Alma 97.1 Debuts In Orlando

iHeartMedia debuted Spanish Christian “Alma 97.1” on a pair of Orlando area translators. The new programming is being heard on 97.1 W246BT Clermont on the west side and 97.1 W246CK Kissimmee serving the south side of the market. via 100.3 WRUM-HD3. The station describes itself as playing “positive songs”. The new signals are first adjacent to Sports “96.9 The Game” W245CL Deltona/740 WYGM Orlando creating some potential interference from each.

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

J.R. Jaus Named Morning Host At Y100 San Antonio

Cox Media Group Country “Y100” KCYY San Antonio brings in J.R. Jaus as its new morning host. Jaus joins KCYY from sister “K92.3” WWKA Orlando, where he has hosted afternoon since December 2014. He takes the spot vacated by Jeff Miles following his move to Greater Media’s 102.5 WKLB Boston last month. Prior to joining WWKA Jaus hosted nights at CBS CHR “Energy 103.7” KNGY San Diego. Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio has named J.R. Jaus as the New Morning Show co-host on Y100 alongside Beth Chandler. Jaus previously was with CMG’s WWKA K92.3 in Orlando. “JR’s coming to TEXAS, and we welcome him to the CMG San Antonio team,” said Jeff Garrison Operations Manager for CMG San Antonio. “He is both entertaining and engaging with the audience, and we look ...Read More

Mix 96.5 Houston Sets New On-Air Lineup

CBS Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX Houston has announced its new on-air lineup. Chris Jackson is joining KHMX as APD/MD/Midday host from sister Alternative “X107.5” KXTE Las Vegas where he held identical duties. Jackson continues the shift of talent from KXTE to KHMX under Program Director Charese Fruge, who previously oversaw the Las Vegas station before moving to KHMX in April 2015. Mix morning hosts Dave, Mahoney & DK made the move from KXTE to KHMX last August as well. Lauren Kelly will move from middays to afternoons replacing Chad Pitt who is moving to mornings at CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WQMP Orlando FL. Heather Converse, who previously worked in Houston at Cox Classic Alternative “106.9 The Zone” KHPT and for Fruge as midday host at “...Read More

X107.3 Orlando Flips To Spanish Hot AC

The Alternative format of Cox Media’s “X107.3” W297BB De Bary/94.5 WCFB-HD2 Daytona Beach FL has come to an end after a year and a half. At noon today after stunting with a loop of Newcleus’ “Jam On It” for twelve hours, W297BB flipped to Spanish Hot AC “107.3 Solo Exitos“. Using the “Más Música, Más Variedad” positioning the station describes itself as a mix of “Tropical, Bachata y Pop.” with core artists including Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Gurra, Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, Maná, Chayanne, Shakira, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Luis Fonsi. Cox Media Group (CMG) Orlando has launched a new Hispanic format in the Orlando market located at 107.3 FM. 107.3 Solo Éxitos will launch today at noon and target Hispanic adults 25-54. 10...Read More

The Dark Side Of Translator Moves

How many translators are operating within their licensed parameters? Juan Alberto Ayala withdrew his application to modify 93.5 W228DF Four Corners FL last week following an Informal Objection by Manuel Arroyo in December. Arroyo, with letters from 88.3 WPOZ President James Hoge and CBS Radio Orlando Director of Engineering Matthew Agnesi, called out W228DF for neither of its filed applications having written permission from those companies to rebroadcast their stations as legally mandated. W228DF’s original application in 2003 and a later amendment in 2013 specified WPOZ, while the later applications specified CBS’ 105.9 WOCL. Ayala has profited quite well already from his 2003 translator window applications. He sold 93.3 W227CU Cary NC in 2014 for $150,000 and last week agree...Read More

Len Shackelford Named PD Of 103.1 The Wolf Orlando

JVC Media Country “103.1 The Wolf” WOTW Orlando has named Len Shackelford as its new Program Director. Shackelford recently programmed Cox Media’s “K92” WWKA Orlando until 2012 and also spent many years programming Curtis Media’s 94.7 WQDR Raleigh. Murph Dawg, who had been programming WOTW will become Assistant Program Director and remain as afternoon host. JVC Media, one of the leading independent and locally owned radio broadcasters in the country, announces the addition of Country Radio veteran and former WWKA, Orlando Program Director Len Shackelford for programming duties on Orlando Country station WOTW – 103.1 The WOLF. Len is a radio legend with over 30 years of experience in markets from Raleigh, NC, Columbus, GA and most recently Cox Media...Read More

Dustin Kross Joins Hot 93.3 Dallas As PD/Morning Host

Cumulus Media CHR “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM Haltom City/Dallas has hired Dustin Kross as its new Program Director. Kross joins Cumulus from CBS’ “101.9 Amp Radio” WJHM Orlando where he served as APD/Morning Host. He takes the opening filled by Louie Diaz’ transfer to “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington DC in October. Cumulus Media Dallas/Fort Worth announces that programming professional Dustin Kross will join HOT 93.3 KLIF-FM as Program Director and Morning Drive Host for the station. Kross was most recently Assistant Program Director and Morning Drive Host for WJHM/101.9 AMP Radio in Orlando, FL. Prior to that he was Assistant Program Director and Midday/Afternoon Drive Host for WNWW 97.9 Kiss-FM in Jacksonville, FL. Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, ...Read More

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Orlando’s Game Adds FM Signal

iHeartMedia has launched 96.9 W245CL Deltona, FL rebroadcasting Sports “740 The Game” WYGM Orlando via 101.1 WJRR-HD2. Now “96.9 The Game“, the 250 watt at 145 meter signal covers all of Orlando proper (Coverage Map). One of five Sports stations in the market, WYGM is now the second to add an FM translator. It features local programming from 6am to 12pm and 3-6pm daily and Fox Sports Radio programming in other dayparts.

WOMX Morning Host Scott McKenzie Passes; Entire Orlando Market Pays Tribute

Scott McKenzie, who has hosted mornings at CBS Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX Orlando since 1991, passed away this morning after a seven year battle with non-Hodgkins blood cancer. The 59 year old McKenzie had been off the air at WOMX for the past month getting treatment in Philadelphia. He wrote on the station’s site last Friday that he and his wife called a hospice to setup final arrangements. I sincerely apologize to my friends and family whom I haven’t kept in the loop as chances for success started to slip from our grasp. We literally didn’t know we weren’t going to have a chance to stay in the battle until the last couple of days at Penn and then things, as you can guess, began to get crazy. Your constant love and support has gotten us through so much during this cancer ba...Read More

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