104.3 Chicago

People Moves 4/26: Diana Steele To Host Middays At 104.3 Jams Chicago

Robert Feder reports that Entercom Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams” WBMX Chicago will have Diana Steele voicetrack middays from her studio in the Bay Area until a permanent host is found later this year. The Chicago native previously worked in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets and is best known as the announcer of the Arsenio Hall Show in the 1990s. Yale Broadcasting Company Urban AC 94.3 WYBC-FM New Haven CT has promoted APD/Afternoon Host ‘Banesha B’ to Program Director and Music Director/Midday Host Wanda Coppage to Assistant Program Director. The station claims that it is the first time a commercial station in Connecticut has had an all-female programming management team. iHeartMedia Tucson has announced that it has promoted Online Content Coordinator Atzimb...[Read More]

Ed Lover Joins 104.3 Jams Chicago

Entercom Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams” WBMX Chicago has announced the addition of The Ed Lover Morning Show starting Thursday, April 12. Lover, who is best known for his run co-hosting “Yo! MTV Raps” and in mornings at “Hot 97” WQHT New York with Doctor Dre in the 1990s, most recently anchored an Atlanta based syndicated show for Radio One until its cancellation at the end of 2017. He will be joined at WBMX by Jennifer ‘Jen BT’ Farina. She previously served as a programming assistant at iHeartMedia Chicago and as Assistant Program Director at 95.5 WNUA. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the launch of “The Ed Lover Morning Show,” on 104.3 Jams (WBMX-FM), Chicago’s #1 for throwb...[Read More]

People Moves 3/12: Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez Becomes First 104.3 Jams Host

Entercom Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams” WBMX Chicago has picked up its first on-air host as Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez will host nights from 7pm-12am starting Thursday, March 15. Perez is a longtime mixer in the Chicago market as a member of the “Hot Mix Five” on the original 102.7 WBMX in the 1980s and founder of the “B96 Street Mix” in the 1990s. He also hosted nights at “B96” WBBM-FM in the 90s. We’re pleased to announce @julianjumpin as the new 104.3 JAMS evening on-air personality.Show him some mad love and tune in for his JAMS debut on Thursday, March 15! pic.twitter.com/0q3QxSwRUw — TheNew1043JAMS (@1043JAMS) March 9, 2018 Jim Mantel has announced his intent to retire from mornings at Dick Broadcasting Country 95.1 WRNS-FM K...[Read More]

104.3 WJMK Chicago Flips To Classic Hip-Hop

Another change takes place as Entercom takes over CBS Radio as Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK Chicago has flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams“. Launching with Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize”, the new format is taking shots at iHeartMedia’s combination of Urban 107.5 WGCI and Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ. The staion began stunting at 10am with sound effects and occasional comments to the like of “What’s Going On Here” and “It’s Almost Time To Start”. The final two songs played were Beatles “Long And Winding Road” and David Bowie “Changes”. Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today announced that WJMK-FM is ‘The New 104.3 JAMS, Chicago’s #1 for Throwbacks,’ the ultimate dest...[Read More]

Jimmy deCastro To Head Entercom Chicago

Former Evergreen Media & AMFM Inc. CEO Jimmy deCastro has been appointed as Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Entercom Chicago upon closing of the acquisition of CBS Radio by Entercom. DeCastro first came to Chicago in 1981 to be GM of 97.9 WLUP. He would later purchase the station as part of Evergreen Media, which would later merge with Chancellor Broadcasting to form AMFM. While President of AMFM, the company was bought and merged into Clear Channel in 2000. He has since served as President of AOL Interactive and in 2007 founded The Content Factory, which launched the Dan Patrick Show into syndication before being sold to DirecTV, and then as President/GM of Tribune’s 720 WGN Chicago from 2013-2016. He founded Sports Marketing company After The Whistle earlier this year ...[Read More]

Brian Peck Joins K-Hits Chicago; Jeffrey T Mason To Afternoons

CBS Radio Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.3” WJMK Chicago has hired Brian Peck to be its new midday host. Peck most recently hosted mornings at Hubbard Radio AC 100.3 WSHE until his exit in October 2016. Prior to joining WSHE predecessor WILV in 2004 he spent eight years at Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX. Peck first came to Chicago as morning co-host at 101.1 WKQX in 1992 after programming jobs in Raleigh and Detroit. With Peck’s addition for 10am-2:30pm, current WJMK midday host Jeffrey T Mason will move to afternoons. Mason fills the opening created by Gary Spears exiting last month to relocate to Florida. CBS RADIO Chicago has appointed Brian Peck to host middays at WJMK, 104.3 “K-Hits.” Beginning Monday, November 6, Peck will be heard weekdays from 10 AM to 2:30 PM....[Read More]

Greg Solk Named WJMK/WXRT Program Director

CBS Radio has hired Greg Solk as Operations Manager and Program Director of AAA 93.1 WXRT and Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK Chicago. Solk most recently was Senior VP of Programming for Hubbard Radio until his exit last March. He had joined Hubbard with its acquisition of multiple markets from Bonneville in 2011. Outside of two years as PD of AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco in the early 1990s, Solk’s entire career has been spent in Chicago where he started as an intern at 97.9 WLUP and eventually served as VP/Programming of that station and was was instrumental in launching “97.1 The Drive” WDRV in 2001. Solk fills the position at WXRT that had been vacant since the retirement of Norm Winer in early 2016. Todd Cavanagh gave up day-to-day programming of WJMK last month when he ad...[Read More]

Todd Cavanah Adds WUSN Programming Duties

CBS Radio Country “US 99.5” WUSN Chicago has given VP of Programming Todd Cavanah the programming reins. Cavanah succeeds Jeff Kapugi, who exited at the expiration of his contract in December. He has worked for CBS Chicago since 1990 and programmed CHR “B96” 96.3 WBBM-FM since 1993. Cavanah was promoted to VP of Programming for CBS Radio Chicago in April 2016 adding oversight of all of the stations in the market. With the addition of day-to-day programming duties at WUSN, Cavanah will drop those at Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK but continue to also program WBBM-FM. Robert Feder reports that the company will hire a day-to-day programmer to oversee WJMK and AAA 93.1 WXRT.

Todd Cavanah Promoted To VP/Programming For CBS Chicago

CBS Radio Chicago has promoted Todd Cavanah to VP/Programming for their cluster. Cavanah has worked at CHR “B96” 96.3 WBBM-FM since 1990 and has programmed the station since 1993. His new position will add oversight of the cluster’s AAA 93.1 WXRT, Country “US 99.5” WUSN, Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK, Sports “670 The Score” WSCR and News 780 WBBM/105.9 WCFS. Todd Cavanah has been named Vice President of programming for CBS RADIO Chicago as announced by Tim Pohlman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager. In this new role, Cavanah will work closely with the market’s six brands including WBBM-FM (Top 40), WJMK-FM (Classic Hits), WUSN-FM (Country), WXRT-FM (Adult Alternative), WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM (News), and WSCR-AM (Sports). “...[Read More]

CBS Cuts Adding Up

While attention was made to Clear Channel’s wide-scale layoffs on December 6, it seems that CBS has quietly been making staff cuts as well. Update 1/2: A few more cuts have become public since our first report: Dallas – AC “103.7 Lite-FM” KVIL morning team Gene & Julie did not have their contracts renewed. Middayer Tony Zazza replaces them. New York – WCBS-FM APD Lenny Bloch departs. His voicetracked overnight shift was replaced with a live shift hosted by Dave Stewart, formerly of 95.5 WPLJ. Original List 12/17: Since December 6 the following on-air talent have been confirmed to be let go from CBS owned stations. Atlanta – Morning hosts Frank Ski and Wanda Smith are leaving Urban “V103” WVEE after being unable to come to terms on a cont...[Read More]

WCKG Update: Steve Dahl & Bulls Find New Homes

In Sundays edition of the Chicago Tribune, Phil Rosenthal reports that Steve Dahl will make his move to mornings on WJMK “104.3 Jack-FM“. To promote Dahl’s move to so-called Jack FM, WCKG plans to pre-empt nearly its entire programming schedule with “Best of Steve Dahl” clips, beginning Monday night. Dahl also is set to continue to do his afternoon show on the station through Friday. Additionally, the Chicago Bulls will move their game broadcasts from WCKG to WMVP “ESPN Radio 1000” because of the pending flip. The Bulls had left WMVP for WCKG before the 2006-07 season, but after one year will move back.