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Danni Starr Joins WKYS’ Fam In The Morning

Radio-One Urban 93.9 WKYS Washington DC has tabbed Danni Starr as the new co-host of their “Fam In The Morning”. Starr, who previously co-hosted the syndicated Kane Show at iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington and mornings/middays at defunct CHR “96.3 Now” KHTC Minneapolis, replaces singer Lil’ Mo who was let go earlier this month. DJ Quicksilver remains in place as lead host.

Kwame Dankwa Joins Star 104 Erie As Program Director

Connoisseur Media CHR “Star 104” 103.7 WRTS Erie has appointed Kwame Dankwa as Program Director. Dankwa, who most recently was APD/Afternoon host as iHeartMedia’s “Power 93.3” KPWK Seattle until his position was eliminated at the end of 2016. He has also spent two tours as PD at Pamal CHR “Z97” WZRT Rutland VT and has worked on-air at “101.9 Radio Now” KWNW Memphis and “Amp Radio 103.3” WODS Boston. He succeeds Chris Ryan who exited in October to join Neuhoff Media’s “Y103” 102.9 WSOY-FM Decatur IL as PD. Connoisseur Media appoints Kwame Dankwa as Program Director for WRTS-FM (Star 104) Erie, PA, effective February 27. Dankwa, originally from Windsor, CT, was most recently heard on KPWK-FM (Power 933) Seatt...Read More

Michael Baisden Added By Hot 105 Miami

Cox Media Group Urban AC “Hot 105” WHQT Miami is picking up the relaunched Michael Baisden show for afternoons starting Monday, February 20. Baisden previously aired on WHQT during his previous syndicated run from 2007 to 2013. To make room for the show, midday host James T will condense his show to 9am-12pm, while afternoon hosts Rick Party and Benji Brown move to 12-3pm. Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami Radio has announced Michael Baisden as its new afternoon drive host on Hot 105, effective Feb. 20, 2017. The Michael Baisden show is syndicated with our sister station WALR KISS 104 as the flagship station. “Michael was a part of the Hot 105 Super brand from 2007 to 2013 with a proven track record of success.” said WHQT Director of Branding and Programming Phil Michaels-Trueba. “I ...Read More

Pacifica Names New Executive Director

Pacifica Radio Network has named William Crosier as its new Executive Director. Crosier served on the Pacifica Board of Directors in 2010-2012 and again since last year representing 90.1 KPFT Houston. He supplants Interim Executive Director Lydia Brazon who has led the organization since October 2015. Pacifica has been on the brink of financial ruin for the past several years. 99.5 WBAI New York is currently being sued for $1,357,429.71 by the Empire State Building over unpaid rent. The group as a whole is being investigated by the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts over delinquent financial audits. In addition to KPFT and WBAI, Pacifica owns 94.1 KPFA and 89.3 KPFB Berkeley/San Francisco, 90.7 KPFK Los Angeles and 89.3 WPFW Washington. The five-station Pacif...Read More

Carson Takes Afternoons At KKRZ & KPWK

Todd ‘Carson’ Zarnitz has been named afternoon host at a pair of iHeartMedia CHRs. Carson will host afternoons at “Z100” KKRZ Portland and “Power 93.3” KPWK Seattle starting February 15. He has been hosting weekends at the other “Z100“, WHTZ New York as well as “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia and “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington in recent years while working in the sales department of iHeartMedia Philadelphia since 2010. He previously has worked on-air at KRBE Houston, “95.3 Party” WPYO Orlando, WFLZ Tampa, WKRZ Scranton, and WBHV State College. iHeartMedia announced today that Todd “Carson” Zarnitz has been named the Afternoon Drive personality for Z100, Portland’s No. 1 Hit Music Station, and Power 93.3, Seattle’s New...Read More

Greg Solk Named WJMK/WXRT Program Director

CBS Radio has hired Greg Solk as Operations Manager and Program Director of AAA 93.1 WXRT and Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK Chicago. Solk most recently was Senior VP of Programming for Hubbard Radio until his exit last March. He had joined Hubbard with its acquisition of multiple markets from Bonneville in 2011. Outside of two years as PD of AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco in the early 1990s, Solk’s entire career has been spent in Chicago where he started as an intern at 97.9 WLUP and eventually served as VP/Programming of that station and was was instrumental in launching “97.1 The Drive” WDRV in 2001. Solk fills the position at WXRT that had been vacant since the retirement of Norm Winer in early 2016. Todd Cavanagh gave up day-to-day programming of WJMK last month when he ad...Read More

Katie Neal Takes Midday Slot At WNSH

Cumulus Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH Newark NJ/New York has promoted Katie Neal to midday host. Neal had been working on-air weekends at WNSH in addition to working in sales for sister Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ. Prior to coming to New York she hosted nights at Cumulus CHR 101.5 WBNQ Bloomington IL. Neal replaces Shila Nathan, who exited in November after just 11 months at the station. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Katie Neal to Midday Host on NASH FM 94.7/WNSH-FM in New York City. Neal joined Cumulus in 2011 as Evening Host for 101.5 WBNQ in Bloomington, IL. She moved to Cumulus Media-New York in 2013 as Weekend/Swing talent for NASH FM 94.7. She has also served Cumulus Media-New York as Account Executive for 95.5 WPLJ. Neal holds a B.A. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Ma...Read More

102.7 The Coyote Las Vegas Realigns Airstaff

Beasley Media Country “102.7 The Coyote” KCYE Boulder City/Las Vegas has announced multiple staffing changes. Following the resignation of Kris Daniels as Program Director in July to focus on her morning show, the station has announced that Daniels will resume the PD role. She will continue to co-host “Kris & The Mad Dog” with Mike ‘Mad Dog’ West. APD/Afternoon host Todd Michaels exits the station and is replaced by Emmanuel ‘Ransom’ Garcia as Music Director/Afternoon Host. Ransom most recently was part of the morning show at CBS Alternative “X107.5” KXTE and spent many years at iHeartMedia Country 95.5 KWNR. Paul Knight rejoins the station for middays. Knight hosted nights at KCYE until 2015 for a non radio job. Beasley Media Group’s 10...Read More

Salem To Syndicate Joe Walsh Show

Salem Media Group is replacing its Steve Deace Show with former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh. Walsh will take over the national 9pm-12am eastern time slot on Monday, February 20. He will continue to host 5-7pm on Salem’s Conservative Talk “560 The Answer” WIND Chicago. Deace, whose show was produced in partnership with Conservative Review, will host a new show exclusively for their subscription CRTV. -Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM), announced today that Chicago-based talk show host Joe Walsh will be joining the network lineup in the 9pm to midnight ET time slot, replacing Steve Deace on February 20th. Walsh, a former U.S. Congressman, comes to the network from WIND-AM 560 The Answer, where he holds down the 5pm to 7pm slot. Walsh will continue with the local show, and...Read More

820 WWBA Becomes Bubba The Love Sponge Flagship

After being dropped from Beasley Rock “98.7 No Rules Rock” WBRN-FM Holmes Beach/Tampa ahead of its format change to AC “B98.7” in December, Bubba The Love Sponge has found a new Tampa flagship station for his show. Genesis Communications News/Talk 820 WWBA Largo will become the new homebase of Bubba’s show starting Monday, February 13. Bubba will air weekdays from 6-10am. WWBA – AM 820 today announced that it has signed an agreement to air the Bubba the Love Sponge® Show starting February 13, 2017. The agreement will make WWBA the new “Flag Ship Station” for Bubba, returning the nationally syndicated and extremely popular radio program back to the Tampa airwaves for the Bubba Army to listen on 820’s 50,000 watt signal. WWBA 820 AM has the largest audience reac...Read More

Mike Preston Exits As KHTP/KKWF Seattle PD

After seven plus years with the company, Mike Preston is stepping down as Program Director of Entercom Country “100.7 The Wolf” KKWF and Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 103.7” KHTP Seattle at the end of February. This was Preston’s second run in Seattle as he previously OM/PD of 96.5 KJAQ and 106.1 KBKS for CBS Radio from 1997-2006. He also was APD/MD of ABC’s 95.5 WPLJ New York from 1989-1997 and VP/Programming of CBS Radio San Francisco from 2006 until January 2009. Entercom Seattle VP/Programming Dave Richards will add KHTP and KKWF to his duties until a replacement is named.

DJ Carisma Promoted To Real 92.3 Music Director/Mix Show Coordinator

iHeartMedia Urban “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles has promoted afternoon mixer ‘DJ Carisma’ Robertson to Music Director and Mix Show Coordinator. Carisma joined KRRL in 2015 after previously working as a mixer and assistant promotions coordinator at Emmis’ “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR. In addition to her afternoon mixes she also co-hosts “Young California Radio” on weekends from 7pm-12am. iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced today that renowned Los Angeles DJ/Mixer, DJ Carisma, has been promoted to Music Director and Mix Show Coordinator for REAL 92.3, LA’s Home for Hip-Hop, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Los Angeles has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompa...Read More

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