Jonathan Steele Joins 98.5 Kiss-FM Peoria As Program Director

Advanced Media Partners CHR “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA Eureka/Peoria IL has appointed Jonathan Steele as its next Program Director. Steele joins WPIA from the PD role at Martz Communications’ “94.7 Hits-FM” WYUL Malone NY/Montreal and “Wild Country 96.5” Malone NY. He also hosted afternoons at WVNV. Prior to that he worked in the Peoria market at defunct Alpha Media CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY. Advanced Media Partners (AMP) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jonathan Steele, who will join the AMP team as Program Director of WPIA (98.5 KISS-FM). Within this role, Steele will take over the day today operation of the market’s leading Top 40 radio station, working on developing talent and growing brand on air and online. “I couldn’t be mo...Read More

Jack Hits The Road In Amarillo

Townsquare Media has pulled the plug on Variety Hits “98.7 Jack-FM” KPRF Amarillo TX and is currently stunting. After over a decade under the “Playing What We Want” moniker, the station is offering listeners a chance to “Play What You Want” by making a $5 payment via a purposely never announced phone number with the proceeds going to such charities as buying a new station van. The music is a broad mix of currents and gold from multiple genres with artists heard in the past hour including Chainsmokers, Taco, Ed Sheeran, Ted Nugent, and Thomas Rhett. KPRF has utilized the “Jack-FM” brand since March 2007.

The Second Single … And the Old Single

As a music fan, and a fan of the business, one of the nice moments in hit music is the release of the second single from a project. The first single is heavily watched, but it’s often the second that determines an artist’s career trajectory. When a developing artist follows the breakthrough hit with the right second single, it always establishes them as someone to be reckoned with, really. Cyndi Lauper has not just “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” but a song for the ages in “Time After Time.” (And “Girls” turned out to be for the ages, too). Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” is a breakthrough, but “Livin’ on a Prayer” is a career song. Sometimes the excitement is a smash followed by an even bigger hit.   Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” and then “Someone Like You.” Katy Perry’s “California...Read More

Rodney ‘On The ROQ’ Bingenheimer Joins SiriusXM

After exiting CBS Radio Alternative 106.7 KROQ Pasadena/Los Angeles earlier this month after forty years with the station, Rodney ‘On The ROQ’ Bingenheimer is joining SiriusXM. Bingenheimer will be heard on “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” Channel 21 starting Sunday, July 16. His show will air from 9pm-12am eastern/6pm-9pm pacific. Rodney Binghenheimer joined KROQ in 1977 and was responsible for breaking many Rock and Punk bands. In recent years his show aired on Sunday nights from 12am-3am and he served as the voice of the “ROQ of the 80s” format on KROQ-HD2. The HD subchannel changed formats following his firing. SiriusXM announced today that legendary radio host and rock and roll influencer Rodney Bingenheimer will host a new weekly music sh...Read More

Westwood One To Offer NextRadio Audience Reporting

Cumulus Media’s Westwood One and Emmis Communications’ TagStation LLC are teaming up to offer audience tracking of data from the NextRadio app. The service will track the usage of the digital campaigns connected to an on-air commercial seen by users on the NextRadio app. The data will enable advertisers to track the digital interactions by users to measure exposure, demographics, engagement, and proximity. Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, announces its agreement with TagStation, LLC owner of the NextRadio app, to roll out the first, and largest, interactive audience measurement tool of over-the-air FM radio. This alliance enables Westwood One to deliver consumer insights and intelligence that optimize campaigns and prove ROI to national advertisers. Through ...Read More

Jeff & The Showgram Exit KYXY

CBS Radio AC 96.5 KYXY San Diego is making a change in mornings. “Jeff & The Showgram” were let go following their program today potentially ending a near 30 year run in San Diego mornings for Jeff Detrow and co-hosts Laura Cain, Emily Griffiths, and producer ‘Little’ Tommy Sablan. Another member of the show, Randy Hoag, had exited in January. Following the retirement of Jerry Cesak in October 2015, the “Jeff & Jer” show had been renamed as “Jeff & The Showgram”. The duo came to San Diego in 1988 following brief runs in Detroit and Chicago. During their time in the market they worked at 94.9 KWLT, 100.7 KFMB-FM, 106.5 KKLQ, and finally joined KYXY in 2011.

Classic Hits Flows Into St. Cloud

As we’ve been tracking in our Domain Reports the past few weeks, Townsquare Media flipped Active Rock “Rev 96.7” KZRV Sartell/St. Cloud MN to Classic Hits “96.7 The River” at midnight. The St. Cloud market had been without a Classic Hits station. The River is launching with a full airstaff. Barry Allen, afternoon host at sister Country 98.1 WWJO, will add mornings at KZRV. WWJO Brand Manager/Morning host Pete Hanson will pull double duty in afternoons while adding Brand Manager duties for KZRV as well. Hot AC “Mix 94.9” KMXK morning host Chad Taylor will track nights. Former WWJO morning co-host Cindy Wear, who currently serves Director of Creative & Production for Townsquare Media St. Cloud, will host middays.

Sports 106.1 Debuts In Richmond

After a day of stunting with music themed around the word “Move”, SummitMedia flipped 106.1 W291CL/WURV-HD2 Richmond VA to Sports at 12pm today. “Sports 106.1” is utilizing programming from CBS Sports Radio around the clock. The new format joins iHeartMedia’s “Fox Sports 910” WRNL and Urban One’s recently acquired “ESPN Richmond” 950 WXGI/102.7 W274BX in the format. Original Report 6/26: SummitMedia has pulled the plug on CHR “Hot 106.1” W291CL/WURV-HD2 Richmond VA and is currently stunting with songs featuring “Move” in the title. Titles such as Billy Joel’s “Moving Out”, All-American Rejects’ “Move Along”, and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” are being p...Read More

Sir Mix-A-Lot To Mornings; Eric Powers PD/Afternoons At Hot 103.7 Seattle

Entercom Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 103.7” KHTP Tacoma/Seattle has appointed Eric Powers as its new PD/Afternoon host and Anthony Ray, better known as rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot as morning host. Powers, the longtime PD at Rhythmic CHR 93.3 KUBE until its flip to Mainstream CHR “Power 93.3“, will fill the Programming role most recently held by Mike Preston until his February exit. Powers has spent his entire career in Seattle starting at Nathan Hale High School’s “C89.5” KNHC and a stint at Alternative “107.7 The End” KNDD before joining KUBE in 1992 and adding programming duties in 1998 as well as also programming CHR “106.1 Kiss-FM” KBKS for a time. Sir Mix-A-Lot, best known for the song “Baby Got Back”, will take the morni...Read More

Sunni Joins Joe Clair In Mornings At WPGC

CBS Radio Rhythmic CHR 95.5 WPGC Morningside MD/Washington DC has announced that midday host Vildana ‘Sunni’ Puric is moving to mornings to join the Joe Clair Morning Show. Sunni will join Joe Clair and Guy Lambert on the WPGC morning show. She fills the long open vacancy created when Tati exited to join iHeartMedia’s “Jam’n 95.7” KSSX San Diego in May 2016. Sunni has been with WPGC since January 2011. WPGC 95.5 announced today that Sunni, the highly rated Midday air personality and “Sunni In The City” host for WPGC 95.5 is moving into mornings as part of the “Joe Clair Morning Show” (JCMS). WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary last month and continues to be one of the most listened to stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. “Sunni is the perfect fit for t...Read More

Ashley Nickels Rises To APD; Seth King Takes Nights At WRQX

Cumulus Media Hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington DC has announced a pair of staff promotions. Music Director/Midday Host Ashley Nickels has been promoted to Assistant Program Director under PD Rob Roberts. Nickels joined then CHR “All The Hits 107.3” in 2014 for nights from Entercom’s “107.9 The End” KDND Sacramento and has also hosted at 98.5 KLUC Las Vegas. Weekend host Seth King has been tabbed to fill the 7pm-12am slot vacated by the exit of Kristie McIntyre earlier this year. King has previously worked at CHR “95 Triple X” WXXX Burlington VT, CHR “103.7 Kiss-FM” WXSS Milwaukee, AAA “105.5 Triple M” WMMM Madison, and Alternative 95.5 WBRU Providence. Cumulus Media announces two staff promotions at WRQX Mix 10...Read More

ESPN Radio Returns To Panama City

For the first time since iHeartMedia dropped the network in favor of its Fox Sports Radio on 590 WDIZ in 2014, the ESPN Radio brand is once again available in Panama City FL. Horizon Broadcasting’s 104.3 WGSX Lynn Haven (formerly WBYW) launched on Monday as “104.3 ESPN Panama City” carrying the network feed plus ESPN’s regionally syndicated Paul Finebaum Show from 2-6pm. The new format goes up against Omni Broadcasting’s “93.5 The Ticket” WTKP Port St. Joe. The 104.3 frequency has been mostly silent the past few years. Its most recent identity was a brokered Gospel format as “Power 104.3” from April 2013 to January 2014. The station returned to the air earlier this month with a filler Rock format until Monday’s flip to Sports.

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