University of Utah’s “NPR Utah” 90.1 KUER Salt Lake City has appointed Joel Meyer as Director of Programming and Promotion. Meyer joins KUER from WNYC New York where he served as an Executive Producer at their WNYC Studios podcast production arm. He has also served as EP/Talk Programming at WBEZ Chicago, Managing Podcast Producer at Slate.com, and EP of Soundcheck on WNYC. Podcast and talk show producer Joel Meyer, whose work includes Making Oprah, Making Obama and American Fiasco is joining KUER, Utah’s statewide NPR affiliate, as its director of programming and promotion. Meyer was most recently an executive producer at WNYC Studios. Before that, he was an executive producer of talk programming at WBEZ Chicago, a managing producer of podcasts at Slate.com and the execut...[Read More]
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]
Following the addition of Premiere Networks’ The Woody Show at AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco/97.7 KFFG San Jose last month, Cumulus Media is adding the show at its Alternative stations in Kansas City, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. The Woody Show will debut on “Alt 92.3” WRKN Laplace/New Orleans, “Alt 101.9” KHTB Ogden/Salt Lake City, and “X105.1” KCJK Garden City/Kansas City on Monday, May 21. WRKN had been jockless in mornings, while The Woody Show replaces Fook and Lindsey at KHTB and Shawn Quinn at KCJK. In Salt Lake City, Todd ‘Fook’ Fooks exits while Lindsey Armstrong moves to middays. No word on the status of Quinn in Kansas City. Cumulus Media announces that it will bring the popular morning radio program The Woody Show to three...[Read More]
Update 5/9: BYU will pay $875,000 to acquire KUMT. Original Report 4/26: After announcing last October that it would flip “Classical 89” 89.1 KBYU-FM Provo/Salt Lake City to its Mormon “BYU Radio“, Brigham Young University has reversed face and will keep the Classical programming in place. Instead BYU will acquire AAA “107.9 The Mountain” KUMT Randolph UT from Community Wireless of Park City for an undisclosed amount. BYU will place the “BYU Radio” programming currently heard online and on SiriusXM on the 107.9 frequency upon closing of the sale. The original plan was met with numerous protests as it would have left Salt Lake City without a Classical FM outlet. Hey everybody, KUMT has been sold and unfortunately, Wasatch Community Media didn&...[Read More]
On the fortieth anniversary of his joining Bonneville Media News/Talk 1160 KSL/102.7 KSL-FM Salt Lake City, Doug Wright will step away from his daily talk show at the station. Wright joined KSL in 1978 as Production Director and began hosting a daily talk show in 1986. He will continue hosting “The Movie Show” on Fridays from 9am-12pm after passing the baton on Monday-Thursday to Debbie Dujanovic and David Noriega. Dujanovic, who serves as an investigative reporter at KSL-TV and Noriega, who is a sports producer for the station, will take over the 11am-12pm hour from Wright on Monday, April 2 before absorbing the full 9am-12pm slot in June.
Cumulus Country “K-Bull 93” 93.3 KUBL-FM Salt Lake City is making a change in mornings. Tommy & Joe Johnson are out after their second tour of duty with the station while Lexi Papadopoulos and Jared ‘Banks’ Danielson reunite to take their place. Johnson & Johnson joined KUBL in mornings in 1997 before moving to 94.1 KMPS Seattle in 2011. The duo then returned to KUBL in 2015. Lexi & Banks hosted mornings at Broadway Media CHR “Mix 105.1” KUDD from May 2012 until November 2016. Danielson briefly hosted mornings solo at Country “101.5 The Eagle” KEGA, while Papadopoulos has been serving as a traffic reporter for Cumulus’ Salt Lake City cluster. Cumulus Media announces that it has named popular Salt Lake City radio personalities Lexi and Banks as C...[Read More]
The staff turnover continues at LM Communications’ Charleston SC cluster with the departure of Operations Manager Matthew Potter after thirteen years with the station. Potter, who also served as afternoon host at Active Rock “98 Rock” 98.1 WYBB told Charleston Scene that he was met by new station management in the parking lot yesterday and told of his dismissal. Potter’s exit follows Richard ‘Box’ Bachschmidt’s resignation from mornings at AAA “105.5 The Bridge” WCOO last week. In addition to moving from 97.9 WLUP to afternoons on Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago, Tim Virgin is also adding middays at “Alt 101.9” KHTB Ogden/Salt Lake City. iHeartMedia Country 94.7 WDSD Dover DE will add the syndicated Bobby Bones Show for mornings starting Monday, Mar...[Read More]
David Smith will swap Country “Straits Country 95.3” WWSS Tuscarora Township MI to Black Diamond Broadcast Holdings for Classic Rock “97.1 The Bear” WCHY Cheboygan. The two companies will retain their intellectual properties with both formats and call letters exchanging places via LMA on Tuesday, March 13. WCHY will continue to simulcast sister 98.1 WGFN Glen Arbor/Traverse City. After operating Gospel “Power 1220” WENC Whiteville NC via LMA since 1995, Godwin Communications will purchase the station from DHA Communications for $9,370. The previously announced sale of 88.5 WMCE-FM Erie from Mercyhurst University to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was filed with the FCC showing a purchase price of $275,000. Commonwealth Broadcasting sells Sports...[Read More]
FM Changes Entravision has applied for a multi-signal change that would allow its Regional Mexican "Jose 107.1" KVVA-FM Apache Junction AZ to move to the South Mountain tower farm just south of downtown Phoenix. KVVA-FM would move to South Mountain with a city-of-license change to Sun Lakes operating with 870w/508m. To make that move possible simulcaster 106.9 KDVA Buckeye applies to move to 106.7 with no changes to its 6kW/93m facilities. Prescott Valley Broadcasting Company AC 106.7 KPPV Prescott AZ would be issued a show cause order to move to 106.9, while the vacant allocation on 107.3 in Aguila AZ would receive new reference coordinates. That 107.3 allocation will determine if any of these changes will proceed. The Construction Permit for Matinee Media's 107.3 KAZV Aguila was s...[Read More]
ANCO Media Group is petitioning the FCC to allow its group of Italian citizens to purchase Zoo Communications and its Dance “Revolution 93.5” network of 93.5 WBGF Belle Glade, 93.5 WZFL Islamorada, 93.5 W228BV Fort Lauderdale, and 93.5 W228BY Miami FL from Zoo Communications for $1 million. Claudio Dompe and Marco Mazzoli would each own a 40% stake of the company, while Dompe’s daughter Claudia Dompe and Mazzoli’s wife Stefania Pittaluga would each hold 10% stakes. Mazzoli serves as General Manager and host on the station and is known as “The Howard Stern of Italy” where he hosts “The Zoo” on the Radio 105 network. Claudio Dompe currently holds a 20% stake in Zoo Communications. After a previous $55,000 sale to Pentecostal Church of God earli...[Read More]
Brigham Young University is consolidating its local and national broadcast operations which will lead to the end of its Classical music programming on 89.1 KBYU-FM Provo/Salt Lake City on June 30, 2018. On that date “Classical 89” will begin simulcasting the Talk/Sports programming of “BYU Radio” currently heard on SiriusXM channel 143. BYU Radio carries LDS Church oriented talk shows and programming connected to BYU’s sports teams. The station and its network of translators throughout Utah are the only terrestrial Classical voices in the state, although University of Utah’s 90.1 KUER-HD3 carries the Classical24 network for HD Radio listeners. At the same time KBYU-TV will drop its PBS affiliation and switch to the national BYUtv programming service, whi...[Read More]
Station Deletions United Broadcasting Company has requested the deletion of 630 KTKK Sandy and 1510 KLLB West Jordan UT in the Salt Lake City market. Both stations have been silent since May when KTKK's Talk programming was moved to sister 1640 KBJA Sandy. KTKK had been operating via STA from KLLB's tower, which was demolished in June.