Daniel and Alana Hatfield’s Twin Ports Radio is restructuring as the couple sells a 60% stake in the company to John David Linder and Dwayne Megaw for $14. Upon completion of the deal Daniel Hatfield’s stake in the company will drop from 50 to 40 percent, Linder will own 40%, and Megaw the other 20%. Alana Hatfield’s 50% stake will be eliminated. Twin Ports Radio owns Sports “92.1 The Fan” WWAX Hermantown and “The Jock” 1490 KJOQ/100.9 K265DO Duluth MN. Bob & Ashley Stevens’ Broadcast Communications purchased the license assets of 1410 KQV Pittsburgh PA in January for $55,000. Now as they prepare to move the station to a new transmitter site, they are transferring the station to their Broadcast Educational Communications Inc. for no char...[Read More]
Educational Media Foundation will bring its “Air 1” network to Pittsburgh PA after agreeing to a swap of translators with Family Stations. EMF will swap 90.5 W215CL West Palm FL to Family Station in exchange for 97.7 W249BD West View/Pittsburgh PA. W249BD operates with 190w vertical/89m and will rebroadcast 98.3 WPKV-HD2 Duquesne. W215CL, which holds a CP to upgrade to 160w/114m, will rebroadcast the Family Radio network via a satellite feed of 88.1 KEBR Sacramento CA. The translator was one of three owned by EMF in West Palm Beach. “Air 1” will continue to be heard on 104.7 W284CR via 90.7 WPLV-HD3, while 101.9 W270AD is leased to Public News/Talk 91.3 WLRN Miami
Entercom Sports “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh will revise its on-air lineup starting September 4. Chris Mack, who currently serves as pre and post-game host for the station’s Pittsburgh Pirates coverage, will move to mornings alongside current co-host Colin Dunlap replacing Jim Colony. Midday co-host Andrew Fillipponi and afternoon co-host Joe Starkey will swap timeslots as well. Starkey will join Ron Cook for “The Ron & Joe Show” from 10am-2pm, while Fillipponi joins Chris Mueller for “The PM Team with Poni and Mueller”. Paul Zeise remains in the 6-10pm slot. KDKA-TV sportcaster Bob Pompeani will also join the station for a weekly segment on the Ron & Joe Show. Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, announced today lineup ch...[Read More]
Entercom has stayed in-house to appoint new SVP/Market Managers in Pittsburgh and Sacramento. Pittsburgh Director of Sales Michael Spacciapolli has had the Interim title removed from the Market Manager position he has held since Michael Young’s exit in May. Spacciapolli has served as Director of Sales for the former CBS Radio cluster since 2008 and previously worked as Sales Manager for Bonneville Washington DC and as a national representative for Katz Radio Group. In Sacramento Stacey Kauffman rises from Director of Sales to succeed Lance Richard. Kaufmann joined the company in 2015 to fill Richard’s former Director of Sales position when he was promoted to Market Manager. She has previously held sales positions for Hubbard Radio, Radio-One, and Susquehanna Media. Entercom, th...[Read More]
Entercom continue to revamp the markets it acquired from CBS Radio as two more Market Managers have exited the company. The Philadelphia Business Journal confirms that Steve Swenson has exited as head of the company’s Washington DC cluster, a role he had held under CBS since 2011 after previously overseeing that company’s two All-News stations in New York. Phil Zachary, who moved from Entercom Boston to his native Hartford upon completion of the merger, will now relocate to Washington. Zachary oversaw Classic Rock 94.7 WARW and Alternative 99.1 WHFS for CBS Radio from 1996-2001 before becoming President/COO of Curtis Media Group. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week that Michael Young exited that role in Pittsburgh. Young had been with the cluster since 1996 and had b...[Read More]
FCC Actions Last week the FCC dismissed the License to Cover for Omni Broadcasting's to complete the relocation of 97.1 W246BN Atmore AL to Pensacola FL over multiple FCC violations including insufficient fee payments, delinquent debts, or debarment. This week the issues continued to pile up for the translator as Omni was issued a Notice of Violation for multiple violations including operating approximately 40 miles from the location authorized on the Station’s license and that W246BN was originating programing instead of retransmitting programing from its associated station. W246BN was licensed to rebroadcast La Promesa Foundation’s Catholic 1230 WDWR Pensacola but most recently was operating as Sports “The Ticket” and is still listed as such on the station's website.
Dismissals Omni Broadcasting's License to Cover filed in 2016 to complete the relocation of 97.1 W246BN Atmore AL to Pensacola FL has been dismissed for multiple FCC violations including insufficient fee payments, delinquent debts, or debarment. W246BN was licensed to rebroadcast La Promesa Foundation's Catholic 1230 WDWR Pensacola but most recently was operating as Sports "The Ticket" rebroadcasting 100.3 WTKE-FM Niceville/Fort Walton Beach. New England Broadcasting Edu. Group's 2016 application to relocate 88.3 WVCA Newbury MA to 88.1 Seabrook NH has been dismissed. WVCA filed the application in an attempt to break its time-share with 88.3 WBMT Boxford MA as the facilities would no longer overlap, however the FCC contends that rule § 73.56 l(b)(l) which states that share-time agreeme...[Read More]
One month after taking News 1410 KQV Pittsburgh silent, Calvary Inc. has agreed to sell some of the station’s assets to Bob & Ashley Stevens’ Broadcast Communications Inc. Broadcast Communications will acquire the KQV license and all equipment and documents connected to the operation of the station for $55,000. As the station’s current tower site will not be included in the sale, an application will be filed to diplex KQV on the tower of the buyer’s 810 WEDO McKeesport. Broadcast Communications owns Talk/Oldies 620 WKHB Irwin, Talk/Oldies 770 WKFB Jeannette, Brokered Ethnic 810 WEDO McKeesport, AC 1570 WQTW Latrobe, Classic Rock 103.1 WKVE Mount Pleasant, and AC 103.9 WKHB-FM Scottdale in the Pittsburgh market as well as additional stations in Southwestern Penn...[Read More]
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]
Entercom Country “Y108” 107.9 WDSY Pittsburgh has announced the addition of two co-hosts to their “Broadway’s Backyard” morning show. Former WDSY and “100.7 Star” WBZZ parttimer and promotions assistant Jade and “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM and News/Talk 1020 KDKA Board Operator Cowboy Curt gave joined Bill ‘Broadway’ Burt as co-hosts. Broadway joined WDSY in October. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced today that Jade and Cowboy Curt have joined Broadway as cohosts on morning show “Broadway’s Backyard” on 107.9 FM Y108 (WDSY-FM). “Broadway’s Backyard” debuted on Y108 during the fall of 2017 and airs weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET. “Broadway, Jade and Cowboy C...[Read More]
Calvary Inc. has announced it will pull the plug on News 1410 KQV Pittsburgh on December 31. KQV currently airs News programming from 5am to 7pm and a mix of syndicated talk and Old Time Radio programming in other dayparts. The station’s News format dates back to when it dropped Top 40 in 1975. Owner Robert Dickey Jr. told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Candidly, I think it’s a sad day for broadcasting. It’s fair to say we’ve been trying to provide a community service. The bottom line is I just can’t sustain the business model. We’re an independent, labor-intensive format, and we were happy to take it on as long as we could financially do it.” Calvary Inc. was formed by Robert Dickey Sr. and Richard Mellon Scaife to purchase KQV from Taft Broadcasting in 1982. Dickey Sr. p...[Read More]
CBS Radio Country “Y108” 107.9 WDSY Pittsburgh has filled its morning opening with the addition of “Broadway’s Backyard” starting October 9. Broadway joins WDSY after exiting iHeartMedia’s “Country 92.5” WWYZ Hartford CT in June. He also has hosted nights at iHeart’s “B93.7” WBCT, nights and mornings at CHR 104.5 WSNX in Grand Rapids, nights at CHR “Z107.7” KSLZ St. Louis and mornings at CBS’ “99.9 Kiss Country” WKIS Miami. Broadway’s Backyard fills the opening created by the exit of Ally Butler and Andy Davis in June.