Following the removal of Bubba The Love Sponge last week, Beasley Media Rock “96 K-Rock” 96.1 WRXK-FM Bonita Springs/Fort Myers FL has announced the addition of the Dave & Chuck The Freak Show based at sister 101.1 WRIF Detroit. Dave Hunter, Charles Urquhart and Lisa May joined WRIF in May 2013 after an eleven year run at “89X” CIMX Windsor ON/Detroit. The show was added at “Alt 92.9” WBOS Boston last July. Beasley Media Group, LLC., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show will now be simulcast weekday morning from 6AM-10:30AM on WRXK-FM/96 k-rock in Ft. Myers and Naples, Florida beginning on Monday, July 16, 2018. The Dave & Chuck the Fr...[Read More]
Former 102.5 KSFM Sacramento MD/Afternoon host Eliseo ‘Short-E’ Cierra has been appointed Program Director for iHeartMedia Hot AC “Y100.1” WZJZ Port Charlotte and Rhythmic CHR “105.5 The Beat” Naples Park/Fort Myers FL. Cierra served as Music Director and afternoon host at KSFM until this past April. He previously spent eight years at 103.5 KBMB/KHHM Sacramento. In addition to programming the two stations he will also serve as afternoon host on WBTT. He fills the opening created by Eric Rosado’s move to 93.3 KUBE Seattle as APD/Afternoon host in May. iHeartMedia announced today that Eliseo “Short-E” Cierra has been named Program Director for 105.5 The Beat, Southwest Florida’s Party Station, and Y100.1, ‘90s To Now, effective immediately. iHeartMed...[Read More]
Fort Myers Broadcasting Company Spanish Tropical “Rumbera Radio” 1200 WJUA Pine Island Center/Fort Myers and 1460 WNPL Naples FL has rebranded as “Maxima 97.3/95.7“. With 1200 pperating under new WAXA call letters as the station continues to emphasize translators 97.3 W247CR Pine Island Center and 95.7 W239CL Golden Gate, the station is now promoting that it is running Commercial-Free. WAXA/WNPL continues to flank sister Spanish CHR “97.7 Latino” WTLQ Punta Rassa against Beasley Media’s “Playa 98.1” W251AL Fort Myers. Core artists at Maxima include Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony, and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
After nearly two years of waiting for the FCC to approve their acquisition of Spanish Christian “Radio Nueva Vida” 98.5 WLVO San Carlos Park/Fort Myers FL, Sun Broadcasting has closed on the purchase from Educational Media Foundation. As tipped in this morning’s Daily Domains, Sun wasted no time and has flipped the station to Urban “Fly 98.5” with new WFFY calls in place. Positioned as “Non-Stop Hip-Hop” the station is being led by veteran programmer Scrap Jackson. Jackson previously spent a decade programming iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “105.5 The Beat” WBTT and CHR “Z100” WZJZ in the Fort Myers market and also helped launch “B96” KTTB Minneapolis and “Radio Now 93.1” WNOU Indianapolis during his career...[Read More]
Beasley Sports “99.3 ESPN” WWCN Fort Myers Beach FL has named Pete Sheppard as new co-host of its afternoon show with Craig Sheman. Sheppard joins WWCN from New England where he worked at multiple stations including Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM and “NBC Sports 1510” WUFC Boston and “ESPN New Hampshire” WGHM Nashua. Shemon joined WWCN in April to fill the hole created by the exit of David Moulton earlier this year. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has named Pete Sheppard as the new afternoon drive co-host with Craig Shemon 99.3 ESPN/WWCN-FM in Fort Myers-Naples, Florida. He began his new position on May 22, 2017. “I am so excited to be part of the ESPN SWFL 99.3FM family and to be working aftern...[Read More]
Cumulus Media has hired Bruce ‘Randy Savage’ Murry as Operations Manager of its cluster in Wilkes-Barre PA and PD/Afternoon Host at Country “93.7 Nash-FM” WSJR Dallas PA. Savage has spent the last 20 years as PD of Renda Broadcasting’s four stations in Fort Myers FL: News/Talk 98.9 WGUF, Country “Gator Country 101.9” WWGR, Variety Hits “102.9 Bob-FM” WJGO, and Hot AC “104.7 The Mix” WSGL. He also hosted afternoons at WWGR. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 29-year radio programming professional Randy Savage (AKA Bruce Murry) as Operations Manager of its five-station cluster in Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA. Savage was also appointed as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host of NASH FM 93.7/WSJR-FM. Savage joins Cumulu...[Read More]
A couple weeks ago we rounded up a number of format changes that took place under the radar. Since that report we’ve been tipped off to a number of additional changes. Shortly after Point Broadcasting closed on its acquisition of Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA on August 31, the station dropped its format and is currently running a jockless/commercial-free version of the Rhythmic Oldies “Old School” format it operates on 104.7 KOCP Oxnard and 104.7 KQIE Redlands/Riverside and a few other stations in Southern California. Townsquare Media CHR “PopCrush 97.1” KKBR Billings MT relaunched in July as “97.1 Kiss-FM“. Mountain Broadcasting debuted Oldies “Boomer 106.3” K292GH/KMSO-HD3 Missoula MT. The station is focusing on the 1960s and promotin...[Read More]
One thing I’ve noticed over the course of this year, I’ve noticed more and more format changes and station rebrandings happening under the radar. Some we’ve heard about from one source but were never able to verify for weeks or months as they took place with no announcements from the station and a lacking online presence. Once again, how do you expect listeners to find you if you don’t let them know you exist. Here’s a rundown of changes from this year we have not seen reported here or anywhere else: Liberman Broadcasting rebranded Regional Mexican “La Bonita 106.7” KZZA Muenster/Dallas TX as “La Ranchera 106.7” and began simulcasting on what was “ESPN Deportes 1540” KZMP University Park in early September. Radio WEBS flippe...[Read More]
After a few days of stunting as “La Dura Radio Viagra“, Beasley Media’s translator trimulcast 96.5 W243BM Suncoast Estates, 98.1 W251AL Fort Myers and 105.1 W286AK Naples FL/96.1 WRXK-HD2 has flipped to Spanish Tropical as “Playa 98.1“. Branded as “Salsa y Mas”, Playa 98.1 is being overseen by Beasley Southwest Florida OM Adam Star and “Maxima 92.5” WYUU Tampa Program Director Nio Fernandez. The newest radio station in Southwest Florida from the Beasley Media Group, Playa 98.1 (WRXK-HD2) will feature Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more, by artists such Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique – Y MUCHOS MAS!!!!. Playa 98.1 is the new Latin station that celebrates rhythms of “Salsa y Mas!” (Salsa and More!) “...[Read More]
Beasley Media Rock “96 K-Rock” 96.1 WRXK-FM Bonita Springs/Fort Myers FL has named ‘Ron Way’ Miller as its new Program Director. Miller joins WRXK-FM from Evans Broadcasting “100.9 The Bandit” KURK Reno where he served as OM/PD/Afternoon Host. He will also host middays at WRXK. He fills the vacancy created by Jeff Zito’s transfer to 98.7 WBRN Tampa. Lance Hale had been announced in June to be taking the job, but never started. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: BBGI) today confirmed Ron Miller has been named Program Director at the longtime leading Fort Myers station WRXK / 96K-ROCK. His first day is today, Monday, August 1. He will serve as Program Director, but also will go on air as “Ron Way” from M...[Read More]
Station Sales Starboard Media Foundation is acquiring multiple stations in Fort Myers FL. Starboard will acquire Classic Country “Twang 106.7” 1410 WMYR Fort Myers and 106.7 W294AN Fort Myers Beach from Mark Follett’s Gulf Breeze Radio License LLC for $546,733.82. The Catholic operator will also purchase AC “98FM Marco Island” 1480 WVOI and Spanish CHR “Ardiente Radio” 1660 WCNZ Marco Island from Almodovar Media Corporation for the assumption of the $356,266.18 owed on the promissory note by Almodovar to previous owner J&B WCNZ/WVOI LLC. Starboard will begin operating WMYR/W294AN and WCNZ via LMA on Monday, August 1 with their “Relevant Radio” Catholic programming. It’s very rare to see Educational Media Foundation sell off a...[Read More]
The new antenna at One World Trade Center in New York has its first radio applicant. Rahul Walia has spent the past several months moving the former 104.7 W284BW Franklin Township NJ across Central New Jersey. Now licensed to Perth Amboy NJ, W284BW now seeks to move to the newly constructed tower with 99 watts vertical/464 meters. The translator will operate with a very highly directional signal to protect Pamal CHR "K104.7" WSPK Poughkeepsie NY with all of its coverage going east towards Queens or southwest towards Staten Island and Bayonne NJ. W284BW is currently licensed to rebroadcast SBS Spanish AC "Amor 93.1" WPAT-FM Paterson NJ.