KFAN Plus Debuts In Minneapolis

iHeartMedia has flipped LGBTQ “Pride Radio 96.7” K244FE Calhoun Beach/Minneapolis MN to Sports “KFAN Plus” utilizing the national Fox Sports Radio lineup. Creating a second Sports brand to pair with “100.3 KFAN” KFXN-FM Minneapolis, the move comes as Hubbard Radio’s “ESPN 1500” KSTP is preparing to eliminate most of its local shows. The station will be fed by 100.3 KFXN-HD2. The 96.7 signal registered a 0.0 share in the July 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings. iHeartMedia Minneapolis announced today the debut of KFAN Plus, Sports Radio 96.7, effective immediately. KFAN Plus, an expansion of KFAN 100.3, will broadcast exclusively on HD Radio and can also be streamed digitally on iHeartRadio. KFAN Plus will broadcast both local and national sport...[Read More]

First Listen: Cities 97.1 Minneapolis

For roughly twenty years, basically as long as there’s been Modern AC, “Cities 97” KTCZ Minneapolis has been darting back and forth around the place where that format and Triple-A converge. About five years ago, it landed in a place I really liked, finding the songs in Triple-A that deserved to cross to pop, playing them in aggressive rotations, and interspersing a few songs from Pink or Bruno Mars that were compatible sonically, if not in terms of artist image. Then the pop component kept growing. Cities never relinquished its name. It was still early on a few Triple-A or Alternative titles. But it was clearly a Hot AC station, elbowing rival KSTP-FM (KS95) as that station crowded Cities’ heritage CHR sister KDWB. One might have wished them to instead target those Modern AC fa...[Read More]

Joe Soucheray, Patrick Reusse & PD Brad Lane To All Exit KSTP

After 35 years paired together at Hubbard’s “1500 ESPN” KSTP St. Paul/Minneapolis, Joe Soucheray and Patrick Reusse will depart the station on September 7. Soucheray currently hosts “Garage Logic” from 1-3pm and Reusse hosts “The Ride With Reusse” from 4-6pm with the duo teamed together in-between from 3-4pm. They began hosting together on Monday Night Sports Talk in 1983. Soucheray told his listeners he will continue Garage Logic as a podcast. Also exiting the station will be Program Director Brad Lane. Lane has been with the station for 20 years starting as morning show producer before rising to Creative Director and weekend host and finally Program Director in 2011.

Fish Returns To Buz’n 102.9 Minneapolis

Entercom Country “Buz’n 102.9” KMNB Minneapolis has announced that Chris ‘Fish’ Shatek is returning to the station as Creative Imaging Director and midday host. Shatek previously served as night host and Imaging Director at KMNB from 2012-2015 before he transferred to sister Country 99.9 WKIS Miami where he most recently served as morning co-host. Shatek exited WKIS in June in order to move back to Minneapolis to be closer to family. Prior to joining KMNB in 2012, he hosted late nights at CHR 101.3 KDWB and mornings at Country “K102” KEEY in the Minneapolis market. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced the return of Chris “Fish” Shatek to BUZ’N @ 102.9 (KMNB-FM) in Minneapolis. Shatek was na...[Read More]

John Hines To Step Down From WCCO Daily Show

John Hines has announced he will step down from his 9am-12pm show on Entercom News/Talk 830 WCCO Minneapolis following the Minnesota State Fair this summer, but remain with the station in a part-time/fill-in role. Hines has been with WCCO since 2009, where he hosted evenings until 2009 before moving into the late morning slot in 2012. He has worked in the Minneapolis market for 45 years and is best known for his run co-hosting mornings at 99.5 WLOL with Bob Berglund and 17 years in that timeslot at iHeartMedia Country “K102” KEEY. He also spent time at 1280 WWTC, 1500 KSTP, 100.3 KTLK-FM, and KSTP-TV in the market. In a long blog post making the announcement, WCCO Program Director Lindsey Peterson wrote, “We’ll begin searching for a brand-new show that will run 9:00...[Read More]

Lucas Phelan Rises To KMNB Program Director

Entercom Country “Buz’n 102.9” KMNB Minneapolis has promoted Lucas Phelan from Assistant Program Director to Program Director. Phelan joines KMNB in October 2016 from iHeartMedia CHR 101.3 KDWB where he served as APD/MD/Afternoon Host and PD of Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 102.5” K273BH Fridley. Prior to coming to Minneapolis in 2005, Phelan worked in the Omaha and Kansas City markets. Phelan fills the opening created by Lauren Macleash’s exit earlier this year. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, elevated Lucas Phelan to the role of Program Director for BUZ’N @ 102.9 (KMNB-FM) in Minneapolis. This is in addition to Phelan’s on-air role. Phelan was previously the Assistant Program Director for the station. “We’re...[Read More]

People Moves 4/18: Draeger To Image WKQX

Nick Draeger is departing his position as Creative Imaging Director at Entercom Alternative “Alt 94.7” KKDO and CHR “106.5 The End” KUDL Sacramento to take the same position at Cumulus Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago. Draeger previously imaged 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles and Learfield Sports. I was waiting to post a press release, but since I’ve tip-toed around it, I’ll announce it: I was offered and accepted… Posted by Nick Draeger on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed audio imaging professional Nick Draeger as Creative Imaging Director for Chicago Rock radio station 101 WKQX-FM. Draeger joins Cumulus from Entercom-Sacramento, where he imaged Entercom’s various Rock formats, including KKDO/ALT 94.7. His career also includes im...[Read More]

Andy Bloom Joins Entercom Minneapolis As Operations Manager

Entercom has appointed Andy Bloom as Operations Manager of Country “Buz’n 102.9” KMNB, Variety Hits “104.1 Jack-FM” and News/Talk 830 WCCO Minneapolis. Bloom had been running his own Media and Communications consultancy since exiting his position as OM/PD of CBS Radio’s Sports 94.1 WIP and Talk 1210 WPHT Philadelphia in 2016. Earlier in his career he served as Vice President of Programming for Greater Media and Emmis Communications’ International division, and EVP of Coleman Research. He fills the opening created by the exit of Lauren Macleash in February. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced the appointment of Andy Bloom as Operations Manager for Entercom Minneapolis. In this role, Bloom w...[Read More]

FCC Report 3/8: More Power For Denver’s Wolf

FM Changes KSE Radio Ventures Country "92.5 The Wolf" KWOF Broomfield CO applies to increase power and drop their antenna height from 56kw/377m to 92.7kW/307m with a directional array pointed right into Denver while sacrificing its coverage in the Fort Collins market.

Miles Anzaldo Joins KROQ As Music Director

Miles Anzaldo is departing Go Media Alternative “Go 96.3” KQGO Edina/Minneapolis MN to join Entercom Alternative 106.7 KROQ Pasadena/Los Angeles as Music Director. Anzaldo has served as APD/MD/Afternoon host at KQGO since 2015. He previously spent 12 years at “Live 105” KITS San Francisco where he was Assistant Music Director and midday host when he departed. He fills the opening at KROQ created by Lisa Worden’s jump to iHeartMedia as Alternative Rock Brand Manager and PD of “Alt 98.7” KYSR Los Angeles in November 2017. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, has named Miles Anzaldo as the new Music Director for its Los Angeles station KROQ 106.7 FM, effective March 26. “After an extensive search for th...[Read More]

Suburban Minneapolis AM To Shutdown March 31

Dan Smith’s Endurance Broadcasting will shut down Full Service Standards 1220 KLBB Stillwater MN on March 31. The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that the station, which serves the eastern half of the Minneapolis/St. Paul market sold its 3.6 acre tower site to a nonprofit that plans on building senior housing on the site. Smith told the paper that, “I don’t want to do it, but it’s so difficult running an AM radio station on the fringe of a large metro. It’s been a real challenge.” He also stated he was unsuccessful in selling the license/IP. KLBB served as the flagship station for St. Paul Saints baseball and as the Twin Cities affiliate for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. The Saints told the Pioneer-Press that they intend to announce a new flagship station within the next two week...[Read More]

Hot 102.5 Minneapolis Flips To Urban

iHeartMedia flipped Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 102.5” K273BH Fridley/97.1 KTCZ-HD3 Minneapolis to Urban on February 12. Now positioned as “Twin Cities’ Hip-Hop And R&B”, the move takes K273BH out of direct format competition with Cumulus’ Classic Hip-Hop trimulcast “105 The Vibe” 105.1 WGVX Lakeville, 105.3 WRXP Cambridge and 105.7 WWWM-FM Eden Prairie and into one with Go Media’s “Go 95.3” KZGO St. Paul. K273BH held a 1.2 share in the Holiday 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings while The Vibe held a 0.9. The move comes with the addition of the syndicated Breakfast Club for mornings. The remainder of the on-air lineup includes WHRK Memphis middayer Big Sue, WMIB Miami afternoon host Papa Keith, WJBT Jacksonville afternoon host Tee-Roy...[Read More]

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