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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
Cumulus Hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington DC has hired Jason Kidd for afternoons. Kidd joins the station from his own New Generation Radio where he is President and Brand Developer. He previously programmed CBS Rhythmic CHR 95.5 WPGC in the Washington market. He has also worked in programming and on-air “102.7 Jack-FM” WQSR and “Mix 106.5” WWMX Baltimore and “104.3 The Beat” KQBT Austin for CBS and WKST Pittsburgh and WWHT Syracuse for Clear Channel as well as SiriusXM. Kidd will host 3-7pm starting Monday, February 15. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 25-year radio veteran Jason Kidd as afternoon drive personality for Washington, D.C.’s MIX 107.3/WRQX-FM. Kidd debuts on MIX 107.3 on Monday, February 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p...Read More
After the madness of the first day, the next two days have mainly consisted of amendments to fix corrections in original applications or early attempts to eliminate mutually-exclusive pairings.
Hubbard Freeform “The Gamut” 103.5 WTOP-HD3 Washington DC could soon be adding an analog signal over Washington and Montgomery County MD. Reston Translator’s 98.3 W252DC Reston VA has applied to move to the Bethesda MD tower utilized by co-owned 105.5 W288BS Reston with a directional 200 watts at 189 meters (Coverage Map) rebroadcasting WTOP-HD3. The Gamut programming is also heard on 820 WWFD Frederick MD and 104.5 W283CD Sterling VA. Reston Translator is owned by Communications Attorney John Garziglia and his wife Barbara. Their W288BS rebroadcasts “Bluegrass Country” 88.5 WAMU-HD3 Washington.
Cumulus Media has filled its long-vacant Market Manager position in Washington DC. Jake McCann has been promoted to the VP/Market Manager position from his role as Vice President of Sales for the cluster. McCann replaces Mark O’Brien whose contract expired at the end of February 2015 and later joined CBS Radio as VP of political sales. Concurrently with McCann’s promotion, Beth Cohen is promoted from Director of Sales to Vice President of Sales for the cluster. She previously worked in the market as General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia Washington. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Jake McCann to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Washington, D.C. McCann was formerly Vice President, Sales for Cumulus Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales for...Read More
Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA is on the hunt for its third Program Director in less than a year. The Washington Post reports Dan Zampillo announced his resignation on Monday, but will remain through a transition period. Zampillo joined WTEM last April from SiriusXM. He filled the position made available when Chuck Sapienza resigned during the tumult created by the postponement of the station’s short lived “Man Cave” morning show. WTEM is currently undergoing restructuring as the parent Washington Redskins combine the management of the stations and the NFL franchise. Redskins EVP Terry Bateman is running the stations following the exit of Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean last month.