Cox Enterprises To Explore Strategic Options For Television Stations

Cox Enterprises has announced that it is exploring its strategic options for its 14 television stations in regards to selling, merging with another operator, or partnering with another to manage. Cox currently owns or operates fourteen stations across ten markets. In five of those markets: Atlanta, Dayton, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tulsa it also operates a radio cluster whose management is completely intertwined with the television stations. In the press statement Cox says it will continue to operate their radio and newspaper properties with no immediate plans to change their portfolio, however in an internal memo Cox Enterprises CEO Alex Taylor stated, “Because the TV portfolio is the largest portion of Cox Media Group’s assets, this decision may impact other parts of Cox Media Grou...[Read More]

People Moves 2/9: Max Media Makes Management Change In Norfolk

Max Media has promoted Director of Sales Keith Barton to Vice President/General Manager for its five station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach replacing the exiting Dave Paulus. Barton has been with the company since 1998 and Director of Sales since 2011. Paulus had overseen the cluster since 2011 and previously spent a decade as Market Manager at Saga Communications’ Norfolk cluster. Keith has worked at these stations for 20 years,” says Max Media President/COO John Trinder. “His contributions as Director of Sales for the last seven years are an indicator of the great things that we can expect from him as General Manager.” Max Media owns Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW, Sports “ESPN Radio 94.1” WVSP, Country “97.3 The Eagle” WG...[Read More]

Bo Matthews Joins Alpha Media Dayton

Alpha Media has appointed Bo Matthews as Operations Manager of its Dayton cluster and Content Director of Variety Hits “92.9 Jack-FM” WGTZ Eaton and Classic Country “101.5 Hank-FM” WCLI Enon OH. Matthews most recently served as Senior VP/Programming for iHeartMedia Cincinnati and Program Director of Rock 102.7 WEBN and CHR “Kiss 107.1” WKFS. He also programmed for the company in Cleveland, Fort Myers, Jacksonville and Youngstown. Alpha Media, Dayton names Bo Matthews Operations Manager of the cluster and Content Director of 92.9 Jack FM and 101.5 Hank FM. Matthews started his radio career in Youngstown, OH, with then, Jacor Communications. He ascended through the programming ranks with Clear Channel and iHeartMedia with stops in Fort Myers, Jacksonville,...[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]

Jack Is Eaton Dayton Alive

Alpha Media has flipped AC “Soft Rock 92.9” WGTZ Eaton/Dayton OH to Variety Hits “92.9 Jack-FM“. This is a return to the format for WGTZ as the station was Variety Hits as “Fly 92.9” from November 2007 until its flip to AC in February 2015. WGTZ registered a 2.7 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings. The move follows Alpha’s similar flip in Louisville yesterday and pits WGTZ up against Aloha Station Trust Classic Hits “Big 106.5” WRZX. Morning host and veteran Dayton media personality Dan Edwards exits with the format change. Alpha Media, Dayton announced the addition of 92.9 Jack FM to WGTZ. The station previously known as Soft Rock 92.9 switched to Jack FM today, September 1st. 92.9 Jack FM will feature an incredible variety ...[Read More]

Hermain Cain To End Syndication; Remain On Cox Stations

Former Presidential candidate Herman Cain is ending his nationally syndicated talk show after four years. Cain, who is based at Cox News/Talk 750 WSB Atlanta/95.5 WSBB Doraville GA, began his show in January 2013 to replace the retiring Neal Boortz. As of October 5, Cain’s program was carried by 109 stations across the country. WYM Media Management and DGital Media had supplanted Westwood One as distributor of the program at the start of 2016. While the program ends syndication, it will remain on WSB/WSBB and other Cox owned stations in its 83: 1290 WHIO/95.7 WHIO-FM Dayton OH, 690 WOKV/104.5 WOKV-FM Jacksonville FL, 96.5 WDBO-FM Orlando FL, and 740 KRMG/102.3 KRMG-FM Tulsa OK. Bittersweet news for The Herman Cain Show — ShaneyB (@ShaneyBeeBack) Novem...[Read More]

WXEG Dayton Rebrands As Alt 103.9

iHeart Media Alternative “X103.9” WXEG Beavercreek/Dayton has relaunched as “Alt 103.9“. The station has dropped the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory morning show with the relaunch. APD/MD/Afternoon host Steve Dent remains in place but is currently off-air with the current jockless presentation. WXEG held a 1.9 share in the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings. The station had been evolving from a harder based Modern Rock lean to Alternative over the past few months.

WGTZ Flys To Soft Rock

Alpha Media Variety Hits “Fly 92.9” WGTZ Eaton/Dayton, OH has flipped to AC “Soft Rock 92.9“. The Dayton market has been without an AC station since then Clear Channel flipped 94.5 WLQT to Country in July 2013. Taking a “More Music, Less Talk” direction, WGTZ is promising that many artists from the previous format will remain on the station. WGTZ was ninth in the Dayton market with a 3.1 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings. Alpha Media rebrands WGTZ-FM from “Fly 92.9” to “Soft Rock 92.9.” The former Adult Hits outlet will continue to play many artists from Fly 92.9’s library, from the 70’s and 80’s through today. Listeners can expect to hear artists such as The Eagles, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp, Ma...[Read More]

101.5 Hank-FM Debuts In Dayton

Update 10/16: WCLI-FM was not destined to be the first All-Christmas station for the 2014 holiday season as it flipped to Classic Country “101.5 Hank-FM” at 10am today. Alpha Media Dayton, OH announced today the addition of a new music station; 101.5 Hank FM (WCLI) which will play iconic hit country music from the 90’s, 80’s and 2000’s that cannot currently be heard in the area. While the Miami Valley has several country hit stations, 101.5 Hank FM promises to differentiate itself by playing the iconic artists absent from Dayton radio—musicians that made country music popular—such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Brooks & Dunn. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “The wise decis...[Read More]

FCC Applications 8/28: Houston Translator Upgrade & Sale

Sales & Moves Primera Iglesia Evangelica de Apostoles y Progfeta’s 106.1 K291CE Rosenberg, TX has been sold to The RAFFT Corporation for $100,000, a $50,000 time brokerage agreement, and providing the seller with a replacement translator for no cost. The sale comes after K291CE applies to increase to 250 watts at 463 meters to expand its coverage of Houston and its southwestern suburbs. It will rebroadcast Cox Media’s 107.5 KGLK-HD3 Lake Jackson. The Estate of John W. Pike has sold 95.9 W240AJ Endicott, NY to Montrose Broadcasting Corporation for $10,000. Concurrently, the translator applies to relocate to 95.5 with 100 watts at -1 meter rebroadcasting 800 WPEL Montrose, PA (Coverage Map). Barrow Radio Broadcasting acquires 96.3 W242AU Athens-Clarke County, GA from Communi...[Read More]

David DuBose Exits Summit Media

Update 5/15: Summit Media has named Greg Reed as Vice-President/General Manager of their Birmingham stations filling part of the duties held by David DuBose. Reed was the longtime GM of Beasley’s Miami stations and at one time co-owner of what was then known as Beasley-Reed Broadcasting. In August 2013, Reed agreed to acquire six stations in the Pittsfield, MA market but the agreement was withdrawn before closing. Original Report 5/14: David DuBose has exited his position as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Summit Media. DuBose was instrumental in the construction of Summit Media as the then Market Manager of Cox Birmingham partnered with CEO Carl Parmer to acquire the Birmingham, Greenville, Honolulu, Louisville, and Richmond clusters from Cox in early 2013. AllAc...[Read More]

Alpha and L&L To Merge; Acquire Main Line Broadcasting

Larry Wilson is merging his two operating companies into one and acquiring another. Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting will merge to become Alpha Media, while purchasing Main Line Broadcasting’s 19 stations in four markets for $57 million. Both Alpha and L&L were founded by Larry Wilson sharing the same management teams with L&L already operating Alpha’s stations. Following the completion of the two transactions the company will operate 68 radio stations in 12 markets. L&L’s deal to acquire Main Line was first reported in February by Tom Taylor Now. Alpha Broadcasting & L&L Broadcasting announced today that they have entered into an agreement to merge the companies and upon consummation of the merger, will become Alpha Media. The current...[Read More]

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