Cumulus Media has announced that Sid Kelly is moving from the Program Director position at CHR 97.5 WABD Mobile to the same slot at “Energy 93.9” WYRG Lawrence/Indianapolis IN. Filling Kelly’s opening in Mobile will be Jimmy Steele. Steele joined Cumulus Mobile in June 2017 as Operation Manager and midday host at WABD. He has also served as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia Salisbury MD, Director of Operations/Brand Manager for Saga Communications Columbus OH, OM/Director of Programming for Clear Channel San Diego, VP/Programming and PD of CHR 97.9 WNCI Columbus OH, PD of CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW Nashville, and Rock AC “Y102” WRFY Reading PA. Kelly heads to Indianapolis to oversee WYRG after nearly three years overseeing WABD. He previously spent much of his c...[Read More]
Dot Com Plus has launched “92.5 The Crab” W223BX Saraland/Mobile AL. Fed via 92.1 WZEW-HD2, the “Crab” name is an acronym for “Classic Rock And Blues”. Program Director Tim Camp tells AL.com that the station will emphasize deeper cuts. The launch places W223BX up against iHeartMedia Classic Rock “96.1 The Rocket” WRKH, which currently ranks second in the market with a 5.8 share.
After its Urban “Beat” format and branding was moved to 107.3 WRGV Pensacola in December, iHeartMedia has finally launched a new format on 100.3 W262BL/99.9 WMXC-HD2 Mobile AL. W262BL flipped to Gospel “Hallelujah 100.3” this morning. The new format gives an FM competitor to Cumulus’ 900 WGOK Mobile and Eternity Media Group’s 1220 WERM Fairhope.
Cumulus Media has promoted Don Boyd to VP/Market Manager of its five stations in Mobile AL. Boyd has spent the past three years as General Sales Manager for the company’s Atlanta GA properties and also worked for the company from 2001-2008 as GSM of its Nashville properties. He has also served as Regional Manager for Bott Radio Network, Vice President of Advertising for Dickey Publishing, Regional Generl Manager of Root Communications during his career. Boyd replaces Angel Brown, who exited Cumulus to join iHeartMedia Norfolk as Market President in June. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted radio executive Don Boyd to Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Media-Mobile, AL, which operates five radio stations including: 104.1 WDLT-FM; WXQW 660 AM, News/Information; 97.5 WABD...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has flipped CHR “107.3 Kiss-FM” WRGV Pensacola FL to Urban “107.3 The Beat“. WRGV assumes the programming and branding of 100.3 W262BL/99.9 WMXC-HD2 Mobile AL as the station covers both markets. W262BL registered a 1.5 share in the Mobile market in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while Cumulus Media’s competing Urban 92.9 WBLX was second overall with a 11.2 share. WRGV registered a 2.5 share in the Spring 2017 ratings in the Pensacola market and now leaves Cumulus’ 97.5 WABD Mobile as the only CHR in either market.
Cumulus Media has appointed Jimmy Steele as Operations Manager for its five stations in Mobile AL and Program Director of Conservative Talk 660 WXQW. Steele most recently served as PD/Morning Host of iHeartMedia Rock AC “Y102.5” WRFY and Spanish CHR “Rumba 92.3” 1340 WRAW Reading PA until his exit in February. He has also served as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia Salisbury MD, Director of Operations/Brand Manager for Saga Communications Columbus OH, OM/Director of Programming for Clear Channel San Diego, VP/Programming and PD of CHR 97.9 WNCI Columbus OH, and PD of CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW Nashville. In Mobile, Steele will oversee Urban “93 BLX” 92.9 WBLX, CHR 97.5 WABD, Urban AC 104.1 WDLT, WXQW, and “Gospel 900” WGOK. Cumulus ...[Read More]
A slow week for FCC applications sees a Mobile AM look to remove a tower and a Spokane AM on the move.
Cumulus Media is syndicating Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter’s morning show based at CHR “107.1 WA1A” WAOA Melbourne FL to sister stations “Z96” 96.5 WZNS Fort Walton Beach and 97.5 WABD Mobile AL. “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” will debut on both stations on Monday, September 26. In both markets the current morning shows will move to another daypart. At WZNS Gilligan will move from mornings to 9am-2pm, with Hayden adding the 2pm hour to his afternoon show. In Mobile, John Marty moves from mornings to afternoons while Program Director Sid Kelly shifts from afternoons to middays. Both stations carry the syndicated Zach Sang Show at night. Cumulus Media announces that Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter’s popular morning show, Zazza Mornings with Cheree, current...[Read More]
iHeartMedia and The University of South Alabama are partnering to launch Sports “99.5 The Jag” W258AY Mobile AL on Saturday, April 2. The new station will simulcast the Uncle Henry morning show from sister Conservative Talk 710 WNTM from 5-9am and Fox Sports Radio the rest of the day. USA’s Jaguar Sports Properties will have the right to program their own shows at any time as well as serve as flagship of the school’s football, mens and womens basketball, baseball, softball and select other sports play-by-play coverage. As part of the deal the school’s football coverage will move from iHeart AC 99.9 WMXC to Classic Rock “96.1 The Rocket” WRKH. The new format will give a direct FM Sports competitor to Dot Com Plus’ 105.5 WNSP Bay Minette. Intro...[Read More]
Station Sales While Save KPLU attempts to raise the money to purchase the station, The University of Washington has filed its application to purchase 88.5 KPLU Tacoma, its three simulcasts, and eight translators from Pacific Lutheran University for $8 million following the sale’s announcement in November. As part of the deal, all current employees will be terminated prior to closing and the KPLU call letters are excluded. The other facilities involved in the deal are 88.9 KPLK Sedro-Woodley, 89.3 KVIX Port Angeles, 90.1 KPLI Olympia, 88.7 K204BI Bellingham, 90.1 K211AP Centralia, 90.3 K212AG Raymond, 92.1 K221FR West Seattle, 96.7 K244EV Arial, 100.9 K265DP Aberdeen, 104.7 K284BM Longview and 105.5 K288GG Mount Vernon. Marianne Barton’s Mid-Utah Radio will merge into husband Do...[Read More]
With the 250 mile Translator Waiver period starting on Friday, the week leading up to it featured many licensees rushing to get their applications in first. Expecting hundreds of applications to flood the FCC with their waiver applications, we will be featuring daily updates next week with all the translator applications as they are added to the CDBS. To get this information and much more please consider subscribing to RadioInsight Premium today! FM Changes As we reported earlier in the week, Radio Wahpeton Breckenridge is purchasing Classic Hits “92.7 The Drive” KZDR Kindred ND and moving it out of the Fargo market. KZDR applies to relocate to Wahpeton MN with 6kw/46m. To make the move of KZDR possible, Radio Fargo-Moorhead’s 107.9 KPFX Fargo applies to change city-of-li...[Read More]
iHeartMedia AC “Lite Mix 99.9” WMXC Mobile has rebranded as simply “Mix 99.9“. No other changes were made to the station’s sound or lineup outside of the new name and logo. WMXC continues to air the syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi in mornings.