Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Press Communications Appeal Over WBHX Move

The Supreme Court has upheld the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in November 2017 over its 2010 application seeking to relocate 99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ to 99.3 by declining to hear the case. Law 360 reports that the “rejection of the case was handed down Monday without further explanation, as is customary”. Press Communications sought to move 99.7 WBHX to 99.3, while forcing Equity Communications Rhythmic CHR “99.3 The Buzz” WZBZ Pleasantville to 99.7 via Show Cause Order. The hitch in the process was that Press’ application was predicated on the license of Atlantic City High School’s 88.9 WAJM Atlantic City being considered expired. WAJM would later enter into a consent decree with the FCC over multiple violations including the late renew...[Read More]

FCC Report 1/28: Two Virginia Stations Heading To License Renewal Hearing

The FCC has designated Birach Broadcasting's 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach for a license renewal hearing. Since Birach acquired WBVA and WVAB in 2008, both stations have been off the air most of the time as the stations lost their former facility due to vandalism in March 2008. From a term running from when Birach closed on its purchase on 4/1/08 through 11/30/17 WBVA operated for a total of 66 days from a temporary facility with 30 watts. WVAB has been on for 357 days during that same period with a 6 watt STA. The stations both applied for a new permanent facility in 2013 but their Construction Permits expired unbuilt. In hearings like this the burden of proof is on Birach to tell the commission why it should be granted renewals of its licenses. The licensee must p...[Read More]

107.1 The Boss Debuts On-Air Staff

Press Communications Classic Rock “107.1 The Boss” WWZY Long Branch/99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ debuted its on-air lineup this morning. Mornings will be hosted by Rob Acampora and Wendy McClure with “The Morning Kickstart”. Acampora moves over from nights at sister Country “Thunder 106” 106.3 WKMK Eatontown/106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township and has also worked at Alternative “FM 106.3” WHTG-FM and CHRs 93.7 WSTW Wilmington DE, “B104” WAEB-FM Allentown PA, and “B98.5” WBBO Ocean Acres NJ in his career. McClure previously co-hosted mornings at WBBO from 2002-2004 and has also worked at “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia, WPST Trenton, Total Traffic Network, and Wall Street Journal Radio Network. Michelle Amabile joins The Boss...[Read More]

WOBM/WADB Go To The Beach

Townsquare Media has flipped News/Talk 1160 WOBM Lakewood Township/1310 WADB Asbury Park NJ to Oldies “Beach Radio“. The new format focuses on 60s and 70s music, but joins a crowded field that includes Press Communications Oldies “Great Gold 1410” WHTG Eatontown, Soft Oldies “99.7 The Island” WBHX Tuckerton, and Beasley Media Classic Hits 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin.

Jeff Rafter Named Press Communications VP/Programming

Jeff Rafter has exited his role as OM/PD/Afternoon host at Beasley AC “Magic 98.3” WMGQ New Brunswick NJ to join Press Communications as Vice President of Programming. Rafter will directly oversee Hot AC “Fun 107.1” WWZY Long Branch, Oldies 1410 WHTG Eatontown, and Soft AC “99.7 The Island” WBHX Tuckerton NJ. He had been with WMGQ since 2007 and had been with Greater Media since 2002 as OM/PD of Classic Hits 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin. Rafter also spent a decade as OM/PD of AC 92.7 WOBM-FM Toms River. Press also owns CHR “B98.5” WBBO Ocean Acres and Country simulcast “Thunder 106” 106.3 WKMK Eatontown/106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township NJ.

Press Communications Elects New COO/Market President

Press Communications has hired Don Dalesio as its new Chief Operating Officer and Market President for its five stations in Monmouth/Ocean NJ. Dalesio joins Press from Townsquare Media where he served as Market President for their Monmouth/Ocean properties. He has been in the market since 1996 when he joined Nassau Broadcasting to oversee the stations that would later transfer to Millenium Radio Group and then Townsquare. Press Communications owns CHR “B98.5” WBBO Ocean Acres, Soft AC “99.7 The Island” WBHX Tuckerton, Country “Thunder 106” 106.3 WKMK Eatontown/106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township, Hot AC “Fun 107.1” WWZY Long Branch, and Oldies “Great Gold 1410” WHTG Eatontown in the Monmouth/Ocean market. Press Communications, LLC (“Pr...[Read More]

Dan Finn Joins Beasley As New Jersey Market Manager

Another of Greater Media’s senior managers will remain with Beasley Media following the company’s acquisition. Dan Finn, who has served as Regional General Manager and Senior Vice President for Greater Media New Jersey since 2001, will remain in charge of those properties with the new title of Senior Vice President/Market Manager. Finn also served as President/Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Broadcasting prior to Greater Media’s acquisition of the company in 2001. The stations Finn oversees serve three markets in New Jersey: Rock 105.5 WDHA-FM Dover and Oldies 1250 WMTR Morristown are in the Morristown market, AC “Magic 98.3” WMGQ and Talk 1450 WCTC New Brunswick are located in the Middlesex/Somerset/Union market. Rock “95.9 The Rat” WRAT Poi...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/30: A New AM For New Orleans

Pittman Broadcasting Services seeks again to move Silent 1110 WOMN Franklinton LA to 1100 after its previous 2012 CP expired. WOMN proposes operating with a directional 50kW daytime from two towers near Waldheim LA where its 0.5mV/m contour will cover both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets.

What’s Going On At Greater Media?

A series of reports this week have come out surrounding Greater Media and its operations. Tom Taylor Now reported last Thursday on talk that the company is seeking to sell News/Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 WBT-FM and Hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK Charlotte NC stations and that Beasley may be interested. Taylor followed up this morning with a report that Greater Media has had some of its properties on the trading block for at least a year. discusses rumors of a flip potentially coming to “Detroit Sports 105.1” WMGC. DSR states that the station has made no intent to fill the Program Director vacancy open since Dave Shore exited. Current afternoon host Lindsey Hunter is departing to become assistant basketball coach at University of Buffalo and according to D...[Read More]

99.7 The Island Launches Jersey Shore Classic Hits Duel

After the run of commercial-free Christmas music, Press has flipped 99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ to Classic Hits utilizing the same “99.7 The Island” moniker it began using in November. Focusing on hits of the 60s and 70s, the new format places WBHX in direct competition with Greater Media’s 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin. Ted Efaw, who had been working for Press as a newscaster and reporter, adds Program Director duties for The Island. Original Report 11/2: Press Communications has broken the simulcast of Hot AC “Fun 107.1” WWZY Long Branch/99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ. WBHX has flipped to “99.7 The Island” promoting “Commercial-Free Christmas Music All Season Long”. WBHX serves the southern Ocean County half of the Monmouth/Ocean market.

2015 Post Christmas Format Change Rundown & Watchlist

If there’s one thing we know to expect every November most of the same stations that flipped to Christmas music last year and the year before that and the year before that will do so again this year. That is the primary reason we are no longer producing the list of all stations playing Christmas music. It is very predictable what station will play Christmas music in each market and that they will then return to their regular playlist as soon as the calendar changes to December 26. But there are still the stations that use the holiday music to clear out their previous audience and build attention for a format change after the holidays. Those are the stations we will be tracking. Completed Changes 12/28: American General Media Rhythmic CHR “Power 106.7” KAGM let go of its a...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/6: A Signal Upgrade For Bubba