Author: Lance Venta

FCC Applications 11/12: Dozens Of New Translators Granted

Dozens of more new translator CP’s have been granted since our last report. Clear Channel was one of the biggest beneficiaries as it gained eight new translators: 94.1 W231CM Southampton, NY – 250 watts – // 97.5 WALK-FM Patchouge 94.9 W235BY Vineland, NJ – 100 watts – // 94.7 WDSD Dover, DE 94.9 W235BX Colliers, WV – 56 watts – // 94.5 WWSW-FM Pittsburgh,...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 M...Read More

Lynchburg Talker Expands To Trimulcast

3 Daughters Media, which launched flipped 100.9 WIQO-FM Forest/Lynchburg, VA to Talk in October has expanded the station’s programming to two additional stations. 3 Daughters has begun an LMA with an option to buy new sign-on 102.5 WBZS Shawsville with Flinn Broadcasting. WBZS, which operates with 150 watts at 591 meters, rimshots both Roanoke and Blacksburg. WIQO’s programming is also...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. Gambli...Read More

Cumulus To Launch NASH Nights Live

“Go Country 105” KKGO-FM Los Angeles morning host Sean Parr is departing the station to host a new nationally syndicated night show. “NASH Nights Live” will debut on Monday, January 6 on Cumulus’ Country stations including “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York. The Nashville based program will air from 7pm-12am daily and will also be made available to other station...Read More

Univision Planning Phoenix Revamp?

With the July departure of Eddie ‘Piolin’ Soltelo wrecking havoc to the ratings of many of Univision’s Regional Mexican stations, the company has begun to take action to fix their damaged stations. The first action came in Austin, where the company revamped two of its stations in September. Now Univision looks as though it may be making a similar move in Phoenix based on the regi...Read More

Eagle Moves In Augusta To Make Way For Country

Clear Channel CHR “Y102.3” WZNY Augusta is no more. After briefly simulcasting sister Classic Rock “Eagle 105.7” WEKL, WZNY assumed the programming of “The Eagle” enabling 105.7 to flip to Country “G105.7” at 2pm. Clear Channel previously programmed a Country format branded as “The Bull“, first at 105.7 and then on 102.3 from 2004 until 2...Read More

Saga Expands In Ithaca

Saga Communications is growing its Ithaca, NY cluster. The company has agreed to purchase CHR “Z95.5” WFIZ Odessa and three translators from the bankruptcy estate of George and Patricia Kimble’s ROI Broadcasting for $715,000. The three translators involved in the sale are 94.9 W235BR Ithaca which rebroadcasts WFIZ, 96.3 W242AB Ithaca which rebroadcasts Classic Rock 99.3 WLLW Sene...Read More

Apex Broadcasting Acquires WGZO

Required to be spun-off due to L&L Broadcasting’s pending purchase of 100.1 WSSJ, Apex Broadcasting has agreed to purchase Classic Hits “103.1 The Drive” WGZO Parris Island, SC for $450,000. Apex does not currently own any stations in the Savannah/Hilton Head market, but has a cluster of 1 AM and 4 FM’s in nearby Charleston.

KUHA Houston Cuts Airstaff Amidst Fundraising Woes

A poor fundraising campaign is being blamed for Classical 91.7 KUHA Houston’s decision to lay off four on-air hosts and a handful of off-air personnel today. CultureMap Houston reports that the cuts were made after a nine day fundraising campaign that ended last Friday left KUHA $74,000 short of its $200,000 goal while sister NPR News/Talk 88.7 KUHF fell $200,000 short of its $1 million goal...Read More

WMVY To Return To Martha’s Vineyard

The AAA format of WMVY will return to Martha’s Vineyard, MA in early 2014. After selling their 92.7 signal to Boston University in late 2012 and becoming a listener supported webcaster, the management of the station have acquired a new signal for the station. Friends of MVYRadio, LLC has agreed to acquire 88.7 WMEX Edgartown, MA from Vineyard Public Radio for $450,000. WMEX is currently lice...Read More

EMF Buys In San Diego & Swaps In Colorado

Update 11/7: With the sale of KSIQ filed to with the FCC, EMF has begun a network affiliation agreement to begin programming the station immediately. As of this morning KSIQ has flipped to EMF’s “Air1” Christian CHR network. Cherry Creek Radio will receive $1 Million in the sale of the station. Original Report 11/1: Educational Media Foundation is expanding into San Diego with th...Read More