Author: Lance Venta

Jeff Smulyan Extends Emmis Privatization Offer

Jeff Smulyan is extending the deadline on his offer to take Emmis Communications private to Friday, October 7. Smulyan’s offer was originally made in August and was set to expire today. The Board of Directors had appointed a committee led by Susan Bayh and Peter Lund to evaluate the bid, but have asked for more time. The Indianapolis Star reports that shareholder John Reardon has notified th...Read More

Sunny 103 Salt Lake City To Go All 80’s

Capitol Broadcasting’ AC “Sunny 103.1” KSQN Coalville/Salt Lake City will flip to Alternative based 80s Hits “103.1 The Wave” on Monday, October 3. The new format will feature many former Salt Lake City personalities including Cuzzin Brad in mornings, Chet ‘The Pinhead’ Tapp in middays, Stacee in afternoons, and Andrea at night. The station will mimic the format...Read More

KEIR Flipping To Mormon Oriented Christian AC

Riverbend Communications will flip News/Talk “101.1 KEIR” 1260 KEIR Idaho Falls/690 KEII Blackfoot/92.7 K224EL Pocatello/101.1 K266AF Pocatello ID to Mormon oriented Christian AC “Sunny AM 1260/690“. The new format will build off the syndicated “Sounds Of Sunday” program that airs on sister AC “Classy 97.3” KLCE with artists such as Hilary Weeks, Mic...Read More

100.3 The Beat St. Louis Gives Up Classic Hip-Hop For Urban

iHeartMedia relaunched Classic Hip-Hop “100.3 The Beat” KMJM Bridgeton/St. Louis as Urban at noon today. The move comes along with the addition of the syndicated Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God for mornings. Previous morning host Tammie Holland will move to 9am-2pm. Osei The Dark Secret remains in afternoons, while T-Roy will voicetrack nights. This is t...Read More

Tim ‘Romeo’ Herbster Named iHeart SVP/Programming Pacific Northwest

iHeartMedia has named Tim ‘Romeo’ Herbster as Senior VP/Programming for its Pacific Northwest region and Program Director of CHR “Z100” 100.3 KKRZ and Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 107.5” KXJM Portland. In addition to the two Portland stations he will directly manage, Herbster will also oversee programming for all of iHeartRadio’s stations in Anchorage and Fai...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 9/30: Entercom Sells Atlanta AM

Station Sales Entercom has sold 790 WQXI Atlanta to Atlanta Radio Korea for $850,000. Atlanta Radio Korea head Kyung Sook Park owns 1210 WDGR Dahlonega GA and operates 1040 WPBS Conyers GA via Time Brokerage Agreement. WQXI has been simulcasting sister Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR since July 2015. John and Robert Landry’s Sugar River Media is acquiring the broadcast assets of Robert a...Read More

Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart To Program We 96.3 Portland

Alpha Media Rhythmic CHR “We 96.3” KWEE West Linn/Portland has named Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart as its first Program Director. Stewart joins KWEE from Peoria where he was programming CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY prior to its flip to Classic Hip-Hop “G102.3” earlier this month and Operations Manager of Country “104.9 The Wolf” WXCL. He has al...Read More

WCKC Drives Into Cadillac

Up North Radio has relaunched Classic Rock 107.1 WCKC Cadillac MI as locally programmed “107.1 The Drive“. The station had previously been part of a regional trimulcast with 98.1 WGFN Glen Arbor/Traverse City and 97.7 WCHY Cheboygan MI as “The Bear“. When those stations were sold to Black Diamond Broadcasting in May along with the rest of Del Reynolds’ Northern Star B...Read More

FCC Streamlines Foreign Ownership Rules

The FCC has adopted new rules to extend their wireless licensee rules for foreign ownership to broadcast owners. Foreign companies can own up to 25% of a license without FCC approval. Any ownership that exceeds that threshold must obtain FCC approval following a review by the commission to exceed 25%. Applicants no longer need to seek approval for foreign individuals owning less than a 5% stake in...Read More

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