Cox Media Group Classic Rock “97.1 The River” WSRV Gainesville/Atlanta GA is promoting weekend host Debra Green to nights. The daypart had been open since English Nick moved to middays in September 2016. Debra has been with WSRV since June 2015 and previously hosted middays at Alternative “X107.1” WTSH and in multiple roles at “99X” and “Rock 100.5” WNNX including morning show producer, weekends, nights, and overnights. Cox Media Group Atlanta’s 97.1 The River (WSRV-FM), Atlanta’s Classic Hits, is moving Debra Green, to nights. Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, Debra Green will make the switch from weekends on 97.1 The River, into playing classic rock and engaging Atlanta listeners weeknights from 7p to midnight. Green has been with 97.1 The River s...Read More
The parameters of WHLK (the Lake) Cleveland, iHeart’s successful Adult Hits station, are pretty much what you’d expect for the format, especially with a Classic Hits station next door. The bulk of the music is in the ‘80s, but there are the usual handful of megahits from the ‘00s and even from recent years. The music essentially begins in the mid-‘70s with mostly rock titles such as “Sweet Emotion” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I have no inside knowledge, but it seems likely that the parameters of WMJI (Majic 105.7) are influenced by cluster strategy as well. Majic lives largely in the ‘70s. It plays the ‘80s but has no depth; the most played ‘80s songs are “Billie Jean”-level superhits. As other stations bid farewell to the late ‘60s once and for all, even for the Beatles and Creedence Clearwa...Read More
Cumulus CHR “Q100” 99.7 WWWQ Atlanta has promoted night host Adam Bomb to afternoons. Bomb supplants Johnny O, who recently transferred to sister CHR “95 SX” WSSX Charleston SC as Program Director. He originally joined WWWQ in 2006, and outside of a brief run in mornings at “I93” KLIF-FM Dallas had continued to host nights at the station since. He has also worked at “B94” WBZZ Pittsburgh and “Y100” WHYI Miami during his career. Bomb will continue to host the syndicated “Adam Bomb Show” in nights via Westwood One. Cumulus Media announces that it has launched a new weekday afternoon radio show, “Afternoons With Adam Bomb” on Q100/WWWQ-FM in Atlanta featuring powerhouse radio personality, Adam Bomb. The show broadcasts li...Read More
After five days of stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing, Mapleton Communications has launched Rhythmic CHR “Wild 99.3” KWLZ Shasta Lake City/Redding CA. Launching jockless with the usual 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free, the new “Wild 99.3” is being programmed by Mapleton’s Regional PD Tommy Del Rio. Del Rio, based at “101.7 The Beach” KCDU Monterey, also programs the company’s CHRs in Chico and Spokane. The station gives an in-market competitor to Results Radio’s “Power 94” 94.7 KEWB Shasta Lake. Original Report 1/15: Mapleton Communications’ 99.3 KQMS-FM Shasta Lake City/Redding CA is stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing. The station had been simulcasting sister News/Talk 1670 KQMS ...Read More
Bicoastal Media flipped Classic Hits 99.3 KCMD Grants Pass OR to a simulcast of News/Talk 1440 KMED Medford/106.7 K294AS Ashland on Friday, January 13. Bicoastal is in the process of acquiring KCMD from Three Rivers Broadcasting for $225,000 and is currently operating via LMA.
Univision has hired Jesus Lara as the new head of its radio division. Lara, whose title will be General Manager of Digital, Content & Entertainment for Radio, most recently served as Executive Vice President of Digital Media Strategy for Spanish Broadcasting Systems. He will remain based in Miami overseeing the implementation “of strategies that take UCI’s digital, content creation, programming and entertainment efforts within radio into the future”. Lara spent three years with SBS leading their digital operations including LaMusica.com and its station websites. He also spent seven years at MTV International as Senior Vice President, Music Programming, Marketing and Talent Strategy running MTV Latin America and and MTV Tr3s in the US. Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), t...Read More
Forever South Communications has dropped the News/Talk “TJ Network” 1390 WTJS Jackson and 94.1 W231BU East Union TN in favor of Classic Country as “Willie 94” flanking sister Country “Froggy 104.1” WOGY. Under new WLLI call letters, the station has also restarted its simulcast on what was “Dyer County Country” 94.3 WDYE Dyer TN under new WLLI-FM call letters. WDYE had dropped its WTJS simulcast in March 2016.
Following the talent shuffle last fall that saw Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes bumped off of his morning show with Jim Norton, SiriusXM is rebranding XM 103/Sirius 206 as “Faction Talk” as it moves Jason Ellis’ show from Punk Rock/Action Sports “Faction” channel 41 starting Monday, January 23. Jim Norton and Sam Roberts’ morning show will remain in place from 8-11am eastern as will The Opie Show from 3-6pm. Ellis, who currently is heard on Faction from 10am-1pm eastern (and replays at 4-7pm), will move to 11am-3pm. Today SiriusXM announced the debut of Faction Talk, an unpredictable and provocative channel inspired by its punk-infused sister channel, the music and sports-focused Faction (ch. 41). Faction Talk will debut on January 23 on Sirius channel 2...Read More
For the second time in less than a year, CBS Radio’s 103.7 KVIL Dallas will debut a new brand name. The station will take on the identity of “Amp 103.7” at 7:00am on Wednesday after taking the name “More Hits 103.7” in August 2016 when it completed its two year evolution from AC to Hot AC to CHR. The “Amp” identity launch comes following the addition of new morning host Nathan Fast, who debuted last week. KVIL is one of three CHRs in the Dallas market along with iHeartMedia’s market leading “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS and Cumulus’ “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM. KVIL has trended downward in recent months from a 3.7 share in the October 2016 monthly to 2.7 in November to 2.3 in December.
Cumulus Media has hired Bruce ‘Randy Savage’ Murry as Operations Manager of its cluster in Wilkes-Barre PA and PD/Afternoon Host at Country “93.7 Nash-FM” WSJR Dallas PA. Savage has spent the last 20 years as PD of Renda Broadcasting’s four stations in Fort Myers FL: News/Talk 98.9 WGUF, Country “Gator Country 101.9” WWGR, Variety Hits “102.9 Bob-FM” WJGO, and Hot AC “104.7 The Mix” WSGL. He also hosted afternoons at WWGR. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 29-year radio programming professional Randy Savage (AKA Bruce Murry) as Operations Manager of its five-station cluster in Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA. Savage was also appointed as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host of NASH FM 93.7/WSJR-FM. Savage joins Cumulu...Read More
Bubba The Love Sponge Clem has filed a motion to file a counter claim against Nielsen in their lawsuit against him for ratings tampering. Clem also seeks to have Cox Media and Mike Calta morning host at “102.5 The Bone” WHPT Sarasota/Tampa added as a third party in the suit. Bubba’s complaint (embedded below) states that Cox and Nielsen conspired against him and Beasley Media through a sting operation and use its monopoly power to interfere with his relationship with Beasley by artificially increasing WHPT’s market share. Clem states that Nielsen was using the competition to entice Cox to pay for additional services and conceal their own fraudulent conduct committed by its own employees including Calta (who had replaced Clem in mornings at WHPT). Beasley Media termi...Read More
Hubbard Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX Skokie/Chicago IL have signed morning hosts Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart to a multi-year contract extension. The duo have hosted mornings at the station since 1997 and were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. Hubbard Radio (Chicago) announced today, the extension of a multi-year agreement of The Eric & Kathy Morning Show on 101.9fm THE MIX WTMX. Fronted by Chicago natives, Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart, The Eric & Kathy Morning Show has been entertaining the Chicago market for the past 20 years. The show has been a consistent market leader, ranking number one among advertiser-coveted 25 to 54-year-old Adults, for most of their tenure at the station. In 2016, Eric and Kathy were inducted into the National Radio Hall...Read More