FCC Applications 1/11

Station Moves Following the approval in September of the move of “Truth” 99.3 KTIA-FM Boone, IA to Huxley, Positive Impact Media has made its mandated application to relocate Christian CHR “Pulse 99.5” KPUL Winterset to 101.7. No changes will be made to its 6kW at 100 meter facility that rimshots Des Moines from the southwest (Coverage Map). Altus FM “Cruisin To The Oldies 92.5” KKRE Hollis, OK seeks to shift from a Class A to a C2 with a power increase from 6kW at 79 meters to 50kW (Coverage Map). Cornerstone Church of Wheeler seeks to relocate 102.1 KSNZ Shamrock, TX to 92.9 with no changes to its 200 watts at 14 meters facility (Coverage Map). Translator Moves In the western suburbs of Detroit, Family Life Broadcasting’s 94.3 W232BH Holly, MI ap...Read More

WJR Names Mike Wheeler PD

Cumulus Media has hired Mike Wheeler as Program Director for News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit. The Detroit native has been serving as Regional Program Manager for Clear Channel’s stations in Hartford and New Haven, CT. Wheeler replaces Kevin Metheny who was transferred to Cumulus’ KGO and KSFO San Francisco in June. Cumulus announces that programming veteran Mike Wheeler has been appointed Program Director of WJR-AM in Detroit. Raised in Detroit, Wheeler started his radio career in on-air posts at Motor City stations WNIC, WABX, WHYT and WCZY. Wheeler comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel, where he has served for the past five years as Regional Program Manager for Clear Channel’s Connecticut stations. Prior to that, Wheeler was Program Director for CBS’ DaveFM in Atlanta, and was Region...Read More

MMTC Sells WDTW Detroit

MMTC Broadcasting has sold Silent 1310 WDTW Dearborn/Detroit to Pedro Zemora for $100,000. The station has been silent since Clear Channel demolished the station’s tower site and donated it to MMTC at the end of 2012. Zemora owns three other stations across the country: Regional Mexican “La Ley 105.5” KDLS-FM Perry/Des Moines, Regional Mexican “El Patron 1450” 1450 WZGX Bessemer/Birmingham and silent 620 WJHX Lexington, AL.

Communicom Stations Sold Out Of Bankruptcy

Update 6/25: The four buyers have been revealed for the stations auctioned off on behalf of Communicom bringing in a total of $2.15 million. Gospel “Rejoice 1440” WDRJ Inkster/Detroit goes to TFG Holdings/Great Lakes Radio-Detroit for $375,000. First Citizens Bank & Trust, the lender for Christian Preaching 1060 WLNO New Orleans receives that station for $725,000. The two Phoenix stations were split to two separate owners. Buford Ortale gains 1280 KXEG Phoenix for $500,000, while Salem Communications adds Christian Preaching 1010 KXXT Tolleson for $575,000. Salem already owns Conservative Talk “960 The Patriot” KKNT and Christian Preaching “Faith Talk 1360” KPXQ in the market. Robert J. Mancini of Media Services Group has been appointed as Chief Tra...Read More

Kevin Metheny Joins KGO/KSFO

Cumulus News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit Program Director Kevin Metheny is transferring to San Francisco to become Operations Director of Conservative Talk 560 KSFO and News/Talk 810 KGO. Metheny has had a long radio career including stops as Program Director at WGN Chicago, managing Clear Channel’s Cleveland cluster, and serving as Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel. He’s unfortunately is best known as the Program Director of WNBC New York depicted as “Pig Vomit” in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts”. Metheny will partially fill the void left by the departure of Steve Skenlar as Market Manager earlier this month. KGO and KSFO are among the many AM Talk stations struggling to deal with the many issues facing stations in the format. A shi...Read More

FCC Applications 5/28

After taking a week off for the Memorial Day holiday, we’re back with a roundup of the last two weeks worth of FCC filings. Station Moves Connoisseur Media’s Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX Norwalk, CT has applied to change its city-of-license to Southport, CT with no changes to its 3kW at 91 meters signal (Coverage Map). The move will shift WFOX’s home market from Stamford/Norwalk to Bridgeport where it will join sister Hot AC “Star 99.9” WEZN. Domestic Church Media’s Catholic 89.3 WFJS-FM Freehold, NJ proposes an increase from 3.8kW at 50 meters to 15.2kW from the same antenna. The directional pattern will point towards the southeast increasing the station’s coverage towards Brick and Toms River. Translator Moves Educational Media Fo...Read More

WCAR Detroit Shifts To Yahoo! Sports

Birach Broadcasting’s 1090 WCAR Livonia/Detroit is switching to its third Sports network in less than a year. Last July WCAR dropped ESPN Radio in favor of NBC Sports Radio as the ESPN affiliation was pulled to move to Greater Media’s 105.1 WMGC. Now the station will drop NBC on Monday, May 12 to shift to Gow Communications’ Yahoo! Sports Radio. The station will broadcast the Yahoo! lineup around the clock. We have been experiencing tremendous growth in 2014, adding affiliates in a number of strategic markets, such as St. Louis, Las Vegas and Reno, said David Gow, CEO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. We are delighted to announce today our newest affiliate in Detroit. We are excited to convert WCAR to Yahoo! Sports Radio, and to build a connection with the passionate sports fans of...Read More

America’s Morning Show Begins National Rollout

Following the addition of eleven more Nash-FM branded stations this week, Cumulus is beginning the national roll-out of the Blair Garner led “America’s Morning Show”. As first reported by, America’s Morning Show will begin airing on 19 additional Nash branded stations on Monday, February 10. The stations adding the program are: 92.3 WRKN New Orleans 92.9 WLXX Lexington 93.1 WDRQ Detroit 94.1 WNNF Cincinnati 94.5 WTNR Grand Rapids 94.9 WKOR-FM Columbus MS 95.1 WFBE Flint 96.9 WIWF Charleston 97.9 KQFC Boise 97.9 WXTA Erie 101.1 KRMD-FM Shreveport 102.7 WHKR Melbourne FL 102.7 WXBM Pensacola 103.3 WKDF Nashville 104.9 WKOS Johnson City 105.5 WNZB Fort Walton Beach 106.5 WLFF Myrtle Beach 106.7 WZCY Harrisburg 107.1 WPSK Pulaski, VA The nineteen stations joi...Read More

CBS Expands HD Programming

While many companies have given up on launching unique programming on HD subchannels, CBS Radio has launched two new subchannels this week. 104.3 WOMC-HD3 Detroit is now “The Blvd. Detroit” replacing Psychic Talk “The Sky“. The new format focuses on musicians from Detroit including current bands like Mayor Hawthorn, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Ready Set, Blue October, Mike Posner as well as Kid Rock, Eminem, Madonna, Jack White, Marvin Gaye, and new unsigned artists. The Blvd. can be streamed here. Over in Las Vegas, 107.5 KXTE-HD2 is dropping 80’s hits “Rewind” for Electronic Dance Music as “Sin 107.5“. Featuring artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto, the station will target the throngs of nightclub goers on the Strip as well ...Read More

Nash Comes To Detroit

At 9:31am, Cumulus flipped Variety Hits “93.1 Doug-FM” WDRQ Detroit to Country “Nash-FM 93.1“. Currently playing non-stop Country Christmas music, the long rumored move gives direct format competition to CBS’ 99.5 WYCD. The station will play Christmas music through the holidays before launching its Country format. WDRQ ranked 18th in the Detroit market with a 2.5 share in the November Nielsen PPM ratings. WYCD led the Detroit market with a 7.9 share.

WNIC Detroit Is Less Fresh

As it segued to Christmas music this morning, Clear Channel AC 100.3 WNIC Detroit is no longer branding itself as “Fresh“. Once again going by just its frequency and call letters, 100.3 WNIC had begun using the “Fresh 100” in December 2010. With Greater Media’s 105.1 WMGC no longer in the AC format, WNIC is returning to its heritage branding. Following the demise of “Magic 105.1“, WNIC rose from a 3.1 share in the August PPM’s to 4.2 in September. That number held steady in the October ratings.

Michael Savage To Move To Afternoons In January

Cumulus Media Networks has announced that Michael Savage’s “Savage Nation” will shift into the afternoon timeslot in January. Savage will take the 3-6pm Eastern/12-3pm Pacific spot opened up on Cumulus owned stations by Sean Hannity not resigning with the company earlier this month. Cumulus claims that Savage will launch in afternoons on 200+ stations including 60 Cumulus owned stations. Among the affiliates that will be carrying Savage live are 770 WABC New York, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Of those stations all currently air Hannity live except for WLS, which carries him from 6-9pm following their local afternoon show hosted by Roe Conn and Richard Roeper. The full press release follo...Read More

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