Blount Broadcasting Company launched Sports “Rocky Top Sports” 850 WKVL Knoxville/100.9 W267CK Maryville TN today. Rocky Top Sports will feature Jayson Swain in mornings from 7-10am. Swain, a former University of Tennessee wide receiver, previously hosted mornings on 1180 WVLZ Knoxville until that station went silent and was sold earlier this year. The station has also entered into a content partnership with RockyTopInsider.com. The former Classic Country format that had been heard on WKVL, will remain on 1400 WGAP Maryville and its newly launched 105.9 W290DJ translator.
Scott Lindy has departed his position as Cumulus Corporate Program Director and at Country “Kicks 101.5” WKHX Atlanta. Lindy joined Cumulus in May 2015 to program 95.5 WFMS Indianapolis and moved to WKHX the following October. Lindy spent 4 1/2 years as OM/PD of Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta under Lincoln Financial Media ownership until its sale to Entercom in 2014 and 2+ years programming Country “94.9 The Bull” WUBL Atlanta. He has also programmed 93.1 WPOC Baltimore and served as Senior Director of Music Programming for Sirius Satellite Radio. Adam Rondeau has resigned from his position as morning co-host at Saga Communications Country 101.9 WPOR-FM Portland ME to relocate closer to family in Connecticut. Jon Shannon and Joe Lerman remain in place at ...[Read More]
FCC Actions Four previously dismissed translator applications from the July 2017 filing window have been reinstated. Township Media's AAA "Sun Radio" 1490 KTSN Austin TX (96.1), Southern Broadcast Media's Oldies 980 WTOB Winston-Salem NC (100.7), WJBW LLC's Haitian "Radio Azure" 1000 WJBW Jupiter FL (93.7 West Palm Beach), and American Media Investment's Gospel "1450 The Dove" KQYX Galena KS (92.9 Joplin MO) all had their applications dismissed last September because those licenses were associated with applications done during the 2016 250 mile waiver period. But those applications were all dismissed. As the AM Revitalization rules specify one new translator per AM license and not one application per license, all have been reinstated. The FCC has opened a Proposed Rule Making for amend...[Read More]
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]
Station Sales Shamrock Communications is selling Alternative 104.1 KRZQ Fallon/Reno NV to John Burkavage’s Big Horn Media for $200,000. Burkavage was the previous General Manager of Shamrock’s Reno cluster until retiring in 2015. He also spent a decade with Entercom as the Market Manager of its Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Greenville/Spartanburg clusters. He is currently operating the station via LMA, while Shamrock retains its other three FMs in the Reno market. After going silent rather than converting its satellite dish, Continental Broadcasting Corp. of Arizona sells 1480 KPHX Phoenix to Cedar Cove Broadcasting for $100,000. In the Atlanta suburbs, Multicultural Broadcasting sells Brokered Caribbean 1430 WGFS Covington GA to Light Media Holdings for $50,000. Jon Yinger’s...[Read More]
Tony Randall and Kris Rochester are joining Cumulus Country 107.7 WIVK Knoxville for mornings. The pair will replace Andy & Alison who announced their plans to leave in June once replacements were found. Tony & Kris are best known for their long run at 97.3 KSON and 95.7 KUSS San Diego and hosted a syndicated show from 2009 until this past May when they announced their intentions to break up to pursue separate ventures following a 25 year run working together. Just weeks later the duo is reuniting to become WIVK’s fourth morning show in its 50+ year history. After a nationwide search for only the fourth morning radio show in the history of powerhouse Country station WIVK, Cumulus Media announces that legendary radio personalities Tony Randall and Kris Rochester – known on-a...[Read More]
Colleen Addair is leaving Cumulus Country 107.7 WIVK Knoxville after 28 years with the station, the last two decades in middays. Addair, who is resigning from the station on her own terms, will exit following her show on Friday, October 7. She joined WIVK for nights in 1988 and moved to middays in 1996. While the station is no longer the 20+ share powerhouse it was in the past, WIVK is still the consistent leader in the Knoxville market. Today is an emotional day for me. When you've been somewhere and given your life to something for 28 years, it's gonna… Posted by Colleen Addair on Monday, October 3, 2016
Cumulus Country 107.7 WIVK Knoxville has hired Sean ‘Mac’ McNally for their 7pm-12am shift Monday through Saturday. McNally joins WIVK from Brewer Broadcasting where he served as PD/Morning Host at “Cat Country” Chattanooga until its flip to Classic Hits late last year. McNally’s program will include content from Cumulus’ syndicated Nash Nights Live with Sean Parr and Elaina Smith that currently airs in that timeslot. Cumulus Media announces that legendary Knoxville Country radio station, 107.7 WIVK will add Sean “Mac” McNally to its on-air line-up Monday through Saturday from 7PM to Midnight. The move enhances the time slot’s NASH Nights Live programming by delivering local flavor, on-location broadcasts and commentary from McNally, while continuing to ...[Read More]
Arm & Rage LLC Urban AC 1040 WJBE Powell/99.7 W259AV Knoxville TN has flipped from Urban AC to Urban. Now branded as “Jammin 99.7“, WJBE is swapping out the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show for Steve Harvey. The flip places WJBE in direct competition with Scripps’ Rhythmic CHR “Hot 104.5” WKHT.
Station Sales After selling 94.1 K231BQ Golden CO to iHeartMedia, Marc Paskin’s Marco Broadcasting Corporation winds down operations with the sale of 1550 KBUD Golden/Denver to Chuck Lontine’s Marconi Wireless of Colorado for $25,000. Lontine’s group is planning on launching “96.9 The Cloud” K245AD Arvada/Boulder in early 2016, which KBUD could serve as originating signal. In addition to beginning to operate 590 KFNS Wood River IL/St. Louis via LMA, Markel Radio Group LLC will acquire the station for $250,000 plus an additional $50,000 in fees from Detalus Consulting, the bankruptcy receiver for Grand Slam Sports. Prior to the sale closing, Markel will end its LMA with 1380 KXFN St. Louis. Grand Crown Resorts of Pigeon Forge sells Silent 930 WSEV Sevierville T...[Read More]
Station Sales Rob Meredith’s M&M Broadcasting acquires Southern Gospel “Praise 96.3” WJBZ-FM Seymour/Knoxville, TN from Seymour Communications for $900,000 cash and a $100,000 consulting fee to Doug Hutchins paid $1000 per month for 100 months. M&M owns Classic Country “96.7 Merle-FM” WMYL Halls Crossings/Knoxville. Santamaria Broadcasting acquires Regional Mexican “La Raza 1400” KMNV St. Paul and 1470 KMNQ Brooklyn Park, MN from Davidson Media for $1.2 Million minus the prorated amounts already paid from their Time Brokerage Agreement. Lighthouse Radio Group sells Smooth Jazz “105.9 The Wave” KYSJ Coos Bay, OR to John Hunt’s Hunt Broadcasting for $135,000. A November 2014 sale to Post Rock Communications never closed. J...[Read More]