Detroit

Sean Hannity Confirms Cumulus Departure

While it has been an unstated fact for the past several weeks, Premiere Radio Networks and Sean Hannity have confirmed they will not be reupping with their current Cumulus owned affiliates at the end of the year. Telling InsideRadio that, “We fired them weeks ago,” the move coincides with Cumulus resigning Rush Limbaugh for all their affiliates except in New York. Hannity will make the move to Clear Channel’s 710 WOR along with Limbaugh and could easily make the same move to 910 KKSF San Francisco from Cumulus’ 560 KSFO that Rush made in January 2012. Among the other stations that will be losing Hannity are 790 KABC Los Angeles, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Michael Savage has comme...Read More

Report: Cumulus To Drop Limbaugh & Hannity

Update 8/16:On his program Thursday night, Michael Savage told his listeners that he is the heir apparent to Hannity’s timeslot on Cumulus’ stations and predicted he will move to afternoons by the end of the year. Politico.com claims that while Cumulus is likely to drop Sean Hannity from its stations, it was likely to come to terms to continue airing Rush Limbaugh on “virtually” all of his current affiliates. Update 7/29: Mediaite.com has followed up on the original Politico report stating that Premiere has “48 hours to stop Cumulus from dropping them.” There’s no word if the end of July drop-dead date for negotiations comes from Cumulus, Premiere, or both. Limbaugh commented on the reports on his show today. I want to get something out of the way ...Read More

Detroit Sports 105.1 To Launch On Monday

Update 8/12: Greater Media has confirmed “Detroit Sports 105.1” will launch at 3pm this afternoon with Drew Lane. The station’s lineup will feature ESPN’s Mike & Mike in mornings and Colin Cowherd from 10am to 12pm. Rico Beard and WJBK-TV reporter Ryan Ermanni will host a local show from 12pm to 3pm until a permanent show is named leading into Lane from 3 to 7. ESPN Radio programming will air at night. Listen to the launch of Detroit Sports 105.1 at FormatChange.com. The full Press Release from Greater Media follows: Greater Media unveiled the brand new Detroit Sports 105.1 in the Motor City with new afternoon drive personality Drew Lane at 3pm today. Powered by ESPN, the new station will feature America’s top sports morning show, “Mike & Mike” each weekda...Read More

105.1 Detroit Sports Rumors Heating Up

Update 7/13: With the growing expectation that Greater Media will flip 105.1 WMGC to Sports with an ESPN affiliation, one of the first shoes has dropped. Birach Broadcasting’s “ESPN Detroit” 1090 WCAR has given up the affiliation with the Worldwide Leader and signed on with NBC Sports Radio as of 10pm last night. That will clear the way for WMGC to pick up the ESPN affiliation. Original Report 7/7: With CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM regularly leading the market’s overall ratings, it has been a question of when but not if the station would gain an additional FM competitor in the format. It appeared Greater Media was about to make the move back in 2011 when Brian Figula registered 1051Sports.com for use on WMGC, but CBS locked up the rights to the U...Read More

Drew & Mike Out; Dave & Chuck In At WRIF

Update 5/20: WRIF has officially announced that Dave & Chuck The Freak will debut on the station on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00am. The duo will be joined by their CIMX co-host Lisa Way. Original Report 5/8: A morning show change is about to take place at Greater Media Rock 101.1 WRIF Detroit. As first reported on Twitter by Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Bill Shea, Drew Lane and Mike Clark will depart the station on Friday, May 17 and reportedly be replaced by former “89X” 88.7 CIMX morning hosts Dave Hunter and Chuck “The Freak” Urquhart. Drew Lane joined WRIF for mornings in 1991 and with the exception of a break from September 2007 to June 2009 as been there since. Mike Clark joined him in 1994. Co-host Trudi Daniels will depart the station with them. D...Read More

FCC Report 4/5

As the FCC prepares to clear out the frozen 2003 Translator applications and open up the LPFM filing window later this year, many existing translators are hurrying to get their upgrades into the system. The past two weeks have been filled with dozens of upgrades applications. Starting in New York where 106.3 W292DV is trying once again to get relocated into the city. After discarding its hopes to operate in the city last year following interference claims the translator was unable to build out its CP on the Queens/Nassau county border. The translator has now applied for an STA to return to Long Island City, Queens with 4 watts to keep the license alive. EMF Broadcasting is seeking to move 100.7 K264AF Guasti, CA into parts of Los Angeles. The translator will operate with 235 watts from the...Read More

FCC Applications 3/21

We start our semi-regular look at FCC applications in Boston where Horizon Christian Fellowship is looking to relocate 103.7 W279BQ Gloucester, MA to the John Hancock Tower in downtown Boston. If approved, the translator will operate with 10 watts. It is currently licensed to rebroadcast Christian “Renew-FM” 90.1 WRYP Wellfleet, MA. Translators have had a hard time completing upgrades in Detroit due to its proximity to the Canadian border and tight spacing to nearby markets. That isn’t stopping EMF from making an attempt to increase the signal at its 98.3 W252BX. The translator has applied to upgrade to a directional 250 watts pointed directly towards downtown Detroit from its current 170 watt license. With the change, the translator will shift from rebroadcasting a subch...Read More

CBS Cuts Adding Up

While attention was made to Clear Channel’s wide-scale layoffs on December 6, it seems that CBS has quietly been making staff cuts as well. Update 1/2: A few more cuts have become public since our first report: Dallas – AC “103.7 Lite-FM” KVIL morning team Gene & Julie did not have their contracts renewed. Middayer Tony Zazza replaces them. New York – WCBS-FM APD Lenny Bloch departs. His voicetracked overnight shift was replaced with a live shift hosted by Dave Stewart, formerly of 95.5 WPLJ. Original List 12/17: Since December 6 the following on-air talent have been confirmed to be let go from CBS owned stations. Atlanta – Morning hosts Frank Ski and Wanda Smith are leaving Urban “V103” WVEE after being unable to come to terms on a cont...Read More

Clear Channel Donates WDTW Detroit To MMTC

Update 12/14: Michiguide.com reports that WDTW will end is current format and turn off its transmitter on December 31. The station’s current six tower array will be dismantled afterwards, so whomever acquires the station from the MMTC will need to find a new tower location before returning the station to the air. Original Report 12/11: Clear Channel has agreed to donate Liberal Talk “AM 1310” WDTW Detroit to the Minority Media & Telecom Council. The MMTC, which acts as a non-profit broker to secure training and ownership for female and minority owners, will turn around and sell or lease the station to such a buyer. Clear Channel previously donated a few other stations to MMTC in 2010 including 690 KFXN Minneapolis. WDTW currently programs a Liberal Talk format that r...Read More

Detroit Translator Donated

The former “104.7 The Oasis” W284BQ Detroit has been donated by Radio Power Inc. to Family Life Broadcasting. Family Life will use the translator to rebroadcast 1030 WUFL Sterling Heights, an AM daytimer that carries Family Life’s Christian preaching. While it has not been done yet, the FCC application for the donation indicates Family Life will apply to move the translator to the 1030 tower to operate with 250 watts. W284BQ has been silent since last October, when it was forced off the air due to interference complaints by Clear Channel’s WIOT Toledo. The application to move to WUFL’s tower site will move the translator further away from Toledo.

WMGC Detroit Relaunching Again

Update 8/10: WMGC completed its rebranding as “Today’s 105.1” this afternoon. The music mix is a little more younger as most pre-1980 songs have been limited. Here’s Today’s 105.1 in the 5pm hour just after the rebranding: Ace of Base – Don’t Turn Around Adele – Rumour Has It Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride Kid Rock – All Summer Long Pink – Perfect Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl Smash Mouth – I’m A Believer Gwen Stefani – Sweet Escape Rob Thomas – Lonely No More Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror Katy Perry – California Gurls Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone Been Gees – Night Fever Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much Train – Drops Of Ju...Read More

CBS Sports Radio Network To Debut 1/2/2013

CBS has teamed with Cumulus to launch “CBS Sports Radio” on January 2, 2013. Fourteen CBS Sports formatted stations will contribute programming and content to the 24/7 network. The programming will include live talk shows around the clock with listener calls and interaction. CBS states it will have a prominent roles on the network for personalities from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, and CBSSports.com. Affiliates will be given the opportunity to regionalize their lineup by selecting programs from other CBS or Cumulus Sports formatted stations. Cumulus Media Networks will be the exclusive syndicator and sales partner of the network. Programming will commence on September 4 as the network will be begin operatings newscasts and updates for affiliating stations. The fourteen Sport...Read More

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