Cumulus Media has hired Paul Cannell as Program Director of Alternative “Alt 92.3” Laplace/New Orleans and Country “Nash-FM 106.1” WRKN Picayune MS. Cannell most recently programed Sunrise Broadcasting Alternative “Modern Rock 98.7” WRMR Jacksonville NC. His programming career includes stops at WMFX Columbia SC, KOOJ Baton Rouge, KTUX Shreveport, and WKLR Richmond VA. He also has worked in the New Orleans market previously as Digital Content Director for Entercom Classic Rock “Bayou 95.7” WKBU. Cumulus Media announces that Paul Cannell has been appointed as Program Director for New Orleans radio stations Alt 92.3 /WZRH-FM, and NASH FM 106.1/WRKN. The appointment is effective August 14, 2017. Cannell is an experienced programming professional,...[Read More]
Cumulus Media has moved Alternative “106.1 The Underground” WZRH Picayune MS to 92.3 WRKN Laplace LA as “Alt 92.3“, while Country “92.3 Nash-FM” moves in reverse to 106.1. The move places the Alternative format on the stronger signal in the market as well as allowing it to serve Baton Rouge and Houma. This is a return to a Rock based format for the signal as it was “Rock 92.3” from 2010-2014. The Country format on WRKN had been placing a greater emphasis on the Baton Rouge market the past year with the addition of well-known Baton Rouge personality Scott Innes in April 2016. In the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings trends, “92.3 Nash-FM” registered a 1.6 share of the New Orleans market well behind iHeartMedia’s 101.1 WNOE...[Read More]
Cumulus Media has promoted Talus Knight PD of Urban “Power 102.9” KKND Belle Chasse and Urban AC “Old School 106.7” KMEZ Port Sulpher/New Orleans LA to Operations Manager for the company’s New Orleans cluster. Along with Knight’s promotion Shawn Williams has been upped to Assistant Program Director of Country “Nash FM 92.3” WRKN LaPlace and Alternative “106.1 The Underground” WZRH Picayune MS. The promotions fill the openings created by Ray Mariner’s exit as PD of WRKN/WZRH earlier this year. Williams will continue as midday host on WZRH and afternoon host on WRKN. Knight has programmed KKND/KMEZ since October 2014 and has previously worked in the Macon and Richmond markets. Williams joined WRKN as afternoon host in June 201...[Read More]
Cumulus has named John Boyle as the new Program Director of Country “92.3 Nash-FM” WRKN and Alternative “106.1 The Underground” WZRH New Orleans. Boyle comes to New Orleans from sister “95 Rock” 95.9 WSJZ Melbourne FL, where he served as the station’s first PD following its flip from Sports. He takes the position previously held by Ray Mariner, whose status within the company is currently unknown. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed John Boyle to Operations Manager/Program Director for NASH FM 92.3/WRKN-FM and 106.1 the Underground/WZRH-FM in New Orleans. Boyle segues from his previous role as the first Program Director of Cumulus’ Melbourne, FL, station 95 ROCK/WSJZ. Prior to that, he was Promotion Director and Director and Producer of A...[Read More]
Cumulus flipped WMTI to Alternative “106.1 The Underground” at 3pm. The new format will feature 106 minute blocks of music under the oversight of Ray Mariner, the PD of sister Country “92.3 Nash-FM” WRKN. Cumulus has applied for new WZRH call letters for the station. WZRH was the identity used by “Zephyr 106.1” in its Alternative format from 1992 to 1997. Launching with a package quite similar to the debut of sister 101.1 WKQX Chicago, the first song on 106.1 The Underground was local favorite Better Than Ezra’s “Good”. Listen to the launch of “106.1 The Underground” at FormatChange.com. Cumulus Media announces that it will turn on New Orleans’ newest radio station, 106.1 the underground alternative (WMTI-FM), today. The all...[Read More]
As Christmas music fades away for another 10 or 11 months, its time for another batch of mass format changes to get us into the new year. This list will be a handy all-in-one guide to all the changes taking place between Christmas and the time everyone goes back to work on January 3. To see the list of changes we’re expecting to happen check our Watchlist. 1/4: Still coming across some smaller market changes that occurred during the holidays. MTS Broadcasting’s “ESPN 1240” WCEM Cambridge, MD shifts to Standards running Music of Your Life. In the Ozarks, “Real Country 104.3” KBCN Harrison, AR shifts to ESPN Radio. Oldies 93.7 WKAD Cadillac and Standards 1340 WMBN Petoskey, MI have flipped to Sports as “The Ticket” using Fox Sports Radio. 1/4: ...[Read More]
Cumulus has shifted “True Oldies 106.1” WMTI New Orleans to Sports “106.1 The Ticket“. The station is primarily using Fox Sports Radio including Dan Patrick and Jim Rome. New Orleans Hornets analyst Gerry Vaillancourt will host afternoons from 4 to 7pm on the station. WMTI replaces sister Urban AC “Old School 106.7” KMEZ has flagship of the teams broadcasts.
A pair of changes taking place in New Orleans: 106.1 WMTI has dropped its “Martini” name and Modern Standards in favor of Scott Shannon’s True Oldies format. 106.7 KKND could be next in line. The station flipped from a Rock based Country format to New Country earlier this year. Next could be a rebranding as Citadel has registered 1067thewolfnola.com and a few similar domains. Citadel launched “96.9 The Wolf” in Charleston in October as the moniker continues to explode nationwide.