Urban One has appointed Charese Fruge as CHR Format Captain and Program Director of “Radio Now 92.1” KROI Seabrook/Houston TX and “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM Speedway/Indianapolis IN. Fruge most recently served as VP/Programming for CBS Radio Houston until her exit in late 2016. She also held progamming duties for the company in Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco during her tenure which began in 2009. She has also programmed KALC Denver and KYSR Los Angeles. She will be based in Indianapolis and fills the opening created by Buster Satterfield’s departure to WFLZ Tampa in May. In Houston, DJ Riddler will remain in the APD/MD position, a role he also held under Fruge at the now-defunct “Hot 95.7” KKHH Houston.
Texas Public Radio has lost its current battle to force Sun Radio Foundation to change the call letters of 88.1 KCTI-FM Gonzales TX. Shortly before Sun Radio Foundation closed on the purchase of the station from Marantha Church of Laredo, the station changed its call letters from KITG to KCTI-FM. At the same time, Texas Public Radio was in the process of acquiring 1450 KCTI Gonzales from Gonzales Communications. 1450's General Manager at the time Steven Oakes granted Marantha the right to use those call letters despite Texas Public Radio's claims that Oakes did not have the right to do so at the time. However, because TPR's opposition was attached to a Sun Radio application for a Main Studio Waiver, the FCC has dismissed it as an untimely petition for reconsideration and denies the argu...[Read More]
Radio One CHR “92.1 Radio Now” KROI Seabrooke/Houston has made its first hiring with the addition of Rich ‘DJ Riddler’ Pangilinan as Music Director. Pangilinan will have an undisclosed on-air role at the station as well. He most recently served as APD/MD/Mixer at CBS CHR “Hot 95.7” KKHH from June until its flip to Adult Hits “95.7 The Spot” at the end of 2016. In addition to KKHH, DJ Riddler has mixed for 96.5 KNRJ and 104.1 KRBE Houston and “Z100” WHTZ and WKTU New York. Radio One Houston’s KROI 92.1 Radio Now is proud to welcome our newest addition to the team DJ Riddler! DJ Riddler joins Radio Now Houston as the new Music Director and On-Air Personality. DJ Riddler is on the pulse of today’s NOW music and Billboard Magazine lists him as on...[Read More]
Radio One has brought a second CHR to Houston a week after CBS flipped “Hot 95.7” KKHH to Adult Hits. As we first reported in Wednesday’s Daily Domains, Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 92.1” KROI Seabrooke quietly segued to CHR at 5pm today as “Radio Now 92.1“. The station is quickly taking shots at Cumulus’ KRBE calling 104.1 old and hyping it as the home of new music. The former Boom 92.1 was the catalyst for the launch of the Classic Hip-Hop format when it debuted in October 2014. The station quickly surged from a 1.0 share in its final monthly as All-News to a 3.2 in its first month as Boom, however it was back down to a 1.4 share in the December 2016 PPMs. The first songs on the new Radio Now were: Calvin Harris/Rhianna – This Is What You Ca...[Read More]
For our review of 2014 we decided to focus on what we know best. Let’s look back at the ten most influential format changes and rebrandings of 2014. 10 106.9 WCCC Hartford hasn’t been a powerhouse in quite some time. But it was one of the few remaining relics to a previous era. The longtime Rocker and its AM sister operated up against three big clusters, but couldn’t keep up in the end. It was quite appropriate in a way for its end to come with a sale to Educational Media Foundation and flip on August 1 to the Christian AC “K-Love” network. The first station to give Howard Stern a job in mornings back in 1979, was now at the opposite end of the programming spectrum. With no terrestrial signal to fill the void, a few former WCCC staffers launched a webcaster to...[Read More]
Update 10/13: At 5pm today, the Beyonce stunt on KROI Seabrook/Houston gave way to Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 92“. The stations lists core artists as Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Geto Boys, and UGK. The name is meant to match with sister “97.9 The Box” KBXX as in “Boom Box” representing how the songs were played in the 80s/90s. Listen to the launch of “Boom 92” at FormatChange.com. The first song was Geto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”. On the eve of its announcement, Radio One of Texas II, LLC generated buzz and filled the airways with advertising free, 24-7 music from Beyonce. Today, Radio One announced its new permanent format, Boom 92.1 FM, a Classic Hip Hop station. It is the first major market throwback Hip Hop ...[Read More]
Radio-One has pulled the plug on its All News “News 92” 92.1 KROI Seabrook/Houston. In a statement on the station’s website the company stated, News92, Houston’s first FM all-news radio station aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014. We’d like to thank the News92 staff for their outstanding service, our advertisers and each of you our listeners and web visitors for your support. This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested. Unfortunately, the market hasn’t shown a sustainable appetite for news radio, but each of you motivated us daily to produce a high-quality news program. Together, we made history. The Hou...[Read More]
Update 11/21: After two short delays that postponed the launch for a week, “News 92 FM” debuted at 5:00am this morning. The station will air live News programming from 5am to Midnight daily with Dial Global’s Jim Bohannon in the overnights. You can listen to the debut of the station at FormatChange.com. INSTANT INSIGHT: A lot has been discussed about the quality and lack of focus of Merlin Media’s recent News debuts in Chicago and New York. Radio-One on the other hand seems to have come out firing on all cylinders. Imaging is spot on. The presentation is tight. At lot can be said for taking time to launch with all the kinks worked out. Radio-One supposedly had the staff put together for months before the format was announced and postponed the launch twice when they ...[Read More]