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People Moves 2/19: KDAY & KPWR Los Angeles Make Lineup Changes

Meruelo Media has announced a series of talent shifts at Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY and Urban “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles. KDAY midday host Cece is moving to KPWR to join “The Cruz Show” as a co-host. She fills the slot that was held by Krystal Bee until she replaced Yesi Ortiz in middays last month. Former “Real 92.3” KRRL overnight host Bryhana takes Cece’s spot in middays at KDAY. Corey Dillon has exited nights at Entercom Country “100.3 The Bull” KILT-FM Houston. Dillon had filled the night slot at the station since the start of 2017 after previously working the same daypart at Local Media San Diego CHR “Z90” XHTZ Tijuana/San Diego. Leighton Broadcasting Country “Wild Country 99” 98.9 KZPK St. Cloud MN ...[Read More]

People Moves 2/5: Val Maki Exits Meruelo Media

Val Maki has exited her position at Market Manager for Meruelo Media Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach/KDEY Ontario and Rhythmic CHR “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles after just seven months with the company. Maki joined Meruelo in July 2017 when the sale of KPWR from Emmis closed after spending 33 years with them. Maki had served as General Manager of KPWR since 1998 and also worked for the company in Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Exiting alongside Maki is VP/Sales Janet Brainin. Brainin had been with KPWR since 2000 and previously spent 16 years at CBS Radio Los Angeles. Mereulo Media President/COO Otto Padron will directly oversee the stations for now. ‘Hot Rod’ Thompson exits afternoons at Entravision Country “101.9 The Wolf” KNTY Shingle ...[Read More]

People Moves 2/2: Sandy McIlree Exits Mix 94.9 Cincinnati

Sandy McIlree has exited Hubbard Radio AC “Mix 94.9” WREW Cincinnati after a 14 months. Holly Morgan, who joined McIlree in mornings last July after 15 years at sister CHR “Q102” 101.9 WKRQ remains in place. McIlree is best known for his long run in Austin as half of the “JB & Sandy” show with JB Hager on “Mix 94.7” KAMX and “105.3 The Fringe” K287FG. I've always said, "Hard work pays off" and it did in my year in Cincinnati, but it’s time 2move on. I'm set to do something big, looking for the right station and place Austin? Dallas? Houston? I'm taking suggestions. @AllAccess ?? 2 Cincinnati #morningMeg @radioinsight — SandyMcIlree (@SandyMcIlree) February 1, 2018 Yesi Ortiz has good news and bad n...[Read More]

Jimmy Steal Adds KDAY/KDEY Programming Duties As Meruelo Consolidates LA Leadership

As Meruelo Media combines the operations of Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach/Los Angeles and Rhythmic CHR “Wild 93.5” KDEY Ontario CA into the facilities of recently acquired “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles, the company has begun to combine the management of the three stations. KPWR VP/Programming Jimmy Steal will add day-to-day programming duties for KDAY and KDEY replacing Adiran ‘AD’ Scott, who exits the company. Steal previously served as VP/Programming for Emmis Communications prior to the sale of KPWR to Meruelo earlier this year. KPWR Vice President of Marketing Dianna Jason will also include KDAY and KDEY in her responsibilities. Meruelo Media previously announced that KPWR General Manager Val Maki would take on Market Manager duties ov...[Read More]

Meruelo Takes Over KPWR; Sets New Management

Meruelo Media has announced that it has begun operating “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles via LMA in preparation of closing of its acquisition of the station. Val Maki, General Manager of KPWR under Emmis, has joined Meruelo as Market Manager for KPWR, Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach, and Rhythmic CHR “Wild 93.5” KDEY Ontario. Maki will report to Mereulo Media President/COO Otto Madron. Additionally KDAY and KDEY will relocate into KPWR’s offices in Burbank. Meruelo Media announced today that it will begin programming and selling advertising on recently acquired station KPWR FM 105.9 Los Angeles effective as of July 1, 2017 under the terms of an LMA with the current owner, Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS). Meruelo Media’s game-changing ...[Read More]

Fresh Listen: KDAY, Power 106, Real 92.3 Los Angeles

Throughout its history on AM and FM, KDAY Los Angeles has been both venerable and vulnerable. The original 1580 KDAY may have been a key proponent of West Coast hip-hop, but it went away in 1991, thwarted by the issues of being a music station on AM, especially one sometimes more easily heard in Hawaii at night than in parts of its own market. KDAY’s departure helped propel the segue of rival KPWR (Power 106) from dance to the Hip-Hop powerhouse that it became for 25 years. 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles, the FM station that revived the calls and introduced the Classic Hip-Hop format in 2004, posted modest initial ratings and would itself drift through Rhythmic Top 40, Urban, and even Urban AC. It was headed for a sale to new owners and a format change to Spanish but that deal fell through; Meruelo...[Read More]

Looking At The KPWR Deal

Alex Meruelo saved Jeff Smulyan and Emmis Communications. Mere weeks after Smulyan had to amend Emmis Communications’ credit agreements by agreeing to sell $80 million worth of assets by January 2018, Meruelo agrees to pay nearly that exact amount for “Power 106” KPWR Los Angeles. Most of the people I’ve spoken to today figure the conversation went something like this: Meruelo: You need to cut $80 million. We’ll give you that for KPWR. Smulyan: Pay $2.75 million for filing and legal fees too. Meruelo: Done deal. By selling KPWR, Emmis doesn’t have to look at selling clusters in multiple markets where there are additional cost savings by running multiple stations and gets out from a station that has been severely challenged by the launch of iHeartMedia...[Read More]

Emmis And Big Boy Come To Legal Settlement

Emmis and Kurt ‘Big Boy’ Alexander have reportedly come to terms on a settlement of their legal matters connected to Alexander’s jump to iHeartMedia’s “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles last year. TMZ reports that terms of the settlement are confidential with both sides paying their own legal fees. The loss of Alexander to the newly launched competitor to Emmis’ “Power 106” KPWR has had a significant impact on Emmis’ bottom-line. The company reported 5.1% declines in revenue in the third quarter of 2015 and laid of 32 employees to make up the difference. Update 3/4/15: With the legal injunction out of the way, iHeartMedia has announced that Big Boy will debut on “Real 92.3” KRRL on Monday, March 9. Update 3/3: At today’...[Read More]