People & Places

Kidd Kraddick Passes Away

Tragic news coming in this evening that longtime “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS Dallas and nationally syndicated morning host David “Kidd” Kraddick passed away this evening at the age of 53. Kraddick was in New Orleans hosting a charity gold tournament for his Kidd’s Kids charity. The following statement was posted on KHKS’s website: It is with a very heavy heart, that I am sending you this e-mail. It has been confirmed that Kidd Kraddick passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd’s Kids charity. He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him. All of us at KISS-FM, ClearChannel Dallas, YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the...Read More

KVJ Show Moves To WFLC Miami

The Kevin, Virginia, and Jason Show is moving down Florida’s coast in more ways than one. The program, hosted by Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington and producer Heather Nelson will depart Clear Channel’s “Wild 95.5” WLDI West Palm Beach on Friday after 14 years and join Cox Hot AC “97.3 The Coast” WFLC Miami beginning Monday, August 5. The KVJ Show had been regionally syndicated within Florida including 92.7 WEOW Key West. WLDI will be replacing the program with the syndicated Elvis Duran beginning Monday, July 29. The Press Release announcing the move to WFLC follows: Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami is heating up mornings with the new The KVJ Morning Show. Beginning Aug. 5, Miami listeners will wake up to Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki an...Read More

Jason ‘Buckethead’ Bailey Joins 92.9 The Game

Update 7/18: Jason Bailey, the host formerly known as ‘Buckethead’, is joining CBS Sports “92.9 The Game” WZGC Atlanta as morning co-host. Bailey will join incumbent co-hosts Randy Cross and Kristen Ledlow. Rick Kamla will shift from mornings to middays where he will co-host with Jaime Dukes. Original Report 6/26: The Buckethead Show has departed Clear Channel Hot Talk “Real Radio 104.1” WTKS-FM Orlando. In a statement on his Facebook Page, host Jason ‘Buckethead’ Bailey states that after a rough year personally he “made the choice to move on professionally so I could move on personally.” Part of the issues come the departure of two of his team members during last year’s Clear Channel layoffs. Bailey teased that he has taken...Read More

Cumulus San Francisco Staff Shuffles As Derek Madden Joins KLOS Los Angeles As PD

Derek Madden, PD/Afternoon Host of Cumulus Classic Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN San Francisco is heading down the coast to program sister 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles. Madden replaces APD/Interim PD Bill Huning who exited KLOS yesterday. KLOS had been without a permanent PD since the departure of Jack Silver in June 2012. Prior to joining KSAN, Madden programmed now defunct Clear Channel Alternative 92.3 KSJO San Jose. Madden’s programming duties at KSAN will be inherited by Bill Pugh, who joined Cumulus in May as OM of KSAN and OM/PD of sister AAA 104.5 KFOG. Tim Jeffries, who had been co-hosting mornings on KFOG will move to afternoons on KSAN. Former KFOG morning host Bill Webster, who had been hosting nights on Entercom Classic Rock “KFOX” 102.1 KUZX/98.5 KUFX will...Read More

KHTK Sacramento Resets; Don Geronimo Back To Middays

“CBS Sports 1140” KHTK Sacramento is shuffling its lineup and resetting back to its previous “Sports 1140 KHTK” moniker. Starting July 8, morning host Don Geronimo will shift back to middays from 12-3pm along with co-hosts Drew Hoffar and Little Joe Pittman. The rest of Geronimo’s team, Joe Ardinger, Mark “Phantom” Lowe, and Craig Harless are departing the station. The morning slot will be taken over by former KHTK host Carmichael Dave, who had been let go by the company last year. He will be joined by Keith “Boondock” Brooks, who currently hosts afternoons at sister Rhythmic CHR 102.5 KSFM. The new show will run from 5:30 to 9am, as the 9:00 hour is added to Jim Rome’s syndicate show so that all three hours air live on KHTK. Curr...Read More

NashFM Announces America’s Morning Show

Update 6/19: “America’s Morning Show” will debut on Thursday, June 20 on WNSH. “The team has been working around the clock to get ‘America’s Morning Show’ ready for the Big Apple and starting this week New Yorkers will experience the nation’s most unique and authentic Country radio show,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and co-COO of Cumulus. “We’ve been getting ready for the big moment when we join fans live in New York and finally the dream is about to come true and the cast and I can’t wait to share it,” Garner said. “We’re like kids the night before Christmas. We can barely contain ourselves. It’s that kind of excitement with all of us. Breathe in, breathe out. We’re almost there!” Original Report 6/10: Cumulus has announced &#...Read More

Atlanta Morning Show Fired For Mocking Former NFL Player With ALS

After running a bit this morning making fun of former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, whose career was cut short due to his battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Lincoln Financial Media Sports “790 The Zone” WQXI Atlanta has cut ties with the three hosts of its “Mayhem In The AM” morning show. The station released the following statement: “We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse o...Read More

Vikki Locke & Kelly Stevens Depart WSB-FM

Cox AC “B98.5” WSB-FM Atlanta will have a morning show opening as two longtime Atlanta personalities are departing the station. Vikki Locke had been with WSB-FM for the past five years after spending 17 years co-hosting mornings at “Star 94” WSTR. After the departure of her WSTR and WSB-FM co-host Steve McCoy in 2010 she was joined by Kelly Stevens for a second go-round in mornings at the station. Locke’s final show at the station will be on Friday, June 21 with Stevens leaving the following week on June 28. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Locke is returning to her native Ohio to spend time with her ailing father and start a media coaching company. The station hopes to have a replacement show in place within 30-45 days.

Cumulus Continues Shake Up Of San Francisco Management

On the heels of the hiring of Bill Pugh as OM of AAA 104.5 KFOG/97.7 KFFG and Classic Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN and PD of KFOG, Cumulus Media has continued the restructuring of its San Francisco market management staff with two additional appointments today. Steven Sklenar joins the company as Market Manager overseeing the aforementioned KFOG/KFFG, KSAN, as well as Conservative Talk 560 KSFO, News/Talk 810 KGO, and Sports duo 680 KNBR and 1050 KTCT. Additionally, Kevin Crespo joins Cumulus in the role of National/Regional Sales Manager for the cluster. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati had been serving as interim Market Manager. The duo both join Cumulus from Lincoln Financial Media’s San Diego cluster where Sklenar served as Assistant VP/Director of Sales and Crespo was General ...Read More

Bill White Out As WGN Program Director

Update 6/5: Robert Feder reports that Mitch Rosen has spurned Tribune’s offer to program WGN and will remain as PD at CBS’ 670 WSCR. Original Report 6/3: On Jimmy de Castro’s first day as President/GM of News/Talk 720 WGN Chicago, the station continues its shake-up with the dismissal of Program Director Bill White. White joined WGN in January 2011 after a decade at Greater Media’s News/Talk 1110/99.3 WBT and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte. Robert Feder reports that the leading candidate to replace White is Mitch Rosen, the PD of CBS’ Sports “670 The Score” WSCR since 2005. Rosen previously worked for de Castro from 1992 to 1995 as a producer at 97.9 WLUP. He has also programmed Sports “ESPN 1000” WMVP Chicago. WGN ha...Read More

Marty Bender Joins Rewind 100.3 Chicago As PD

Hubbard Radio has named Marty Bender as Program Director of AC “Rewind 100.3” WILV Chicago. Bender, who is best known for the twenty plus years overseeing Clear Channel’s “Q95” 94.7 WFBQ Indianapolis and the syndicated Bob & Tom Show, most recently oversaw the launch of AAA “87.7 Cleveland’s Sound” WLFM-LP Cleveland. He replaces Barry James who retired last month. The press release from Hubbard follows: WILV Chicago, better known as Chicago’s REWIND, 100.3, has named veteran programmer Marty Bender Program Director. Bender replaces Barry James, who retired from radio last month after 20 years with the Chicago properties. In making the announcement, Hubbard Radio’s Senior Vice President of Programming Greg Solk comments “We believe with M...Read More

Jimmy DeCastro Joins WGN As President/GM

Former Evergreen Media co-founder Jimmy DeCastro has been named President/GM of Tribune’s 720 WGN Chicago. DeCastro first came to Chicago in 1981 to be GM of 97.9 WLUP. He would later purchase the station as part of Evergreen Media, which would later merge with Chancellor Broadcasting to form AMFM. While President of AMFM, the company was bought and merged into Clear Channel in 2000. He has since served as President of AOL Interactive and in 2007 founded The Content Factory, which launched the Dan Patrick Show into syndication before being sold to DirecTV. DeCastro fills the position left open by the retirement of former GM Tom Langemyer last October. The Press Release announcing DeCastro’s hiring follows: Tribune Company today announced the appointment of radio industry and di...Read More

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