Urban One Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR Mount Clemens/Detroit is officially no more as the format has completed its move to a network of four translators. The “Detroit Praise Network” consists of three translators acquired by Urban One in the sale of WPZR to Educational Media Foundation: 93.5 W228CJ Detroit, 93.5 W228CU Riverview, 98.3 W252BX Detroit and the previously owned 99.9 W260CB Detroit. The four signals combine to cover most of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs. Programming will originate from 105.9 WDMK-HD2. One programming change accompanies the move as Mildred Gaddis’ talk show moves from 10am-12pm on WPZR to Sunday mornings on sister Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK. Gaddis will also take on the additional role of Community Director for Ur...[Read More]
Urban One has announced that St. Louis Operations Manager Jowcol ‘Boogie D’ Dolby will add those duties for its Detroit cluster as well. Dolby fills the role held by Nate Bell prior to his exit in September. He will now oversee the day-to-day programming of Urban Oldies “Soul 99.9” W260CB/WDMK-HD2, Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR, Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK, and Urban “Hot 107.5” WGPR in Detroit in addition to Urban AC “95.5 The Lou” WFUN and Urban “Hot 104.1” WHHL St. Louis. To assist Dolby when out of town, the company has promoted WDMK midday host Fawn ‘Fantasee Blu’ Connelly and WGPR middayer Arthur ‘A+’ Willis to Assistant Program Director roles for their respective stations.
Radio-One has announced the sale of Urban Talk/Smooth Jazz 1200 WCHB Taylor/Detroit MI to Crawford Broadcasting for an undisclosed price. WCHB will become Crawford’s fourth station in the Detroit market joining Christian Preaching “560 The Word” WRDT Monroe, Gospel 1340 WEXL Royal Oak/96.7 W244D Detroit, and Christian AC “103.5 The Light” WMUZ Detroit. Mildred Gaddis, who currently is heard live from 10am-1pm and replayed from 4-7pm on WCHB, will move to Radio-One Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR for middays. She will also provide news cut-ins on on Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK Detroit. The syndicated Tom Joyner will continue to be heard on current WCHB simulcaster 99.9 W260CB Hamtramck/105.9 WDMK-HD2 Detroit. Radio One has agreed to sell 15...[Read More]
On top of today’s news of the FCC mandated shutdown of 104.7 W284BQ Detroit, a pair of other major translator moves have taken place. On Friday we reported on 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY’s attempt to move towards New York City. That is all moot. Following an informal opposition from Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton, NJ, Apple Community Broadcasting has withdrawn the application. Radio-One has completed its upgrade and move of 89.1 W206BI Hamtramck, MI to 99.9 in Detroit. The translator, which they acquired in December 2010 from Best Media for $120,000, has upgraded from 10 watts to 250. The translator is now simulcasting Talk 1200 WCHB.