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WPFM Panama City EMF Sale Update

Update 9/24: EMF will pay $472,000 for WPFM. Not included in the sale are the intellectual property of WPFM or their studio equipment leading credence to the thought that the “Hot 107.9” branding will slide elsewhere, Original Report 9/21: Powell Broadcasting has agreed to sell CHR “Hot 107.9” WPFM Panama City FL to Educational Media Foundation. Powell will retain its three other stations in the Panama City market: “Classic Rock 95.9” WRBA Springfield, “Kickin’ Country 103.5” WKNK Callaway, and Variety Hits “105.1 Bob-FM” WASJ Panama City Beach. The deal was brokered by Kalil & Co. This is to announce that a contract has been signed and an application is being filed with the FCC for the transfer of radio station WPFM-FM...[Read More]

FCC Report 9/23: Arizona AM’s Attempt To Operate Only Via Translator Gets Quickly Shot Down

Dismissals Casa Pinon's STA application to take Classic Hits "Rewind 108" 1470 KVSL Show Low AZ off the air while continuing to operate 100.5 K263CA under Experimental Authority was quickly denied by the FCC. Casa's request fails to explain how this experiment will aid in the development of new technology, equipment, systems or services. Furthermore, Casa fails to explain why the information it intends to collect about listeners and sponsors cannot be obtained while it continues to operate KVSL(AM). Absent additional empirical or theoretical evidence warranting testing, Casa has not sufficiently justified the grant of experimental authority. We also find the request to be facially inconsistent with our FM translator rules. More significantly, the request is completely at odds with...[Read More]

Geraldo Rivera Joins WTAM Cleveland

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera is returning to radio to host a daily hour for iHeartMedia News/Talk 1100 WTAM Cleveland. “Geraldo In Cleveland” will air weekdays from 9-10am replacing “The Spew”. Rivera will be based in Cleveland and also host a weekly podcast for iHeartMedia. Rivera previously worked for Cumulus with a short-lived syndicated show from 2012-2014 based at WABC New York before leaving that station at the end of 2015. With the end of “The Spew”, former Cleveland Indian Jensen Lewis, who replaced John Lanigan on the show will join his Spew co-host and WTAM afternoon host Mike Trivisonno and evening sports talk host Nick Camino for “Sport Feed 2.0” from 6-7pm. iHeartMedia’s WTAM 1100, Cleveland’s Newsradio, welcomes Geraldo Rivera w...[Read More]

Brian Peck Goes To Nights At WLS-FM

Cumulus Media Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago has announced that Brian Peck will become their evening host starting Monday, September 24. Peck had been splitting the evening slot on WLS-FM with fellow fill-in hosts Tom O’Toole and Danny Lake since the exit of market legend Dick Biondi this spring. Peck himself has been a stalwart in the Chicago market since 1992 when he joined “Q101” WKQX as morning co-host. He has also spent time at “101.9 The Mix” WTMX, “She 100.3” WSHE, and had the unfortunate luck of joining Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.3” WJMK last November two weeks before Entercom took over and flipped it to Classic Hip-Hop. CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed Chicago radio broadcast veteran Brian Peck as On-Air Host of Evenings...[Read More]

US98.5 Launches In Delmarva

On August 17, Adams Radio Group moved the Classic Rock format of “Big 98.5” WGBG Seaford DE to the larger 107.7 signal that had been home to Country “K107.7” WKHI Fruitland MD. After weeks of simulcasting and then a few days running a redirect loop, Adams has launched a new format on what is now 98.5 WUSX Seaford. “US 98.5” is gold leaning Country outlet positioning itself as “Everything Country”. The first three songs on the newly launched station were Alan Jackson “Gone Country”, George Strait “Check Yes or No”, and Luke Bryan “Rain Is A Good Thing”. WUSX will run commercial-free for the foreseeable future with at least 50,000 songs running before advertising begins. US 98.5: Everything Country US 98.5: E...[Read More]

Kris Fisher Jumps From Augusta To Program KOAS/KVGS Las Vegas

Beasley Media has transferred Kris Fisher from the Program Director role at CHR “HD 98.3” WHHD Clearwater SC and Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 95.5/93.1” 93.1 WCHZ-FM Warrenton/95.5 W238AU Augusta GA to Las Vegas to program Rhythmic Oldies “Old School 105.7” KOAS-FM Dolan Springs and Hot AC “Star 107.9” KVGS Meadview AZ/Las Vegas NV. Fisher has programmed WHHD/WCHZ-FM since February 2015 and previously served as APD of the stations from 2006-2013. In between he served as morning co-host at Powell Broadcasting CHR “Hot 107.9” WPFM Panama City FL and has also worked as APD/MD of KKPN Corpus Christi. Fisher fills the opening created by John Candelaria’s move to “105.1 The Bounce” WMGC Detroit earlier this year. Beasley Media...[Read More]

Could CHR Be A Better Upper-Demo Format?

Summer was, over the years, a Top 40 stronghold. For the last few years, however, it’s been mostly a vehicle for Nielsen press releases about the success of Classic Hits and Classic Rock. And it’s part of why I’m rethinking how CHR might rebound. I railed against CHR’s “25-54’itis” of the early ‘90s that turned the format into Hot AC, sapping it of the excitement readily available at Country and Hip-Hop/R&B radio. I cheered for the WHJX (Channel X) Jacksonville, Fla., and WKZW (KZ93) Peoria, Ill., attempts at an MTV-like blend of rock and Hip-Hop, and particularly for WHTZ (Z100) New York, which seemed to get traction before going too far Alternative. I was 30-years-old at CHR’s nadir and I remember thinking “what 25-54-year-old is this for”? It wasn’t me. Later, though, I had to admit...[Read More]

The Big Legend Gives Way To WLAC Simulcast In Nashville

iHeartMedia has brought News/Talk 1510 WLAC Nashville to FM on 98.3 W252CM/WSIX-HD2. Rebranded as “TalkRadio 98.3“, the station has also announced the addition of Steve Gill’s “Tennessee Star Report” for mornings from 5-8am. Gill previously spent two terms at WLAC including a run in mornings from 2009-2013. He also hosted mornings at Cumulus’ “Supertalk 99.7” WWTN and on a statewide network. The remainder of WLAC’s lineup features syndicated talkers Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Dave Ramsey. The station also carries Vanderbilt University sports. WLAC registered a 0.8 share in the August Nielsen Audio ratings placing it well behind WWTN’s 3.8. The move means the end of Classic Country “98.3 The Big Legend“...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of September 21

David Smith and his Darby Advertising sell a pair of stations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Tim and Lindsay Ellis’ TSE Broadcasting acquires Classic Hits “Eagle 95.1” WUPN Paradise/Sault Ste. Marie for $296,000. Tim has hosted mornings at the station since 2015 after spending over two decades at CHR “99.5 Yes-FM” WYSS in the market. Lindsay Ellis previously hosted nights and worked in sales at WUPN. Travis Sumbera’s Two Hearted Media gets Smith’s Classic Hits “Eagle 96.7” WMJT McMillan/Newberry MI for $100,000. LMAs of both stations started on September 1. New World Radio’s Brokered Ethnic 1120 WUST Washington DC and Potomac Radio LLC’s Brokered Chinese 1190 WCRW Leesburg VA are sold to Potomac Radio Group $750,000 ea...[Read More]

Taft & Costa Rise In Grand Rapids

iHeartMedia has announced to promotion of Country “B93.7” WBCT Grand Rapids MI Dave Taft to Senior VP/Programming for the company’s West Michigan region. Taft, who has been with WBCT since 1997 and has served as PD since 2009 after previously holding the APD/MD duties, will continue overseeing that station. He also previously served as OM Clear Channel Muskegon and PD of defunct AC “Star 108” WSHZ. Concurrently, Jim Costa has been promoted to PD of Sports “ESPN 96.1” WMAX-FM Holland from the role of APD. He will also continue as afternoon co-host alongside ‘Big Drew’ McCarthy. Phil Tower retains the PD role for News/Talk 1300 WOOD/106.9 WOOD-FM and Talk 1230 WTKG.

Candy Cintron Rises To WLZL Program Director

Entercom Spanish CHR “El Zol 107.9” WLZL College Park MD/Washington DC has promoted Candy Cintron to Program Director. Cintron joined the station in 2009 had served as APD and morning show since 2015. She fills the opening created by Robert Sanchez’s move to iHeartMedia’s WBZ Boston. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the appointment of Candy Cintron to the role of Program Director for El Zol 107.9 (WLZL-FM) in Washington D.C., effective immediately. She previously held the roles of Assistant Program Director and morning show Producer for the station since 2015. “Candy has invested close to a decade of her career in making El Zol a vital, vibrant voice in D.C.’s Hispanic community,” said Phil Zachary...[Read More]