Cumulus Media has announced that Sid Kelly is moving from the Program Director position at CHR 97.5 WABD Mobile to the same slot at “Energy 93.9” WYRG Lawrence/Indianapolis IN. Filling Kelly’s opening in Mobile will be Jimmy Steele. Steele joined Cumulus Mobile in June 2017 as Operation Manager and midday host at WABD. He has also served as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia Salisbury MD, Director of Operations/Brand Manager for Saga Communications Columbus OH, OM/Director of Programming for Clear Channel San Diego, VP/Programming and PD of CHR 97.9 WNCI Columbus OH, PD of CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW Nashville, and Rock AC “Y102” WRFY Reading PA. Kelly heads to Indianapolis to oversee WYRG after nearly three years overseeing WABD. He previously spent much of his c...[Read More]
Great Plains Media CHR “105.9 Kiss-FM” KKSW Lawrence KS has added Joshua James as 10am-3pm midday host. James previously spent five years at Steel City Media Country “Q104” 104.3 KBEQ Kansas City including time in afternoons. KKSW 105.9 KISS, the #1 hit music station in NE Kansas, welcomes new midday host Joshua James to the on-air lineup. Joshua James has worked in the Kansas City market since 2006. “We are thrilled to welcome Joshua James to the 105.9 KISS family,” says Beth Cruise, Program Director of KKSW. “His enthusiasm and love for the community will be a perfect fit with our long term relationship with the University of Kansas Jayhawks and our listeners in Topeka and the Western suburbs of Kansas City.” “I am excited to join the family environment here at 10...[Read More]
Completed Changes Sarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1) Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31) Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31) Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31) Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31) Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31) Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country ...[Read More]
As expected Cumulus Media flipped the former Classic Hip-Hop “93.9 The Beat” WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis IN to CHR “Energy 93.9” WYRG at 9:39 this morning. Positioned as “Indy’s New Hit Music Station”, the move gives Indianapolis its third Top 40 outlet as it joins Entercom’s 99.5 WZPL and Urban One’s “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM. The station also re-adds the syndicated Bert Show, which previously aired on the station when it was CHR “I94” from 2011 through its 2014 move to Classic Hip-Hop. Program Director Jay Michaels will host middays from 10am to 1pm, while “Q100” Atlanta middayer Rachel Ryan will track 1-4pm. Justin Luvv remains from the former format for 4-9pm and the syndicated Zach Sang will air f...[Read More]
Cumulus Classic Hip-Hop “93.9 The Beat” WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis has appointed Justin Luvv as its new afternoon host and Imaging Director. Luvv joins WRWM from Radio One Columbus where he has worked as 2005, most recently as Imaging Coordinator, mix show DJ, and overnight host on Urban “Power 107.5” WCKX. He also was in-house DJ for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. He succeeds Zakk, who exited last August to host nights at Entercom Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Atlanta. Cumulus Media announces that it has named Justin Luvv as new Afternoon On-Air Personality and Imaging Director for 93.9 The Beat/WRWM in Indianapolis, IN. Luvv joins Cumulus after more than 11 years with Radio One, where he was On-Air Talent, Imaging Coordinator, and Mix DJ for Power 10...[Read More]
The announcement at 9:39am came with WRWM making its shift to Classic Hip-Hop complete with a rebranding to “93.9 The Beat“. Original Report 1/25: 93.9 WRWM Fishers/Indianapolis is teasing a change for Monday, January 26 at 9:39am. WRWM flipped to Classic Hip-Hop in December and rose from a 1.7 to 2.8 share with the new format in the Holiday 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings despite having the new format in place for just about a third of the period. The station retained the “I94” branding from its previous Hot AC format, but has been calling itself “Indy’s 93.9” on-air as well. That will likely be changing on Monday as Cumulus has registered 939TheBeat.com for WRWM. Is this just a matter of finally giving the Classic Hip-Hop format a branding better ...[Read More]
After running their Classic Hip-Hop Weekend (and forcing Radio-One Urban “Hot 96.3” WHHH to do the same), WRWM is making the move permanent. The station will retain the “I94” branding with the move but has gone jockless for now. Jay Michaels remains in place as Program Director of WRWM and sister Classic Hits 104.5 WJJK. Original Report 12/19: Here’s a pairing you don’t see every day… After hyping a major announcement for 3pm today, Cumulus Hot AC “I94” 93.9 WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis launched a “Classic Hip-Hop Holiday Weekend”. The station is promoting its regular format is returning on Monday morning. https://twitter.com/indysi94/status/546033161013321728 INSTANT INSIGHT: Interesting that this move comes the day after Rad...[Read More]
Update 7/3/09 10:00am: At 9:40am, WRWM became CHR “I-94” going head-to-head against Radio-One’s “Radio Now 100.9”. Update 7/2/09 7:00am: WRWM is now stunting with construction sounds and promos for a new format launch Friday, July 3 at 9:40am. Original Entry: The Indianapolis Star reports that Cumulus AC “Warm 93.9” WRWM Indianapolis will drop its format at midnight tonight and begin stunting in advance of a new format to launch this weekend.
Launching with The Police “Every Breathe You Take”, Cumulus’ former FM Talker WWFT has become AC “Warm 93.9” pitted against Emmis’ WYXB “B105.7“. The station has picked up John Tesh for nights. One of the most attractive demographic targets now is women 25 to 54,” said Chris Wheat, market manager for Warm 93.9 and sister stations WFMS-FM (95.5) and WJJK-FM (104.5). “It’s certainly an advertiser-friendly format.” Listen to the launch of Warm 93.9 at the Format Change Archive.
Cumulus has registered warm939.com, 939warm.com, and many derivatives. Both are currently redirecting to the website of sister WJXY-FM “93.9 The Team” in Myrtle Beach, SC . We find it highly unlikely that Cumulus would use a Domain Protection Service to register a dozen domains for a station in Myrtle Beach when they have a high-profile stunt going on in Indianapolis. Cumulus runs fellow “Warm” AC’s in Cincinnati and York, PA. Those stations, along with WWFT were acquired from Susquehanna Radio.
12/27 3:00pm – NRG’s “101.9 Lite-FM” KLTQ Lincoln/Omaha dropped AC for Variety Hits as “The Big O 101.9“. 12/26 – Albany, NY’s 98.3 WTRY has shifted from Oldies to what is best classified as Adult Hits or Gold AC as “My Music 98.3”. 12/26 6:00am – As we broke last week, Sacramento AC 92.5 KGBY relaunched as Hot AC “My 92.5“. 12/26 12:00am – The reshaping of Citadel’s New Orleans cluster continued as Country 106.7 KKND relaunched as “106.7 The Wolf”. In the past two weeks, 106.1 WMTI flipped from Standards to Oldies and 92.3 WDVW from Rhythmic AC to Hot AC “Mix 92.3”. 12/26 12:00am – Emmis’ Indianapolis shift is underway as WIBC made its move from 1070 to 93.1 at mid...[Read More]
Just a couple weeks after Emmis announced plans to move 1070 WIBC to 93.1 FM, the rest of the market has begun reacting. Cumulus has announced that it will suspend its current talk programming in mid-November to join 93.1 with a Christmas Music format through the holidays. Chris Wheat, Indianapolis Market Manager for Cumulus told the Indianapolis Star: â€œWe havenâ€™t determined what weâ€™re going to do with it yet. The options range from tweaking it to changing it.â€ â€œSean Hannity canâ€™t carry the radio station,â€ Wheat said. â€œOne of the glaring things I noticed when I arrived is that thereâ€™s absolutely no local content from a news and information standpoint.â€ WWFT previously was Contemporary Christian WISG “93.9 The Song”. Meanwhile, crosstown 950 WXLW, which will ...[Read More]