Following the close of the sale of its stations, Scripps VP/Radio Steve Wexler will return to Milwaukee to oversee News/Talk 620 WTMJ and Country “94.5 KTI” WKTI for Good Karma Brands. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Wexler will succeed current General Manager Tom Langmyer, who announced his departure in a memo to staffers today. Langmyer joined the stations in 2013 after previously serving in similar roles at WGN Chicago and KMOX St. Louis. Wexler began his career at WTMJ as an intern in 1977. After working his way up to on-air host at the duo, he spent time as a programmer at WISN Milwaukee, KGW Portland, and KING Seattle before returning to WTMJ as Program Director in 1993. He rose to General Manager of Journal Communications properties in Tucson in 1997 and then...[Read More]
Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Brands has announced it will acquire News/Talk 620 WTMJ/103.3 W277CV and Country “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI Milwaukee from EW Scripps for $16 million. Good Karma owns “ESPN 540” WAUK Jackson/Milwaukee as well as ESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio affiliated stations in Cleveland, Madison, and West Palm Beach and two other stations in Beaver Dam WI. The addition of WTMJ adds flagship status for all three of Wisconsin’s professional sports teams to the Good Karma roster as they serve in that role for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks as well as the Green Bay Packers. Scripps sold its Tulsa cluster to Griffin Communications in June and still intends to find buyers for is clusters in Boise, Knoxville, Omaha, Springfield MO, Tucson, and Wichi...[Read More]
Just a couple weeks after joining Scripps Country “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI Milwaukee as interim morning host, Carol ‘CV’ Vonn will become the station’s midday host. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Vonn will move to middays once the station fills its morning vacancy. In that daypart she will replace Jillene Khan, who is exiting to join Midwest Family Broadcasting AC “Magic 98” 98.1 WMGN Madison in an undisclosed role. Khan was the last remaining of the original staffers hired by WKTI following its flip to Country in May 2015 starting in nights and later moving to middays.
Scripps Media Country “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI Milwaukee has parted ways with morning host Jake Kelly. Kelly’s departure comes on the heels of his partner Tanner Jay’s exit last July. The duo joined WKTI from Midwest Communications CHR 101.1 WIXX Green Bay in November 2015. Their departure continues a reshuffling of the talent at the station that started with the arrival of former 106.1 WMIL morning co-host Karen Dallesandro for afternoons last month. Carol ‘CV’ Vonn, most recently morning co-host at Milwaukee Radio Alliance AC “B93.3” WLDB until her own exit last April, is joining WKTI as interim morning host.
After “retiring” from iHeartMedia Country “FM 106.1” WMIL Waukesha/Milwaukee in March, Karen Dalessandro is returning to the market at Scripps’ “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI as afternoon host and Music Director starting Wednesday, September 27. Dalessandro spent 19 years in mornings at WMIL until hers and Tony ‘Radar’ Hess’ exit in March. She has also worked in the Detroit market at “W4 Country” 106.7 WWWW-FM and 99.5 WYCD. Until her debut on Wednesday, the station is branding itself as “94.5 Karen Country“. Her arrival means the departure of Jonathan ‘JW’ West after just short of a year in afternoons. He will continue to work weekends at Hubbard Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX Chicago. 94.5 K...[Read More]
Scripps Country 94.5 WKTI Milwaukee has filled its long-vacant Program Director position by raiding its competitor in Omaha. Ryan Wild joins WKTI from NRG Media’s Omaha cluster where he served as Operations Manager for recently relaunched Hot AC “Sweet 98.5” KQKQ, Classic Rock “101.9 The Keg” KOOO, and Rhythmic CHR “Power 106.9” KOPW. He also programmed and hosted afternoons at KQKQ. He has also programmed for NextMedia in suburban Chicago, AOL/Slacker Radio, and in multiple Iowa markets. Wild fills the vacancy created by the exit of Dayton Kane in October 2016. E.W. Scripps Company’s WKTI (94-5 KTI COUNTRY) Milwaukee announces Ryan Wild is joining the station as program director. Wild comes to KTI Country from Omaha, where he served as opera...[Read More]
As expected Magnum Media rebranded 92.1 WVTY Racine from “The Lake” to “The Shore” this morning. The Variety Hits format that launched last month stays in place with the name change. As reported since the format change last month, the “Lake” name was still being kept active by previous user Scripps and this ends the dispute between the two companies over the use of the intellectual property. No word if there was any financial settlement over the use. The following memo was sent out by owner Dave Magnum to staffers regarding the name change: I’m pleased to report that we have completed the necessary steps and our nickname will change at midnight to “92.1 THE SHORE.” Our new website address will be 921theshore.com. We’ve been weaving in “shore” references ...[Read More]
Scripps has flipped Variety Hits “94.5 The Lake” WLWK-FM Milwaukee to Country “KTI Country“. Resurrecting the frequency’s heritage WKTI call letters, the new station gives a direct competitor to iHeartMedia’s market leading “FM 106.1” WMIL. The station utilized the WKTI call letters from the early 1970’s until its flip to Variety Hits in November 2008. The format change occurred after a brief stunt playing The Beatle’s Abbey Road in its entirety in tribute to the album’s “Hello, Goodbye” being the first song played as part of “The Lake’s” format. WMIL currently leads the Milwaukee market with a 10.5 share in the April 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings. With Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ second at a 10.1, ...[Read More]