iHeartMedia Launches Tú 94.9 Miami With Enrique Santos as Chairman of iHeartLatino

iHeartMedia has relaunched Spanish Hot AC “Mega 94.9” WMGE Miami as “Tú 94.9“. The rebranding comes along with the announcement that local morning host Enrique Santos will join the station starting Monday, October 3. Santos exited Univision’s “Mix 98.3” WRTO earlier this week. In addition to hosting mornings at WMGE, Santos will server as Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the company’s new iHeartLatino division. Santos’ program will be syndicated nationally via Premiere Radio Networks. He will also develop new English and Spanish language programs for broadcast, digital and social media focusing on the Latino community. Prior to joining WRTO in 2008, Santos co-hosted “El Vacilón de la Mañana” on SBS’ “El Zol...Read More

SBS Makes 95.7 Miami The First Cubatón Station

Spanish Broadcasting System flipped Spanish Hot AC “I-95.7” WRMA North Miami Beach to Cuban Hip-Hop or Cubatón “Ritmo 95” this morning. The station will mix some Reggaetón and other forms of Latin Hip-Hop into the format, but focus mainly on the variation coming from Cuba. WRMA has struggled since the flip to “I-95.7” in January 2014 with the station no-longer even publishing its ratings publicly. In describing the new format SBS EVP/Programming Jesus Salas told Billboard, “I’ve done extensive research on it, and there are more than 10 main Cuban artists making this kind of music, and I’ve found over 100 songs that I think are really good, and when they get exposed they’re going to become hits. There is more than enough music to create a station.”

Mack Takes Mornings At Wild 95.5 West Palm Beach

Mack, Nina and Nick afternoon hosts at iHeartMedia CHR “Y100” 100.7 WHYI Miami will take on double-duty as morning hosts at sister “Wild 95.5” WLDI Fort Pierce/West Palm Beach. The trio replace the syndicated Elvis Duran. WiLD 95.5, The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station, announced today the debut of Mack in the Morning, effective immediately. Mack in the Morning will broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. On-air personalities Mack and Nina are known in the media industry as the award- winning afternoon crew on sister station Y100 in Miami. Mack in the Morning will bring a mix of pop culture and unique South Florida flavor, and Mack in the Morning will wake up the Palm Beaches! Plus, the station will launch with an opportunity for listeners to Beat The Buzzer and ...Read More

Dave Hill To Program Big 105.9 Miami

iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG-FM Miami has appointed Dave Hill as its new Program Director/Night Host. Hill transfers to Miami from Portland where he served as Senior VP/Programming. He previously programmed Hearst’s “98 Rock” WIYY Baltimore from 2002-2014 and WQBK/WQBJ Albany and WMRQ Hartford during his career. He fills the vacancy created by Michael ‘Mud’ Gross’ exit in April. iHeartMedia Classic Rock WBGG-FM (BIG 105.9)/Miami names Dave Hill as Program Director, effective August 22. He’ll also host weekday evenings. Hill joins BIG 105.9 from iHeartMedia/Portland, where he had been Senior VP/Programming since 2014. Previously, Hill served as PD of WIYY-FM (98 Rock)/Baltimore and Operations Manager for Hearst Broadcasting&...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 7/1

Translator Sales The big deal of the week was Zoo Communications paying Reach Communications $410,000 for 93.5 W228BV Fort Lauderdale FL. W228BV is currently operated by iHeartMedia as Country “93.5 The Bull” but with Zoo operating Dance “Revolution” 93.5 W228BY Miami (owned by iHeart), 104.7 W284CS Miami, 93.5 WZFL Islamorada/Key Largo it will likely join that network. Station Sales Ed Stolz’ Playa del Sol Broadcasters is transferring CHR “Hot Hits 97.7” KRCK-FM Mecca/Palm Springs and translators 95.5 K238AK and 98.1 K251BX Palm Desert into co-owned Major Market Radio LLC. The big question is if Stolz changes his mind will he spend years filing objections and legal challenges to it to the FCC like he did in Sacramento following his sale of 106.5 K...Read More

Miami Dolphins Move To WQAM/WKIS

Following a six year run on iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG-FM, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins are moving their broadcasts to CBS Radio Sports 560 WQAM and Country “Kiss 99.9” WKIS for the upcoming season. The new long-term agreement will include all game broadcasts on both stations, while WQAM will feature expanded pre and postgame shows as well as “Dolphins Friday” team centric programming including interviews with players, coaches and executives. Additional marketing and cross-promotion will be heard on WKIS and sister Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” 96.5 WPOW-FM. Under previous Beasley ownership WQAM served as the Dolphins flagship station from 1997 through 2004 and again from 2007 through 2009. The Miami Dolphins and Miami’s Spor...Read More

Reach-FM Florida Signs-Off

Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale ceased programming the Christian AC “Reach-FM” network across the state of Florida on March 30 and announced it is putting its broadcast properties up for sale. Through subsidiary Reach Communications, the group owns 90.5 WREH Cypress Quarters FL and 24 translators across Florida. Reach also leases four HD subchannels in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and West Palm Beach to feed those translators. In a statement on the station’s website, Reach-FM states that their remaining signals will air an automated music format until they are all sold off. The Reach-FM network debuted in 2004, but Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale states that the church “has made the decision to focus its ministry efforts and resources on other ways to advance i...Read More

WMIA Miami Flips Back To Rhythmic AC

iHeartMedia Hot AC “My 93.9” WMIA-FM Miami Beach has flipped back to Rhythmic AC “93.9 MIA” on Friday afternoon. WMIA-FM is now positioning as “Rhythm from the 80s to Now” with observers in the market stating that the music is centered around 2004. The station will now be locally hosted from 6am-8pm daily with Joey Brooks remaining in mornings and as Program Director, GiGi Diaz in middays, and sister “Y100” WHYI night host Valentine adding additional afternoon duties on 93.9 in place of Ryan Seacrest. The station previously was known as “93.9 MIA” with a Rhythmic AC format from December 2009 until its rebranding as “My 93.9” following a gradual shift to Hot AC musically in August 2014. The station has a 2.3 share when ...Read More

104.3 The Shark Miami Debuts New Morning Show

Entercom Alternative “104.3 The Shark” WSFS Miramar/Miami is launching a new morning show as night host Toast will join current morning host Ashley Owen for “The Big Mistake with Ashley & Toast”. Greg ‘Toast’ Lemega was previously part of the Paul & Young Ron Show on iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG before taking a three year radio sabbatical prior to joining WSFS last October. Owen previously worked Cox Media where she hosted nights at 97.3 WFLC prior to its flip to CHR and fill-ins at Soft AC “Easy 93.1” WFEZ. Entercom South Florida announced today that Greg ‘Toast’ Lemega will join current morning show host Ashley Owen on their new morning show, The Big Mistake with Ashley & Toast. The show w...Read More

Kenny Walker Joins 102.7 The Beach Miami

As expected following his exit from mornings at CBS Country “Kiss 99.9” WKIS, Kenny Walker is joining Entercom’s recently relaunched Classic Hits “102.7 The Beach” WMXJ Miami for mornings starting Monday, January 11. Walker has been working in the Miami market since 1995. First at CHR “Y100” 100.7 WHYI where he eventually hosted mornings until his exit in 2007, Walker then spent two years in afternoons at Cox AC “97.3 The Coast” WFLC before joining WKIS in 2009. He previously worked in New York at 95.5 WPLJ and serves at the Public Address Announcer for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Entercom South Florida announced today that it has named high profile South Florida radio personality Kenny Walker as the new host of mornings on 102.7 Th...Read More

Magic 102.7 Miami Moves To The 80s As The Beach

Entercom relaunched “Magic 102.7” WMXJ Pompano Beach/Miami as mostly 1980s Classic Hits “102.7 The Beach” at the stroke of midnight and 2016. Now positioned as “More Music, More Fun”, the station debuted with Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel”, Billy Idol “White Wedding”, Madonna “Material Girl”, The Outfield “Your Love”, and Wham! “Careless Whisper”. Imaging includes music stretching from Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” to Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel The Noise”. The eight “Throwback 102.7” related domains registered earlier this week now can be considered to have been decoys. Original Report 12/8: Entercom Classic Hits “Magic...Read More

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