iHeartMedia has promoted Tony Banks to the newly created position of Director of Talent Development for its Central Division. Banks has served as Senior VP/Programming for iHeart since 2012 first based in Fresno overseeing many Central California markets and since January 2015 overseeing St. Louis, Springfield MO, and Wichita KS. He has also programmed “Mega 103.5” Miami, 107.1 WAOA Melbourne, and “Bob 93.3” WERO Greenville NC. In his new position Banks will work with talent in 52 markets including Dallas, Denver, Houston and Minneapolis. iHeartMedia announced today that Tony Banks has been named Director of Talent Development for the Central Division, effective immediately. iHeartMedia’s Central Division has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach ...[Read More]
Emmis AAA 93.3 KGSR Austin TX has hired Chris Mosser to fill their vacant morning show opening. Mosser most recently served as PD/Morning Host at iHeart Media Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL/KVET-HD2 and Afternoon Host at Country 98.1 KVET-FM. He fills the void created by Kelly Jordan’s exit in December. Loris Lowe, who has been filling in the morning slot, will return to nights when Mosser debuts on July 6.
CBS Country 99.5 WYCD Detroit has tapped Roxanne Steele as their new midday host. Steele returns to the CBS Detroit cluster after previously hosting middays at sister CHR “98.7 Amp Radio” WDZH until the spring of 2015. She is best known for her 12 year stint at “B96” WBBM-FM Chicago. 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM) announced today, well-known personality Roxanne Steele has been named the permanent host of the midday show airing on WYCD-FM weekdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, which can be heard over-the-air, online at www.wycd.com or via the Radio.com app for mobile devices. “I’m having so much fun in country radio working with Country Radio Hall of Fame Programmer, Tim Roberts,” said Steele. “In addition to taking my passion for music to a whole new audience, I’m als...[Read More]
A series of reports this week have come out surrounding Greater Media and its operations. Tom Taylor Now reported last Thursday on talk that the company is seeking to sell News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte NC stations and that Beasley may be interested. Taylor followed up this morning with a report that Greater Media has had some of its properties on the trading block for at least a year. DetroitSportsRag.com discusses rumors of a flip potentially coming to “Detroit Sports 105.1” WMGC. DSR states that the station has made no intent to fill the Program Director vacancy open since Dave Shore exited. Current afternoon host Lindsey Hunter is departing to become assistant basketball coach at University of Buffalo and according to D...[Read More]
Radio-One CHR “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM Speedway/Indianapolis is making a change in mornings with the exit of Kyle Smelser and Rachel Bogle. Both have written on social media that their contracts were not being renewed as the station is moving in a different direction. The duo had been at WNOW-FM since 2010, while also hosting segments for Radio-One’s now-defunct “Indy’s Music Channel” WDNI-CD. A message to our listeners. Thank u for #WakinUp with us for the past 6 years. It's not goodbye, just see ya later?? pic.twitter.com/tzUx41EvrY — RACHEL BOGLE (@rachelbogle) June 22, 2016
Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston is making a change in nights. After eleven years in the 6-10pm slot, “Planet Mikey” with Mikey Adams has been cancelled with Adams exiting the station. Boston.com reports that the station will not immediately fill the vacancy as the station has Boston Red Sox baseball on most nights at least through the end of September. Entercom Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told Boston.com that, “We made a tough call on Mike but, at the same time, we feel there are some innovative opportunities we’d like to explore over the next few months. As you know, WEEI has extensively–and successfully–revamped every major weekday show over the last three years. The time is right to extend that thinking to nights.”
Chase Daniels, PD/MD of Entercom Hot AC “107.9 The Mix” WNTR Indianapolis and afternoon host of sister CHR 99.5 WZPL is transferring to Madison as Operations Manager for the company’s three stations. Daniels will oversee Classic Hits 94.9 WOLX, Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WMHX and AAA 105.5 WMMM. Daniels has been with Entercom since joining WNTR in June 2013. He previously worked at multiple stations in Jacksonville and Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta as well as serving as remote Music Director for Alternative “Radio 104.1” WMRQ Hartford.
The National Radio Hall of Fame has opened voting for the two listener chosen categories. Via text message voting can be done for the four nominees each for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. The nominees for music are WKTU New York afternoon host Sean ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton, syndication mogul Tom Kent, KROQ Los Angeles morning hosts Kevin Ryder and Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter, and Country countdown host Bob Kingsley. The spoken word nominees are syndicated Conservative Talker Sean Hannity, syndicated Conservative Talker Michael Savage, WAMU Washington & NPR’s Diane Rehm, and former WFAN New York afternoon team “Mike & The Mad Dog” Mike Francesa and Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo. Voting runs through June 30...[Read More]
Following the passing of Doug Banks in April, American Urban Radio Networks will debut “The Afternoon Rush with Rudy Rush, Ebony Steele and Loni Swain” on Monday, June 20. Rudy Rush was a co-host on Banks’ show from 2005-2013 and is currently hosting afternoons at iHeartMedia Urban “93.7 The Beat” KQBT Houston. The comedian also previously hosted It’s Showtime At The Apollo. He will be joined by Ebony Steele, who previously was a co-host on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and former 107.5 WGCI Chicago middayer Loni Swain who will also serve as producer. Mike Love, former Senior Director of Programming & Distribution for Cumulus Media Networks, will serve as PD for the show. “The Afternoon Rush with Rudy Rush, Ebony Steele and Loni Swain” ...[Read More]
CBS CHR “Hot 95.7” KKHH Houston has made a pair of personnel moves as Rich ‘DJ Riddler’ Pangilinan joins the station as APD/MD and Coco Dominguez moves from nights to afternoons. Pangilinan began his radio career in Houston as a mix-show DJ at 96.5 KNRJ and 104.1 KRBE before moving to WHTZ and WKTU New York while working as a music producer and record executive. He has also hosted shows for SiriusXM and iHeartRadio’s Dance music channels. Domzinguez moves to afternoons from nights to fill the vacancy created by Keola Lui-Kwan’s departure to host mornings in his native Honolulu in March. The station has no personality listed in Dominguez’s former evening timeslot nor in middays. CBS RADIO’s HOT 95.7 (KKHH-FM) in Houston announced today CoCo Domingue...[Read More]
Curtis Media Group has promoted Executive Vice President Trip Savery to President and Chief Operating Officer. Savery replaces company founder Donald W. Curtis in that position, although he will remain Chairman/CEO. Curtis Media owns 25 stations across four North Carolina markets as well a partnering in clusters in two other markets. Curtis Media Group promotes Trip Savery to President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Savery served as Senior VP in 2005 while also acting as GM of WQDR-FM. In 2010, Savery joined Greater Media in Charlotte where he became VP/Station Manager of WBT, WLNK and the Bob & Sheri radio network. In late 2013, Savery returned to Curtis Media Group as Executive Vice President. He’s also served as GM of WPCM, WKIX and WCHL, as well as National Sales M...[Read More]
Alpha Media CHR “Y100” 100.1 WXYY Rincon/Savannah GA has promoted MD/midday host Mia Amini to Assistant Program Director. Alpha Media Savannah-Hilton Head announced today WXYY/Y100 Midday Host Mia Amini has been promoted to Assistant Program Director of WXYY/Y100 effective immediately. A native of Atlanta, Mia Amini has held various programming and on air roles over the past decade at KKCT/Bismarck, KYYY/Bismarck, WJFX/Fort Wayne and KLTA/Fargo. Since June 2014, Mia has served as the Music Director and hosted middays on WXYY/Y100. She has a huge passion for radio and loves spending time helping out in the community! VP/Market Manager Gigi South was quoted: “Mia makes a positive impact on everyone she meets. Her enthusiasm and commitment to the local community is contagious! Go ...[Read More]