People Moves 1/24: Alpha Makes Cuts In A Few Markets

Alpha Media has made some talent cuts at its Bakersfield CA and Biloxi MS clusters. In Bakersfield, Conservative Talk 1560 KNZR/97.7 KNZR-FM has parted ways with 12-3pm host Jaz McKay and 3-6pm host Inga Barks. McKay was in the news last week for racist comments he made on Facebook in regards to the number of Spanish language stations in Bakersfield. Sean Hannity has been added to fill the 12-3pm slot while the station’s website now lists Terry Maxwell in the 3-6pm slot. In Biloxi, afternoon host Riley Knight is out at Rock 97.9 WCPR while Valerie Kattz exits her early afternoon shift at CHR “107.1 The Monkey” WXYK and as afternoon traffic reporter at the cluster. Night host DJ 6’5″ exits Rhythmic CHR “U92.7” KKUU Indio/Palm Springs CA. Morning hos...[Read More]

People Moves 1/23: Big Cuts In Rio Grande Valley

Entravision’s Rio Grande Valley cluster saw big cuts in late December as Rock “Q94.5 The Rock” KFRQ Harlingen morning hosts Big Al & Charlie, and CHR “107.9 Mix-FM” KVLY Edinburg morning hosts Alex Duran (who doubled as cluster Program Director) and Meridee Hernandez, KVLY midday host Mark Mayhem, and mixer DJ IZK all exited. KVLY has added the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show as of Monday, January 22. Hubbard Sports “101 Sports” WXOS East St. Louis IL has announced the return of Michelle Smallmon to the station as part of the station’s Bernie Miklasz morning show and as a columnist for the station’s website. Smallmon previously produced Miklasz’ show from 2009-2015 before joining ESPN Radio as a producer where she most ...[Read More]

WQYZ Biloxi Flips To Classic Rock

iHeartMedia completed the “Roulette Radio” stunting and flipped Urban AC “92.5 The Beat” WQYZ Ocean Springs/Biloxi MS to 90s leaning Classic Rock “Rock 92.5“. Currently running jockless, the move places WQYZ close to Alpha Media Rock 97.9 WCPR. Original Report 10/30: iHeartMedia dropped the Urban AC format of “92.5 The Beat” WQYZ Ocean Springs/Biloxi MS and is currently stunting as “Roulette Radio 92.5“. The stunting started on Thursday evening with a broad Variety Hits format before segueing on Sunday to Adult CHR and then to 90s Hits today. The roulette name plays into the multiple casinos in Biloxi. WQYZ ranked ninth in the Biloxi market with a 4.2 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings. We reported earlier this month o...[Read More]

FCC Report 5/7: Big Downgrade For Bismarck AM

AM Changes iHeartMedia Sports "Fox Sports 710" KXMR Bismarck ND currently utilizes seven towers split between two sites. It is seeking to consolidate all operations on what is currently its four tower nighttime array, but in doing so will downgrade its daytime power from 50kW to 4kW, while retaining its current 4kW night operation. The current 3 towers right off of Interstate 94 in Menoken which is home to KXMR's 50kW day and 13kW critical hours operation will be removed. [nbox type="warning" align= "center"]Visit the stations and studios of Williamsport PA on this weeks Tower Site of the Week[/nbox]

Brooke & Jubal Come To Biloxi & Louisville

The rapid station growth for the syndicated Brooke & Jubal morning show continues with the addition of Alpha Media Classic Hip-Hop “G96.7” WGBL Gulfport/Biloxi and Hot AC “102.3 The Max” WXMA Louisville. The stations join Country 103.1 WIRK West Palm Beach and CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY Peoria as recent Alpha Media station to pick up the show, showing the format flexibility the company believes in the show. Brooke & Jubal replace Eric Cornish and Lynda Lambert at WXMA, while WGBL has been jockless in mornings since its flip from Country in February. Alpha Media, Louisville signs Brooke & Jubal to mornings starting Monday, August 8th. Alpha Media Program Director, Sarah Jordan commented on the announcement, “The type of humor and entertainment...[Read More]

Nuthin But A G Thang For The Bull In Biloxi

Alpha Media flipped Country “96.7 The Bull” WGBL Gulfport MS to Classic Hip-Hop “G96.7” on Valentine’s Day. WGBL failed to make a splash with Country, placing twelfth in the market with a mere 1.1 share in the Fall 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings in a three-way battle against Dowdy Broadcasting’s “Kicker 108” WZKX and iHeartMedia’s “K99” WKNN. The new format could help Alpha chip away at market leading Urban AC “JZ 94.5” WJZD. INSTANT INSIGHT: We do find one thing a little fishy regarding this flip. Alpha and in particular WGBL Program Director Mark ‘Tik Tak’ Allen is usually on top of changes on the digital side. The “G96.7” Facebook page has a logo that doesn’t include the frequency and...[Read More]

96.7 The Bull Launches In Biloxi

Update 9/5: As expected, WUJM flipped to Country “96.7 The Bull” at 5:00pm today. The new format is being positioned as “The Gulf Coast’s New Hit Country Station” with a younger skew. Launching with 10,000 songs in a row, the Bull’s first was Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids”. Mark ‘Tic Tak’ Allen has been named Program Director for The Bull. He rejoins Alpha after previously working at sister “98.7 The Bull” KUPL Portland. Alpha has applied for new WGBL call letters for The Bull. Listen to the launch of 96.7 The Bull at Original Report 9/3: Alpha Media is shuffling some of its properties in Biloxi. 96.7 WUJM Gulfport has dropped its Sports “96.7 The Champ” format and is stunting with ...[Read More]

FCC Applications 6/27

Station Moves Telesouth Communications is canceling its previously granted CP to upgrade 103.1 WOSM Ocean Springs/Biloxi, MS from a Class C2 with 50kW at 140 meters to a C1 with 100kW at 180 meters at the request of Apex Broadcasting. Concurrently WOSM has proposed to remain at its current tower with an increase to 150 meters (Coverage Map). At the same time Apex’ 103.1 WZLB Valparaiso/Fort Walton Beach applies to relocate to a new tower site upgrading from 50kW at 114.4 meters to 50kW at 145.8 meters (Coverage Map). After making an emergency move to a new tower with 850 watts at 140 meters via STA, Adams Radio’s 103.9 WWFW Fort Wayne is seeking to make the move permanent with an increase to 1.6kW. Bryan Broadcasting proposes to shift the CP of 100.9 KKEE Wheelock, TX to a new ...[Read More]

Alpha and L&L To Merge; Acquire Main Line Broadcasting

Larry Wilson is merging his two operating companies into one and acquiring another. Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting will merge to become Alpha Media, while purchasing Main Line Broadcasting’s 19 stations in four markets for $57 million. Both Alpha and L&L were founded by Larry Wilson sharing the same management teams with L&L already operating Alpha’s stations. Following the completion of the two transactions the company will operate 68 radio stations in 12 markets. L&L’s deal to acquire Main Line was first reported in February by Tom Taylor Now. Alpha Broadcasting & L&L Broadcasting announced today that they have entered into an agreement to merge the companies and upon consummation of the merger, will become Alpha Media. The current...[Read More]

Gorilla Takes On Monkey In Biloxi

Coast Radio Group has flipped Classic Rock “Z95” WZNF Lumberton/Biloxi, MS to CHR. Now “95.3 The Gorilla“, WZNF is directly targeting L&L Broadcasting’s “107.1 The Monkey” WXYK. The new station’s website proclaims “Spankin’ The Monkey With 10,000 Hits In A Row Commercial Free”. The one thing WZNF can brag about in competition with WXYK is a much larger coverage area. WZNF is a Class C0 operating with 100kW at 434.7 meters with a service contour including Hattiesburg and rimshotting the western side of Mobile, AL and the eastern suburbs of New Orleans. WXYK’s Class A 2.8kw at 122 meters covers just greater Biloxi and Gulfport. In the Fall 2013 Nielsen Audio ratings WXYK was third in the Biloxi/Gulfport market with ...[Read More]

FCC Applications 2/12

Telesouth Communications has applied to boost its 103.1 WOSM Ocean Springs/Biloxi, MS from a Class C2 with 50kW at 140 meters to a C1 with 100kW at 180 meters. The increased coverage area would add Mobile, AL to the station’s 60dBu coverage area. Pittsburgh Public Media has requested an increase of Jazz 88.1 WYZR Bethany, WV from 1.1kW to 10kW as it attempts to boost its coverage in the greater Pittsburgh area. WYZR rimshots Pittsburgh while serving the Wheeling, WV market. Kevin Youngers has applied to move his CP for 103.9 K280FW Del Valle, TX to 92.9 with a boost from 9 to 170 watts from Austin’s West Lake Hills. The translator is currently licensed to rebroadcast EMF’s 92.5 KVLR Sunset Valley. Ted McCall has applied to relocate 105.9 W290BW Anderson, SC to Greenville ...[Read More]

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