People & Places

96 Rock Cincinnati Goes Local In Mornings

Cumulus Active Rock “96 Rock” WFTK Lebanon/Cincinnati has dropped the syndicated Free Beer & Hot Wings morning show after ten months and replaced it with a local music-intensive show. “96 Rock Mornings with JD & Bridget” debuted on Monday, July 6 hosted by former night host JD and middayer Mistress Bridget. This is a return to mornings for Bridget who was part of the station’s previous local morning show with former Program Director Michael “Fin” Walter until last September. She will continue to host middays as well. Program Director/Afternoon Host Axel Lowe told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Cincinnati spoke, we listened. The 96 Rock audience wants music in the morning and that’s what we are delivering, the most rock in morning d...Read More

WNDE Rebrands As Fox Sports 97.5

With the addition of an FM translator 97.5 W248AW Indianapolis and Rush Limbaugh moving over from Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC, iHeartMedia Sports 1260 WNDE Indianapolis has rebranded as “Fox Sports 97.5“. Original Report 6/3: When Rush Limbaugh exits Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis on July 3, he will find a new home on iHeartMedia Sports 1260 WNDE/97.5 W248AW Indianapolis. WNDE will retain its Sports programming the remainder of the day including its locally originating afternoon show hosted by Jake Query and Bill Schultz from 3-7pm and Fox Sports Radio programming the remainder of the day. The 97.5 translator is in the process of relocating into the Indianapolis market from Franklin and iHeart indicates it will sign-on by the end of this month. WNDE registered a 0.6 share...Read More

Mark Diciero Joins Star 107.9 Las Vegas For Mornings

One of the worst kept secrets in Las Vegas radio has come to pass as former “Mix 94.1” KMXB morning co-host Mark Diciero jumps to Beasley’s “Star 107.9” KVGS for mornings beginning Monday, July 6. Diciero will be paired with co-host Aimee Montgomery and producer Mike Mackenzie for “Mornings with Mark & Aimee”. He had spent eighteen years at KMXB partnered with Mercedes Martinez before exiting last December. When Beasley launched “Star 107.9” this past January it was expected that Diciero would land there when he was contractually able to. STAR 107.9 KVGS-FM, a Beasley Media Group, Inc. radio station, announces the debut of Las Vegas’s newest morning show, Mornings with Mark and Aimee. Starting Monday, July 6, two brilliant, creativ...Read More

JJ Kincaid Headed To Mornings In Denver

“Z100” New York afternoon host JJ Kincaid is moving to Denver to take mornings at sister CHR “95.7 The Party” KPTT. JJ has hosted afternoons at Z100 since 2006 after runs at KDWB Minneapolis and KHKS Dallas. He will begin in Denver in August replacing Chino, who had been voicetracking the shift in addition to his primary slot in afternoons at “Wild 94.9” KYLD San Francisco. In addition to Z100, JJ is currently heard via iHeart’s Premium Choice on CHR’s across the nation. In a release JJ stated, “I can’t even express how excited I am to join 95.7 The Party. We’re putting together a team that will be exciting and engaging for morning listeners. This has been months in the making and I can’t thank the fine people I work for at iHeartMedia enough...Read More

Houston’s Mix Smashes Morning Show

Atom Smasher’s second tour in Houston lasted much shorter than his first. Smasher spent eight years at CHR 104.1 KRBE from 1998 to 2006 rising from evenings to afternoons and finally mornings in 2005. After time in Dallas and Evansville he returned to Houston in January 2014 with his then WSTO Evansville co-host Shawnda McNeal to take mornings at CBS Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX. After just 18 months both Smasher and McNeal are out following last Friday’s show. MikeMcGuff.com reports that Smasher is seeking to stay in Texas this time.

Troy Hanson Named WKQX Program Director

Cumulus Corporate Program Director of Rock Formats Troy Hanson is adding additional duties as the day-to-day Program Director for Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago. Hanson joined Cumulus in 2013 as the Corporate Program Director of Rock Formats and PD of Classic Rock “Rock 100.5” WNNX Atlanta. He handed the reigns of WNNX over to Greg Ausham last August. Before joining Cumulus, Hanson was Operations Manager of Cromwell’s Nashville stations. He has also programmed in Duluth, Saginaw, Milwaukee, Des Moines, Detroit and Miami. He will be replacing PJ Kling, who Cumulus states is leaving for a position outside of the radio industry. Kling had overseen WKQX since its relaunch by Merlin Media as “Q87.7” in 2012. Cumulus Media announces that it has named Troy Hanson as ...Read More

Jaime Jiménez New Head Of Univision Radio

Univision Communications has announced two promotions changing the top management of their radio holdings. Jose Valle, President of Univision Radio since 2011, has been promoted to President of Political & Advocacy Sales for the company’s television and radio stations. Jaime Jiménez, who was promoted from SVP/GM of the company’s Los Angeles stations to EVP of Local Media last August, will change his oversight to all of Univsion’s 67 radio stations and their content hubs in Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio. As part of the restructuring the nine “Univision America” AM stations will be integrated back into their local market clusters with additional local content added back in.

Beats 1 Reveals Celebrity Hosts

A New York Times profile of Zane Lowe has revealed some of the artists and celebrities that will host programming on the new “Beats 1” station. Weekend programming will alternate “established broadcasters” with those hosted by the artists in one and two hour blocks. The stars listed are actor Jaden Smith, singers Pharrell Williams, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and St. Vincent, British electronic artists Disclosure, and rappers Drake and original Beats co-founder Dr. Dre. Elton John will host “Elton John’s Rocket Hour” featuring a mix of eclectic oldies and modern classics. Julie Pilat, who exited as PD of iHeartMedia Alternative 98.7 KYSR and APD/MD of CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles to join Beats in 2013 as Head of Music, Curation, and Arti...Read More

WRKO Sets New Lineup Following Rush Departure

With Rush Limbaugh moving over to iHeartMedia’s 1430 WKOX on Monday following Entercom’s decision to not renew his contract, Talk 680 WRKO Boston has set their new lineup. Current morning host Jeff Kuhner will move to Limbuagh’s former 12-3pm slot. That will make room for a new morning show in partnership with The Boston Globe’s Boston.com. “The Boston.com Morning Show” will be anchored by longtime Boston television anchor Kim Carrigan, former WEEI morning sidekick Jon Meterparel and producer David Cullinane. Carrigan most recently had been co-hosting WRKO’s “Financial Exchange” with Barry Armstrong from 10am-12pm. The Financial Exchange and Howie Carr from 3-7pm will remain in place. Legacy Boston talk station WRKO has announced a swee...Read More

Colorado Political Scandal Leads To Exit Of KLZ Denver Hosts

The three local hosts at Crawford Broadcasting Conservative Talk “560 The Source” KLZ Denver submitted their resignations as a . 5-8am host Randy Corporon, 1-3pm host Ken Clark, and 3-6pm host Kris Cook gave 30 day notice to Crawford Broadcasting President/KLZ General Manager Don Crawford, Jr. but were told their services were no longer needed. The trio exited after Corporon’s show was pulled for interviewing former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo last Thursday. Crawford had requested that Tancredo’s frequent appearances on KLZ be halted until he could meet him and talk about his role in the scandal surround him and Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House. The Denver Post reports that House claimed Tancredo and two others “threatened that a potential lawsui...Read More

Don Bleu To Exit KOSF San Francisco

iHeartMedia Classic Hits “Big 103.7” KKSF San Francisco has announced that morning host Don Bleu will exit following his show on Friday, June 26. Bleu has been in mornings in San Francisco since 1980. He had a 22 year run at 101.3 KIOI until moving over to KKSF at the start of 2012. Prior to coming to San Francisco he was “True Don Bleu” at KDWB Minneapolis and KHJ Los Angeles. He also hosted The Gong Show in 1988 and the Bay Area version of Evening Magazine. Bleu’s final program will feature a look back on his 30 years in the market. Don Bleu will end his daily San Francisco morning show on KOSF-FM (BIG 103.7) on Friday, June 26. Bleu has been in Bay Area radio for over 30 years and was inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame in 2007. He’s also starred ...Read More

Marko Radlovic Returns To SBS As West Coast Regional Manager

One week after exiting the Market Manager position for Cumulus Los Angeles, Marko Radlovic is joining Spanish Broadcasting Systems as SVP/West Coast Regional Manager overseeing “Mega 96.3” KXOL and “La Raza 97.9” KLAX Los Angeles and “La Raza 93.3” KRZZ San Francisco. This marks a return to SBS for Radlovic, who previously spent a decade at the company including two terms as corporate Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, VP/Sales and General Manager of the two Los Angeles stations. SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC. (“SBS”) today announced that Marko Radlovic has been named Senior Vice President and West Coast Regional Manager, supervising all operations at KLAX-FM and KXOL-FM in Los Angeles and KRZZ-FM i...Read More