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People Moves 3/2: Sean Farnham Quickly Departs Afternoons At 710 ESPN Los Angeles

After joining the afternoon show at “710 ESPN” KSPN Los Angeles at the beginning of the year, Sean Farnham has quietly exited the station. Farnham was set to be paired with Marcellus Wiley and Eric Davis, but Davis was quickly let go following sexual harassment allegations while working at NFL Network. No official announcement has been made over Farnham’s exit, but the station has renamed the afternoon show as “Afternoons with Marcellus & Travis” as Travis Rodgers has been filling in on the afternoon show. Farnham will continue to serve as a college basketball analyst for ESPN but has not commented on his exit outside of this vague tweet: Today… pic.twitter.com/u8Hpqe707L — Sean Farnham (@SeanFarnham) February 23, 2018 While Farnham exited KSP...[Read More]

People Moves 2/14: Jim Roberts Exits Mid-West Family South Bend For Futuri

Jim Roberts is exiting his position as General Manager of Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s South Bend IN cluster after 22 years with the company and 7 as GM. Roberts will be joining Futuri Media as a National Account Manager. Mid-West Family Broadcasting South Bend General Manager Jim Roberts has accepted the position of National Account Manager at Futuri Media. Jim has been with the South Bend stations, including WNSN-FM, WZOC-FM, WQLQ-FM and WSBT-AM and FM translator on 96.1, since 1996. Jim has held positions in programming and sales during that time and has been General Manager since 2011. “I think Futuri is the most exciting company in the digital audio space. Daniel Anstandig and Sophie Fry are very impressive leaders with an infectious energy and passion.”. Jim also added, “our ...[Read More]

Gray Television Divests Schurz Clusters To Three Buyers

Gray Television has no intent on becoming radio operators. In its $442.5 million deal to acquire Schurz Communications, the company inherited radio clusters in Lafayette and South Bend IN and Rapid City SD. They have simultaneously filed to transfer each market to a different buyer. The Lafayette stations Rock 93.5 WKHY, Classic Hits 98.7 WASK-FM, CHR “B102.9” WXXB, Country “K105” 105.3 WKOA, and Sports “ESPN 1450” WASK will go to Neuhoff Communications for $8 million. The purchase is the first move of Neuhoff outside the state of Illinois where the company owns clusters in Danville, Decatur, and Springfield and agreed to purchase Connoisseur’s three Bloomington stations a few weeks ago. Neuhoff CEO Beth Neuhoff serves on the Gray Television Board ...[Read More]

ESPN On The Move In South Bend

Update 3/27: Federated has confirmed that WAOR will become “ESPN 95.7 South Bend” on Tuesday, April 1. WAOR will take the entire ESPN Radio daytime lineup including Mike & Mike, Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Rusillo, and Dan LeBatard. Original Report 3/25: Schurz Communications News/Talk 960 WSBT/96.1 W241AD South Bend has unveiled a new programming schedule following the loss of the local ESPN Radio affiliation. The new lineup replaces the bulk of the station’s daytime Sports programming with additional political talk. The new WSBT lineup, which went into affect today includes: 5-6am: WSBT-TV News 6-9am: Jon ‘JT’ Thompson 9am-12pm: Mike Gallagher 12-2pm: Dennis Miller 2-5pm: Dave Ramsey 5-7pm: Weekday Sportsbeat 7-9pm: Mark Levin 9pm-1am: Joh...[Read More]

Translator Report 11/22

Clear Channel continues to be active moving translators into major markets. First in the nation’s capital where they are moving 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD down I-270 towards Washington. The translator has applied to move to Clarksburg, MD where it will operate with 60 watts. The move will place it approximately 30 miles northwest of Washington in what appears to be the first step towards the Capital. In Cleveland, CC has amended its application to move 99.7 W259BI Lorain, OH to 99.1 Cleveland. As Ohio Media Watch stated, there doesn’t appear to be any difference with the previously rescinded. 640 WGST Atlanta has signed on its translator. 92.3 W223AF covers the north and east sides of Atlanta proper with 99 watts. Way Media’s 105.1 W286BK Birmingham, which is leased to Cle...[Read More]