Radio Training Network is purchasing Classic Hits 93.5 WPHH Hope Hull/Montgomery AL from Brantley Broadcast Associates for $450,000 where it will join its Christian AC “The Joy FM” network. WPHH was moved into Montgomery from 93.7 Dothan AL in 2016. Radio Training Network also acquires Christian AC “Spirit-FM” 89.5 KCKJ Sarcoxie MO from Lake Area Educational Broadcasting Foundation for $135,000. RTN owns Christian AC “88.3 The Wind” KWND and Southern Gospel 89.1 KWFC in the adjacent Springfield market. In addition to its purchase of 102.7 WWAC Ocean City NJ, Educational Media Foundation is purchasing 107.3 WMCD Claxton/Statesboro GA from Radio Statesboro for $150,000. Faron Sparkman’s Leslie County Broadcasting sells CHR 97.9 WKIC Hyden/Hazard KY t...[Read More]
Cumulus AC “Mix 103.3” WMXS Montgomery AL will ring in the new year with a new Program Director and Morning Show. Jaime ‘JT’ and Leanne Thompson’s have exited their “Married With Microphones” morning show that they have anchored since 2006 to focus full-time on their advertising agency. Jaime Thompson doubled as the Program Director of WMXS. Paul Horton debuted as the new PD/Morning Host at WMXS starting on Tuesday, January 2. Horton joins the station from Stroh Communications Christian AC “101.5 The River” 97.5 WVRV Pine level/101.5 W268BH Montgomery where he hosted mornings. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio programming professional Paul Horton as Program Director and Morning Show Host for WMXS-FM/Mix 103.3. Horton d...[Read More]
Bluewater Broadcasting has flipped CHR “Hits 107.1” W296AI/WQKS-HD3 Montgomery AL to Classic Rock “107.1 The Vault“. The change reverses the change made in September 2015 when Bluewater replaced The Vault with the CHR format. It comes just after the Hits brand had its best ratings period as it rose from a 0.5 share to 0.8 in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings. The reversal puts the station back in direct competition with Cumulus Rock “95.1 The Fox” WXFX.
FM Changes Midwest Communications is seeking to upgrade CHR "i106.7" WNFN Millersville/Nashville TN from a Class C3 to a C2 licensed to Franklin TN. WNFN would operate with 15kW/278m from the tower of 97.9 WSIX south of Nashville. The upgrade will increase the amount of the Nashville urbanized area the station serves with a 70dBu signal from 56% to 90%.
Cumulus Media CHR “98.9 Magic-FM” KKMG Colorado Springs has appointed Rex Long as their new Program Director. Long transfers to KKMG from Cumulus’ “Y102” 101.9 WHHY Montgomery AL where he served as PD/Afternoon host since 2010. He also has programmed for the company at “Power 103” KCDD Abilene TX. He fills the opening created by the departure of Nikki Landry earlier this year. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio programming professional and on-air personality Rex Long as Program Director and On-Air Talent for 98.9 Magic FM in Colorado Springs, CO. Long joins 98.9 Magic FM from Cumulus Media-Montgomery, AL, where he has been Program Director for the past seven years at CHR station Y-102 (WHHY-FM). He was also Program Director for Cum...[Read More]
Cumulus Media has promoted Bill Dollar to Operations Manager of its six station cluster in Albany GA. Dollar comes to Albany from Montgomery AL where he as programmed Country 92.3 WLWI for the past eight years. He has also served as OM/PD for “South 107” WTSH Rome GA. In addition to his Operations Manager duties, Dollar will host 10am-2pm on Country “104.5 Nash-FM” WKAK and 2-6pm on Classic Rock “Rock 103.5” WJAD. Cumulus’ other stations in the Albany GA market are: Urban AC “Q101.7” WQVE, Country “102.1 Nash Icon” WNUQ, AC “Mix 107.7” WEGC, and News/Talk 1590 WALG. Cumulus Media announces that it has named radio broadcasting veteran Bill Dollar as Operations Manager for its six radio stations in Albany, GA. Doll...[Read More]
One thing I’ve noticed over the course of this year, I’ve noticed more and more format changes and station rebrandings happening under the radar. Some we’ve heard about from one source but were never able to verify for weeks or months as they took place with no announcements from the station and a lacking online presence. Once again, how do you expect listeners to find you if you don’t let them know you exist. Here’s a rundown of changes from this year we have not seen reported here or anywhere else: Liberman Broadcasting rebranded Regional Mexican “La Bonita 106.7” KZZA Muenster/Dallas TX as “La Ranchera 106.7” and began simulcasting on what was “ESPN Deportes 1540” KZMP University Park in early September. Radio WEBS flippe...[Read More]
Station Sales Radio-One is divesting Brokered Chinese 1090 WILD Boston to Radio Boston Broadcasting for $888,326.16. The $15,000 per month LMA fees that the company has paid since December 2013 will go towards the purchase price. Radio Boston Broadcasting is owned by James Su’s Universal Broadcasting with a 78% stake and John & Greg Douglas’ AIM Broadcasting with a 22% stake. WILD airs programming from China Radio International. Shelby Broadcast Associates is spinning its recently acquired Silent 950 WNZZ and 94.1 W231DF Montgomery AL to Roscoe Miller’s Autaugaville Radio for $215,000. Shelby had just purchased WNZZ from Cumulus’ Joule Broadcasting Trust for $55,000. Spencer Travis Hickman is acquiring a pair of Chattanooga market AMs. Charles Rodgers’ St...[Read More]
Cumulus Media has made multiple changes to its Montgomery AL programming team. Wes McShay exits as Operations Manager of the cluster and Program Director of Country 92.3 WLWI-FM. He is succeeded as OM by Rick Hendrick, PD of Classic Rock “95.1 The Fox” WXFX. Greg Thomas joins the company as WLWI-FM’s new Program Director from Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa where he served as OM of that company’s five station cluster. Joe Hunk joins the cluster from sister 94.5 WJOX-FM Birmingham as PD of “SportsRadio 740” WMSP and News/Talk 1440 WLWI replacing the departing Bob Wooddy. Hunk will also debut a local afternoon show on WMSP. He currently a co-hosts 6-8pm show with Jon Lunceford at WJOX-FM. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Rick Hendrick to Operations...[Read More]
Station Sales Tim McKernan, who currently operates 920 WGNU Granite City IL and 105.7 KPNT-HD2 Collinville/St. Louis with Sports programming from his InsideSTL.com will become a 25% partner in Markel Radio Group’s “590 The Fan” KFNS Wood River/St. Louis. The ownership will be renamed McKernan Radio Group as Markel will pay McKernan $1.25 million over a five year employment contract to program KFNS and move his “Morning After” show to the station for 7-10am weekdays. McKernan, his wife, and one other employee will receive a car allowance from Markel, while McKernan also gains a $50,000 signing bonus, right of first refusal to match any sale of the station or receive $100,000 prior to the distribution of sale proceeds. McKernan will start his morning show on KFN...[Read More]
It wasn’t the CHR we expected when we saw the domain registrations a few weeks ago as Bluewater Broadcasting launched AC “96.1 Kiss-FM” WQKS-FM Montgomery AL at 12:00am Wednesday. The flip replaces Classic Hits “Q96.1” and places WQKS-FM in direct competition with Cumulus’ “Mix 103.3” WMXS. Promoting core artists as Elton John, Adele, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift, the station launched its new format with Sam Hunt “Take Your Time”, Mr. Mister “Broken Wings” and Pink “Please Don’t Leave Me”. While Bluewater does not subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s ratings, WMXS was 7th of the listed stations in the Montgomery market in the Fall 2015 ratings with a 3.3 share, down from a 4.4...[Read More]