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Quinn & Rose Exit WPGB

Regionally syndicated morning show “The War Room with Quinn & Rose” is off the air after being unable to reach a new deal with flagship “FM NewsTalk 104.7” WPGB Pittsburgh. Jim Quinn and Rose Somma Tennent had hosted mornings on WPGB since the station launched its talk format in January 2004. Quinn previously had a long career as a music DJ in Pittsburgh before transitioning to Talk. The program was also syndicated to seven other stations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and had aired on one of the former XM Radio channels programmed by Clear Channel. In a response to a listener asking what happened to the program, WPGB PD Gregg Henson tweeted: @jennatotaro WPGB tried to reach new terms w/ Quinn & Rose, but as that was unsuccessful, they will be moving on ...Read More

Premiere Cancels & Uncancels Randi Rhodes

After canceling syndicated Liberal Talk host Randi Rhodes earlier this week, Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks has reversed course and signed her to a new contract. On Wednesday, Premiere announced that they would cease distribution of Rhodes’ program at the expiration of her contract at the end of the year. Just two days later Premiere has stated they have signed her to a one year contract extension through the end of 2014. In a memo to affiliates, Peter Tripi SVP/Affiliate Relations for Premiere wrote: In a happy turn of events, we are pleased to announce that Premiere Networks will continue to produce and distribute The Randi Rhodes Show. In an industry of constant change, it’s a pleasure to provide good news about a talk talent we think so highly of. We apologize for ...Read More

Dave Ramsey On The Move In Nashville Again

One year after leaving his longtime flagship 99.7 WWTN for Cromwell Sports “102.5 The Game” WPRT-FM, syndicated advice host Dave Ramsey is once again on the move in Nashville. Beginning on January 2, Ramsey will move to Clear Channel News/Talk 1510 WLAC. In the move, Ramsey will lose his live clearance in the Nashville market as the program will air on delay from 5-8pm. Cromwell owner Bud Walters told the Nashville Business Journal, “We have been friends for more than 20 years, and while we enjoyed this partnership from a personal standpoint, we both realize that from a business perspective our brands would be better served if we return to our respective formats.” The move will enable WPRT to once again focus fully on Sports Talk, where its 1.0 share trailed Cumulus...Read More

Cumulus Adds To National Programming Division

Cumulus Media has appointed a few additional corporate program directors. Randall Bloomquist joins the company to oversee their News/Talk stations, allowing Jim Mahanay to focus on the company’s Sports properties. Scott Jameson, OM/PD of Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS, Active Rock “93X” KXXR, and Sports “105 The Ticket” 105.1 WGVX/105.3 WRXP/105.7 WGVZ Minneapolis and Derek Madden PD of 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles have been promoted to add oversight of Cumulus’ Rock stations. Details in the press release: Cumulus Media, the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, announces a series of programming executive appointments designed to support national content efforts. News/Talk: Randall Bloomquist is named Corporate Program Director Rock: Derek Madden an...Read More

John Gambling Retires From WOR

After following in his grandfathers and fathers footsteps in hosting mornings at 710 WOR New York, John R. Gambling has announced his retirement from the station effective December 20. “Rambling With Gambling” at one point was the longest-running radio show in America; running from 1925 under John B. Gambling until 2000. John A. Gambling took over in 1959 and the current John R. Gambling in 1990 after co-hosting with his father beginning in 1985. The third Gambling left WOR in 2000 and returned in 2008 after a run at crosstown 770 WABC. The retirement comes as WOR needs to make room for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who will be joining the stations lineup on January 1. The station will also add New York Mets baseball in 2014.

Don Geronimo Off KHTK’s Lineup

Update 10/16: Being given the rare opportunity to say farewell to his KHTK audience following his being pulled from the station’s schedule, Don Geronimo confirmed that he was pulled in order for the station wanted to focus completely on Sports. Geronimo will be remaining with CBS and relocating to another market to be announced later. Original Report 10/4: Claiming sagging ratings and wanting to have more sports oriented talk in its lineup, Don Geronimo has been removed from the lineup at CBS’ “Sports 1140” KHTK Sacramento. Geronimo returned to the 12-3pm timeslot in July following a run in mornings on the station. He joined KHTK in May 2010 after retiring from his syndicated “Don & Mike” show based at CBS’ 106.7 WJFK-FM Washington in 2008. Ge...Read More

Andrea Tantaros Sues TRN For Breach Of Contract

The drama surrounding Talk Radio Network continues as yet another host departs and filed a lawsuit against the company. Andrea Tantaros is accusing TRN of fraud and breach of contract stating that CEO Mark Masters made multiple false statements to her. While recruiting Tantaros to replace Laura Ingraham, she alleges that Masters told her that Ingraham “was a nightmare, difficult to deal with, and an impossible and unfair negotiator and that is why Defendant TRN was planning to part ways with Ms. Ingraham and why her coveted time slot would be available,” promised to invest millions of dollars promoting Tantaro’s show, and not disclosing TRN’s lawsuit against Dial Global. Tantaros also claims that TRN’s layoffs of much of its staff left her show without “...Read More

Jack Diamond Joins WLYF For Mornings

Longtime “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington D.C. morning host Jack Diamond is taking his talents to South Beach. Diamond, who departed Cumulus’ WRQX in April and was subsequently replaced by the syndicated Bert Show, will join Lincoln Financial Media AC “101.5 Lite-FM” WLYF for mornings. Diamond will be joined by former “97.3 The Coast” WFLC morning host Julie Guy. Incumbent morning host Ellen Jaffe will shift to afternoons. Before exiting in April, Diamond had been with WRQX for 24 years.

Sean Hannity Signs Extension With Clear Channel

With his upcoming departure from Cumulus owned stations, Sean Hannity has signed a long-term extension with Clear Channel and its Premiere Radio Networks. While no station clearances were announced, the deal will see Hannity added on additional Clear Channel Talk stations, while being bumped to a live clearance on others that currently air him outside his 3-6pm Eastern live feed. Full details from the release follow: Premiere Networks, the number one audio network in the U.S., today announced a long-term agreement with iconic radio talk show host Sean Hannity to renew and extend his relationship with the company. Under the new agreement, The Sean Hannity Show will expand to additional major market Clear Channel Talk stations as well as non-Clear Channel stations in 2014. Details regarding ...Read More

OKC Morning Shows On The Move

The fallout from Tyler Media’s move of Classic Rock KRXO to 104.5 and launch of Sports “107.7 The Franchise” is now being felt at other stations. The syndicated Bob & Tom show will move from KRXO to Cumulus Classic Rock “96.9 Bob-FM” KQOB on Monday, September 16. KRXO has already replaced the show with a local show hosted by “Hollywood” Matt Garrett. Concurrently, Phil Inzinga & Ron Spinozi will move from mornings at KQOB to sister Sports “98.1 The Sports Animal” WWLS-FM. They will also host a two hour afternoon program from 4-6pm on Bob-FM. At WWLS, the duo will replace Mike Stelly and Jay ‘Lump’ Lynch who crossed the street to “107.7 The Franchise” for its launch.

WGN Reveals Full Details Of New Lineup

Update 8/29: WGN has officially announced its new lineup that will debut on Tuesday, September 3. In addition to the previously announced additions, Wendy Snyder will join the station as Bill Leff’s co-host. The pair worked together at then Hot Talk 97.9 WLUP and Alternative “Q101” WKQX in the 1990’s. Snyder had been doing traffic reports for Cumulus Talk 890 WLS. WGN will also be teaming with Radiate Media for a new traffic service. The press release with the full schedule details follows: WGN Radio today announced changes to its weekday and weekend lineups effective September 2013. Beginning Tuesday, September 3, Steve Cochran returns to WGN Radio full time as host of the morning show weekdays from 5a.m. to 9a.m. The mid-morning time slot becomes a radio reunion f...Read More

Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo Renews With SiriusXM; Joins MLB Network

SiriusXM has signed the namesake of its “Mad Dog Radio” Sports channel, Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo to a three year contract extension. As part of the deal, Russo will see his role at the company changed as his Mad Dog Unleashed program will shrink from five hours daily to just three. Starting in September, the program will air daily from 3-6pm Eastern as opposed to its current 2-7pm. Russo will also take a larger role at SiriusXM’s “MLB Network Radio” where he will serve as Baseball Ambassador, hosting shows and specials and appearing regularly as a guest. In 2014 he will begin hosting a daily show that will be simulcast on MLB Network Radio and on MLB Network TV. Russo joined SiriusXM in August 2008 after almost twenty years co-hosting the “...Read More