Joe Johnson Moves To WRDU Raleigh As PD/Afternoon Host

iHeartMedia Classic Rock 100.7 WRDU Wake Forest/Raleigh NC has announced the addition of Joe Johnson as Program Director and afternoon host. Johnson has served as PD of iHeart’s Rock 96.3 WROV and Alternative “Alt 96” W244AV/W245BG Roanoke VA since 2011. He previously programmed “Rock 103” WRCQ Fayetteville NC and has also worked in Jackson MS and Tampa. Johnson supplants Brian Taylor in those duties at WRDU. iHeartMedia Raleigh announced today that Joe Johnson has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality for Classic Rock 100.7 WRDU, effective September 24. iHeartMedia Raleigh has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing five stations comprised o...[Read More]

People Moves 8/31: A Rushed Departure From KQBT

Rudy Rush has departed afternoons at iHeartMedia Urban “93.7 The Beat” KQBT Houston to focus on his comedy career for now. Rush previously hosted the syndicated “Afternoon Rush” that took the place of the Doug Banks Show following Banks’ passing in 2016. With his exit, midday host Carmen Contreras has moved to afternoons with Ashlee Young currently listed in the 9am-2pm slot. After 29 years with CHR “Z102.9” KZIA Cedar Rapids, Scott Schulte is exiting as morning host on September 7 to relocate to Connecticut to be with his fiancee. Current co-host Clare Duffy will be paired with Dancin’ Eric Hanson for the rebranded “Morning Scramble” starting Monday, September 10. Sean Cash is departing Curtis Media Country 94.7 WQDR Raleigh NC w...[Read More]

FCC Report 7/1: Translator Auction 83 Brings New Signals To Raleigh, Austin & 28 Others

The 2003 translator filing window has finally come to a close as the FCC completed Auction 83 netting $576,520 for thirty licenses. The highest winning bid went to Curtis Media's Carolina Radio Group as it outbid iHeartMedia for 92.9 in Raleigh NC for $301,000. iHeart did not go away empty handed though as it was the winning bidder for 95.9 Eden NC, 104.7 Florence AL, 102.7 Panama City FL, and the second highest winning bid of $92,000 for 97.3 Westfield/Springfield MA. Other winning bids of note were $48,000 for 107.9 Greenacres/Austin TX by Juan Alberto Ayala, $21,000 by Vermont Public Radio for 107.5 Burlington VT, $16,000 by University of Northwestern-St. Paul for 104.3 Dubuque IA, and $14,000 by Juan Alberto Ayala for 100.3 Muscatel/Fresno CA. The full list of winning bids can be se...[Read More]

That Station In Raleigh Selects Permanent Name

After launching AAA “95.7 That Station” 1550 WCLY/95.7 W239CK Raleigh on May 1 with a name the station contest, Capitol Broadcasting has settled on retaining the placeholder name permanently. With several hundred submissions overwhelmingly choosing to keep the placeholder name permanently, Dee Dee Black was selected as the winner of a $1,000 prize the charity of their choosing with Cause For Paws of North Carolina being the recipient. On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, That Station got a permanent name, making the big announcement about the winning moniker and charity. When the station launched in May, 95.7 FM That Station announced a contest by which listeners could submit a name for the radio station. The winner would receive $1,000 to donate to their local charity of his/her choice....[Read More]

Capitol Broadcasting Launches That Station In Raleigh

Capitol Broadcasting is shuffling some of its AM and translator programming in Raleigh as it launches a new AAA currently branded as “That Station“. Capitol has moved the Sports format branded as “The Ticket” from 1550 WCLY/95.7 W239CK Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 99.9 WCMC-HD3 Holly Springs. The secondary Sports “Buzz” format moves off of WDNC but continues on 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville via WCMC-HD2. The primary “99.9 The Fan” WCMC-FM remains untouched. 1550 WCLY/95.7 W239CK Raleigh is now operating as “That Station” although a name the station contest is up and running with the winner to receive a $1,000 donation in their name to a local charity. The launch comes as W239CK completes its upgrade to 250w/383m...[Read More]

Educational Media Foundation Acquires WSHA Raleigh

Shaw University has sold Jazz/Gospel/Community 88.9 WSHA Raleigh NC to Educational Media Foundation. No purchase price has been announced yet, but the school will continue to operate the station until the sale closes with no LMA included. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the university intends to transition the current station to a webcast, but the stations offices will be converted into a “laboratory space for audio engineering, video editing, social media data analysis and streaming content creation”. WSHA was the first radio station launched by a historically black college. Also included in the sale are its translators 102.1 W271BT Rocky Mount and 102.3 W272DD Fayetteville NC. EMF’s “K-Love” Christian AC network currently airs in the market on ...[Read More]

Mike Biddle Named WQDR Program Director

Curtis Media Country 94.7 WQDR Raleigh NC has appointed Mike Biddle as Program Director following the death of Lisa McKay. This marks the third tour at Curtis Media Raleigh for Biddle who first hosted nights and later moved up to APD/MD/Midday host from 2002-2007 under the name ‘Mad Dawg’. After programming and hosting mornings at Inner Banks Media’s “Thunder Country 96.3” WRHT Greenville NC from 2007-2010 he returned to Curtis to Program CHR “Pulse-FM” 96.9 WWPL Goldsboro/102.5 WPLW Hillsborough from 2010-2016. He most recently served as Operations Manager at Raleigh based digital marketing agency Heart+Hammer. His career started working under McKay at CHR “Q94” WRVQ Richmond VA. Curtis Media Group has hired Mike Biddle as Program Dire...[Read More]

WPTF Raleigh Realigns Schedule

Curtis Media News/Talk 680 WPTF Raleigh NC has rolled out a new lineup starting today with the addition of two syndicated shows and a midday news block. Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show is added to WPTF from 9am-12pm, while Dana Loesch picks up the 1-3pm slot. An hour long newscast hosted by Scott Briggaman will be added from 12-1pm. The remainder of the lineup will consist of Triangle’s Morning News with Patrick Johnson remaining from 5-9am, Rick and Donna Martinez move from 9-10am to take over the 3-6pm afternoon news block, and Briggaman returns to anchor from 6-7pm. Clark Howard’s show moves from 12-3pm to 7-9pm. Tom Kearney from 9-10pm, Jim Bohannon from 10pm-1pm, and Red Eye Radio from 1-5am remain in place.

Station Sales Week Of 3/2: Jazz Hall Of Fame Takes Birmingham Non-Comm

Samford University is selling its Jazz 91.1 WVSU-FM Birmingham AL to The Jazz Hall of Fame of Alabama for $50,000. The buyer, led by Bishop James Lowe has begun programming the station through a Programming Services Agreement. Samford will also receive up to 1200 minutes a year for ten years for marketing and event announcements and half of those minutes can be carried over into the next year. The buyer will change WVSU-FM’s call letters within six months of closing. Federated Media’s Talking Stick Communications sells Sports “ESPN 106.7” WFGA Hicksville OH to Swick Broadcasting for $300,000. WFGA will join Swick’s five other stations in northeastern Indiana and northwest Ohio. Divine Mercy Radio will purchase Spanish Christian 540 WETC Wendell-Zebulon/Raleigh...[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]

WQDR’s Lisa McKay Passes Away Days After Taking Leave Of Absence

Lisa McKay passed away on early Sunday morning just two days after taking a leave of absence from her duties as Curtis Media VP/Programming and Program Director/Afternoon Host at Country 94.7 WQDR Raleigh after a brief bout with cancer. McKay had been with WQDR since 2002 and later rose to Station Manager in 2010 and Vice President of Programming for the company in 2014. Prior to coming to Raleigh, she spent nearly twelve years at CHR “Q94” 94.5 WRVQ Richmond VA starting as midday host and then moving up to Music Director and then Program Director in 1992. Curtis Media President Trip Savery released a statement on behalf of the company: “It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of Lisa’s passing. She had a tremendous and positive impact on so many people’s live...[Read More]

95X Raleigh Continues Alt Rebranding Trend

Yet another iHeartMedia Alternative station has rebranded with the “Alt” brand name. The former “95X” 95.1 W236CA Durham/95.3 W237BZ Clayton NC fed by WDCG-HD2 rebranded this morning as “Alt 95.3“. The move comes following the addition of the syndicated Woody Show for mornings last week. The W236CA/W237BZ combo has consistently been among the higher rated translators in PPM markets with a 1.9 share in the December 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings.

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