Former One Putt Broadcasting CHR “99.3 Now-FM” KWDO Fresno Program Director Miggy Santos has joined Neuhoff Media in the dual role as Program Director for Rhythmic CHR “Hot 100” 100.7 WWHX Normal/Bloomington and CHR “Y103” 102.9 WSOY-FM Decatur IL. Santos has also programmed Alpha Media CHR “Energy 95.3” KLLY Bakersfield and “Y101” KWYE Fresno and has worked on-air in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Boise, Roanoke, and Green Bay. “We are excited to announce that Miggy Santos has joined our team as the joint Program Director of WSOY-FM/ Y103 and WWHX-FM/HOT 100” says Neuhoff VP/Programming Mike Shamus. Miggy comes to Neuhoff Media from past stints in Fresno California, Las Vegas and Boise Idaho. A native of upstate New York, Miggy will be ...[Read More]
Neuhoff Media completed its relaunch of CHR “Hits 100.7” WWHX Normal/Bloomington IL at midnight as the station flipped to Rhythmic CHR “Hot 100“. Positioning as “The Beat of BloNo”, the new format launched with Nelly “Hot In Herre”, N.E.R.D & Rhianna ft. Drake “Lemon”, DJ Khaled ft. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce “Top Off”, Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”. Original Report 3/28: Neuhoff Media CHR “Hits 100.7” WWHX Normal/Bloomington IL is promoting a relaunch on Sunday, April 1. Teasing that “Hits Is About To Get Hotter”, the station has already dropped the syndicated Elvis Duran morning show. In the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, WWHX registered a 3.0 share while Cumulus Media’s...[Read More]
Neuhoff Media has appointed Danielle Outlaw as VP/Market Manager for its three stations in Bloomington IL. Outlaw joined what was then Clear Channel Springfield IL in 2003 as an Account Executive and worked up to General Sales Manager when Neuhoff purchased the cluster in 2008. The following year she was promoted to VP/Sales for the company, a position she held until now. She will now oversee a cluster that includes “Rock 96.7” WIHN, Variety Hits “97.9 Bob-FM” WBBE, and CHR “Hits 100.7” WWHX. Danielle Outlaw has been named as Vice President/ Market Manager for Neuhoff Media’s Bloomington Illinois cluster. “Danielle brings over 16-years of experience to her new assignment in the Bloomington-Normal market. We are thrilled to have Danielle step forward and ...[Read More]
After just six months as Conservative Talk, Smash Hit Media’s 98.3 WWHP Farmer City/Bloomington IL has flipped to “Classic Rock 98.3“. WWHP had dropped its previous Classic Hits programming for a Talk lineup led by former “Cities 92.9” WRPW morning host Ian Bayne in mornings and Breitbart editor Mike Flynn in afternoons in November 2015. Bayne released a vague statement to his InsideBloomington.com stating: “We currently have staff writers handling news as it develops and we will be welcoming and encouraging members of the community to participate in the process of developing news stories should that need present itself.” “I am not prepared to discuss my departure from Newstalk 98.3 except to say that it is not due to what is being generally speculated. ...[Read More]
Smash Hit Media is flipping Classic Hits 98.3 WWHP Farmer City IL to Conservative Talk on Monday, November 23. The new “98.3 WHP” will debut with a pair of local shows in drive time. Ian Bayne and Fistbump, who exited mornings at Great Plains Media’s “Cities 92.9” WRPW Colfax in August will return to the Bloomington market on WWHP from 6-9am. Breitbart editor Mike Flynn, who recently ran for a vacated state Congressional seat, will host afternoons from 3-6pm. The station has yet to announce what other programming it will carry. WWHP rimshots both the Bloomington/Normal and Champaign markets.
Neuhoff is paying $2 million for Connoisseur’s three stations in Bloomington. Original Report 10/7: Neuhoff Media is expanding into Bloomington/Normal, IL with the purchase of three stations from Connoisseur Media. Neuhoff, which owns clusters in Danville, Decatur, and Springfield, IL, will add Connoisseur’s Rock “96.7 I-Rock” WIHN Normal, Variety Hits “97.9 Bob-FM” WBBE Heyworth, and CHR “Hits 100.7” WWHX Normal. CEO Beth Neuhoff is also on the Board of Directors for Gray Television which is acquiring Schurz Communications and their radio clusters in Lafayette and South Bend, IN and Rapid City, SD. Neuhoff CEO Beth Neuhoff said, “We are so honored to welcome these terrific stations onto the Neuhoff team. Our tremendous respect for Connoisseu...[Read More]
Station Sales American General Media and Hutton Broadcasting are swapping signals in the Santa Fe, NM market. Hutton will send Spanish Adult Hits “Juan 102.9” KLBU Pecos to AGM for “Radio Lobo” 94.7 KKIM-FM Santa Fe, which currently simulcasts 97.7 KLVO Belen/Albuquerque. The deal gives Hutton a much more powerful signal in Santa Fe as 94.7 KKIM-FM is a 100kW Class C1, however the deal may also help American General Media in the adjacent Albuquerque market as the 3.7kW Class C3 signal of KLBU is on the same channel as AGM’s Albuquerque translator 102.9 K275AO. That signal currently rebroadcasts 840 KARS Belen, NM as Alternative “Area 102.9“. Owning KLBU should allow AGM flexibility in upgrading K275AO’s signal. Davis Broadcasting of Atlanta i...[Read More]
Station Moves With its CP to sign-on set to expire at the end of the month, The Gabriel Project has applied to modify 95.9 WGPI Columbus, IN to operate with 6kW at 46 meters (Coverage Map) in order to get the station on-air in time. Great Plains Media has applied for a booster for its Country “107.7 The Bull” WIBL Fairbury, IL in Bloomington. WIBL-1 will operate with 2.65kW at 40 meters (Coverage Map). Ondas de Vida Network’s 94.7 K234BS Las Vegas has filed a displacement application to relocate to 103.1 with 50 watts at 110 meters (Coverage Map). After launching Classic Rock “Rock 94.9” W235BS Birmingham, Mark Snow has applied to increase the station’s power from 70 watts at 299 meters to 88 watts. The translator is operating rebroadcasting Clear Channe...[Read More]
Update 8/15: Cumulus has debuted the “Nash Icon” Country brand on fourteen stations across the nation. 98.9 W255CJ Atlanta and 102.1 WZAT Savannah were the first to make the flip at 12pm Eastern. Five more followed at 3pm Central and the rest scattered across the remainder of the afternoon. The stations making the move to Nash Icon are: Country 92.5 KJJY Des Moines Classic Country “92.5 The Outlaw” Newaygo/Muskegon MI News/Talk 93.7 WJBC-FM Pontiac/Bloomington IL AC “Warm 94.9” KRMW Cedarville/Fayetteville AR Country 95.5 WSM-FM Nashville Classic Rock “96.3 The Mountain” KBZU Albuquerque CHR “Hot 97.9” KQLK De Ridder/Lake Charles Classic Hits “Good Time Oldies 98.9” W255CJ Atlanta CHR “99.5 The Vibe” WZRR B...[Read More]
Update 11/15: WZIM made the flip to AC as “Magic 99.5” at 12pm today. The press release announcing the launch follows: Great Plains Media, Inc. a Zimmer Company, owned by Jerry Zimmer, has changed the format on WZIM-FM 99.5 from a sports talk format to an Adult Contemporary music format. The new format, named New Magic 99.5 FM, will include music from the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and today. General Manager, Greg Cook further explains, “We’re playing all of the popular songs that from the 80s, 90s and today that you feel comfortable listening to at work or with your kids in the car.” The John Tesh Radio Show will anchor the morning drive from 5a – 10a CST and local talent will be on the rest of the day until 7pm. Operations Manager, Josh Roberts said, “When Classic Hits and the ol...[Read More]
Just about halfway between Bloomington and Chicago on I-55, AC “Lite Rock 98.9” WJEZ-FM Dwight, IL has changed formats and rebranded as “Classic Hits 98.9“. The new format is quite similar playlist-wise to new sister 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago. Cumulus acquired the station, which is operated out of its Bloomington cluster from Townsquare Media earlier this year as part of the 65 station swap between the two companies.
The second flip in less than a week in Bloomington/Normal, IL brings the market an All-Sports outlet. Great Plains Media Classic Hits 99.5 WZIM uses baseball’s opening day to shift to “99.5 The Ticket“. The station will use Fox Sports Radio and play-by-play of the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, and Indianapolis Colts. Robert Rees, PD of sister Talk “Cities 92.9” WRPW will program The Ticket as well. The move follows Connoisseur’s flip of AC “Magic 100.7” WVMG flipped to CHR “Hits 100.7” on April 1.