iHeartMedia’s aggressive roll-out of the Woody Show to mornings at its Alternative stations continues as the show debuted on Monday at “Alt 99.1” W256CD Fultondale/WQEN-HD3. Carl Grapentine is retiring from mornings at Window To The World Communications Classical 98.7 WFMT Chicago after 26 years in two stints with the station. Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 from 105.1 WQRS Detroit, but exited in 1990 for mornings at 97.1 WNIB Chicago. He returned for mornings in 1996 where he has remained to this day. Grapentine will continue to contribute a daily classical music almanac segment for the morning show and will launch a podcast for the station in 2019. Nick Wize has exited his position as APD/MD/Afternoon host at iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit. Wize ...[Read More]
After closing on its purchase of Standards “Timeless WECK” 1230 WECK/102.9 W275BB Cheektowaga/Buffalo NY, Buddy Shula’s Radio One Buffalo has begun to put its mark on the station. Repositioned as “Positively Buffalo”, the station has moved to a locally produced full-service format as opposed to the mostly satellite delivered programming it had been featuring. Planning a “Grand Opening” for July 10, the station has begun to roll-out the names of longtime Buffalo radio personalities who will be joining the station. John Zach, a longtime newscaster in the market at 550 WGR, 930 WBEN, and 1520 WKBW, will join the station as News Director and morning news anchor. Zach had exited WBEN at the end of 2016 following eighteen years at the station. Other pers...[Read More]
Culver Communications is selling Standards “Timeless WECK” 1230 WECK/102.9 W275BB Cheektowaga/Buffalo NY to William Ostrander’s Radio One Buffalo Inc. for $655,000. The buyer has spent the previous 16 years working in sales for Entercom Buffalo and as host of “Buffalo Means Business” on 930 WBEN under then name Buddy Shula. He previously worked on-air at multiple stations in Buffalo and Rochester. Lisa Stiglets and Elizabeth McQueen’s JLE, Inc. is acquiring Country “C96.7” KCIL Gray and Regional Mexican 1490 KJIN Houma LA from My Home Team Media for $725,000 and will begin operating the stations via LMA on March 15. Stiglets is currently the General Manager of Coast Radio Group in Biloxi owner by her parents John Morgan Dowdy and Alice Dowdy ...[Read More]
Culver Communications’ “1230 The Breeze” WECK/102.9 W275BB Cheektowaga/Buffalo, NY has shifted from Soft AC/Oldies to Adult Standards as “Timeless WECK“. The move adds artists like Adele, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble to the usual current Standards mix of Beatles, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. WECK previously ran a Standards format from 1981 until 2006, at one time one of the highest rated “Music Of Your Life” affiliates in the country. Since then it has aired Classic Country, Talk, and the recent Soft AC/Oldies format. With the change Tom Donahue remains in mornings. 1230 WECK operates with 1kW, while its 102.9 translator covers the city of Buffalo with 220 watts.
It’s not every day that you see a full powered station traded for a translator. Cumulus and EMF Broadcasting made such a deal this week with Cumulus sending Oldies 102.3 WFVL-FM Lumberton, NC to EMF for 100.7 K264AS Mooringsport, LA. The translator, which serves the Shreveport market has a construction permit to move to downtown Shreveport with 250 watts. Following the FCC decision to force “104.7 The Oasis” W284BQ Detroit off the air until it can find a new frequency, Radio Power Inc. has applied to move the translator to 93.5 where it will operate with 99 watts. Radio Power has also purchased 97.5 W248AQ Harrison, MI from Radio Assist Ministry for $32,000. That translator has applied to move to downtown Detroit with 250 watts on 107.1. Both 935TheOasis.com and 1071TheOa...[Read More]