People Moves 3/19: Opie To Westwood One

Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes is joining Westwood One to host a biweekly podcast starting the week of April 17. Hughes made the announcement in a YouTube video over the weekend. He notes that he will also build an “Opie Radio” podcast network and a radio element to be determined as part of his deal with the company. The former co-host of the Opie & Anthony show, stated that he began speaking to Westwood One soon after his former CBS Radio VP/Rock Programming and SiriusXM SVP/Comedy & Entertainment Tim Sabean joined the company in January as SVP/Digital Content. Mid-West Family Broadcasting Country “105.1 The Bull” KOMG Willard/Springfield MO has appointed Summer Stevens as morning co-host alongside John Kimmons. Stevens exited Scripps’ crosstown Co...[Read More]

People Moves 3/1: Dale Mussen Exits Mornings At WYRK Buffalo After 34 Years

Dale Mussen is stepping down from the morning show at Townsquare Media Country 106.5 WYRK Buffalo NY after 34 years at the station. In a blog entry on the station’s website, Mussen writes that he will stay on for fill-in work and station events. Clay Moden and Liz Mantel will remain in place without Mussen. Jay ‘Lightning’ Tilles is leaving his role as Executive Producer of The Kevin & Bean Show on Entercom Alternative 106.7 KROQ Pasadena/Los Angeles after 27 years at the station. Tilles will join automotive parts manufacturer Banks Power. He also mentions that Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla are currently shopping a documentary about KROQ. I’m excited to share this amazing news with you. After spending 27 years at The World Famous KROQ, my radio career is…...[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]

Suburban Buffalo AM To Sign-Off

Hawk Communications has announced it will take Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville NY off the air on Sunday, December 31. The station, which covers the southern portions of the Buffalo market, claimed in its Silent STA filed with the FCC that it had lost over $73,000 over the past two years. WSPQ featured a full service morning show, daily tradio program, and a wide variety of sports including the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, NASCAR, and local high school games. Station administrator Donna Grant told the Springville Journal that “We don’t have the reach – and as more businesses fold the support is limited.”

WUFO Buffalo To Relaunch As Power 96.5

Visions Multi Media Group will relaunch Gospel/Urban AC “Mix 1080” WUFO Amherst/Buffalo NY with R&B Oldies and Classic Hip-Hop as “Power 96.5” on Wednesday, August 2. The move will correspond with the launch of the station’s new translator, which will operate with 35w vertical/174m. The station will continue to carry the syndicated Tom Joyner in mornings and Michael Baisden in afternoons. The move follows a series of recent staff additions at the station. DJ Huk-Her will join the station for a 5pm mix show, while DJ Spin will serve as Mixshow Coordinator and host a 5-9pm show on Saturdays. DJ Kholes has been named Promotions Director. As we reported in our 7/11 Daily Domains, local management at Townsquare Media’s crosstown Urban/Urban AC 93.7 WBLK,...[Read More]

WECK Buffalo Sets Grand Opening

After closing on its purchase of Standards “Timeless WECK” 1230 WECK/102.9 W275BB Cheektowaga/Buffalo NY, Buddy Shula’s Radio One Buffalo has begun to put its mark on the station. Repositioned as “Positively Buffalo”, the station has moved to a locally produced full-service format as opposed to the mostly satellite delivered programming it had been featuring. Planning a “Grand Opening” for July 10, the station has begun to roll-out the names of longtime Buffalo radio personalities who will be joining the station. John Zach, a longtime newscaster in the market at 550 WGR, 930 WBEN, and 1520 WKBW, will join the station as News Director and morning news anchor. Zach had exited WBEN at the end of 2016 following eighteen years at the station. Other pers...[Read More]

Station Sales Week of 3/10

Culver Communications is selling Standards “Timeless WECK” 1230 WECK/102.9 W275BB Cheektowaga/Buffalo NY to William Ostrander’s Radio One Buffalo Inc. for $655,000. The buyer has spent the previous 16 years working in sales for Entercom Buffalo and as host of “Buffalo Means Business” on 930 WBEN under then name Buddy Shula. He previously worked on-air at multiple stations in Buffalo and Rochester. Lisa Stiglets and Elizabeth McQueen’s JLE, Inc. is acquiring Country “C96.7” KCIL Gray and Regional Mexican 1490 KJIN Houma LA from My Home Team Media for $725,000 and will begin operating the stations via LMA on March 15. Stiglets is currently the General Manager of Coast Radio Group in Biloxi owner by her parents John Morgan Dowdy and Alice Dowdy ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 11/4

Station Sales William Pollack’s Pollack Broadcasting is acquiring Richard Jakle’s three stations in Illinois and Nevada for $2 million. The stations involved in the deal are 1280 WBIG Aurora and 1410 WRMN Elgin IL in suburban Chicago and 1400 KSHP North Las Vegas NV. All three stations carry a mix of Talk and Shopping programming. More from the Chicago Tribune about Jakle’s retirement. Sheridan Broadcasting sells Gospel/Urban Talk “Mix 1080” WUFO Amherst/Buffalo NY to Sheila Brown’s Visions Multi Media Group for $307,331.86. Brown has operated WUFO via LMA since the start of 2014. David Webster’s Trignition Media acquires Spanish Tropical 840 WRYM New Britain/Hartford CT from Eight Forty Broadcasting Corporation for $648,000. Access.1 Communication...[Read More]

FCC Report 5/30: Kansas City AM On The Move

TBLC Media is applying to consolidate its two Kansas City AM's on the same tower.

Settlement Leads To Buffalo Area FM Grant

The two remaining applicants for a new non-commercial allocation on 92.1 in the Buffalo, NY suburb of Amherst have come to a settlement agreement leading to Calvary Chapel of the Niagara Frontier being granted a Construction Permit for the new station. CCNF and Medaille College were the final two of the original nine applicants for the Class A allocation in Amherst during a 2010 filing window. Six were dismissed on the points system used by the FCC to select a winner while Lockport Seventh Day Adventist Church was dismissed on technical grounds in 2012. As part of the settlement, Calvary Chapel of the Niagara Frontier will reimburse Medaille $20,000 for expenses incurred in the application process. CCNF’s application indicates the station will operate with 1.05kW at 102 meters from t...[Read More]

Alternative Buffalo Adding Second Signal

Entercom Alternative “107.7 Alternative Buffalo” WLKK Wethersfield Township, NY will add a second signal on Monday, May 11 to better reach listeners in Buffalo proper. 104.7 W284AP Buffalo will begin airing the Alternative format via 102.5 WTSS-HD2. The translator recently completed an upgrade to 250 watts at 103 meters where it covers the east side of Buffalo including the area around the University of Buffalo (Coverage Map). Entercom purchased W284AP last year from Family Life Ministries for $125,000. WLKK rimshots the Buffalo market and received a 1.4 share in the Winter 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings.

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]