Geraldo Rivera Joins WTAM Cleveland

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera is returning to radio to host a daily hour for iHeartMedia News/Talk 1100 WTAM Cleveland. “Geraldo In Cleveland” will air weekdays from 9-10am replacing “The Spew”. Rivera will be based in Cleveland and also host a weekly podcast for iHeartMedia. Rivera previously worked for Cumulus with a short-lived syndicated show from 2012-2014 based at WABC New York before leaving that station at the end of 2015. With the end of “The Spew”, former Cleveland Indian Jensen Lewis, who replaced John Lanigan on the show will join his Spew co-host and WTAM afternoon host Mike Trivisonno and evening sports talk host Nick Camino for “Sport Feed 2.0” from 6-7pm. iHeartMedia’s WTAM 1100, Cleveland’s Newsradio, welcomes Geraldo Rivera w...[Read More]

John Lanigan Retires From Radio Mid-Show

National Radio Hall-of-Famer John Lanigan abruptly retired from radio during the middle of the hour long “The Spew” talk show on iHeartMedia News/Talk 1100 WTAM Cleveland that he co-hosted with Mike Snyder and Mike Trivisonno. Lanigan told listeners, “I guess it came down to the fact that – with the elections and everything else that’s going on, I have to come up with something and sound halfway intelligent, and I don’t think I’m doing that. So I don’t care what happens in politics anymore that much. I don’t care about the tariffs. I don’t care about Trump. I don’t care about the rest of the stuff and I think a lot of people are like that. You want to get on with your life and live it and enjoy it. So with that in mind, that’s it for me. I am done on The Spew. I won’t be ...[Read More]

Jack Freeman Joins Q104 Cleveland As Morning Co-Host

Entercom Hot AC “Q104” 104.1 WQAL Cleveland has named Cort ‘Jack’ Freeman as co-host of “The Jeremiah Show” starting March 19. Freeman joins WQAL from iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit where he was Associate Producer of the “Mojo In The Morning” show under the name ‘Intern Jack Black’. Freeman fills the opening created by Jeff Kurkjian’s move to KCYE Las Vegas last month. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, and its Cleveland station Q104 (WQAL-FM) has named Jack Freeman as co-host for “The Jeremiah Show.” Freeman joins current host Jeremiah Widmer beginning on March 19. The morning show airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET. “We’re excited to have J...[Read More]

People Moves 2/23: Jeff Kurkjian Departs Mornings At Q104 Cleveland

Jeff Kurkjian has announced his departure from the “The Jeremiah & Jeff Show” in mornings at Entercom Hot AC “Q104” 104.1 WQAL Cleveland. Kirkjian joined WQAL for mornings in 2015 right out of Syracuse University where he did mornings at student run CHR “Z89” 89.1 WJPZ-FM. In 2016 he was joined by Jeremiah Widmer, who remains in place. In his farewell announcement, Kurkjian wrote, “I am excited to continue my radio adventures and will always look back at Cleveland as the place that it all began. Thank you Cleveland and always remember to do what you love.” Tim Jeffreys has announced he will exit his position as PD/Afternoon Host at Bonneville Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX San Jose CA on March 9 to relocate closer to family i...[Read More]

People Moves 2/1: Jason Carr Joins Alt 99.1/WMMS Cleveland

iHeartMedia has appointed Jason Carr as Program Director of “Alt 99.1” W256BT and Assistant Program Director of Rock 100.7 WMMS Cleveland. Carr joins the company from Horizon Broadcasting’s AC “Coast 101.3” WHLG Port St. Lucie FL where he served as Station Manager and Variety Hits “Beach 98.5” WSBH Satellite Beach/Melbourne and “97.9 ESPN Radio” WTSM Woodville/Tallahasse FL where he was Operations Manager. Wood also previously spent seven years as Executive Producer and later Director of Network Operations for the Lex & Terry Show. iHeartMedia Cleveland has announced that Jason Carr has been named Program Director for ALT 99.1 FM, and Assistant Program Director for Rocker WMMS, effective February 12. As Program Director for ALT 99....[Read More]

99X Cleveland Rebrands As Alt 99.1

Another iHeartMedia Alternative station has rebranded under the “Alt” moniker. As we first reported in the 12/18 Daily Domains, “99X” W256BT/WMMS-HD2 Cleveland is now “Alt 99.1“. No other changes accompanied the rebranding.

Java Joel Murphy Takes WAKS Cleveland PD Reigns; Keith Abrams Adds WMMS

Following the move of Chris Tyler to Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX Boston, iHeartMedia Cleveland has filled the roles at his former stations. ‘Java’ Joel Murphy will move up from Assistant Program Director/Music Director to fill the Program Director role at CHR “96.5 Kiss-FM” WAKS. Murphy has been with WAKS since 2006 and has moved up the ranks from night host to his current role in addition to serving as afternoon host. He has also worked at “103.5 Kiss-FM” WKSC Chicago, 97.9 WPXY Rochester, and “Hot 107.9” WWHT Syracuse in his career and also served as Music Director for Variety Hits “106.5 The Lake” WHLK from 2011-2015. Keith Abrams, who serves as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region, will ad...[Read More]

Chris Tyler Joins WZLX Boston As Program Director

New iHeartMedia acquisition 100.7 WZLX Boston has named Chris Tyler as Program Director. Tyler joins WZLX from iHeartMedia Cleveland where he has programmed CHR “96.5 Kiss-FM” WAKS, Alternative “99X” W256BT, and Rock 100.7 WMMS since January 2014. He previously served as SVP/Programming for the company’s Providence RI cluster where he also programmed Rock 94.1 WHJY. He previously worked in Boston on-air and later as APD/MD and then PD of iHeart’s Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN and CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM. Tyler supplants Mike Thomas, who moved to Beasley Media with Sports “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM. iHeartMedia Boston has announced that Chris Tyler has been named Program Director of Classic Rock WZLX effective i...[Read More]

FCC Report 6/4: Did Billings Translators Go Rogue?

Following an informal objection and request for enforcement by Connoisseur Media, Edgewater Broadcasting has withdrawn its Construction Permit and License to Cover applications for 96.3 K242CI Casper WY to relocate to 102.5 in Billings MT. Edgewater had applied for and was granted a CP to move K242CI to Billings rebroadcasting Sun Mountain Inc.'s 1340 KBSR Laurel MT where it was operating as AC "Magic 102.5". Connoisseur claims that K242CI and 104.5 K283CP (licensed to rebroadcast 1450 KYLW Lockwood MT) have been operating illegally. Amongst Connoisseur's claims were that K242CI began operating in late 2016 but did not file for a license to cover until March, neither originating AM have not operated for multiple years now and no tower constructed at the licensed site for either station,...[Read More]

Rover Extends With iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia has renewed and extended its contract with syndicated morning host Shane ‘Rover’ French to keep his “Rover’s Morning Glory” on flagship Rock 100.7 WMMS Cleveland and in other markets. Rover has been heard on WMMS since 2008 when he jumped from then CBS Alternative “92.3 K-Rock” WKRK. He had been on 92.3 since 2003 including a stretch when he served as the Chicago base of the “Free-FM” Hot Talk brand as one of three regional hosts along with Adam Carolla and David Lee Roth to replace Howard Stern. Rover’s Morning Glory airs from 6-11am eastern and also currently airs on iHeartMedia’s “92.5 KGB” WKGB Binghamton NY and “Rock 94.9” 1200 WRKK Williamsport PA as well as Stephens Media’s &#...[Read More]

Jeremiah Widmer Joins WQAL Morning Show

CBS Hot AC “Q104” 104.1 WQAL Cleveland is adding Jeremiah Widmer to its morning show. Widmer joins incumbent co-hosts Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner on what will be renamed the “Q104 Jeremiah and Jeff Show”. Widmer has hosted afternoons at sister AC “Star 102.1” WDOK since July 2013 and previously co-hosted mornings at CHR “Q92” 92.5 WDJQ Canton. To fill Jeremiah’s afternoon slot on WDOK, Glenn Anderson moves from morning show producer at WQAL.

FCC Report 9/18: What’s iHeart Doing With Identical Cleveland Translators?

iHeartMedia currently has two translators from the AM Revitalization Waiver Period seeking identical facilities on 106.9 in Cleveland OH. On August 1, iHeart applied to move what was originally 94.7 W234BW Parkersburg WV to Cleveland rebroadcasting News/Talk 1100 WTAM with 195w vertical/213m. Over the course of the two waiver periods, iHeart had seven translators that it applied to move to different destinations in each. W293CW was one of those where it was granted a Construction Permit to relocate to Marion OH as 106.5 W293CW rebroadcasting 1490 WMRN. On top of that the translator was given a six month extension of its CP to extend the time it had to be built from expiring on March 15 to September 15.

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