Cumulus Media and Premiere Networks have agreed on a three year contract to keep Rush Limbaugh on 33 of the company’s stations. The new deal will keep the show on Cumulus owned stations through the end of 2019 including 890 WLS Chicago, 820 WBAP Dallas, 760 WJR Detroit, 560 KSFO San Francisco, and 630/105.9 WMAL Washington DC. The renewal comes without the animosity of the last extension in 2013 that saw Cumulus threaten to drop Limbaugh as it did to Sean Hannity before agreeing a renewal in all markets except New York. Premiere Networks and Cumulus Media announced today a renewed and extended affiliation agreement that will keep The Rush Limbaugh Show on 33 Cumulus stations through 2019. On the heels of the program’s 28th anniversary in national syndication, the multi-million dollar...[Read More]
Former Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston Program Director Kevin Graham is joining Cumulus News/Talk 570 KLIF and 820 WBAP Dallas for the same role. Graham fills the position held by Tyler Cox. Cox rejoined WBAP as PD in 2006 (after previously programming the station from 1992-98) and added duties at KLIF in 2011. Cox will retire from the station with Graham’s arrival. Graham most recently served as Brand Manager for WEEI and the Boston Red Sox Radio Network and Sports Radio Format Captain for Entercom until the expiration of his contract this summer. He has also programmed Cumulus Sports “1320 KFAN” KFNZ Salt Lake City, 620 KTAR Phoenix, 1270 WXYT Detroit, and 1050 WEPN New York in his career. All of his previous programming positions have been in Sports and not Politic...[Read More]
With Sean Hannity set to depart all Cumulus owned stations at the end of the year and Michael Savage moving into afternoon drive on most of their Conservative Talk stations, will Cumulus pull the plug on Hannity early? After wiping Hannity’s name off their station sites earlier this month, a few of Cumulus’ stations are now showing Savage in the 3-6pm eastern timeslot. The station sites include those of 770 WABC New York, 820 WBAP Dallas, 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City, and 1440 WLWI Montgomery. Other stations like 630/105.9 WMAL Washington continue to show “WMAL Talk” in the daypart on their schedule. WBAP’s bio of Savage was posted on their website at 2:26pm this afternoon. New York and Dallas are the two markets where Clear Channel has already lined up a new af...[Read More]
As 104.1 KTDK Sanger, TX went dark on Monday, Cumulus announced plans to give Sports “1310 The Ticket” KTCK a new FM signal in the Dallas market. News/Talk 96.7 WBAP-FM Flower Mound will shift to a simulcast of KTCK by Monday, October 21. In regards to dropping WBAP from 96.7, Dan Bennett, VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Dallas told DFW.com that, “We have seen no ratings increase since adding the FM. WBAP at 820 AM still covers 114 counties in the day and has been heard in up to 38 states at night and early morning before the sun comes up. WBAP at 820 is one of the biggest radio signals in America.” WBAP will replace KTCK on 99.5 KPLX-HD2. 96.7 WBAP-FM (to become KTCK-FM) rimshots the Dallas market from northwest of the city with 90kW at 621 meters. The 96.7 frequency ...[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]
At the beginning of his program today Rush Limbaugh announced that he has signed a three year extension to keep his program on Cumulus owned stations across the country. That includes 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, and 760 WJR Detroit. The one exception to that will be in New York, where Limbaugh will move from Cumulus’ 770 WABC to Clear Channel’s 710 WOR on January 1, 2014. It is expected that Sean Hannity will depart Cumulus’ stations at the end of the year and be replaced by Michael Savage in the 3-6pm daypart. More details as they become available.
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]
Update 4/10: With the debut of Mike Huckabee, KLIF adjusts its schedule yet again. The morning news block is extended to 11am followed by the first two hours of Mike Huckabee’s new show in a live clearance. Coast To Coast AM is dropped from overnights and is replaced as of now with John Batchelor, whose program will run from 8pm to 4am. Original Report 3/23: Cumulus Talk 570 KLIF Dallas will add morning and afternoon news blocks to its Talk lineup while shifting its local talk programs to sister 820/96.7 WBAP. The rebranded “News & Information 570 KLIF” will debut a morning news block from 6 to 10am on Monday, March 26 anchored by WBAP’s Amy Chodroff and Dave Williams, most recently with Merlin’s WIQI Chicago. An afternoon block from 4 to 6pm will debut o...[Read More]