Fort Myers

Jeff Zito Named WBRN-FM Program Director

Beasley Media Rock “98.7 No Rules Rock” WBRN-FM Holmes Beach/Tampa has named Jeff Zito as their new Program Director. Zito joins WBRN-FM from sister “96.1 K-Rock” WRXK Fort Myers where he served as PD/Midday host since January 2015. He has been a longtime personality in the Fort Myers markets as morning host at Alternative “99X” WJBX with Bob Garrett from 1999-2012 followed by a brief midday run with him at WRXK during its short-lived Hot Talk run. Zito returned to WRXK in 2015 after a brief run at Sun Broadcasting’s “93X” 93.7 WXNX as morning host. Zito replaces Carl Harris who exited in February. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc, (NASDAQ: BBGI ) today confirmed Jeff Zito is moving up the Gulf Coas...Read More

Y100 Fort Myers Shifts To Hot AC

With the Spring Book starting today, iHeartMedia CHR “Y100” WZJZ Port Charlotte FL has moved to Hot AC tweaking its branding to “Y100.1“. Positioned as “90s To Now”, the move takes WZJZ out of direct competition with Beasley Media CHR “B103.9” WXKB and puts it in-between WXKB and Fort Myers Broadcasting AC 96.9 WINK-FM. The syndicated Elvis Duran show remains in mornings with WKTU New York’s Wendy Wild tracking middays and local host ‘Big D’ moving from middays to afternoons.

Beasley & Renda Pair Up To Take On Fort Myers Purchase & Sun Broadcasting Operations

Sun Broadcasting’s acquisition of 98.5 WLVO Fort Myers FL has been held up by Petitions To Deny by the unlikely pairing of competitors Beasley Media and Renda Broadcasting. Beasley and Renda, who both operate clusters of their own in the Fort Myers market, argue that Sun’s purchase of WLVO does not comply with the current ownership limits because Sun has de facto control of other stations in the market. Sun currently owns 2 AMs, 3 FMs and a television station in the Fort Myers market but the petitioners argue that the owners of Sun also have control of the 2 AMs, 2 FMs and television station owned by Fort Myers Broadcasting Company which would put them well over the ownership caps even before the acquisition of WLVO. The argument goes on to depict how the operations are united....Read More

Station Sales Week Of 12/19

Station Sales Sunnylands Broadcasting sells AC “95.9 Star-FM” KRSX Goldendale WA/The Dalles OR to Gorge Country Media for $100,000. Haystack Broadcasting, who had been operating KRSX via LMA, is assigning its LMA and agreement to purchase the station to Gorge Country Media. After nearly ten years of leasing Spanish Christian “Genesis 680” WGES St. Petersburg FL, Vision Communications Network is acquiring the station from ZGS Broadcasting for between $550,000 and $610,000 depending on how quickly they pay off the promissory note. Manna Christian Missions sells Christian 1350 WCRM Fort Myers FL to Aaron Howard’s Genesis Multi Media for $450,000. In a deal not yet filed with the FCC, Chicago Public Media will acquire Public News/Talk 91.1 WKCC Kankakee IL from Ka...Read More

WINK-FM Drops More Branding

The first station in the country to adopt the “More-FM” branding has reverted back to utilizing its “96.9 WINK-FM” call letters as its moniker. The Fort Myers Broadcasting AC adopted the More branding in February 2013 when it shifted from Hot AC. The Moyes Research Associates brand would later be adopted by WBEB Philadelphia and many Saga Communications owned stations among others. In the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings WINK-FM had plummeted to a 1.3 share from a 3.6 a year prior. The station’s website lists former “Sunny 104.3” WEAT-FM West Palm Beach PD/Morning host Rick Shockley as Program Director as opposed to Nick Craig. Craig had joined WINK-FM as PD at the beginning of this year. The station is advertising openings for a new morning and m...Read More

Classical South Florida Flips To K-Love; WPBI News To Continue For Now

Educational Media Foundation has begun operating the three Classical programmed stations owned by Classical South Florida with their Christian AC “K-Love” programming. New call letters accompany the change at all three stations. 89.7 WKCP Miami is now WMLV, 90.7 WPBI West Palm Beach is WFLV, and 88.7 WNPS Fort Myers becomes WDLV. 93.5 in Butler, AL had previously held the WMLV call letters but switches to WMLG. The move gives Fort Myers two stations airing the “K-Love” programming for now as 98.5 WLVO San Carlos Park previously in existence, but one will likely switch over to the “Air 1” Christian CHR network in time. That same move will not be taking place in West Palm Beach for the time being. EMF will continue to run the Public News/Talk “WPBI N...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 7/3: Disney Exits Sacramento

Radio Disney continues its slow but steady sell-off with the divestiture of 1470 KIID Sacramento to Punjabi American Media for $800,000. The buyer currently leases and is in the process of purchasing 1450 KOBO Yuba City, CA. KIID will join KOBO in running the buyer’s South Asian “Punjabi Radio USA“. American Radio Missions Foundation sells Christian Country “God’s Country 89.7” KRNF Montezuma, IA to VCY America for $251,100. KRNF will be VCY’s first station in Iowa and will air the Christian Preaching programming based at 107.7 WVCY Milwaukee. Richard McCleod is selling his 66.6% share of Dial Broadcasting’s Country “Froggy 95.9” WKID Vevay, IN to 33.3% shareholder Adam Griffin for $105,000. Griffin bought his previous 33.3% stake...Read More

Finding New Talent At The Drive-Thru Window

Over the past week Josh Lewis, an employee at an Estero, FL Wendy’s has gone viral thanks to his “unique voice”. What other industry has a need to find “unique voices”? Beasley CHR “B103.9” WXKB Fort Myers used the holiday weekend to give Lewis an on-air audition. While it appeared to be a one-shot to play off his publicity, Lewis appeared to pass his test with flying colors. With the talent pool and interest in radio from the next generation dwindling, why not look towards the service industry for potential on-air talent? They know how to talk to people on a one-to-one basis already. With proper coaching and a desire to improve there’s no reason why someone like Josh Lewis couldn’t be a future radio star. Watch here to see the story of...Read More

Station Sales Week Of February 6

Translator Sales University of Northwestern-St. Paul is selling a pair of translators to Beasley Media Group for $200,000. $150,000 is allocated towards 106.5 W293CK Clearwater, FL which will rebroadcast Business “Moneytalk 1010” WHFS Seffner/Tampa. $50,000 goes towards 104.3 W282BY Fort Myers, which will be used to rebroadcast “ESPN Deportes 770” WJBX North Fort Myers. iHeartMedia purchases 96.3 W242BF Springfield, FL from Way Media for $75,000. W242BF will be used to rebroadcast “Fox Sports 590” WDIZ Panama City. Zimmer Radio purchases the CP for 106.5 K293BW Columbia, MO from Radio Assist Ministry for $50,000. Zimmer lists 106.9 KTXY Jefferson City as the originating station. First Ventures Capital Partners sells 94.1 K231BM Poplar Bluff, MO to Eagle ...Read More

FCC Applications 11/23

Station Changes Sunrise Broadcasting AC “Sunny 104.5” WILT Wilmington, NC has applied to change its city-of-license to Carolina Beach as part of a proposal to increase from a Class A with 3.1kW at 120 meters to a C3 with 17kW at 120 meters (Coverage Map). Educational Media Foundation’s pending acquisition of 98.5 WDEO-FM San Carlos Park/Fort Myers, FL from Ava Maria University has applied to increase from a Class C3 with 18.5kW at 113 meters to a C2 with 50kW from the same antenna (Coverage Map). Delta Media Corporation applies to make 104.1 KLCJ Oak Grove, LA a rimshot into Lake Charles. After a previous application was dismissed earlier this year, Delta applies to upgrade the station to 6kW at 94 meters where its service contour will come just short of the city (Coverag...Read More

EMF Enters Fort Myers

Ave Maria University has sold Catholic 98.5 WDEO-FM San Carlos Park/Fort Myers to Educational Media Foundation for $2.2 million. The acquisition is EMF’s first in the Fort Myers market. The station already operates on a non-commerical license with 18.5kW at 113 meters. Following the sale Ave Maria will still own Catholic formatted AM’s in Ann Arbor and Saginaw, MI.

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