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KCYE Las Vegas Creates New Morning Team

Beasley Country “102.7 The Coyote” KCYE Las Vegas has moved Mike ‘Mad Dog’ West from nights to join Kris Daniels in mornings. West has hosted nights at KCYE since 2010 and fills the hole created by Rick Kelly’s exit last summer. The new “Mornings with Kris and Mike” will debut on Monday, February 15 from 5-10am. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) today announced Mike West will be the new on-air personality, who will join Kris Daniels on KCYE 102.7. “Mornings with Kris and Mike” will launch on Monday, February 15 and will air from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. Mike West, also known as “Mad Dog” to 102.7’s listeners, has been promoted from his night shift to a prime morning drive-time career, as he...Read More

iHeartMedia Creates New National Programming Group

iHeartMedia has created a group of six executives to its new Division EVP of Programming ranks as the company continues its regional operation restructuring. The moves follow the company’s realignment of its operational structure into four divisions and 36 regions. Each division EVP/Programming will be partnered with the Division President to provide national programming assets, services and resources while reporting to National Programming Group GM Brad Hardin. Andrew Jeffries and Steve Geoffries will co-handle the responsibilities for the West division. Tony Coles will be responsible for the Central, Thea Mitchum and Meg Stevens the Northeast, and Gene Romano taking the Southeast/Midwest.

Bubba The Love Sponge Goes North Of The Border

Syndicated talker Bubba The Love Sponge has gained his first affiliate in Canada. My Broadcasting Hot Talk/Sports “Extra 90.5” CJMB Peterborough ON will add Bubba for mornings beginning on Monday, February 22. Bubba will join a lineup that includes much of the CBS Sports Radio content including Jim Rome, Doug Gottleib, and Ferrall on the Bench as well as CJCL Toronto’s Primetime Sports. The station also carries Peterborough Petes junior hockey, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays,

Alan Furst Named PD Of KMBZ AM/FM

Entercom has announced the hiring of Alan Furst as Program Director of News/Talk 98.1 KMBZ-FM and Conservative Talk “Talk 980” KMBZ Kansas City. Furst most recently programmed Radio-One’s ill-fated “News 92” KROI Houston and has also held programming positions at WIBC Indianapolis, KAJA/KXXM San Antonio, and WLW Cincinnati along with corporate programming positions for Cumulus and Australian Radio Network. He replaces Jack Landreth, who exited after four years in the position at the end of January. Entercom Kansas City announced today that it has appointed Alan Furst to take on the role of Program Director at 98.1fm KMBZ and Talk 980am. Furst will take the reins effective Monday, February 15. “We are very pleased to welcome Alan to Entercom Kansas City,” said ...Read More

Salem Moves Hugh Hewitt To Mornings; Bill Bennett To Commentaries

Salem Media is shuffling the lineup at its syndicated Conservative Talk network by moving Hugh Hewitt from evenings to the 6-9am eastern morning drive timeslot currently held by Bill Bennett’s “Morning In America”. Bennett’s final morning show will be on Friday, April 1 before he shifts to a new role as Senior Correspondent for the company where he will host a daily “Making America Work” segment, which will also be produced as a one-hour weekend special. Hewitt, who has seen his star rise this year as co-moderator on Republican debates co-produced by Salem and CNN, will take the morning slot on Monday, April 4. Hewitt will relocate to Washington DC from California when he takes over in mornings. Salem states that a new 6-9pm host will be named shortly. S...Read More

Travis Moon Named Director of Country Operations For iHeart Austin/San Antonio

iHeartMedia has named Travis Moon as Director of Country Operations for the company’s four Country stations in Austin and San Antonio. Moon will be responsible for the day-to-day programming at 98.1 KVET-FM and 100.7 KASE Austin and “KJ 97” 97.3 KAJA and Classic Country “92.5/93.3 The Bull” KRPT in San Antonio. In Austin he replaces JT Bosch, who exited on Friday and in San Antonio he takes the place of Lance Tidwell follow his departure last month. Moon programmed KAJA/KRPT from 2009 until 2014 when he left to join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Senior Liaison, Programming/Radio Development. He also programmed 105.1 WUBE Cincinnati and spent 11 years at iHeart’s 102.1 KEEY Minneapolis on-air and rising to APD/MD.

Buzz Knight Promoted To Greater Media SVP/Program Development

Greater Media has promoted Buzz Knight to Senior Vice President of Program Development. In his role Knight will oversee content and brand strategies for the company’s 21 stations in Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Knight has been with Greater Media since 2002 and previously programmed Rock stations such as WZLX Boston, WNOR Norfolk and WLVQ Columbus. Greater Media announces Buzz Knight has been promoted to senior vice president of Program Development. In his role, Knight is responsible for overseeing programming development for all of Greater Media’s radio properties and collaborating with the individual stations to build winning content, digital and brand management strategies. “Buzz has done an outstanding job overseeing our programming brands across the co...Read More

John Boyle Joins WRKN/WZRH New Orleans As PD

Cumulus has named John Boyle as the new Program Director of Country “92.3 Nash-FM” WRKN and Alternative “106.1 The Underground” WZRH New Orleans. Boyle comes to New Orleans from sister “95 Rock” 95.9 WSJZ Melbourne FL, where he served as the station’s first PD following its flip from Sports. He takes the position previously held by Ray Mariner, whose status within the company is currently unknown. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed John Boyle to Operations Manager/Program Director for NASH FM 92.3/WRKN-FM and 106.1 the Underground/WZRH-FM in New Orleans. Boyle segues from his previous role as the first Program Director of Cumulus’ Melbourne, FL, station 95 ROCK/WSJZ. Prior to that, he was Promotion Director and Director and Producer of A...Read More

Mac Daniels Named PD Of KPLX/KSCS

Cumulus Media has transferred Mac Daniels to Dallas to program Country duo 96.3 KSCS and “99.5 The Wolf” KPLX. Daniels fills the void created by J.R. Schumann’s departure for SiriusXM in December. He had been programming Cumulus’ “92.3 Nash-FM” KSJO San Jose. Daniels has previously programmed WMZQ Washington, WYCD Detroit, KSKS Fresno and KASE/KVET Austin. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Country programming veteran Mac Daniels as Program Director for heritage Country stations 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM and New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM in Dallas. Daniels joins Cumulus Media Dallas from KSJO/NASH FM 92.3 San Jose, where he was Program Director. Daniels is a 30-year programming professional with 20 years in large and major market programming. He has als...Read More

John Shomby Named Director of Programming For Nash

John Shomby, the Max Media Director of Programming and PD of Country “97.3 The Eagle” WGH-FM Norfolk VA is joining Cumulus as Director of Programming for the Nash brand. Based in Nashville, Shomby will be responsible for all content produced at the Nash Campus including Nash Icon, America’s Morning Show, Nash Nights Live, Kickin’ it with Kix, American Country Countdown, Nash Next and Nash Prep. He will report to Mike McVay. Shomby spent the last 13 years at Max Media’s Norfolk cluster. He previously worked for Cumulus as OM of their Augusta, Flint and Kalamazoo stations. Cumulus Media announces that it has hired John Shomby as Director of Programming for the NASH Network. In the newly created position, Shomby will oversee all NASH programming through the Nashville n...Read More

B-Dub Moves To KMLE

Now we know why Alpha Media needed to name two new Music Directors for Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL and CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland. Brian “B-Dub” Washington is exiting his position as APD/MD of those stations and Afternoon host at KUPL to head to CBS Country 107.9 KMLE Phoenix for those same APD/MD/Afternoon duties. Prior to joining KUPL, Washington worked mainly in CHR including afternoons at “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia and nights at “103.7 Kiss-FM” WXSS Milwaukee. B-Dub fills the afternoon vacancy at KMLE created by Chris Matthews’ move to mornings. Bryan “B-Dub” Washington is appointed Assistant Program Director, Music Director and afternoon host of Country KMLE-FM (The New KMLE @ 107.9)/Phoenix. Washington wi...Read More

Alpha Promotes Two In Portland To Music Director

Alpha Media has promoted two of its Portland OR midday on-air personalities to Music Director. Danny Dwyer adds those duties at Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL. Dwyer has been with the station for eighteen years and also works as a traffic reporter for KPTV-TV in the market. Amanda “Ice” Habrowski will take the position at CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF. Habrowski came to KBFF in 2014 following Alpha VP/Programming Phil Becker from “Hot 107.9” WJFX Fort Wayne IN. She previously worked in her hometown of Detroit and appeared as a contestant on VH1’s “Flavor of Love” and “I Love Money”. Alpha Media, Portland announced that they promoted Danny Dwyer and Amanda “ICE” Habrowski to Music Director. Danny made his way int...Read More