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 7/23: Lineup Changes Across New York City

Following the relaunch of 102.7 WNEW New York last week, pieces of the on-air puzzle have begun to be revealed. Social media posting indicate that Karen Carson remains in mornings solo following the exit of co-host Jeffrey Jameson with the format change. Midday host Christine Richie has moved to nights from 7pm-12am. Mike Adam remains in afternoons from 3-7pm. Former night host Cane Peterson is moving across the hall to mornings at Alternative “Alt 92.3” WNYL. The move marks a return to the 92.3 frequency as he previous hosted nights and afternoons at the station during its “K-Rock” heyday along with Lee ‘Crazie Cabbie’ Mroszak. Peterson also has worked at VH-1, multiple outlets in the Minneapolis market and had been with WNEW since 2014 with stints in m...[Read More]

People Moves 7/16: Shelly Dunn To Retire From DSC

While Dave Rickards and Cookie ‘Chainsaw’ Randolph are still negotiating their future, The S in the DSC Morning Show at TEGNA Rock “100.7 KFM-BFM” KFMB-FM San Diego is calling it a career. Shelly Dunn will exit the show on Friday, July 27 after 28 years with the show. Dunn began her career at KATT Oklahoma City and also worked in Dallas and Phoenix where she met Randolph and went with him to San Diego. She also voicetracks middays at Alpha Media Rock 93.7 KCLB Palm Springs. Mike Kruz is moving from middays at Cox Media Group CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC Miami to afternoons at sister AC “Easy 93.1” WFEZ. Jeanne Ashley, who has served as Music Director and afternoon host since 2012 has exited the station. Carey Edwards has been named Program Director and Morning Host at Redwo...[Read More]

Walo Dávila Jumps To iHeartMedia To Program TÚ 94.9 Miami

IHeartMedia Spanish CHR “TÚ 94.9” WZTU Miami has appointed Walo Dávila as Program Director. Dávila joins iHeartMedia from Univision where he was programming “Mix 98.3” WRTO Miami and “X96.3” WXNY New York since 2006. He has also worked in San Juan, where he hosted an evening talk show on 580 WKAQ from 2013-2017 while based in Miami. iHeartMedia Miami’s TÚ 94.9, Donde Viven Tus Hits, announced today that Walo Dávila has been named Program Director, effective July 9. iHeartMedia Miami has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than eight stations comprised of music, talk and news formats. iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple ...[Read More]

JP In; Joe Raineri Out In Mornings At Revolution 93.5 Miami

ANCO Media Group has made a change in mornings at Dance “Revolution 93.5” WZFL Islamorada/WBGF Belle Glade/WHYI-HD2/W228BV Fort Lauderdale/W228BY Miami FL as JP replaces Joe Raineri in mornings. Yojhans ‘JP’ Perez, who exited mornings at Entercom Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” 96.5 WPOW-FM Miami in January will join Revolution 93.5 alongside co-host Lady Gigi starting Monday, June 18. Perez worked at WPOW for twelve years starting as an intern before moving up to nights and then mornings in 2012. JP’s entrance leads to the exit of Joe Raineri after just over a year in the morning slot. Raineri joined the station in May 2017 after runs in mornings at Hot AC 97.9 WRMF and Sports 640 WMEN West Palm Beach.

Rick Party Departs Hot 105 Miami

Along with the departure of afternoon host Felisha Monet from Cox Media Group Urban “99 Jamz” WEDR Miami, Rick Party has exited the same daypart at sister Urban AC “Hot 105” WHQT. Party joined WHQT for afternoons in 2013 and was later joined by Benji Brown. When the station picked up the relaunched Michael Baisden in February 2017 the duo moved to 12-3pm and then returned to afternoons at the start of 2018. Brown will remain in afternoon solo as Party states he was unable to come to terms on a new contract. Party previously worked at WHQT in the early 1990s and at WGCI and WKSC Chicago, WBLS New York and WEDR Miami in his career. Turning to the next chapter of my life… Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches, Thank you for allowing me to… Posted by Ric...[Read More]

Felisha Monet Exits 99 Jamz Miami

Afternoon host Felisha Monet is departing Cox Media Group Urban “99 Jamz” WEDR Miami after a decade at the station. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports that Monet is exiting to focus on her nonprofit “I Am Greater Than Yesterday”, telling the paper “I am excited to start this new chapter in my life and career. Having a long career with 99 Jamz was a dream and a goal – and I’m happy that I can place a check mark next to that. I’m excited about what’s happening next – and eager to enter into the next chapter.” Monet joined WEDR in 2008 and moved her way up from overnights to nights replacing DJ Khaled and then afternoons.

People Moves 4/17: Tony Lorino Out As Star 94.1 Atlanta PD

Tony Lorino has exited his role as Program Director of Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Smyrna/Atlanta after nearly three years Lorino joined WSTR in July 2015 from Entercom’s “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City upon the company’s acquisition of the station. He also has served as APD of “99.1 The Mix” WMYX Milwaukee for Entercom and has worked in Des Moines and Fargo. NIA Broadcasting Urban Oldies 1150 WTMP Egypt Lake/97.5 W248CA St. Petersburg FL has appointed Albie Dee as Program Director. Dee most recently served as Operations Manager for Adams Radio Group in Salisbury MD and is known for his long run in the Baltimore/Washington DC markets most famously at 95.5 WPGC and 102.7 WXYV. Gary Williams is stepping down as Program Director of Cox Media Group...[Read More]

People Moves 4/5: Rob Morris Exits Entercom Miami

Just weeks after losing the Program Director duties at “99.9 Kiss Country” WKIS-FM Boca Raton/Miami, Rob Morris has exited Entercom Miami completely. Morris had served as Vice President of Programming and Program Director of CHR “Power 96” 96.5 WPOW-FM since December 2014. Morris is best known for his seventeen year run programming iHeartMedia CHR 101.3 KDWB Minneapolis and later programmed for CBS Radio in Minneapolis and Tampa before heading to Miami. Tegna Rock “100.7 KFM-BFM” KFMB-FM San Diego is moving Program Director/Evening host Mike Vasquez to afternoons where he will join current host Mikey Esparza for the newly renamed “Mikey & V Show”. Esparza, who previously hosted nights and mornings at “Rock 105.3” KIOZ and mornings at Alt...[Read More]

John O’Connell Adds PD Duties At 99.9 WKIS Miami

Entercom Country “Kiss Country 99.9” WKIS-FM Boca Raton/Miami FL has appointed John O’Connell as Program Director. O’Connell has been in the market since 2015 as Program Director of sister Alternative “104.3 The Shark” WSFS and also previously programmed Classic Hits “102.7 The Beach” WMXJ. He takes over the WKIS duties from Rob Morris, who remains in place as VP/Programming for the cluster and PD of Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” 96.5 WPOW-FM. O’Connell has previous experience in Country as OM/PD of 107.9 WIRK West Palm Beach from 2008-2012 and briefly in 2013 at 99.5 WQYK Tampa. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced the appointment of John O’Connell to the role of Program ...[Read More]

People Moves 2/22: No More Toast In Miami

Greg ‘Toast’ Lamega is out as morning co-host at Entercom Alternative “104.3 The Shark” WSFS Miramar/Miami FL. Lamega joined WSFS in October 2015 as night host and moved to mornings to join Ashley Owen on “The Big Mistake with Ashley & Toast” the following February. Prior to joining WSFS he served as producer and sportscaster on the Paul & Young Ron Show on iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG-FM. Ashley Owen remains in place in mornings. Dennis Martinez has exited his role as Program Director at Entercom Alternative “FM 101.9” WQMP and Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX Orlando. Martinez joined then CBS Radio owned WOMX and CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WQMP in October 2015 after previously programming stations such as “Wild 10...[Read More]

Cox Media Group Promotes Jill Strada & Crystal Gans In Miami

Cox Media Group has made a pair of promotions at its Miami cluster. Jill Strada rises from Director of Branding and Programming at CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC and Urban “99 Jams” 99.1 WEDR to Director of Operations adding oversight of all programming marketing, promotions, and digital content at those two stations plus Soft AC “Easy 93.1” WFEZ and Urban AC “Hot 105” 105.1 WHQT. Strada joined WFLC as programmer in 2014 and added duties at WEDR the following year. Strada previously programmed crosstown Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” WPOW Miami as well as Cox’ “Power 95.3” WPYO Orlando and Emmis’ Urban “Hot 97” WQHT and now-defunct Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS New York Concurrently, Crystal Gans rises from Digital Sales Manager for the four Miami stations to ...[Read More]