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Rick Thomas Joins Cox Media Group Tampa As Operations Manager

Cox Media Group has appointed Rick Thomas as Operations Manager of its six Tampa stations and Director of Branding and Programming for CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI. Thomas exited his position as PD of CBS CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York last month following the expiration of his contract. He has also programmed CBS Smooth AC “94.7 The Wave” KTWV and Classic Hits “K-Earth 101.1” KRTH Los Angeles and Broadcast Company of Americas Rhythmic CHR “Z90” XHTZ and Rhythmic Oldies “Magic 92.5” XHRM Tijuana/San Diego. Thomas fills the PD opening at WPOI created by John E. Cage’s exit to join Bonneville Country 98.5 KYGO Denver las September. In addition to WPOI, Cox owns AC “Magic 94.9” WWRM, Alternative “97X&#...[Read More]

John E. Kage Named KYGO PD

After just nine months as Program Director at Cox Media Group CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa, John E. Kage is returning to Denver as Program Director of Bonneville Country 98.5 KYGO. The move reunites Kage with Bonneville Denver VP/Market Manager Bob Call for whom he served as Program Director of Lincoln Financial Media’s Rhythmic CHR “KS 107.5” KQKS and “Comedy 103.1” KYGO-HD2 from 2008 until leaving for Tampa when Entercom took over those stations last Fall. He has also worked as APD/MD at 102.5 KSFM Sacramento, and on-air in Albuquerque, St. Cloud, Salisbury, and Grand Forks during his career. Kage succeeds Eddie Haskell, who exited KYGO in August.

Hot 101.5 Tampa Brings In Miguel Show For Mornings

Cox Media CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa has filled its vacant morning opening with the addition of Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor from “Island 106” WILN Panama City. “The Miguel Show” will debut on Monday, March 30 and fills the opening created by Jayde Donovan’s move to WPLJ New York at the end of 2014. It is a return to Tampa mornings for the duo who previously co-hosted with “That Guy Kramer” on CBS’ defunct Hot AC “Play 98.7” WSJT in 2011 and 2012. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa is adding “The Miguel Show” to their Hot 101.5 FM daily lineup beginning March 30. The show, hosted by Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor, will air week days from 6 to 10 a.m. “We searched the country for a show that we felt would be the ne...[Read More]

Jayde Donovan Joins WPLJ For Mornings

95.5 WPLJ New York is relaunching its morning show yet again. Jayde Donovan will join the station as co-host of “Todd and Jayde (In the Morning)”. Donovan joins WPLJ from Cox CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa where she hosted “Hot Mornings with Jayde”. In addition to multiple television jobs, Donovan began her career co-hosting mornings at “XL106.7” WXXL Orlando. WPLJ had just relaunched its morning show in February when Scott Shannon exited and then joined Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM. Todd Pettengill moved up to lead “The Todd Show”. Exiting with the addition of Donovan is co-host Cooper Lawrence and Production Director Fitz. Also of note, in the press release below is no mention of WPLJ Program Director John Foxx. Back in Tampa, where D...[Read More]

Dan Mason Joins Cox Tampa As OM

Cox Media Group has hired CBS’ “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS Boston Program Director Dan Mason as Operations Manager of its Tampa cluster. Mason will also serve as Director of Branding and Programming for CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI. Mason will oversee operations for AC “Magic 94.9” WWRM, Alternative “97X” 97.1 WSUN, “Hot 101.5“, Hot Talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT, Soft AC “105.5 The Dove” WDUV, and Classic Hits “107.3 The Eagle” WXGL. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa has named Dan Mason as Operations Manager for WSUN-FM 97X, WPOI-FM HOT 101.5, and 102.5 The Bone WHPT-FM, effective Sept. 8. Mason will also serve as HOT 101.5 WPOI-FM’s Director of Branding and Programming. “Dan’s approach to programmi...[Read More]

Hot 101.5 WPOI Tampa Lays Down The CHR Gauntlet

Update 7/1: Cox has thrown down the gauntlet at Clear Channel’s 93.3 WFLZ. Cox flipped 80’s/90s “101.5 The Point” WPOI Tampa to CHR as “Hot 101.5” at 11am today directly calling out WFLZ just as it did to other when it launched as The Power Pig. Hot becomes the 4th CHR in the Tampa Bay market joining WFLZ, and CBS’ tandem of Rhythmic CHR “WIld 94.1” WLLD and Adult CHR “Play 98.7” WSJT. Hot 101.5 is branding itself as “All The Hits” and playing the customary 10,000 songs in a row. At 10:00am today, following Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” WPOI began stunting with random song snippets and a notice on its streaming audio player that “Aliens Are Invading” with a countdown to a relaunch at 1...[Read More]