My Country 107.3 Debuting In Corpus Christi

With the sale of Convergent Broadcasting’s Corpus Christi stations to ICA Radio approved by the FCC and closing imminent, Variety Hits “107.3 Jake-FM” KAJE Ingleside TX will flip to Classic Country tonight. As we reported in Daily Domains last week, KAJE will become “My Country 107.3” at midnight. The station will launch with a commercial-free loop of George Strait songs until the debut of the syndicated Big D & Bubba morning show at 4:00am on Monday, March 27. Kevin McCoy, currently Program Director and Morning Host at sister “Classic Rock 104.5” KPUS will add PD duties for KAJE and take middays at My Country while departing the morning slot at KPUS. Angeii will host afternoons. Current “Jake-FM” morning host Bart Allison will sup...Read More

Fresh Listen: Happy Birthday, Bob FM

When CFWM (99.9 Bob FM) Winnipeg debuted just over 15 years ago, (on March 4, 2002): Classic Rock was still focused on its first generation of artists, and considered the Boston-to-Bon-Jovi era to be a secondary trifle, at best. Pushing into the ‘90s wasn’t even a consideration; those songs were still recent gold for Alternative and Active Rock radio. Oldies radio had not renamed itself Classic Hits and was still grappling with how to push further into the ‘70s. The ‘80s were just another era for Mainstream AC radio, which still went back to the ‘60s and ‘70s without issues. The ‘80s had just been discredited as a separate format by the fast-burning all-‘80s stations, but they were still a center lane for “’80s, ‘90s, and Now” Hot ACs. The Adult Hits boom that Bob FM fostered—within a year...Read More

Weber State University To Sell KWCR License

Weber State University has decided to sell 88.1 KWCR Ogden UT. KWCR has been silent for much of the past two years as the station has moved its programming to a digital platform outside of temporary broadcasts to keep the license alive. Station trustee Nolan Karras told the Ogden Standard-Examiner “The value of this declines every day we wait, so we need to sell”.

Wild Willie Brings Classic Country To Panama City

The Christmas music on WWLY Panama City gave way to its new identity of Classic Country “Wild Willie 100” at 8am this morning. Promoting “Real! Country! Legends!” such as George Strait, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, the new format creates an older skewing in-market competitor for iHeartMedia’s market leading 92.5 WPAP and Powell Broadcasting’s “Kick’n 103.5” WKNK. Gulf South Communications Classic Country “96.9 The Legend” WDJR Hartford AL, which primarily serves the Dothan market, is also heard throughout much of the Panama City market. Marc Summers, Operations Manager for Magic Broadcasting Panama City will serve as Program Director for WWLY. Original Report 3/20: With Rock “97X” WYYX relocating...Read More

WFLI Chattanooga To Go Dark

Another day and another AM station is going dark. WFLI Inc. Southern Gospel 1070 WFLI Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga TN will cease operations on March 31. The station has been in the possession of the Benns family since its sign-on in 1962 and became the powerhouse Top 40 for Chattanooga throughout the 1960s and 70s. Station co-founder Billy Benns also built and launched other heritage stations throughout the south including 690 WVOK Birmingham (now WJOX), 690 WAPE Jacksonville, and 740 WBAM Montgomery (now WMSP) with the Brennan Brothers.

Entercom Names Richard J. Schmaeling Chief Financial Officer

Entercom has announced the hiring of Richard J. Schmaeling as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective April 18. Schmaeling joins Entercom from Travel Leaders Group where he held CFO duties. He has also served as CFO for television station operator LIN Media from 2008 until its acquisition by Media General at the end of 2014 and VP/Finance of Dow Jones. Schmaeling will succeed Steve Fisher, who previously announced his intentions to step down, as of April 30. Fisher will continue to assist Entercom with the CBS Radio merger through January 2018. Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) today announced that it has appointed Richard J. Schmaeling as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 18, 2017. Mr. Schmaeling will report to David J. Fi...Read More

Cumulus Turns In Albany GA AM

Cumulus Media is turning in the license of 1450 WGPC Albany GA. WGPC went dark earlier this year after its tower was snapped in half by a wind storm on January 2. A Cumulus official told WALB-TV that the company was surrendering the license for WGPC rather than rebuild. Prior to going dark the station was operating as Sports “1450 The Fan” with the national CBS Sports Radio lineup around the clock. WGPC was the first radio station in Albany and had been operating from the same tower site since 1940.

WFML To Return To Vincennes University Operation

After ten years under the auspices of DLC Media, Vincennes University Foundation will resume operations of its 96.7 WFML Vincennes IN on April 1. DLC Media has operated WFML under multiple formats including Country, Rock, and since 2014 as Variety Hits “96.7 Jack-FM“. The station will be placed under the VU Broadcasting umbrella that operates student run Hot AC “Blazer 91.1” WVUB and PBS affiliate WVUT-TV. WFML will debut its new format on Sunday, April 2 under new Program Director Dane Foley. Foley most recently hosted at Original Company Country “106.5 The Bullet” WWBL Washington IN. The station will continue to operate as a commercial facility. DLC Media also announced that it will break 910 WAKO Lawrenceville IL off of its simulcast of sister AC R...Read More

Doug Gottlieb Jumps To Fox Sports Radio

The long-rumored move of Doug Gottlieb from CBS Sports Radio to Fox Sports Radio is official. Gottlieb will take the 3-6pm eastern timeslot vacated by Jay Mohr earlier this year and the same daypart he is currently heard on CBS Sports Radio. He will also serve as a basketball analyst for FS1 programs including Skip And Shannon: Undisputed and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. He will debut on Monday, April 24. The former Notre Dame and Oklahoma State basketball player has also hosted shows for WWLS Oklahoma City and ESPN Radio. CBS Sports Radio previously announced the move of Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber from 9am-12pm to Gottlieb’s afternoon timeslot and CBS Sports Network television simulcast starting April 17. FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced today the addition of veteran sports med...Read More

JJ Ryan Moves To KJYO/KXXY Oklahoma City

For the first time since 1989, iHeartMedia CHR “KJ 103” 102.7 KJYO Oklahoma City has a new Program Director. JJ Ryan, most recently PD of sister Country “92.5 The Bull” KBEB Sacramento, is transferring to KJYO and sister Country “96.1 KXY” KXXY as Program Director. At KJYO Ryan will succeed Mike McCoy, who had been at the station as PD since 1989 and exited last week. At KXXY Ryan will succeed iHeartMedia Senior VP/Programming Tom Travis as the day-to-day programmer of the station. Bryan ‘B-Dub’ Washington replaced Ryan as KBEB PD last week. Prior to joining KBEB in 2014, Ryan programmed iHeart Rhythmic CHR “92.1 The Beat” KIBT and Country “106.1 The Twister” KTGX Tulsa for iHeart. He has also worked on-air in the Roch...Read More

Alpha Shakes Up Richmond Cluster

With the sale of Country “98.9 The Wolf” 98.9 WLFV Midlothian/100.3 WARV-FM Petersburg to Educational Media Foundation about to close, Alpha Media has made changes at its two remaining Richmond VA market stations. Classic Hits “107.3 BBT” WBBT-FM Powhatan has flipped to 1980s Hits positioning as “The 80s Station”. WLFV middayer Jason Paige has moved to mornings at WBBT-FM replacing now former Program Director Jim Conlee, who exits. WLFV/WARV-FM are currently running music beds and imaging redirecting listeners to sister Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM” WWLB Ettrick. With “The Wolf” reaching its end, WWLB has added some more recent artists such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert to its now-mostly 80s/90s Country play...Read More

Mapleton Launches 94.1 The Bear Spokane

Mapleton Communications flipped Adult Standards “Magic 790” KJRB Spokane WA to Classic Rock “94.1 The Bear” at 7am on Tuesday as it signed on its new FM translator. Launching with the normal 10,000 songs in a row commercial free, the new format is positioning as “The Rock You Know”. The new format goes up against iHeartMedia’s market leading 98.9 KKZX and QueenB Radio “Rock 94.5” KHTQ. Mapleton Spokane OM Greg Tillotson will add programming duties for KJRB. 94.1 K231CU Spokane operates with 99w/408m giving nearly full market coverage.

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