show. Opie commented that he thought that the entire show was gone the moment he saw Cumia’s tweets. I read Ant’s tweets. And I said to myself I swear to you I said, Oh my God, we’re fired. That needs to be said. There was just something different about it. I’m like oh my God, we’re fired. Cause I think it was just the amount of tweets that he did and they were harsh. I mean they were absolutely were harsh and I understand why cause he was really mad at what had happened. But I knew in my gut that this is not going to go well. We work for a company for as much as we bitch they give us a lot of...Read More

KIRO Reunites Brock & Salk

Bonneville Sports “710 ESPN” KIRO Seattle is launching a new lineup on Monday, July 14. Mike Salk, who returned to KIRO in March as Program Director, will reunite with former co-host Brock Huard for a new local morning show from 7-10am. The duo hosted middays on KIRO until Salk departed for WEEI Boston in 2013. Huard’s current co-host in the 9am-12pm slot, Danny O’Neil will move to afternoon drive where he will join incumbents Dave Wyman and Jim Moore in the 3-7pm slot. Michael Grey will move from the afternoon show to host solo from 10am to 12pm. The rest of the lineup will remain as-is with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby staying in the 12pm-3pm slot and ‘Nightwatch’ with Tom Wassell in the 7-9pm slot. ESPN Radio network programming will air from 9pm until...Read More

DSC & RAD Extend Contracts

A pair of long-established California morning shows have renewed their contracts to remain at their current stations. In San Diego, Dave Rickards, Shelley Dunn and Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph have agreed to remain at Midwest TV’s Hot AC “100.7 Jack-FM” KFMB-FM for four more years. “The DSC” joined KFMB-FM in 2010 after an 18 year run at Clear Channel’s KIOZ. Up in Sacramento, Rob, Arnie and Dawn will remain with Entercom’s “98 Rock” 98.5 KRXQ for five more years after a flirtation with Clear Channel that led to legal actions by Entercom. After agreeing to terms with Clear Channel to move the show to an undisclosed station in Sacramento, Entercom filed suit requesting a temporary restraining order claiming that show owner Will...Read More

Chris Ebbott Named KRTH Program Director

Chris Ebbott is returning to CBS Los Angeles from Toronto to program Classic Hits “K-Earth 101” KRTH. Ebbott has programmed Bell Media CHR “Virgin Radio 99.9” CKFM for the past four years and also programmed Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM prior to its sale to Newcap last year. Prior to heading to Toronto Ebbott spent seven years as OM of Variety Hits “93.1 Jack-FM” KCBS-FM and has also programmed Hot AC “Mix 95.7” WMWX Philadelphia and Alternative “101.5 The Zone” KZON Phoenix. Ebbott replaces former KRTH and sister Urban AC “94.7 The Wave” KTWV PD Rick Thomas. Thomas transferred to New York to relaunch CHR 92.3 WNOW-FM as “92.3 Amp Radio“. A new PD has yet to be named for KTWV.

Kevin Metheny Joins KGO/KSFO

Cumulus News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit Program Director Kevin Metheny is transferring to San Francisco to become Operations Director of Conservative Talk 560 KSFO and News/Talk 810 KGO. Metheny has had a long radio career including stops as Program Director at WGN Chicago, managing Clear Channel’s Cleveland cluster, and serving as Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel. He’s unfortunately is best known as the Program Director of WNBC New York depicted as “Pig Vomit” in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts”. Metheny will partially fill the void left by the departure of Steve Skenlar as Market Manager earlier this month. KGO and KSFO are among the many AM Talk stations struggling to deal with the many issues facing stations in the format. A shi...Read More

KARN Little Rock Adds New Morning & Afternoon Hosts

Cumulus News/Talk 102.9 KARN-FM Little Rock is adding new morning and afternoon shows. Kevin Miller, formerly of AC “B98.5” KURB and CHR “Alice 107.7” KLAL will take over the morning “First News” from 5:30-9:00am. Doc Washburn will join the station for afternoons from 2-6pm. Washburn most recently hosted an evening Talk show at Greater Media’s 1110/99.3 WBT Charlotte. Miller and Washburn fill holes in the KARN schedule created when the station dismissed morning host Bob Steel, afternoon host Dave Elswick, and News Director Jack Heinritz in April. Cumulus Media and Newsradio 102.9 KARN, Arkansas’ news, weather and traffic station, announce KARN’s new local programming lineup for mornings and afternoons. First News with Kevin Miller kicks off weekday...Read More

Angie Martinez Exits Hot 97 & Joins Power 105.1

Update 6/19: Mere hours after announcing her resignation from WQHT, Clear Channel has announced Angie Martinez will join Urban “Power 105.1” WWPR for afternoons beginning in July. In addition to WWPR, Martinez will also be heard in Middays on sister “103.5 The Beat” WMIB Miami. DJ Prostyle will move from afternoons to middays to make room for Martinez on WWPR. Original Report 6/18: Afternoon host Angie Martinez has announced her resignation from Emmis Urban “Hot 97” WQHT New York. Martinez writes: Today I resigned from HOT97. I am grateful to the Emmis family for my time with the company and the immeasurable way that it has shaped my life. We made history together in so many ways and I will cherish those memories and my friendships forever. This was one ...Read More

Bobby Bones Signs Long-Term Contract Extension

Clear Channel has announced that syndicated morning host Bobby Bones will remain with the company under a new long-term contract. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any radio or television outlet, today announced an exclusive long-term agreement with award-winning Country radio personality Bobby Bones to renew and expand his relationship with the company. Under the new agreement, Bones will continue his current role as host of The Bobby Bones Show, which originates from WSIX in Nashville and is syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks on nearly 70 radio stations across America, reaching approximately three million weekly listeners. Bones will also continue hosting his weekend programs Country Top 30 with Bobby Bon...Read More

John Lassman Named PD of 93X Minneapolis

Following the transfer of Wade Linder to their Chicago stations, Cumulus has acted fast to name a new Program Director for Active Rock “93X” 93.7 KXXR Minneapolis. John Lassman will join WXXR from Buffalo where he was Operations/Brand Manager of Townsquare Media’s Variety Hits “92.9 Jack-FM” WBUF and AC “96.1 Joy-FM” WJYE. The Minneapolis native previously programmed WXXR during its Alternative “93.7 The Edge” days as well as the “Zone 105” trimulcast. He also has spent time as Director of FM Programming for CBS Minneapolis. Cumulus Media announces that John Lassman has been appointed Program Director of KXXR in Minneapolis. Lassman moves from TownSquare Buffalo, where he was Regional Operations Manager, Brand Manager of WJY...Read More

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