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Rebel To Rock Ottawa

Torres Media Group will flip Blues/Classic Rock “101.9 Dawg-FM” CIDG-FM Ottawa ON to Active Rock “Rebel 101.7” at 7pm on Friday. The format change will coincide with CIDG’s frequency change to 101.7 as part of a power upgrade from 5kW to 19.5kW. Concurrently 101.7 CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge PQ will move to 101.9. The station’s most recently license renewal removed the requirement for CIDG to dedicate 20% of its playlist to special interest music allowing the flip to the more mainstream format. The flip will return Active Rock to Ottawa for the first time since “106.9 The Bear” CKQB flipped to CHR “Jump 106.9” in March 2014. The Dawg format will be retained in an online-only variation. While hosts Patricia Lever and Geoff Winter were le...Read More

Amber Bouchard Joins Radio 104.5 As APD/Middays

iHeartMedia Alternative “Radio 104.5” WRFF Philadelphia has filled its APD/Midday vacancy created by Wendy Rollins move to Atlanta earlier this year. Amber ‘Miller’ Bouchard will join the station on September 12. Most recently Bouchard served as National Director of Promotion for Caroline Records, but she spent six years as APD/MD and PD/Afternoon host at Alternative 102.7 WEQX Manchester VT/Albany NY. She has also worked on-air at 96.3 WDVD Detroit, 98.1 WQSM Fayetteville, and “G105” WDCG Raleigh. Rollins transferred to mornings at sister “Radio 105.7” WRDA Atlanta in July to take care of her mother. iHeartMedia Alternative Radio 104.5 WRFF/Philadelphia has announced that Amber “Miller” Bouchard has been appointed as the new Assi...Read More

Josh Innes Out As WIP Afternoon Host

Afternoon host Josh Innes was let go from CBS Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia prior to the start of his show today. CBS confirmed the exit with by stating that he is no longer with the station and that various station personalities will fill in during the afternoon show until a new host is announced. Innes joined WIP in 2013 for nights before moving to afternoons in January 2015. The move is interestingly timed with a controversy at Greater Media’s “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM’s afternoon host Mike Missanelli. Prolific caller “Dwyane From Swedesboro”, a supposed black man was revealed to be producer Pat Egan in character. Innes had been very vocal over the incident both on-air and online. Innes and Missanelli had an incident last summer at Philadelphia Eagles...Read More

WBZX Brings Beautiful Music To Big Rapids

Max Henry & Associates has signed on “Beautiful 104” 103.9 WBZX Big Rapids MI. The new station debuted at 12:30 this afternoon promoting “Beautiful Music for Big Rapids”. The station is in the process of being sold to Up North Radio for $21,000 but the Construction Permit was set to expire on Saturday, August 27 requiring the station to launch prior to the closing of the sale. A website and stream are forthcoming. Upon consummation of the sale it will join Up North Radio’s Hot AC 107.9 WCDY McBain/Cadillac. They are also in the process of acquiring Classic Rock 107.1 WCKC Cadillac.

Beasley Shells Out Big Bucks For Las Vegas Translator

Beasley Media is adding another signal in Las Vegas as it agrees to purchase 101.5 K268CS Las Vegas from Southern Nevada Educational Broadcasters for $700,000. The translator currently rebroadcasts co-owned Christian Talk 1060 KKVV, which has a CP to relocate 97.3 K247AX Tonopah NV to 99.9 in North Las Vegas as part of the AM Revitalization. Beasley states in the sale contract that it will use the translator to rebroadcast 102.7 KCYE-HD2 Boulder City. K268CS currently covers the southern portions of the Las Vegas market, but holds a CP to relocate to KKVV’s tower with 250w/57m, where it will provide coverage of the entire city and adjacent suburbs.

Midwest Acquires Five From Red Rock Radio

Midwest Communications is acquiring five Minnesota stations and three translators from Red Rock Radio for an undisclosed amount. Midwest will acquire Classic Rock “95 KQDS” 94.9 KQDS-FM Duluth MN and its simulcasters 95.3 WXXZ Grand Marais and 106.7 KAOD Babbitt as well as Country “Z96.1” KGPZ Coleraine/Grand Rapids, AC 97.9 WEVE-FM Eveleth/Virginia and its three translators: 92.1 W221AU Virginia, 98.3 W252AN Hibbing, and 105.5 W288AI Ely. KQDS-FM will join Midwest’s existing 3 AMs and 3 FMs in the Duluth/Superior market, while KGPZ and WEVE-FM join Midwest’s existing 2 AMs and 4 FMs in the nearby Hibbing market. After the sale of KQDS-FM, Red Rock will still retain 1 AM, 2 FMs, and 1 TV in the Duluth market. Midwest Communications has agreed to acquire ...Read More

Tell Your Listeners They Don’t Matter And Win?

On Monday, morning host Joe Volk was missing from Cumulus Rock “Z93” WKQZ Midland/Saginaw MI after over two decades as host of the “Joe And The Poorboy” morning show. Co-host Adam Shilling announced on the air yesterday that Volk was no longer employed at the station, but when pressed online things turned a little ugly. When a listener, who also claimed to be an occasional advertiser asked why Volk was gone the station responded “Yes, you do deserve an explanation and if you were listening this morning you would have heard one. Oh but wait, you weren’t listening.” Is that really how you want to treat a listener? Even if he wasn’t a one-time and potentially future advertiser why throw away the chance to make one? With the technology available ...Read More

A Wild Upgrade In Montana

Eversole Media Group has rebranded its Rhythmic CHR’s in Missoula and Kalispell MT. “Heat 104.1” K281CH/KMSO-HD4 Missoula and “Heat 97.9” 1340 KYWL Evergreen/97.9 K258BW Shelby/Kalispell have relaunched as “Wild 104“. With the relaunch comes a move to mostly syndicated programming. Local PD/Morning Host Greg ‘Air’ Jordan is out and replaced in mornings by the syndicated Big Boy. Middays remain voicetracked by Mellie Mel, while the syndicated Nessa On Air is now at night. The station is also carrying Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Explicitly Old School” at 12pm and promoting Rick Dees’ “Daily Dees” on its website.

Translator Launches Lead To Redding AM Frequency Swap

Mapleton Communications has moved its two Redding CA AM formats to new frequencies as both launch FM translators. News/Talk 1400 KQMS has moved to 1670, while launching a simulcast on 105.7 K289BT Anderson. The move places the Talk format on the 10kW daytime/1kW night 1670 signal, while giving it the 250w/407m signal from the KSHA-FM tower in Iron Mountain outside the city. KQMS continues to simulcast on 99.3 KQMS-FM Shasta Lake City despite the considerable signal overlap with the new 105.7. The three frequencies are being branded as “Redding’s News Talk Superstation”. Sports “Fox Sports Redding” 1670 KNRO moves to the 1kW 1400 frequency while launching 103.9 K280GP Bridgeport. K280GP operates with 250w/39m from the 1400 tower.

Nielsen Investigating Los Angeles PPM Irregularities

Nielsen Audio sent out a memo to clients this afternoon that it has found irregular compliance patterns affecting 35 households in the Los Angeles PPM survey. Nielsen is removing the 35 households affecting 55 PPM holders from the August 2016 week 3, week 4 and monthly releases. The company says that 2% of the average daily in-tab and less than 1% of listening in those weeks were affected. Further investigation in to prior survey releases and other markets will be made. As part of Nielsen’s ongoing quality assurance program, we identified irregular compliance patterns in select PPM homes in the Los Angeles metro area. We conducted an extensive investigation which determined that Nielsen’s quality standards were not followed. Out of an abundance of caution, we removed 35 households, w...Read More

Dave Hovel Named iHeartMedia Salisbury/Ocean City SVP Programming

iHeartMedia has named Dave Hovel as Senior Vice President of Programming for its Salisbury/Ocean City MD cluster. Hovel joins iHeart from West Virginia Radio Corporation Classic Country “95.9 The Big Dawg” WICL Williamsport/Hagerstown MD where he served as PD/Morning Host. He previously hosted mornings on CBS’ “New Country 106.1” W291CI Baltimore, afternoons at iHeart’s 94.7 WDSD Dover DE, briefly served as OM for Renda Broadcasting’s Fort Myers FL stations and spent 24 years at Delmarva Broadcasting’s Country 103.7 WXCY Havre de Grace MD, where he eventually rose to PD. At iHeart Salisbury Hovel will oversee programming for CHR “Kiss 95.9” WKZP, Urban AC “Magic 98.9” WSBY, Country “Froggy 99.9” WWFG, AC &#...Read More

Wyoming Public Media Launches AAA Network

Wyoming Public Media will debut AAA “Wyoming Sounds” on three translators on Wednesday, August 24. The new network will launch on 90.5 K213EZ Riverton, 94.1 K231BW Worland, and 103.5 K280BM Laramie as well as the HD3 subchannel of the network’s full powered stations throughout the state. The “Morning Music” program that airs from 9am-12pm on Wyoming Public Radio will be renamed “Wyoming Sounds” as well. Hosts Grady Kirkpatrick, Paul Montoya and Micah Schweizer will become the voices of the new brand. Wyoming Public Media (WPM) will add an all-music service, “Wyoming Sounds,” beginning Wednesday, Aug. 24. “Wyoming Sounds” extends the popular Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) “Morning Music” program 24/7. “Morning Music” will remain on WPR’s statewide netwo...Read More

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