ESPN Peoria Moves To 101.1 Replacing Jack-FM

Advanced Media Partners has moved Sports “ESPN Peoria” from 96.5 WZPN Farmington IL to 101.1 WHPI Glasford replacing Variety Hits “101.1 Jack-FM“. Both stations will simulcast for the short-term as the company prepares to debut a new format on 96.5 WZPN later this summer. While both stations are Class A’s the move of the Sports format to 101.1 gives it a better signal in Peoria proper. The move took place at 3:00pm today as Jack announced he has “gone to find himself in Tahiti”. Beginning June 6th, 2018 at 3:00pm with the Jim Mattson Show, ESPN Peoria programming can be heard on 101.1 FM. The move allows for better coverage of Peoria and the nearby communities to the East and North. “The demand for sports is greater than ever and being able to prov...[Read More]

People Moves 2/15: Marty Young Takes Mornings At KVOO Tulsa

Scripps Country 98.5 KVOO Tulsa has tabbed 94.7 WQDR Raleigh morning co-host Marty ‘The One Man Party’ Young as its new morning host. Young has been with WQDR since 2002 and part of the “Q Morning Crew” with Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers? since 2006. At KVOO, he fills the opening created by Rowdy Yates’ exit last September alongside Sunny Leigh. Mark Bolger has exited mornings at Townsquare Media Hot AC “Mix 97.7” WCZX Hyde Park/Poughkeepsie NY after seven years at the station. Bolger has been a staple in mornings in the Hudson Valley since 1987, first at CHR “K104” 104.7 WSPK and later 93.3 WBWZ before joining WCZX. With Bolger’s exit, co-host Taylor Dickson is now anchoring mornings solo. iHeartMedia has appointed Lindsay Laz...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 12/1: An Italian Dance Revolution In South Florida

ANCO Media Group is petitioning the FCC to allow its group of Italian citizens to purchase Zoo Communications and its Dance “Revolution 93.5” network of 93.5 WBGF Belle Glade, 93.5 WZFL Islamorada, 93.5 W228BV Fort Lauderdale, and 93.5 W228BY Miami FL from Zoo Communications for $1 million. Claudio Dompe and Marco Mazzoli would each own a 40% stake of the company, while Dompe’s daughter Claudia Dompe and Mazzoli’s wife Stefania Pittaluga would each hold 10% stakes. Mazzoli serves as General Manager and host on the station and is known as “The Howard Stern of Italy” where he hosts “The Zoo” on the Radio 105 network. Claudio Dompe currently holds a 20% stake in Zoo Communications. After a previous $55,000 sale to Pentecostal Church of God earli...[Read More]

Peoria NonComm To Flip To Urban AC

Sirius Syncope Variety 90.7 WAZU Peoria IL will flip to Urban in mid-November. WAZU currently airs a mix of local talk and music programming along with some shows syndicated by Pacifica. Owner Jeremy Styninger told the Peoria Journal-Star that the change will come as he turns over programming to former WAZU host DeMarcus ‘DJ Smooth’ Hamilton due to he needing to deal with his health following a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis last year. WAZU had been dealing with fundraising issues as an online fundraiser earlier this year netted the station only $958 dollars. Hamilton told the Star, “I think I know what the city needs. There’s been a void on local radio when it comes to the urban AC format. I know the station faces challenges but we’re not clocking out. The word is starting...[Read More]

Jonathan Steele Joins 98.5 Kiss-FM Peoria As Program Director

Advanced Media Partners CHR “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA Eureka/Peoria IL has appointed Jonathan Steele as its next Program Director. Steele joins WPIA from the PD role at Martz Communications’ “94.7 Hits-FM” WYUL Malone NY/Montreal and “Wild Country 96.5” Malone NY. He also hosted afternoons at WVNV. Prior to that he worked in the Peoria market at defunct Alpha Media CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY. Advanced Media Partners (AMP) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jonathan Steele, who will join the AMP team as Program Director of WPIA (98.5 KISS-FM). Within this role, Steele will take over the day today operation of the market’s leading Top 40 radio station, working on developing talent and growing brand on air and online. “I couldn’t be mo...[Read More]

Sports Nut Cracks Open In Peoria

Alpha Media launched Sports “95.9 The Sports Nut” W251BQ Peoria/WNGY-HD2 Morton IL this morning. The new station will carry programming from Fox Sports Radio including Dan Patrick from 8-11am, Colin Cowherd from 11am-2pm, and Doug Gottlieb from 2-4pm. Scott Robbins, former co-host of the Robbins & Markley show on sister News/Talk 1470 WMBD and 101.1 KXL-FM Portland OR, until a massive heart attack in August 2015, will host an afternoon show from 4-6pm weekdays. Robbins has been hosting a Saturday morning show on WMBD since returning last August. The Sports Nut will bring an FM Sports competitor to Advanced Media Partners’ “ESPN Peoria” 96.5 WZPN.

Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart To Program We 96.3 Portland

Alpha Media Rhythmic CHR “We 96.3” KWEE West Linn/Portland has named Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart as its first Program Director. Stewart joins KWEE from Peoria where he was programming CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY prior to its flip to Classic Hip-Hop “G102.3” earlier this month and Operations Manager of Country “104.9 The Wolf” WXCL. He has also worked at “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia as morning show producer, night host at “104.5 Jamz” KQQB Spokane and APD/Afternoon Host at “103.5 Kiss-FM” KSAS Boise. Alpha Media, Portland names Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart Program Director of WE 96-3 (KWEE). Stewart first started his radio career as an intern at KTTB-Minneapolis. From there, he served in severa...[Read More]

Another Day, Another G As Classic Hip-Hop Plays In Peoria

Alpha Media has launched yet another Classic Hip-Hop “G” branded station as CHR “Energy 102.3” Morton/Peoria IL was reborn as “G102.3” at 5pm today. The syndicated Brooke & Jubal show which had been airing in afternoons on WNGY moves to mornings replacing The Kane Show. WNGY had failed to make much of an impact against the two other CHRs in the Peoria market. In the Spring 2016 ratings WNGY held just a 2.1 share of the market. Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Peoria’s 92.3” WZPW held a 6.4 share, while Advanced Media Partners “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA does not subscribe. Cumulus’ 101.5 WBNQ Bloomington is also heard throughout much of the market. Alpha Media, Peoria announced today the launch of G102.3 “The Throwback Station!” WNG...[Read More]

Energy 102.3 Peoria Adds Brooke & Jubal For Afternoons

Alpha Media CHR “Energy 102.3” WNGY Peoria is adding the syndicated Brooke & Jubal for afternoons. Brooke & Jubal are based at Hubbard CHR “Movin 92.5” KQMV Seattle and air in mornings on Alpha Media CHR’s “Energy 94.1” KTFM San Antonio and “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland. WNGY is the first station to add the show for a non-morning daypart. Alpha Media, Peoria signs Brooke & Jubal show to Afternoons. The show started airing on WNGY-FM July 5th. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “As Brooke & Jubal’s biggest fan from the beginning, I’m thankful to now have the show in three distinctly different Alpha markets. We’ve already seen their massive success in both Portland a...[Read More]

FCC Applications 3/1: Big Cincinnati Translator Upgrade

Translator Moves Edgewater Broadcasting’s 95.3 W237DW Covington, KY/Cincinnati seeks an increase from 2 watts to 250 watts at 236 meters where it will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 102.7 WEBN Cincinnati (Coverage Map). The move is contingent on a move of 95.5 WCXE-LP Erlanger, KY to 103.1. Alpha Media’s CP for 98.1 W251BQ Peoria seeks to relocate to a new tower with 103 watts at 77 meters where it will rebroadcast an HD subchannel for 102.3 WNGY Morton (Coverage Map). Carlos Lopez’ 95.9 K240CW Corpus Christi, TX applies to increase to 250 watts at 75 meters rebroadcasting Texas Country 1150 KCCT Corpus Christi (Coverage Map). First Ventures Capital Partners’ 97.5 K248AY Sioux City, IA seeks an increase from 17 watts at 126.1 meters to 145 watts...[Read More]

WZPW Rebrands As Peoria’s 92.3

Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3” WZPW has a new name for the new year. Facing increased competition from Alpha Media’s new “Energy 102.3” WNGY as well as Advanced Media Partners’ “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA, WZPW has relaunched as “Peoria’s 92.3“. Prior to the launch of WNGY, WZPW registered a 6.1 share in the Spring 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings.

A New Mix For Peoria

Alpha Media AC “Lite Rock 107” 106.9 WSWT Peoria is promoting on-air that it will relaunch as “Mix 106.9” after Christmas. Teasing a “New Name For The New Year”, the move will see the station drop the moniker it has used since the late 1980’s as its non-Christmas music playlist has shifted closer to Hot AC. In the Spring 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings the station was tied for second with a 7.3 share, however down sharply from its market-leading 9.6 share the year before.

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