New Bern

WRNS Revises On-Air Lineup Following Jim Mantel Retirement

Following the retirement of morning host Jim Mantel on Friday, Dick Broadcasting Country 95.1 WRNS-FM Kinston/New Bern has unveiled its new on-air lineup. The Bobby Bones Show will move into the morning drive slot from sister Country “92.3/101.1 The Wolf” WQSL Jacksonville/WQZL Belhaven. Mantel’s co-host Crystal Legends, who also is WRNS’ Program Director will move into middays replacing voicetracker Jeff Hackett. Recent addition Chase Adams remains in afternoons and Mica in nights. No word yet on what will replace Bones on WQSL/WQZL, however rumors abound in the market about an upcoming format change there. A week from today the Bobby Bones Show will start on WRNS .. & I'm happy.. for those that don't know Bobby Bones – you… Posted by Crys...[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]

Dick Broadcasting Makes Cuts At Its Recent Acquisitions

Dick Broadcasting has made staffing cuts in each of the three markets it recently acquired from Alpha Media. In New Bern NC, Program Director/Afternoon Host Tina Smash and night host Ryan Daniels exit “Rock 105” 105.5 WXQR Jacksonville. Smash’s programming duties will be consolidated in-house. Mark ‘Shark’ Eddis is out as Production Director for the Savannah/Hilton Head market as well as afternoon host at Classic Hip-Hop “G100.1” WXYY Rincon GA. Also out in Savannah is “Rock 106.1” WFXH-FM Hilton Head Island APD/Night Host Ryan Koch. WFXH has also replaced the syndicated Lex & Terry Show with Two Guys Named Chris based at sister “Rock 92” WKRR Greensboro. Dick has also eliminated the Business Manager position in New Bern...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 11/17

Eure Communications is transferring Country “97.9 The Bear” WNBB Bayboro/New Bern NC to Diana Schulman for $500,000. Schulmann currently serves as Sales Manager for the station. Sarah Shellhammer’s Morgan County Media is acquiring Country 105.5 WJVO South Jacksonville, News/Talk 1550 WJIL South Jacksonville and Classic Hits 102.9 W275BM Jacksonville IL from Bart Boling’s Morgan County Broadcasting for $250,000. Shellhammer has served as General Manager of the stations since 1997. Alpha Media is selling the Construction Permit for 99.1 KZAH Harper TX to JAM Broadcasting for $125,000. Alpha had paid $408,000 in the 2015 FCC Auction 98 for the rights to the allocation. The buyers also own Country “103.7 The Buck” KAXA Mountain Home TX. On the fringes of the...[Read More]

Chelsea Thomas Joins WDJX Louisville

Alpha Media CHR 99.7 WDJX Louisville has named Chelsea Thomas as its new Music Director/Morning co-host/Midday host. Thomas joins WDJX from Alpha’s New Bern NC cluster where she hosted nights at CHR “Bob 93.3” WERO and middays at Country “92.3/101.1 The Wolf” WQSL/WQZL under the name Robyn Banks. Thomas will become the third voice on WDJX’s morning show joining Ben Davis and Kelly K before hosting the 10am-3pm midday show. Alpha Media, Louisville announced today Chelsea Thomas will join the Ben Davis and Kelly K Morning show and take on midday duties on 99.7 DJX (WDJX). Chelsea comes from Alpha’s New Bern, NC team, where she has hosted a night show on BOB 93.3 for 2 years and air personality for the country station WQSL. “Chelsea is one of those rare tal...[Read More]

Inner Banks Takes It Easy In Greenville NC

Inner Banks Media has flipped Variety Hits “G97.9” W250CJ Winterville/94.3 WRHD-HD2 Farmville NC to Soft AC “Easy 97.9“. The new format is positioning itself as “Songs You Know, By Artists You Love” with hits from the 70s through today. Core artists are being listed as Rod Stewart, Elton John, Celine Dion, Adele, The Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, Chicago, The Eagles, and Eric Clapton. The wide-ranging Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market which W250CJ is part of has not had a Mainstream AC since Beasley Media’s “V103.3” WMGV segued to Hot AC. The new format positions the translator between WMGV and sister Classic Hits 107.9 WNCT.

Eastern NC’s Surge Expanding To New Bern

Surge Media Dance CHR “Surge 100” 710 WEGG/100.5 W263BE Rose Hill NC will add a simulcast in New Bern on March 1. The Surge programming will replace Gospel “The Vine Connection” on Conner Media’s 104.5 WSTK Aurora NC. Surge Media programs a Dance CHR format leaning more towards Dance at nights with Gospel programming during the daytime on Sundays.

92.7 The Beacon Launches In Eastern NC

Lanser Broadcasting launched Christian AC “92.7 The Beacon” WBNK Pine Knoll Shores/New Bern NC on Christmas Eve. WBNK had been silent since Lanser agreed to purchase the station for $275,000 this summer. It previously had run a similar Christian format as “Bigfish-FM“. The Beacon will feature a local morning show hosted by John May and Kinzie. Ace McKay, PD of sister “JQ99.3” WJQK Zeeland MI added those duties and WBNK as well.

FCC Applications 6/7: Pair Of Stations Sliding Closer To Phoenix

Station Moves’s “Oldies 97.3 KIKO-FM Claypool/Globe, AZ is attempting to make a move to better reach the east side of the Phoenix market. KIKO-FM seeks to shift to 96.5 and upgrade from a Class C3 to a Class C with 32kW at 981 meters (Coverage Map). To make the move happen, Petracom Hot AC “96.5 The Storm” KRFM Show Low would have to relocate to 98.5 with a downgrade from a Class C to a Class C0 with no changes to its 100kW at 303 meters facilities via a Show Cause Order. Just south of Phoenix, East Valley Institute of Technology applies to downgrade its CP for 88.7 KPNG Chandler from a Class C1 to C3 with 15kW at 113 meters (Coverage Map). Another station in the pending Salt Lake City frequency shuffle has applied for its new frequency. Alpha Media’s ...[Read More]

FCC Update 7/9

In a lesson on how to not feed a translator, the FCC enforcement bureau has issued a notice of violation to Elizabeth Gonzalez for her 93.7 K229BJ Hollywood Park TX. The translator is licensed to rebroadcast 92.1 KTNR Kenedy TX but was caught receiving its programming via an internet stream as opposed to KTNR over the air as its supposed to. Armada Media has purchased a trio of translator Construction Permits from Marc A. Lehmuth for $40,000. 92.9 K225BO Colby KS will rebroadcast 101.1 KFNF Oberlin KS, 93.7 K229CE Holyoke CO will rebroadcast 92.3 KSTH, and 106.1 K291BW North Platte NE will be used to simulcast News/Talk 1240 KODY. Clear Channel and Radio Assist Ministry are swapping a pair of translators CP’s. Clear Channel will receive the CP for 94.7 W234BW Parkersburg WV, while RA...[Read More]

FCC Applications 6/24

Saga Communications has won a pair of Petitions for Reconsideration regarding translators in Columbus, OH and Ithaca, NY. In Columbus, Wilks Communications license for 102.3 W272AT has been deleted. The translator had been silent since March 12, 2010 when it was displaced by the move-in of what is now 102.5 WWCD Baltimore, OH. The translator had a CP to relocate to 94.1, but Saga argued there would be interference to its 94.7 WSNY-FM. Because the translator stayed silent until November 10, 2011 without an STA, the FCC has ruled in Saga’s favor that W272AT’s license expired on March 13, 2011 and has been deleted. Over in Ithaca, the grant of a modification of Lake Country Broadcasting’s 96.9 W245BL Branchport, NY to Dundee with a boost from 10 to 250 watts has been overtur...[Read More]

Translator Report 5/4

Looking back at the rest of the big translator moves from April. Hope Christian Church has been granted a CP for 106.1 W291BA Baltimore to the Television Hill towers where it will operate with 250 watts directionally. The signal will cover all of Baltimore proper and most of the northern and western suburbs of the city while protecting 106.1 WISX Philadelphia and 105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge, VA. Programming will come from CBS’ 105.7 WJZ-HD3. EMF’s 91.9 W220DM Parma, OH has been granted a move to 92.7 in downtown Cleveland with 250 watts pointing to the southeast. It will rebroadcast EMF’s K-Love or Air1 programming via an HD subchannel of Clear Channel’s 98.1 WKDD. Radio Power Inc. has applied to make the final move of 103.1 W276BH into Memphis where it will operate wi...[Read More]