Rich Dickerson is retiring after 25 years hosting “The Love Doctors” at iHeartMedia Hot Talk “Real Radio 94.3” WZZR Riviera Beach/West Palm Beach & 101.7 WCZR Vero Beach FL. Dickerson began the show on what was then Hot AC “Z93” 92.7 WZZR in 1991 after hosting a similar show with that name on 98.7 WKGR. The show and format moved to the 94.3/101.7 simulcast in December 2002. His final show will be Friday, December 16. Following Dickerson’s retirement co-hosts Dr. Glenn Curtis and Lea Maresca and producer Dano Russo will continue the show. Dickerson is also credited for helping to launch The Kiss Army fan club while programming 100.7 WVTS Terre Haute IN in 1975. iHeartMedia West Palm Beach announced today that noted radio personality Rich Dicker...Read More
Mack, Nina and Nick afternoon hosts at iHeartMedia CHR “Y100” 100.7 WHYI Miami will take on double-duty as morning hosts at sister “Wild 95.5” WLDI Fort Pierce/West Palm Beach. The trio replace the syndicated Elvis Duran. WiLD 95.5, The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station, announced today the debut of Mack in the Morning, effective immediately. Mack in the Morning will broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. On-air personalities Mack and Nina are known in the media industry as the award- winning afternoon crew on sister station Y100 in Miami. Mack in the Morning will bring a mix of pop culture and unique South Florida flavor, and Mack in the Morning will wake up the Palm Beaches! Plus, the station will launch with an opportunity for listeners to Beat The Buzzer and ...Read More
Frank Iorio's Radio Partners Inc. seeks to swap city-of-license at two of his stations in Western Pennsylvania.
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
iHeartMedia Country “Wave 92.7” WAVW Stuart/Port St. Lucie FL has added a Palm Beach area simulcast on 93.3 W227CX North Palm Beach. The move gives an in-market competitor to Digity’s 103.1 WIRK Indiantown while expanding WAVW’s presence into the larger market. The 132 watt translator covers the area in-between West Palm Beach and Jupiter, but not the entire West Palm Beach market (Coverage Map). INSTANT INSIGHT: It’l be interesting to see if JVC Media’s “93.5 The Bar” WBGF Belle Glade makes an attempt to have W227CX displaced as it will block out the rimshot signal on the adjacent channel. WBGF targets its programming at the West Palm Beach area despite not putting a 60dBu signal over the populated areas of the market (Coverage Map).
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.
Following the sale of Classical South Florida’s stations to Educational Media Foundation, 91.3 WLRN Miami has come to an agreement to retain the Public News/Talk programming on 101.9 W270AD/WFLV-HD2 West Palm Beach. Currently branded as “WPBI News“, the station will be relaunched as “101.9, NPR For The Palm Beaches” as WLRN leases the HD2 and translator from EMF. WLRN is owned by the School Board of Miami-Dade County and also operates WLRN-TV Miami, 91.5 WKWM Key West and three translators serving the remainder of the Florida Keys. Following the demise of Classical South Florida, WLRN launched a Classical programming service on its HD2 to serve the Miami market. WLRN will begin operating W270AD at a yet-to-be announced date in November.
Translator Sales Just north of Chicago, Cornerstone Community Radio is selling the CP for 92.1 W221DD Waukegan, IL to Frank Glass McCoy for $5000. McCoy is the Chief Engineer for Salem Media’s Chicago stations but it is unknown if they are involved in the purchase. Cornerstone also sells the CP for 101.5 W268CF West Palm Beach, FL to Educational Media Foundation for $25,000. EMF will rebroadcast its pending acquisition 90.7 WFLV West Palm Beach on the translator and will file a modification application before closing. With EMF adding a third signal in West Palm Beach, does this increase the chances for an NPR News/Talk station to remain in the market? Stewards of Sound, Inc. purchases the CP for 103.1 W276CP Bloomer, WI from Edgewater Broadcasting for $22,000. W276CP will rebroadcast...Read More
Translator Moves Educational Media Foundation’s 96.5 K243BN Laveen, AZ applies to open up its directional pattern to increase coverage to the east and west while remaining at its current 250 watts at 278.6 meters antenna on Phoenix’s North Mountain. K243BN will likely be heading towards a signal conflict with 1TV.com’s 97.3 KIKO-FM Claypool, which applied last month to upgrade to a Class C on 96.5. K243BN will change its originating station to an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 99.9 KESZ Phoenix (Coverage Map).
Educational Media Foundation has begun operating the three Classical programmed stations owned by Classical South Florida with their Christian AC “K-Love” programming. New call letters accompany the change at all three stations. 89.7 WKCP Miami is now WMLV, 90.7 WPBI West Palm Beach is WFLV, and 88.7 WNPS Fort Myers becomes WDLV. 93.5 in Butler, AL had previously held the WMLV call letters but switches to WMLG. The move gives Fort Myers two stations airing the “K-Love” programming for now as 98.5 WLVO San Carlos Park previously in existence, but one will likely switch over to the “Air 1” Christian CHR network in time. That same move will not be taking place in West Palm Beach for the time being. EMF will continue to run the Public News/Talk “WPBI N...Read More
Adib Eden’s Actualidad Media Group is initiating a game of musical towers in an attempt to upgrade its three AM’s in South Florida.