WPZR Completes Rebrand As Detroit Praise Network As EMF Closes On 102.7 Purchase

Urban One Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR Mount Clemens/Detroit is officially no more as the format has completed its move to a network of four translators. The “Detroit Praise Network” consists of three translators acquired by Urban One in the sale of WPZR to Educational Media Foundation: 93.5 W228CJ Detroit, 93.5 W228CU Riverview, 98.3 W252BX Detroit and the previously owned 99.9 W260CB Detroit. The four signals combine to cover most of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs. Programming will originate from 105.9 WDMK-HD2. One programming change accompanies the move as Mildred Gaddis’ talk show moves from 10am-12pm on WPZR to Sunday mornings on sister Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK. Gaddis will also take on the additional role of Community Director for Ur...[Read More]

Nathan Graham Moves To 98.7 Amp Radio Detroit As Program Director

Entercom CHR “98.7 Amp Radio” WDZH Detroit has announced that Nathan Graham will join the station as Program Director on September 4. Graham comes to Detroit from co-owned “103.7 Kiss-FM” WXSS Milwaukee where he has served as Assistant Program Director and Music Director. Graham joined the station in 2014 as night host and later moved up to middays. He has also hosted nights for “Power 96.5” KSPW Springfield MO, “Mix 93.3” KMXV Kansas City, and currently voicetracks the daypart at 99.5 WZPL Indianapolis from Milwaukee. Ian ‘Slacker’ Richards, who currently serves as PD at WDZH, will remain in place as APD/MD and in his afternoon slot. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, named Natha...[Read More]

Roxanne Steele Exits WYCD

Roxanne Steele has exited as midday host at Entercom Country 99.5 WYCD Detroit after two and a half years. Steele joined WYCD in November 2015 after previously filling the same daypart at sister CHR “98.7 AMP Radio” WDZH. She is best known for her 12 year run at “B96” WBBM-FM Chicago and has also worked in Palm Springs and Phoenix at the start of her career. In a blog post on her personal website announcing her departure, Steele mentioned that she departed for vacation following her air shift on June 14 and was informed of her dismissal following her return. It’s pretty ironic that my last break on the radio I said I was going on vacation and that I would talk to you soon. Lots of people are reaching out asking if I’m still on vacation. Had I’d kno...[Read More]

Chris Cruise & Julia Lepidi Take Mornings At 98.7 Amp Radio Detroit

Following the exit of Rat & Puff last week, Entercom CHR “98.7 Amp Radio” WDZH Detroit has named Chris Cruise and Julia Lepidi as its new morning show. Cruise, a Detroit native, joins the station from afternoons at Townsquare Media Country “Wow 104.3” KAWO Boise ID. He previously hosted mornings at “103.5 Kiss-FM” KSAS Boise, nights at Country 94.1 KMPS Seattle, multiple dayparts at CHR “Hot 107.9” WJFX Fort Wayne, “Z96.5” WAZY Lafayette IN, and Rhythmic CHR “Club 93.7” WRCL Flint. Lepidi has spent her entire career at WDZH, where she had been hosting nights since 2015. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the launch of a new morning show on 98.7 AMP...[Read More]

Rat & Puff Exit 98.7 Amp Radio

Jeff ‘Rat Boy’ Daly and Josh ‘Stay Puff’ Foreman have exited mornings at Entercom CHR “98.7 Amp Radio” WDZH Detroit after three and a half years with the station. The pair, who have been friends since middle school, joined WDZH in November 2015 after previously hosting afternoons at iHeartMedia CHR “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia, nights at 93.3 WFLZ Tampa, and hosting the syndicated mixshow “The Show” with DJ Goofy White Kid. No word yet on what WDZH has planned for mornings.

102.7 WPZR Detroit Sale Details

The sale of WPZR from Urban One to Educational Media Foundation was filed with the FCC giving more details on the sale. EMF will pay $12,229,000 for WPZR and send three translators to Urban One. 93.5 W228CJ Detroit (serving Ferndale, Hamtramck, and downtown Detroit), 93.5 W228CU Riverview (covering Allen Park, Melvindale, and Southgate), and 98.3 W252BX Detroit (covering Dearborn) will be sent the other way to become part of the Gospel “Detroit Praise Network” along with 99.9 W260CB Detroit (covering Birmingham, Ferndale, Southfield & Troy). Original Report 5/1: Educational Media Foundation has filled in another one of its missing major markets for Christian AC “K-Love” by acquiring Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR Mount Clemens/Detroit from Urban One for...[Read More]

Emily Sklar Joins Hot 99.5 Washington For Nights

iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC has filled its evening opening with the addition of Emily Sklar. Sklar joins WIHT from iHeart’s “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit where she hosted middays since November 2015. She began her career at WKQI as an intern and producer on “Mojo in the Morning” before taking the midday slot. Sklar fills the evening opening at WIHT created by Elizabethany’s move to afternoons last year. iHeartMedia announced today that Emily Sklar has been named new On-Air Personality for Hot 99.5, D.C.’s No. 1 Hit Music Station & Home of The Kane Show, effective Monday, May 14th, 2018. Sklar will broadcast weeknights from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.   Sklar’s show is a high energy, fast-paced music intensive show and features the l...[Read More]

Tom Joyner Moves Back To WDMK In Detroit

Urban One Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK Detroit is re-adding the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Joyner, who aired on WDMK from 2005-2014, will return to the morning slot after being relegated to former sister 1200 WCHB and later 99.9 W260CB Hamtramck/WDMK-HD2. The return of Joyner to mornings at WDMK will see John Mason move to the 12-3pm slot and current 10am-3pm host Fantasee Blue move to 10am-12pm. Morning co-host Coco exits as the syndicated DL Hughley remains in afternoons and “Love and R&B with John Monds” in nights.

People Moves 4/16: Michelle Boros Departs KAMP

Michelle Boros has resigned her postion as Music Director/Midday host at Entercom CHR “97.1 Amp Radio” KAMP Los Angeles after eight years with the station. Prior to joining KAMP, Boros programmed and hosted afternoons on CHR “20 on 20” for XM Satellite Radio and worked in the Dallas market. Entercom News 950 WWJ Detroit has added Brooke Allen as afternoon co-anchor alongside Greg Bowman. Allen returns to WWJ from Michigan State University’s 870 WKAR Lansing where she served as the local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WWJ and multiple station in Los Angeles. Entercom Communications, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, and Detroit’s number one news station WWJ Ne...[Read More]

JoAnne Purtan Joins WOMC’s Morning Show

Entercom Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC Detroit has revealed the second half of its new morning show as JoAnne Purtan will take the spot across from Stephen Clark. Like Clark, Purtan spent her career in television news where she worked at WXYZ-TV as an anchor for twenty years until her contract was not renewed last month. Her family has a strong legacy at WOMC where her father Dick anchored mornings from 1996-2010 and sister Jackie worked alongside him for a time. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the addition of JoAnne Purtan as the new morning show co-host for 104.3 WOMC (WOMC-FM). Purtan will join Stephen Clark on the Detroit heritage classic hits radio station beginning on Monday, April 9. The “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephe...[Read More]

People Moves 4/3: First Thing Is A New Morning Host For WFOX

Connoisseur Media Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX Southport/Norwalk CT has revamped its on-air lineup as Allan Lamberti moves from afternoons to take over the “First Thing Fairfield County” morning show. Operations Manager Keith Dakin will fill the afternoon slot as former morning host Ken Tuccio exits after 15 months with the station. Hearst News/Talk 1090 WBAL Baltimore is moving evening host Brett Hollander to the 1-3pm slot vacated by Derek Hunter in December. Hollander, whose evening show was Sports based will segue to general talk focusing on local and state issues. Cumulus Media Hot AC 96.3 WDVD Detroit has promoted Jessica Tyler to Music Director. Tyler joined Cumulus Detroit last fall as APD/MD/Midday host of sister “93.1 Nash-FM” WDRQ and will...[Read More]

Stephen Clark To Lead New WOMC Detroit Morning Show

Entercom Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC Detroit has revealed that former WXYZ-TV news anchor Stephen Clark will join the station on Monday, April 2 to lead its new morning show. Clark retired at the end of February after 40 years in television including the last 16 years at WXYZ as their 6 and 11pm weekday anchor. He previously worked in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Washington DC, and at WCBS-TV New York before coming to Detroit. A co-host for the new “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephen Clark and…” will be revealed on Thursday, April 5. Bobby Mitchell and Stacey DuFord exited the morning slot at WOMC at the end of 2017 with former WKLB Boston morning host Jeff Miles filling in until a new permanent show was announced. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United Sta...[Read More]