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Bobby Novosad Adds KXKC Program Director Duties

Cumulus Country “Nash-FM 99.1” KXKC New Iberia/Lafayette LA has appointed Bobby Novosad as Program Director. The appointment comes as Novosad begins his 33rd year at sister CHR 94.5 KSMB where he currently serves as Brand Manager and Morning Host. He succeeds Kris Van Dyke who recently exited as PD/Midday Host at KXKC. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted seasoned programming professional Bobby Novosad to Program Director of KXKC-FM/NASH FM 99.1, Acadiana’s Country Music Leader. The promotion expands Novosad’s leadership role in the Cumulus Media-Lafayette station cluster. Novosad retains his duties as Brand Manager and Morning Host of Cumulus Media-Lafayette’s Top 40 station, KSMB-FM, a position he has held for over 32 years. Scott Chiasson, Vice President and Market M...Read More

Daily Domains 10/23: A Kiss For Sarasota

A new format coming to Sarasota FL and confirming of plans in Lafayette IN.

Salt Lake City To Lose Classical As BYU Consolidates Operations

Brigham Young University is consolidating its local and national broadcast operations which will lead to the end of its Classical music programming on 89.1 KBYU-FM Provo/Salt Lake City on June 30, 2018. On that date “Classical 89” will begin simulcasting the Talk/Sports programming of “BYU Radio” currently heard on SiriusXM channel 143. BYU Radio carries LDS Church oriented talk shows and programming connected to BYU’s sports teams. The station and its network of translators throughout Utah are the only terrestrial Classical voices in the state, although University of Utah’s 90.1 KUER-HD3 carries the Classical24 network for HD Radio listeners. At the same time KBYU-TV will drop its PBS affiliation and switch to the national BYUtv programming service, whi...Read More

K-Love Expands Its San Francisco Presence

Educational Media Foundation has purchased 89.3 KRSA Moss Beach and 103.3 K277CH San Francisco CA from Bill Lacy’s Broadcast Towers Inc. and Educational Public Radio Inc. for $414,000. The two signals will complete EMF’s “K-Love” coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area to fill in holes where its 107.3 KLVS Livermore does not reach. KRSA serves Daly City, South San Francisco and San Mateo south of the city while K277CH holds a CP to upgrade from 10w to 99w/378m to cover San Francisco proper. EMF’s 88.9 K205BM San Rafael currently covers San Francisco itself but holds a CP to relocate to Oakland from a tower near Berkeley where it will fill-in gaps in the East Bay with 250w vertical/453m.

Lux Returns To 105.7 The Point St. Louis

Less than a year after moving to mornings at Emmis CHR “96.3 Now” KNOU St. Louis, Lux is returning to her previous 2-7pm afternoon shift at sister Alternative “105.7 The Point” KPNT Collinville IL. Lux started her entire career at KPNT starting in promotions and weekends in 2007. She moved up to middays in 2012 and afternoons in 2013. In December 2016, she slid over to KNOU to co-host mornings with comedian/musician Tim Convy. He will remain in place at the now rebranded Tim Convy Show. Makena ‘Mak’ Carmean, who had moved from weekends to afternoons concurrent with Lux’s move to KNOU, will slide down to the previously jockless 7pm-12am night slot.

Randy Jackson Joins PodcastOne

Former Americon Idol judge Randy Jackson has launched a new weekly podcast on PodcastOne. Sessions with Randy Jackson will feature interviews with entertainers Jackson befriended during him career. The first episode debuted on Friday with former Idol contestant Haley Reinhart talking about her new album. Jackson previously hosted a syndicated weekend countdown show for Westwood One from 2006-2010. Grammy Award-winning producer, musician, songwriter, manager, author and former American Idol judge, Randy Jackson, debuts his new podcast today on PodcastOne, America’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network. Titled Sessions with Randy Jackson, the series will feature one-on-one interviews with the entertainers Jackson befriended over his decades-long career, including the tales of their o...Read More

Peoria NonComm To Flip To Urban AC

Sirius Syncope Variety 90.7 WAZU Peoria IL will flip to Urban in mid-November. WAZU currently airs a mix of local talk and music programming along with some shows syndicated by Pacifica. Owner Jeremy Styninger told the Peoria Journal-Star that the change will come as he turns over programming to former WAZU host DeMarcus ‘DJ Smooth’ Hamilton due to he needing to deal with his health following a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis last year. WAZU had been dealing with fundraising issues as an online fundraiser earlier this year netted the station only $958 dollars. Hamilton told the Star, “I think I know what the city needs. There’s been a void on local radio when it comes to the urban AC format. I know the station faces challenges but we’re not clocking out. The word is starting...Read More

Jake & Tanner Reunite At 95.9 Kiss-FM Green Bay

Woodward Communications CHR “95.9 Kiss-FM” WKSZ De Pere/Green Bay WI has reunited Jake Kelly and Tanner Jay for mornings starting Monday, October 23. The duo previously hosted afternoons in the market at Midwest Communications CHR 101.1 WIXX from 2012 until they departed for Scripps’ Country 94.5 WKTI Milwaukee in 2015. Tanner Jay departed WKTI in July to be closer to his family in Green Bay, while Kelly followed suit earlier this month. Jake & Tanner fill the opening created by the departure of longtime WKSZ morning hosts Doug Erickson and Mary Love last month. Doug & Mary hosted mornings at WKSZ from 2005-2013 and returned again in February 2016 spending the time in-between at sister Classic hits “KZ 104.3” WKZG

CBS News Radio Brings Takeout Podcast to Radio

CBS News Radio’s podcast “The Takeout” has been made available to radio stations for weekly airings. Hosted by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris, The Takeout debuted this weekend on six stations. CBS Radio’s 1120 KMOX St. Louis will carry the one hour program on Fridays at 9:00pm. Other stations picking up the show at launch are CBS Radio’s 830 WCCO Minneapolis and 840 KXNT Las Vegas, Scripps’ 620 WTMJ Milwaukee, Radio One Buffalo’s 1230 WECK Buffalo, and Full Power Radio’s “94.9 News Now” WJJF Montauk NY/New London CT. The Takeout podcast debuted in January of this year and is recorded over a meal at a Washington DC restaurant with guests including Sen. Chris Mu...Read More

FCC Report 10/22: KXFM To Stay In Santa Maria After All

Dismissals Point Broadcasting Rhythmic Oldies "Old School 99.1" KXFM Santa Maria CA has requested and had its CP to change city-of-license to Port Hueneme and serve the Oxnard/Ventura and Santa Barbara markets with 3.8kW/493m revoked. Point stated that it "reached the conclusion that the station as permitted in its CP is unlikely to achieve full radio market coverage unobstructed from the proposed transmitter site (or other existing Class B sites complying with the FM separations rules) and hence might not be sustainable as a local provider."

The First All-Christmas Launch Of 2017 Is…

For the third time this decade, Equity Communications Soft AC “Easy 93.1” WEZW Wildwood Crest NJ has become the first station nationally to make the move to Christmas Music. Making the change with temperatures in the mid-70’s, WEZW was also first to make the move in 2011 and 2014. Stations preparing for new format launches expedited the timetables the last two years as SummitMedia’s 100.1 W261BX Birmingham was first on 9/25/2015 and Earls Family Broadcasting’s 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ Branson MO began on October 2, 2016. When it was first in 2014, WEZW made the move on the third Friday in October just like this year.

Eastern NC’s 99X Gives Way To Hot 99.5

Curtis Media Group flipped Modern Rock “99X” 99.5 WXNR Grifton/New Bern/Kinston and 97.5 W248BS Jacksonville NC to CHR “Hot 99.5” at 3pm today. The move places WXNR in direct competition with Dick Broadcasting’s “Bob 93.3” WERO. WXNR ranked ninth in the Greenville/New Bern/Jacksonville market with a 3.0 share in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings. New head on competitor WERO was third in the market with an 8.1 share.