FCC Report 8/19: Dickey Brothers Enter Consent Decree

Dickey Broadcasting Company has agreed to an $8,000 consent decree with the FCC over the issues connected to the transfer of control between Lew Dickey Sr. and the trust he created to hold the licenses of “680 The Fan” WCNN North Atlanta, “1230 The Sports X” WFOM Marietta, and “1340 The Fan 2” WIFN Atlanta GA. Dickey Sr. created the trust in 2000 with sons Lew Dickey Jr. and David Dickey named as co-trustees, but the next day without his sons knowledge transferred 90% of his equity in the company to the trust. In 2010, Dickey Sr. then divided the trust equally between his six children but failed to notify them until a week prior to his death in 2013.

Bert Show Signs New Cumulus Media Deal; Moves Syndication To Westwood One

Cumulus Media has agreed to a new deal with Bert Weiss and the syndicated “Bert Show” to keep the program based at CHR “Q100” 99.7 WWWQ Atlanta and move the show’s syndication to Westwood One. The Bert Show has anchored mornings at WWWQ since its launch in 2001. The deal will transfer the syndication distribution of the show from Yea Networks to Westwood One including the show’s growing podcast network. Cumulus Media announces that it has entered into a new multi-year agreement with “The Bert Show” to produce and distribute the successful morning radio show to markets across the U.S. The deal will enable the show to continue its burgeoning growth through nationwide distribution via Westwood One, the largest audio network in America. “The Bert Show” is a ...[Read More]

Cox Enterprises To Explore Strategic Options For Television Stations

Cox Enterprises has announced that it is exploring its strategic options for its 14 television stations in regards to selling, merging with another operator, or partnering with another to manage. Cox currently owns or operates fourteen stations across ten markets. In five of those markets: Atlanta, Dayton, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tulsa it also operates a radio cluster whose management is completely intertwined with the television stations. In the press statement Cox says it will continue to operate their radio and newspaper properties with no immediate plans to change their portfolio, however in an internal memo Cox Enterprises CEO Alex Taylor stated, “Because the TV portfolio is the largest portion of Cox Media Group’s assets, this decision may impact other parts of Cox Media Grou...[Read More]

Q100 Atlanta Launches Q-U Social Video Site

Cumulus Media CHR “Q100” 99.7 WWWQ Atlanta is launching a second web-platform “Q-U” dedicated to video content based on listener submissions. The site intends to “bring together the Q100 listening community in a new way” while “tackling issues affecting young adults on a daily basis, including relationships, jobs, college loans, family and activism”. Cumulus Media announces that its Top 40 radio station Q100/WWWQ-FM 99.7 in Atlanta has debuted Q-U, its groundbreaking new online destination for contemporary hit music fans. Q-U’s website,, puts listeners first with video content that brings together the Q100 listening community in a new way, and includes original content from listeners who share their lives with others who hav...[Read More]

FCC Report 5/13: DC Area Translator Shut Down For Failing To Cure Caused Interference To LPFM

Dismissals Win Radio Broacasting's License To Cover filed for 99.3 W257BW New Tripoli PA to complete its move to 94.3 in Potomac MD rebroadcasting 950 WCTN Potomac-Cabin John MD was dismissed due to interference objections filed by Historic Takoma's 94.3 WOWD-LP Takoma Park. WOWD-LP, in its objections, found multiple violations in W257BW's application including: omitting WOWD-LP from its application as an impacted station, being built with an unauthorized antenna, and failing to respond to any of its interference complaints.

1690 WMLB Atlanta To Sign-Off

JW Broadcasting will pull the plug on “The Voice of the Arts” 1690 WMLB Avondale Estates/Atlanta GA by the end of the month. Owner Joe Weber told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The stations were never profitable. My timing was akin to a man who bought two state-of-the-art buggy whip manufacturing facilities in 1914… Once the iPod and the iPhone were out, people had so many other ways to get music and entertainment.” WMLB will sign-off as the lease on the station’s studios expires. Weber sold Conservative Talk 1160 WCFO East Point/Atlanta to Atlanta Catholic Radio in April for $750,000. He tells the newspaper that he intends to retain the WMLB license and tower which also is used by two other Atlanta market AMs. WMLB currently features a mix of independent music,...[Read More]

People Moves 4/25: Job Duty Shuffle For iHeartMedia Phoenix/Tucson

iHeartMedia is shuffling duties for three Phoenix and Tucson staffers. Reid Spivey moves from APD/Afternoon Host of Hot AC “Mix 96.9” KMXP and APD of CHR “104.7 Kiss-FM” KZZP Phoenix to APD/Afternoon Host at Country 102.5 KNIX Phoenix. Rameen Madani moves from Program Director of Hot AC “My 92.9” KMIY and APD of CHR “93.7 KRQ” KRQQ to take the APD roles and KMXP and KZZP. Meanwhile Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tucson David Adams will add day to day programming duties for KMIY. iHeartMedia’s Arizona Region announced today new programming roles for Reid Spivey, Rameen Madani and David Adams, effective May 3. iHeartMedia Arizona has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — b...[Read More]

Lyndsey Marie Returns To Rock 100.5 Atlanta

Former “97.9 The Loop” WLUP-FM Chicago midday host Lyndsey Marie is returning to Atlanta for the same duties at “Rock 100.5” WNNX College Park. Lyndsey hosted middays at WNNX until her 2014 move to Chicago, but continued to voicetrack the shift back to Atlanta. She also voicetracks for additional Cumulus Rock stations including “93X” KXXR Minneapolis, “96 Rock” WFTK Cincinnati, “95 KGGO” Des Moines, “I95” WIXV Savannah, and “96.9 The Eagle” KKGL Boise. Cumulus Media announces that radio personality Lyndsey Marie returns to Atlanta as On-Air Host, Middays, for Rock 100.5/WNNX-FM. Lyndsey, who moved from Atlanta to Chicago in 2014 to host Middays on former Cumulus Classic Rock station WLUP-FM, has hosted Rock...[Read More]

Power 92.3 Debuts In Atlanta (For Now At Least)

After iHeartMedia lost its LMA of Immanuel Broadcast Network’s 92.3 W222AF Marietta/Atlanta GA last week, the translator is now operating as Urban “Power 92.3 Jams” under the operation of Enoch Kirkwood and Larry Edwards’ Media One Broadcasting. The translator is now rebroadcasting Cox Media Group’s 97.1 WSRV-HD3 Gainesville, but operating via STA with 7.5w/256m from the tower utilized by 88.5 WRAS, 94.1 WSTR and multiple translators. The new “Power 92.3 Jams” takes on the programming that was recently heard on Cumulus Media’s 101.5 WKHX-HD2 as “Jams 101“. W222AF joins a crowded Hip-Hop landscape in Atlanta that already includes Urban One’s “Hot 107.9” WHTA, Entercom’s “V103” WVEE, iHeartMedia&#...[Read More]

People Moves 4/17: Tony Lorino Out As Star 94.1 Atlanta PD

Tony Lorino has exited his role as Program Director of Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Smyrna/Atlanta after nearly three years Lorino joined WSTR in July 2015 from Entercom’s “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City upon the company’s acquisition of the station. He also has served as APD of “99.1 The Mix” WMYX Milwaukee for Entercom and has worked in Des Moines and Fargo. NIA Broadcasting Urban Oldies 1150 WTMP Egypt Lake/97.5 W248CA St. Petersburg FL has appointed Albie Dee as Program Director. Dee most recently served as Operations Manager for Adams Radio Group in Salisbury MD and is known for his long run in the Baltimore/Washington DC markets most famously at 95.5 WPGC and 102.7 WXYV. Gary Williams is stepping down as Program Director of Cox Media Group...[Read More]

Talk 106.7 Atlanta Revises Lineup

Cumulus Media’s Conservative Talk “Talk 106.7” WYAY Gainesville/Atlanta GA has removed the last vestiges of its former News format as it fills out its weekday lineup. Joining for mornings is Shelley Winter. Winter hosted mornings at CBS Radio’s 1380 WAOK in the mid 2000s. Shannon Burke remains in place from 9am-12pm, while former CNN/HLN Law Enforcement Analyst Mike Brooks joins the station for 12-3pm. Kim ‘Kimmer’ Peterson moves from 12-3 to 3-6pm with Brian Joyce leaving the station. Joyce had been pulling double duty in addition at WYAY in addition to his midday slot at 102.3 WGOW-FM Chattanooga which he will continue to host. Westwood One’s Mark Levin, replays of Burke and Kimmer, Red Eye Radio, and Ben Shapiro’s new hour-long show at 5am...[Read More]

Another Atlanta FM Loses Its Translator

iHeartMedia Urban “96.7 The Beat” WRDG Union City GA is the second Atlanta market station to lose its translator signal today as 92.3 W222AF Marietta was taken off the air. Unlike Cumulus’ W255CJ there was no FCC involvement at play, but rather Immanuel Broadcasting Network, which leased the translator to iHeartMedia, has found a new operator for it with the expiration of its current lease. W222AF is currently off the air and we have yet to confirm who will assume operation of W222AF. W222AF covers Atlanta and its northern suburbs with 99w/247m. It was most recently used to give the south suburban based WRDG a signal in Atlanta proper. Combined the two signals received a 0.7 share in the February 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings.