Last week I heard rumblings of a major deal coming in Philadelphia but couldn’t narrow specifics of who was involved. In nearly every logical scenario I ran through in no way would the three-way deal between Beasley Media, Entercom, and Jerry Lee Broadcasting announced today have even entered the thinking. Up until the dueling press releases were sent this morning I would have labeled it as the type of fantasy deal making you would find on a message board and maybe not there. But it makes sense on multiple levels. Entercom gets the crown jewel of its home market, while Beasley gets back a station it owned for over thirty years and was one of its major market acquisitions as both companies increase their revenue concentration as the last big FM standalone in any major market finally c...[Read More]
Following the recent cutbacks at CBS Radio Philadelphia, the company has promoted three staffers to the position of Assistant Program Director at their respective stations. Mark ‘Razz’ Radziewicz adds those duties at Country 92.5 WXTU to his afternoon airshift. Midday host Michael Bennett claims the APD stripes at AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY. Night host Nicky G. moves to afternoons and adds those duties at Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL. CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s VP of Music Programming, Shelly Easton, today announced the promotion of Mark Radziewicz “Razz” of 92.5 XTU – WXTU, Nicky G. of 98.1 – WOGL and Michael Bennett of Today’s 96.5 – WTDY to Assistant Program Director. All three will continue as the Music Director of their respective stations. “Razz, B...[Read More]
Following the exit of Anne Gress from her position as Program Director at Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia earlier this week, CBS Radio has announced a pair of promotions in the market. Shelly Easton, Program Director of Country 92.5 WXTU, will add on the title of Vice President of Music Programming overseeing all three music stations the company owns in the market. Concurrently Bobby Smith, PD of AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY-FM will add those duties at WOGL. CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager David Yadgaroff today announced the promotion of Shelly Easton to VP of Music Programming for 92.5 XTU (WXTU-FM), Today’s 96.5 (WTDY-FM) and 98.1 WOGL-FM, and the promotion of Bobby Smith to Program Director of 98.1 WOGL. Easton will remain the Program Di...[Read More]
CBS Country 92.5 WXTU Philadelphia is making a change in mornings. Ken ‘Doc’ Medek is leaving the station on Thursday, March 31 to take a yet-to-be announced position closer to his home in Scranton PA. Taking his place as co-host with Andie Summers will be WXTU weekender Frank Lario. Lario has spent much of his career in Philadelphia working at Rockers 93.3 WMMR and 94.1 WYSP and also was co-founder of Alternative 93.1 WDOX Wildwood Crest NJ. Medek joined WXTU in 2010 from Entercom Country “Froggy 101” WGGY Scranton where he served as PD and morning host, but his wife remained in that area for work. He has also programmed CHR 98.5 WKRZ Scranton and 106.1 WBLI Long Island NY.
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]