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FCC Report 12/4: Nine Signal Shuffle Proposed In Northern Michigan

As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.

WMAL Goes Local In Afternoons With Larry O’Connor

Cumulus Conservative Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC/105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge VA is moving morning co-host Larry O’Connor to afternoons to host a daily show from 3-6pm starting Monday, January 2. O’Connor has co-hosted “Mornings On The Mall” with Brian Wilson since 2012 and added a one-hour afternoon show from 5-6pm in 2014. He will replace the syndicated Michael Savage in afternoons. O’Connor will continue to serve as Editor-At-Large for conservative blog HotAir.com. WMAL is seeking a new co-host to join Brian Wilson in mornings. Cumulus Media announces that it has named popular Washington, D.C. on-air personality Larry O’Connor as Host of a new three-hour weekday afternoon show on WMAL-AM/FM. “The Larry O’Connor Show” will air weekdays from 3-6PM EST beginning J...Read More

Rob Roberts Named Cumulus VP/Hot AC; Louie Diaz Q100 Atlanta PD

Two Cumulus Media programmers are swapping stations as Rob Roberts is promoted to Vice President/Hot AC for the company. As part of his promotion Roberts will relocate to Washington DC and add day-to-day PD duties for Hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX. Louie Diaz, who has programmed WRQX for the past year, will head to Atlanta as Operations Manager for the market and PD of CHR “Q100” 99.7 WWWQ. Roberts joined then 100.5 WWWQ and Alternative “99X” WNNX in May 2006 as Operations Manager. He added PD duties for Q100 stations in January 2008 ahead of its frequency swap and flip of WNNX to Rock. Prior to joining Cumulus he spent eleven years as PD of Clear Channel CHR “Y100” WHYI Miami and as Regional VP/Programming for the company. Diaz joined WRQX last No...Read More

Westwood One Takes Chris Plante National

Westwood One has announced it will begin syndicating conservative talker Chris Plante nationally from 9am-12pm eastern beginning Monday, January 2, 2017. Plante has worked at Cumulus’ 630 WMAL Washington DC/105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge VA since 2005 and has been syndicated internally on additional Cumulus stations the past few years. Prior to joining WMAL, Plante spent 17 years as a reporter at CNN. Westwood One today announced that it will launch The Chris Plante Show, featuring conservative talker Chris Plante, on Monday, January 2, 2017. The program will emanate from its flagship station, Washington, DC’s WMAL 105.9 FM/AM 630, from 9 am – 12 noon ET. Plante, known for his conservative values, will bring his daily political talk show to radio stations nationwide. The Chris Plante Show ...Read More

FCC Report 8/28: Radio-One Claims Confusion Over DC Translator Applications

Radio-One is seeking a waiver or flexibility over two Washington DC translator applications after getting their filings mixed up.

WAMU Seeks To Sell Bluegrass Country

American University’s Public News/Talk 88.5 WAMU Washington DC has announced it plans to sell or shutdown its “Bluegrass Country” digital and HD/translator fed service. WAMU’s Benae Mosby told Washingtonian that the brand has been running in the red since it was moved from a specialty show on the primary station to a full-time digital platform in 2007. The station’s deficit was $142,000 in the 2016 fiscal year. Should I buyer not be found by the end of the year WAMU will shut the service down. Bluegrass Country currently airs on WAMU-HD2 as well as 105.5 W288BS Reston VA which serves Washington proper, 93.5 W228AM Frederick MD and 93.5 W228AB Paramount/Hagerstown MD. WAMU’s Bluegrass Country History and Origins From 1967 through today, WAMU has been a proud su...Read More

Tony Kornheiser To Exit WTEM; Launch Podcast

Tony Kornheiser is exiting Red Zebra Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington and simulcasters 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA at the end of this month. Kornheiser has been part of the lineup at WTEM on and off since its launch on 570 in 1992 including during his six year run while syndicated nationally by ESPN Radio. While part of the Monday Night Football booth, his show moved to the short-lived “Washington Post Radio” 1500 WTWP and “3WT” WWWT and XM Satellite Radio in 2007 and 2008. He returned to WTEM for 10am to 12pm in 2010. After his usual summer hiatus from the radio show, Kornheiser will launch a new podcast in September. He will also continue as the co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption. Red Zebra Broadcasting announc...Read More

FCC Report 5/22: Radio-One Acts To Quickly Fill DC Frequency Vacancy

Following last week's dismissal of WOOK-LP Washington DC, Radio-One has quickly moved to fill the 103.1 vacancy in the nation's capital.

Mix 107.3 Washington Rounds Out Lineup With Return Of Kristie McIntyre

Cumulus Hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington DC has filled out its weekday lineup with the return of Kristie McIntyre to the station to host nights. McIntyre previously worked at WRQX from 2005-2010 and has been in the Washington and adjacent Baltimore markets for the past two decades including stops at Hot AC “94.7 Fresh-FM” WIAD and “All News 99.1” WNEW in the Washington market and CHR “B102.7” WXYV, Classic Hits 102.7 WQSR, and News/Talk 1090 WBAL in Baltimore. She has also worked in Boston, Cape Cod, Indianapolis and New York. McIntyre will host 7pm-12am starting May 2 and joins a lineup including Jack Diamond in mornings, Ashley Nickels in middays, and Jason Kidd in afternoons. Cumulus Media announces that it has named longtime Washington,...Read More

ESPN 980 Washington DC Announces New Lineup

Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA will launch a new lineup heavy on local hosts on Monday, May 2. While nearly all dayparts will see a change, the centerpiece of the new lineup is the new morning show hosted by Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan that will run from 7-11am daily. Cooley had been co-hosting afternoons and Sheehan at 12-2pm. “Cooley and Kevin” will be preceded by Al Galdi from 5-7am. Tony Kornheiser will move back an hour to 11am-1pm, while “Inside the Locker Room” with Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell and Scott Jackson expands to three hours from 1-4pm. Andy Pollin will reunite with longtime co-host Steve Czaben to resurrect “The Sports Reporters” from 4-7pm, while “DMV Gam...Read More

WTOP Reclaims #1 Biller Status For 2015

A year after being knocked off their perch by iHeartMedia CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles, Hubbard News 103.5 WTOP Washington DC has reclaimed the spot as the nation’s top billing radio station in BIA/Kelsey’s annual report. WTOP and its suburban simulcasters had its revenue rise from $63.5 million in 2014 to $65 million in 2015 to regain the lead, while continuing to be the only station outside of the top three markets to appear in the top 10 list. WTOP has now been the top billing station for five out of the past six years. KIIS-FM’s slight drop from $65.9 million to $64.7 million placed it second, while iHeart CHR sister “Z100” WHTZ New York placed third at $48.4 million. Sports helped two of the biggest gainers as CBS’ WFAN New York rose from seventh t...Read More

WNEW-FM Call Letters Return To 102.7 New York

As first hinted in this morning’s Tom Taylor Now, CBS Radio has moved the WNEW-FM call letters back home to 102.7 in New York. The WNEW call letters heritage in New York dates back to their use on 1130, 102.7 and TV Channel 5. WNEW-TV became WNYW upon its sale to Fox in 1986 and then 1130 became WBBR when sold to Bloomberg in 1992 and the FM adjusted from WNEW-FM to WNEW until its change to WWFS to match its then-new “Fresh 102.7” identity in January 2007. The calls were then parked on then CBS owned 106.3 in Jupiter FL until moved to 99.1 Bowie MD/Washington DC for its launch of “All News 99.1” in December 2011. With CBS now leasing 99.1 Bowie to Bloomberg, the company is now moving the WNEW-FM call letters home to New York, while that station becomes WDCH-FM...Read More

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