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WHPT Tampa’s Mike Calta Expands To Atlanta & Orlando

Cox Hot Talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT Tampa afternoon host Mike Calta is adding a second show that will be syndicated to sister stations in Atlanta and Orlando. The syndication will bring the show to Cox sister News/Talk 750 WSB/95.5 WSBB Atlanta and “News 96.5” WDBO Orlando. The stations will begin airing Calta’s second program from 10pm to 12am starting tonight, which will also be carried on WHPT. Until last week Calta’s entire broadcast career had been under the name “Cowhead”. In preparation for the entry into syndication, Calta held a funeral for the Cowhead moniker which dated back to his entry into radio in 1992 as a sidekick of Bubba The Love Sponge at “The Power Pig” 93.3 WFLZ. At one point his then morning show at WHPT was ...Read More

Clear Channel & Grupo Radio Centro Partner To Distribute El Mandril

lClear Channel and its Premiere Radio Networks subsidiary are establishing a multi-platform partnership with Mexico based Grupo Radio Centro. The primary purpose of the partnership will be to allow Premiere to take over domestic distribution and sales support for “Radio Centro 93.9” KXOS Los Angeles based El Show del Mandril. The companies will work together to develop additional programming, events and digital opportunities to reach Hispanic audiences. Ricardo ‘El Mandril’ Sanchez joined Grupo Radio Centro and KXOS in January after departing SBS’ “La Raza” 97.9 KLAX. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any radio or television outlet, and Grupo Radio Centro (GRC),...Read More

Michigan Congressman To Join Cumulus In 2015

Republican Congressman Mike Rogers has announced he will not seek reelection this year for an eight term in order to launch a nationally syndicated radio program with Cumulus in 2015. No timeslot or additional information about his future program has been announced other than it will be distributed by Cumulus’ Westwood One and be featured on Rdio.com as Cumulus ramps up its presence on the site. Congressman Mike Rogers will bring his unique perspective as a leading intelligence expert and former FBI agent to Cumulus, the national media company that operates the nation’s largest talk radio platform, after the conclusion of his seventh term in the House of Representatives at the end of the year. As a media-savvy politician who last year appeared on more Sunday public affairs show than ...Read More

John Gambling Joins Salem’s WNYM

After “retiring” from mornings at Clear Channel’s 710 WOR New York in December, John Gambling is joining Salem Conservative Talk “970 The Answer” WNYM ww.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/nyc-radio-legend-john-gambling-returning-dial-article-1.1727048″>for a midday show. Gambling will be heard daily from 11am to 1pm with a show that will alternate from WNYM’s Broadway studios that used to house WOR or Gambling’s home in Florida. WNYM recently added comedian Joe Piscopo to its morning show from 6-9am after the departure of Curtis Sliwa to WABC.

95.7 The Game Continues Lineup Changes

Update 3/18: Following last week’s announcement of a revised on-air lineup, Entercom Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco has announced that former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff will join the station’s new morning show with Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend on Monday, March 31. 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), the Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, announced today a major new addition to their recently launched morning show. Starting Monday, March 31st, two-time World Series Champion and former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff joins the morning team of Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend. Huff, who retired from baseball in 2013, previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants. “Last week, we announced a n...Read More

Don Geronimo Launches Subscription Podcast

Joining the likes of Steve Dahl and Tom Leykis, who made the jump from successful FM Talk shows to internet broadcasting, Don Geronimo has announced he will launch a daily stream and podcast on RELMNetwork.com in April. The program will debut on April 1 and feature Geronimo along with co-host Drew Hoffar, Joe Ardinger and features regular appearances by Buzz Burbank, who was a part of the Don & Mike show on WJFK Washington and is a partner in the RELM Network along with Marc Ronick and Lowell Melser. Hoffar and Ardinger were part of Geronimo’s most recent show at KHTK Sacramento. The move to a streaming/podcast platform will have Geronimo follow former on-air partner Mike O’Meara who made a similar move in 2009 after exiting CBS’ WJFK Washington himself. Why a podcas...Read More

Clear Channel Restructures Major Market Operations

Clear Channel is continuing the restructuring of its operations under Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. The Major Markets Operating Group of four divisions will be led by Hartley Adkins, Executive Vice President; Tom McConnell, Executive Vice President; Kelly Kibler, Senior Vice President; and Greg Ashlock, former President of Clear Channel Los Angeles, who will now become as President of Clear Channel Southern California. Matt Martin remains President of Regional Markets. As part of the restructuring, Tom Schurr, President of Operations for Major Markets, has left the company. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any other radio or television outlet, announced today the creation of a Major Markets Operating Group. The Major Markets ...Read More

Pacifica Fires Executive Director

Moments after submitting a press release praising the Pacifica Foundation for reaching the funds needed to pay the severance due to staffers laid off from 99.5 WBAI New York last August, Summer Reese was dismissed as Executive Director of the nonprofit group. Reese served as Interim Executive Director for eighteen months and was granted the position permanently just last month. In an e-mail reporting the move, outgoing Treasurer Tracy Rosenberg stated that the firing came without any human resource or legal counsel present despite requests for it by some members of Pacifica’s National Board. Rosenberg states that Reese is obligated to $315,000 as part of a buy-out in her contract. This is just the latest phase of turmoil facing Pacifca. WBAI has seen one Program Director quit and ano...Read More

KFYI’s Barry Young Announces Retirement

550 KFYI Phoenix morning host Barry Young today announced he will be retiring from the Clear Channel News/Talker later this year. Young, who has been with KFYI since 1987 including a ten year stretch as Program Director, will exit his 7-10am morning shift on Friday, November 7. His exit will coincide with the end of this year’s election cycle. Barry Young, longtime KFYI-AM talk host and personality announced his retirement today. He has been in the radio industry for more than 48 years and with KFYI for the last 27. Young’s last day on-air will be Friday, November 7, 2014. Young started his career at WGAC-AM in Augusta, Ga. at the age of 14. He went on to work in at WRNG in Atlanta; WFAA in Dallas; WNWS in Miami; and WJNO in West Palm Beach before finally ending up at KFYI in 1987. Y...Read More

Mike Salk Departs WEEI To Return To KIRO

One year after departing Bonneville Sports “710 ESPN” KIRO Seattle to co-host afternoons at Entercom’s 93.7 WEEI Boston, Mike Salk is returning to the Northwest. Salk will rejoin KIRO as Program Director on March 23 as well as host an as yet-to-be determined daypart. “I could not be more excited about this unique opportunity and the new challenge of running the programming at 710 ESPN Seattle,” Salk said. “Even though I left Seattle last year, it never ceased being home. 710 ESPN Seattle is a nationally renowned sports station and this opportunity to lead it is an honor. The people in that building are special and I can’t wait to reconnect with all of them.” 710 ESPN Seattle vice president and general manager Dave Pridemore added: “It i...Read More

WMZQ Washington Adds Bobby Bones For Mornings

The syndicated Bobby Bones morning show adds another major market as Clear Channel Country 98.7 WMZQ Washington, DC will pick up the show starting Monday, March 10. WMZQ will slide current morning host Boxer into middays while co-host Aly Jacobs will host news and traffic reports during Bones’ show. Current WMZQ midday host Jenni Chase will move to sister AC 97.1 WASH-FM. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Washington, D.C. announced today new programming for 98.7 WMZQ, Today’s Country – Washington D.C. Award-winning Country morning program The Bobby Bones Show will join 98.7 WMZQ beginning Monday, March 10, 2014. WMZQ will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 6-10:00 a.m. ET. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with spe...Read More

Don Geronimo Exits WJFK

The homecoming that looked so good on paper lasted just a tad over four months as Don Geronimo has exited CBS Sports “106.7 The Fan” WJFK Manassas VA/Washington DC. The news was first reported this weekend by DCRTV.com and then confirmed on Twitter by Geronimo himself. No one should be shocked I'm not in the plans for CBS/dc. I had opined recently on air how I didn't understand the logic. Now 30 more days w — Don Geronimo (@DonGeronimoShow) March 2, 2014 Pay from CBS, then off to brighter pastures. You know I have a lot to say on the entire matter, you'll hear it all soon enuf, ever 4ward — Don Geronimo (@DonGeronimoShow) March 2, 2014 Geronimo has been vocal about the inconsistent nature of his scheduling. At first he was brought in to host 7-10pm on ev...Read More

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