Providence

Station Sales Week Of 7/20

Radio Sharon transfers its option to acquire 1220 WSTL and 93.7 W229AN Providence RI to Diaz Holdings. New England Christian Media will sell the stations to to Diaz for $240,000. WSTL is the originating station for Radio Sharon’s Spanish CHR “Mega 94.9” W235CN Providence. After applying earlier this month to donate Silent 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach VA to the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council’s MMTC Broadcasting, Birach Broadcasting will instead donate the two stations to Dr. Katrina Chase’s Believe & Achieve Family & Education Center. Jose Carlos Maron’s Radio La Patrona Inc. will purchase Silent 760 KMTL/97.7 K249FE Sherwood/Little Rock AR from the estate of George Domerese for $100,000. James Utley’s CLI R...[Read More]

Mega 94.9 Launches In Providence

Quilvio Perdomo’s Radio Sharon Foundation has launched Spanish Tropical “Mega 94.9” 1220 WSTL/93.7 W229AN/94.9 W235CN Providence RI. WSTL and W229AN previously were Christian “Shine 1220” until going silent in June ahead of a planned sale. While no transfer has yet to be filed with the FCC, Radio Sharon is operating the pair via LMA along with W235CN, which Radio Sharon purchased from Mercer County Community College in New Jersey for $28,300 in May 2016 and moved to Providence from Chatsworth NJ in the 250 mile translator filing window. The launch gives Providence its third Spanish Tropical station joining Full Power Radio’s “Latina 100.3” WKKB Middletown and Video Mundo Broadcasting’s “Poder 102.1” 1110 WPMZ East Providence...[Read More]

Neil Larrimore Joins WPRO As Program Director

Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield-Peacedale RI has appointed Neil Larrimore as its new Program Director. Larrimore programmed iHeartMedia’s Talks and Sports stations in Phoenix and Tucson AZ until his exit in June. He has also spent seven years programming KMBZ Kansas City and time as APD at WHIO Dayton and WWDB Philadelphia. Larrimore replaces Tony Mascaro who departed WPRO/WEAN-FM in June. Cumulus Media announces it has appointed programming professional Neil Larrimore as Program Director for News/Talk station WPRO-AM in Providence, RI. Larrimore has programmed successful stations for more than 20 years and joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia, where he was formerly Program Director and Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s Information brands in the Phoenix, AZ, and ...[Read More]

More WBRU Sale Details

Brown Broadcasting Service has announced that Educational Media Foundation will begin operating 95.5 WBRU Providence on September 1 at 12:00am. WPRI-TV reports that EMF will be paying $5.63 million for the station, which will be used to create an endowment to fund the two streams, podcast network, and educational opportunities that Brown Broadcasting Service will continue to operate under the WBRU name. The station intends to find a terrestrial signal to carry its currently Sunday airing “The 360 Degree Experience in Sound” which features Urban and Urban AC programming. That and the primary Alternative Rock formats will both become 24/7 streams at WBRU.com. Update 8/25: It appears a buyer has been found for Brown Broadcasting Service Alternative 95.5 WBRU Providence RI. While n...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 8/25

Latino Public Radio is converting its LMA of 1290 WRNI Providence RI from Rhode Island Public Radio to a $400,000 purchase. If the buyer resells the station within two years of the closing date, Rhode Island Public Radio will receive 1/2 of the net above the $400,000 price. Ten years after selling “Coyote Country 106.3” WKNU Brewton AL, Ellington Radio Inc. is reacquiring the station from Jack Floyd’s WKNU Radio Inc. in exchange for forgiveness of the $843,420 owed by the buyer from their 2007 purchase of the station. WKNU Radio Inc. agreed to acquire the station in January 2007 for approximately $1,386,764.76 to be made in monthly installments of $10,049.02 over 138 months plus 6% interest. Iglesia Pentecostes El Lirio de Los Valles is assigning its agreement to purchase...[Read More]

Andy Gresh Joins WPRO For Nightly Sports Show

Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN Wakefield-Peacedale RI has announced the return of Andy Gresh to the market to host a nightly sports talk show from 6-9pm. Gresh joins WPRO from CBS News/Talk 1080 WTIC Hartford where he was co-hosting afternoons. Gresh previously spent ten years hosting mornings at now-defunct sister Sports “790 The Score” WSKO from 1998 through 2008. After stints at WFAN New York, ESPN Radio, and Sirius/XM, Gresh was one of the original hosts on “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM Boston upon its launch in 2010 co-hosting middays with Scott Zolak. He also was part of the New England Patriots radio network coverage from 2005 through 2014. Cumulus Media announces the return of Andy Gresh to the Providence airwaves as the new 6pm-9pm host on P...[Read More]

John DePetro Joins 1540 WADK

After exiting late mornings at Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN Wakefield-Peacedale RI in December, Conservative host John DePetro is joining 3G Broadcasting’s 1540 WADK Newport for 1-5pm starting today. Depetro states he is seeking to eventually syndicate the program and now has complete ownership of it. He will replace the syndicated Clark Howard and two local call-in shows on WADK. He has been a longtime fixture in Providence talk radio with two runs at WPRO and one at iHeartMedia’s 920 WHJJ along with a brief run at WRKO Boston. I proudly announce I return to the Rhode Island airwaves starting Wednesday, January 25, 2017, taking your phone calls weekdays live from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on 1540 AM WADK. Together, we will make Rhode Island afternoon radio great again....[Read More]

FCC Report 1/8: WUMD Preps Providence Move-In

Concurrent with the acquisition of 89.3 WUMD North Dartmouth MA, Rhode Island Public Radio has applied to move the station to Newport RI.

Rhode Island Public Radio Acquires WUMD

Rhode Island Public Radio has announced the acquisition of Student-run 89.3 WUMD North Dartmouth MA from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth for $1.5 million and $60,000 worth of underwriting over ten years. RIPR intends to move WUMD to Tiverton RI where it will cover the eastern third of the state and the New Bedford/Fall River MA market. The network is currently heard on their owned 102.7 WRNI-FM Narragansett Pier as well as The Wheeler School’s 88.1 WELH Providence and Coventry Public School’s 91.5 WCVY Coventry RI. RIRP states that UMass-Dartmouth will continue to operate WUMD as a webcaster.

FCC Report 12/31

John DePetro Exits WPRO/WEAN Providence

John DePetro has exited as late-morning host at Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield/Peacedale RI. DePetro made the announcement via a posting on his website on Saturday morning. DePetro had been off the air most of December for medical reasons, but has also been the cause of many boycotts of the station from both advertisers and local politicians due to comments made on the show. All references to him have been purged from WPRO’s website. DePetro has been with WPRO since 2007 when he joined the station to host mornings. He moved to his most recent 9am-12pm slot in 2011. He has also worked at 920 WHJJ Providence and 680 WRKO Boston in his career. To all my WPRO radio listeners : At this time, I have decided to conclude my entertaining weekday 9:a.m. -12pm (noo...[Read More]

Emily Boldon Adds WWLI Program Director Duties

Cumulus Vice President of AC & Stratus Music Emily Boldon will relocate to Providence as Program Director of AC “Lite Rock 105.1” WWLI. Boldon has been with Cumulus corporate since 2006 when she was Corporate Programming Software Trainer. She previously programmed “Rock 103.5” WRCQ Dunn/Fayetteville NC using the on-air name Sydney Scott. She fills the vacancy created by Brian DeMay’s move to “Warm 98” 98.5 WRRM Cincinnati in May. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed programming professional Emily Boldon as Program Director of Lite Rock 105/WWLI-FM in Providence, RI. Boldon will continue to serve Cumulus as Vice President, AC and Stratus Music Programming, a role she has held since May, 2006.   Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manage...[Read More]