Bobby Mitchell Joins WSNY For Mornings

Saga Communications AC “Sunny 95” 94.7 WSNY Columbus OH has announced the addition of Bobby Mitchell for mornings. Mitchell, who most recently anchored mornings at Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC Detroit until the end of 2017, fills the opening alongside Stacy McKay created by Dino Tripodis’ exit earlier this month. Prior to his eight year run in Detroit, Mitchell hosted mornings at Country 99.5 KPLX Dallas and a decade at CHR “Y100” WHYI Miami.

Dino Tripodis To Exit Mornings At Sunny 95 Columbus

After 24 years in mornings at Saga Communications AC “Sunny 95” WSNY-FM Columbus OH, Dino Tripodis has announced he is exiting the station on Friday, June 15. Tripodis was a stand-up comedian before joining WSNY for mornings in 1994. He has been paired with Stacy McKay from 1994-2007 and again since 2010. He intends to focus on his writing, acting, and movie production work as well as his podcast about whiskey. If you don’t live in Columbus, Ohio it’s not a big deal and even if you do, it STILL might not be a big deal,(lol)but after 24 years, I’ll be leaving the morning show at SUNNY 95 with this Friday being my last show. Thank you, Columbus. Still more to come. — Dino Tripodis (@DinoTrip) June 12, 2018

People Moves 5/11: Morning Show Out At Northshore 104.9

Westport Broadcasting AC “Northshore 104.9” WBOQ Gloucester MA has parted ways with morning hosts Dana Hersey and Kevin ‘Mugs’ McGonagle reports Hersey is a longtime personality in the Boston market best known as host of “The Movie Loft” on WSBK-TV. Sam Hill is stepping down as midday host at Entercom Hot AC “Alice 105.9” KALC Denver to focus on her duties as Program Director of Classic Rock “99.5 The Mountain” KQMT and as Music Director of KALC. Entercom is taking applications for the midday opening here. Dispatch Broadcasting Sports “97.1 The Fan” WBNS-FM Columbus OH has hired Beau Bishop and James Laurinaitis as its new 10am-12pm hosts. Bishop previously worked at the station and sister WBNS-TV from 2007-...[Read More]

People Moves 1/22: WTVN Afternoon Host John Corby Dies

John Corby, afternoon host at iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WTVN Columbus OH died over the weekend at the age of 61. Corby spent two stints at WTVN, first from 1984-1997 and then returning as afternoon host in 1997 until now. In between he spent three years at 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh hosting an evening Sports show. Corby was off the air last week with an undisclosed illness and his cause of death has not been revealed. WTVN has compiled some of Corby’s best bits on its website. The NAB has announced that John David will step down from his role as Executive Vice President of the NAB Radio Department on February 1. David has been with the NAB since 1989 and has overseen the Radio Department since 1992. NAB announced today that John David, executive vice president of NAB Radio, will move from ...[Read More]

WYTS Brings Classic Hip-Hop Back To Columbus

iHeartMedia’s 1230 WYTS/105.3 W287CP Columbus OH is now on its third format and fourth identity of the 2017 calendar year. After Urban One dropped Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 106.3” from WBMO London OH last week, iHeartMedia has quickly filled the opening by flipping Urban AC “Kiss 105.3” 1230 WYTS/105.3 W287CP to the format as “Throwback 105.3“. WYTS registered a 0.2 share in the November Nielsen Audio ratings as it attempted to go up against Urban One’s “Magic 95.5” WXMG. The station began 2017 as Sports “Fox Sports Columbus” before flipping to Urban AC in February. At the end of March the station rebranded from “Vibe 105.3” to “Kiss 105.3” as River Radio Ministries Christian CHR “Vibe Radio HD” 104...[Read More]

Power 107.5 Columbus Adds 106.3 Simulcast

Urban One Urban “Power 107.5” WCKX Columbus OH has added a second signal in the market as the company flips Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 106.3” WBMO London OH to a simulcast. The addition of the 106.3 rimshot signal enhances WCKX’s coverage on the west side of the Columbus market as Power has fallen behind iHeartMedia’s “106.7 The Beat” WZCB Dublin in the most recent PPM monthly. WZCB registered a 3.6 share in the October monthly, while WCKX held a 3.3 share down from a 4.0 just two months ago. The Classic Hip-Hop format on WBMO held a 1.5 share. Boom had launched on 106.3 in November 2015 after Urban AC “Magic 106.3” WXMG moved to 95.5.

WMNI Gets Easy In Columbus

North American Broadcast Company Standards 920 WMNI Columbus OH has added its FM translator and flipped to Soft AC/Oldies “Easy 95.1 FM and AM 920“. Billing their new format as “Vintage Adult Contemporary”, WMNI states it “will still highlight “Timeless Classics” from artists like, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole,” but place “a much greater emphasis will be placed on light rock and pop favorites from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including artists like, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Billy Joel, James Taylor, The Beatles, Elton John and Chicago to name a few.” 95.1 W236CZ operates with 88w/145m from the WSNY tower just outside downtown Columbus. The station will continue to carry Columbus Clippers baseball and Notre Dame ...[Read More]

Vibe Conflict Leads To WYTS Rebranding As Kiss 105.3

A little over a month after launching as Urban AC “Vibe 105.3“, iHeartMedia’s 1230 WYTS/W287CP Columbus OH has rebranded as “Kiss 105.3“. No other changes accompanied the renaming. While not confirmed it appears the new name was caused by a conflict caused by the prior use of the “Vibe” brand by River Radio Ministries Christian CHR “Vibe Radio HD” 104.9 WCVO-HD2 Gahanna/Columbus.

Urban AC Vibe 105.3 Debuts In Columbus

As first mentioned in our 2/17 Daily Domains, iHeartMedia has flipped “Fox Sports 105.3” 1230 WYTS/W287CP Columbus OH to Urban AC “Vibe 105.3“. Positioned as “Columbus’ R&B And Throwbacks”, the new format takes on Radio-One Urban AC “Magic 95.5” WXMG Lancaster. Michael Eiland, APD/MD of sister Variety Hits “93.3 The Bus” WODC, will host mornings on The Vibe. The remainder of the day will feature Premium Choice hosts including “V103” WVAZ Chicago afternoon host Joe Soto in middays and “V101.5” WSOL-FM Jacksonville midday host middayer Jo-Jo in afternoons. The Sports format on 1230 WYTS/105.3 W287CP became redundant with the launch of “105.7 The Zone” WXZX in November 2016.

Justin Luvv Joins 93.9 The Beat Indianapolis For Afternoons/Imaging

Cumulus Classic Hip-Hop “93.9 The Beat” WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis has appointed Justin Luvv as its new afternoon host and Imaging Director. Luvv joins WRWM from Radio One Columbus where he has worked as 2005, most recently as Imaging Coordinator, mix show DJ, and overnight host on Urban “Power 107.5” WCKX. He also was in-house DJ for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. He succeeds Zakk, who exited last August to host nights at Entercom Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Atlanta. Cumulus Media announces that it has named Justin Luvv as new Afternoon On-Air Personality and Imaging Director for 93.9 The Beat/WRWM in Indianapolis, IN. Luvv joins Cumulus after more than 11 years with Radio One, where he was On-Air Talent, Imaging Coordinator, and Mix DJ for Power 10...[Read More]

Sports 105.7 The Zone Debuts In Columbus

iHeartMedia flipped Alternative “105.7 The X” WXZX Hilliard/Columbus OH to Sports “105.7 The Zone” at 3pm Monday. WXZX was stunting with play-by-play of old Ohio State/Michigan football games ahead of the flip. Bruce Hooley, who exited afternoons at Good Karma Sports “ESPN 850” WKNR Cleveland last month, will host mornings from 6-9am and be regionally syndicated. Hooley will be paired with Maddie Spielman for now but teases that the show’s title is “”Hooley & a Player to be Named Later”. In-market expectation is that Spielman’s father Chris, a former Ohio State and NFL linebacker and host at “97.1 The Fan” WBNS-FM and current Fox NFL analyst will join Hooley in February. Outside of mornings the station will ...[Read More]

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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