Entercom Makes Programmer Appointments In Orlando

Entercom has announced new Program Directors for Alternative “FM 101.9” WQMP and Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX Orlando. Dana Taylor, who has been at WOMX since 1994 and most recently served as Assistant Program Director and morning co-host, has been promoted to Program Director of that station. During her 24 year tenure at the station she has held positions in every daypart except afternoon drive and served as Music Director. The PD role at “FM 101.9” WQMP will be filled by John O’Connell. O’Connell will retain his duties programming Country 99.9 WKIS and Alternative “104.3 The Shark” WSFS Miami. He has also programmed Classic Hits “102.7 The Beach” WMXJ Miami, “98.7 The Fan” WHFS Tampa, and had a long run at ...[Read More]

iHeartMedia Brings Acción To Orlando

Following the move of Conservative Talk 540 WFLF Pine Hills/Orlando FL’s FM signal to 93.1 W226BT Orlando, iHeartMedia has flipped Brazilian 810 WRSO Orlovista/97.9 W250CE Kissimmee to Spanish News/Talk “Acción 97.9” as it began operating the station via LMA. The new format, overseen by North Florida Region VP/GM Héctor Marcano, is promoting itself as the first Spanish News station in Florida. Marcano is also serving as morning anchor for the station. Es una realidad!! En vivo! El nacimiento de la primera emisora de noticias en Español de la Florida. Posted by Accion 97.9 on Monday, September 3, 2018

WFLA Orlando Moves To 93.1

iHeartMedia Conservative Talk “NewsRadio 102.5 WFLA” 540 WFLF Pine Hills/Orlando FL has moved its FM signal off of 102.5 W273CA Orlando to 93.1 W226BT Orlando. The move comes as iHeartMedia will end its lease of W273CA from Central Florida Educational Association after eight years. The translator originally was programmed as Smooth Jazz “WLOQ” before assuming WFLF’s simulcast in February 2014. No word yet on what will replace WFLF on 102.5. 93.1 W226BT had been rebroadcasting Star Over Orlando’s co-owned Brazilian 810 WRSO Orlovista. That station will continue to be heard on 97.9 W250CE Kissimmee in the southern part of the Orlando market. iHeart has also started an LMA with option to purchase WRSO and the two translators from Star Over Orlando. INSTANT ...[Read More]

Cox Enterprises To Explore Strategic Options For Television Stations

Cox Enterprises has announced that it is exploring its strategic options for its 14 television stations in regards to selling, merging with another operator, or partnering with another to manage. Cox currently owns or operates fourteen stations across ten markets. In five of those markets: Atlanta, Dayton, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tulsa it also operates a radio cluster whose management is completely intertwined with the television stations. In the press statement Cox says it will continue to operate their radio and newspaper properties with no immediate plans to change their portfolio, however in an internal memo Cox Enterprises CEO Alex Taylor stated, “Because the TV portfolio is the largest portion of Cox Media Group’s assets, this decision may impact other parts of Cox Media Grou...[Read More]

People Moves 6/22

Great Plains Media CHR “105.9 Kiss-FM” KKSW Lawrence KS has added Joshua James as 10am-3pm midday host. James previously spent five years at Steel City Media Country “Q104” 104.3 KBEQ Kansas City including time in afternoons. KKSW 105.9 KISS, the #1 hit music station in NE Kansas, welcomes new midday host Joshua James to the on-air lineup. Joshua James has worked in the Kansas City market since 2006. “We are thrilled to welcome Joshua James to the 105.9 KISS family,” says Beth Cruise, Program Director of KKSW. “His enthusiasm and love for the community will be a perfect fit with our long term relationship with the University of Kansas Jayhawks and our listeners in Topeka and the Western suburbs of Kansas City.” “I am excited to join the family environment here at 10...[Read More]

Steve Stewart & Will Calder Join Cox Media Group Orlando

Cox Media Group has appointed Steve Stewart of Director of Programming Operations for its Orlando FL music stations and Will Calder as Director of Branding and Programming for CHR “Power 95.3” WPYO. Stewart will oversee Country “K92.3” WWKA, Urban AC “Star 94.5” WCFB, WPYO, Classic Rock 98.9 WMMO, and Spanish AC “107.3 Solo Exitos” W297BB/WCFB-HD2. He will also handle day-to-day programming duties for WWKA. Stewart most recently programmed iHeartMedia Country “Big 95.5” WEBG Chicago until his exit in April. He has also programmed Country “93.7 The Bull” KSD and Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU St. Louis and as PD/Morning Host at Citadel Media’s “Thunder 94.5” WTNR Grand Rapids and stations in Myrtle Beach and ...[Read More]

Immaculate Heart Radio Acquires Orlando Pair

Immaculate Heart Media has announced the acquisition of Sports “1080 The Team” WHOO Kissimmee and Brokered Christian 1190 WAMT Pine Castle/Orlando FL from Genesis Communications for $1.515 million. Immaculate Heart operates the Catholic “Relevant Radio” network, which will debut on one of the stations upon closing of the sale. Genesis will continue to own stations in Tampa and Melbourne FL following the deal, which was brokered by Kalil & Co. This is to announce that a contract has been signed and an application is being filed with the FCC for the transfer of radio stations WAMT-AM and WHOO-AM, Orlando, Florida from Genesis Communications l, Inc. to Immaculate Heart Media Inc. The Seller, Genesis Communications I, Inc. is a Florida-based com...[Read More]

People Moves 4/30: DeMann Exits Cox Orlando With WPYO Flip

With the flip of Rhythmic CHR “Power 95.3” WPYO Maitland/Orlando to CHR on Friday, Steve DeMann has exited his position of Operations Manager for the Cox Media Group Orlando cluster after ten and a half years. Prior to joining Cox in September 2007, DeMann spent two terms at “102 Jamz” 101.9 WJHM in the market including PD from 2001-2007. He has also worked on air at “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN Boston and “92Q” WERQ Baltimore. With the addition of former 98.5 KVOO Tulsa APD/MD/Afternoon host Krystina Carlyle for as MD/Morning co-host today, Pamal Broadcasting Country “100.9 The Cat” WKLI-FM Albany NY is making another change as incumbent morning host Kevin Richards moves to middays, while midday host Pete Kelly joins the newly minted ‘KC Ca...[Read More]

Power 95.3 Orlando Shifts To Top 40

Cox Media Group has taken Rhythmic CHR “Power 95.3” WPYO Maitland/Orlando FL in a more Top 40 direction. Now positioning as “Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits”, the move once again gives Orlando two CHR’s following the flip of “Amp Radio 101.9” WQMP to Alternative last fall. The move comes with lineup changes as sister 106.1 WBLI Long Island afternoon host Syke will track middays replacing morning co-host Estee. Lil’ Shawn moves from mornings to afternoons replacing Ricky Padilla leaving DJ Nailz and Estee in mornings. Former WQMP afternoon host Danie B joins for nights. WPYO ranked 12th in the Orlando market with a 3.6 share in the March 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings, trailing second ranked iHeartMedia CHR “XL 106.7” WXXL Tava...[Read More]

Chad Pitt Joins Magic 107.7 Orlando For Mornings

iHeartMedia AC “Magic 107.7” WMGF Mount Dora/Orlando FL has tabbed Chad Pitt to join Leslye Gale on its morning show starting Monday, April 2. Pitt most recently served as APD/Morning host at crosstown CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WQMP until its flip to Alternative in November. He’s also worked in the market at Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX as well as in Houston, Memphis, Richmond, Savannah, and Tampa. Pitt fills the opening created by the retirement of John Forsythe. Forsythe’s final show will be on Friday, March 30. WMGF/Magic 107-7, More Variety from the 80’s Til Now, announced today that Chad Pitt will join the Magic Morning Show, effective 4/2/18. The Magic Morning Show with Chad and Leslye broadcasts weekdays from 5-10AM. The Magic Morning Show with...[Read More]

People Moves 2/22: No More Toast In Miami

Greg ‘Toast’ Lamega is out as morning co-host at Entercom Alternative “104.3 The Shark” WSFS Miramar/Miami FL. Lamega joined WSFS in October 2015 as night host and moved to mornings to join Ashley Owen on “The Big Mistake with Ashley & Toast” the following February. Prior to joining WSFS he served as producer and sportscaster on the Paul & Young Ron Show on iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Big 105.9” WBGG-FM. Ashley Owen remains in place in mornings. Dennis Martinez has exited his role as Program Director at Entercom Alternative “FM 101.9” WQMP and Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX Orlando. Martinez joined then CBS Radio owned WOMX and CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WQMP in October 2015 after previously programming stations such as “Wild 10...[Read More]

Oi2 Orlando Returns To iHeart As Mega 97.1

iHeartMedia has retaken control of “Oi2 97.1” 97.1 W246BT Clermont and 97.1 W246CK Kissimmee/Orlando FL (pronounced Oidos Ninety Seven Uno) from Oi2 Media and relaunched it as Spanish CHR “Mega 97.1” on January 30. Oi2 began operating the two translators fed by WRUM-HD2 Orlando in April 2017 as “Boom 97.1” targeting bilingual millennials with a mix of English and Spanish Hits but was forced to rebrand following a Cease & Desist letter from Boom trademark holder Radio-One. Back under iHeart control, the station has cut down on the number of english language songs. The new format creates a flanker to iHeart’s market leading Spanish Tropical “Rumba 100.3” WRUM.

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