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Rob Carson & Chris Plante Join KCMO Kansas City

Cumulus News/Talk 710 KCMO/103.7 K279BI Kansas City is debuting a new lineup on Monday, February 2. A pair of hosts, Rob Carson and Chris Plante will join KCMO from Washington, DC. Carson will take over the KCMO morning show from 5-9am. He has spent the majority of his career in Hot AC, where he hosted mornings and afternoons at KSTP-FM Minneapolis, WVMX Cincinnati, and WRQX Washington before segueing to Talk at WMAL Washington. Carson currently also hosts the 12-3pm segment of Envision Radio Networks’ “America Weekend”. Chris Plante will join KCMO for the 9am-12pm slot, a timeslot he currently holds on 630/105.9 WMAL Washington. Plante spent 17 years at CNN, mostly serving as their Pentagon correspondent. The additions of Carson and Plante will enable Greg Knapp to move ...Read More

92.3 Amp Radio New York Launches Shoboy In The Morning

CBS CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York has filled its vacant morning show opening with Edgar ‘Shoboy‘ Sotelo. Sotelo joins WBMP from sister Regional Mexican “La Grande 107.5” KMVK Dallas where he hosted mornings until the end of 2014. Sotelo will be joined by co-host Nina Hajian, who moves from mornings at CBS’ “Now 100.5” KZZO Sacramento. Micho Rizzo, also joining from KMVK Dallas is the third member of the program. Sotelo is the younger brother of syndicated Spanish host Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo. CBS relaunched 92.3 WBMP as “Amp Radio” in May 2014 and filled out the remainder of its on-air lineup in September. Mornings have been vacant since the station’s relaunch. CBS RADIO station WBMP-FM 92.3 AMP Radio la...Read More

Todd Schnitt & Len Berman Take Mornings At WOR

iHeartMedia Talk 710 WOR New York has filled its nearly year-long morning vacancy with Todd Schnitt and Len Berman. Schnitt aka MJ Kelli, who will continue his syndicated afternoon talk show based at 970 WFLA Tampa, is best known for his eighteen year run in mornings at CHR 93.3 WFLZ and syndication. Longtime WNBC-TV sportscaster Len Berman will co-host with Schnitt. Berman may be best known for his “Spanning The World” sports bloopers segment that regularly ran during the Today Show. Since retiring from WNBC in 2009, Berman has operated his own blog and made fill-in appearances on multiple New York stations. The duo will air from 6-10am beginning Monday, January 26. WOR’s morning show has been vacant since Elliot Segal returned to Washington, DC last February. 710 WOR-AM...Read More

100.3 The Sound Sets Date & Team For Mark Thompson’s Return

KSWD has announced that “Mark In The Morning” will debut on Monday, February 2. As previously announced, current KSWD middayer Andy Chanley will join Mark Thompson in the morning slot. The duo will also be joined by Gina Grad, who is currently filling-in on Adam Carolla’s daily podcast, and Thompson’s daughter Katie as “Chick On The Street”. Bonneville International’s Los Angeles Classic Rock radio station KSWD, 100.3 FM “The Sound” will broadcast its new morning show Mark In The Morning, hosted by legendary Los Angeles morning radio personality Mark Thompson, beginning Monday, February 2, it was announced jointly today by Peter W. Burton, Vice President and General Manager, and Dave Beasing, Program Director. This marks not only Thompson’s return to Los...Read More

Michael Savage Renews With Cumulus; Broadens Talk Scope

Michael Savage has agreed to a contract extension with Cumulus Media/Westwood One. The renewal centers along Savage broadening his “Savage Nation” program, which airs live 3-6pm Eastern/12-3pm Pacific, away from just a political base. Calling it “Unprotected Talk”, Savage will expand his program to what Westwood One describes as “topical current events and lifestyle issues – with politics of course remaining an important part of the show.” Potential topics listed include health, science, religion and culture. – Westwood One announces the renewal of Savage’s popular thought-provoking nationally broadcast radio show The Savage Nation®. Savage is ushering in a new era of talk radio with his groundbreaking “Unprotected Talk” format that he will use to interact wit...Read More

Hot 97 Names New PD & Afternoon Host

Emmis Rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” has hired Pio Ferro as its new Program Director and Nessa as afternoon host. Ferro was PD of “Power 96” WPOW Miami until exiting the station when CBS closed on its purchase of the station from Beasley Broadcasting in December. Ferro previously has worked as VP of Hispanic Programming for CBS Dallas and VP/National Program Director of Spanish Broadcasting System. Ferro succeeds Jay Dixon, who was named PD last July. Dixon will return to his previous role as consultant for WQHT and sister Urban AC 107.5 WBLS. Also joining WQHT for afternoons is former “Wild 94.9” KYLD San Francisco and Premium Choice night host Nessa. Current afternoon host Cipha Sounds will remain with the station in a role to be announced. Cipha Sounds had shi...Read More

Big John Howell Joins WLS; Roe Conn To WGN

A pair of Chicago talkers are headed to new dial positions. Cumulus’ 890 WLS has hired Big John Howell as its new morning host replacing Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft. Howell joins WLS after exiting Salem’s “560 The Answer” WIND at the end of 2014 where he spent eight years. Prior to joining WIND, Howell spent many years at CBS Country “US 99.5” WUSN in both mornings and afternoons. While Howell joins WLS, their former afternoon host Roe Conn is heading to Tribune’s 720 WGN. Conn, who was let go in October following the hiring of Steve Dahl will take over the 3-7pm slot according to Robert Feder. Feder states that the addition of Conn will see current afternoon hosts Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder move to late mornings and John Williams to weekends. Cumulus...Read More

Big 95.5 Chicago Names PD & Morning Show

Just days after launching Country “Big 95.5” WNUA Chicago, iHeartMedia has acted quickly to begin staffing the new station. Looking southward to St. Louis, WNUA has named Steve Stewart of sister “93.7 The Bull” KSD-FM/Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU St. Louis as Program Director. Stewart also served as Regional Program Manager overseeing programming for all of St. Louis, Springfield MO, and Wichita. Prior to joining KSD-FM in 2011, Stewart served as PD/Morning Host at 94.5 WTNR Grand Rapids. He will be joined in Chicago by Mason & Remy. The duo, who currently hosts afternoons at KSD-FM and mornings at KLOU, will debut in mornings at “Big 95.5” on Tuesday, January 20. The pair have been together at KSD-FM since 2010, when they both joined the station from CH...Read More

KABC Completes Schedule Revamp Away From Politics

Cumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles has completed it schedule revamp as it moves away from politics towards general Talk. Doug McIntyre will remain in the 5-9am timeslot followed by all new programs over the next nine hours. Judge Cristina Perez takes over the 9am-12pm slot replacing Bryan Suits. The host of multiple television courtroom programs, will focus on topical events in the Southern California region. The previously announced “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood” will air from 12-3pm. Jillian Barberie and John Phillips moves from 12-3pm to 3-6pm as “Midday LA” is renamed “The Drive Home”. Mark Levin from 6-9pm and Peter Tilden from 9pm-12am stay in place. TalkRadio 790 KABC announces a refined lineup for the new year, building on the success...Read More

Star 94 Atlanta Names New Morning Show

Lincoln Financial Media (Soon to be Entercom) Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta has named a new morning show. Drex & Cassiday will join WSTR from Beasley CHR “Kiss 95.1” WNKS Charlotte and be joined by Steve Tingle from CBS’ “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia. The trio will replace Jimmy Alexander, who exited WSTR last fall, and incumbent co-host Cindy Simmons. Drex and co-host Maney joined WNKS in 2012 from “Q107.5” WHBQ-FM Memphis. Cassiday Proctor joined the pair shortly after from “Mix 94.7” KAMX Austin. Steve Tingle previously co-hosted mornings at Alternative “Q101” WKQX Chicago. Maney will be remaining at WNKS where a new team will be built around him. The audio of Drex and Cassiday announcing their depart...Read More

Irish Greg & No Name Join KFOG Morning Show

‘Irish’ Greg McQuaid and Mike ‘No Name’ Nelson debuted this morning on Cumulus AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco/97.7 KFFG Los Altos joining incumbent host Renee Richardson. McQuaid rejoins KFOG from iHeartMedia Classic Hits “Big 103.7” KOSF following a previous long run at the station. Nelson previously worked at CBS Alternative “Live 105” KITS and Hot AC “Alice 97.3” KLLC. Cumulus announces that longtime Bay Area radio personalities “Irish” Greg McQuaid and Mike Nelson (also known as “No Name”) will join on-air morning personality Renee Richardson as Co-Hosts of The KFOG Morning Show. McQuaid and Nelson debuted with Renee on The KFOG Morning Show today. The KFOG Morning Show airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Nelson has been ...Read More

Jim Ryan Promoted To CBS Senior VP/Programming

CBS Radio has announced that Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM and AC “Fresh 102.7” WWFS New York Program Director Jim Ryan has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for the company. The new position will see Ryan “serve as a source of programming expertise and develop key initiatives and strategies” for CBS Radio’s music stations. He will retain his duties overseeing WCBS-FM and WWFS, as well as VP/Adult Contemporary programming while adding oversight of all Classic Hits stations in the company. Jim Ryan has been named Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO, it was announced today by Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. The appointment is effective immediately. In this new position, Ryan will serve as a source of p...Read More

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