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People Moves 2/22: No More Toast In Miami

Greg ‘Toast’ Lamega is out as morning co-host at Entercom Alternative “104.3 The Shark” WSFS Miramar/Miami FL. Lamega joined WSFS in October 2015 as night host and moved to mornings to join Ashley Owen on “The Big Mistake with Ashley & Toast” the following February. Prior to joining WSFS he served as producer and sportscaster on the Paul & Young Ron Show on iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG-FM. Ashley Owen remains in place in mornings. Dennis Martinez has exited his role as Program Director at Entercom Alternative “FM 101.9” WQMP and Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX Orlando. Martinez joined then CBS Radio owned WOMX and CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WQMP in October 2015 after previously programming stations such as “Wild 10...Read More

Entercom Makes St. Louis Market Manager Change

Ahead of its planned acquisition of two more St. Louis stations from Emmis, Entercom is bringing in their Director of Sales to oversee Hot AC “Y98” 98.1 KYKY, AC 102.5 KEZK, and News/Talk 1120 KMOX. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Becky Domyan, currently Director of Sales for Emmis Hot AC “Now 96.3” KNOU and Alternative “105.7 The Point” KPNT will succeed John Sheehan, who exited today after being at the helm of the three former CBS Radio stations since 2007. In addition to KYKY, KEZK, and KMOX, Domyan will also oversee the integration of KNOU and Talk “FM Talk 97.1” KFTK-FM into the Entercom St. Louis group once the sale from Emmis is filed and completed. Domyan joined Emmis St. Louis in 2006 as an Account Executive and was promoted...Read More

Cox Media Group Promotes Jill Strada & Crystal Gans In Miami

Cox Media Group has made a pair of promotions at its Miami cluster. Jill Strada rises from Director of Branding and Programming at CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC and Urban “99 Jams” 99.1 WEDR to Director of Operations adding oversight of all programming marketing, promotions, and digital content at those two stations plus Soft AC “Easy 93.1” WFEZ and Urban AC “Hot 105” 105.1 WHQT. Strada joined WFLC as programmer in 2014 and added duties at WEDR the following year. Strada previously programmed crosstown Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” WPOW Miami as well as Cox’ “Power 95.3” WPYO Orlando and Emmis’ Urban “Hot 97” WQHT and now-defunct Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS New York Concurrently, Crystal Gans rises from Digital Sales Manager for the four Miami stations to ...Read More

The Format With One Current

There are, effectively, five significant “currents” in Mainstream AC at this or any given moment. Of the current top five, only one, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” is still considered a current in any other contemporary format. The others — Pink, “What About Us”; Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”; Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This”; and Sheeran’s “Shape of You” — have long moved to recurrent at Hot AC and Mainstream Top 40. “Shape of You,” released in January 2017, has spent 58 weeks on the AC chart. Mendes was a CHR hit last summer. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay song peaked at CHR last May. Charlie Puth’s “Attention” peaked at CHR relatively recently — last September. But it got my attention, and spurred this column topic, when it was one of the top 5 “most added”...Read More

Salem Adds Second Conservative Talker In San Antonio

Salem Media launched a second Conservative Talk station in San Antonio TX earlier this month. Spanish Christian “Radio Luz 1160” KRDY San Antonio is now Conservative Talk “Freedom 1160” creating a flanker to “930 The Answer” KLUP Terrell Hills. While KLUP carries mostly Salem Radio Network programming, KRDY has added programming from additional syndicators. Freedom 1160’s lineup features America’s 1st News with Matt Ray from 4-7am, a simulcast of KSKY Dallas’ Mark Davis from 7-8am, Laura Ingraham from 8-11am, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes from 11am-2pm, Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade from 2-5pm, Westwood One’s Mark Levin from 5-8pm, Eric Metaxas from 8-10pm, Larry Elder 10pm-1am, and Joe Walsh 1-4am.

Morning & Positioning Change At Now 100.5 Sacramento

Bonneville Hot AC “Now 100.5” KZZO Sacramento has made a change in mornings and to its positioning. Morning host Mark S. Allen has exited after 11 months. Allen returned to KZZO in March 2017 after previously hosting afternoons from 2010-2015. The station has a current job posting for a morning co-host. Allen continues as an anchor and reporter for “ABC 10” KXTV Sacramento. The move comes as KZZO has has also tweaked its positioning from “Today’s Best Hits, Without The Rap” to just “Today’s Best Hits”.

People Moves 2/21

Wes Styles has joined Community Broadcasters as Program Director of Variety Hits “102.1 The Wave” and Rock “103.1 The Blaze” WZLB Fort Walton Beach FL. Styles most recently served as PD for Midwest Family Broadcasting Rock 97.7 WQLZ Springfield IL until his exit last fall. When Styles exited WQLZ, Ken Carson was brought aboard as OM/PD of WQLZ and News/Talk 970 WMAY. Carson has now exited for personal reasons and Mid-West Family is seeking a replacement here. Lee Cagle joins SummitMedia as Operations Manager for its Louisville cluster. Cagle spent the last five years as OM for Results Radio in Redding CA and has also programmed in Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, and Santa Maria. He replaces Shane Collins who exits the cluster with Cagle’s arrival. Cumulus Media...Read More

KVJ Show’s Kevin Rolston Adds Sports Show On 640 The Hurricane West Palm Beach

Alpha Media Sports “640 The Hurricane” WMEN Royal Palm Beach FL is adding a daily show hosted by Kevin Rolston. Rolston will continue as host of the “KVJ Show” in mornings on Alpha Hot AC 97.9 WRMF West Palm Beach. “Kevin’s Other Show” will air from 3-4pm on WMEN replacing the first hour of Doug Gottlieb’s Fox Sports Radio show. WMEN-AM – 640 “The Hurricane” sports radio in West Palm Beach today announced that top-rated morning radio personality and self-proclaimed sports fanatic Kevin Rolston of WRMF’s “The KVJ Show” will join 640 “The Hurricane” (WMEN-AM) starting on February 26th for a daily sports radio show for 3-4pm. Rolston’s local sports radio show appropriately titled, “Kevin’s Other Show” will be part of 640’s all-star national lineup including Colin...Read More

Len Weiner Adds Programming Duties At WQAM Miami

With Ryan Maguire heading to Bonneville News/Talk 97.3 KIRO-FM Tacoma/Seattle and Sports “710 ESPN” KIRO Seattle as Director of News & Programming, Entercom has consolidated the programming of both of its Miami Sports stations under Len Weiner. Weiner, who has programmed “790 The Ticket” WAXY Miami since 2014, will now add those duties at 560 WQAM. Weiner has been in Sports Radio since its infancy as a producer at WFAN New York. He later programmed 710 KMPC Los Angeles, 1000 WMVP Chicago, and ESPN Radio. He joined WAXY in 2014 from Genesis Communications where he was VP/Programming. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced Len Weiner as the new Program Director for 560 WQAM (WQAM-AM), Miami’s Sports Radio, effective im...Read More

Classic Country 104.9 Debuts In Osage Beach

Viper Communications has flipped 104.9 K285ER Osage Beach MO from a simulcast of News/Talk 1150 KRMS to “Classic Country 104.9“. Positioned as “Bangin’ The Twang”, the new format is focusing on Country hits of the 1980s and 90s and is being fed by 93.5 KMYK-HD2 Osage Beach. KRMS’ programming is still heard on FM via its new 103.3 K277DJ Osage Beach translator. With the launch of HD on KMYK to feed the translator, Viper has also placed KRMS on HD3 and launched a mix of Smooth Jazz and “adult classics” on HD4 branded as “The Cove“

People Moves 2/20: Woody Show Adds Birmingham

iHeartMedia’s aggressive roll-out of the Woody Show to mornings at its Alternative stations continues as the show debuted on Monday at “Alt 99.1” W256CD Fultondale/WQEN-HD3. Carl Grapentine is retiring from mornings at Window To The World Communications Classical 98.7 WFMT Chicago after 26 years in two stints with the station. Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 from 105.1 WQRS Detroit, but exited in 1990 for mornings at 97.1 WNIB Chicago. He returned for mornings in 1996 where he has remained to this day. Grapentine will continue to contribute a daily classical music almanac segment for the morning show and will launch a podcast for the station in 2019. Nick Wize has exited his position as APD/MD/Afternoon host at iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit. Wize ...Read More

KIIS-FM Makes Lineup Changes In Middays & Late Nights

iHeartMedia CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles has realigned its on-air lineup. Alex Gervasi has moved from late nights to the 10am-2pm midday slot replacing Letty B, who moves to overnights from 2-5am and weekends. Letty B will continue with her other voicetracking assignments including middays at CHR “Channel 93.3” KHTS-FM San Diego. Moving into the 10pm-2am late night slot is Edris ‘EJ’ Jenkins, who relocates to Los Angeles from nights at Hot AC “102.9 Now” KDMX Dallas where he had been hosting nights and will continue to do so from Los Angeles.