Tony Lorino has exited his role as Program Director of Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Smyrna/Atlanta after nearly three years Lorino joined WSTR in July 2015 from Entercom’s “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City upon the company’s acquisition of the station. He also has served as APD of “99.1 The Mix” WMYX Milwaukee for Entercom and has worked in Des Moines and Fargo. NIA Broadcasting Urban Oldies 1150 WTMP Egypt Lake/97.5 W248CA St. Petersburg FL has appointed Albie Dee as Program Director. Dee most recently served as Operations Manager for Adams Radio Group in Salisbury MD and is known for his long run in the Baltimore/Washington DC markets most famously at 95.5 WPGC and 102.7 WXYV. Gary Williams is stepping down as Program Director of Cox Media Group...[Read More]
While iHeartMedia has made the most news lately in terms of staffing cuts, recent downsizing moves have been made the past few days at Cumulus Media, CBS Radio, and Entercom. Two major market Cumulus News/Talk stations have shed talent in the past couple of days. Morning host Brian Wilson is out at 630 WMAL/105.9 WMAL-FM Washington DC after six years at the station. Recently added co-host Mary Walter remains in place on “Mornings On The Mall”. Ron Kuby exits as 12-3pm co-host at 770 WABC New York. Kuby and longtime co-host Curtis Sliwa returned to WABC in January 2014 when Rush Limbaugh moved to iHeartMedia’s 710 WOR. The duo previously hosted mornings together on the station from 2000 until 2007. Curtis Sliwa remains in place. As Entercom’s purchase of CBS Radio co...[Read More]
iHeartMedia currently has two translators from the AM Revitalization Waiver Period seeking identical facilities on 106.9 in Cleveland OH. On August 1, iHeart applied to move what was originally 94.7 W234BW Parkersburg WV to Cleveland rebroadcasting News/Talk 1100 WTAM with 195w vertical/213m. Over the course of the two waiver periods, iHeart had seven translators that it applied to move to different destinations in each. W293CW was one of those where it was granted a Construction Permit to relocate to Marion OH as 106.5 W293CW rebroadcasting 1490 WMRN. On top of that the translator was given a six month extension of its CP to extend the time it had to be built from expiring on March 15 to September 15.
After being moved in February from mornings to afternoons at Entercom Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Atlanta, the trio of Drex, Cassiday & Tingle are off the air. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the station will pay the trio to sit out the remainder of their contract which expires at the end of this year. Drex and Cassiday Proctor had joined WSTR for mornings in January 2015 from 95.1 WNKS Charlotte where they were joined by Steve Tingle formerly of “Q101” Chicago and “Wired 96.5” Philadelphia. They were then moved to afternoons earlier this year after the addition of Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby for mornings. Mike Marino, who had hosted afternoons prior to the morning changes, will return to that timeslot.
The most expected move in Atlanta radio will take place tomorrow morning as Jenn Hobby joins Jeff Dauler on Entercom Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR to announce the start date for their new morning show. Both Dauler and Hobby worked together on the syndicated Bert Show based at Cumulus’ “Q100” WWWQ from 2002 to 2012. Hobby then moved to middays at Cumulus Country “Kicks 101.5” WKHX before exiting late last year. Dauler announced his departure from the Bert Show in November to join WSTR. That move led to quick animosity between the Bert Show and Dauler as they registered numerous domains connected to Dauler and Hobby. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hobby’s non-compete with Cumulus expired on February 15 and negotiations started shortly th...[Read More]
Jeff Dauler’s exit from the syndicated Bert Show this week is turning ugly. Dauler resigned on Tuesday Morning after fourteen years with the show to join Entercom Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta in February 2016. Dauler was the last remaining original co-host of the show from when it debuted on “Q100” WWWQ Atlanta in 2001. Lead host Bert Weiss posted the following statement following Dauler’s exit. My company is telling me they need some kind of statement from me about Jeff choosing to leave The Bert Show. I can’t… Posted by Bert Weiss on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 With rumors that Dauler will be paired with fellow former Bert Show colleague Jenn Hobby (currently on maternity leave from Cumulus Country “Kicks 101.5” WKHX) for e...[Read More]
Entercom is promoting from within to fill programming vacancies in three markets. With the closing of its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media, Tony Lorino is heading from “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City to take over the PD reigns at newly acquired “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta. Lincoln Financial Media VP/Programming John Dimick had been programming WSTR since the exit of Scott Lindy in March. With the demise of Lincoln Financial Media, Dimick is retiring from radio to purchase an auto repair business in Atlanta. Replacing Lorino in Kansas City is Leigh McNabb. She joins KZPT from Milwaukee where she has been APD/Midday host at CHR “103.7 Kiss-FM” WXSS. The Des Moines native also worked in Champaign and Rockford prior to joining WXSS sister 99.1 WMYX Milwau...[Read More]
Entercom and Bonneville have announced they will begin operating their newly acquired stations on Friday, July 17 with Entercom closing on its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media. Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ETM) announced today that it has closed its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media Corporation (“LFM”) and will begin operating the LFM stations on Friday, July 17. Entercom also announces that effective the same date it will commence operations of KSWD-FM Los Angeles under a time brokerage agreement (“TBA”) with Bonneville International Corporation (“Bonneville”). At the same time, Bonneville will commence operations of Entercom’s Denver stations KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM and KEPN-AM under a TBA with Entercom. This follows the Company’s announ...[Read More]
Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta Operations Manager/Program Director Scott Lindy has departed the Lincoln Financial Media station. With the deal for Entercom to acquire Lincoln Financial Media is stuck in regulatory review, current Lincoln Financial Media VP/Programming John Dimick will add day-to-day programming of WSTR and sister “ESPN 790 The Zone” WQXI to his duties until the acquisition becomes final. Lindy joined WSTR in October 2010 after previously programming iHeartMedia Country “94.9 The Bull” WUBL Atlanta.
Lincoln Financial Media (Soon to be Entercom) Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta has named a new morning show. Drex & Cassiday will join WSTR from Beasley CHR “Kiss 95.1” WNKS Charlotte and be joined by Steve Tingle from CBS’ “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia. The trio will replace Jimmy Alexander, who exited WSTR last fall, and incumbent co-host Cindy Simmons. Drex and co-host Maney joined WNKS in 2012 from “Q107.5” WHBQ-FM Memphis. Cassiday Proctor joined the pair shortly after from “Mix 94.7” KAMX Austin. Steve Tingle previously co-hosted mornings at Alternative “Q101” WKQX Chicago. Maney will be remaining at WNKS where a new team will be built around him. The audio of Drex and Cassiday announcing their depart...[Read More]
The Entercom/Lincoln Financial Media deal has been filed with the FCC. To comply with market cap limits in Denver, Sports “104.3 The Fan” KKFN Longmont will be placed in the Pikes Peak Trust run by Elliot Evers for divestiture to a third party. The remainder of the Lincoln Financial Media stations will begin to be operated by Entercom via Time Brokerage Agreement on January 15 or two days after DOJ approval of the deal, whichever is the latter of the two. During the TBA and until the actual sales close, Entercom agrees to not change any formats on the to-be-acquired stations. The $105 million purchase price will consist of a $77 million cash payment to Lincoln Financial, with the remainder consisting of Entercom stock grants to Lincoln. Original Report 12/8: Entercom Communicat...[Read More]
This morning Entercom shocked the industry with their acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media for $105 million. Entercom acquired fifteen stations and a translator for less money than Steel City Media paid for Wilks four station in Kansas City earlier this year, a smaller market than any of the Lincoln stations. To show how much station prices have dropped, the price is nearly equal to the amount Greater Media paid for Lincoln’s three stations in Charlotte, NC in 2008. Denver This deal is all about establishing Entercom’s dominance in Denver. Entercom has yet to reveal which station will be divested to satisfy the ownership cap limits. Using the November 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings, Entercom’s four stations combined for a 14.1 share and Lincoln’s six combined for ...[Read More]