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Deon Levingston Out As Emmis NY Market Manager; Others Too?

Emmis New York Market Manager/GM Deon Levingston has exited the company following the expiration of his contract at the end of 2015. Levingston joined Emmis in February 2014 as part of the company’s purchase of WBLS and WLIB New York from YMF Media where he had served as VP and GM for the stations under YMF and Inner City Broadcasting’s ownership. He also served as President of YMF from October 2013 until joining Emmis. In addition to Levingston, we have heard that other employees across the company on the upper end of the pay scale will not have their contracts renewed as they come up for renewal. Like Cumulus, Emmis has been issued a delisting warning from NASDAQ for its stock not rising above a $1 per share for a month straight. Emmis has until June 7, 2016 to come into comp...[Read More]

Emmis Acquires WBLS & WLIB New York

Emmis Broadcasting has acquired YMF Media’s Urban AC 107.5 WBLS and Gospel 1190 WLIB New York for $131 Million. The duo, which will join Urban “Hot 97” 97.1 WQHT in Emmis’ New York cluster, were the final properties held by YMF Media after its absorbing of the former Inner City Broadcasting. Emmis also owns 98.7 WEPN-FM, which is operated by ESPN as part of a longterm lease agreement. Both WBLS and WLIB have operated out of the Emmis New York studios since the deal that gave YMF the intellectual property of “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS as part of the 98.7 lease. The purchase will be made in two installments. $55 Million due when the sale is approved by the FCC and $76 Million in February 2015. Emmis will pay a $1.275 Million per month LMA fee until the first purc...[Read More]

What’s Happening With YMF Media?

Two recent developments have us wondering if Yucaipa Investments and Magic Johnson are winding down their YMF Media holdings. YMF has sold their brokered Chinese 1400 KVTO Berkeley/San Francisco and brokered Vietnamese 1430 KVVN Santa Clara/San Jose to Pham Radio Communication for $6 Million. Earlier this week Tom Taylor reported in his daily Tom Taylor Now newsletter that Larry Wilson’s L&L Broadcasting has signed a letter of intent to acquire YMF’s Columbia, SC and Jackson, MS stations. YMF owns five stations in Columbia and six in Jackson. Those deals would leave YMF with just a pair of stations. Urban AC 107.5 WBLS and Gospel 1190 WLIB New York. YMF Media was formed in 2011 by Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies and Magic Johnson’s Johnson Capital Investment to ...[Read More]

WBLS Adds More Kiss-FM Weekend Shows

YMF Media Urban AC 107.5 WBLS New York has picked up a few of the weekend shows that had previously aired on the now defunct “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS. Bob Slade who had been with Kiss-FM since its launch in 1981 will continue hosting “Open Line” on Sundays from 10am to 12pm along with co-hosts Bob Pickett and James Mtume. Felix Hernandez’ “Rhythm Revue” continues on Sundays from 12pm to 3pm. Fred Buggs will take the Saturday 10am to 2pm shift that had been held by the late Brian Carter. Source: New York Daily News

WRKS Intellectual Property To Be Merged Into WBLS

In addition to leasing the 98.7 frequency in New York to ESPN, Emmis has sold the “Kiss-FM” intellectual property to YMF Media which will merge it into its 107.5 WBLS. WRKS and WBLS began a delayed simulcast at 10am this morning as the stations begin to transition 98.7’s audience over to 107.5. WRKS middayer Shalia and night host Lenny Greene will move to WBLS in the same timeslots. WBLS will retain Steve Harvey in the mornings and Jeff Foxx in afternoons. Tom Joyner, Michael Baisden, and Keith Sweat lose their syndicated slots. WBLS’s midday shift had been vacant since Egypt departed the station in February. Prior to the sign-off of “98.7 Kiss-FM” this weekend the stations will pay tribute to the history of Kiss. Here’s Emmis Press Release: Emmis ...[Read More]

New York Radio Notes

New Lineup At WOR With all of the talk radio buzz currently focused on Don Imus’ rumored return at WABC, 710 WOR has unveiled a new lineup debuting this Monday, October 8. Bill O’Reilly’s syndicated show moves from 2-4pm to a live clearance from 12pm to 2pm. Westwood One’s Dennis Miller show is added from 2-4pm. Steve Malzberg moves from nights to 4 to 6pm replacing the now departed Hennican & White. Michael Savage stays in at 6 to 9pm, while Dr. Joy Browne is moved from 12-2 to 9 to 11pm. The morning portion of the lineup remains the same with Joe Bartlett and Donna Hanover from 5-9am, Joan Hamburg from 9-11am, and Food Talk with Mike Colamenco from 11am to noon. New Middayers at WBLS and WQHT Jasmine Sanders joins 107.5 WBLS for middays replacing Guy Black. S...[Read More]