After 26 years and three stations, the Paul & Young Ron morning show will come to an end on Friday, December 16. Ron Brewer announced he will depart the show on 12/16 to take “an extended vacation” with Paul Castronovo remaining in place. The show has aired on iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG-FM Fort Lauderdale/Miami since 2004 and is syndicated regionally to sister Hot Talk “Real Radio 94.3” WZZR Riviera Beach-West Palm Beach/101.7 WCZR Vero Beach. The duo have been together in South Florida mornings since 1990 at 103.5 WSHE. The show then moved to “Zeta 94.9” WZTA in 1995 and then WBGG in 2004. Prior to being paired with Castronovo, Brewer worked at WYBB Charleston and WFYV Jacksonville among other stations.
Zoo Communications Dance “Revolution” and iHeartMedia Country “93.5 The Bull” have swapped locations in Fort Lauderdale. Revolution moves to 93.5 W228BV Fort Lauderdale, which Revolution purchased from Reach Communications earlier this year for $410,000. The move allows Zoo to sync the Revolution format on three 93.5 licenses as it also airs on WZFL Islamorada/Key Largo and iHeart owned 93.5 W228BY Miami via 100.7 WHYI-HD2. The Country “Bull” format will slide to 104.7 W284CS Miami via 93.9 WMIA-HD2, which despite the COL covers the southernmost portion of Broward County including Hollywood. With its 0.1 share in the October 2016 ratings, the format merely exists to give the syndicated Bobby Bones Show another major market clearance.
AM Changes With their acquisition of Conservative Talk 1270 WYXC Cartersville GA, Michael & Dara Glinter’s Northwest Georgia Broadcasting has applied to move the station to 1260 in the Atlanta suburb of East Point GA. Michael Glinter’s Praise 95, Inc. was the proposed applicant in 2013 to acquire now deleted 1260 WTJH East Point from Willis Broadcasting. WTJH lost its license in July 2014 when an FCC review showed that the station had been off the air for more than one year consecutively following its 2009 silent STA application following its eviction from the tower site making its 2010 license renewal application moot. WYXC now seeks to operate from WTJH’s former tower with 5.1kW day/52w nights, which it will also acquire the property of. FM Changes Red Hills Broadcasting...Read More
After Deportes Media lost its LMA of Liberman Broadcasting’s 1540 KZMP University Park/Dallas in September, Liberman did bring the network back to the market in mid-October and like iHeart in San Francisco is now operating the network directly. Original Report 11/10: Deportes Media has lost its LMAs of three of the four stations it operates with ESPN Deportes Radio programming. The company lost its LMA of Liberman Broadcasting’s 1540 KZMP University Park/Dallas in September and that station flipped to a simulcast of “La Ranchera 106.7” KZZA. Deportes Media had moved its San Francisco LMA from 860 KTRB to iHeartMedia’s 910 KKSF in July, but the format there is now being operated by iHeart directly. In Miami, Actualidad Radio’s 990 WMYM Miami has replaced ...Read More
Lulu & Lala will exit afternoons at Cox CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC Miami for nights at iHeartMedia Rhythmic Hot AC 103.5 WKTU New York. Twin sisters Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez are New Jersey natives that began their radio careers at Univision Spanish CHR “X96.3” WXNY in 2007 and co-hosted Ty Bentli’s morning show on CBS CHR “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York in 2012-2013. They joined WFLC for afternoons in November 2014. They also worked on multiple Univision television programs while at WXNY. The fill the vacancy created by Jagger’s promotion last month to Program Director of iHeart’s two CHRs in Connecticut. iHeartMedia New York today announced that popular twin duo Lulu and Lala have joined 103.5 KTU, The Beat of New York as nighttime ho...Read More
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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