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iHeart’s Rip City Radio 620 Portland & NBC Sports Northwest Partner On Programming

iHeartMedia Sports “Rip City Radio” 620 KPOJ Portland and NBC Sports Northwest have agreed to a content partnership that will see the station rebrand as “NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio” are share nine hours of weekday programming daily. KPOJ will also relocate its local programming to new studios at NBC Sports Northwest’s facility. The deal will see KPOJ’s “Rip City Mornings” hosted by Dan Sheldon and Nigel Burton from 6-9am and “Rip City Drive” with Travis Demers and Chad Doing from 3-6pm simulcast on the television network replacing programming from Entercom’s “1080 The Fan” KFXX in those dayparts. The two will also debut a new 12-3pm show hosted by Dwight Jaynes & Aaron Fentress. KPOJ will continue t...Read More

Marty Lenz To Anchor KOA Denver’s Colorado Morning News

iHeartMedia News/Talk 850 KOA/94.1 K231AA Boulder/K231BQ Golden CO has appointed Marty Lenz as its new co-anchor of Colorado’s Morning News. Lenz will debut on KOA on January 8 alongside co-anchor April Zesbaugh filling the opening created by Stefan Tubbs’ July arrest for suspected domestic violence, disturbance by phone. Tubbs has since had all charges against him dropped but the company chose not to rehire him. Lenz joins KOA from Entercom News 740 KCBS/106.9 KFRC San Francisco where he has worked since 2010 as well as KRON-TV and NBC Sports Bay Area. He is a Denver area native and played football at Colorado State University before working in the market at AC 101.1 KOSI, Classic Rock “99.5 The Hawk” KKHK, Smooth Jazz 95.7 KHIH, Hot AC “Mix 100” KIMN, ...Read More

Final Listen: WGHT (North Jersey 1500)

It’s business as usual today on “North Jersey 1500” WGHT Pompton Lakes NJ today. There are still promos about the station being live and local, and not voice-tracked (“our announcers drive to work”). There are still advertiser testimonials. (“There are no more flying chickens, because I sell so many wings.”) But North Jersey 1500’s pending demise was announced a few months ago. There were reports of the station being taken over by its city of license. Now, a “Ross On Radio” reader reports that p.m. driver Art Rooney has announced that this Thursday (14) will be the station’s final day, with owner John Sillman signing off the station himself at 2 p.m. So it was time for a “Final Listen,” although you still have a few days left for yours. If you enjoyed the final days of KSWD (Th...Read More

Point Launches In Northeast Michigan

Carroll Enterprises has closed on its $175,000 purchase of the former 106.1 WHST Tawas City MI from Northern Christian Radio and has flipped the station to Hot AC “106.1 The Point” WTZI. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters reports the station will emphasize music over other elements with owner John Carroll stating, “We are proud to launch this new station to serve our community with local information, weather and today’s hit music. We also wanted to bring a station to market with less talk and more music. When listening to ‘The Point,’ that’s exactly what you a get. ‘The Point’ is a maximum-music, less talk station!” WTZM joins a Carroll cluster that includes Classic Hits 103.3 WQLB Tawas City (simulcast on 94.9 WKJZ Hillman), Country 104.7 WKJC Tawas City and Talk 1480 WI...Read More

Alt 102.9 & KUBE 104.9 Tacoma Move To Placeholder Formats

iHeartMedia has replaced the formats of Alternative “Alt 102.9” KFNY Centralia, and Urban “KUBE 104.9” KTDD Eatonville WA with a pair of filler music formats formats from what the company used to call its “Premium Choice” in-house networks. 102.9 KFNY is now running Smooth Jazz branded as “The South Sound’s Smooth Jazz Station”, while 104.9 KTDD is running Christian CHR branded simply as “Positive Hit Music”. The music on 104.9 matches the logs running on “Up 99.3” KZFS Spokane. The KUBE format and branding has partially moved back to its original home as it now airs on 93.3 KPWK-HD2. INSTANT INSIGHT: Why not just keep the previous formats running until the stations are sold off? This way iHeart can take them out...Read More

KBPI Moves To 107.9 As Three Station Trimulcast In Denver, Fort Collins & Colorado Springs

A shuffle that started out with two stations in Cheyenne WY will now have its ramifications felt as far south as Pueblo CO. As we previously reported iHeartMedia Active Rock 106.7 KBPI has begun its move to 107.9. The station will be heard on not only 107.9 K300CP Denver and the soon-to-be former KPAW Fort Collins, but also replaced the similar Active Rock format of “Z107.9” KDZA-FM Pueblo/Colorado Springs. The move creates a KBPI trimulcast stretching nearly along the entire Interstate 25 corridor in the state of Colorado and into the Cheyenne WY market as well. The station will simulcast on 106.7 through the end of the year before a new format is launched. No changes to the KBPI lineup accompany the frequency change. iHeartMedia’s Denver Region today announced new programming...Read More

Urban One Launches La Grande 105.1 Indianapolis

Urban One has debuted Regional Mexican “La Grande 105.1” W286CM Indianapolis/100.9 WNOW-HD3 Speedway IN. The 250w/276m translator had been running a placeholder 1990s based Rock programming for the past couple of months. The new format creates a competitor to Continental Broadcast Group’s “107.1 Radio Latina” WEDJ Danville, which rimshots Indianapolis from the west. The launch was overseen by “Mega 87.7” WLFM-LP Cleveland and “Mega 97.7” WOXY Mason/Cincinnati Program Director Daniel Melendez.

2017 Post-Christmas Format Change Watchlist

With two weeks left until Christmas, we’re looking at at least fifteen stations already preparing for new identities by the time we reach 2018. Here’s our annual watchlist of what stations we expect new formats once they cease playing Christmas Music and for our Premium Subscribers links to our Domain Insight reports for what to expect after the holidays. Albuquerque – American General Media’s former Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 105.1” KKRG currently stunting as “Santa 105.1“. Beaumont – Cumulus Country “Nash-FM 101.7” KAYD-FM is operating as “Santa 101.7“. Charlotte – iHeartMedia’s 98.7 W254AZ Belmont/WRFX-HD2 Kannapolis is operating as commercial-free “Christmas 98.7”. Chincoteague VA – GSB Broadcastin...Read More

FCC Report 12/10: Renewal Violations Settled In Arizona & Wisconsin

FCC Decisions Cesar Chavez Foundation's Farmworker Educational Radio Network has entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC and agrees to pay a $20,000 fine over issues in its 2005 and 2013 license renewal applications for Regional Mexican "La Campesina" 93.9 KRIT Parker AZ. The agency made multiple inspections of the station between 2004-2006 and found the public file was incomplete and missing certain required issues/programs lists and had provided written and oral notices to staffers, yet it was not disclosed in its 2005 renewal application. The group then failed to file Silent STAs for three periods between 2008-2013 when it was off the air for more than 30 but less than 365 days.TEA-VISZ LLC has been fined $4,000 for multiple violations at 102.3 W272AY Park Falls WI stemming from...Read More

107.3 WRGV Pensacola Flips to Urban

iHeartMedia has flipped CHR “107.3 Kiss-FM” WRGV Pensacola FL to Urban “107.3 The Beat“. WRGV assumes the programming and branding of 100.3 W262BL/99.9 WMXC-HD2 Mobile AL as the station covers both markets. W262BL registered a 1.5 share in the Mobile market in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while Cumulus Media’s competing Urban 92.9 WBLX was second overall with a 11.2 share. WRGV registered a 2.5 share in the Spring 2017 ratings in the Pensacola market and now leaves Cumulus’ 97.5 WABD Mobile as the only CHR in either market.

Cumulus Signs New Deal With Nielsen

When Cumulus Media filed for bankrupty last week, its second largest unsecured creditor was Nielsen with $6,653,543 owed to them. Today, Cumulus and Nielsen have come to terms on a multi-year contract extension for ratings services in all of Cumulus’ measured markets. Westwood One will continue to have access to “local qualitative behavioral data from Nielsen Scarborough, enhanced talent analytics from Nielsen N-Score and national networks ratings from Nielsen RADAR” Additionally Westwood One will broaden its use of Nielsen Marketing Cloud and Pointlogic services. This deal ensures any measurement contracts with Nielsen will not be affected as Cumulus goes through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced that Cumulus Media, one of the large...Read More

Z107.7 St. Louis Goes Local In Mornings With Jordan

iHeartMedia CHR “Z107.7” KSLZ St. Louis has announced it will debut “St. Louis’ Most Hit Music in the Morning with Jordan” on Monday, December 11. John ‘Jordan’ DeSocio, who has served as APD/MD/Afternoon Host at KSLZ and cluster Digital Program Director since December 2013, will fill the hole created by the station dropping the Elvis Duran Show earlier this year. Jordan previously hosted mornings for iHeart’s “Kiss 107.1” WKFS Cincinnati as well as serving as PD of that station and “XL 106.7” WXXL Orlando for iHeartMedia during his career. Z107.7, St. Louis’ #1 Hit Music Station, announced today the debut of “St. Louis’ Most Hit Music in the Morning with Jordan,” effective Monday, December 11. “St. Louis’ Most Hit Music in the Morning ...Read More