Midwest Family Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “93.1 Jamz” WJQM De Forest/Madison WI has imported Shady back from nights at sister CHR “Live 99.9” WQLQ Benton Harbor MI/South Bend IN as co-host of the newly renamed “Krista & The Morning Rush”. Shady fills the opening created by Marco’s departure last fall to move to mornings at West Virginia Radio Corp’s 97.5 WKMZ Hagerstown MD. He joins host Krista Hatcher and producer Aaron White on WJQM’s morning show. Prior to joining WQLQ for its launch in 2016, Shady served as overnight host and producer of Holmes & The Freak Show in nights at WJQM.
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]
Two format changes took place this week in the South Bend market. Midwest Family Broadcasting launched CHR “Live 99.9” WQLQ Benton Harbor MI following a weekend of stunting with television theme songs. Across town Artistic Media Partners broke off the simulcast of Classic Hits “The Stream” to debut Classic Rock “Rock 97.7” WYXX Goshen. WQLQ’s launch was the closest to having a fully fledged station ready at birth we’ve had in years. Unlike most launches that go for the jockless 10,000 song commercial-free debut, “Live 99.9” had a clear plan of attack against Artistic’s “U93” 92.9 WNDV. Unlike most format changes that are kept secret until the second it goes live, WQLQ announced its intention a week ahead of time ...[Read More]
WHFB-FM made its flip to CHR “Live 99.9” WQLQ as expected today. The station is launching with a younger skewing than Artistic Media Partners’ “U93” 92.9 WNDV-FM with many attacks at the market leading station in the stunting and launch package. WQLQ is promoting 25 songs in a row and being heavy on new music. Listen to the launch at FormatChange.com. The first hour of Live 99.9 consisted of: Calvin Harris ft. Rhianna – This Is What You Came For The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Star Boy DJ Snake – Let Me Luv You Flo Rida – My House Sia / Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills Tory Lanez – Luv Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – Fancy stopset Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better Zayn – Pillowtalk Drake / Rhianna – Too Good Mike Posn...[Read More]
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]
Two of Schurz Communications stations in South Bend, IN are sporting new names and slightly revamped formats. Country “Real Country 99.9” WHFB-FM Benton Harbor, MI has tweaked to a current based presentation as “New Country 99.9” focusing on 18-34. The station retains the syndicated Bob & Tom Show in mornings. Rock leaning Classic Hits “Oldies 94.3” WZOC has been renamed as “Z94.3“. Schurz describes the station as “Whether you call it Oldies, Classic Hits or Classic Rock, it’s all the music you grew up with from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s”. In addition to WHFB-FM and WZOC, Schurz Communications owns Talk/Sports 960 WSBT/96.1 W241AD, AC “Sunny 101.5” WNSN, and CBS 22 WSBT-TV in the South Bend market.