iHeartMedia CHR “Kiss 107” 107.1 WKFS Milford/Cincinnati OH is restructuring its programming. Program Director/Afternoon host D-Lo exits with RegionalSVP/Programming Bo Matthews assuming the programming duties. The station has swapped out syndicated morning shows as Brooke & Jubal supplant The Kane Show from 6-10am with Jimmy Sandy serving as local producer. Ryan Seacrest remains in middays, while Kristie Graybill moves from nights to afternoons. Josh Martinez, PD of sister CHR “Channel 99.9” WCHD & Country “B94.5” WYDB Dayton will voicetrack nights.
University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications has launched CHR “95.3 GHQ” W237EJ/89.1 WUFT-HD3 Gainesville FL. The new non-commercial station is emphasizing its app over its 250w/157m translator signal to better reach its core college aged audience. The Listener Driven Radio built app features ability to vote up/down songs, leave audio requests, and to compete in contests. While running jockless, the station is featuring announcements from students about on-campus events and seeking student volunteers looking to “Experience media in a whole new way. You will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on, in-depth exposure to engaging your audience through an over-the-air signal, social media and mobile apps, content creation, and community outreach....Read More
CBS Radio has promoted Baltimore VP/Director of Sales Tracy Brandys to Senior Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s four station cluster of AC “Today’s 101.9” WLIF, Sports “105.7 The Fan” WJZ-FM, Hot AC “Mix 106.5” WWMX, and Sports “CBS Sports Radio 1300” WJZ. Brandys succeeds Bob Phillips, who recently transferred to CBS Radio’s corporate offices in New York as Chief Revenue Officer. Brandys has been with CBS Baltimore since 1996 coming to the company as part of its acquisition of Summit Broadcasting’s 102.7 WXYV and 600 WCAO. She has also served as General Sales Manager of WWMX. CBS RADIO has elevated Tracy Brandys to Senior Vice President, Market Manager and Director of Sales for its Baltimore market, effe...Read More
Magnum Broadcasting has flipped Hot AC “Y106.9” WQKK Renovo PA to 1980s Hits “Q106.9“. Positioned as “Totally Awesome 80s”, the station rimshots into the State College market from the north.
Station Sales Following the merger of Port Broadcasting and Aruba Capital Partners announced this week, Port is expanding into Bangor ME with the purchase of Pine Tree Broadcasting’s three AMs and one translator for $172,000. Oldies 1230 WGUY Veazie, Soft AC “94.1 The Wave” 1340 WBAN/94.1 W231CH Bangor, and Classic Country “1400 The Country Road” WCYR Veazie began being operated by Port via LMA on December 1. Charles Begin’s Pine Treen Broadcasting acquired the stations in December 2015 from the estate of Daniel Priestly for $90,000. Roy Henderson sells Country 99.7 KROY Palacios/Bay City TX to New Wavo Communications for $550,000. KROY, which had been simulcasting Country “Texas Mix 105.3/94.9” KTWL Hempstead/KHTZ Ganado, has begun simulcast...Read More
Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston MA has announced its replacements for former Program Director Kevin Graham. Joe Zarbano has been promoted from Assistant PD to PD overseeing all audio content for WEEI-FM, the WEEI Sports Radio Network, the Boston Red Sox Radio Network and “ESPN 850” WEEI. Zarbano has been with the station for nine years starting as an intern. Ben Kichen has been promoted to Executive Producer from Senior Producer, while Entercom Boston Director of Integrated Marketing Strategies Carlson Mozdiez will become Director of Operations for Entercom Boston with a focus on managing WEEI.com. Culminating a six-month search for its next program director, Sports Radio WEEI has instead created a new program leadership team from its in-house talent bench. Current...Read More
Entravision is pulling the plug on the Spanish CHR “Super Estrella 107.1” trimulcast in Los Angeles. The station has let go of its airstaff and is running sweepers between songs directing listeners to the a digital platform featuring four distinct format streams: Clásico, Rock, Nuevo, and Club SE. Super Estrella debuted in 1997 on 97.5 Riverside CA before adding the 103.1 KDLD/KDLE simulcast in 2000. Following the acquisition of the 107.1 trimulcast in 2003, the format moved to those signals replacing Big City Radio’s competing “Viva 107.1” brand. The three signals are KSSE Arcadia serving the bulk of Los Angeles proper and surrounding towns, KSSD Fallbrook covering northern San Diego County, and KSSC Ventura in the Oxnard/Ventura market. The stations register...Read More
The decision on November 17 by iHeart Media to take KDGE (the Edge) Dallas from Alternative to Mainstream AC as “Star 102.1” is significant not just for what it is, but for where it is. It wasn’t that long ago that a series of format changes and modifications, particularly in the Midwest, opened up Mainstream AC holes that threatened to go unfilled for a while. And over the years, the Metroplex has proven itself to be a bellwether market for radio format developments, including both the stations involved in this series of format flips. Since the beginning of the contemporary era of radio programming, Dallas/Fort Worth has been: An early major-market showplace for Top 40 and Gordon McLendon’s KLIF. An early showplace for FM AC, thanks to KVIL—for many years the most emulated station in the ...Read More
iHeartRadio’s previously announced paid subscription services have launched today in beta mode. One major change from the original announcement is that the $9.99 per-month iHeartRadio All Access will be co-branded as “powered by Napster” as Napster has provided the back-end software for on-demand music delivery, customer billing, data and analytics and rights holders’ payments. Currently available only on iOS and Android devices, the services will become fully available on all devices in January. iHeartMedia, the creator of iHeartRadio the all-in-one streaming music and live digital radio service today announced the beta availability of iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster. This is the first service that uses on demand functionality to ...Read More
Beasley Media Classic Hip-Hop “105.1 The Bounce” WMGC Detroit has debuted its on-air lineup of “Bounce Ambassadors”. Suga Rae is one of three returning to the Detroit market to join The Bounce. She will host middays Monday-Saturday from 10am to 3pm after most recently working in that daypart at Entercom Urban AC “96.3 R&B” K242CC Austin and nights at Rhythmic AC “Hot 103.7” KHTP Seattle. Rae spent nine years in middays at Radio One’s then “Hot 102.7” WHTD Detroit before leaving to join Service Broadcasting’s “K104” 104.5 KKDA-FM Dallas in 2010. Deongello “Gello” Vanorsby will host afternoons at WMGC. Gello most recently hosted mornings at Sierra H Urban “101.1 The Beat” KNRJ Cordes Lakes/Ph...Read More
Longtime KAMX Austin morning co-host Sandy McIlree is joining Hubbard Radio AC “Mix 94.9” WREW Cincinnati’s “Morning Misfits”. McIlree will join incumbent hosts Ray Anderson and Karen Van Zant at WREW. McIlree is best known for the 18 years he spent with JB Hager at “Mix 94.7” KAMX Austin along with a brief simulcast on 100.3 KRBV Dallas in 2001-2002. He and Hager also had a brief run together at AAA “105.3 The Fringe” K287FG Austin in 2014-2015, while McIlree hosted golf talk show “Beemer & the Bald Guy” with Rich Beem in syndication and SiriusXM.
iHeartMedia has named Jose ‘El Gallo’ Gadea as Program Director for its Spanish Adult Hits “La Preciosa” network. Gallo joins iHeartMedia from UniRadio’s Tijuana/San Diego cluster where he served as PD/Midday host of Regional Mexican “La Invasora 99.7” XHTY. He has also programmed Univision’s Regional Mexican “La Nueva 106.5” KLNV and Spanish AC “K-Love 102.9” KLQV San Diego and Emmis’ Regional Mexican “La Z 107.1” KLZT Austin. He will be based at “La Preciosa 92.9” KFSO Visalia/Fresno CA, while overseeing other La Preciosa network stations in Bakersfield, Monterey/Salinas, Riverside/San Bernardino, Santa Barbara CA, San Antonio TX, and Sioux City IA. iHeartMedia announced today that Jose ...Read More