As we first indicated on Monday’s Daily Domains, Corus Radio CHR “B101” CIQB-FM Barrie ON will flip to Classic Rock “101.1 Big-FM” on Friday, July 27. CIQB’s website has been replaced with a countdown clock leading to a 11:00am flip on Friday. The flip will take CIQB out of competition with sister Hot AC “Fresh Radio 93.1” CHAY-FM.
iHeartMedia continued its trend of rebranding its Alternative stations under the “Alt” identity as “104.7 The Edge” KKED Fairbanks AK became “Alt 104.7“. KKED features an all Premium Choice lineup of WEND Charlotte’s Woody & Wilcox in mornings, WRFF Philadelphia/WRDA Atlanta’s Wendy Rollins in middays, WWDC Washington’s Josh Klinger in afternoons and Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx at night.
The man known simply as AJ is transferring to St. Louis as Senior VP Programming for iHeartMedia. AJ has been with iHeart since 2012 most recently as SVP Programming of the company’s Norfolk and Richmond VA clusters and PD of CHR “Q94” 94.5 WRVQ and AC “Mix 98.1” WTVR-FM Richmond.. He also has programmed CHR’s “Hot 107.9” WWHT Syracuse and “Kiss 106.7” WKGS Rochester NY. His career also included thirteen years at Cumulus’ 97.1 WBHT Wilkes-Barre PA where he hosted nights, mornings, and afternoons at various times and six years as Program Director. In St. Louis, AJ will oversee Country “93.7 The Bull” KSD, Classic Hip-Hop “100.3 The Beat” KMJM, Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU, Rhythmic CHR “Wild 104.9R...Read More
Jason Hurst is crossing the street from afternoons at Cumulus Country 93.7 KSKS Fresno to join iHeartMedia AC “Soft Rock 98.9” KSOF Dinuba as morning co-host. Hurst will join Teri Ann Schlesser as hosts of the “Jason and Teri Ann Morning Show” starting Monday, August 1. Schlesser will also continue to host middays at the station. Hurst has worked at multiple stations in the Fresno market including Hot AC “Y101” KWYE and Alternative 104.1 KFRR. iHeartMedia’s Soft Rock 98.9 today announced the addition of well-known Fresno radio personality Jason Hurst to the weekday line-up. Jason will team up with current Soft Rock personality Teri Ann Schlesser to host the new “Jason and Teri Ann Morning Show.” The new program will debut Monday, August 1 and will air weekday mornin...Read More
In addition to the pending flip of 105.3 CFCA Kitchener ON on Friday, Bell Media is planning on expanding its CHR “Virgin Radio” brand to Halifax. CHR “101.3 The Bounce” CJCH Halifax is promoting a “big change” at 1:00pm Atlantic time on Friday. Just like the domain registered for Kitchener, 1013VirginRadio.com and .ca was registered in June. Bell Media currently operates the CHR “Virgin Radio” brand in seven Canadian markets under license from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The brand is also utilized in eight additional nations since its 1990s launch in London. Big announcement this Friday at 1pm!! THIS IS HUGE!!! pic.twitter.com/wXWQ8u6hJb — The BOUNCE (@1013TheBOUNCE) July 26, 2016
Cumulus Classic Hits 93.5 WRQN Bowling Green/Toledo OH has appointed Cliff Smithers as its new Program Director/Morning Host. Smithers rejoins the Cumulus Toledo cluster from Maumee Valley Broadcasting Association Christian AC “102.3 The Promise” WPOS-FM where he served as PD/Afternoon Host/Morning Co-host. He fills the vacancy created by Mark Elliott’s resignation in May to relocate to Columbus where he is now working in sales for the Tom Kent Radio Network. Smithers previously spent 21 years at the Cumulus Toledo cluster including 12 years in afternoons at sister Country “K100” 99.9 WKKO. Cumulus Media announces that Cliff Smithers joins Classic Hits-formatted WRQN-FM in Toledo as Program Director and Morning Personality. Smithers will debut on The WRQN Brea...Read More
NBC Sports through its NBC Sports Radio network, NBCSN and Golf Channel national cable networks, CSN regional cable networks and NBCSports.com and Rotoworld.com is launching a podcast network. The network will launch with a new show hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir to tie into NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Jineiro. The two figure skaters will discuss a mix of sports, pop culture, and fashion. Existing podcasts will include Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Joe Posnanski’s Poscast, Golf Channel’s David Feherty’s, The Leisuremen, hosted by The Dan Patrick Show’s Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloffm NASCAR on NBC with Nate Ryan, The Two Robbies Podcast with bUK Premier League analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, and existing NBC Sports Radio shows. NBC Sp...Read More
Bell Media Hot AC “105.3 Kool-FM” CFCA-FM Kitchener ON is stunting on the way to a new format. CFCA is currently stunting with Christmas Music until Friday, July 29 at 12:00pm when it will debut its new format. At this point we’re expecting the station to become Bell’s eight “Virgin Radio” CHR as 1053VirginRadio.com and .ca were registered anonymously by Bell’s registrar in June. CFCA-FM placed fourth in the Kitchener-Waterloo market in the Spring 2016 Numeris ratings with a 7.6 share. A move to CHR would place the station up against Corus’ “91.5 The Beat” CKBT-FM, which ranked third with an 8.3 share. With the upcoming change in format afternoon host Andrew Gerrior has exited the station.
Reno Media Group Sports “CBS Sports Radio 96.1” 1270 KBZZ Sparks/96.1 K241AK Reno NV flipped to a mostly Liberal Talk lineup as “96.1 & 1270 The Buzz“. The new station lineup will feature: 3-6am – Bill Press 6-9am – Jonathan Brandmeier 9-11am – Sister “103.7 The River” KODS morning host Panama 11am-2pm – Thom Hartmann 2-3pm – Leslie Marshall 3-6pm – Alan Colmes 6-8pm – Norman Goldman 8-10pm – Panama Rewind 10pm-12am – Stephanie Miller 12-3am – Leslie Marshall KBZZ will continue as the Reno affiliate for the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers. The station is describing its new lineup on its website as: Hear from prominent figures that shape policy affecting all of us in Northern Ne...Read More
Entercom will bring Jason Hawes and JV Johnson’s “Beyond Reality Radio” paranormal podcast to daily syndication on ten of its owned stations starting Monday, August 1. The program will air live from 12-2am Monday through Thursday nights and then be made available as a podcast on the station’s websites. Jason Hawes is the creator and star of Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters” television series and co-host JV Johnson is publisher and editor of TAPS ParaMagazine. The show will be making the move from weekly podcast to daily show. The stations that will carry the program at launch are: “Talk 1370” KJCE Austin 680 WRKO Boston 930 WBEN Buffalo “Cruisin 1430” KEZW Denver “97.3 The Sky” WSKY-FM Gainesville “106.3 WORD” 9...Read More
Cumulus CHR “Hot 93.3‘ KLIF-FM Haltom City/Dallas is bringing in a new local morning show hosted by Scotty K and Bret Mega starting Monday, August 15. Scotty K most recently co-hosted mornings at iHeartMedia CHR “Power 96.1” WWPW Atlanta where Bret Mega served as producer. The duo were let go in February prior to the addition of PK Kalentzis. The addition of the morning show will see a complete rejiggering of the KLIF-FM on-air lineup. Afternoon host Zann will move to middays, while PD/Morning host Dustin Kross will shift to afternoons. Lil’ Brownie remains in evenings. Cumulus Media announces that it has signed radio morning show duo Scotty K and Bret Mega as on-air hosts of the morning show on HOT 93.3/KLIF-FM in Dallas/Fort Worth. “Scotty K and Bret Mega Mo...Read More
Upcoming changes in multiple Montana markets. Entercom claims a brand a competitor is teasing to launch. And where is Corus launching its next Classic Rock "Big-FM" in Canada?