Birmingham

Bill Gentry To Serve As Cumulus Birmingham Market Manager

Cumulus Media has appointed Bill Gentry as VP/Market Manager for its Birmingham AL cluster. Gentry most recently served in the same role for Alpha Media Lousiville after a long run with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia where he oversaw their Louisville stations from 1998-2007 and then served as Regional Market President for Louisville, Lexington, and Somerset KY an Nashville TN from 2010-2015. CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed 30-year radio broadcasting executive Bill Gentry as Vice President/Market Manager, CUMULUS MEDIA-Birmingham, AL. Gentry joins CUMULUS MEDIA from Alpha Media-Louisville, KY, where he was Senior Vice President/Market Manager. Prior to that, he was Regional Market President for iHeartMedia, where he managed radio stations in Louisville, KY; Lexington, KY; Somerset,...[Read More]

WJOX-FM Sets New Midday Show

Following the move of the JOX Roundtable from middays to mornings earlier this month, Cumulus Sports 94.5 WJOX-FM Birmingham has announced the addition of Cole Cubelic, Aaron Suttles and Landrum Roberts for middays starting Monday, March 26. Cole Cubelic joins WJOX-FM from mornings at Cumulus’ “730 The Ump” WUMP Huntsville. The former Auburn football player also works for ESPN’s SEC Network. Aaron Suttles is the University of Alabama beat reporter for the Tuscaloosa News and Landrum Roberts has been hosting weekends at WJOX-FM. The station has also announced the return of Pat Smith as Assistant Program Director. Smith, the co-creator and former network director for the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, most recently had been co-hosting mornings at short-lived Sports R...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 3/2: Jazz Hall Of Fame Takes Birmingham Non-Comm

Samford University is selling its Jazz 91.1 WVSU-FM Birmingham AL to The Jazz Hall of Fame of Alabama for $50,000. The buyer, led by Bishop James Lowe has begun programming the station through a Programming Services Agreement. Samford will also receive up to 1200 minutes a year for ten years for marketing and event announcements and half of those minutes can be carried over into the next year. The buyer will change WVSU-FM’s call letters within six months of closing. Federated Media’s Talking Stick Communications sells Sports “ESPN 106.7” WFGA Hicksville OH to Swick Broadcasting for $300,000. WFGA will join Swick’s five other stations in northeastern Indiana and northwest Ohio. Divine Mercy Radio will purchase Spanish Christian 540 WETC Wendell-Zebulon/Raleigh...[Read More]

WJOX Moves JOX Roundtable From Middays To Mornings

Cumulus Media Sports “Jox 94.5” WJOX-FM Birmingham AL is moving its midday show “JOX Roundtable” from middays to mornings starting Monday, March 5. Hosted by Jim Dunaway, Lance Taylor and Ryan Brown, the show has been in place since 2010 and will now air from 6-10am. The trio replaces “The Opening Drive” with Jay Barker, Al Del Greco and Tony Kurre. Until a new midday show debuts later in March, the JOX Roundtable will repeat from 10am-2pm after its initial morning airing. Cumulus Media announces that it will bring its highly popular midday show, JOX Roundtable, to mornings on Sports Talk radio station JOX 94.5/WJOX-FM in Birmingham, AL. JOX Roundtable will debut in its new timeslot on Monday, March 5, 2018, and will air weekdays from 6-10am. A new midda...[Read More]

People Moves 2/20: Woody Show Adds Birmingham

iHeartMedia’s aggressive roll-out of the Woody Show to mornings at its Alternative stations continues as the show debuted on Monday at “Alt 99.1” W256CD Fultondale/WQEN-HD3. Carl Grapentine is retiring from mornings at Window To The World Communications Classical 98.7 WFMT Chicago after 26 years in two stints with the station. Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 from 105.1 WQRS Detroit, but exited in 1990 for mornings at 97.1 WNIB Chicago. He returned for mornings in 1996 where he has remained to this day. Grapentine will continue to contribute a daily classical music almanac segment for the morning show and will launch a podcast for the station in 2019. Nick Wize has exited his position as APD/MD/Afternoon host at iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit. Wize ...[Read More]

Phillip March Takes The Hot 107.7 Birmingham Programming Reins

Cumulus Media has tabbed Phillip March as Program Director of Urban AC “Hot 107.7” WUHT Birmingham. March most recently served as Director of Urban Programming for Alpha Media Louisville until his exit in January 2016. He has also programmed for Radio-One Cincinnati, Davis Broadcasting Columbus GA, and Cumulus in Huntsville AL and Wilmington NC. March fills the vacancy created by Ken Johnson’s move to sister Urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM Bronxville/New York in late 2017. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Phillip March as Program Director for Urban AC-formatted radio station WUHT-FM/Hot 107.7, Birmingham’s R&B Music Leader. March was previously Director of Urban Programming for Alpha Media’s Louisville, KY, stations WGZB-FM, WMJM-FM and WGHL-FM. Prior to tha...[Read More]

Alt 94.9 Birmingham Moves To 99.1

iHeartMedia has moved the programming of Alternative “Alt 94.9” W235BS Birmingham AL to 99.1 W256CD Fultondale. The move comes following the sale of 94.9 W235BS from Red Mountain Ventures to Courtney French Broadcasting for $385,000 in July. Upon closing of the sale the translator will begin rebroadcasting Urban Oldies “V900” WATV. W256CD is also owned by Red Mountain Ventures and had been operating as Sports “99.1 The Game“. The move gives IHeart a stronger signal for the “Alt” programming as W256CD operates with 130w/349m compared to the 99w/300m signal originating southwest of the city that W235BS possesses. The Alternative format registered a 0.7 share in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings and originates on 103.7 WQEN-HD3 Trussville an...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 7/28

Educational Media Foundation’s Christian AC “K-Love” will enter Puerto Rico for the first time as the company purchases Rock “Alfa Rock 105.7” WCAD San Juan from Broadcasting & Programming Systems of Puerto Rico for $2.9 million. Fitzgerald & Hawras Partnership and Sound Communications are entering a Coordinated Modification Agreement in which Fitzgerald & Hawras’ Oldies “Cool 96” 96.1 WPHD South Waverly PA and Sound AC “Magic 92.7” WENY-FM Elmira NY will exchange licenses but retain programming on their current frequencies. Both groups have filed modifications that would see the two stations swap frequency locations before then exchanging licenses to keep the current programming and ownership on the existing freque...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 6/9

Station Sales Grupo Latino de Radio, a subsidiary of Spanish media conglomerate Prisa, seeks to increase their stake in Spanish News/Talk “Caracol 1260” WSUA Miami from 25% to 100% by buying out Eucario Bermudez for $270,000. One of the first cases of the new streamlined foreign ownership rules that allow foreign companies to outright purchase stations following review by the FCC and other federal agencies. As previously reported, JVC Media has sold Oldies “True Oldies 93.5” WBGF Belle Glade FL to Zoo Communications for $1.1 million. Upon completion of the sale, WBGF will join the Dance “Revolution 93.5” WZFL Islamorada/W228BV Fort Lauderdale/W228BY Miami synchrocast. Jeff Davis’ Imperial Broadcasting Company acquires Adult Hits “Smash Hits” 1330 W...[Read More]

Station Sales 5/5: $1.8 Million Deal For Phoenix Translator

Translator Sales Hubbard Broadcasting is purchasing 92.7 K224CJ Phoenix AZ from Happy Dog Communications for $1.8 million. Should the deal close it will set a record for highest price for a single translator as Elroy Smith’s $4.6 million deal for a Chicago translator and Big Apple Broadcasting’s $3.5 million deal in New York both collapsed prior to closing. Hubbard already operates K224CJ as “Oldies 92.7” rebroadcasting 1440 KAZG Scottsdale via 93.3 KDKB-HD2 Mesa. Jaemin and Hyunjoo Chang purchase 95.3 K237FL Woodlake CA from Rudex Broadcasting for $150,000. K237FL holds a CP to relocate to 106.3 in Los Angeles where it will rebroadcast HK Media Korean “Radio Seoul 1650” KFOX Torrence. SummitMedia is swapping 102.1 W271BN Birmingham AL to Educational Med...[Read More]

Easy 102.1 Birmingham Signs-Off

With the sale of its translator to Educational Media Foundation, SummitMedia has pulled the plug on Soft AC “Easy 102.1” W271BN Birmingham AL. Originating station 1320 WENN has gone silent while W271BN has flipped to EMF’s Christian CHR “Air 1” network via SummitMedia’s 104.7 WZZK-HD2. This brings an end to the Soft AC brand that debuted on 97.3 in November 2013 and moved to 102.1 last March.

The Christmas Music Blitz Begins

While there were a few early stragglers to Christmas Music this year (starting with 1220/98.1 KOMC Branson MO on October 1), all of them were stations preparing to debut new formats or brand new signals signing on for the first time. Today we had the first stations to make their annual move to the format: SummitMedia Soft AC “Easy 102.1” 1320 WENN/W271BN Birmingham AL, iHeartMedia AC “105.3 My-FM” 1270 WTLY/105.3 W287CO Tallahassee FL, and iHeartMedia Classic Country “96.1 The Legend” W241AF/WUSY-HD2 Chattanooga TN. While there’s usually a group of stations to flip to Christmas music in October, most of the seasonal flips will take place once the calendar switches to November next week. INSTANT INSIGHT: In past years we’ve created a list of s...[Read More]

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