Urban One has announced that St. Louis Operations Manager Jowcol ‘Boogie D’ Dolby will add those duties for its Detroit cluster as well. Dolby fills the role held by Nate Bell prior to his exit in September. He will now oversee the day-to-day programming of Urban Oldies “Soul 99.9” W260CB/WDMK-HD2, Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR, Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK, and Urban “Hot 107.5” WGPR in Detroit in addition to Urban AC “95.5 The Lou” WFUN and Urban “Hot 104.1” WHHL St. Louis. To assist Dolby when out of town, the company has promoted WDMK midday host Fawn ‘Fantasee Blu’ Connelly and WGPR middayer Arthur ‘A+’ Willis to Assistant Program Director roles for their respective stations.
As Radio One continues to move away from its gold based formats, Urban Oldies “Old School 95.5” WFUN-FM Bethalto IL/St. Louis has rebranded as “95.5: R&B & Old School For The Lou“. The change brings more Urban AC tracks back into the playlist following a similar move made at 100.3 WRNB Philadelphia in early October. The WFUN-FM change also follows iHeartMedia’s flip of “100.3 The Beat” KMJM-FM from Classic Hip-Hop to Urban at the end of September. WFUN-FM continues to feature the syndicated Tom Joyner in mornings.
Update 11/7: After Clear Channel shifted its Urban properties earlier in the day to counter Radio-One’s plans, “Foxy 95.5” WFUN-FM made the shift from Urban AC to Urban Oldies “Old School 95.5” this evening. After signing off Foxy with Boys II Men’s “It So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”, Old School launched at 7:00pm with the following hour of music: Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now O’Jays – For The Love Of Money One Way – Cutie Pie Teddy Pendergrass – Love T.K.O Heatwave – The Groove Line Luther Vandross – Don’t You Know That O’Jays – For The Love Of Money (For The Second Time In The Hour) Earth Wind & Fire ...[Read More]