Just seven months after exiting iHeartMedia Sports “1130 The Fan” WDFN Detroit in a round of budget cuts, Matt Shepard is returning to mornings at the station. Shepard is bringing his recently launched podcast Shep, Shower & Shave to the station for 6-9am starting Monday, November 20. He previously hosted mornings at WDFN with Jamie Samuelsen and Gregg Brady from 2001-2007 and then solo from 2009 through earlier this year. He is also play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball and Eastern Michigan University football. The Detroit News reports that the show will originate from GM’s OnStar Studios at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit with the intent to syndicate the show across Michigan.
Eure Communications is transferring Country “97.9 The Bear” WNBB Bayboro/New Bern NC to Diana Schulman for $500,000. Schulmann currently serves as Sales Manager for the station. Sarah Shellhammer’s Morgan County Media is acquiring Country 105.5 WJVO South Jacksonville, News/Talk 1550 WJIL South Jacksonville and Classic Hits 102.9 W275BM Jacksonville IL from Bart Boling’s Morgan County Broadcasting for $250,000. Shellhammer has served as General Manager of the stations since 1997. Alpha Media is selling the Construction Permit for 99.1 KZAH Harper TX to JAM Broadcasting for $125,000. Alpha had paid $408,000 in the 2015 FCC Auction 98 for the rights to the allocation. The buyers also own Country “103.7 The Buck” KAXA Mountain Home TX. On the fringes of the...Read More
Update 11/17: Entercom wasted no time after the merger with CBS Radio closed to initiate the first half of its San Diego frequency swap minutes after the deal closed. Country 97.3 KSON has relocated to the former home of CHR “Energy 103.7” KEGY while utilizing 97.3 to redirect those listeners to the new frequency. The Energy format is running exclusively online this weekend commercial-free but with the airstaff in place and will relaunch on 97.3 on Monday, November 20. Update 11/14: In addition to KSON, CHR “Energy 103.7” KEGY is now promoting it will be moving to a new home on Monday, November 20. With 103.7 expected to become the new home of KSON on Friday the only question was whether Energy would move or be abandoned altogether. We can also exclusively report th...Read More
Update 11/16: The sign-off of KSWD and the launch of Educational Media Foundation’s Christian AC “K-Love” KKLQ took place at 1:00pm today. With the move the Los Angeles market becomes home to two separately owned stations sharing the same branding as Univision’s Spanish AC 107.5 KLVE continues to operate as “K-Love” as well. While no terms have been revealed towards how EMF got Univision’s approval to use the brand there as unlike the rest of the country the trademark for the brand excludes the Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles markets where the brand was in use by other operators, the legal ID for the new KKLQ may include part of the settlement. Unlike the rest of EMF’s networked stations which feature a jingle and iD, KKLQ’s top-of-the...Read More
Update 11/16: The FCC voted to approve the ownership rule changes on a party line by a 3-2 vote with one addition not previously revealed that will impact the sub-markets in the New York and Washington DC metropolitan areas. The approved changes are: Eliminating the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule preventing a company from operating a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in the same market. Eliminating the radio/television ownership subcaps so a television station no longer counts towards the limit of eight radio stations (maximum of five on each band) that a company can own. Eliminating the requirement that at least eight independently owned television stations must remain in the market following the combination of two television stations in a market Modifying the ban against common ...Read More
Eric White makes an impressive leap for his first full-time radio job. White, who had been interning at iHeartMedia’s Philadelphia cluster in the programming and production departments and recently became a weekend host at CHR “Q102” WIOQ has been hired by sister CHR “107.5 Kiss-FM” KKDM Des Moines as Music Director, Imaging Director, and Afternoon Host. White began interning at iHeartMedia earlier this year after also interned for Greater Media Rock 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia as well as programming his college’s student-run webcaster. White succeeds Greg Chance in afternoons at KKDM. Chance remains in place as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia Des Moines and KKDM Program Director. Eric White has been named Afternoon Personality, Music Director and Imaging Dir...Read More
Curtis Media is doubling up its “Just Right” brand of gold format in Raleigh NC. Adding to its existing Soft Oldies “Just Right Radio” heard on 850 WPTK Raleigh and a network of translators in the market, Curtis has launched Classic Country “Just Right Country” on 570 WQDR (formerly WFNL) and 100.3 W262CZ Raleigh. Focusing on Country hits from the 60s through 90s, the new format creates a flanker for sister 94.7 WQDR-FM and a direct format competitor to Triangle Marketing Associates’ “Country Superstars 102.3” WKJO Smithfield. Previously Comedy “Funny 570“, the station had been simulcasting News/Talk 680 WPTF since earlier this year.
After fourteen months as Adult Hits “Smash Hits 101.3”, State Broadcasting has gone Top 40 at 101.3 WQIL Chauncey/Dublin GA. Now branded as “Q101.3“, the station has moved to a more current based presentation. KJ Jones remains in place as Program Director and afternoon host. WQIL had dropped its Christian AC format in September 2016 due to lack of sufficient ad revenue.
With the growing rumors of Entercom bringing the Alternative format to some major markets, iHeartMedia as thrown the first salvo by blocking usage of the “Alt” brand in New York. iHeart, which utilizes that branding in multiple markets like Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, registered Alt104.com and Alt1043.com. Now the chance of iHeart blowing up Classic Rock “Q104.3” WAXQ to Alternative is less than 1 percent, however iHeart has debuted its “Alternative Project” premium choice programming feed on WAXQ-HD3. By doing so iHeart has established first usage of the “Alt” brand in the market preventing Entercom from launching a station with that branding. Smart blocking and potentially just one of many little battles coming in the upcoming...Read More
Last night I joined Scott Fybush on his “Top Of The Tower” podcast to discuss the most recent news coming from the Entercom/CBS Radio merger and their spinoffs. Among the topics discussed are the upcoming frequency swap in San Diego, what Bonneville’s end game may be in San Francisco, the new WFAN lineup, and what iHeartMedia will do with WBZ. Listen below or subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
Alpha Media has flipped AC “Mix 97.7” KLGR-FM Redwood Falls MN to Variety Hits “97.7 Jack-FM“. Former morning hosts Justin Miller and Dustin Hoffmann will remain with the company as Program/Traffic Director of the cluster and Farm Director respectively. Alpha Media, Redwood Falls announced the addition of 97.7 Jack FM to KLGR-FM. The station previously known as Mix 97.7, switched to Jack FM today, November 15th. The station will bring a playful, clever, and authentic attitude to the area. Alpha Media VP of Content, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “What a thrill to bring the iconic, fun and winning Jack FM brand to Redwood Falls. Great radio has a name, and its name is Jack!” “We are excited to bring Jack FM to Redwood Falls. We are confident that...Read More
CBS Radio (about to be Entercom) Sports 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York has set its replacements for retiring afternoon host Mike Francesa and morning co-host Craig Carton. Gregg Giannotti will assume the morning co-host spot next to Boomer Esiason. He joins WFAN from the adjacent studio of CBS Sports Radio where he was co-hosting mornings at CBS Sports Radio with Brian Jones. He began his career as an intern at WFAN in 2005 and later produced the midday show with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. He then joined sister “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh at its launch in February 2010 as night host and quickly rose to mornings six months later. He then moved to CBS Sports Radio in 2015. The trio of Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will take over the afternoon slot from 2-630...Read More