Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield-Peacedale RI has appointed Neil Larrimore as its new Program Director. Larrimore programmed iHeartMedia’s Talks and Sports stations in Phoenix and Tucson AZ until his exit in June. He has also spent seven years programming KMBZ Kansas City and time as APD at WHIO Dayton and WWDB Philadelphia. Larrimore replaces Tony Mascaro who departed WPRO/WEAN-FM in June. Cumulus Media announces it has appointed programming professional Neil Larrimore as Program Director for News/Talk station WPRO-AM in Providence, RI. Larrimore has programmed successful stations for more than 20 years and joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia, where he was formerly Program Director and Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s Information brands in the Phoenix, AZ, and ...[Read More]
Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN Wakefield-Peacedale RI has announced the return of Andy Gresh to the market to host a nightly sports talk show from 6-9pm. Gresh joins WPRO from CBS News/Talk 1080 WTIC Hartford where he was co-hosting afternoons. Gresh previously spent ten years hosting mornings at now-defunct sister Sports “790 The Score” WSKO from 1998 through 2008. After stints at WFAN New York, ESPN Radio, and Sirius/XM, Gresh was one of the original hosts on “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM Boston upon its launch in 2010 co-hosting middays with Scott Zolak. He also was part of the New England Patriots radio network coverage from 2005 through 2014. Cumulus Media announces the return of Andy Gresh to the Providence airwaves as the new 6pm-9pm host on P...[Read More]
John DePetro has exited as late-morning host at Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield/Peacedale RI. DePetro made the announcement via a posting on his website on Saturday morning. DePetro had been off the air most of December for medical reasons, but has also been the cause of many boycotts of the station from both advertisers and local politicians due to comments made on the show. All references to him have been purged from WPRO’s website. DePetro has been with WPRO since 2007 when he joined the station to host mornings. He moved to his most recent 9am-12pm slot in 2011. He has also worked at 920 WHJJ Providence and 680 WRKO Boston in his career. To all my WPRO radio listeners : At this time, I have decided to conclude my entertaining weekday 9:a.m. -12pm (noo...[Read More]
Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN Wakefield-Peacedale RI restructures its schedule in the aftermath of the death of afternoon host Buddy Cianci earlier this year. Cianci served two long terms as Mayor of Providence as well as five years in prison before joining WPRO as afternoon host in September 2007. With his passing Dan Yorke will now move from 12-3pm back to the 3-6pm slot he held prior to Cianci’s arrival at the station. Matt Allen will move from 6-9pm to Yorke’s 12-3pm slot, while Cianci’s former producer Tara Granahan is given the 6-9pm slot. The full WPRO lineup includes: 5am-9am – The News with Gene Valicenti 9am-12pm – John DePetro 12pm-3pm – Matt Allen 3pm-6pm – Dan Yorke 6pm-9pm – Tara Granahan 9pm-1am – John B...[Read More]
Update 5/26: Coast To Coast has been dropped by Cumulus’ 560 KSFO San Francisco. Red Eye Radio slides from sister 810 KGO, which picks up Bloomberg Business News for overnights. Coast To Coast will likely reappear on Clear Channel’s 910 KKSF. Update 4/10: Add KLIF Dallas to the stations dropping Coast To Coast. With the station’s recent shift to News based programming, the station has dropped Coast To Coast and Glenn Beck. Update 2/28: Coast To Coast has been picked up by 980/98.1 KMBZ in Kansas City following its drop by KCMO. Original Report 2/23: Cumulus Media has dropped Coast To Coast AM with George Noory from multiple markets and replaced it with its own Red Eye Radio. Among the stations that have dropped the program are 770 KKOB & 1050 KTBL Albuquerque, 1290 W...[Read More]
A double format flip in Providence as Citadel blows up Sports talk simulcast “790/99.7 The Score” WSKO. 99.7 will flip to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 630 WPRO on Tuesday 3/11, while 790 will retain Imus in The Morning, but join its sisters in Washington and Atlanta by flipping to True Oldies on Monday, March 18. For the rest of this week, 790 will air ESPN Radio programming. What should be interesting is how ratings for 630/99.7 WPRO and sister CHR 92 Pro-FM WPRO-FM are calculated. Will the News/Talker lose ratings if a listener writes down WPRO-FM in their diary?