ESPN Lehigh Valley To Flip To Fox Sports

Connoisseur Media Sports “ESPN 1230/1320” 1230 WEEX Easton/1320 WTKZ Allentown PA will change network affiliations to Fox Sports Radio as of September 1. The station will retain the local “Happy Hour” hosted by Program Director Tom Fallon and Matt Markus as well as Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs baseball, New York Giants football, and Lehigh University sports. The former third part of the WEEX/WTKZ simulcast, 1160 WBYN Lehighton has been off the air since April due to the theft of its copper radials and ground system. ESPN network programming can be heard in parts of the Lehigh Valley market on Beasley Media’s 610 WTEL Philadelphia and ESPN’s 98.7 WEPN-FM New York.

Kevin Crockett Joins WLEV Allentown Morning Show

Cumulus AC 100.7 WLEV Allentown PA has appointed Kevin Crockett as its new morning co-host alongside Selena Robinson. Crockett replaces Scott Evans, who had hosted mornings at the station since 2011. Robinson joined the station in October 2016 when Josh Gears moved to afternoons. Crockett spent the past eight years as Executive Producer of the morning show at CBS Radio Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia. He has also worked at Country 92.5 WXTU and Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia in his career. Cumulus Media announces that popular Philadelphia on-air personality, Kevin Crockett, has been named Co-Host of 100.7 WLEV’s new morning radio show, “Selena and Crockett”. The new show will air weekdays from 5-10am, and debuts in mid-August.  Crockett joins 100.7 WLEV and ...[Read More]

Kyle Due Named KJ 97 San Antonio Program Director

iHeartMedia Country “KJ 97” 97.3 KAJA San Antonio and Classic Country “92.5/93.3 The Bull” KRPT Devine/K227BH San Antonio TX has appointed Kyle Due as Program Director. Due comes to San Antonio from Allentown PA where he programmed Rock 95.1 WZZO and CHR “B104” 104.1 WAEB-FM. He also hosted afternoons at WAEB-FM as ‘Kyle Anthony’. Due has also worked for iHeartMedia in Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greensboro, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Winchester VA using the on-air name ‘JoJo’. He fills the San Antonio opening created by Travis Moon’s exit in May as Director of Country programming for Austin and San Antonio. HeartMedia San Antonio announced today that Kyle Due has been named Program Director for KJ97, San Antonio’s No. 1 Count...[Read More]

Spanish Wars Erupt In Eastern Pennsylvania

A battle that started in Philadelphia a couple of years ago is blowing up into a multiple market war between competing Spanish CHR formats and a baffling FCC filing. Victor ‘VJ Mar’ Martinez, who took over operations of “La Ola” 1400 WEST/99.5 W258BM Easton/1600 WHOL Allentown and relaunched it as “Mega 99.5” at the end of 2016, has expanded his station to the neighboring Reading market via American FM Associates’ 92.9 W225CF Reading and Cumulus’ 100.7 WLEV-HD2 Allentown. “Mega 92.9/99.5” gives Reading its second Spanish CHR to go along with iHeartMedia’s “Rumba 1340/92.3” WRAW Reading/92.3 W222BY Laureldale. It will soon gain a third. Quilvio Perdomo’s Radio Sharon Foundation has launched “Latina 92....[Read More]

WHOL/WEST Relaunches As Mega 99.5

Lehigh Valley Broadcasting Association Spanish Tropical “La Ola Radio” 1400 WEST/99.5 W258BM Easton/1600 WHOL Allentown PA relaunched on New Years Day as “Mega 99.5“. The change comes as Hispanic Radio Broadcasting LLC led by Victor ‘VJ Mar’ Martinez takes over operations of the station. Martinez, who most recently served as Program Director of “El Zol 1340” WHAT Philadelphia, will serve as morning host as well.

Jerry Padden Named WLEV PD; Sets New Lineup

Cumulus AC 100.7 WLEV Allentown PA has named Jerry Padden as its new Program Director. Padden already serves as cluster OM and PD/afternoon host of sister “Cat Country 96” WCTO Easton and fills the position previously filled by Laura St. James prior to her exit last week. Padden has been with WCTO since 2004, rising to PD in 2011. He previously spent 22 years at Entercom CHR 98.5 WKRZ Scranton including a run as Program Director. Along with Padden’s appointment, WLEV is restructuring its on-air lineup. Josh Guers moves from mornings to fill St. James previous afternoon shift. Co-host Scott Evans will remain in mornings while a search for a new co-host begins. Kelly K remains in middays. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed broadcasting professional and Cumulus Me...[Read More]

ESPN Deportes Enters Lehigh Valley

iHeartMedia has flipped Sports “Fox Sports 1470” WSAN Allentown PA to Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes 1470“. While the station will retain english language broadcasts of the Philadelphia Phillies all other programming will come from the Miami based network. The flip also provides the extra incentive for ESPN Deportes being able to count WSAN as a Philadelphia market clearance as Allentown is embedded in the Philadelphia television market which was one of two top 10 markets along with Washington DC where the network did not have an affiliate/ iHeartMedia announced today the debut of 1470 ESPN Deportes, an affiliate of ESPN Deportes, the national Spanish-language radio network, on May 26. 1470 ESPN Deportes’ programming will include the latest in national and loca...[Read More]

Spin Radio Expands To Lehigh Valley

Connoisseur Media Alternative “Spin Radio 107.1” WWYY Belvidere NJ/Stroudsburg PA is now simulcasting on 94.7 W234AX Allentown/99.9 WODE-HD2 Easton PA to better reach the Lehigh Valley market. W234AX had been rebroadcasting sister Classic Rock “99.9 The Hawk” WODE Easton. The 10w/205m signal covers Allentown and Bethlehem. The 107.1 signal registered a 1.4 share in the Fall 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings.

ESPN Lehigh Valley Expands To Third Signal

Connoisseur Media Sports “ESPN Lehigh Valley” 1230 WEEX Easton/1320 WTKZ Allentown PA added a third signal on New Years Day as 1160 WBYN Lehighton begins airing the programming. WBYN had been airing a Christian Preaching format as “The Light” since 2005. The previous format began to assume the format of 107.5 WBYN-FM Boyertown/Reading following that station’s LMA to Nassau Broadcasting in 2005. After the LMA ended in March 2009, the Christian format returned to that frequency making 1160 redundant. 1160 WBYN covers the northwestern side of the Lehigh Valley market

FCC Applications 3/8

Station Moves With its CP set to expire next month and unable to receive zoning approval for its new tower height of 87.4 meters, Glory Communications Gospel 95.3 WFMV South Congaree/Columbia, SC has applied to modify the height to a lower 79.4 meters while remaining at the maximum 6kW allowed for Class A’s (Coverage Map). Connoisseur Media seeks new facilities for its two Stroudsburg, PA area FMs. Alternative “Spin 107.1” WWYY Belvidere, NJ will remain on its current tower but increase height to 266 meters while lowering power to 840 watts (Coverage Map). Sister Hot AC 93.5 WSBG will join it on that new antenna with 430 watts at 266 meters (Coverage Map). Down the road in Allentown, Matthew Braccali’s Spanish Tropical “La Ola 1600” WHOL applies to incre...[Read More]

FCC Applications 2/1: Big Upgrades In San Francisco & Cleveland

Educational Media Foundation is preparing signal upgrades for properties in the San Francisco Bay Area and Cleveland. EMF’s 107.3 KLVS Livermore, CA seeks to relocate about 15 miles west of its current location to a new tower site in the Diablo Mountains east of Oakland. KLVS would operate with 4.1kW at 481 meters increasing its coverage into San Francisco and San Jose (Coverage Map) at the expense of its coverage in Stockton and Modesto. In Cleveland, an application filed by iHeartMedia will see EMF’s 106.1 W291BV Solon, OH move to the current auxiliary antenna of CBS’ 102.1 WDOK where it will operate with 200 watts at 264 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeart’s 96.5 WAKS Akron. The new location will give W291BV coverage of all of Cleveland and its nearb...[Read More]

FCC Applications 1/4: Big Austin Upgrade

Station Moves Emmis Alternative “101X” 101.5 KROX-FM Buda/Austin, TX has applied to make a significant upgrade to its signal. KROX-FM seeks to increase from a Class C2 with 12.5kW at 258.1 meters to a C1 with 86kW at 320 meters from the tower of sister 103.5 KBPA San Marcos (Coverage Map). From the new location KROX-FM’s 60dbu signal will reach into parts of San Antonio. While still awaiting its license after its CP was set to expire in September, Hispanic Target Media now seeks to increase 102.9 KHMQ King City, CA to 6kW at 17 meters (Coverage Map). The group had filed for two STA’s to remain silence that were dismissed by the FCC following Informal Objections from King City Communications stating that the station did not in fact build its facility before the CP ex...[Read More]

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