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Maynard Taking Off For Clear Channel

Maynard, Program Director of Hubbard CHR “Movin 92.5” KQMV and Modern AC “Click 98.9” KLCK Seattle is exiting to join Clear Channel as a Vice President of Programming. Maynard also hosted middays at KQMV. While Maynard’s exact duties have not been announced, could the timing have anything to do with Clear Channel’s expected revamping of Classic Hits 95.7 KJR-FM? Morning Host Bob Rivers is promoting an announcement for Monday morning at 7:40am. Before leaving 4 the weekend, remember that Monday 7:40 AM PT we'll make a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! 95.7 @KJR_FM http://t.co/81WH8r9vYV — Bob Rivers (@BobRiversShow) July 25, 2014

Stoney Richards Leaving WDSY Afternoons

CBS Country “Y107.9” WDSY Pittsburgh APD/MD/Afternoon Host Stoney Richards has announced he will step down as of September 10 to dedicate more time to his acting career. Richards has been with WDSY for the past eighteen years, but will remain with the station for guest appearances and with sister News/Talk 1020 KDKA on his weekend “Live From The Centre”. Richards has a long acting resume dating back to the 1980s and includes appearances in such projects as Predator 2, Three Men And A Little Lady, and most recently in 2013’s Out Of The Furnace. The following CBS memo was sent to us making the announcement: Some of you may be aware that Stoney Richards has enjoyed acting over past several years, and has appeared on both the big and small screens from time to tim...Read More

Hot 97 Names New Program Director

The most transitional phase in the history of Emmis Urban “Hot 97” WQHT New York will include a new Program Director. Jay Dixon, who has served as Interim Program Director since Ebro Darden stepped down in March to focus on his on-air duties, will take the reigns on a permanent basis. Dixon previously programmed Emmis now-defunct Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS New York before it was leased to ESPN in 2012. Hot 97 has seen a number of transitions this year. Deon Livingston replaced Alexandra Cameron as General Manager following the purchase of 107.5 WBLS and 1190 WLIB by Emmis. Ebro stepped down as Program Director to join Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds in what has now been renamed as “Ebro in The Morning”. And longtime afternoon host Angie Martinez defec...Read More

Andy Dean Exits America Now

Premiere Radio Networks has announced that Andy Dean will step down as host of the syndicated “America Now” as of Friday, August 8. Joe Pags will fill-in as host until a new host for the program which airs from 6-9pm Eastern/3-6pm Pacific is announced after Labor Day. Dean is exiting the program to focus on his ConnectPal.com. The platform allows users to place content behind a subscription paywall. Dean will host a podcast on the platform 2-3 times per week. Premiere Networks announced today that Andy Dean has decided to step down as host of America Now on August 8, 2014. Dean will focus on some exciting projects in the works. Details regarding a new host for the popular News/Talk program will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Joe Pags, host of the Premiere Networks-sy...Read More

Larry Mendte Joins WABC

Cumulus Conservative Talk 770 WABC New York is adding a local Sunday night show from 7-9pm hosted by Larry Mendte. Mendte, a long time television newscaster in Philadelphia and New York, previously co-hosted mornings at Merlin Media’s now-defunct “IQ 106.9” in Philadelphia. The new program will be the only non-brokered or syndicated program to air on WABC’s weekend schedule. 77 WABC announces the addition of The Larry Mendte Show to Sunday nights, 7 pm to 9 pm, starting this weekend. Mendte is a familiar voice to the New York metro area, having most recently been a contributor to WPIX-TV’s nightly newscast, producing commentaries that showcased Mendte’s strong opinions on a wide range of topics. Returning to New York on 77 WABC allows Mendte to expand upon these com...Read More

Clear Channel Launching Tige & Daniel As National Country Night Show

Earlier this week we lamented the continuing demise of the local night jock and Clear Channel has taken another step in that direction. Country “Q104.1” WTQR Greensboro, NC morning hosts Tige & Daniel will step down from that show after Friday, July 25 to launch a new national evening program based at 97.9 WSIX Nashville. The show will also be heard initially on WTQR, “B93.9” WKSL Raleigh, “94.9 TNT” WTNT-FM Tallahassee, and “G105.7” WSCG Augusta. The show will replace jockless time slots or hosts voicetracked from other markets on those stations. Bobby Bones will replace Tige & Daniel on WTQR. Tige Rogers and Daniel Baker joined WTQR in March 2012 from Qantum Communications’ “Gator 107.9” WGTR Myrtle Beach. WeR...Read More

Opie & Jim Norton Discuss Anthony Cumia’s Firing

SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton returned from vacation for their first show following the firing of co-host Anthony Cumia from the “Opie & Anthony” show. Opie commented that he thought that the entire show was gone the moment he saw Cumia’s tweets. I read Ant’s tweets. And I said to myself I swear to you I said, Oh my God, we’re fired. That needs to be said. There was just something different about it. I’m like oh my God, we’re fired. Cause I think it was just the amount of tweets that he did and they were harsh. I mean they were absolutely were harsh and I understand why cause he was really mad at what had happened. But I knew in my gut that this is not going to go well. We work for a company for as much as we bitch they give us a lot of...Read More

KIRO Reunites Brock & Salk

Bonneville Sports “710 ESPN” KIRO Seattle is launching a new lineup on Monday, July 14. Mike Salk, who returned to KIRO in March as Program Director, will reunite with former co-host Brock Huard for a new local morning show from 7-10am. The duo hosted middays on KIRO until Salk departed for WEEI Boston in 2013. Huard’s current co-host in the 9am-12pm slot, Danny O’Neil will move to afternoon drive where he will join incumbents Dave Wyman and Jim Moore in the 3-7pm slot. Michael Grey will move from the afternoon show to host solo from 10am to 12pm. The rest of the lineup will remain as-is with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby staying in the 12pm-3pm slot and ‘Nightwatch’ with Tom Wassell in the 7-9pm slot. ESPN Radio network programming will air from 9pm until...Read More

DSC & RAD Extend Contracts

A pair of long-established California morning shows have renewed their contracts to remain at their current stations. In San Diego, Dave Rickards, Shelley Dunn and Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph have agreed to remain at Midwest TV’s Hot AC “100.7 Jack-FM” KFMB-FM for four more years. “The DSC” joined KFMB-FM in 2010 after an 18 year run at Clear Channel’s KIOZ. Up in Sacramento, Rob, Arnie and Dawn will remain with Entercom’s “98 Rock” 98.5 KRXQ for five more years after a flirtation with Clear Channel that led to legal actions by Entercom. After agreeing to terms with Clear Channel to move the show to an undisclosed station in Sacramento, Entercom filed suit requesting a temporary restraining order claiming that show owner Will...Read More

Chris Ebbott Named KRTH Program Director

Chris Ebbott is returning to CBS Los Angeles from Toronto to program Classic Hits “K-Earth 101” KRTH. Ebbott has programmed Bell Media CHR “Virgin Radio 99.9” CKFM for the past four years and also programmed Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM prior to its sale to Newcap last year. Prior to heading to Toronto Ebbott spent seven years as OM of Variety Hits “93.1 Jack-FM” KCBS-FM and has also programmed Hot AC “Mix 95.7” WMWX Philadelphia and Alternative “101.5 The Zone” KZON Phoenix. Ebbott replaces former KRTH and sister Urban AC “94.7 The Wave” KTWV PD Rick Thomas. Thomas transferred to New York to relaunch CHR 92.3 WNOW-FM as “92.3 Amp Radio“. A new PD has yet to be named for KTWV.

Kevin Metheny Joins KGO/KSFO

Cumulus News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit Program Director Kevin Metheny is transferring to San Francisco to become Operations Director of Conservative Talk 560 KSFO and News/Talk 810 KGO. Metheny has had a long radio career including stops as Program Director at WGN Chicago, managing Clear Channel’s Cleveland cluster, and serving as Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel. He’s unfortunately is best known as the Program Director of WNBC New York depicted as “Pig Vomit” in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts”. Metheny will partially fill the void left by the departure of Steve Skenlar as Market Manager earlier this month. KGO and KSFO are among the many AM Talk stations struggling to deal with the many issues facing stations in the format. A shi...Read More

KARN Little Rock Adds New Morning & Afternoon Hosts

Cumulus News/Talk 102.9 KARN-FM Little Rock is adding new morning and afternoon shows. Kevin Miller, formerly of AC “B98.5” KURB and CHR “Alice 107.7” KLAL will take over the morning “First News” from 5:30-9:00am. Doc Washburn will join the station for afternoons from 2-6pm. Washburn most recently hosted an evening Talk show at Greater Media’s 1110/99.3 WBT Charlotte. Miller and Washburn fill holes in the KARN schedule created when the station dismissed morning host Bob Steel, afternoon host Dave Elswick, and News Director Jack Heinritz in April. Cumulus Media and Newsradio 102.9 KARN, Arkansas’ news, weather and traffic station, announce KARN’s new local programming lineup for mornings and afternoons. First News with Kevin Miller kicks off weekday...Read More

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