RadioInsight https://radioinsight.com Radio Industry News Commentary Discussions Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:23:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 https://i2.wp.com/radioinsight.com/wp-content/images/2016/01/cropped-logo-square.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 RadioInsight https://radioinsight.com 32 32 2869041 Fresh Listen: WMJI and WHLK Cleveland https://radioinsight.com/blogs/110370/fresh-listen-wmji-and-whlk-cleveland/ https://radioinsight.com/blogs/110370/fresh-listen-wmji-and-whlk-cleveland/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:00:03 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110370

The Third Coast….And The Second Way

Majic 105.7 WMJI 106.5 The Lake WHLK Cleveland Sean RossThe parameters of WHLK (the Lake) Cleveland, iHeart’s successful Adult Hits station, are pretty much what you’d expect for the format, especially with a Classic Hits station next door. The bulk of the music is in the ‘80s, but there are the usual handful of megahits from the ‘00s and even from recent years. The music essentially begins in the mid-‘70s with mostly rock titles such as “Sweet Emotion” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

I have no inside knowledge, but it seems likely that the parameters of WMJI (Majic 105.7) are influenced by cluster strategy as well. Majic lives largely in the ‘70s. It plays the ‘80s but has no depth; the most played ‘80s songs are “Billie Jean”-level superhits. As other stations bid farewell to the late ‘60s once and for all, even for the Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, WMJI still plays “Twist and Shout” six times a week and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers five times a week. And “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies six times a week.

Over the course of 2016, the transition by Classic Hits/Greatest Hits, the format once known as Oldies, to something more like Adult Hits (the format often branded as Bob- or Jack-FM) picked up speed. Stations like KRTH (K-Earth 101) Los Angeles successfully moved into the position that its Jack-FM sister, KCBS-FM, had occupied a decade ago. Listen to KRTH now and you’ll hear a few songs that were never pop hits in Los Angeles at the time, such as “No One Like You” by the Scorpions. Late ‘70s/early ‘80s corporate rock — sneered at by the industry when it was a calling card for Canada’s original Bob-FM in 2002 — is the center lane now.

When owners have to choose one franchise, they often land closer to Adult Hits. CBS saw two holes in Houston and chose Adult Hits for KKHH’s conversion from Top 40 to “The Spot,” even though that put it a little more head-up against Cox’s Classic Rock KGLK. iHeart itself gave up the successful WODC (which still used the word Oldies) for Adult Hits a year ago. So you may see Majic 105.7 as a station that exists only because its owners have the luxury, and the challenge, of covering the ‘70s and ‘80s with two different stations.

Cluster strategy was also responsible for one of the most distinctive CHRs of all time, IHeart’s KBKS (Kiss 106.1) Seattle in the early ‘00s. With longtime Rhythmic CHR KUBE next door, KBKS avoided the usual “fast on rhythm/slow on rock” strategy of most major-market CHRs in favor of the inverse. More unusually, it latched on to the local pop punk/emo scene of the time, making powers of bands like This Providence and the Maine that got no airplay outside the market.

Then KQMV (Movin’ 92.5) Seattle evolved to a more typical CHR shortly thereafter. Kiss didn’t collapse, but Movin’ became the format leader, sending Kiss through a series of evolutions (more rhythmic, back to pop-leaning) and finally to Hot AC last year. KUBE has become the more format-typical CHR KPWK (Power 93.1), but hasn’t usurped Movin’ yet either. If you’re looking for a cautionary tale about willfully defying format trends, Seattle has to be mentioned.

But at this writing, anyway, WMJI is the larger piece of a market that has both Classic Hits and Adult Hits. Both stations would be enviably successful to any owner, but in the fall, WMJI was the 6-plus leader. In December, when Majic played Christmas music, the battle was actually at its closest (8.7 WMJI, 8.3 WHLK). In October, WMJI led by almost two shares, 9.6 to 7.7. That lead has flip-flopped, and likely will again, but Majic’s strength in the market won’t likely be in question any time soon.

This isn’t a brief on behalf of playing the ‘60s or keeping Classic Hits older. The filing here is on behalf of “the second way” to do any major format, whether it’s Classic Hits or today’s hits. Much of format evolution is driven by composite monitored playlists of stations that may or may not have done their own research. Some stations have their own informed reasons for their actions. Some are watching another station that’s running a composite playlist as well. WMJI’s other way of doing Classic Hits isn’t just enduring because of market strategy. It’s also winning.

Here’s Majic at 11 a.m. on Jan. 17:
Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”
Gordon Lightfoot, “Sundown”
John Mellencamp, “Pink Houses”
Barry White, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”
Simon & Garfunkel, “Sounds of Silence”
Meat Loaf, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
Jackson Browne, “Somebody’s Baby”
Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back in Town”
Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit in the Sky”
Journey, “Any Way You Want It”
Eagles, “Take It to the Limit”
Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby”

Here’s the Lake at 3 p.m. on Jan 17:
Earth, Wind & Fire, “September” (Part of the thematic “Three-Play at Three”)
Guns N’ Roses, “November Rain”
Four Seasons, “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)”
Pat Benatar, “Invincible”
Tonic, “If You Could Only See”
Prince, “I Would Die 4 U”
Steve Miller Band, “The Joker”
Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time”
Sheryl Crow, “All I Wanna Do”
Bon Jovi, “I’ll Be There for You”
Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
John Parr, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)”

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Wild 99.3 Debuts In Redding https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110305/wild-stunt-in-redding/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110305/wild-stunt-in-redding/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:00:45 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110305

WIld 99.3 KWLZ Redding 1670 KQMS MapletonAfter five days of stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing, Mapleton Communications has launched Rhythmic CHR “Wild 99.3” KWLZ Shasta Lake City/Redding CA.

Launching jockless with the usual 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free, the new “Wild 99.3” is being programmed by Mapleton’s Regional PD Tommy Del Rio. Del Rio, based at “101.7 The Beach” KCDU Monterey, also programs the company’s CHRs in Chico and Spokane.

The station gives an in-market competitor to Results Radio’s “Power 94” 94.7 KEWB Shasta Lake.

Original Report 1/15: Mapleton Communications’ 99.3 KQMS-FM Shasta Lake City/Redding CA is stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing.

The station had been simulcasting sister News/Talk 1670 KQMS Redding/105.7 K289BT Anderson CA. That station has added a second translator 104.9 K285FE Redding to fill in some coverage holes. KQMS had swapped frequencies with what is now Sports 1400 KNRO Redding.

Mapleton has applied for new KWLZ call letters for KQMS-FM.

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KMED Expands To Grants Pass https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110361/kmed-expands-to-grants-pass/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110361/kmed-expands-to-grants-pass/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:02:33 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110361

1440 KMED 99.3 KCMD Grants Pass Bicoastal MediaBicoastal Media flipped Classic Hits 99.3 KCMD Grants Pass OR to a simulcast of News/Talk 1440 KMED Medford/106.7 K294AS Ashland on Friday, January 13.

Bicoastal is in the process of acquiring KCMD from Three Rivers Broadcasting for $225,000 and is currently operating via LMA.

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Univision Hires Jesus Lara As Head Of Radio Division https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110359/univision-hires-jesus-lara-as-head-of-radio-division/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110359/univision-hires-jesus-lara-as-head-of-radio-division/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:57:27 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110359

Univision Radio Jose Valley Jaime JimenezUnivision has hired Jesus Lara as the new head of its radio division.

Lara, whose title will be General Manager of Digital, Content & Entertainment for Radio, most recently served as Executive Vice President of Digital Media Strategy for Spanish Broadcasting Systems. He will remain based in Miami overseeing the implementation “of strategies that take UCI’s digital, content creation, programming and entertainment efforts within radio into the future”.

Lara spent three years with SBS leading their digital operations including LaMusica.com and its station websites. He also spent seven years at MTV International as Senior Vice President, Music Programming, Marketing and Talent Strategy running MTV Latin America and and MTV Tr3s in the US.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced the appointment of Jesus Lara as general manager of Digital, Content, and Entertainment for Radio. In this position, Lara will lead the company’s radio business and oversee the development and implementation of strategies that take UCI’s digital, content creation, programming and entertainment efforts within radio into the future. He will work closely with general managers across the country as well as leaders across Univision Local Media to drive the creative vision and operational leadership of the radio business.

Lara will be based in Miami and report to John Eck, Chief Local Media Officer. He will work closely with UCI’s President of Music, Jorge ‘Pepo’ Ferradas, to ensure continued alignment with the company’s broader music strategy while leveraging UCI’s unique offerings in new and creative ways.

“Jesus is an accomplished and creative industry veteran with an entrepreneurial spirit and a unique blend of experiences in music, marketing and digital,” said Eck. “I’m confident that his leadership will help propel our radio business to new heights.”

“Radio plays a fundamental role in the music industry; and at Univision, it is important that we have someone of Jesus’s caliber to lead this platform alongside our current team,” said Ferradas. “His passion for music, team-player spirit and vast experience makes us extremely happy to count with him on our team.”

“I am thrilled and honored with the opportunity to lead this incredible portfolio of brands. I look forward to working closely with John and the senior management team, in positioning the radio group for the future with a renewed and keen focus on leveraging Univision’s strong culture, creating great content and developing powerful code,” said Lara.

Lara joins UCI with more than 20 years of experience leading digital, programming, content, and marketing teams in the radio, music and entertainment industry. He has worked with top media and content companies, including Viacom, EMI and most recently at Spanish Broadcasting System. During his career he has been known as a trailblazer in the execution of digital, programming, content and talent strategies to reach Hispanic and international audiences. Lara is a marketing and international business graduate from Florida International University and holds an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, as well as an MSc in Digital Marketing from I.E. Business School in Madrid, Spain.

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WTJS Drops News/Talk For Classic Country https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110356/wtjs-drops-newstalk-for-classic-country/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110356/wtjs-drops-newstalk-for-classic-country/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:24:08 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110356

Willie 94 WLLI 1390 94.1 WTJS Jackson 94.3 WDYE DyerForever South Communications has dropped the News/Talk “TJ Network” 1390 WTJS Jackson and 94.1 W231BU East Union TN in favor of Classic Country as “Willie 94” flanking sister Country “Froggy 104.1” WOGY.

Under new WLLI call letters, the station has also restarted its simulcast on what was “Dyer County Country” 94.3 WDYE Dyer TN under new WLLI-FM call letters. WDYE had dropped its WTJS simulcast in March 2016.

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SiriusXM Relaunches Opie Radio As Faction Talk https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110354/siriusxm-relaunches-opie-radio-as-faction-talk/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110354/siriusxm-relaunches-opie-radio-as-faction-talk/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:23:52 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110354

Opie Radio Gregg Hughes Jim Norton Sam Roberts Anthony Cumia Sirius SiriusXMFollowing the talent shuffle last fall that saw Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes bumped off of his morning show with Jim Norton, SiriusXM is rebranding XM 103/Sirius 206 as “Faction Talk” as it moves Jason Ellis’ show from Punk Rock/Action Sports “Faction” channel 41 starting Monday, January 23.

Jim Norton and Sam Roberts’ morning show will remain in place from 8-11am eastern as will The Opie Show from 3-6pm. Ellis, who currently is heard on Faction from 10am-1pm eastern (and replays at 4-7pm), will move to 11am-3pm.

Today SiriusXM announced the debut of Faction Talk, an unpredictable and provocative channel inspired by its punk-infused sister channel, the music and sports-focused Faction (ch. 41). Faction Talk will debut on January 23 on Sirius channel 206 and XM 103. Formerly known as Opie Radio, the channel will fuse its unique brand of comedy with the edge and energy of the original Faction.

Host and personality Jason Ellis, whose popular Faction show will now air on the new talk channel, joins an all-star lineup of SiriusXM hosts including Gregg “Opie” Hughes, comedian Jim Norton, and Sam Roberts.

Faction Talk’s new daytime lineup of live programming will kick off with Jim Norton and Sam Roberts delivering laughs during the crucial morning drive hours, Jason Ellis at midday, and radio institution Gregg “Opie” Hughes rounding out the day:

· Jim Norton and Sam Roberts hosted by Jim Norton and Sam Roberts (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET)
Jim Norton and Sam Roberts blend the worlds of comedy and professional broadcasting seamlessly every morning on SiriusXM. Current events, pop culture, and original content—radio’s most dynamic duo does it all.
· The Jason Ellis Show hosted by Jason Ellis (11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. ET)
A former pro skateboarder, pro fighter, and New York Times bestselling author, Ellis shares his humorous and irreverent worldviews on the daily program.
· The Opie Radio Show hosted by Opie (3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET)
Greg “Opie” Hughes along with friends of the show discuss current news, social trends, documentaries, sports, and celebrity guests.

Founded by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Faction plays a combination of music by artists such as Pennywise, Dr. Dre, Sublime, Green Day, Beastie Boys and Eminem, and features shows hosted by Tony Hawk, punk legend Marky Ramone, Rancid/Transplants frontman Tim Armstrong and more. Faction will continue to be available on SiriusXM channel 41.

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KVIL Rebrands As Amp 103.7 https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110350/kvil-rebrands-as-amp-103-7/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110350/kvil-rebrands-as-amp-103-7/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:27:20 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110350

Amp 103.7 More Hits KVIL Dallas Nathan FastFor the second time in less than a year, CBS Radio’s 103.7 KVIL Dallas will debut a new brand name.

The station will take on the identity of “Amp 103.7” at 7:00am on Wednesday after taking the name “More Hits 103.7” in August 2016 when it completed its two year evolution from AC to Hot AC to CHR.

The “Amp” identity launch comes following the addition of new morning host Nathan Fast, who debuted last week. KVIL is one of three CHRs in the Dallas market along with iHeartMedia’s market leading “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS and Cumulus’ “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM. KVIL has trended downward in recent months from a 3.7 share in the October 2016 monthly to 2.7 in November to 2.3 in December.

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Cumulus Names Randy Savage As Wilkes-Barre OM/WSJR PD https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110344/cumulus-names-randy-savage-as-wilkes-barre-omwsjr-pd/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110344/cumulus-names-randy-savage-as-wilkes-barre-omwsjr-pd/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:28:10 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110344

Randy Savage 93.7 Nash-FM WSJR Cumulus Wilkes-Barre Gator Country 101.9 WWGR Fort MyersCumulus Media has hired Bruce ‘Randy Savage’ Murry as Operations Manager of its cluster in Wilkes-Barre PA and PD/Afternoon Host at Country “93.7 Nash-FM” WSJR Dallas PA.

Savage has spent the last 20 years as PD of Renda Broadcasting’s four stations in Fort Myers FL: News/Talk 98.9 WGUF, Country “Gator Country 101.9” WWGR, Variety Hits “102.9 Bob-FM” WJGO, and Hot AC “104.7 The Mix” WSGL. He also hosted afternoons at WWGR.

Cumulus Media announces that it has named 29-year radio programming professional Randy Savage (AKA Bruce Murry) as Operations Manager of its five-station cluster in Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA. Savage was also appointed as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host of NASH FM 93.7/WSJR-FM.

Savage joins Cumulus Media following a 20-year career with Renda Broadcasting of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers/Naples, FL, where he was Program Director of the #1 Country station, Gator Country 101.9, and Adult Hits 1029 BOB FM, Hot AC 104.7 The Mix and News Talk 98.9 WGUF.

Chris Kenney, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Wilkes Barre/Scranton, said: “Great things are happening here at Cumulus! I feel that bringing Randy aboard will help our cluster grow and execute our vision for the Wilkes-Barre Market. We are fortunate to have him here.”

Savage said: “It has been the honor of my life to program these great radio stations in Southwest Florida. They are near and dear to my heart but it’s time to move on. I’m excited about joining Cumulus Media and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton cluster and look forward to working with the great staff there to continue to grow these brands.”

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Fort Myers News-Press: David Moulton fired from 99.3 ESPN radio after story publishes http://www.news-press.com/story/sports/2017/01/17/david-moulton-fired-993-espn-radio-after-story-publishes/96669224/ http://www.news-press.com/story/sports/2017/01/17/david-moulton-fired-993-espn-radio-after-story-publishes/96669224/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:02:41 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110342 ]]> http://www.news-press.com/story/sports/2017/01/17/david-moulton-fired-993-espn-radio-after-story-publishes/96669224/feed/ 0 110342 Bubba The Love Sponge Countersues Nielsen, Cox Media & Mike Calta In Ratings Tampering Case https://radioinsight.com/headlines/94928/nielsen-sues-bubba-the-love-sponge-over-ratings-manipulation/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/94928/nielsen-sues-bubba-the-love-sponge-over-ratings-manipulation/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:45:18 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=94928

Bubba Love Sponge 98.7 WHFS-FM Tampa Nielsen PPM Ratings FraudBubba The Love Sponge Clem has filed a motion to file a counter claim against Nielsen in their lawsuit against him for ratings tampering. Clem also seeks to have Cox Media and Mike Calta morning host at “102.5 The Bone” WHPT Sarasota/Tampa added as a third party in the suit.

Bubba’s complaint (embedded below) states that Cox and Nielsen conspired against him and Beasley Media through a sting operation and use its monopoly power to interfere with his relationship with Beasley by artificially increasing WHPT’s market share. Clem states that Nielsen was using the competition to entice Cox to pay for additional services and conceal their own fraudulent conduct committed by its own employees including Calta (who had replaced Clem in mornings at WHPT).

Beasley Media terminated its relationship with Clem in Tampa in December 2016 and has since flipped his station to AC “B98.7“.

Update 11/30/15: Nielsen Audio has amended its tampering complaint against Bubba The Love Sponge Clem with further details against the syndicated morning host.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the amended suit was filed on Friday, November 27 and includes conversations between Clem and five PPM panelists.

From the Business Journal:

On August 1, 2015 at 3:04 p.m., Bubba Clem directed the Cooperating Panelist and his wife to listen heavily to iheart radio stations “93.3, 95.7, 97.9, 100.7, 103.5” and added “And some 98.7 too.” Also, Bubba Clem gave clear instruction that they should never listen to 102.5 and 94.1, competing radio stations that, upon information and belief, broadcast the programs of Bubba Clem’s main rivals.

On September 13, 2015, beginning at 3:22 p.m. Bubba Clem texted: “Buddy.Horrible week . . .” “2.75” “We got killed.” Bubba Clem then asked, “Did u miss a weekday last week.” The Cooperating Panelist explained that he had not been able to tune to Bubba Clem’s program for a short time because of a family emergency, to which Bubba Clem responded, “Two days of u missing. Kills us boss. Buddy it’s ok. Just can’t miss days. Cause it kills us. I know it sucks.”

Bubba Clem: “When do u get them. How many u getting” Panelist No. 3: “It says in the letter a few days and I should get 4” Bubba Clem: “Ok. We have to talk” Panelist No. 3: “I got ya cuzzie. Do you want me to wait till I get the diaries?” Bubba Clem: “[Direct message] me as soon as u get them” “You cannot call the show to discuss this” “[Direct message] me ur cell I’ll call u later”

Nielsen is still seeking $1 million in damages from Clem and Bubba Radio Network for five counts of fraud, interference with Nielsen’s business and contractual relations with Beasley, interference with business and relations with PPM panelists, conspiracy to defraud, and violating the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Update 10/16: Following Bubba The Love Sponge’s confession to paying a listener to keep his PPM device on his show, Nielsen is suing the syndicated radio host and his Bubba Radio Network for a minimum of $1 million in damages.

The suit states that Bubba was approached by a listener that an acquaintance had a PPM device leading to offering to pay said person $300 per month to help increase his ratings and with bonuses up to $400 per month if a target result was reached. The suit mentions that Bubba purchased additional radios for the panelist. He sent texts stating that “U have to PROMISE NOT TO SAY A WORD … This could ruin me.” and instructed him to occasionally tune to other stations in order to attempt to deflect the fraud from being detected.

Among the passages in Nielsen’s suit are:

Bubba Clem has been a radio broadcaster for approximately 30 years. Upon information and belief, (he) is well aware of the importance of the Nielsen Audio ratings to the success of any radio program, specifically, that programs and stations with high ratings can command higher rates and generate more advertising revenue than competing stations with lower rates programs.

Bubba Clem boasted to the Cooperating Panelist that he had detailed working knowledge of the PPM device which included knowledge of how to circumvent the PPM’s motion-sensing technology. He described that by using certain tricks the Cooperating Panelist could make it appear that he was listening to Bubba Clem’s show even when the Cooperating Panelist was not carrying the PPM device.

Beasley Media, whose “Bubba 98.7” WBRN-FM Holmes Beach, FL is the flagship station for Bubba The Love Sponge’s morning show was not named in the suit.

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WTMX Sign Eric & Kathy To Multi-Year Extension https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110337/wtmx-sign-eric-kathy-to-multi-year-extension/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110337/wtmx-sign-eric-kathy-to-multi-year-extension/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:22 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110337

Chris Reese 101.9 The Mix WTMX ChicagoHubbard Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX Skokie/Chicago IL have signed morning hosts Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart to a multi-year contract extension.

The duo have hosted mornings at the station since 1997 and were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.

Hubbard Radio (Chicago) announced today, the extension of a multi-year agreement of The Eric & Kathy Morning Show on 101.9fm THE MIX WTMX.

Fronted by Chicago natives, Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart, The Eric & Kathy Morning Show has been entertaining the Chicago market for the past 20 years. The show has been a consistent market leader, ranking number one among advertiser-coveted 25 to 54-year-old Adults, for most of their tenure at the station. In 2016, Eric and Kathy were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Additionally, they have been recognized on several occasions with the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality as well as the Service to America Award for their work as part of Eric & Kathy’s Kids for Lurie Children’s Hospital, which has raised an astounding 28 Million Dollars over 17 years.

“I’m thrilled to have the most successful morning show team in Chicago Radio history continuing their run on THE MIX and remaining an integral part of Hubbard Radio.” said Drew Horowitz President and Chief Operating Officer of Hubbard Radio. LLC.  

“We are excited to be continuing the legacy that Eric and Kathy have built over the past 20 years serving our listeners and the Chicago market” added Jeff England Vice President and Market Manager Hubbard Radio Chicago.

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Saga Acquires University Of Virginia's 92.7 WUVA Charlottesville https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110334/saga-acquires-university-of-virginias-92-7-wuva-charlottesville/ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/110334/saga-acquires-university-of-virginias-92-7-wuva-charlottesville/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:19:57 +0000 https://radioinsight.com/?p=110334

92.7 Nash Icon WUVA Charlottesville Saga VirginiaSaga 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 WUVANews.com 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, WUVANews.com (http://wuvanews.com/). 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: http://wuva-fm.com/campaign-for-wuva/.

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