After returning to CBS AAA 93.1 WXRT Chicago on an interim basis in April, John Farneda is staying in the Music Director position permanently. Farneda previously worked for the station from 1983 until 2014 and held the APD/MD role at 2001 until his exit to focus on renovating his historic Frank Lloyd Wright landmark home. CBS RADIO Chicago has appointed John Farneda to the position of Music Director for WXRT-FM. Farneda has been working in this capacity on an interim basis since early April. This marks a return to the station for Farneda who previously held the MD position at XRT for more than 13 years from 2001-2014. John will report to WXRT OM/PD Greg Solk, who commented, “Christmas has come early to WXRT. John’s rich history here and his unequalled knowledge of the Chicago rock market m...Read More
Beasley Media has appointed four programmers to the new position of Format Captain for the company. Bill Weston, Program Director of Rock 93.3 WMMR and Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK Philadelphia will help oversee the company’s Rock stations. Cadillac Jack, Boston Operations Manager and PD of Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT and AC “Magic 106.7” WMJX will work with CHR and AC formatted stations. John Candelaria, Las Vegas Operations Manager and PD of Rhythmic AC “Old School 105.7” KOAS and Hot AC “Star 107.9” KVGS will support Urban stations. DJ Stout, Charlotte Operations Manager and PD of Country 103.7 WSOC and Talk 1660 WBCN will work with Country stations. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBG...Read More
The first flip of the usually busy Memorial Day Weekend has taken place as iHeartMedia flipped Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL/98.1 KVET-HD2 Austin TX to Spanish CHR “Tu 103.1” at 10am today. Positioned as “Donde Viven Tus Hits” (Where Your Hits Live), the station clones the branding utilized at “Tu 94.9” WZTU Miami. Enrique Santos’ syndicated morning show based at WZTU will also be heard on K276EL. The new format creates a direct format competitor to Emmis’ “Latino 102.7” K274AX/107.1 KLZT-HD2. K274AX held a 1.9 share in the April 2017 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, while K276EL’s Alternative format held just a 0.2 share with a slightly larger coverage area. iHeartMedia Austin announced today the debut of T...Read More
While iHeartMedia has made the most news lately in terms of staffing cuts, recent downsizing moves have been made the past few days at Cumulus Media, CBS Radio, and Entercom. Two major market Cumulus News/Talk stations have shed talent in the past couple of days. Morning host Brian Wilson is out at 630 WMAL/105.9 WMAL-FM Washington DC after six years at the station. Recently added co-host Mary Walter remains in place on “Mornings On The Mall”. Ron Kuby exits as 12-3pm co-host at 770 WABC New York. Kuby and longtime co-host Curtis Sliwa returned to WABC in January 2014 when Rush Limbaugh moved to iHeartMedia’s 710 WOR. The duo previously hosted mornings together on the station from 2000 until 2007. Curtis Sliwa remains in place. As Entercom’s purchase of CBS Radio co...Read More
Gerry House will not be returning to mornings at Classic Country “98.3 The Big Legend” W252CM /WSIX-HD2 Nashville full-time after all, but will be the voice of the station starting this Friday. House and Mike Bohan will produce on-air elements for the station as well as feature classic “House Foundation” bits. iHeartMedia Nashville announced today that Gerry House will once again hit the airwaves as an official voice talent for The BIG Legend at 98.3, Nashville’s All Time Country Favorites station, effective May 26th at 7a.m. After years of retirement, the legendary radio personality will once again be heard in Nashville. Gerry will be joined by his “long-time male companion” Mike Bohan, who will accompany House on-air. “The truth is, the good times, the spirit and ...Read More
Richard Heftel’s Heftel Broadcasting has won the bidding for the seven Highway Radio stations. Heftel, son of longtime radio operator Cecil Heftel and former GM of KLVE/KSCA/KTNQ Los Angeles for Hispanic Broadcasting, won the bidding with a $620,000 offer. Educational Media Foundation’s $525,000 offer for just 98.1 KRXV Yermo and 99.7 KHYZ Mountain Pass was considered the backup bid. Following the closing of the transaction, Heftel Broadcasting will own a controlling 67.7 percent stake in the stations while John Hearne’s Point Broadcasting will retain their 32.3 percent share. Heftel began operating the stations via Time Brokerage Agreement earlier this month. Original Report 3/8: Seven stations in the California desert on the route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas are b...Read More
The Cromwell Group has pulled the plug on Gospel “102.1 The Light” W271AB Nashville/WPRT-HD2 Pegram TN and its currently stunting with a loop of Los Del Rio’s “Macarena”. This is the second time in as many years that Cromwell has used the Macarena to launch a new format in Nashville. 830 WQZQ Goodlettsville/93.3 W227DC Nashville utilized the same stunt last year prior to the launch of “Classic Hits 93.3“.
iHeartMedia Hot AC “102.9 Now” KDMX Dallas has appointed Kannon to host afternoons. Kannon, who also currently hosts the syndicated Open House Party, previously hosted mornings at Cumulus CHR “i93.3” KLIF-FM and then CBS’ 103.7 KVIL in the Dallas market. He’s also worked at “95.5 The Beat” WBTS Atlanta and “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia. Kannon replaces Chris Davis, who was voicetracking afternoons at KDMX from his base at 97.9 WNCI Columbus OH. iHeartMedia’s 102.9 Now, Music Variety for Dallas/Ft. Worth, announced today that local on-air personality Kannon will host the station’s afternoon drive programming, effective June 1. Kannon will broadcast weekdays from 2 – 7 p.m. Kannon’s interactive afternoon show will discuss the la...Read More
Rick Rambaldo's ERIE Radio Company winning application for a new FM on 100.9 in Westfield NY serving Erie PA has been dismissed as the company failed to make its down payment in time and has been denied a waiver.
DJRD Broadcasting Standards/Oldies “Legends 770” KAAM Garland/Dallas TX will drop its format in favor of Christian Talk on Monday, June 5. The brokered talk shows that air daily from 1-4pm and most of the day on weekends will remain with some moving to new time slots. Owner Donald Crawford Jr. intends to keep the old format alive as a webcaster at KAAMRadio.com as he claims it is the most listened to Nostalgia station online.
iHeartMedia will launch “Smooth Jazz 107.1” K296GB North Highlands/93.7 KYRV-HD2 Sacramento CA on Monday, May 22. K296GB had been Classic Rock “107.1 The Brew” until the launch of sister “93.7 The River” KYRV last month. It has been simulcasting Talk 650 KSTE since then. Lynda Clayton, who hosted middays on “Smooth Jazz 94.7” KSSJ Fair Oaks from 1997 until its flip to Alternative in 2010, will host on the new station.
Two new formats coming to Miami, while lots of Legends coming elsewhere.