Middle Tennessee State University’s Public Jazz/Classical 89.5 WMOT Murfreesboro/Nashville TN will flip to Americana “Roots Radio” on Friday, September 2. The new format is in partnership with the syndicated Music City Roots which will air on the station. Jessie Scott, most recently in MD/Middays at “Sun Radio” in KDRP Dripping Springs/Austin TX will serve as Program Director. Scott has also worked at WNBC and WHN New York, WMMO Orlando, and MusicFog.com. The station will also continue to carry Middle Tennessee State University Sports coverage. The previous Jazz format will move to WMOT-HD2 and also air on 92.3 W222BZ Bluhmtown/Murfreesboro and 104.9 W285FB Bellevue/Nashville with the latter debuting by November.
iHeartMedia Country “The Big 98” 97.9 WSIX Nashville has appointed Ryan McKiddy as Assistant Program Director/Music Directo/Night Host starting September 1. McKiddy joins WSIX from Cox Media Country “Y100” 100.3 KCYY San Antonio where he served as MD/Afternoon Host since May 2015. Before that he worked weekends at CBS Country “US 99” WUSN Chicago and interned at iHeartMedia CHR “103.5 Kiss-FM” WKSC Chicago. He takes the APD/MD position filled by Kimsey Kerr prior to her departure for SiriusXM in June. The night slot has been voicetracked by 103.5 WEZL Charleston’s Ric Rush. iHeartMedia announced today that Ryan McKiddy has been named Assistant Program Director and Music Director for The BIG 98 WSIX, effective September 1. He will also s...Read More
Longtime Nashville Sports talker George Plaster will exit his position as host of “SportsNight” on Cromwell Sports “102.5 The Game” WPRT Pegram/Nashville to become Associate Athletic Director at Belmont University. WPRT is the third station that has been the home to SportsNight, which debuted on now Cumulus News/Talk 99.7 WWTN in the early 1990’s before moving the afternoons on Sports “104.5 The Zone” WGFX in 2003. When Cumulus acquired WGFX in 2011 he exited that station before jumping to WPRT upon the expiration of his non-compete in July 2012. At Belmont Plaster will oversee all marketing, sponsorships and group sales for the University’s sports programs. His current co-hosts Willy Daunic and former Tennessee Titans General Manager Floyd R...Read More
Following his announced exit from CBS CHR “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS Boston to join his about-to-be wife in Nashville, Joe Breezy has found a new job in the market as well. With Midwest Communications closing on its purchase of CHR ‘i106.7″ WNFN Millersville/Nashville from Cumulus’ Joule Broadcasting divestment trust, the company has announced it has hired Breezy as its new Assistant Brand Manager/Afternoon host starting Monday, July 11. Prior to making the move to Nashville, Breezy will be marrying current WCVB-TV Boston meteorologist Danielle Vollmar. She was recently named Chief Meteorologist at WKRN-TV Nashville. The addition of Breezy and a new logo were the first two changes Midwest made at WNFN as it took over operations of the station. The station currentl...Read More
Cumulus Country “103.3 Nash-FM” WKDF Nashville TN has hired Heather Davis as its new midday host. Davis replaces Becca Walls who announced her resignation last week following a sixteen year run. Davis joins WKDF from Curtis Media Country 94.7 WQDR Raleigh where she has been filling in since departing middays at Townsquare Media’s 107.7 WGNA Albany NY last September. Cumulus Media announces that Country radio personality Heather Davis has joined WKDF/NASH FM 103.3 in Nashville as Host of Middays. Davis joins NASH FM 103.3 from Curtis Media’s Country-formatted WQDR-FM in Raleigh, NC. Prior to that, she hosted Mornings on Country station WGNA-FM in Albany, NY, and hosted Middays for Townsquare Media’s Country 106.5 WYRK in Buffalo, NY. Davis is a graduate of North Carolina S...Read More
Update 3/31: Cromwell has confirmed that 830 WQZQ/93.3 W227DC will flip to Classic Hits “Classic Hits 93.3” at 12pm on Friday, April 1. The new station will focus on hits on the 1970s and 80s positioning it between rimshot “Hippie Radio 94.5” WHPY Bellevue and Variety Hits “96.3 Jack-FM” WCJK. Original Report 3/25: The Cromwell Group launched 93.3 W227DC Nashville TN with a non-stop loop of Los Del Rios’ “Macarena”. The former 96.1 W241BU Charleston IL is now paired with 830 WQZQ Goodlettsville via the AM Revitalization Waiver. The translator is operating with 250w/243m from the WSMV-TV tower just west of Nashville. As we reported in the 3/14 Daily Domains, Cromwell has registered multiple domains pointing to a Classic Hits format for W...Read More
Alexandra Communications applies for yet another upgrade for 100.1 KQFO Pasco WA.
Midwest Communications is expanding its holdings in Nashville with the purchase of CHR “I106.7” WNFN Millersville TN from the Joule Broadcasting Trust for $3.75 million. WNFN will become Midwest’s third station in the market joining AC “Mix 92.9” WJXA and Variety Hits “96.3 Jack-FM” WCJK. WNFN has been in the divestment trust since the 2011 merger with Citadel Broadcasting gave it seven FM’s in the Nashville market. As one of two CHR’s in the Nashville market, WNFN registered a 2.8 share in the Holiday 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings. That placed it well behind iHeartMedia’s “107.5 The River” WRVW’s 7.3 share. Midwest Communications, Inc. has agreed to purchase the assets of radio station WNFN (FM), licensed to Mi...Read More
AM Changes The long-dormant 1500 allocation in Los Angeles sees action as the Howard Levine/William Schwab partnership that won the bidding in the 2014 FCC Auction for the frequency modifies their application to operate with 120 watts daytime utilizing two towers and 150 watts night with four towers. 1500 would operate from the already in use towers of 1330 KWKW Los Angeles that will soon also become home to 790 KABC. The 1500 allocation in Los Angeles has been dormant since 1500 KRCK Burbank went Silent in 1985.
Station Sales iHeartMedia has not been an outright buyer of a station in quite some time. That changed this weeks as the company purchased Hot AC “92.9 The Boss” KOLT-FM Warren AFB/Cheyenne WY from Valley Bank And Trust for $500,000. The bank has owned KOLT-FM since former owner Joli Lofstedt’s Tracy Broadcasting Company defaulted on a loan in 2014. KOLT-FM will become iHeart’s third FM in the Cheyenne market joining “Big Country 97.9” KXBG Cheyenne and Country “100.7 KOLT-FM” KOLZ. The Moody Bible Institute is purchasing Classic Country 1200 WAMB Nashville TN and its two translators from Great Southern Broadcasting Company for $414,000. The two translators are 98.7 W254CK Nashville and 99.3 W257AR Donelson TN. The sale’s closing is con...Read More
iHeartMedia CHR 93.3 WFLZ Tampa has named John Mayer as its new Program Director effective May 1. Mayer comes to WFLZ from sister CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW Nashville and fills the vacancy created by the move of Tommy Chuck to “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC and Country 93.1 WPOC Baltimore in January. Mayer has programmed WRVW since July 2014 after moving up from Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Host. He previously worked at “KC 101” WKCI New Haven, CT. WFLZ FM 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay’s Hit Music Channel, announced today that John Mayer has been named Program Director, effective May 1. “This was an extremely important position to fill. WFLZ is the market’s leading radio station in ratings and revenue,” said Doug Hamand, Senior Vice ...Read More