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Vikki Locke & Kelly Stevens Depart WSB-FM

Cox AC “B98.5” WSB-FM Atlanta will have a morning show opening as two longtime Atlanta personalities are departing the station. Vikki Locke had been with WSB-FM for the past five years after spending 17 years co-hosting mornings at “Star 94” WSTR. After the departure of her WSTR and WSB-FM co-host Steve McCoy in 2010 she was joined by Kelly Stevens for a second go-round in mornings at the station. Locke’s final show at the station will be on Friday, June 21 with Stevens leaving the following week on June 28. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Locke is returning to her native Ohio to spend time with her ailing father and start a media coaching company. The station hopes to have a replacement show in place within 30-45 days.

Cumulus Continues Shake Up Of San Francisco Management

On the heels of the hiring of Bill Pugh as OM of AAA 104.5 KFOG/97.7 KFFG and Classic Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN and PD of KFOG, Cumulus Media has continued the restructuring of its San Francisco market management staff with two additional appointments today. Steven Sklenar joins the company as Market Manager overseeing the aforementioned KFOG/KFFG, KSAN, as well as Conservative Talk 560 KSFO, News/Talk 810 KGO, and Sports duo 680 KNBR and 1050 KTCT. Additionally, Kevin Crespo joins Cumulus in the role of National/Regional Sales Manager for the cluster. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati had been serving as interim Market Manager. The duo both join Cumulus from Lincoln Financial Media’s San Diego cluster where Sklenar served as Assistant VP/Director of Sales and Crespo was General ...[Read More]

Bill White Out As WGN Program Director

Update 6/5: Robert Feder reports that Mitch Rosen has spurned Tribune’s offer to program WGN and will remain as PD at CBS’ 670 WSCR. Original Report 6/3: On Jimmy de Castro’s first day as President/GM of News/Talk 720 WGN Chicago, the station continues its shake-up with the dismissal of Program Director Bill White. White joined WGN in January 2011 after a decade at Greater Media’s News/Talk 1110/99.3 WBT and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte. Robert Feder reports that the leading candidate to replace White is Mitch Rosen, the PD of CBS’ Sports “670 The Score” WSCR since 2005. Rosen previously worked for de Castro from 1992 to 1995 as a producer at 97.9 WLUP. He has also programmed Sports “ESPN 1000” WMVP Chicago. WGN ha...[Read More]

Marty Bender Joins Rewind 100.3 Chicago As PD

Hubbard Radio has named Marty Bender as Program Director of AC “Rewind 100.3” WILV Chicago. Bender, who is best known for the twenty plus years overseeing Clear Channel’s “Q95” 94.7 WFBQ Indianapolis and the syndicated Bob & Tom Show, most recently oversaw the launch of AAA “87.7 Cleveland’s Sound” WLFM-LP Cleveland. He replaces Barry James who retired last month. The press release from Hubbard follows: WILV Chicago, better known as Chicago’s REWIND, 100.3, has named veteran programmer Marty Bender Program Director. Bender replaces Barry James, who retired from radio last month after 20 years with the Chicago properties. In making the announcement, Hubbard Radio’s Senior Vice President of Programming Greg Solk comments “We believe with M...[Read More]

Jimmy DeCastro Joins WGN As President/GM

Former Evergreen Media co-founder Jimmy DeCastro has been named President/GM of Tribune’s 720 WGN Chicago. DeCastro first came to Chicago in 1981 to be GM of 97.9 WLUP. He would later purchase the station as part of Evergreen Media, which would later merge with Chancellor Broadcasting to form AMFM. While President of AMFM, the company was bought and merged into Clear Channel in 2000. He has since served as President of AOL Interactive and in 2007 founded The Content Factory, which launched the Dan Patrick Show into syndication before being sold to DirecTV. DeCastro fills the position left open by the retirement of former GM Tom Langemyer last October. The Press Release announcing DeCastro’s hiring follows: Tribune Company today announced the appointment of radio industry and di...[Read More]

Paul Finebaum Joins ESPN

After departing Cumulus’ 94.5 WJOX Birmingham and his regionally syndicated network in January, Paul Finebaum has a new home. The Wall Street Journal reports that Finebaum will relocate to Charlotte, NC and join ESPN. At ESPN, Finebaum will host a radio show, make appearances on television College Football programming, and when it launches in 2014 have said radio show simulcast on the SEC Network. The radio show will air separate from ESPN’s 24/7 network and will at first be regionally syndicated in the southeast. Unlike the rest of ESPN Radio’s programming, the show will be caller driven.

Alpha Launches Two New Morning Shows In Portland

Alpha Broadcasting has launched new morning shows at two of its Portland, OR stations. Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL completes its revamp from January with the debut of the “Morning Bull Ride With Howie, Monica, and Jake“. Station vet Jake Byron is being joined by former “Alice 105.9” KALC Denver morning host Howie Drummond and Monica Lunsford, most recently of “I94” WRWM Indianapolis. CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF debuts “The Morning Mess“. Incumbent co-host Nikki West is being joined by Mike Edwards and Tanya Brown from “95SX” WSSX Charleston’s “Two Girls And A Guy“. The duo replace the now departed Cabana Boy.

Bert Show Replaces Jack Diamond At DC’s WRQX

Update 4/29: Cumulus confirms that The Bert Show will replace Jack Diamond on May 16. Based at “Q100” WWWQ Atlanta, The Bert Show currently airs on eight stations including Cumulus’ “I94” WRWM Indianapolis, “I106.7” WNFN Nashville, and “99.5 The Vibe” WZRR Birmingham. Aly Jacobs remains at WRQX from Diamond’s show. She will do local traffic and weather updates during mornings. DCRTV.com reports that Cumulus offered Diamond a six figure bonus to help pass the torch to Weiss. The offer was declined. Original Report 4/26: After 24 years in mornings at Cumulus Hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX Washington, Jack Diamond is no longer with the station. DCRTV.com reports that Diamond’s contract was close to expiring and he was told...[Read More]

Tom Barnard Takes Leave From KQRS From Substance Treatment (Updated)

Update 12:20pm: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports via Barnard’s attorney that he will now remain on the air while undergoing treatment. Original Report 3/29 9:25am: Cumulus Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS Minneapolis morning host Tom Barnard will be taking a leave of absence from his morning show to enter treatment for substance abuse. Barnard stated that he has become reliant on wine and pills to go to sleep and wake up in time to do his morning show along with needing to control his anger. The announcement comes just hours after a late night Twitter rant directed at the sales and management of the station. I know a lot of advertizers are concerned about my longevity on The KQ Morning Show. I will tell you this,our sales dept. Is totally fucked! — The Tom Barnard Show (@TomBarnardSh...[Read More]

Skip Murphy To Replace Michael Baisden

Cumulus Media Networks and Reach Media will team to offer Skip Murphy as replacement to Michael Baisden’s affiliates. Murphy, who spent 15 years in mornings at Service Broadcasting’s “K104” KKDA-FM and 105.7 KRNB Dallas until departing in 2008. In recent years he has hosted an online show and filled in regularly for Reach Media’s Tom Joyner. Murphy will be joined on the syndicated program by Jasmine Sanders who has worked at AC “Fresh 102.7” WWFS and Urban AC 107.5 WBLS New York. The program will feature music from the 1980’s through now “with humor, dishing on the latest trends, gossip and more.”

NBC Sports Radio Finalizes Daytime Lineup

After launching in September with nighttime programming and adding weekend programming in January, NBC Sports Radio has finalized its daytime lineup in time for its launch on Monday, April 1 filled with former ESPN Radio talent. Erik Kuselias, who has been hosting the 7 to 10pm slot since the network’s launch in September, will move to mornings. The former ESPN Radio host also co-hosts Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. He will be followed by another former ESPN Radio host from 9am-12pm in Brian Kenny. Kenny will retain his primary position as a host on MLB Network. Former “105.3 The Fan” KRLD-FM Dallas host and current KXAS-TV sports anchor Newy Scruggs will follow with “Voices Of The Game” from 12-3pm. The program will feature a different co-host each ...[Read More]

Michael Baisden To Leave His Syndicated Show

Update 3:15pm: Baisden is now claiming that Cumulus Media Networks has locked him out of their studios and will run best-of programming through March 29. The Michael Baisden Show Staff has been “Locked Out” of Cumulus Studios…really Cumulus? In the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all get along?” Just because we couldn’t come to an agreement is no reason to deprive the listeners, our affiliates, and our advertisers of only 9 days to say goodbye and show our appreciation. All their action does is make me more determined than ever to come back! And next time there will be no middlemen between me, my affiliates, and my listeners. Lesson learned! Now it’s time to get to work on the return of the Best Show On Radio… and I’ll be kicking ...[Read More]