Rochester

Megan Carter Departs WPXY

Megan Carter is out as Music Director/Morning Host at Entercom CHR “98PXY” 97.9 WPXY Rochester NY. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that Carter quietly exited the station last month after nearly a decade with the station. She added MD duties in 2011 and moved from her 4-10pm daypart to mornings along with Corey James in 2014. Whitney Young has moved from middays to join James in mornings with Orphan Andrew now tracking middays from Entercom’s “106.5 The End” KDND Sacramento.

Rochester To Gain First Commercial Spanish Station

Genesee Media will flip Sports “97.5 The Team” 1590 WRSB Brockport/97.5 W258BH Rochester NY to Spanish CHR “Mi 97.5” on Monday, October 16. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports the station will focus on “hit music from Latin America, talk radio, community programming and syndicated news, including reports from Puerto Rico.” William Santiago, President of local Spanish-language marketing agency Uno Communication, will join Genesee as General Manager of WRSB. Santiago has hosted the “Dimension Latina” program in the market for the past several decades. It most recently aired on Rochester Institute of Technology’s 89.7 WITR Henrietta. The new format will compete with Ibero American Action League’s “Poder 97.1” ...[Read More]

Beat Brings Hip-Hop To Rochester

Bluelight Communications will launch Urban “105.5 The Beat” W288CS Rochester NY/102.7 WLGZ-HD2 Webster at 6pm today. Helmed by veteran programmer Mickey Johnson, the new new station will feature the syndicated Breakfast Club in mornings. Pamela Anise, former Program Director/Midday Host at iHeartMedia Urban “101.1 The Beat” WUBT Nashville, joins the station as APD/Midday Host. Afternoons and nights are currently vacant but Johnson is seeking applicants at Mjohnson@1055thebeat.com. Johnson joins Bluelight from Townsquare Media’s 92.9 WTUG Tuscaloosa AL where he served as Brand Manager. He has also programmed Urban stations in Jacksonville, Birmingham, and St. Louis including launching “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ and serving as OM for Radio-One’s “H...[Read More]

New Talker Debuts In Rochester

Genesee Media has launched Talk 1310 WOKR Canandaigua/Rochester NY. WOKR had previously been simulcasting Sports “97.5 The Team” 1590 WRSB Brockport/W248BH Rochester. The two AMs swapped call letters over the summer around the same time that the Sports programming moved to 97.5 from 105.5 W288CS. Programming on WOKR includes This Morning with Gordon Deal, Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade from 9am-12pm and Tom Shillue from 3-6pm, Chad Benson from 6-9pm, Bloomberg Radio in middays and 9-10pm, Business Rockstars from 10pm-12am, and Free Talk Live overnight. Weekend shows are focusing on money, technology, and law.

A New Mix Drives Into Rochester

iHeartMedia has relaunched Hot AC “100.5 The Drive” WDVI Rochester NY as “Mix 100.5“. The change is the final piece in the evolution of WDVI from the Adult Alternative lean it had upon its launch in 2006 to the more traditional Adult CHR approach it has had over the past year. It is also a return to the branding the station had in its final days as WVOR prior to the debut of WDVI. The station will continue to carry the syndicated Elvis Duran in mornings.

Michael ‘Mud’ Gross Joins WCMF Rochester As PD

Entercom Classic Rock 96.5 WCMF Rochester NY has appointed Michael ‘Mud’ Gross as its new Program Director. Gross most spent 12 years at iHeartMedia where he programmed “105.9 The Rock” WNRQ Nashville from 2005-2014 and “Big 105.9” WBGG Miami from 2014-2016. He has also programmed 94.5 WARO Fort Myers and hosted mornings at 100.3 WDIZ Orlando, 105.7 WPNT St. Louis, and 103.1 WHVY Baltimore during his career. Gross will start at WCMF on May 15 and succeeds Chris Crowley who transferred to sister 92.3 KGON Portland earlier this year.

FCC Report 3/19

FCC Decisions The FCC has entered a Consent Decree with Katherine Bohn for an "illegal transfer of control" of News/Talk 1140 KVLI Lake Isabella, Country 102.5 KCNQ Kernville, and Classic Rock 104.5 KRVQ Lake Isabella CA. Bohn will pay $8,000 in a civil penalty over claims by Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa that following a deal to enter a Time Brokerage Agreement to Alta Sierra Broadcasting, the licensee failed to maintain a staff presence at the station. Charles Philome was fined $20,000 for operating a pirate station on 88.7 and 90.1 from multiple locations in Margate and Pompano Beach FL after previously being warned multiple times. Florida Community Radio's Application For Review against the grant of a new non-commercial station on 95.9 in Otter Creek FL to Citrus County Associati...[Read More]

Chris Crowley Moves From WCMF Rochester To KGON Portland

Entercom has transferred Chris Crowley as Program Director of 96.5 WCMF Rochester to 92.3 KGON Portland. Crowley has programmed WCMF since 2010. He has previously programmed 94.5 WARO Fort Myers FL, 95.3 KUJZ/97.9 KNRQ Eugene OR, and served as a consultant for Jacobs Media. Entercom Portland welcomes Chris Crowley as the new program director for 92.3 KGON, Portland’s Classic Rock Station. “We could not be happier to have Chris join the Entercom Portland cluster,” stated Tim McNamara, general manager, Entercom Portland. “I know Chris will do great things for KGON, and I’m very excited about the future of our legendary station.” “Getting to work for Entercom Portland and having the opportunity to oversee heritage call letters like KGON is a once in a career kind of deal” said Crowley. “The c...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/9

FCC Report 10/2: iHeart Loses Five Translators

Five iHeartMedia translator applications utilized in both waves of the AM Translator Waiver Period have been dismissed and their licenses deleted. 99.3 W257DR Vineland NJ (previously W235BY) was intended to move to 102.5 in Philadelphia, 102.9 W275CI Scotchtown NY (W254CG) with a CP to move to 105.1 Richmond VA, 106.5 W293CW Parkersburg WV (W234BW) moving to 106.9 Cleveland, 104.9 W285FG Shorewood WI (W264CT) moving to 105.5 Dayton OH have all expired but have been replaced with applications to move a new translator to serve those same areas and intended AMs (see below). 92.1 K221GH Portland IA (K258CI) moving to 96.9 Des Moines IA rebroadcasting 1460 KXNT has not been replaced yet.

Tias Schuster Named iHeart Norfolk SVP/Programming

Tias Schuster is returning to Norfolk VA as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. Schuster, who previously programmed Entercom Rhythmic CHR “Z104” 104.5 WNVZ from from 2007-2012, returns to the market from Rochester NY where he programmed Hot AC “100.5 The Drive” WDVI and CHR “Kiss 106.7” WKGS for iHeart. Schuster has also programmed Entercom CHR’s “B93.7” WFBC-FM Greenville SC and 98.5 WKRZ Wilkes-Barre PA during his career. In Norfolk he will oversee iHeartMedia’s four station cluster while serving as day-to-day Program Director of CHR “Now 105” 105.3 WNOH and Rhythmic AC “Movin 107.7” WMOV-FM. Just like Zac Davis in Richmond, Schuster fills the spot vacated by AJ’s move to St. Louis...[Read More]

Looking At iHeart’s Recent Regional Consolidation Cuts

Over the past few weeks a new round of cuts has taken place at iHeartMedia as the new regional operating structure took effect. Here’s a rundown of some of the moves that have taken place recently and how they show what the company is doing in this round of cuts: Austin and San Antonio have seen multiple moves as staffers add duties in both markets. Zac ‘Mayhem’ Wellsandt was named Director of AC/CHR Operations giving him oversight of eight stations: HR “96.7 Kiss-FM” KHFI, “Pride Radio 97.5” K248CU, Urban “102.3 The Beat” KPEZ, and Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL in Austin and CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM, AC “Q101.9” KQXT, Rhythmic AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP, and Spanish AC “La Preciosa 1...[Read More]