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Boom 103.9 Philadelphia Segues To Urban Hot AC On New Frequency

Along with the frequency swap, Radio-One shifted what was Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 107.9” WPHI-FM to what can best be described as Urban Hot AC when it made its move to 103.9 today. The Classic Hip-Hop is limited to a few songs per hour with the remainder of the playlist consisting of currents and recurrents. The station is now positioning as “Tri-State’s Home For Hip-Hop, R&B and Throwbacks” while running jockless outside of Ed Lover’s syndicated morning show. Boom 103.9 in the 2:00pm hour today consisted of: Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Part 1 Fat Joe/Remy Ma/French Montana – All The Way Up Chris Brown – Grass Ain’t Greener Lloyd – True Black Rob – Whoa Usher ft. Young Thug – No Limit DJ Drama ft. Chr...Read More

K92.3/Power 95.3 Orlando Make Morning Show Changes

Cox Media Group is shuffling the on-air lineup at Country “K92.3” WWKA and Rhythmic CHR “Power 95.3” WPYO Orlando as Obie Diaz slides from mornings at WPYO to WWKA. Diaz makes the rare move from “Orlando’s Only Hip-Hop Morning Show” to Country after sixteen years in mornings at WPYO. He will join Ashley Stegbauer at WWKA starting Monday, October 10. To coincide with that move, current morning host AJ Maguire will slide to afternoons. The afternoon slot has been vacant since JR Jaus departed for mornings at sister “Y100” KCYY San Antonio in March. At WPYO, Marc ‘DJ Nailz’ Dixon rejoins the station to join incumbants Lil Shawn and Estee in mornings. Dixon started his career at WPYO as an intern and eventually moved up to hosti...Read More

Alternative Returns To San Luis Obispo

Dimes Media has brought some pieces of the former “New Rock 107.3” KURQ Grover/San Luis Obispo CA back to the market. 1340 KYNS San Luis Obispo/93.7 K229AK Baywood-Los Osos/106.1 KWWV-HD3 have flipped to Alternative “Alt 93.7“. Two on-air pieces of the former KURQ have joined KYNS. The syndicated Bob & Tom will air in mornings, while Hammer joins for afternoons. Just like at KURQ, Hammer will voicetrack for San Luis Obispo from his base at One Putt Broadcasting’s “New Rock 104.1” KFRR Fresno. The former Soft AC “B93.7” format heard on KYNS/K229AK continues to be heard as “B98.5” on K253BR San Luis Obispo/KKWV-HD2. The station had been heard on both frequencies since K253BR signed-on earlier this year.

Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo Signs SiriusXM Extension

SiriusXM has announced that Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo has signed a three year contract extension to remain with the company. Russo has been with SiriusXM since 2008 following his departure from CBS’ 660 WFAN New York. The new contract will keep him in place through 2019. His program will continue to air from 3-6pm eastern/12-3pm pacific on the epinomynous “Mad Dog Sports Radio” channel 82. Renowned national sports media personality Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo has signed a new three-year contract to keep his unique brand of sports talk radio exclusively on SiriusXM. Russo will continue to host his daily all-sports show, Mad Dog Unleashed, every weekday (3:00 – 6:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel. Mad Dog Sports Radio, which Russo launched o...Read More

WPLJ’s Ralphie & Melony Torres Swap Timeslots

Cumulus Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ New York is revamping its nighttime lineup. Melony Torres moves from late nights to the 7-11pm timeslot, while Ralphie Aversa slides to 11pm-3am. Program Director Rick Gillette states in the release that the move was made to allow Torres, who also serves as Music Director, to have more daily collaboration with him and APD Mike Allan and for Aversa to participate in more “high profile entertainment and red carpet events”. Aversa will also continue to track nights for sister CHR’s 92.3 WPRO-FM Providence and 97.1 WBHT Wilkes-Barre. Cumulus Media announces that 95.5 PLJ Night Host Ralphie and Music Director/Late Night Host Melony Torres will flip shifts beginning tonight, September 26, 2016. Torres will now host Nights on 95.5 PLJ from 7-11pm, while ...Read More

Mikey Adams Heads To Binnie’s Frank-FM Trio

Former 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston night host Mikey Adams is joining Binnie Media’s trio of “Frank-FM” branded Classic Hits stations. Adams will host afternoons at 106.3 WFNQ Nashua NH, 105.5 WBYA Islesboro ME, and 107.5 WFNK Lewiston/Portland starting in October. Unlike his previous spot at WEEI, the show will stretch beyond Sports to include “events of the day, creative bits, music, and interaction with listeners”. New England radio and TV personality Mike “Mikey” Adams has joined Binnie Media, the largest locally owned and locally managed media company in Northern New England. Adams will be hosting an afternoon drive program that will air from 2 to 6 p.m. starting in October across all of Binnie Media’s Frank-FM stations: 106.3 FM in Nashua, 107.5...Read More

93.1 The Party Las Vegas Gives Way To The Mountain

iHeartMedia flipped CHR “93.1 The Party” KPLV Las Vegas to Variety Hits “93.1 The Mountain” at noon today. The format change restores the Variety Hits format to the market for the third time. CBS operated “100.5 Jack-FM” KKJJ from June 2005 through August 2010, while Beasley Media had “107.9 Bob-FM” KVGS from October 2011 through January 2015. David Black joins the station from sister “Z107.9” KDZA Pueblo CO as “Mountain Man Dave” to serve as APD and voice of the station. The two local hosts at The Party will move within the cluster. Roxy Romeo moves to sister “Real 103.9“, while Johiah becomes morning show producer for sister AC “Sunny 106.5” KSNE. The syndicated Kane Show is dropped from morni...Read More

Lori Bennett Named Cumulus Grand Rapids OM

Cumulus Grand Rapids has named Lori Bennett as Operations Manager for their five stations cluster and Program Director/Afternoon Host at Country “Nash-FM 94.5” WTNR. Bennett makes a quick return to Cumulus where she was PD/Afternoon Host at sister Hot AC 96.3 WDVD Detroit until her budget related cut in July. In addition to WTNR Bennett will oversee Classic Rock “97 WLAV” 96.9 WLAV-FM, CHR “105.3 Hot-FM” WHTS, Sports “107.3 The Ball” WBBL, and News/Talk 1340 WJRW. Bennett takes the place of Johnboy Crenshaw who relocated to Youngstown OH earlier this summer. Cumulus Media Grand Rapids Vice President/Market Manager Jeff Cartwright announces the promotion of heritage programming talent Lori Bennett to Operations Manager for the 5-station cluste...Read More

Kim Guthrie Named Cox Media Group President As Bill Hoffman Retires

Cox Media Group has announced that Kim Guthrie will be promoted to President upon the retirement of Bill Hoffman at the end of 2016. Guthrie has been with Cox since 1998 and currently serves as EVP/National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps. Prior to July 2015 Guthrie was EVP of Cox Radio. Cox Enterprises today announced that Kim Guthrie will be appointed president of Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company. She will succeed Bill Hoffman who has announced he will retire at the end of the year after a distinguished 38-year career in media. Guthrie will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2017 and report to Cox Enterprises Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex Taylor. “Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirat...Read More

WXIS Brings All News To Johnson City

Jet Broadcasting completed the revamp of its Johnson City TN properties as 103.9 WXIS Erwin/92.3 W222AG Johnson City flipped to News “LiveWire Radio 103.9“. The station is cloning the news clock utilized by CBS Radio’s 880 WCBS New York including Traffic & Weather on the 8’s and Sports at :15 and :45. The station is utilizing content from CBS News, Bloomberg, and The Weather Channel. Original Report 9/12: Jet Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “Jamz 92.3/103.9” WXIS Erwin/92.3 W222AG Johnson City TN has pulled the plug on its format and is now stunting with a heartbeat. WXIS and its translator cover the southern half of the Tri-Cities market serving Bristol VA, Johnson City, and Kingsport TN. The flip leaves Bristol Broadcasting’s “Electric 94.9&...Read More

1450 KTZR Tucson Flips To Talk

iHeartMedia will flip Spanish Adult Hits “La Preciosa 1450” KTZR Tucson AZ to Talk on Monday, September 26. The new “Talk Of Tucson” will duplicate some of the programming of sister 790 KNST in different timeslots. Glenn Beck will add a live clearance on KTZR from 6-9am while continuing on KNST from 4-7pm. Other shows that will air on KTZR include Trending Today with Rusty Humphries from 9am-12pm, Michael Savage from 12-3pm, Michael Berry 3-5pm, Rob Hunter 5-6pm, America Now with Meghan McCain 6-9pm and 12am-3am, Ground Zero 9pm-12am, and Alex Jones 3-6am. KTZR will also serve as the flagship for the new Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.

FCC Report 9/25: Class C Boost For Way-FM Dallas

Since Way Media acquired 89.7 KAWA Sanger TX (formerly KVRK) last year, the company has been attempting to upgrade its signal in the Dallas market. In March they gained a CP to increase from a Class C1 with 14kW/518m to a C0 with 45kW/518m. Now they are applying to move all the way to a Class C.

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