Kansas City

Tom Becka Joins KCMO For Late Mornings

Longtime Omaha talk personality Tom Becka is joining Cumulus Talk 710 KCMO/103.7 K279BI Kansas City for a 10am-12pm daily show. Becka, who most recently worked at NRG Media Talk 1290 KOIL Omaha, will take the slot currently filled by Mike Ferguson, who will move to 12-1pm. KCMO will also move Dave Ramsey from 12-2pm to a 1-4pm clearance, while Michael Savage moves from 2-4pm to 4-6pm. Exiting KCMO is local afternoon host Greg Knapp. Knapp joined the station as morning host in 2011 and moved to afternoons at the beginning of 2015. Cumulus Media announces that it will debut a new weekday on-air line-up today on KCMO FM 103.7 and AM 710 in Kansas City. Rob Carson of KCMO’s popular “Carson in the Morning” kicks off the day for talk radio listeners from 6AM-10AM, and tees up KCMO’s new midday s...Read More

Lance Tidwell Named OM Of Cumulus Kansas City

Cumulus Media has hired Lance Tidwell to serve as Operations Manager of their Kansas City cluster and PD of Talk 710 KCMO/103.7 K279BI. Tidwell recently exited his position as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio following the elimination of his position. Despite most of his career being spent in Country formats, Cumulus does not have a Country station in Kansas City. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 21-year radio programming professional Lance Tidwell as Cluster Operations Manager of Cumulus Media-Kansas City’s seven-station cluster and Chiefs Radio Network. He will also be the Program Director for KCMO Talk Radio 710/103.7. Cumulus Media-Kansas City owns and operates: 101 The Fox (KCFX-FM), 94.9 KCMO, 105.1 JACK FM (KCJK-FM), 95.7 The Vibe (KCHZ-FM), Magic 107.3 (KMJK-FM)...Read More

KCWJ Kansas City Flips To Classic Country

Stayton Communications flipped Southern Gospel “1030 The Light” Blue Springs/Kansas City MO to Classic Country “Real Country 1030” earlier this month. Utilizing Westwood One’s Classic Country network, the station is also expanding its local sports programming. KCWJ will air a high school game of the week featuring Blue Springs and Blue Springs South sports, some local sports specialty shows and St. Louis Blues hockey. The Eastern Jackson County Examiner reports Tony Wrisinger has joined KCWJ as PD/Sales Manager. KCWJ previously aired Classic Country in the late 1990’s as KOWW under CBS ownership.

Alan Furst Named PD Of KMBZ AM/FM

Entercom has announced the hiring of Alan Furst as Program Director of News/Talk 98.1 KMBZ-FM and Conservative Talk “Talk 980” KMBZ Kansas City. Furst most recently programmed Radio-One’s ill-fated “News 92” KROI Houston and has also held programming positions at WIBC Indianapolis, KAJA/KXXM San Antonio, and WLW Cincinnati along with corporate programming positions for Cumulus and Australian Radio Network. He replaces Jack Landreth, who exited after four years in the position at the end of January. Entercom Kansas City announced today that it has appointed Alan Furst to take on the role of Program Director at 98.1fm KMBZ and Talk 980am. Furst will take the reins effective Monday, February 15. “We are very pleased to welcome Alan to Entercom Kansas City,” said ...Read More

Kansas City Royals Sign Four Year Extension With KCSP

Entercom Sports “610 Sports” KCSP Kansas City has signed a four year extension to remain the flagship station for the Kansas City Royals. The defending World Champions have been heard on KCSP since 2008. The franchise’s recent run of back-to-back World Series appearances has turned into a ratings goldmine for the station, which has led the market at multiple times during the past season including a station-high 7.4 share in the May 2015 PPM monthly. The Kansas City Royals and 610 Sports Radio, a member of the Entercom Communications Corporation, today announced a new four-year agreement to broadcast the Royals on radio through the 2019 season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 610 Sports Radio has been the broadcast home of the Kansas City Royals in the...Read More

Alternative Underground Comes To Kansas City

As the Royals were wrapping up the World Series last night, Cumulus flipped Country “102.5 Nash Icon” K273BZ/KCMO-HD2 Kansas City to Alternative “102.5 The Underground“. The flip gives Kansas City a second Alternative station joining Entercom’s “96.5 The Buzz” KRBZ. This also makes the first station for Cumulus to flip away from the Nash or Nash Icon initiative following the departure of the Dickey Brothers. K273BZ registered a 0.4 share in each of the past three Nielsen Audio PPM monthlies going up against three other Country stations in the market. KRBZ is currently ranked seventh overall with a 5.3 share of the local audience. Cumulus Media announces that Kansas City’s newest radio station launched today with the debut of 102.5 The Underground, ...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 9/25

Station Sales Catholic Radio Network is adding a third signal in Kansas City as Mortenson Broadcasting sells Silent 890 KGGN Gladstone, MO for $10 with the remainder of the fair market value of the station being considered a charitable donation. The 960 watt daytimer will join Catholic 1090 KEXS Excelsior Springs and Spanish Catholic 1190 KDMR Kansas City. Sheila Callahan & Friends, Inc. is swapping Silent 107.7 KMTZ Three Forks/Bozeman, MT to JLD Media for 104.1 K281BK Missoula. Callahan, which operates as Mountain Broadcasting will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 102.5 KMSO Missoula on K281BK. JLD Media is operated by Kevin Terry, who also owns stations in Helena and Great Falls as Montana Radio Company. River Radio Ministries is transferring Christian AC “104.9 The River̶...Read More

Entercom Adds Second Sports Feed In Kansas City

Entercom has flipped 1660 KUDL Kansas City from Business News to Sports “1660 The Score“. Formerly branded as the KMBZ Business Channel, the new lineup clears Fox Sports Radio programming including Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, and Jay Mohr and CBS Sports programming at night. It creates a second Sports signal in the cluster along with “610 Sports” KCSP.

Entercom Promotes Programmers In Atlanta, Austin & Kansas City

Entercom is promoting from within to fill programming vacancies in three markets. With the closing of its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media, Tony Lorino is heading from “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City to take over the PD reigns at newly acquired “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta. Lincoln Financial Media VP/Programming John Dimick had been programming WSTR since the exit of Scott Lindy in March. With the demise of Lincoln Financial Media, Dimick is retiring from radio to purchase an auto repair business in Atlanta. Replacing Lorino in Kansas City is Leigh McNabb. She joins KZPT from Milwaukee where she has been APD/Midday host at CHR “103.7 Kiss-FM” WXSS. The Des Moines native also worked in Champaign and Rockford prior to joining WXSS sister 99.1 WMYX Milwau...Read More

Davidson Media Sells 12

TBLC Media is adding two more Davidson Media stations to its acquisition. Spanish CHR “Selecta 1320” WVNZ Richmond and Regional Mexican “La GranD 1480” WTOX Glen Allen will go to Mahan ‘Mark’ Janbakhsh’s group for $400,000. That brings the amount of stations he has acquired this week from Davidson Media up to 12. Orginial Report 7/13: Mahan ‘Mark’ Janbakhsh’s TBLC Holdings is acquiring ten stations and one translator from Davidson Media for $3.1 million. The purchase includes all of Davidson Media’s holdings in North & South Carolina as well as the Kansas City market. The stations involved are: Charlotte: Spanish Christian “Radio Adoracion” 1030 WNOW Mint Hill/99.1 W256BP Charlotte Greensboro/Winston-Salem: ...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

Rob Carson & Chris Plante Join KCMO Kansas City

Cumulus News/Talk 710 KCMO/103.7 K279BI Kansas City is debuting a new lineup on Monday, February 2. A pair of hosts, Rob Carson and Chris Plante will join KCMO from Washington, DC. Carson will take over the KCMO morning show from 5-9am. He has spent the majority of his career in Hot AC, where he hosted mornings and afternoons at KSTP-FM Minneapolis, WVMX Cincinnati, and WRQX Washington before segueing to Talk at WMAL Washington. Carson currently also hosts the 12-3pm segment of Envision Radio Networks’ “America Weekend”. Chris Plante will join KCMO for the 9am-12pm slot, a timeslot he currently holds on 630/105.9 WMAL Washington. Plante spent 17 years at CNN, mostly serving as their Pentagon correspondent. The additions of Carson and Plante will enable Greg Knapp to move ...Read More

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