CBS Radio has promoted Mike Thomas to Vice President of Sports Programming. Along with the new duties joining Mark Chernoff in overseeing CBS’ portfolio of all-Sports stations and the CBS Sports Radio network, Thomas will continue to program “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM and Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX Boston. With the premier roster of top-rated local sports stations, and the growing nationally-focused CBS Sports Radio among its portfolio, CBS RADIO announced today it was expanding its senior leadership team in charge of programming with the promotion of Mike Thomas to Vice President, Sports Programming. The announcement was made by Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. Thomas will continue to serve as CBS RADIO’s head of programming in Boston whil...Read More
Cox Media Group has hired CBS’ “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS Boston Program Director Dan Mason as Operations Manager of its Tampa cluster. Mason will also serve as Director of Branding and Programming for CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI. Mason will oversee operations for AC “Magic 94.9” WWRM, Alternative “97X” 97.1 WSUN, “Hot 101.5“, Hot Talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT, Soft AC “105.5 The Dove” WDUV, and Classic Hits “107.3 The Eagle” WXGL. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa has named Dan Mason as Operations Manager for WSUN-FM 97X, WPOI-FM HOT 101.5, and 102.5 The Bone WHPT-FM, effective Sept. 8. Mason will also serve as HOT 101.5 WPOI-FM’s Director of Branding and Programming. “Dan’s approach to programmi...Read More
Two Girls & A Guy are getting back together at Apex Broadcasting Adult CHR “Mix 96” 95.9 WMXZ Isle of Palms/Charleston. The show featured multiple incarnations during its twelve year run at Cumulus CHR “95SX” WSSX before the final triumvirate moved on to larger markets. Those three: Mike Edwards, Tonya Brown, and Brooke Ryan will return to Charleston on September 15. Edwards and Brown recently exited mornings at Alpha Media’s “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland, while Ryan was hosting afternoons at Cumulus’ “Hits 107.3” WRQX Washington DC. Edwards will also take on Program Director duties at WMXZ replacing current PD/Afternoon Host Sammy Suarez. The trio will replace the syndicated Ace & TJ in mornings at WMXZ. Charleston’s larges...Read More
CBS Alternative “Live 105” KITS San Francisco will debut “Kevin Klein Live” in mornings on Tuesday, September 2. Led by Kevin Klein, the show will take the slot that has been vacant since the departure of Steve Masters in late 2013. Klein joins from “Playboy Radio” where he hosted mornings. He previously worked at XM’s old MTV and VH1 channels and “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK New York. Joining Klein will be comedians/podcasters Brad Williams and Ally Johnson.
Former NFL Tight End Jermaine Wiggins is joining Greater Media Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT Boston as co-host of the station’s new “Get Up Crew” morning show. Wiggins most recently worked at CBS’ “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM as a regular contributor after playing for six teams in an eight year NFL career. He will be joined on the “Get Up Crew” by current morning co-host Pebbles and current middayer Melissa. Exiting the station is Baltazar. Greater Media announces former NFL Player and Sports Personality Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins has joined the HOT 96.9 “GetUp Crew” in Boston. His first day on the morning show will be Tuesday, August 19, 2014. HOT 96.9 FM burst onto the scene in January of 2013 and continues to be one of the most...Read More
DJ Laz has found a new home in the Miami market as he will join Cox CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC Miami for mornings beginning Monday, August 25. Laz will be joined by Miss Kimmy, who currently serves as the local voice on sister Urban “99 Jamz” WEDR during the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Laz previously spent 22 years at Beasley’s “Power 96” 96.5 WPOW and until last November was heard on SBS’ now defunct duo “DJ 106.7” WRMA in Miami and “Latino 96.3” KXOL Los Angeles. WFLC has been without a morning show since the station cancelled the KVJ Show at the end of April. Kevin, Virginia and Jason have since returned to the West Palm Beach market on Digity Media’s 97.9 WRMF.
Stephen A. Smith is moving his daily radio show from “ESPN New York” 98.7 WEPN to SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Radio” Channel 85. The new program will debut on Tuesday, September 2 and be produced by ESPN for SiriusXM. Smith will continue to appear on ESPN2’s “First Take” and other ESPN properties. The possibility of the move by Smith from WEPN-FM to SiriusXM was first reported by The New York Daily News in late July. ESPN and SiriusXM have reached an agreement for ESPN to produce The Stephen A. Smith Show exclusively for SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 85. The two-hour daily program will debut on satellite radio on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. ET. The show will be produced and broadcast from ESPN Audio’s headquarters in Bristol. &...Read More
Genesis Communications Network syndicated host Jason Lewis exited his show based at Clear Channel’s 1130 KTLK Minneapolis midway through last nights show. Lewis is leaving to focus his energies on his Libertarian social network Galt.io as he states on the site’s blog: Lewis, a long-time advocate against the high levels of taxation now says he too has had enough and will focus his efforts, and place his commentary, on a start-up business he co-founded named, suitably enough, GALT.IO. This way, says the talk host, he’ll be able to do as much work as desired, but more importantly just enough to keep the taxman at bay – and no more. Lewis cited President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” phrase and responded to those who endlessly seek to redistrib...Read More
Update 7/29: There was no press conference, nor a snag with the contract with Cox Media Group as Kevin, Virginia and Jason debuted on Digity Media Hot AC 97.9 WRMF this morning. Update 7/21: 3:00pm came with no announcement from the KVJ Show as Cox Media Group did not let the show out of their contract. Post by The KVJ Show. WPTV reports that the press conference was postponed indefinitely. WPTV states that Kevin, Virginia, and Jason were set to announce they would be joining Digity Media Hot AC 97.9 WRMF as current WRMF morning host Jennifer Ross is shifting to sister AC “Sunny 107.9” WEAT. Palm Beach Broadcasting (97.9 WRMF and WEAT, Sunny 107.9) a subsidiary of Digity LLC announced today perennial #1 morning radio host Jennifer Ross is returning to the chair she held for man...Read More
Bob Rivers has announced he will retire from the morning show at Clear Channel Classic Hits 95.7 KJR-FM Seattle on Friday, August 8. The date will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Rivers debuting in Seattle on 99.9 KISW after a previous run in mornings at “98 Rock” WIYY Baltimore. Rivers remained at KISW until 2001 when it moved to CBS Classic Rock 102.5 KZOK before moving to KJR-FM in April 2011. Rivers states he continue to produce his “Twisted Tunes” parody songs and potentially launch a podcast. Clear Channel has registered a number of domains hinting at a format change at KJR-FM following Rivers’ retirement.
Maynard, Program Director of Hubbard CHR “Movin 92.5” KQMV and Modern AC “Click 98.9” KLCK Seattle is exiting to join Clear Channel as a Vice President of Programming. Maynard also hosted middays at KQMV. While Maynard’s exact duties have not been announced, could the timing have anything to do with Clear Channel’s expected revamping of Classic Hits 95.7 KJR-FM? Morning Host Bob Rivers is promoting an announcement for Monday morning at 7:40am. Before leaving 4 the weekend, remember that Monday 7:40 AM PT we'll make a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! 95.7 @KJR_FM http://t.co/81WH8r9vYV — Bob Rivers (@BobRiversShow) July 25, 2014
CBS Country “Y107.9” WDSY Pittsburgh APD/MD/Afternoon Host Stoney Richards has announced he will step down as of September 10 to dedicate more time to his acting career. Richards has been with WDSY for the past eighteen years, but will remain with the station for guest appearances and with sister News/Talk 1020 KDKA on his weekend “Live From The Centre”. Richards has a long acting resume dating back to the 1980s and includes appearances in such projects as Predator 2, Three Men And A Little Lady, and most recently in 2013’s Out Of The Furnace. The following CBS memo was sent to us making the announcement: Some of you may be aware that Stoney Richards has enjoyed acting over past several years, and has appeared on both the big and small screens from time to tim...Read More