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AJ Malone To Program 98 Rock Tampa

iHeartMedia Rock “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Clearwater/Tampa FL has promoted AJ Malone to Program Director. Malone joined WXTB as Assistant Program Director and midday host in August 2017 from iHeartMedia’s Indianapolis cluster where she served as cluster Production Director and midday host at Alternative “Alt 103.3” WOLT. She also spent a decade at Rock “X101.5” WXSR Tallahassee. Malone takes the PD reins from Rick Everett, who will continue to focus on his duties as North Florida Regional VP/Programming and Program Director of 101.1 WJRR Orlando. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today that AJ Malone has been named Program Director for 98ROCK, Tampa Bay’s Rock Station, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay has a strong cross-platform presence and i...[Read More]

Ty Bailey Exits 98 Rock Tampa; Rick Everett Adds Programming Duties

iHeartMedia Rock “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Tampa has parted ways with Program Director/Midday Host Ty Bailey. Bailey had been with iHeartMedia since 2008 and previously worked at “Channel 104.3” WCHH Baltimore and “DC 101” WWDC-FM Washington DC before joining WXTB as PD and Morning Host in August 2012. She was also one of the most prolific voice trackers for the company’s Alternative, Classic Rock, and Rock stations including middays at “Radio 105.7” WRDA Atlanta. Rick Everett, who currently serves as North Florida Regional VP/Programming and Program Director of 101.1 WJRR Orlando will add the programming duties for WXTB. Creative Director Josh Jensen is currently holding the midday slot previously filled by Bailey.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Move To WXTB

As part of a multi-year renewal with iHeartMedia, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving their game broadcasts to Rock “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Clearwater. WXTB will succeed Country “US 103.5” WFUS and Sports 620 WDAE as the home for the franchise’s gameday broadcasts. WDAE will continue to be the home for ancillary programming including weekly coach and player shows. WFUS had been the Buccaneers flagship station since Clear Channel took over the franchise’s radio rights in 2004. Prior to that the team had been heard on then CBS Radio Country 99.5 WQYK. Gene Deckerhoff, Dave Moore, and TJ Rives will remain in place as the broadcast team for the Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today a multi-year agreement with iHeartMedia Tampa Bay as t...[Read More]