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Darren Arriens Joins Entercom Charlotte As Director Of Operations

Entercom has hired Darren Arriens as Director of Operations for its Charlotte NC cluster. Arriens joins Entercom from the Program Director position at Cumulus Country “93.7 Kiss Country” KSKS Fresno. He has also spent time as Director of Programming for Treasure Coast Radio in Florida, Operations Manager for Cumulus Grand Rapids, and Midwest Regional Director of Programming for Citadel Broadcasting. In his newly created position Arriens will oversee programming, syndications, and promotions for Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ/102.5 W273DA, News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM, Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK, and the syndicated Bob & Sheri show. With Arriens joining the cluster, WLNK Program Director Darla Thomas has left her position. Entercom Charlotte today ann...[Read More]

Matt Hanlon Named Market Manager For Entercom Charlotte

As Entercom begins operating News/Talk 1110 WBT Charlotte/99.3 WBT-FM Chester SC and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte today ahead of its acquisition of those and Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ Charlotte, the company has named Matt Hanlon as its new Market Manager. Hanlon succeeds Rick Feinblatt who was running the cluster for Greater Media. He previously served as Midwest regional president for Citadel Broadcasting and SVP/Sales for Townsquare Media. Prior to the start of the LMA today there were some cuts at the Charlotte cluster as the Charlotte Observer reported that News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM late morning host Keith Larson and 31 year station vet News Director Jim Barroll exited. Meanwhile Jim Celania retired following nineteen years at WFNZ. Entercom today...[Read More]

Entercom Acquires Beasley Charlotte Spinoffs And WFNZ

Beasley Media has agreed to sell four stations in the Charlotte NC market to Entercom for $24 million. Entercom will acquire Greater Media’s News/Talk 1110 WBT Charlotte/99.3 WBT-FM Chester SC and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte as well as Beasley’s Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ/102.5 W273DA Charlotte. The Greater Media stations were to be placed in a divestiture trust when Beasley closed on its acquisition of the company. Instead Entercom will begin operating WBT/WBT-FM and WLNK via Time Brokerage Agreement when Beasley closes on its acquisition of Greater Media, which Entercom anticipates taking place on November 1. It will also begin operating WFNZ on January 1, 2017 via TBA if this deal has not closed by then. With the divestiture of WFNZ from its...[Read More]

What’s Going On At Greater Media?

A series of reports this week have come out surrounding Greater Media and its operations. Tom Taylor Now reported last Thursday on talk that the company is seeking to sell News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte NC stations and that Beasley may be interested. Taylor followed up this morning with a report that Greater Media has had some of its properties on the trading block for at least a year. DetroitSportsRag.com discusses rumors of a flip potentially coming to “Detroit Sports 105.1” WMGC. DSR states that the station has made no intent to fill the Program Director vacancy open since Dave Shore exited. Current afternoon host Lindsey Hunter is departing to become assistant basketball coach at University of Buffalo and according to D...[Read More]