People & Places

Cumulus Hires New Los Angeles Market Manager

Following the exit of Marko Radlovic in June, Cumulus Media has hired Dawn Girocco as its new VP/Market Manager in Los Angeles. Girocco has worked throughout the Los Angeles market in her career and was most recently General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia’s “Real 92.3” KRRL, “Alt 98.7” KYSR, and 102.7 KIIS-FM. She has also served as VP/Director of Sales for CBS Radio Los Angeles, SVP/Advertising for the Los Angeles Times, and GM of “Indie 103.1” KDLD/KDLE. Her role overseeing Classic Rock 95.5 KLOS and Talk 790 KABC will begin on Monday, August 18. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 20-year Los Angeles media sales executive Dawn Girocco as Vice President/Market Manager for its Los Angeles radio operations. Girocco was formerly General Sales M...Read More

Fresh 102.7 Names New Morning & Afternoon Teams

CBS Hot AC “Fresh 102.7” WWFS New York has filled its lineup with new morning and afternoon shows. Cane Peterson, who joined WWFS last fall for the morning slot after Jim Douglas was let go, will be joined by current midday host Karen Carson for “Carson & Cane”. Former co-host Kim Berk was let go in July as part of CBS Radio’s cuts across the country. Peterson is best known in the New York market for his many years in afternoons at the former “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK and as a VH1 VJ. Matt Sneed moves from weekends to fill the midday slot. Two newcomers to the station will take the afternoon slot that has been vacant since Dylan exited the station earlier this year. Trey Morgan, former late night host at CHR “Z100” WHTZ and most recently ...Read More

Donnie Simpson Joins WMMJ Washington

Five years after exiting CBS Rhythmic CHR 95.5 WPGC Washington, DC, Donnie Simpson is returning to radio in our nation’s capital. Simpson will host afternoons from 3-7pm on Urban AC “Majic 102.3” WMMJ Bethesda, MD starting on August 17 as part of what The Washington Post reports will be a multi-media deal with a television component. They state that Simpson will likely host a music video program on TVOne similar to his “Video Soul” that was seen on BET from 1983 until 1996. Simpson came to the Washington market from WJLB Detroit in 1977 as PD/Morning host at then “Disco 93.9” WRC-FM. He led the station through its transition to Urban WKYS before moving over to what became CBS’ 95.5 WPGC in 1993. He has been retired from radio since exiting WP...Read More

Dave, Mahoney & DK Shift From X107.5 Las Vegas To Mix 96.5 Houston

CBS Radio is moving the Dave, Mahoney and DK morning show from Alternative “X107.5” KXTE Pahrump/Las Vegas to Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX Houston. The trio will make their Houston debut on Monday, September 14 as part of the station’s 25th anniversary celebration. They replace Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal who were let go at the end of June. Dave, Mahoney and DK spent the last six years at KXTE where they worked under Charese Fruge. Fruge transferred from VP/Programming of CBS Las Vegas to similar duties at Houston earlier this year. CBS RADIO’s Mix 96.5 announced today a new morning show will debut on Monday, Sept. 14 (6:00-10:00AM) as the station celebrates its 25th anniversary broadcasting Hot Adult Contemporary music. The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show ...Read More

Ross Brittain Exiting WOGL Philadelphia

While Scott Shannon has signed a contract extension with CBS Radio to remain in mornings at WCBS-FM New York, his original “Z100” co-host is leaving the company. Ross Brittain, who has led the “Breakfast Club” on Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia since 2004, will leave the station after his show on Friday, July 31. In addition to Z100 and WOGL, Brittain also hosted mornings at WKSS Hartford, WZGO/WTRK/WEGX Philadelphia, WZGC Atlanta, and WABC New York in the waning days of its music format. Brittain’s wife Rasa Kaye will remain with the company in her role as a anchor/reporter with News 1060 KYW and Talk 1210 WPHT. Also leaving WOGL will be General Manager Jim Loftus. Loftus also joined WOGL in 2004 after previously serving as Chief Operating Officer at Sham...Read More

Scott Shannon Signs Contract Extension With WCBS-FM

Scott Shannon has signed a multi-year contract extension with CBS Radio to remain in mornings at Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM New York. Shannon joined WCBS-FM in March 2014 after 23 years at Cumulus Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ. CBS RADIO station WCBS-FM 101.1 today announced it has signed acclaimed broadcaster Scott Shannon to a new multi-year contract, extending the popular host’s run as the anchor of morning drive. Launched March 2014, “Scott Shannon in the Morning” is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET. Scott’s wake-up team includes co-host Patty Steele, Joe Nolan with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters, and weather reports provided by CBS 2 New York’s John Elliott. Since the show’s debut, the station’s weekly cume has grown nearly 20% to approximately four million listen...Read More

Brian Thomas Shifts From PD of WNSH To WLS-FM

Cumulus Media continues its shuffling of major market programmers as Brian Thomas moves from Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York to Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago. Thomas takes the spot that had been held by Jan Jeffries before he moved to CHR “All The Hits 107.3” WRQX Washington DC earlier this month. As part of the move Thomas will add Corporate Program Director duties for the Classic Hits format to his role as a Corporate PD/Country. He joined Cumulus in April 2014 to program WNSH from CBS where he was National Vice President of Classic Hits programming and PD of Country 99.5 WQYK and Classic Hits “Q105” 104.7 WRBQ in Tampa. He had previously spent many years in New York where he programmed Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM (and was involved in their return from Vari...Read More

Hot 97 Goes Viral As Listeners Revolt

A feud between rappers Drake and Meek Mill was supposed to be escalated this evening on Emmis Rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT New York, but instead the station was left with listeners in revolt and petitions for Funkmaster Flex to quit the station. The feud began when Mill accused Drake last week of using a ghostwriter on his songs. Drake released a diss-track on Saturday to go after Mill and Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex who released a reference track used by Drake during production. Flex began hyping that Meek Mill was to appear on his WQHT show at 7pm Monday to discuss the situation and teased the debut of a Mill track to “counter-diss” Drake. As 7:00 came and went with no appearance from Mill, WQHT listeners began to vent their fr...Read More

WBAB’s Roger & JP To Pull Double Duty At The Bone Tampa

Cox Media Classic Rock 102.3 WBAB Babylon, NY morning hosts Roger Luce and John “JP” Parise are adding middays at sister Hot Talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT Tampa. Roger and JP have hosted mornings at WBAB since 1999 and will remain in that slot along with adding the 11am-2pm shift at WHPT. The Bone will also rearrange its evening lineup as 99.5 KISS San Antonio based Billy Madison will slide from middays to 6-8pm and the locally based Shannon Burke exits. The Mike Calta Show from 6-11am and Drew Garabo from 2-6pm stay in place. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa is adding talk show Roger & JP to 102.5 The Bone, REAL.RAW.RADIO WHPT-FM. The show will air on The Bone weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Roger & JP are a great fit for the BONE and the Tampa Market,” said Director of Bra...Read More

Bernie Miklasz Leaving St. Louis Post-Dispatch; To Rejoin WXOS For Mornings

Longtime St. Louis sports columnist Bernie Miklasz is departing his position at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and rejoining Hubbard Sports “101 ESPN” 101.1 WXOS East St. Louis for mornings. Miklasz, who hosted a midday show at WXOS until 2013, will give the station a local morning show for the first time as he takes over the 7-10am slot on the station. ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will be cut back to 5-7am, while the rest of the local shows on the station move back an hour. Kevin Wheeler will air from 10am to 1pm, “The Turn” with Chris Duncan and Andrew Stalter from 1-3pm, and “The Fast Lane” with Randy Karraker, DeMarco Farr, and Brad Thompson 3-7pm. National ESPN Radio programming will continue from 7pm to 7am weekdays. Miklasz will also write for...Read More

Colin Cowherd’s ESPN Departure Made Immediate

After comments made on his show on Thursday regarding baseball players from the Dominican Republic that drew the ire of Major League Baseball and its players association, ESPN has expedited Colin Cowherd’s departure from the company. A brief statement by the company read: Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN. While Cowherd was under contract to ESPN for a few more months, Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand tweeted that his last show on ESPN Radio was set to be Friday, July 31. A source tells SBJ that Colin Cowherd's last day was supposed to be next Friday. The current scandal made ESPN move the date up to today. — John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) July 24, 2015 Original Repo...Read More

Johnson & Johnson Return To KUBL

Tommy & Joe Johnson are returning to mornings at Cumulus Country “K-Bull 93” KUBL Salt Lake City. Johnson & Johnson previously led the KUBL morning show from 1997 until 2011 when they followed their Program Director Ed Hill to CBS’ 94.1 KMPS Seattle. After Hill exited KMPS this April, Tommy & Joe Johnson followed suit at the beginning of June. They will replace “The Morning Moo Crew” with Shotgun Jackson and Carly Cash who both were let go last week. Cumulus Media announces that long-running Salt Lake City morning team Johnson & Johnson is back at Utah’s Country Leader, KBULL 93 (KUBL-FM) with a new morning show that debuts on Monday, July 27. The show will air weekdays from 5:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Tommy Johnson and Joe Johnson— known on-air a...Read More