Univision Brings Zona MX Brand To Dallas With Focus On Banda

Univision has relaunched Regional Mexican “La Jefa 99.1” KFZO Denton/Dallas as “Zona MX 99.1“. Focusing on the Banda genre of Mexican music, the station lists Calibre 50, La Trakaloza de Monterrey, La Séptima Banda, Roberto Tapia, Larry Hernandez, and El Komander among core artists for the station. Maira ‘La Wera’ Torres and Jorge ‘El Paisa’ Ramirez will serve as on-air hosts for the new brand. Univision began using the “Zona MX” brand for its Regional Mexican stations 101.9 KSCA Los Angeles and 103.5 KISF Las Vegas in March 2016. 107.9 KLLE Fresno CA followed suit a few months later. KFZO rimshots the Dallas-Fort Worth market from the northwest. It registered a 0.2 share in each of the last three PPM monthlies. Univision Dallas t...Read More

Songs That Programmers Wish Would Test

  I’ve never seen Electric Light Orchestra’s “Turn to Stone” do well in music testing. Or “Sweet Talkin’ Woman.” Or “Livin’ Thing.” Or “Do Ya?” The band that had five years as one of pop music’s greatest hitmaking machines is now often represented at Classic Hits radio by two songs, “Evil Woman” and the goofy outlier that it is “Don’t Bring Me Down.” (Who was Brrrrruuce? What did Jeff Lynne have against him? And even if they really were singing “grooose,” as they insist, that doesn’t make any sense either.) But “Turn to Stone” got nearly a hundred BDS spins this week. Nearly a decade ago, former WCBS-FM New York PD Brian Thomas nurtured it from a few spins a week to playing almost daily. (It got five spins there this week.) WGRR Cincinnati Keith Mitchell tells me it “does well enough ...Read More

Ty Bailey Exits 98 Rock Tampa; Rick Everett Adds Programming Duties

iHeartMedia Rock “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Tampa has parted ways with Program Director/Midday Host Ty Bailey. Bailey had been with iHeartMedia since 2008 and previously worked at “Channel 104.3” WCHH Baltimore and “DC 101” WWDC-FM Washington DC before joining WXTB as PD and Morning Host in August 2012. She was also one of the most prolific voice trackers for the company’s Alternative, Classic Rock, and Rock stations including middays at “Radio 105.7” WRDA Atlanta. Rick Everett, who currently serves as North Florida Regional VP/Programming and Program Director of 101.1 WJRR Orlando will add the programming duties for WXTB. Creative Director Josh Jensen is currently holding the midday slot previously filled by Bailey.

Ivy Unleashed Upon Power 96 Afternoons

CBS Radio Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” 96.5 WPOW Miami has promoted night host Ivy Unleashed to afternoons. Ivy has been with WPOW since 2002 moving up from researcher to eventually night host. She replaces ‘Afrika’ Perry who has exited the station last month. CBS RADIO Miami’s Power 96 (WPOW-FM) has elevated Ivy “Unleashed” to Afternoon Drive Host, Monday-Friday, 2 PM-7 PM, up from nights. The announcement was made today by Rob Morris, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Miami, and is effective immediately. “I am thrilled to promote Ivy to the high profile position of Afternoon Drive Time host of Power 96,” said Morris. “Ivy is a terrific talent, having worked in just about every daypart on Power 96 over the past 15+ years. She has a wonderful history of community ...Read More

WTMJ Prepping FM Expansion

Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee will soon be coming to the FM band. 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL currently holds a Construction Permit to relocate to Milwaukee with 250w/255m from the WDJT-TV tower where it was to rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. W277CV owner Frank Glass McCoy has now applied to modify the CP to move it to the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV and 94.5 WKTI where it would operate with 250w/244m. That will give the translator nearly identical coverage as some Class A FM’s in the market such as Saga’s 98.3 WJMR and 106.9 WNRG-FM.

Townsquare Media Acquires Six In Massachusetts

Townsquare Media will pay $3,535,000 for Gamma Broadcasting LLC and Berkshire Broadcasting’s stations in the Pittsfield MA market. Gamma will also first pay $20,000 to Northeast Airchecks LLC for 94.1 W231AK Great Barrington and then transfer that to Townsquare as part of their deal. Original Report 7/7: Townsquare Media has agreed to purchase Gamma Broadcasting LLC and Berkshire Broadcasting’s six stations and two translators in the Pittsfield MA market for an undisclosed amount. The sale will include Hot AC “Live 95.9” WBEC-FM Pittsfield, Classic Hits “Whoopee 100.1” WUPE-FM North Adams/1110 WUPE Pittsfield/103.3 W277CJ Pittsfield/94.1 W231AK Great Barrington, Full Service AC 860 WSBS Great Barrington, AC 1230 WNAW North Adams, and News/Talk 1420 WBEC ...Read More

Adams Radio Expands To Tallahassee

Adams Radio will pay $6,197,000 for Red Hills Broadcasting’s four Tallahassee stations. Hank Kestenbaum, President of Red Hills, will join Adams as General Manager of the cluster, a role he held prior to purchasing the stations from Opus Broadcasting in 2014. Original Report 7/10: Adams Radio has announced the acquisition of Red Hills Broadcasting’s four stations in Tallahassee FL. The stations involved in the deal are Variety Hits “99.9 Hank-FM” WANK Lafayette, Country “103.1 The Wolf” WWOF Tallahassee, CHR “Hot 104.9” WHTF Havana, and AAA/Classic Rock “106.1 The Sound” WQTL Tallahassee. No terms have been announced. Red Hills Broadcasting has agreed to sell its radio cluster in Tallahassee, Florida to Adams Radio of Tallahassee,...Read More

Shila Nathan Joins Real 106.1 Philadelphia

iHeartMedia Rhythmic Throwbacks “Real 106.1” WISX Philadelphia has added Shila Nathan as co-host of Chio in the Morning. Nathan most recently hosted middays at Cumulus Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH Newark NJ, but previously served as Chio’s co-host at Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia. Nathan also worked in Philadelphia as Danny Bonnaduce’s co-host at Rock 94.1 WYSP and at stations in Scranton, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. With Nathan joining Chio in the Morning, former co-host Nicole will fill the midday slot at WISX. Additionally, Johnny Vazquez moves from weekends/mixes at sister Urban “Power 99” 98.9 WUSL to afternoons at Real 106.1. He will continue to also host afternoons at Spanish Tropical “Rumba 92.3...Read More

Daily Domains 7/17: Decoys Abound In Tulsa

What is really going on at Scripps Tulsa?

ESPN Radio Sets Mike & Mike End; Golic & Wingo Start Dates

ESPN Radio has announced that the Mike & Mike Morning Show will conclude its run on November 17. Ten days later on Monday, November 27, Trey Wingo will debut as Mike Golic’s new co-host. Golic & Wingo will also do a test run this week on July 18-20 as Mike Greenberg will instead fill-in on 98.7 WEPN New York’s Michael Kay Show this week. Greenberg’s new ESPN television show will launch on January 1, 2018. ESPN Radio will debut its new morning drive show, Golic & Wingo, hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, on Monday, Nov. 27. The program will air from 6 – 10 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio and will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving in early January to its simulcast home on ESPNU. Mike & Mike will conclude its nearly 18-year run on November 17. Mike Go...Read More

Breeze Blows Into Long Island

Apple Community Broadcasting has launched Soft AC “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview via 93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle NY. The new format serves the area along the Nassau and Suffolk County lines on Long Island including Bethpage, Hicksville, Melville, and Syosset. The 13w/119m translator had most recently been airing Spanish Christian “Radio Cantico Nuevo” programming. The station is promoting itself as playing “all your favorite songs from 1960’s – Today Artist like: Elton John, Doobie Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Air Supply, and Chicago”.

Noalmark Swaps Formats In El Dorado

Noalmark Broadcasting has swapped frequencies of two of its stations in El Dorado AR. Classic Country “Real American Country 98.7” KLBQ El Dorado moves to the more rural 101.5 allocation that had been home to Urban AC KMLK Junction City and takes on a new moniker as “101.5 The Hog“. The Urban AC format of KMLK moves in reverse to the strong in El Dorado 98.7 signal. Noalmark acquired the 98.7 allocation and Gospel 1290 KDMS El Dorado in 2016 to add to its existing El Dorado properties in 2016 for $600,000.

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