FCC Report 10/16: AM Translator Waiver Period Closing With A Bang

With the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period set to expire at the end of this month, there has been a slight uptick in applications trying to get in before the deadline. In one such case, Saga Communications is cleverly extending the 250 mile limit to improve their status in two markets.

Michael Czarnecki Promoted To WRKO PD

Entercom News/Talk 680 WRKO Boston has promoted Michael Czarnecki to Program Director. Czarnecki joined WRKO as OM/APD in September 2015. He previously has programmed iHeartMedia Country “Kix 100.9” WRNX Springfield MA and Bicoastal Media CHR “107.5 Kiss-FM” KIFS Medford OR. He has also worked as a part-time on-air host at WAAF, WFNX, and WBMX in Boston. Entercom has announced that Michael Czarnecki has been elevated to program director of WRKO in Boston. He assumes the role after spending the last 15 months as assistant program director and operations manager of the heritage news and talk station. Previously he was assistant program director at iHeart Media’s WHYN-FM and WRNX-FM in Springfield, MA. He’s also held on-air and programming positions in Bost...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 9/9

Station Sales Radio-One is divesting Brokered Chinese 1090 WILD Boston to Radio Boston Broadcasting for $888,326.16. The $15,000 per month LMA fees that the company has paid since December 2013 will go towards the purchase price. Radio Boston Broadcasting is owned by James Su’s Universal Broadcasting with a 78% stake and John & Greg Douglas’ AIM Broadcasting with a 22% stake. WILD airs programming from China Radio International. Shelby Broadcast Associates is spinning its recently acquired Silent 950 WNZZ and 94.1 W231DF Montgomery AL to Roscoe Miller’s Autaugaville Radio for $215,000. Shelby had just purchased WNZZ from Cumulus’ Joule Broadcasting Trust for $55,000. Spencer Travis Hickman is acquiring a pair of Chattanooga market AMs. Charles Rodgers’ St...Read More

John Dennis Exits WEEI Morning Show

John Dennis is stepping down as co-host of Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston’s “Dennis & Callahan” morning show. While Dennis has been off the air in recent weeks due to a reported feud with co-host Kirk Minihane and a deteriorating relationship with longtime co-host Gerry Callahan, the announcement from WEEI states his departure is for medical reasons. Dennis’ contract was set to run until September 2017. Following a twenty year career as a television sportscaster in the Boston market, Dennis and Gerry Callahan joned 850 WEEI for middays in 1997 and moved to mornings in 1999 replacing Don Imus’ syndicated talker. In 2007 the pair were in negotiations with competitors that almost led to Greater Media’s 92.9 WBOS and Nassau’s 99.5 WCRB flippi...Read More

Beasley Continues Boston Expansion

Beasley Media is adding an additional FM signal in Boston with the purchase of the CP for 106.1 W291CZ Boston from Radio-One for $400,000. Radio-One had just purchased the former 94.1 W231BI Utica NY from Educational Media Foundation earlier this year for $40,000 and used the AM Revitalization Waiver to bring it to Boston where it was to rebroadcast 1090 WILD. Beasley will instead apply to have the translator rebroadcast their Brokered 1330 WRCA Watertown. The translator is licensed to operate with 99w/222m from the Prudential Tower in downtown Boston. It will give Beasley an additional FM to go along with the five FMs it will be acquiring from Greater Media.

WBOS Relaunches As Alt 92.9

Greater Media Alternative “Radio 92.9” WBOS Brookline/Boston rebranded this morning as “Alt 92.9“. The change comes to better represent what the station is and plays. It had previously been branding itself with the very broad “90s To Now”. To help solidify the changes, Alt 92.9 will promote 60 minute commercial-free blocks after every stopset. Greater Media has solidified the Alternative music position on WBOS-FM by rebranding the station as ALT 92.9 in Boston. “ALT 92.9 will still deliver Boston’s Best Alternative Music that listeners have come to expect from the dial position and bring a solid identity to both the format and the station,” said Greater Media Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. “We are passionate ...Read More

Mikey Adams Exits WEEI Nights

Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston is making a change in nights. After eleven years in the 6-10pm slot, “Planet Mikey” with Mikey Adams has been cancelled with Adams exiting the station. reports that the station will not immediately fill the vacancy as the station has Boston Red Sox baseball on most nights at least through the end of September. Entercom Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told that, “We made a tough call on Mike but, at the same time, we feel there are some innovative opportunities we’d like to explore over the next few months. As you know, WEEI has extensively–and successfully–revamped every major weekday show over the last three years. The time is right to extend that thinking to nights.”

FCC Report 6/12: Pair of Boise FMs On The Move

FM Changes A pair of Boise market stations are on the move. Radio Rancho’s Regional Mexican “106.3 La Gran D” KDBI Homedale ID is applying to move to 106.5 with no changes to its 100kW/313m facilities. KDBI seeks a waiver in making the move in that it believes it would better serve the public interest being third adjacent to both Townsquare Media’s 105.9 KCIX Boise and Scripps’ 107.1 KTHI Caldwell than being second adjacent to KCIX. Impact Radio Rhythmic CHR “Wild 101.1” KWYD Parma applies for a new tower site closer to the population center while downgrading from a Class C0 to C1 with 100kW/194m. KSE Radio Ventures Classic Hits “Kool 105.1” KXKL-FM Denver applies to move to the new tower of sister 100.3 KIMN. KXKL-FM will downgrade fro...Read More

WBUR Launches New Mobile/Podcast First Website

Boston University Public News/Talk 90.9 WBUR Boston is launching a new website on Friday, June 10. The new site, developed using Facebook’s open-source React.js javascript library, is built to look and feel like an audio app. The “idea is to make the audio easy to find, and most importantly, infuse the digital experience with a site that is easier to use phones —- modern, extremely fast and efficient.” WBUR states that 65% of their site traffic comes from mobile devices with much of that coming through social media links. The beta of the new platform can be seen here. WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, officially released its new audio-centric website, built to reinvent online listening with a faster, more streamlined, mobile-friendly approach for the station’s main w...Read More

Joe Breezy Joins i106.7 Nashville As APD/Afternoons

Following his announced exit from CBS CHR “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS Boston to join his about-to-be wife in Nashville, Joe Breezy has found a new job in the market as well. With Midwest Communications closing on its purchase of CHR ‘i106.7″ WNFN Millersville/Nashville from Cumulus’ Joule Broadcasting divestment trust, the company has announced it has hired Breezy as its new Assistant Brand Manager/Afternoon host starting Monday, July 11. Prior to making the move to Nashville, Breezy will be marrying current WCVB-TV Boston meteorologist Danielle Vollmar. She was recently named Chief Meteorologist at WKRN-TV Nashville. The addition of Breezy and a new logo were the first two changes Midwest made at WNFN as it took over operations of the station. The station currentl...Read More

The Breakfast Club Comes To Boston

For the second time in less than a year a major morning change comes to iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN Boston. The syndicated Breakfast Club hosted by Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy based at sister “Power 105.1” WWPR-FM New York will debut in mornings at WJMN on Thursday, May 12 replacing Frankie V & Ashlee Feldman. While all references to Frankie V have been removed from WJMN’s website, Feldman remains. Frankie V joined WJMN last July from sister CHR “Channel 93.3” KHTS San Diego. His brother Mikey hosts nights at sister “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM Boston. Tomorrow morning @JAMN945 — Geespin (@geespin) May 11, 2016

WEEI Extends Boston Red Sox Rights Through 2023

Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston has extended its deal to remain the flagship station for Boston Red Sox baseball through the 2023 season. WEEI has held the rights to the Red Sox since 1995 with the games airing on 850 WEEI until the primary local Sports format moved to 93.7. From 2007 through 2009 most games aired on sister Talk 680 WRKO with WEEI carrying the rest. While no terms were disclosed, The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that the two sides were discussing a deal between $15 million-$17 million per year. That would be a reduction from the $20 million per year Entercom had been paying on the 10 year deal that expires at the end of this season. That deal was signed amidst reports that the Red Sox were looking to move to Greater Media’s 92.9 WBOS and take...Read More

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