People & Places

Mark Thompson Exits KSWD Morning Show

Mark Thompson is exiting his position as host of “Mark In The Morning” at Entercom Classic Rock “100.3 The Sound” KSWD Los Angeles following his program on Wednesday, August 3. Thompson, formerly one half of the Mark & Brian show at 95.5 KLOS, had joined KSWD in February 2015. His departure comes as the station seeks to return to a music intensive position in the morning drive period. Current morning co-host Gina Grad and afternoon host Andy Chanley (who previously hosted mornings prior to Thompson coming aboard) will take over the morning slot starting Thursday, August 4. Thompson states that he will develop a few speciality shows for the station. You can watch Thompson’s announcement on Facebook.

Rush Limbaugh Signs New Deal With iHeartMedia

With his previous contract expiring at the end of July, Conservative Talker Rush Limbaugh has come to terms on a new contract to remain in syndication with iHeartMedia and their Premiere Radio Networks. Limbaugh told listeners this afternoon that the new contract is for four years, half the length of his previous 8 year/$400 million deal that expired last month. No financial terms were announced other than it is a long-term multi-platform agreement to keep Limbaugh in place for his 12-3pm eastern syndicated program. He celebrated the start of his 29th year in syndication on Monday. iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, announced today it has renewed and extended its partnership with Rush Limbaugh, the m...Read More

Gary Pizzati To Retire As Cumulus Senior VP

Cumulus Senior Vice President Gary Pizzati has announced he will retire as of August 31. Pizzati has been with Cumulus since 1998 moving up from Augusta GA and later Mobile AL market manager to SVP in 2005. Prior to joining Cumulus he managed Barnstable Broadcasting’s operations in Des Moines. He most recently was overseeing 27 markets for Cumulus. Cumulus Media announces that Senior Vice President Gary Pizzati will retire from the company and from radio broadcasting, after a successful 30-year career. Pizzati will retire at the end of August. Pizzati said: “The past 30 years in radio and 18 with Cumulus have been extremely rewarding. I truly love radio and all the amazing people who power this exciting industry. It’s been a part of my life since my teens and has been a remarkable jo...Read More

Ron Way Miller Named WRXK Program Director

Beasley Media Rock “96 K-Rock” 96.1 WRXK-FM Bonita Springs/Fort Myers FL has named ‘Ron Way’ Miller as its new Program Director. Miller joins WRXK-FM from Evans Broadcasting “100.9 The Bandit” KURK Reno where he served as OM/PD/Afternoon Host. He will also host middays at WRXK. He fills the vacancy created by Jeff Zito’s transfer to 98.7 WBRN Tampa. Lance Hale had been announced in June to be taking the job, but never started. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: BBGI) today confirmed Ron Miller has been named Program Director at the longtime leading Fort Myers station WRXK / 96K-ROCK. His first day is today, Monday, August 1. He will serve as Program Director, but also will go on air as “Ron Way” from M...Read More

105.7 The Fan Baltimore Sets New Lineup

CBS Sports “105.7 The Fan” WJZ-FM Catonsville/Baltimore MD is revising three of its four dayparts. With the exit of Steve Davis from his position as morning co-host with former Baltimore Police Commissioner Ed Norris, Rob Long is moving from middays to succeed him. In turn Bob Haynie will move up from nights to join former Washington Redskins General Manager Vinny Cerrato in middays. Afternoons with Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn remain as is, while Jerry Coleman moves from weekends/fill-in to nights. CBS RADIO Baltimore announced a new schedule of on-air personalities at 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM) beginning on Monday, August 1. Rob Long, who, for the past several years had been heard from 10am-2pm, will now join Ed Norris as a co-host of the 6am-10am morning show. Baltimore native,...Read More

Brooke & Jubal Go Country In West Palm Beach

Alpha Media has become one of the biggest supporters of Premiere Radio Networks syndicated Brooke & Jubal morning show. Alpha’s “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland was the first affiliate for the show that is based out of Hubbard CHR “Movin 92.5” KQMV Seattle, and has since picked up the program in multiple markets including San Antonio and Peoria. Now they will bring the program to Country station as 103.1 WIRK Indiantown/West Palm Beach will pick up the show starting Monday, August 1. Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg will be joined by incumbent WIRK morning host Chelsea Taylor who will provide hourly local content for the station. Her co-host Tim ‘Tiny’ Burger exited last week after 14 years for a yet-to-be announced position in another market. Alpha Media,...Read More

iHeartMedia St. Louis Names AJ SVP/Programming

The man known simply as AJ is transferring to St. Louis as Senior VP Programming for iHeartMedia. AJ has been with iHeart since 2012 most recently as SVP Programming of the company’s Norfolk and Richmond VA clusters and PD of CHR “Q94” 94.5 WRVQ and AC “Mix 98.1” WTVR-FM Richmond.. He also has programmed CHR’s “Hot 107.9” WWHT Syracuse and “Kiss 106.7” WKGS Rochester NY. His career also included thirteen years at Cumulus’ 97.1 WBHT Wilkes-Barre PA where he hosted nights, mornings, and afternoons at various times and six years as Program Director. In St. Louis, AJ will oversee Country “93.7 The Bull” KSD, Classic Hip-Hop “100.3 The Beat” KMJM, Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU, Rhythmic CHR “Wild 104.9R...Read More

Jason Hurst Jumps To KSOF Fresno Mornings

Jason Hurst is crossing the street from afternoons at Cumulus Country 93.7 KSKS Fresno to join iHeartMedia AC “Soft Rock 98.9” KSOF Dinuba as morning co-host. Hurst will join Teri Ann Schlesser as hosts of the “Jason and Teri Ann Morning Show” starting Monday, August 1. Schlesser will also continue to host middays at the station. Hurst has worked at multiple stations in the Fresno market including Hot AC “Y101” KWYE and Alternative 104.1 KFRR. iHeartMedia’s Soft Rock 98.9 today announced the addition of well-known Fresno radio personality Jason Hurst to the weekday line-up. Jason will team up with current Soft Rock personality Teri Ann Schlesser to host the new “Jason and Teri Ann Morning Show.” The new program will debut Monday, August 1 and will air weekday mornin...Read More

Cliff Smithers Named WRQN PD/Morning Host

Cumulus Classic Hits 93.5 WRQN Bowling Green/Toledo OH has appointed Cliff Smithers as its new Program Director/Morning Host. Smithers rejoins the Cumulus Toledo cluster from Maumee Valley Broadcasting Association Christian AC “102.3 The Promise” WPOS-FM where he served as PD/Afternoon Host/Morning Co-host. He fills the vacancy created by Mark Elliott’s resignation in May to relocate to Columbus where he is now working in sales for the Tom Kent Radio Network. Smithers previously spent 21 years at the Cumulus Toledo cluster including 12 years in afternoons at sister Country “K100” 99.9 WKKO. Cumulus Media announces that Cliff Smithers joins Classic Hits-formatted WRQN-FM in Toledo as Program Director and Morning Personality. Smithers will debut on The WRQN Brea...Read More

Entercom Brings Paranormal Podcast To Daily Syndication

Entercom will bring Jason Hawes and JV Johnson’s “Beyond Reality Radio” paranormal podcast to daily syndication on ten of its owned stations starting Monday, August 1. The program will air live from 12-2am Monday through Thursday nights and then be made available as a podcast on the station’s websites. Jason Hawes is the creator and star of Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters” television series and co-host JV Johnson is publisher and editor of TAPS ParaMagazine. The show will be making the move from weekly podcast to daily show. The stations that will carry the program at launch are: “Talk 1370” KJCE Austin 680 WRKO Boston 930 WBEN Buffalo “Cruisin 1430” KEZW Denver “97.3 The Sky” WSKY-FM Gainesville “106.3 WORD” 9...Read More

Scotty K & Bret Join Hot 93.3 Dallas For Mornings

Cumulus CHR “Hot 93.3‘ KLIF-FM Haltom City/Dallas is bringing in a new local morning show hosted by Scotty K and Bret Mega starting Monday, August 15. Scotty K most recently co-hosted mornings at iHeartMedia CHR “Power 96.1” WWPW Atlanta where Bret Mega served as producer. The duo were let go in February prior to the addition of PK Kalentzis. The addition of the morning show will see a complete rejiggering of the KLIF-FM on-air lineup. Afternoon host Zann will move to middays, while PD/Morning host Dustin Kross will shift to afternoons. Lil’ Brownie remains in evenings. Cumulus Media announces that it has signed radio morning show duo Scotty K and Bret Mega as on-air hosts of the morning show on HOT 93.3/KLIF-FM in Dallas/Fort Worth. “Scotty K and Bret Mega Mo...Read More

John Crenshaw Moves To Youngstown As Cumulus OM

Cumulus Media has announced that John Crenshaw will transfer from Grand Rapids MI to Youngstown OH as Operations Manager. Crenshaw currently serves as Program Director/Afternoon Host (on air as Johnboy) of Country “94.5 Nash-FM” WTNR and Regional Operations Manager for the company’s stations in Grand Rapids and northern Michigan. The move is a homecoming for the Edinburg OH native who joined Cumulus in August 2013. He has also previously programmed Clear Channel’s 92.3 WCOL Columbus Cumulus Media announced today that it has appointed John Crenshaw as Operations Manager for its station group in Youngstown, OH. Crenshaw moves to his home state of Ohio from Grand Rapids, MI, where he was Regional Operations Manager for 10 Cumulus stations in Grand Rapids and northern M...Read More