RadioInsight Radio Industry News Commentary Discussions Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:10:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RadioInsight 32 32 2869041 Washington Capitals To Launch DC Translator Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:43:31 +0000

Washington Capitals 104.7 W284CQ WWDC-HD2The NHL’s Washington Capitals will have their games heard on iHeartMedia’s 104.7 W284CQ Washington DC/101.1 WWDC-HD2 starting with tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

W284CQ has been rebroadcasting CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington since its launch last summer. The Capitals have not had all of their games broadcast on radio this season as they are bumped off Hubbard’s “Federal News Radio” 1500 WFED when they conflict with the NBA’s Washington Wizards or other programming. WFED will continue to air games that do not have conflicts in addition to W284CQ.

The deal runs just through the end of the 2016-2017 season. The Capitals had been heard on CBS Sports “106.7 The Fan” WJFK prior to this year. W284CQ operates with 99 watts/226m from the Bethesda MD tower utilized by iHeartMedia as its auxiliary facility for its five Washington FMs.

No word on what programming will surround the Capitals game broadcasts on W284CQ.

The Washington Capitals have reached an agreement to air broadcasts of their games on 104.7 FM, the team announced today. 104.7 FM will broadcast every Capitals game for the rest of the 2016-17 season, as well as pre- and postgame shows. The radio station will expand and enhance the Capitals Radio Network’s current coverage in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as extending Capitals broadcasts to Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to not only expand our coverage area in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, but also to partner with one of our region’s most respected media companies,” said Capitals senior director of broadcasting John Walton. “I’m happy for our fans that our game day coverage will be on the FM dial in Washington on 104.7 FM.”

“We’re very excited to have the Capitals on our airwaves,” said Michael Preacher, President, iHeartRadio Washington, D.C. Region & Government Initiatives. “Our listeners are going to be thrilled to hear hockey’s hottest team on iHeartRadio’s 104.7 FM.” In the Washington, D.C., region, iHeartRadio’s stations include 104.7 FM, 98.7 WMZQ, 97.1 WASH-FM, HOT 99.5, DC101 and BIG100.

Capitals games will also be broadcast on the 24-hour radio channel, Caps Radio 24/7, devoted specifically to the Capitals and NHL, and WFED 1500.

In addition to broadcasting all Capitals games, Caps Radio 24/7 continues to provide instant news and access to the Capitals, including live game audio, exclusive Capitals-related hockey content throughout the day. The channel, which has had over 300,000 unique listeners since station launch in April, 2015, is available through the Caps Mobile App by accessing the “Caps Radio 24/7” button at the bottom of the home screen, through and also through TuneIn radio, a free app that helps people find and listen to music, sports, news and talk content on the web. TuneIn is utilized by more than 50 million active monthly listeners to radio stations worldwide. Caps Radio 24/7 listeners have consumed over 750,000 listening hours since the launch, with more than 1.1 million listening sessions.

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Channel 93.3 Adds Ethan Cole For Nights Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:05:39 +0000

Channel 93.3 Ethan Cole Nathan Fast KHTS-FM San Diego Kiss 108iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 93.3” KHTS-FM El Cajon/San Diego CA has filled its nighttime opening with the addition of Ethan Cole from sister “Kiss 108” 107.9 WXKS-FM Boston.

Cole has spent the past two years as a producer on the Matty In The Morning show and weekends at Townsquare Media’s “Fun 107” WFHN Fairhaven/New Bedford MA under the name ‘Jagger’. The Los Angeles native will fill the opening created by Nathan Fast’s departure earlier this month for mornings at CBS’ “Amp 103.7” KVIL Dallas.

iHeartMedia’s KHTS (Channel 93.3) has announced that Ethan Cole has been named its new nighttime host, broadcasting weekdays from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., effective January 30.

For the last 2 years, Cole has been making a name for himself in Boston as an on-air talent and as the producer of Matty In The Morning on iHeartMedia’s WXKS (Kiss 108). Ethan is an active blogger and social media influencer. His Kiss 108 blog ranked in the top 50 for monthly unique visitors among all iHeartMedia talent nationwide in 2016.

“Ethan will fit right into the Channel 93.3 brand! His energy and strong digital presence will help elevate nights to the next level,” said Joe Haze, Program Director, Channel 93.3.

“I grew up in Los Angeles and spent quite a few weekends exploring San Diego. It’s an amazing city and Channel 93.3 is an amazing station – I can’t wait to be a part of both and am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Cole.

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Dick Taylor: You Can’t Have Too Much Fun Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:53:38 +0000 ]]> 0 110456 Saga To Begin Operating WUVA On February 1 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:50:57 +0000

92.7 Nash Icon WUVA Charlottesville Saga VirginiaSaga Communications will begin operating 92.7 WUVA via Time Brokerage Agreement on Wednesday, February 1.

As part of the FCC filings for the deal, Saga also applies to move the station from the current tower it shares with University of Virginia’s 91.1 WTJU to the adjacent tower used by Saga AAA “106.1 The Corner” WCNR Keswick with 610w/311m.

Update 1/20: Saga will pay $1.65 million for WUVA.

Additionally, WUVA General Manager David Mitchell told Cavalier Daily to expect a continuation of Country programming on the station. He told the paper, “In this case, a country product with a great signal completes Saga’s market portfolio. I would expect a country continuance.”

Original Report 1/17: Saga Communications is acquiring WUVA Inc.’s Country “92.7 Nash Icon” WUVA Charlottesville VA for an undisclosed amount.

WUVA Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit owned and operated by University of Virginia students and alumni to train students in commercial radio operation. The funds from the sale of the station will go to fund its digital and video journalism platform as it evolves with modern communications.

Saga will not retain the WUVA call letters. The station will become Saga’s sixth in the Charlottesville market.

After operating a Charlottesville radio station for 70 years, including 37 years as a commercial FM station, today the University of Virginia student-owned media organization, WUVA, Inc., announced that it has agreed to sell its radio station WUVA-FM 92.7 to Saga Communications, Inc. (NYSE – MKT: SGA).

WUVA, Inc., owned and operated by University of Virginia students since 1947, will continue to serve the University and Charlottesville communities through its growing online news platform, ( Launched in 2011, WUVA News has become a leading source of journalism on Grounds, producing high-quality written and video news content.

“It certainly is bittersweet to transition out of FM radio. But on behalf of WUVA’s student leadership, I’m very excited to focus on completing our transition to a digital-first news organization with expanded production capabilities – and now with an endowment to support our future,” said Kailey Leinz (College ’17), WUVA President. “We will remain a strong, independent editorial voice at the University of Virginia.”

“WUVA has a rich tradition as a broadcaster and as a training ground for scores of leaders in media over its history,” said Edward Swindler, WUVA Alumni Board Member (College ‘76, Grad A&S ’82, Darden ’84) and a 32-year NBC Universal executive. “The sale proceeds will endow our digital news organization, enable us to modernize our reporting and delivery, and reach the UVA and Charlottesville communities on more relevant platforms. Our focus on digital video will also better prepare graduating students to compete and lead in a rapidly-evolving media environment.”

“A fiscally secure and expanded WUVA News will also cooperate more closely with the University of Virginia’s renowned Media Studies Department and emerging Center for Media and Citizenship,” said Richard Marks (College ’66), General Counsel for WUVA. The Center was co-founded by WUVA and the Media Studies Department in 2012 with a grant from the Jefferson Trust. “Our thanks to the University and Charlottesville communities for their continued support of WUVA as we evolve our media strategy for the 21st century.”

“It’s been an honor to serve Charlottesville as a commercial FM radio station. We know Saga Communications will be a worthy steward of our FM facility, as it has a long tradition as an outstanding local broadcaster,” said David Mitchell, General Manager of WUVA-FM, 92.7 Nash Icon. “Saga’s ownership of 92.7 FM will benefit Charlottesville’s listeners, the entire University of Virginia community, and 92.7 FM’s advertisers.”

Edward K. Christian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saga Communications, said, “We have enjoyed working with everybody at WUVA, Inc. and are looking forward to adding the station to our radio group, allowing us to expand our service to the Charlottesville community. Saga intends to continue building its business in both the radio and television markets by identifying and acquiring middle market stations.”

WUVA’s sale to Saga is subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. The sale is expected to close in early 2017. As a part of the agreement, WUVA will retain all rights to the “WUVA” trademark and all assets related to the operation of WUVA News.

As a non-profit corporation, WUVA, Inc. will continue to raise funds for its investments in local journalism and the training of University of Virginia students in video and print journalism and media operations. Donations to the Campaign for WUVA News to support its operations and endowment for the future can be made at:

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ESPN Upstate Shifts Frequencies In Greenville Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:45:12 +0000

ESPN Upstate 97.7 1330 WYRD Greenville 97.1 950 WORD SpartanburgEntercom Sports “ESPN Upstate” has changed translator frequencies in Greenville SC to better cover that side of the market.

The brand is now being heard on newly launched 97.7 W249DL Greenville as opposed to 105.9 W290BW in addition to 1330 WYRD and 93.7 WFBC-HD3 Greenville. W249DL operates with 250w/328m from Paris Mountain north of Greenville. 105.9 W290BW operates with 250w/106m from the Entercom studios east of Greenville.

The move was part of a multi-facility change that saw Entercom move its 97.1 W246BU Spartanburg to 97.7 Greenville, while replacing that facility with the move of 97.1 W246CV Greenwood SC to Spartanburg as part of the AM Revitalization using the same facilities as the moved translator. W246CV rebroadcasts 950 WORD Spartanburg to bring the ESPN programming to the northern half of the market.

Entercom’s ESPN Upstate changed frequency from 105.9 FM to 97.7 FM to upgrade coverage and reach more listeners. ESPN Upstate will continue to simulcast on 1130 AM in Greenville, 97.1 FM and 950 AM in Spartanburg and on HD radio all over the Upstate on WFBC-FM HD3.

In less than three years of operation, ESPN Upstate has become a leader in local and national sports coverage including local talk shows, “The Huddle” (weekdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) and “Straight Up with Sturg” (weekdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.). These shows were rated as the top two sports talk shows in 2016 by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association (SCBA). With the frequency change to 97.7 FM the Greenville audience can expect a cleaner signal with a broader reach from ESPN.

“When it comes to sports, the ESPN Upstate brand is second to none. The steady growth on the station has been fantastic since it signed on three years ago,” said Mark Hendrix, operations manager for ESPN Upstate. “The move to a new FM home, 97.7 in Greenville County will allow ESPN Upstate to reach even more listeners which will better serve our advertisers.”

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El Booty Gives Tampa's Latina Strippers Their Own Station Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:30:57 +0000

El Booty 106.9 Playa W295CF Clearwater Tampa SalsaBeasley Media has launched 106.9 W295CF Clearwater/92.5 WYUU-HD2 Safety Harbor FL as “El Booty“.

The stunt format bills itself as “The Official Station For Latina Strippers Of Tampa Bay” with a hip-hop mix of what was called “Booty Bass” in the 1990s.

A Facebook page for “Playa Tampa” points to a Spanish Tropical format identical to sister “Playa 98.1” W251AL Fort Myers with an identical logo and “Salsa y Mas” positioner. The new format will flank sister Spanish CHR “92.5 Maxima” WYUU.

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FCC Report 1/22: Mobile AM Looks To Remove Tower Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:00:52 +0000

A slow week for FCC applications sees a Mobile AM look to remove a tower and a Spokane AM on the move.

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Multiple Stations Hijacked With Profane Anti-Trump Song Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:48:30 +0000

YP Nipsey Hustle Fuck Donald Trump Radio Station Hijacking 810 WMGC Nashville 100.9 Louisville San AngeloFor the second time in less than a year multiple radio stations had their signals hijacked.

This time the stations that were corrupted aired a loop of YG & Nipsey Hussle “F*** Donald Trump“. Among the confirmed victims are Radio 810 Nashville’s Regional Mexican “El Jefe 96.7” 810 WMGC/96.7 W244CW Murfreesboro TN ,Crescent Hill Radio’s 100.9 WCHQ-LP Louisville, and Sunday Morning Glory Radio’s 100.5 KCGF-LP San Angelo TX. Unverified reports of stations in California, Indiana, and Washington State being affected have also been seen.

The attacks on the stations began around 2:00pm eastern time on Friday, January 20. features a brief aircheck of it on KCGF-LP.

In April 2016 multiple stations were hijacked through unsecured Barix STL devices via a botnet attack and aired a podcast about furry sex. The hackers in the first case used the Shodan device search engine to build a database of unsecured radio stations and over-rode the station’s outgoing audio with the Furcast stream.

If you utilize a Barix or Comrex device at any of your facilities, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters has a tutorial on how to lock down the IP address to prevent something like this from happening.

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iHeart Throws Back To Classic Hip-Hop In New Orleans Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:12:41 +0000

Throwback 96.3 Classic Hip-Hop Rock K242CE WRNO-HD2 New OrleansiHeartMedia flipped Rock “Rock 96.3” K242CE Meraux/99.5 WRNO-HD2 New Orleans LA to Classic Hip-Hop “Throwback 96.3” today.

The new format flanks sister Urban AC 98.5 WYLD-FM and Urban “Q93” WQUE which currently hold the top two spots in the market. With rumors of Entercom preparing to make a format change of their own in the market, it appears this change like that done by iHeart in Tampa last month was to potentially fill the hole they think would hurt their top two stations.

The Rock format registered a 0.7 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings.

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San Antonio Express-News: IHeartMedia extends deadline on bond exchange Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:19:49 +0000 ]]> 0 110427 Danny Meyers Joins Movin 107.7 Norfolk As PD/Morning Host Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:13:33 +0000

Danny Meyers Movin 107.7 WMOV-FM Norfolk K92 WXLK RoanokeiHeartMedia Rhythmic AC “Movin 107.7” WMOV-FM Norfolk VA has named Danny Meyers as its new Program Director/Morning Host.

Meyers exited Mel Wheeler Inc. CHR “K92” 92.3 WXLK Roanoke as APD/Morning host after fourteen years at the end of 2016 in preparation of joining WMOV-FM. He has also worked at 95.5 WPLJ New York, “Star 93.7” WQSX Boston, and “Mix 95.7” WMWX Philadelphia in his career. Meyers supplants Chuck Doud in mornings at WMOV after Doud left in November to join WHRO Public Media as Director of Radio and Audience Strategy. Tricia remains in place as co-host.

iHeartMedia Norfolk’s Movin 107.7, Hampton Roads Feel Good Music, announced today that Danny Meyers has been named the new Program Director and morning personality. Meyers will oversee Movin 107.7’s on-air content and music programming, as well as broadcast the local morning show with his perspective on pop culture and community news.

Previously, Meyers hosted the top-rated morning show at WXLK-FM in Roanoke, VA for more than 10 years. Prior to that he served as the night personality at WPLJ-FM in New York City and was the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WQSX-FM in Boston.

Movin 107.7 is a leading media outlet in the Norfolk market and its content is available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast station; online via its branded digital site,; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with its more than a billion downloads and 95 million registered users.

Danny can be heard with co-host Tricia weekday mornings 6-10am.

“I’m excited to start a new chapter at Movin’ 107.7 and become part of the iHeartMedia Norfolk family, especially after a record-setting revenue year for the station,” Danny Meyers. “I know the team is ready for an even bigger 2017!”

“I’ve been a big fan of Danny for many years because he is one of those talented people you hear about through his amazing accomplishments,” said Tias Schuster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Norfolk. “We are lucky to add him to the team in Norfolk and know his leadership and skills will shake up morning drive in Hampton Roads.”

“We are excited to bring Danny to Hampton Roads as Program Director of Movin 107.7 and entertain our listeners during their morning commute,” said Derrick Martin, Market President for iHeartMedia Norfolk.

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Seattle High School Station Building A Bridge To New Identity Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:08:30 +0000

Hot Jamz 88.9 The Bridge KMIH Mercer Island SeattleMercer Island High School’s Rhythmic CHR “Hot Jamz 88.9” KMIH Mercer Island/Seattle WA is stunting with a broad mix of music as it prepares to relaunch as “88.9 The Bridge“.

The new identity will launch at 12pm on Tuesday, January 31. KMIH is also currently heard on 94.5 K233BU, which covers downtown Seattle, however it was sold to Bonneville in November for $300,000 and will soon begin rebroadcasting Conservative Talk 770 KTTH.

KMIH is run by General Manager/Instructor Joe Bryant. Bryant is best known as as the longtime producer/co-host of The Bob Rivers Show on 99.9 KISW, 102.5 KZOK, and 95.7 KJR-FM.

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