Cumulus Media News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit will add a new afternoon show from 3-5pm in January. WDIV-TV reporter/fill-in anchor Guy Gordon will exit the television station to fill the WJR slot currently held by Michael Savage’s syndicated talker. Gordon has also served as a regular fill-in for WJR morning host Paul W. Smith over the past two years. Gordon has worked in Detroit television since 1984 when he joined WXYZ-TV before moving to WDIV in 2004. With the addition of Gordon, WJR will return to local programming outside of Rush Limbaugh from at least 5am to 7pm weekdays. Paul W. Smith remains from 5-9am, Frank Beckmann from 9am to 12pm, and Mitch Albom from 5-7pm.
After twelve years on CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM, the Detroit Lions are jumping to Cumulus News/Talk 760 WJR starting with the 2016 season. The deal with WJR, which served has the Lions flagship from 1948 through 1988, is for five years. WJR will serve as the originating station for all of the franchise’s network programming including the game broadcasts, pre- and postgame shows, weekly in-season show and additional offseason content. Game broadcasters Dan Miller and Jim Brandstatte are expected to remain in place. The Detroit Lions and Cumulus Media announced today a five-year broadcast partnership making News/Talk 760 WJR the flagship station for Lions football beginning in 2016. Additional terms were not disclosed. “We are thrilled to have the Detroit Lions b...[Read More]
Cumulus Media has hired Mike Wheeler as Program Director for News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit. The Detroit native has been serving as Regional Program Manager for Clear Channel’s stations in Hartford and New Haven, CT. Wheeler replaces Kevin Metheny who was transferred to Cumulus’ KGO and KSFO San Francisco in June. Cumulus announces that programming veteran Mike Wheeler has been appointed Program Director of WJR-AM in Detroit. Raised in Detroit, Wheeler started his radio career in on-air posts at Motor City stations WNIC, WABX, WHYT and WCZY. Wheeler comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel, where he has served for the past five years as Regional Program Manager for Clear Channel’s Connecticut stations. Prior to that, Wheeler was Program Director for CBS’ DaveFM in Atlanta, and was Region...[Read More]
Cumulus News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit Program Director Kevin Metheny is transferring to San Francisco to become Operations Director of Conservative Talk 560 KSFO and News/Talk 810 KGO. Metheny has had a long radio career including stops as Program Director at WGN Chicago, managing Clear Channel’s Cleveland cluster, and serving as Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel. He’s unfortunately is best known as the Program Director of WNBC New York depicted as “Pig Vomit” in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts”. Metheny will partially fill the void left by the departure of Steve Skenlar as Market Manager earlier this month. KGO and KSFO are among the many AM Talk stations struggling to deal with the many issues facing stations in the format. A shi...[Read More]
While it has been an unstated fact for the past several weeks, Premiere Radio Networks and Sean Hannity have confirmed they will not be reupping with their current Cumulus owned affiliates at the end of the year. Telling InsideRadio that, “We fired them weeks ago,” the move coincides with Cumulus resigning Rush Limbaugh for all their affiliates except in New York. Hannity will make the move to Clear Channel’s 710 WOR along with Limbaugh and could easily make the same move to 910 KKSF San Francisco from Cumulus’ 560 KSFO that Rush made in January 2012. Among the other stations that will be losing Hannity are 790 KABC Los Angeles, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Michael Savage has comme...[Read More]
Update 8/16:On his program Thursday night, Michael Savage told his listeners that he is the heir apparent to Hannity’s timeslot on Cumulus’ stations and predicted he will move to afternoons by the end of the year. Politico.com claims that while Cumulus is likely to drop Sean Hannity from its stations, it was likely to come to terms to continue airing Rush Limbaugh on “virtually” all of his current affiliates. Update 7/29: Mediaite.com has followed up on the original Politico report stating that Premiere has “48 hours to stop Cumulus from dropping them.” There’s no word if the end of July drop-dead date for negotiations comes from Cumulus, Premiere, or both. Limbaugh commented on the reports on his show today. I want to get something out of the way ...[Read More]