iHeartMedia has named Dave Hovel as Senior Vice President of Programming for its Salisbury/Ocean City MD cluster. Hovel joins iHeart from West Virginia Radio Corporation Classic Country “95.9 The Big Dawg” WICL Williamsport/Hagerstown MD where he served as PD/Morning Host. He previously hosted mornings on CBS’ “New Country 106.1” W291CI Baltimore, afternoons at iHeart’s 94.7 WDSD Dover DE, briefly served as OM for Renda Broadcasting’s Fort Myers FL stations and spent 24 years at Delmarva Broadcasting’s Country 103.7 WXCY Havre de Grace MD, where he eventually rose to PD. At iHeart Salisbury Hovel will oversee programming for CHR “Kiss 95.9” WKZP, Urban AC “Magic 98.9” WSBY, Country “Froggy 99.9” WWFG, AC ...Read More
Bayshore Media has relaunched recently acquired Variety Hits 1280 WSUX/96.3 W242AV Seaford DE with New Generation Media’s “Smash Hits” programming. Concurrently sister Gospel 101.1 WRYD Snow Hill/Ocean City MD has begun simulcasting WSUX with new WSUX-FM call letters. The Smash Hits programming features a mix based around 1980s and 1990s hits with some currents and recurrents.
FM Changes A pair of Boise market stations are on the move. Radio Rancho’s Regional Mexican “106.3 La Gran D” KDBI Homedale ID is applying to move to 106.5 with no changes to its 100kW/313m facilities. KDBI seeks a waiver in making the move in that it believes it would better serve the public interest being third adjacent to both Townsquare Media’s 105.9 KCIX Boise and Scripps’ 107.1 KTHI Caldwell than being second adjacent to KCIX. Impact Radio Rhythmic CHR “Wild 101.1” KWYD Parma applies for a new tower site closer to the population center while downgrading from a Class C0 to C1 with 100kW/194m. KSE Radio Ventures Classic Hits “Kool 105.1” KXKL-FM Denver applies to move to the new tower of sister 100.3 KIMN. KXKL-FM will downgrade fro...Read More
Station Sales Gregory Shinn’s Central Arkansas Radio Group is buying Noalmark Broadcasting’s Hot Springs AR cluster for $1.6 million. The stations involved are Rock simulcast “Real Rock 93.5” KYRC Bismarck/101.5 KHRK Malvern, CHR 105.9 KLAZ Hot Springs, and Southern Gospel 1420 KBHS/105.5 K288FP Hot Springs. Noalmark retains its clusters in El Dorado and Magnolia AR and Hobbs and Roswell NM. Adams Radio Group trades Variety Hits 1280 WSUX/96.3 W242AV Seaford DE to Vincent Klepac’s Bayshore Media for Alternative “104.3 The Ryde” 1590 WIJK/104.3 W282AW Ocean City and 105.1 W286BB Ocean Pines MD. Liberman Broadcasting sells 1230 KCOH Houston to Roberta Rose Ramirez’ Pueblo de Galilea for $1.8 million. KCOH currently simulcasts Liberman Regional ...Read More
Adams Radio Group has hired Johnny Maze as Program Director of Active Rock “93.5 The Beach” WZBH and Classic Rock “Big 98.5” WGBG in the Salisbury/Ocean City MD market. Maze joins Adams from Scripps’ Wichita cluster where he programmed Active Rock “T95” 95.1 KICT and Classic Rock “104.5 The Fox” KFXJ. He will also host afternoons on WGBG. Adams Radio Group has named radio veteran Johnny Maze as the new Program Director for WZBH “The Beach” and WGBG “Big Classic Rock” in Salisbury-Ocean City. Maze will also serve as PM drive for WGBG. Maze most recently programmed rock/classic rock combo KICT and KFXJ for E.W. Scripps in Wichita, KS. Under his leadership, both stations achieved success in their target demo and in the most recent Fall 201...Read More
Adams Radio has hired Cheryl Salomone as Vice President & Market Manager for their Salisbury/Ocean-City MD cluster. Salomone joins Adams from Townsquare Media’s Yakima and Tri-Cities WA clusters. She has also served as GM for New Northwest Broadcasters in the Tri-Cities (Richland/Kennewick/Pasco) and Clear Channel in Yakima and Greensboro NC. Adams operates Active Rock “93.5 The Beach” WZBH, Classic Rock “Big 98.5” WGBG, Rhythmic CHR “OC 104” 103.9 WOCQ and Country “K107.7” WKHI in the Salisbury/Ocean City market. Adams Radio Of Delmarva Peninsula has named Cheryl Salomone as Vice President & Market Manager for its cluster of stations in Salisbury – Ocean City, MD. Salomone leaves Townsquare Media where she was the Regional Vi...Read More
Delmarva Broadcasting is combining the resources of News/Talk 1150 WDEL Wilmington DE/101.7 WDEL-FM Canton NJ and “Delaware 105.9” WXDE Lewes DE. WXDE morning host/PD Dan Gaffney will add oversight of the talk hosts on both stations, while WDEL Director of News & Programming Chris Carl takes oversight of the news operations. The stations will now simulcast from 9am to 4pm daily. Susan Monday moves from a split 10am-12pm/1pm-3pm timeslot on WXDE to 9am-12pm on both stations. Allan Loudell’s noon newshour remains in place on both, while WDEL 1-4pm host Rick Jensen will now be heard on WXDE. Both stations will retain their existing morning and afternoon shows as WDEL retains its morning and afternoon news blocks anchored by Peter MacArthur and Allan Loudell respectively...Read More
GSB Broadcasting closed on its acquisition of 92.5 WICO-FM Pocomoke City MD from Delmarva Broadcasting and has flipped the station to a simulcast of Variety Hits 96.5 WCTG Chincoteague VA. WICO-FM had been rebroadcasting Delmarva’s News/Talk 1320 WICO Salisbury, which is also in the process of being sold. With the addition of the the 92.5 signal, WCTG is promoting being able to be heard on much of the Delmarva Peninsula from southern Delaware to near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel.
Draper Holdings has launched the permanent format on its recently acquired 102.5 WBOC-FM Pocomoke City/Salisbury MD. The station had been airing Christmas music since returning to the air in late-November. The new format will continue to compete with iHeartMedia’s “Q105” 104.7 WQHQ with an emphasis on local. While WQHQ is only locally originating in middays and afternoons, WBOC-FM is promoting that it will be local from 6am to 12am. The station’s lineup features Sarah Petros and Corey Phoebus in mornings, April Brilliant in middays, Program Director Joe Edwards in afternoons, and Dory Hayman at night.
Station Sales Sunnylands Broadcasting sells AC “95.9 Star-FM” KRSX Goldendale WA/The Dalles OR to Gorge Country Media for $100,000. Haystack Broadcasting, who had been operating KRSX via LMA, is assigning its LMA and agreement to purchase the station to Gorge Country Media. After nearly ten years of leasing Spanish Christian “Genesis 680” WGES St. Petersburg FL, Vision Communications Network is acquiring the station from ZGS Broadcasting for between $550,000 and $610,000 depending on how quickly they pay off the promissory note. Manna Christian Missions sells Christian 1350 WCRM Fort Myers FL to Aaron Howard’s Genesis Multi Media for $450,000. In a deal not yet filed with the FCC, Chicago Public Media will acquire Public News/Talk 91.1 WKCC Kankakee IL from Ka...Read More
Draper Holdings has closed on its acquisition of Silent 102.5 WBOC-FM Princess Anne/Salisbury MD (formerly Christian AC “Joy 102.5” WOLC) and has relaunched the station with commercial-free Christmas music. WBOC-FM will debut its permanent format after the holiday season. The company has hired Joe Edwards as Operations Manager. Edwards crossed the street from Delmarva Broadcasting’ Salisbury cluster after 22 years with the company where he served as OM of Country “Cat Country 97.5” WKTT. Our Daily Domains report on Monday, November 23 featured a list of domains registered for the new station. Delmarva’s newest radio station, 102.5 WBOC-FM, has launched with commercial-free Christmas music. The 50,000-watt station can be heard across much of the peninsula, and ...Read More
Delmarva Broadcasting is preparing to exit the Salisbury/Ocean City MD market. Delmarva has begun by selling Country “Cat Country 97.5” WKTT and Conservative Talk 1320 WICO Salisbury to Rothschild Broadcasting for $300,000. The buyer is led by Robin Rothschild who previously owned 100.7 WVAY Wilmington VT and currently hosts a weekly magazine show for Salisbury market NBC affiliate WRDE-TV. A second sale of WICO’s simulcast partner 92.5 WICO-FM Pocomoke City is mentioned in the first contract but not yet filed. DCRTV.com reports that WICO-FM will go to Greg Bojko’s GSB Broadcasting for an undisclosed amount. GSB Broadcasting owns Variety Hits 96.5 WCTG Chincoteague VA. Delmarva will continue to own Classic Hits “97.1 The Wave” WAVD Ocean Pines MD for now...Read More