96.5 Philadelphia

The Potential Aftershocks Of Today’s Philadelphia Deals

Last week I heard rumblings of a major deal coming in Philadelphia but couldn’t narrow specifics of who was involved. In nearly every logical scenario I ran through in no way would the three-way deal between Beasley Media, Entercom, and Jerry Lee Broadcasting announced today have even entered the thinking. Up until the dueling press releases were sent this morning I would have labeled it as the type of fantasy deal making you would find on a message board and maybe not there. But it makes sense on multiple levels. Entercom gets the crown jewel of its home market, while Beasley gets back a station it owned for over thirty years and was one of its major market acquisitions as both companies increase their revenue concentration as the last big FM standalone in any major market finally c...[Read More]

Today’s 96.5 Philadelphia Flips To Hot AC 96.5 TDY

After 15 months of trying to compete head-on with market powerhouse “101.1 More-FM” WBEB, Entercom has retrenched AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY-FM Philadelphia and flipped it to Hot AC “96.5 TDY“. Positioning now as “Today’s Hits” as the station removed all of its 1980s ad 90s tracks, WTDY-FM is heavily pushing its “Fewer Commercial Promise” with shorter stopsets. The airstaff remains in place with Program Director Bobby Smith hosting mornings from 6-9am, APD Bennett from 9am-2pm, and Bex in afternoons from 2-7pm. WTDY-FM held a 2.7 share in the January 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings, well behind WBEB’s 8.3. The market has not had a direct Hot AC between the two AC stations and CHR “Q102” WIOQ since iHeartMedia ...[Read More]

CBS Radio Philadelphia Promotes Three To Assistant Program Director Roles

Following the recent cutbacks at CBS Radio Philadelphia, the company has promoted three staffers to the position of Assistant Program Director at their respective stations. Mark ‘Razz’ Radziewicz adds those duties at Country 92.5 WXTU to his afternoon airshift. Midday host Michael Bennett claims the APD stripes at AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY. Night host Nicky G. moves to afternoons and adds those duties at Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL. CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s VP of Music Programming, Shelly Easton, today announced the promotion of Mark Radziewicz “Razz” of 92.5 XTU – WXTU, Nicky G. of 98.1 – WOGL and Michael Bennett of Today’s 96.5 – WTDY to Assistant Program Director. All three will continue as the Music Director of their respective stations. “Razz, B...[Read More]

CBS Philadelphia Promotes Shelly Easton To VP/Music Programming; Bobby Smith Adds WOGL PD Duties

Following the exit of Anne Gress from her position as Program Director at Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia earlier this week, CBS Radio has announced a pair of promotions in the market. Shelly Easton, Program Director of Country 92.5 WXTU, will add on the title of Vice President of Music Programming overseeing all three music stations the company owns in the market. Concurrently Bobby Smith, PD of AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY-FM will add those duties at WOGL. CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager David Yadgaroff today announced the promotion of Shelly Easton to VP of Music Programming for 92.5 XTU (WXTU-FM), Today’s 96.5 (WTDY-FM) and 98.1 WOGL-FM, and the promotion of Bobby Smith to Program Director of 98.1 WOGL. Easton will remain the Program Di...[Read More]

WZMP Philadelphia Flips To AC “Today’s 96.5”

CBS Radio CHR “96.5 Amp Radio” WZMP Philadelphia flipped to Hot AC “Today’s 96.5” at 10am today. Bobby Smith remains in place as Program Director for the younger skewing AC positioning WZMP between market leading “101.1 More-FM” WBEB and iHeartMedia’s combination of CHR “Q102” WIOQ and Hot AC “Mix 106.1” WISX. The change follows the exits of morning host Jason Cage and afternoon host Mike Adam at the end of 2016. WZMP is now positioning as “Better Variety, Fewer Commercials”. Then Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” relaunched as “Amp Radio 96.5” in April 2015 following CBS’ acquisition of the station from Beasley. WZMP has settled in around a 3.0 share 6+, but has failed to dethrone iHe...[Read More]

Jason Cage Joins 96.5 Amp Radio Philadelphia For Mornings

CBS is transferring Jason Cage from nights at CHR “B96” WBBM-FM Chicago to mornings at sister “96.5 Amp Radio” WZMP Philadelphia. Cage will join incumbent morning host Bex starting Monday, March 7th for what will be branded as “Cage & Bex In The Morning”. She was one of the holdovers when that station relaunched from its previous identity as “Wired 96.5” last April. WZMP-FM 96.5 AMP Radio has hired Jason Cage to team with current morning personality Bex to co-host “Cage & Bex in the Morning” as the station’s weekday morning drive show effective Monday, March 7. Cage imports from CBS RADIO’s B96 WBBM-FM/Chicago. His B96 replacement will named later. “I’m thrilled for Jason to host ‘live-and-l...[Read More]

96.5 Amp Radio Philadelphia Sets Airstaff

After running jockless since its launch in April, CBS CHR “96.5 Amp Radio” WZMP Philadelphia will debut an airstaff after Labor Day weekend. Joining WZMP for middays is Jilly. She has formerly worked nights at CBS’ “Hot 95.7” KKHH Houston and iHeart’s “103.5 Kiss-FM” WKSC Chicago. Mike Adam will return to Philadelphia from weekends/swing at sister “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York. Adam previously did afternoons at iHeart’s “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia. Bennett, who was in middays at 96.5 prior to the relaunch will take the night slot at Amp. While mornings have yet to be filled, Bex will be part of the eventual team put into place. She was the other on-air talent retained after the relaunch.

96.5 Amp Radio Debuts In Philadelphia

As expected CBS relaunched 96.5 WRDW-FM Philadelphia as “96.5 Amp Radio” at 5:00 this afternoon. Bobby Smith has been named Program Director. Smith most recently programmed Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX and CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WJHM in Orlando. He is also a South Jersey native who began his career in the 90’s at Modern AC “Max 95.7” WXXM. Just like last year’s launch of the format in New York, 96.5 Amp is debuting with Commercial Free Weekend. CBS Radio’s 96.5 FM in Philadelphia will present area listeners with a new destination to discover the best new pop, pop-rhythmic and dance music. Premiering today at 5:00pm, Philadelphia’s New 96.5 AMP RADIO blends the best of today’s most popular songs and reflects the growing future of music c...[Read More]

CBS Beasley Deal Closes

Update 12/1: The swap between CBS and Beasley has closed with all the stations now under the management of their new ownership. No format changes have taken place at any of the stations. The companies have wasted no time in moving their new acquisitions to their corporate web platforms. All of the new CBS stations have moved over, while Beasley has moved their new Sports stations in Charlotte and Tampa over already. In a press statement, Dan Mason President/CEO of CBS Radio stated, “This transaction reinforces our strategy to concentrate on large market properties. We already have television duopolies in both Philadelphia and Miami, so these new stations will be a terrific complement to our existing local broadcasting portfolio, and a welcome addition to the overall CBS family.” Following ...[Read More]

CBS And Beasley Swap Philadelphia/Miami For Charlotte/Tampa

CBS Radio and Beasley Broadcasting have agreed to exchange 19 stations in four markets. CBS will acquire five stations from Beasley: Country 92.5 WXTU and Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia along with Sports 560 WQAM, Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” WPOW-FM, and Country “99.9 Kiss Country” WKIS in Miami. Heading to Beasley are fourteen stations including CBS’ entire Charlotte and Tampa clusters: CHR “Kiss 95.1” WNKS, Urban “Power 98” 97.9 WPEG, Urban AC “V101.9” WBAV, Country “The New 103.7” WSOC, AC “K104.7” WKQC, Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ, and Sports “CBS Sports Radio 1660” WBCN Charlotte, Spanish CHR “Maxima 92.5” WYUU, Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94...[Read More]