Summer in a Dangerous Time

Last July, on the morning after the killing of five Dallas police officers, a Facebook friend asked if “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots, with its verse asking “who would you kill for/who would you die for?,” needed to come off the radio, or at least be edited. In the moment, many commenters agreed that it did, with some comparing it to the increasingly problematic “Pumped Up Kicks.” But “Ride” was earnest, not cynical. It not only stayed on the radio, but remained unavoidable throughout the summer. In that song’s vow to forgive oneself and others, I found a soundtrack for the tragedy and anxiety of summer 2016; anxiety that many people felt, no matter what brought them there. Before July was over, I had found the song that defined last summer for me.  Choosing “Ride” resonated with a few reader...Read More

Pair Of New Stations Debuting In Grand Junction

MBC Grand Broadcasting is launching a pair of new signals in Grand Junction CO. 95.5 K238BK/100.7 KKVT-HD2 Grand Junction has launched as Oldies “95.5 The Monkey“. The translator has completed an upgrade to 99w/387m. AAA “103.9 The Planet” will soon launch on what is now 103.7 K279CB Grand Junction/KKVT-HD3. The translator has a CP to upgrade to the same 99w/387m facilities as K238BK. MBC acquired both translators from Edgewater Broadcasting in August 2016 for $16,650 each.

Univision Sells Chicago FM

Univision has sold half of its Spanish CHR “Latino Mix” simulcast in Chicago to the Polish National Alliance’s Alliance Radio LLC for $5.5 million. The deal will make 103.1 WVIV-FM Highland Park a sister to Brokered 1490 WPNA Oak Park. One of the conditions of closing is that Univision must complete the move of 93.5 WVIX Joliet to Lemont and the tower site of EMF’s 94.3 WJKL Glendale Heights where it will operate with 3.5kW/133m. The move will create overlap with much of WVIV-FM’s coverage making the need to simulcast moot. That may require a new application and CP as its previous CP was set to expire earlier this week.

Detroit Pistons Move To 97.1 The Ticket

The NBA’s Detroit Pistons are returning to Downtown Detroit at the new Little Caesars Arena next season and will now also return to CBS Radio Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Detroit. The Pistons had departed WXYT-FM following the 2012-2013 season for Greater Media’s now-defunct “Detroit Sports 105.1” WMGC and after spending a season on Classic Hip-Hop “105.1 The Bounce” will return to The Ticket for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. WXYT-FM will carry pre and post game coverage as well as play-by-play as well as additional coverage throughout the daily schedule. Any broadcast that overlaps with MLB’s Detroit Tigers or NHL’s Detroit Red Wings will be bumped to News 950 WWJ. The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has agreed...Read More

MARC Radio Buys & Sells In Gainesville

MARC Radio is selling 101.7 WDVH-FM Trenton FL and acquiring 100.9 WXJZ Gainesville. MARC will pay $500,000 to purchase Classic Hits “Wow 100.9” WXJZ from JVC Broadcasting. Michael J. Berger of Bergner and Co. served as the broker. In order to fit WXJZ in their ownership cap, MARC Radio has divested rimshot 101.7 WDVH-FM Trenton to Radio Training Network for $230,000. WDVH-FM has been simulcasting Classic Country “I Am Country 94.1” 980 WDVH/94.1 W231DH Gainesville. Radio Training Network will flip the station to its non-commercial Christian AC “The Joy FM” network. Following the transactions, MARC Radio will add WXJZ to its Gainesville/Ocala cluster consisting of Alternative “100.5 The Buzz” WHHZ, Urban “Magic 101.3” WTMG, Christ...Read More

Chris Berry Promoted To iHeartMedia SVP/News, Talk & Sports Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted Chris Berry to Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming. Berry will continue to serve as SVP/GM for iHeart’s NBC News Radio and 24/7 News Network. In his career Berry has served as Executive Producer of CBS News Radio, Director of News & Programming for 780 WBBM Chicago, VP and GM of ABC News Radio, President/General Manager of News/Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC and Sports “ESPN Los Angeles” 710 KSPN. He has been with iHeartMedia since 2011 when the company purchased Metro Networks and placed him in charge of the newly named 24/7 News Network. Wanted to share that iHeartMedia recently named Chris Berry as Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, effective immediately. Berry will oversee our News, Talk and Sp...Read More

Bluegrass Country To Lose 105.5 Washington Signal

Bluegrass Country Foundation’s “Bluegrass Country” 88.5 WAMU-HD2 Washington DC will lose its analog signal in June as it has been unable to come to terms with Reston Translator LLC’s 105.5 W288BS Reston VA/Washington DC to continue rebroadcasting its programming. The Bluegrass programming will continue to be heard on W288BS until June 21. Communications attorney John Garziglia, who owns the translator, told Tom Taylor Now, “We were unable to reach an agreement. We will assist Bluegrass Country however we can, in moving its audience to its broadcast on the greater-coverage WAMU HD2. HD Radio penetration in the D.C. area has dramatically expanded in the last decade, and loyal Bluegrass Country listeners are an ideal demographic to demonstrate the reach and quality of ...Read More

Bud To Pour More Rock Into Orlando

JVC Broadcasting has confirmed the pending launch of Rock “Bud 94.1” with the following press release. Len Shackleford, Program Director of Country “103.1 The Wolf” WOTW Windermere, will add those duties at W231CT. Focusing on “Beer, Boobs, and Rock,” the station is positioning itself as Very Hard Rock Hits from Jimi Hendrix to Disturbed and other core artists including Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns N Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. JVC Broadcasting, a leading independent, locally owned radio and events company with properties and event venues in Orlando, FL, Long Island, NY, Gainesville-Ocala, FL and West Palm Beach, FL, today vehemently denied rumors that link them with the responsibility or liability for a new radio station in the Orlando market. Known a...Read More

WYLD Rebrands As Hallelujah 940

iHeartMedia has made a minor change in New Orleans. Gospel 940 WYLD New Orleans has rebranded as “Hallelujah 940” bringing it in line with most of the company’s other Gospel stations across the country. The 10kW day/500w night AM registered a 2.1 share in the Spring Phase 1 Nielsen ratings trends released earlier this week. The station previously used the monikers “WYLD for Jesus” and “940 AMen”.

John Farneda Makes WXRT Return Official

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 Announces Format Captains

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

iHeartMedia Launches Tu 103.1 Austin

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

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