On Valentines Day, Cumulus Media CHR “97.1/95.7 BHT” 97.1 WBHT Wilkes-Barre/95.7 WBHD Olyphant PA has appointed Chad Valentine as Program Director. Valentine most recently served as APD/MD/night host at iHeartMedia CHR “Y100” WHYI Miami FL until the elimination of his position in January 2017. He also spent eight years at “Wild 95.5” WLDI West Palm Beach from 2004-2012 moving up from night host to APD/MD to Program Director during his tenure there. He will also host middays at WBHT/WBHD. Valentine fills the opening created by Brent Eckart’s exit last April. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Chad Valentine as Program Director for WBHT 97.1/95.7, its Top 40 station in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA. Valentine is a 22-year radio veteran who mos...[Read More]
Cumulus Media Rock “97.9X” WBSX Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre PA has promoted midday host Mike Duffy to Program Director. Duffy joined WBSX in April after a long runs in the market at Shamrock Communications’ “Rock 107” 106.9 WEZX and Entercom CHR 98.5 WKRZ as ‘Psycho Mike’. He fills the opening created by the exit of Tori Thomas last May. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Mike Duffy as Program Director for Active Rock station WBSX-FM/97.9X in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA. Duffy, a seasoned broadcaster with over 20 years’ radio experience in Northeast Pennsylvania, joined Cumulus Media in April as On-Air Host, Middays, for 97.9X/WBSX-FM. In addition to his new role as Program Director, Duffy will retain his on-air hosting duties for the station. ...[Read More]
Entercom and CBS Radio have filed with the FCC to create the Entercom Divestiture Trust to handle the divestiture of the stations in seven markets that it is required to spin-off. While Entercom will only be required to divest fourteen stations to get under the current FCC market caps, it is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into the trust. This will give Entercom flexibility to choose which stations it will seek to keep and which ones it will spin-off. Among the stations being filed for placement into the divestiture trust are all of CBS Radio and Entercom’s stations in the Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle markets. Entercom will be required to spin-off 2 FMs in Boston, 1 FM in Los Angeles, 3 FMs in Sacramento, 1 FM in San Diego, 4 FMs i...[Read More]
For the second time since flipping to Alternative in 2010, Times-Shamrock has rebranded Alternative 92.1 WFUZ Nanticoke/Wilkes-Barre PA. What was originally “FM 92.1” became “Fuzz 92.1” in September 2012. Now the station has become “Alt 92.1” with a new positioner of “Sounds Different”. The slogan comes from sister “FM 102.1” WLUM Milwaukee and is accompanied by a renewed push towards breaking new music and artists. Alt 92.1 is also heard on 96.1 W241AZ Clarks Summit and 102.7 W274AO Scranton, which are both fed via 106.9 WEZX-HD2 Scranton.
Cumulus Media has hired Bruce ‘Randy Savage’ Murry as Operations Manager of its cluster in Wilkes-Barre PA and PD/Afternoon Host at Country “93.7 Nash-FM” WSJR Dallas PA. Savage has spent the last 20 years as PD of Renda Broadcasting’s four stations in Fort Myers FL: News/Talk 98.9 WGUF, Country “Gator Country 101.9” WWGR, Variety Hits “102.9 Bob-FM” WJGO, and Hot AC “104.7 The Mix” WSGL. He also hosted afternoons at WWGR. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 29-year radio programming professional Randy Savage (AKA Bruce Murry) as Operations Manager of its five-station cluster in Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA. Savage was also appointed as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host of NASH FM 93.7/WSJR-FM. Savage joins Cumulu...[Read More]
Station Moves Lazer Broadcasting Regional Mexican “Radio Lazer 93.1” KXSM Hollister/Salinas, CA applies to change city-of-license to Chualar from a new tower site. From the new location KXSM would operate with 8kW at 100 meters. It would be short-spaced, but not overlap with iHeartMedia’s 92.7 KTOM Marina and American General Media’s 93.5 KZOZ San Luis Obispo. Lazer also has a pending 2013 application to relocate 105.9 KMLY Carmel Valley to the same tower on 95.1 licensed to Gonzales, CA (Coverage Map). Family Life Ministries’ 107.7 WCIG Dallas/Wilkes-Barre, PA applies to shift northeast to a new tower site where it will operate with 2.45kW at 158 meters (Coverage Map). Actualidad Media Group’s Spanish News/Talk 107.1 WURN-FM Key Largo, FL applies to inc...[Read More]
Entercom launched Rock AC “Max 102” at 7:00 this morning. Focusing on Rock Hits of the 80s and 90s, the station listed Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard, Journey, Pat Benatar, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sheryl Crow as core artists. New WMQX call letters are incoming. Original Report 4/7:Entercom has pulled the plug on “ 102.3 The Sports Hub” WHBS Pittston/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA and is currently stunting with people counting upwards. The new format will launch on Friday, April 10 at 7:00am. While we’re unsure exactly what the new format will be, we have been monitoring the anonymous domain registrations made in March for Max1023.com and Max102FM.com. That would probably suggest a Variety Hits to flank sister CHR 98.5 WKRZ or a Rock format. WHBS launc...[Read More]
After being off-the-air for a few months Cumulus has relaunched 590 WARM Scranton, PA as an affiliate of CBS Sports Radio. WARM had suffered with sporadic outages for the past few years due to multiple transmitter and tower issues. It applied last month for a permanent solution which will see the station dismantle two of its five towers and drop power from its previously licensed 5kW to 1.8kW days and 430 watts at night. The station is currently operating under Special Temporary Authority with 1250 watts until the permanent application is approved and built. Prior to go dark WARM was airing an Oldies format utilizing Cumulus’ Good Time Oldies network (and True Oldies Channel before that). The move to CBS Sports gives the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market its fourth Sports formatted statio...[Read More]
Translator Moves Entercom has agreed to purchase the Construction Permit for 105.7 W289CB Milwaukee from Kevin Youngers for $300,000. As part of the sale, Entercom has applied to relocate the translator to the tower of 103.7 WXSS where it will operate with 240 watts at 284 meters rebroadcasting 103.7 WXSS-HD3 (Coverage Map). Apple 107.1 Inc. has made yet another modification to its application for 106.3 W292DV New York as it changes the originating station to Multicultural Broadcasting’s 1660 WWRU Jersey City. The translator will operate with 40 watts at 200 meters (Coverage Map). Alpine Broadcasting is attempting to move two of its translators into Kansas City, or in this case Kansas Cities. 92.7 K224ET Knob Noster, MO seeks to relocate to Kansas City, KS where it will rebroadcast C...[Read More]
Update 7/23: WDMT will flip to Sports as “102 The Sports Hub” on Monday, August 5. The new format will rely mainly on programming from NBC Sports Radio as well as a yet to be announced local afternoon show. In announcing the change, Entercom Wilkes-Barre GM Ryan Flynn told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, “We haven’t been able to capitalize on The Mountain from a sales perspective. It’s done OK from a ratings standpoint, and we have a dedicated core of listeners, but we haven’t been able to monetize that.” Original Report 7/18: A format change appears on deck at Entercom Classic Rock “102 The Mountain” 102.3 WDMT Pittston, PA. The station held its final weekly ‘Mountaingrown Original Music Series‘ event on Wednesday. The Weekender reports that ...[Read More]
Cumulus’ NashFM Country brand continues to expand across the nation on the eve of Independence Day as more stations become “America’s Country Station”. The five new stations to pickup the Nash branding are: “Nash FM 93.7” WSJR Dallas/Scranton, PA (formerly “Great Country 93.7“) “Nash FM 100.5” WHLZ Marion/Florence, SC (formerly “Wheelz 100.5“) “Nash FM 101.7” KAYD Beaumont, TX (formerly “KD 101“) “Nash FM 102.7” WHKR Rockledge/Melbourne, FL (formerly “The Hitkicker“) “Nash FM 104.9” WKOS Kingsport, TN (formerly “Great Country 104.9“) The five stations join the five stations that relaunched over Memorial Day weekend and the original “Nash FM 9...[Read More]
Times-Shamrock Alternative “FM 92.1” WFUZ Nanticoke/Wilkes-Barre PA has rebranded as “Fuzz 92.1“. No major changes to the station or presentation, although the positioning statement shifts from “More Music. Less Yada Yada.” to “Your Rock Alternative”.