Entercom Hot AC “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City has announced that Brian ‘Ponch’ Hudgens and Nikki Vivas will take over their morning show on Tuesday, September 4. Ponch is best known for his 17 year run in mornings at CHR “Mix 93.3” KMXV, the final nine where he also served as Program Director, until his exit in August 2016. Nikki Vivas joins the station from middays at Cumulus CHR “95.7 The Vibe” KCHZ. Vivas has also served as a traffic reporter for KMBC-TV Kansas City and Promotions & Marketing Director for KMXV. The pair will replace Brady Goodman and Taylor McKay in mornings at KZPT. Goodman has slid to afternoons replacing Aaron Carreno, who has moved to the same daypart at sister “99.1 The Mix” WMYX Milwaukee. McKay ...[Read More]
Entercom is promoting from within to fill programming vacancies in three markets. With the closing of its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media, Tony Lorino is heading from “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City to take over the PD reigns at newly acquired “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta. Lincoln Financial Media VP/Programming John Dimick had been programming WSTR since the exit of Scott Lindy in March. With the demise of Lincoln Financial Media, Dimick is retiring from radio to purchase an auto repair business in Atlanta. Replacing Lorino in Kansas City is Leigh McNabb. She joins KZPT from Milwaukee where she has been APD/Midday host at CHR “103.7 Kiss-FM” WXSS. The Des Moines native also worked in Champaign and Rockford prior to joining WXSS sister 99.1 WMYX Milwau...[Read More]
Update 3/24: Entercom has appplied for the KMBZ-FM call letters for 98.1. The switch to News/Talk on 98.1 will take place Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00pm. Original Report 3/23: Entercom has flipped “Gen X Radio” 99.7 KGEX Kansas City to Bright AC “99.7 The Point” positioned as “Today’s Best Music”. Entercom will also be flipping AC “Soft Rock 98.1” KUDL to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 980 KMBZ. NewsRadio98.com and NewsRadio981.com were recently registered using Entercom’s usual domain registrar. KUDL is directing its listeners to 99.7 and will simulcast on both frequencies on Monday, March 28 through Wednesday, March 30 before 98.1 debuts its new format. The move consolidates the AC audience that before Christmas had been split b...[Read More]
Two days following its first birthday, Entercom AAA KBLV Kansas City “99.7 The Boulevard” is no more. At 3:00pm local time the station began stunting with an hour of American Idol almuni in honor of tonight’s season premiere. An hour later the station flipped to Adult CHR as “99.7 Kiss-FM” KKSN. The station is programmed by John Cook and features syndicated voices in three dayparts. Kidd Kraddick in mornings, Ryan Seacrest in afternoons, and Kim Iverson at night.
At 1pm Central Time, 99.7 KYYS Kansas City dropped Classic Rock for what they’re calling “Quality Rock”, but is best described as Adult Rock as “99.7 The Boulevard“. “The new station aims to put a fresh spin on iconic classic rock, featuring favorite artists in a more adult, rock-oriented environment.” Core artists will include Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, The Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Police and Jackson Browne. “We created The Boulevard to fill a void that has existed far too long in this market,” VP Market Manager of Entercom Dave Alpert. “So many stations play the same music. This new product will bring to Kansas City listeners music they simply cannot get anywhere else.” Entercom Kansas City P...[Read More]
The Kansas City Star reports that Entercom Classic Rocker 99.7 KYYS has let go of its airstaff in preparation of a format flip. The Star also reports that an e-mail was sent to advertisers identifying the new format to be identified as “The Boulevard” with an Adult Alternative format. We can confirm that Entercom has registered 997theboulevard.com and a number of domains with spelling derivatives of that: 997blvd.com, 997boulevard.com, 997bolevard.com, 997bulevard.com, 997bvd.com, 997thebolevard.com, 997thebulevard.com, 997theblvd.com, 997thebvd.com as well as every variation of those with the 997 after the text. The “KY” Rock format dates back to 1974, when KY102 launched at 102.1 FM. In 1997, the format was dropped in favor of Modern AC “The Zone”, how...[Read More]