The Supreme Court has upheld the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in November 2017 over its 2010 application seeking to relocate 99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ to 99.3 by declining to hear the case. Law 360 reports that the “rejection of the case was handed down Monday without further explanation, as is customary”. Press Communications sought to move 99.7 WBHX to 99.3, while forcing Equity Communications Rhythmic CHR “99.3 The Buzz” WZBZ Pleasantville to 99.7 via Show Cause Order. The hitch in the process was that Press’ application was predicated on the license of Atlantic City High School’s 88.9 WAJM Atlantic City being considered expired. WAJM would later enter into a consent decree with the FCC over multiple violations including the late renew...[Read More]
Press Communications Classic Rock “107.1 The Boss” WWZY Long Branch/99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ debuted its on-air lineup this morning. Mornings will be hosted by Rob Acampora and Wendy McClure with “The Morning Kickstart”. Acampora moves over from nights at sister Country “Thunder 106” 106.3 WKMK Eatontown/106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township and has also worked at Alternative “FM 106.3” WHTG-FM and CHRs 93.7 WSTW Wilmington DE, “B104” WAEB-FM Allentown PA, and “B98.5” WBBO Ocean Acres NJ in his career. McClure previously co-hosted mornings at WBBO from 2002-2004 and has also worked at “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia, WPST Trenton, Total Traffic Network, and Wall Street Journal Radio Network. Michelle Amabile joins The Boss...[Read More]
Jeff Rafter has exited his role as OM/PD/Afternoon host at Beasley AC “Magic 98.3” WMGQ New Brunswick NJ to join Press Communications as Vice President of Programming. Rafter will directly oversee Hot AC “Fun 107.1” WWZY Long Branch, Oldies 1410 WHTG Eatontown, and Soft AC “99.7 The Island” WBHX Tuckerton NJ. He had been with WMGQ since 2007 and had been with Greater Media since 2002 as OM/PD of Classic Hits 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin. Rafter also spent a decade as OM/PD of AC 92.7 WOBM-FM Toms River. Press also owns CHR “B98.5” WBBO Ocean Acres and Country simulcast “Thunder 106” 106.3 WKMK Eatontown/106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township NJ.
After the run of commercial-free Christmas music, Press has flipped 99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ to Classic Hits utilizing the same “99.7 The Island” moniker it began using in November. Focusing on hits of the 60s and 70s, the new format places WBHX in direct competition with Greater Media’s 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin. Ted Efaw, who had been working for Press as a newscaster and reporter, adds Program Director duties for The Island. Original Report 11/2: Press Communications has broken the simulcast of Hot AC “Fun 107.1” WWZY Long Branch/99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ. WBHX has flipped to “99.7 The Island” promoting “Commercial-Free Christmas Music All Season Long”. WBHX serves the southern Ocean County half of the Monmouth/Ocean market.
If there’s one thing we know to expect every November most of the same stations that flipped to Christmas music last year and the year before that and the year before that will do so again this year. That is the primary reason we are no longer producing the list of all stations playing Christmas music. It is very predictable what station will play Christmas music in each market and that they will then return to their regular playlist as soon as the calendar changes to December 26. But there are still the stations that use the holiday music to clear out their previous audience and build attention for a format change after the holidays. Those are the stations we will be tracking. Completed Changes 12/28: American General Media Rhythmic CHR “Power 106.7” KAGM let go of its a...[Read More]
Press Communications Hot AC “107.1 FM” WWZY Long Branch/99.7 WBHX Tuckerton, NJ once again has a name. The stations have rebranded today as “Fun 107.1” positioned as “More Music, More Fun”. The stations had dropped their previous “Breeze” moniker in April 2013 along with a shift of the then-AC to a more current/recurrent presentation.
Update 4/19: WWZY/WBHX will rebrand as simply “107.1 FM“. The new positioning is “A Music Radio Station“. The “Pork Roll & Eggs” morning show hosted by Nina Siciliano and Tom Devoy will move on Monday from sister CHR “B98.5” WBBO to WWZY/WBHX. They will be replaced at WBBO by current Middayer/Music Director Kelso and night host Sara Cucci. While the format at “107.1 FM” remains AC, the station has streamlined its music library and is focusing on more currents/recurrents than it had as “The Breeze“. Original Report 4/17: A change is in the air at Press Communications AC “The Breeze” 107.1 WWZY Long Branch and 99.7 WBHX Tuckerton, NJ. The moves began on April 5 with staff cuts that saw the departure of D...[Read More]