103.9 Phoenix

People Moves 5/28: Entercom Makes Market Manager Changes In Pittsburgh & Washington

Entercom continue to revamp the markets it acquired from CBS Radio as two more Market Managers have exited the company. The Philadelphia Business Journal confirms that Steve Swenson has exited as head of the company’s Washington DC cluster, a role he had held under CBS since 2011 after previously overseeing that company’s two All-News stations in New York. Phil Zachary, who moved from Entercom Boston to his native Hartford upon completion of the merger, will now relocate to Washington. Zachary oversaw Classic Rock 94.7 WARW and Alternative 99.1 WHFS for CBS Radio from 1996-2001 before becoming President/COO of Curtis Media Group. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week that Michael Young exited that role in Pittsburgh. Young had been with the cluster since 1996 and had b...[Read More]

Hot 97.5/103.9 Phoenix Makes Morning Change

Riviera Broadcasting Hot AC “Hot 97.5/103.9” KMVA Dewey-Humboldt/103.9 KZON Gilbert/Phoenix AZ has unveiled its new morning show with Smasher and Dee Garcia. Smasher most recently hosted mornings at CBS Classic Hits 94.5 KOOL-FM Phoenix prior to exiting last January. He has also worked at CHR “Kiss 95.1” WNKS Charlotte and “103.5 Kiss-FM” WKSC Chicago in his career. Garcia previously co-hosted mornings on sister Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR and most recently was in middays at KMVA/KZON. She has also worked at “Wild 104” KBFM McAllen TX, “Wild 101” KWYL Boise, and “Hot 106” WWKX Providence in her career. Ronnie Jr. and Monica Nelson exit with the changes, while Mike G. moves from nights to middays.

Mikey Fuentes Upped To Riviera Broadcasting VP/Programming

Riviera Broadcasting has promoted Mikey Fuentes to Vice President of Programming. Fuentes has programmed Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3/101.9” KKFR Mayer/K270BZ Phoenix and Soft AC “95.1/94.9 The Oasis” KOAI Sun City West/K235CB Chandler since 2011. With the promotion he will add day-to-day programming of Hot AC “Hot 97.5/103.9” KMVA Dewey-Humboldt/103.9 KZON Gilbert. Prior to joining Riviera, Fuentes has served as Director of Programming for Impact Radio Boise and PD/Morning Host of 97.3 KKSS and 106.3 KYLZ Albuquerque, and 96.1 KWIE Riverside. He has also worked on-air in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Phoenix. Riviera Broadcasting announced today Mikey Fuentes has been named VP of Programming as he assumes responsibility of Hot AC station Hot 97.5 / 103.9, KM...[Read More]

Hot 97.5 & My 103.9 Phoenix To Merge

Riviera Broadcasting and Trumper Communications have announced a merger that will bring together their Phoenix area Hot AC’s. Trumper’s “Hot 97.5” KMVA Dewey-Humboldt and Riviera’s “My 103.9” KEXX Gilbert will combine on January 1 to form “Hot 97.5/103.9“. Each station covers opposite ends of the Phoenix market with KMVA serving the west side and KEXX strongest in the East. The merger will give the stations full-market coverage in their competition with Clear Channel’s “Mix 96.9” KMXP. In the December PPM ratings released yesterday, KMVA registered a 2.8 share, while KEXX added a 1.9. KMXP had a 3.8 share. No word yet on how this effects the staffs of either station other than Trumper’s Jeff Trumper joining the b...[Read More]

My 103.9 Phoenix Shifts To Hot AC; Dave Pratt Out

Riviera Broadcasting’s Adult Hits “My 103.9” KEXX Phoenix continues its evolution. Since its flip from Alternative in January, the station has shifted from 80’s based Classic Rock to Adult Hits and now adds currents as the station. With the changes, morning host Dave Pratt has exited. Pratt will continue his program at his DavePrattLive.com. Joining the station for middays is former KQMV Seattle morning co-host Monti Carlo. Carlo is also appearing on the current season of Fox’s Masterchef. We’re still wondering why KEXX’s domains were transferred to Clear Channel a few weeks ago. Here’s a sample hour of “My 103.9” at 7am today: Katy Perry – Teenage Dream Matchbox 20 – Push Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls Maroon 5 ...[Read More]

My Trademark Trouble?

Why have the web domains for Riviera Broadcasting’s “My 103.9” KEXX Phoenix been transferred to Clear Channel? MyPhoenixRadio.com and MyPhoenixMusic.com are now owned by Clear Channel. While still in use for KEXX, is this the first sign that Clear Channel owns the rights to “My” in Arizona and will require a rebranding at 103.9? Clear Channel relaunched 92.9 in Tucson as “My 92.9” on November 18 of last year. KEXX began using the “My” moniker on January 12. Clear Channel does own the national trademark on “MY FM”. Riviera owns Spanish CHR “95.1 Latino Vibe” KVIB, Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR, and KEXX in the Phoenix market. Clear Channel owns News/Talk 550 KFYI, Sports “Xtra 910” KGME, S...[Read More]

KEXX Phoenix Becomes “My 103.9”

Update 1/12: KEXX made its flip to what they are calling “Gen X Music” but looks a lot like 80s Rock “My 103.9” at 5:30am with the beginning of Dave Pratt’s morning show. Listen to the debut of My 103.9 at FormatChange.com. The first hour consisted of: Talk Talk – It’s My Life Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love Blondie – Heart Of Glass The Tubes – She’s A Beauty Boston – More Than A Feeling Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself The Press Release consists of much of the usual hyperbole we hear nowadays about interactivity and the station being custom designed...[Read More]