People Moves 4/3: First Thing Is A New Morning Host For WFOX

Connoisseur Media Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX Southport/Norwalk CT has revamped its on-air lineup as Allan Lamberti moves from afternoons to take over the “First Thing Fairfield County” morning show. Operations Manager Keith Dakin will fill the afternoon slot as former morning host Ken Tuccio exits after 15 months with the station. Hearst News/Talk 1090 WBAL Baltimore is moving evening host Brett Hollander to the 1-3pm slot vacated by Derek Hunter in December. Hollander, whose evening show was Sports based will segue to general talk focusing on local and state issues. Cumulus Media Hot AC 96.3 WDVD Detroit has promoted Jessica Tyler to Music Director. Tyler joined Cumulus Detroit last fall as APD/MD/Midday host of sister “93.1 Nash-FM” WDRQ and will...[Read More]

WNLK & WSTC Return To Life

Sacred Heart University’s 1350 WNLK Norwalk and 1400 WSTC Stamford CT returned to the air on Wednesday, June 1 with a pair of brokered formats. 1350 WNLK is currently airing many of the programs previously heard on now Silent 1530 WDJZ Bridgeport. Meanwhile 1400 WSTC is being operated by Martin Sheehan’s VGR Radio Agency with a mix of Talk and Adult Standards programming. Sheehan previously owned 1520 WTRI Brunswick MD and most recently served as Market Manager for Cumulus Westchester NY. Sacred Heart had taken the two stations dark in January citing low listenership to the stations as part of their Public News/Talk network. The University purchased the two then Commercial News/Talk stations from Cox Media Group in 2011.

Connecticut AM Pair To Go Dark & Be Sold

Sacred Heart University is turning off 1350 WNLK Norwalk and 1400 WSTC Stamford CT and putting them up for sale. The two stations were part of the University’s Public News/Talk network that was also heard on 1260 WSHU Westport CT, 1340 WYBC New Haven CT, 89.9 WSUF Noyack NY and 103.3 WQQQ Sharon CT. The network claims that the WSTC/WNLK duo had less than 900 listeners combined. The Fairfield County region served by the stations will still be served by WSHU’s Talk/Classical service that’s heard on 91.1 WSHU-FM Fairfield and 90.1 W211AI Stamford. Sacred Heart intends to place the two stations on the market for sale. The University purchased them in 2011 from Cox Radio for $500,000. The WSHU Public Radio Group has announced that as of Monday, Jan. 25, it will no longer broad...[Read More]

FCC Applications 5/28

After taking a week off for the Memorial Day holiday, we’re back with a roundup of the last two weeks worth of FCC filings. Station Moves Connoisseur Media’s Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX Norwalk, CT has applied to change its city-of-license to Southport, CT with no changes to its 3kW at 91 meters signal (Coverage Map). The move will shift WFOX’s home market from Stamford/Norwalk to Bridgeport where it will join sister Hot AC “Star 99.9” WEZN. Domestic Church Media’s Catholic 89.3 WFJS-FM Freehold, NJ proposes an increase from 3.8kW at 50 meters to 15.2kW from the same antenna. The directional pattern will point towards the southeast increasing the station’s coverage towards Brick and Toms River. Translator Moves Educational Media Fo...[Read More]

Cox Sells Stations In Six Markets To Two Groups

Update 5/6: Summit Media has closed on its purchase of the Cox clusters in Birmingham, Greenville, Honolulu, Louisville, and Richmond. Update 2/14: The FCC filings for the sales show how much each group is paying for their new acquisitions. Connoisseur will be paying $40 Million for the Connecticut stations, while Summit Media is giving Cox $66.25 Million for the Birmingham, Greenville, Honolulu, Louisville, and Richmond clusters. Original Report 2/12: After placing stations in six markets up for sale last summer, Cox Media has announced who will be acquiring the stations. The Connecticut stations of Rock 99.1 WPLR in New Haven and Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX and AC “Star 99.9” WEZN in Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk and LMA’d Urban AC 94.3 WYBC-FM New Haven ...[Read More]

Cox Puts Clusters Up For Sale

As part of a corporate restructuring to focus on larger markets and cross-media collaboration, Cox Media has announced that it is placing its stations in six markets up for sale. The markets and stations up for sale include: Birmingham – Urban “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ, Sports “97.3 The Zone” WZNN, Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” WBHK, Country 104.7 WZZK, Classic Hits “106.9 The Eagle” WBPT, Gospel “Heaven 610” WAGG, Classic Hip-Hop “Power 102.1” 1320 WENN/102.1 W270BW and programming rights to Urban “105.1 Jamz” WALJ Tuscaloosa. Connecticut – Rock 99.1 WPLR in New Haven and Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX and AC “Star 99.9” WEZN in Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk. Cox also operates Urban AC...[Read More]