Longtime “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton Program Director Eric Johnson is departing the station after eighteen years in that position to join Beasley Media as Director of Sports Content for their Philadelphia cluster. In his new position Johnson will oversee all programming and digital platforms for “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM Burlington NJ and “610 AM” WTEL. He will also manage all programming and ancillary content and relationships with the NBA’s 76ers, NHL’s Flyers, AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, and Temple, Villanova, and St. Joe’s Universities. Prior to joining New Jersey 101.5 in 1999, Johnson spent five years as Assistant Program Director of Sports 610 WIP and programmed Hot AC turned Alternative “Y100” 100.3 WPLY from...[Read More]
Joe Bell is returning to Beasley Media as Market Manager for the company’s Philadelphia operations. Bell ran Beasley Miami from 1999 through the sale of its cluster to CBS in 2014. He exited CBS in July 2015 and later joined Brewer Media Chattanooga in the same role. Prior to coming to Miami, Bell served as GM of 680 WPTF Raleigh. Bell will oversee a cluster that includes Rock 93.3 WMMR, Variety Hits “95.7 Ben-FM” WBEN-FM, Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN, Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK, Sports 610 WTEL, Christian 800 WTMR, and Brokered Talk 860 WWDB. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has announced the company has hired Joe Bell as Market Manager of Beasley’s Philadelphia Market. “It’s tremendously exciting to ...[Read More]
Greater Media Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN Burlington, NJ/Philadelphia is expanding its head-to-head format battle with CBS’ 94.1 WIP to mornings for the first time. Anthony Gargano, who worked at WIP for 15 years prior to his exit at the end of 2014, debuted today as morning host at WPEN. Gargano will be joined by midday host Jon Marks and update anchor Maureen Williams and producer Jamie Lynch. The show replaces ESPN’s Mike & Mike who relocate to Beasley’s 610 WTEL. The move gives WPEN a local morning show to compete against WIP for the first time since 2008 when both stations were heard exclusively on AM. With Marks moving to mornings, Harry Mayes & Eytan Shander will take over middays from 10am to 2pm and Joe DeCamara nights from 6-10pm. Mike M...[Read More]
Update 12/1: The swap between CBS and Beasley has closed with all the stations now under the management of their new ownership. No format changes have taken place at any of the stations. The companies have wasted no time in moving their new acquisitions to their corporate web platforms. All of the new CBS stations have moved over, while Beasley has moved their new Sports stations in Charlotte and Tampa over already. In a press statement, Dan Mason President/CEO of CBS Radio stated, “This transaction reinforces our strategy to concentrate on large market properties. We already have television duopolies in both Philadelphia and Miami, so these new stations will be a terrific complement to our existing local broadcasting portfolio, and a welcome addition to the overall CBS family.” Following ...[Read More]
CBS Radio and Beasley Broadcasting have agreed to exchange 19 stations in four markets. CBS will acquire five stations from Beasley: Country 92.5 WXTU and Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia along with Sports 560 WQAM, Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” WPOW-FM, and Country “99.9 Kiss Country” WKIS in Miami. Heading to Beasley are fourteen stations including CBS’ entire Charlotte and Tampa clusters: CHR “Kiss 95.1” WNKS, Urban “Power 98” 97.9 WPEG, Urban AC “V101.9” WBAV, Country “The New 103.7” WSOC, AC “K104.7” WKQC, Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ, and Sports “CBS Sports Radio 1660” WBCN Charlotte, Spanish CHR “Maxima 92.5” WYUU, Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94...[Read More]
CBS has teamed with Cumulus to launch “CBS Sports Radio” on January 2, 2013. Fourteen CBS Sports formatted stations will contribute programming and content to the 24/7 network. The programming will include live talk shows around the clock with listener calls and interaction. CBS states it will have a prominent roles on the network for personalities from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, and CBSSports.com. Affiliates will be given the opportunity to regionalize their lineup by selecting programs from other CBS or Cumulus Sports formatted stations. Cumulus Media Networks will be the exclusive syndicator and sales partner of the network. Programming will commence on September 4 as the network will be begin operatings newscasts and updates for affiliating stations. The fourteen Sport...[Read More]
Update 9/2: WYSP signed off today at 3:00pm ending almost 40 years of Rock (with a few shifts to Talk along the way). The launch of Sports “94 WIP-FM” concurrently was moved up from September 6 to today in order to allow Howard Eskin, who is leaving his afternoon show today after 25 years to have the first show on WIP-FM. We have to give kudos to CBS for giving the station the ability to put together what amounted to a two week on-air funeral for WYSP with the current and former staff giving their goodbyes. Howard Stern called in earlier today for a half-hour interview which shows a much different side to his on-air persona. Very much a must listen even if you’re not a Stern fan. WYSP’s music will continue to be heard on 94.1-HD3. The WYSP calls have quickly been cl...[Read More]
Update 12:00pm: Always follow your guts when it comes to “major announcements”. WIP’s today was that morning co-host Rhea Hughes is pregnant. That’s not to say a move to FM isn’t out of the question, as it makes perfect sen$e for CBS to do. It just wasn’t announced this morning. Inside Music Media’s Jerry Del Colliano tweeted earlier this evening about rumors abounding in Philadelphia over the impending move of CBS Sports 610 WIP to the 94.1 frequency of Rocker WYSP. We normally don’t report on unsubstantiated rumors without some sort of facts to back them up, but Jerry is as credible as a source as possible. We have no domain proof right now, but WIP is planning an announcement of some sort at 7:00am Friday. Format flip or promotion?