Alpha Media CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland has promoted Music Director/
Alpha Media CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland has hired Lauren Sessions to fill its vacant evening shift. Sessions joins KBFF from middays at West Virginia Radio CHR 101.9 WVAQ Morgantown WV. She started her career in Tampa working on the RatBoy & StayPuff and later weekends at CHR 93.3 WFLZ. Alpha Media Portland, OR announced that Lauren Sessions will be doing nights on Live 95.5 (KBFF) starting April 25, 2016. Lauren Sessions started her radio career on the RatBoy & StayPuff show at WFLZ in Tampa Bay. She later graduated to individual on-air shifts for the station from 2012-2015. Prior to joining Alpha Media she served as the Mid-Day talent for 102 WVAQ in Morgantown, WV since Feb of 2015. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “With L...[Read More]
A fairly significant on-air turnover has taken place at Alpha Media’s Portland, OR cluster. Incoming to mornings at Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL is former “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia morning host Chunky. With much of his previous experience in CHR, Chunky or “Big Boy” as he was formerly known also worked at “Kiss 95.1” WNKS Charlotte, “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit, “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York, and “Z90” XHTZ San Diego. He will join incumbents Jake Byron and McKinzie Roth on “The Morning Bull Ride” starting May 11. Missing from that show is Howie Drummond who was one of a few Alpha Media Portland staffers to be let go last week. Night host Matt Sparx also departs KUPL. At sister AAA 101...[Read More]
Larry Wilson is merging his two operating companies into one and acquiring another. Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting will merge to become Alpha Media, while purchasing Main Line Broadcasting’s 19 stations in four markets for $57 million. Both Alpha and L&L were founded by Larry Wilson sharing the same management teams with L&L already operating Alpha’s stations. Following the completion of the two transactions the company will operate 68 radio stations in 12 markets. L&L’s deal to acquire Main Line was first reported in February by Tom Taylor Now. Alpha Broadcasting & L&L Broadcasting announced today that they have entered into an agreement to merge the companies and upon consummation of the merger, will become Alpha Media. The current...[Read More]
Alpha Broadcasting has launched new morning shows at two of its Portland, OR stations. Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL completes its revamp from January with the debut of the “Morning Bull Ride With Howie, Monica, and Jake“. Station vet Jake Byron is being joined by former “Alice 105.9” KALC Denver morning host Howie Drummond and Monica Lunsford, most recently of “I94” WRWM Indianapolis. CHR “Live 95.5” KBFF debuts “The Morning Mess“. Incumbent co-host Nikki West is being joined by Mike Edwards and Tanya Brown from “95SX” WSSX Charleston’s “Two Girls And A Guy“. The duo replace the now departed Cabana Boy.
Update 5/25: The Alpha shuffle is complete. News/Talk KXL is now exclusively on 101.1, Sports “The Game” is on 750, and 95.5 has debuted its new format as “Live 95.5” with the prerequisite 10,000 songs in row commercial free. Alpha is describing the station as Next Generation AC targetting women 27-38. Keola, currently APD/MD and afternoon host at sister Country 98.7 KUPL has been named Program Director of the new station. The webcast of the station is highlighting new KBFF calls, however no application has been made at the FCC for those as of yet. Listen to the debut of Live 95.5 at FormatChange.com. The first hour of music on the station consisted of: Pink – Raise Your Glass Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights Neon Trees – Animal Lifehouse – Yo...[Read More]
Will Portland see an All-Sports FM? Rose City Radio could soon be shifting Rhythmic CHR “Jammin 95.5” KXJM in that direction. Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, who owns Rose City Radio also owns the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, which would give instant content for the new station in tandem with sister News/Talk 750 KXL. The domain 955TheGame.com, was registered on Tuesday by KXL Sports Director Jay Allen. We’re not sure if there is any relation between Jay and Paul Allen. Also curious is the timing of this registration following the incident on Friday, March 14, where a disgruntled KXJM listener drove his car in to the lobby of the station’s offices.