People & Places

Lulu & Lala Take Nights At WKTU

Lulu & Lala will exit afternoons at Cox CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC Miami for nights at iHeartMedia Rhythmic Hot AC 103.5 WKTU New York. Twin sisters Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez are New Jersey natives that began their radio careers at Univision Spanish CHR “X96.3” WXNY in 2007 and co-hosted Ty Bentli’s morning show on CBS CHR “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York in 2012-2013. They joined WFLC for afternoons in November 2014. They also worked on multiple Univision television programs while at WXNY. The fill the vacancy created by Jagger’s promotion last month to Program Director of iHeart’s two CHRs in Connecticut. iHeartMedia New York today announced that popular twin duo Lulu and Lala have joined 103.5 KTU, The Beat of New York as nighttime ho...Read More

John DiModica Upped To Q105.5 Toledo Program Director

Following two rebrandings so far this year, Cumulus Media Hot AC “Q105.5” WQQO Toledo now has a new Program Director. John ‘Johny D’ DiModica, who currently serves as afternoon host at WQQO and middayer at sister “98.3 Nash Icon” WMIM Monroe MI adds the PD title at WQQO. DiModica joined then “Star 105” in 2014 following a long run at Clear Channel Toledo. He takes the PD duties from Tim Graves who has exited. Russ Ryder is concurrently named APD/Middayer for WQQO. Ryder joined the cluster earlier this year from mornings at Swick Broadcasting’s 100.3 WLKI Angola IN. Cumulus rebranded “Star 105” WWWM to “Channel 105.5” on April 1. It then became “Q105.5” WQQO in June. Cumulus Media announces that it has...Read More

Allyson Martinek Joins WNIC’s Jay Towers In The Morning

Former 96.3 WDVD Detroit morning co-host Allyson Martinek is returning to the market as co-host of iHeartMedia AC 100.3 WNIC’s “Jay Towers In The Morning”. Martinek spent two decades at WDVD (and its predecessors) prior to being let go in July 2015. The announcement of her hiring was timed to the launch of the station going all-Christmas for the season. 100.3 WNIC, Playing Music From The ‘80s Til’ Now in Detroit, announced today that Allyson Martinek was named co-host on the Jay Towers In The Morning Show, effective immediately. As a new on-air personality for the Jay Towers In The Morning Show, Martinek will wake up Detroit listeners with a variety of music and her fun take on pop culture as well as local and national news. “We are thrilled to add Allyson to the WNIC lin...Read More

Breakfast Club On The Move As Streetz 94.5 Atlanta Launches New Morning Show

Premiere Radio Network’s syndicated Breakfast Club is on the lookout for a new Atlanta affiliate as Core Communicators Urban “Streetz 94.5” W233BF/WSTR-HD3 Atlanta has replaced the show with a new local program hosted by midday host Mo Quick and rapper/”Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” star Yung Joc. The new program is being called “The Streetz Morning Takeover” and airing from 6-10am. W233BF had been carrying the Breakfast Club since 2014. Was the show pulled from W233BF? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (and we’ve heard the same) that iHeartMedia may be on the verge of flipping Regional Mexican “105.3 El Patron” WBZY Bowdon GA to Urban as soon as today. Streetz operator Steve Hegwood seems to agree as he squatted on Real1053...Read More

Caroline Beasley Promoted To Beasley CEO

The changes at Beasley Media continue to come following the closing of its acquisition of Greater Media. Caroline Beasley will shed the interim CEO tag and become permanent Chief Executive Officer as of January 1, 2017. Her father, company founder George Beasley, will remain Chairman of the Board. Concurrently, Marie Tedesco is promoted from Vice President of Finance to fill Caroline Beasley’s former Chief Financial Officer role. Effective January 1, 2017, Caroline Beasley has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Marie Tedesco has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. George Beasley, the Company’s founder remains Chairman of the Board. Caroline Beasley previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary since 1994. Ms. Beasley i...Read More

Emily Boldon Adds WWLI Program Director Duties

Cumulus Vice President of AC & Stratus Music Emily Boldon will relocate to Providence as Program Director of AC “Lite Rock 105.1” WWLI. Boldon has been with Cumulus corporate since 2006 when she was Corporate Programming Software Trainer. She previously programmed “Rock 103.5” WRCQ Dunn/Fayetteville NC using the on-air name Sydney Scott. She fills the vacancy created by Brian DeMay’s move to “Warm 98” 98.5 WRRM Cincinnati in May. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed programming professional Emily Boldon as Program Director of Lite Rock 105/WWLI-FM in Providence, RI. Boldon will continue to serve Cumulus as Vice President, AC and Stratus Music Programming, a role she has held since May, 2006.   Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manage...Read More

Matt Hanlon Named Market Manager For Entercom Charlotte

As Entercom begins operating News/Talk 1110 WBT Charlotte/99.3 WBT-FM Chester SC and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte today ahead of its acquisition of those and Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ Charlotte, the company has named Matt Hanlon as its new Market Manager. Hanlon succeeds Rick Feinblatt who was running the cluster for Greater Media. He previously served as Midwest regional president for Citadel Broadcasting and SVP/Sales for Townsquare Media. Prior to the start of the LMA today there were some cuts at the Charlotte cluster as the Charlotte Observer reported that News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM late morning host Keith Larson and 31 year station vet News Director Jim Barroll exited. Meanwhile Jim Celania retired following nineteen years at WFNZ. Entercom today...Read More

Beasley Closes On Greater Media Purchase; Makes Multiple Staff Moves

Beasley Media has closed on its $240 million acquisition of Greater Media. The move gives Beasley eighteen additional stations in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and three suburban New Jersey markets following the divestiture of Greater Media’s Charlotte cluster plus Beasley’s 610 WFNZ to Entercom. Prior to the closing word leaked of additional staff cuts at the now-former Greater Media stations. Among those exiting are Detroit Market Manager Steve Chessare and Peter Werbe, who hosted the Nightcall talk show on sunday evenings on Rock 101.1 WRIF. The Charlotte Observer reported that News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM late morning host Keith Larson and 31 year station vet News Director Jim Barroll exited. Mac Edwards will transfer from Beasley’s Fayetteville NC cluster after 25 ...Read More

Hubbard Promotes Jeff England To Chicago VP/Market Manager

Hubbard Radio Chicago has named Jeff England as its new VP/Market Manager overseeing Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” 97.1 WDRV/96.9 WWDV, AC 100.3 WSHE, and Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX. England comes to Chicago from Hubbard’s Phoenix cluster where he was Director of Sales. He previously served as Director of Sales and later Market Manager for iHeartMedia’s Phoenix cluster from 2003-2012. He fills the vacancy created by John Gallagher’s exit in September. Hubbard Radio President/COO Drew Horowitz today announced that Jeff England was named VP/Market Manager for Hubbard Radio-Chicago. Hubbard Radio operates four radio stations in Chicago: WTMX (101.9 FM The Mix), WDRV/WWDV (99.7/96.9 FM The Drive) and WSHE (100.3 FM). Commented Horowitz, “We are thrill...Read More

Buzz Knight Joins Beasley As VP/Programming

With Beasley Media’s purchase of Greater Media set to close next week, Buzz Knight will join the company as VP/Programming. Knight has been with Beasley since 2002 most recently serving as SVP of Program Development overseeing content and brand strategies for the company. Prior to joining Greater Media he programmed Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX Boston, Rock “FM 99” WNOR Norfolk, and “QFM 96” WLVQ Columbus. Knight will work under Justin Chase who was promoted to Executive Vice President of Programming earlier today. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has named Buzz Knight as Vice President of Programming, following the completion of, and contingent upon, Beasley Broadcast Group’s previously announced acquisition of...Read More

Chris Carlin & Ike Reese To Host Afternoons At WIP

CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia will name Chris Carlin and Ike Reese as its new afternoon team. The New York Daily News reports that Carlin will join WIP from Sportsnet New York where he has served in multiple roles including co-hosting the network’s SportsNight highlights program, Loudmouths debate show, and previously pre and post-game shows for the network’s New York Mets coverage. He also has served as the radio play-by-play voice for Rutgers University football since 2004 and did basketball from 2008 until the end of last season. He also works part-time for SiriusXM and CBS’ 660/101.9 WFAN New York. Prior to joining SNY, Carlin worked at WFAN as producer for Mike & The Mad Dog, morning sportscaster on Imus In The Morning and Boomer & Carton, and as w...Read More

Beasley Promotes Justin Chase To EVP/Programming

Beasley Media has promoted Justin Chase to Executive Vice President of Programming. Chase has been with Beasley since 2009 first as Operations Manager for the company’s Las Vegas cluster and since 2013 as VP/Programming. Prior to joining Beasley he worked for CBS Radio as Imaging Director and later Program Director of Hot AC “Mix 94.1” KMXB and Variety Hits “100.5 Jack-FM” KKJJ. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has promoted Justin Chase to Executive Vice President of Programming. Justin served as Vice President of Programming since 2013, after four years of service as Operations Manager for Beasley Media Group’s radio stations in Las Vegas. “When I joined Beasley in 2009 as a Program Director in Las Vegas, ...Read More