People Moves 7/10: A Pair Of NRG Media Departures

Jack Taddeo has announced he will be exiting his position as Market Manager for NRG Media’s Waterloo IA cluster to take a new position at a company yet to be named later this month. In a press statement Taddeo wrote, “I’ve enjoyed working for NRG Media and am very grateful to Chuck DuCoty for hiring me, to Mary Quass for her support during the past 3+ years, and to the great staff I have worked with here. I look forward to seeing everyone in Minneapolis at Conclave 43 next week and I’ll have news of my new position very soon.” Also departing NRG Media is Kurt Luchs after just four months as General Manager of its Omaha cluster. Luchs transferred to Omaha in February after spending five years managing the company’s Wausau WI stations. Sandhill Media Group has appointed Jeff Rope...[Read More]

Rock 93.3 Poughkeepsie Rebrands

iHeartMedia rebranded “Rock 93.3” WBWZ New Paltz/Poughkeepsie NY as “Z93” on Monday. The Z93 name was utilized by WBWZ through multiple formats in the 1990s and 2000s deriving from its launch as part of the syndicated Hard Rock “Z-Rock” network in 1992. The station would later flip to All 1970s and AC before flipping to Hot AC “Star 93.3” in 2003 and then to “Rock 93.3” in 2012. WBWZ was down to a 1.0 share in the Spring 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, while Townsquare Media’s competing Classic Rock 101.5 WPDH led the market with a 6.6 share. No changes to the station’s on-air lineup including WWDC Washington’s Elliot In The Morning accompanied the change.

Robin Hood Radio Walks Away From WGHQ Lease

The group that calls itself “The Smallest NPR Station In The Nation” is walking away from its LMA of 920 WGHQ Kingston NY after Pamal Broadcasting failed to follow through with its agreement to donate the station. Tri-State Public Communications, operators of Robin Hood Radio began operating WGHQ in December 2013 via LMA with the understanding that Pamal would soon file to donate the station to them to prevent WGHQ from going dark. After operating the station for over two years at $2000 per month with no agreement finalized, Tri-State notified Pamal that it will cease leasing the station after February 29. Outside of the brokered “Kingston Community Radio” that airs on WGHQ from 7-9am daily, the station will flip back to a simulcast of 1260 WBNR Beacon/1420 WLNA Pee...[Read More]

WALL Returns To Classic Hits

Neversink Media completed its relaunch of 1340 WALL Middletown NY and three translators serving the Hudson Valley this morning. After acquiring WALL in a swap with Townsquare Media for a translator earlier this year, the station relaunched this morning with Classic Hits positioned as “Orange County & The Hudson Valley’s Hometown Station”. The station is also heard on 94.1 W231BP Chester/Newburgh, 94.9 W235BI Middletown, and 105.7 W289BE Ellenville, which are all fed from Townsquare’s 101.5 WPDH-HD2 Poughkeepsie. WALL and former sister 1390 WEOK Poughkeepsie had been programmed with Oldies until earlier this year. Longtime Hudson Valley personality Mark West will host mornings for the station with Jim Frey in afternoons. The stations had been temporarily simulca...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 7/31

Station Sales Radio Cantico Neuvo is expanding is Spanish Christian programming to another signal in the New York City area. WVRM, Inc. sells Silent 103.9 WPDI Hazlet, NJ to Cantico Nuevo Ministry for $130,000. WPDI is a non-commercial Class D that previously was airing South Asian oriented programming. The Cantico Nuevo programming is also heard on co-owned 1440 WNYG Medford, NY and a few brokered stations: 740 WNYH Huntington NY, 1530 WJDM Elizabeth NJ, 101.5 W268AN Plainview NY, and 106.3 W292DV New York. Family Broadcasting & Media is selling Silent 560 WCKL Catskill, NY to Bishop Tim Allen’s Ebony Media for as the contract states “ONE DOLLAR!!”. Scott Fybush has been tracking the travails of WCKL and owner Brian Dodge for years including one LPFM application tha...[Read More]

WALL/WEOK Flip To Regional Mexican

Townsquare Media has flipped “True Oldies 1340/1390” WALL Middletown/WEOK Poughkeepsie, NY to Regional Mexican “Fierro“. The format gives the Hudson Valley and Poughkeepsie markets its only full time commercial Spanish language station with the market being 20% Hispanic. The WALL portion of the simulcast will continue to breakaway from 6-10am weekdays for the brokered Oldies morning show hosted by Mark West at least through March. In explaining the reason for the format change Jason Finkelberg, the Market President for Townsquare Media told the Times Herald-Record that with a 0.0 share of the ratings Townsquare decided to try something different. Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley is proud to announce the launch of Fierro, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week lineup of Re...[Read More]

WRNQ Returns To Its Q92 Roots

Clear Channel AC “Lite 92.1” WRNQ Poughkeepsie, NY has returned to its former identity as “Q92” after more than a decade. Now positioned as “The Hudson Valley’s 80s to Now”, WRNQ returns to the identity it used from its sign-on in 1989 until December 2003 when it aligned itself closer to sister “106.7 Lite-FM” WLTW New York. No on-air personality changes accompany the rebranding.

Sunrise Resets Its Hudson Valley Changes

Update 3/21: One month after a cluster-wide morning show shuffle, Sunrise Broadcasting has set everything back to the way it was. Bob & Lori have returned from a month on “Fox Oldies 98.9” WGNY-FM Rosendale to move back to AC “Fox 103.1” WJGK Newburgh. That allows Van Ritshie to go back to mornings from middays at WGNY-FM, while D-Rock moves from mornings at WJGK to nights at Dance “Drive FX“. 1220 WGNY Newburgh/97.3 W247AW Poughkeepsie has also returned to ESPN Radio after flipping to a simulcast of WGNY-FM last month. They will be joined in ESPN programming by 94.1 W231BP Chester/Middletown and 95.7 W239BL Poughkeepsie. The duo of translators had been the analog signals for Dance “Drive FX“, which will now be heard exclusively on 98.9 ...[Read More]

Real Country Comes To Hudson Valley

Pamal Broadcasting will flip Talk “Hudson Valley Talk Radio” 1260 WBNR Beacon/1420 WLNA Peekskill, NY to Classic Country “Real Country” on Monday, March 24. Current “Good Morning Hudson Valley” host Bruce Owens will slide to overnights on sister AC 100.7 WHUD replacing the retiring John Nolan. The station will retain syndicated Talker Dave Ramsey in afternoons from 4 to 6pm with the new format as well as some of the weekend morning specialty shows. WBNR/WLNA also airs Army basketball and football and NASCAR.

Robin Hood Comes To WGHQ’s Rescue

A week after Pamal Broadcasting announced that it would take Talk 920 WGHQ Kingston, NY dark on December 31, the station has found a reprieve. Pamal will donate the station to Tri State Public Communications’ “Robin Hood Radio“, which will begin operating WGHQ via LMA on January 1. The Kingston Times reports that WGHQ needs around $20,000 in repairs to its transmitter, which will be split between Robin Hood and Kingston Community Radio. KCR, brokers the 7-9am daypart on WGHQ, an arrangement that will remain after Robin Hood assumes control of WGHQ. Outside of the Kingston Community Radio programming, the transfer of control will see WGHQ’s simulcast of News/Talk “Hudson Valley Talk Radio” 1260 WBNR Beacon/1420 WLNA Peekskill replaced with the NPR program...[Read More]

Clear Channel Launches 12 Comedy Stations

Update 10/29: Clear Channel has flipped 12 stations to Comedy today running the 24/7 Comedy service. The new Comedy affiliates are: 1420 WACT Tuscaloosa AL (Was News/Talk simulcasting 105.9 WRTR) 800 KBFP Baskersfield CA (Was simulcasting Spanish Oldies “La Presciosa 105.3” KBFP-FM) 92.3 W222AF Atlanta GA (Was simulcasting “ESPN Deportes 640” WGST) 1460 WHAL Columbus GA (Was Sports “Fox Sports 1460“) 1280 WIBB Macon GA (Was Gospel “Hallelujah 1280“) 1470 KWSL Sioux City IA (Was Classic Country “The Whistle“) 1580 WWTF Lexington KY (Was Urban AC “Groovin 1580” WGVN) 1210 WLRO Baton Rouge LA (Was Gosepl “Hallelujah 1210“) 1470 WJDY Salisbury MD (Was Sports “Fox Sports 1470“) 1370 WJIP Ellenville N...[Read More]

Clear Channel Rocks Hudson Valley

Update 3/14: WBWZ made the switch from Hot AC to Classic Rock “Rock 93.3” at 4:00 this afternoon. Billed as “The Next Generation of Classic Rock” the station has an 80s base to it which positions it as a slightly younger alternative to Cumulus’ 101.5 WPDH. The first hour of Rock 93.3 consisted of: Elton John – The Bitch Is Back Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion Def Leppard – Rocket Sammy Hagar – There’s Only One Way To Rock Queen – Another One Bites The Dust Boston – More Than A Feeling Outfield – Your Love Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name Journey – Lights Billy Squire – In The Dark Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69 AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long W...[Read More]

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