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CBS Radio Revamps Radio.com While Shuttering Play.It

CBS Radio has revamped its Radio.com app as well as quietly folding its Play.It Podcast network into the brand. Among the new features of the app are integrations with AppleTV, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for usage beyond just the smartphone or tablet. Programming still consists of streams from all CBS Radio stations and many of their HD Radio subchannels, podcasts from the former Play.It platform and on-air programming, as well as CBS Sports Radio programming. The former Play.It site now redirects to Radio.com/podcasts as it has been integrated into the brand of the former. The podcast network was launched in early 2015 as a partnership between the CBS Radio and CBS Local Media divisions and was expected to include content from other CBS Corp. divisions. Shows from Showtime and the off...Read More

Guy Phillips To Exit Y98 St. Louis Mornings After 38 Years; To Jump To KTRS Afternoons

After 38 years with CBS Hot AC “Y98” 98.1 KYKY St. Louis, Guy Phillips is leaving the station and his “Phillips & Company” morning show and plans to join CH Radio Holdings Talk 550 KTRS for afternoons. As first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Phillips will exit KYKY in November and debut in afternoons at KTRS in January. He had signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with KYKY earlier this year. At KTRS he will fill the opening created by Frank O. Pinion’s move to 590 KFNS. Guy Phillips joined then CHR “Q98” KSLQ in March 1979. The station would soon flip to AC and then take on the “Y98” brand and KYKY call letters in 1982. Longtime co-hosts Courtney Landrum, Jen Myers, Kevin ‘Ihe Intern’ Berghoff and ...Read More

Ken Evans In; Gravy Out At WHTS Grand Rapids Mornings

Cumulus CHR “105.3 Hot-FM” WHTS Coopersville/Grand Rapids MI has made a morning show and programming change. Incoming is former 104.5 WSNX morning host Ken Evans and outgoing is Kevin ‘Gravy’ Canup. Evans exited his role as APD/Morning host at WSNX at the start of this year when it imported WKQI Detroit’s “Mojo In The Morning”. Evans also programmed 103.3 WKFR Kalamazoo and previously worked in the Grand Rapids market at Hot AC “I96” WVTI. Canup had served as Program Director at WHTS since 2007. He added morning show duties in 2011 after hosting nights. He previously worked at stations in Champaign IL and Corpus Cristi TX. No word yet on who will take WHTS programming duties. Remaining in the morning slot with Evans will be existing co-...Read More

Washington DC Government Launches DC Radio

The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) of the city of Washington DC is launching “DC Radio” online and on Howard University’s 96.3 WHUR-HD4 Washington. Serving as the “official government radio station of the District of Columbia”, DC Radio programming will feature local music, specialty programming, and community affairs programming including a weekly program hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Broadcast professionals hosting programs include “94.7 Fresh-FM” WIAD night host Britt Waters’ “The Sound” local music show, KFOG San Francisco’s Rosalie Howarth’s “Putumayo World Music Hour”, former 93.9 WKYS host EZ Street, and programming originating from OCTFME’s DCN-TV and 20...Read More

Tedd Webb To Retire From WFLA Tampa

Tedd Webb will retire from his position as co-host of iHeartMedia News/Talk 970 WFLA Tampa/102.9 W275AZ Wesley Chapel South at the end of January 2018. Webb has been with WFLA since 1983 and has co-hosted “AM Tampa Bay” with Jack Harris since 1994. Harris and producer Aaron Jacobson will continue to host the show upon Webb’s exit. Webb began his radio career in 1963 and has spent the majority of his career working in his hometown. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Webb intends to keep co-hosting “The Opening Bell” on sister 1250 WHNZ if physically able. Webb was off the air for a few weeks in August after suffering a second heart attack.

WLS-FM Promotes Daniel Wolfe To Assistant Program Director

Cumulus Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago has promoted Daniel Wolfe to the position of Assistant Program Director. Working under Program Director Brian Thomas, Wolfe has worked at the station since 2003 as producer for the station’s morning show, A duty he has retained through three owners and formats. He will retain the duties producing the current WLS-FM morning show hosted by Brant Miller and Kim Berk. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Daniel Wolfe to Assistant Program Director at 94.7 WLS-FM, Chicago’s Classic Hits. Wolfe will continue his duties as Producer of the popular WLS morning show, The WLS Wake Up Call, a position he has held since 2003. A native of Coal City, IL, Wolfe graduated from Illinois Center for Broadcasting in 2002. Brian Thomas, Program Director, 94....Read More

Cox Combines TV & Radio Leadership In Jacksonville & Tulsa

On the heels of combining its market leadership in Orlando, Cox Media Group is doing the same at its Jacksonville FL and Tulsa OK operations. Cathy Gunther, who had overseen Cox’s television properties in Tulsa will now add oversight of the radio stations in the market. Gunther will oversee News/Talk 740 KRMG/102.3 KRMG-FM, Country “K95.5” KWEN, Hot AC “Mix 96” 96.5 KRAV-FM, Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR, Christian AC “Spirit 105.7” K289CC, “Fox 23” KOKI-TV, and “My 41” KMYT-TV. She became Market Vice President for the television stations at the beginning of 2017 after previously spending a little over two years as General Sales Manager for the stations. Her entire broadcasting career has been spent in tele...Read More

Rincon Broadcasting Flips Two In Santa Barbara

Rincon Broadcasting has flipped two of its stations in Santa Barbara CA. Spanish Oldies “La Musical 1490” KSPE Santa Barbara has moved to 94.5 replacing CHR “Z94.5” KFYZ Ellwood. The station had quietly replaced its long-running Spanish Adult Hits “La Preciosa” with “La Musical” earlier this summer. Replacing KSPE on 1490 and its new 94.1 K231CR Santa Barbara translator is Rhythmic Oldies “Old School“. KSPE joins the network of Point/Rincon Broadcasting stations running the Rhythmic Oldies programming including 104.7 KOCP Oxnard, 104.7 KQIE Redlands/Riverside, 93.5 KQAV Rosamond/Lancaster and 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria. 1490 is now operating under KOSJ call letters. KFYZ’s CHR programming registered a 1.8 share in the Spring 2017...Read More

Chris Randolph Joins WFMS Indianapolis For Afternoons

Cumulus Media Country 95.5 WFMS Indianapolis has imported Chris Randolph to host afternoons. Randolph joins WFMS from Louisville where he hosted mornings at Alpha Media’s Hot AC “Max 102.3” WXMA until its flip to Variety Hits “102.3 Jack-FM” last month. He also spent seven years in mornings at iHeartMedia Country 97.5 WAMZ Louisville and prior stints at Classic Rock 95.7 WQMF and CHR’s “98.9 Radio Now” WNRW and 99.7 WDJX in the market as well as AC “Mix 100.7” WMTX Tampa. Randolph will start on October 2 and fill the afternoon slot currently held by Jay Dillon. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed veteran radio personality Chris Randolph as Afternoon Drive Host for WFMS 95.5 The Country Station in Indianapolis. Randolph’s...Read More

La Jefa Moves In Albuquerque

On the heels of the American General Media acquisition of Univision’s Albuquerque cluster and spin-offs of four stations, the company has made its first big programming move. Regional Mexican “La Jefa 101.3” KJFA-FM Albuquerque has moved its programming to 840 KARS Belen/102.9 K275AO Albuquerque replacing Active Rock “Area 102.9“. With 101.3 now operated by Vanguard Media, the move gives AGM a second Regional Mexican property to pair with “Radio Lobo 97.7” KLVO Belen. With the move of La Jefa to 102.9, American General Media has also switched 102.9 KSFE Pecos/Santa Fe from a simulcast of KLVO to KARS. KJFA-FM registered a 1.1 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while the Active Rock format it replaced held a 1.2 share. The 101.3 signal ...Read More

TuneIn Adds Early Exclusivity For Podcasts

TuneIn has announced its “First Play” initiative upon which it will offer an exclusive distribution period for many podcasts from networks including ESPN, ABC Radio, WNYC Studios, Gimlet Media, HowStuffWorks, Wondery, Feral Audio and StarTalk. Episodes will be available up to one week prior to their release on other platforms with the run of the initiative concluding December 31. Among the programs included in the First Play test run are Harmontown, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk Radio, Wondery’s Sword & Scale, and new programs from WNYC Studios and Gimlet Media. The shows will be available to all TuneIn users. TuneIn, a premier podcast destination and the world’s leading streaming audio app, today debuted First Play, a first-of-its kind podcast program offeri...Read More

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