Nielsen & Bubba The Love Sponge Settle Ratings Tampering Lawsuit

Nielsen and Bubba The Love Sponge have come to a settlement agreement in their lawsuits alleging ratings tampering by Bubba in the Tampa market. Nielsen began investigating Bubba The Love Sponge in September 2015 accusing him of inappropriate contact with at least one household on the PPM panel while he was hosting mornings at Beasley Media’s “Bubba 98.7” WBRN-FM. Nielsen then sued the host for $1 million in damages stating that Bubba was approached by a listener that an acquaintance had a PPM device leading to offering to pay said person $300 per month to help increase his ratings and with bonuses up to $400 per month if a target result was reached. The suit mentions that Bubba purchased additional radios for the panelist. He sent texts stating that “U have to PROMISE NO...[Read More]

People Moves 5/21: Nick Cattles Returns To ESPN 94.1 Norfolk

Max Media Sports “ESPN Radio 94.1” WVSP Yorktown/Norfolk has announced the return of Nick Cattles to the station to host afternoons from 3-6pm. Cattles previously held that daypart from 2012-2016 before joining “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM Boston. He replaces Jeff ‘Pants’ Pantridge who was let go by WVSP last week. ESPN Radio 94.1 (WVSP-FM) Max Media announces the return of Nick Cattles, to ESPN Radio 94.1. Cattles previously hosted afternoons from 2012-16 and will return as host of “The Nick Cattles Show” from 3-6pm weekdays starting on Monday, June 4th. Listeners can expect a strongly opinionated, interactive show covering the local Hampton Roads sports scene, as well as a unique, local voice on the biggest national sports stories and topics of the day...[Read More]

Scotty Davis Moves From WFLZ To US 103.5 Tampa

Scotty Davis is moving down the hall at iHeartMedia Tampa as he will shift from afternoons at CHR 93.3 WFLZ to the same daypart at Country “US 103.5” WFUS starting May 14. Davis spent six years at WFLZ after previously hosting mornings at “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM Indianapolis and nights and afternoons at 101.3 KDWB Minneapolis and nights at “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS Dallas. He’s also worked in Salt Lake City, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Amarillo during his career. Davis replaces Ryan Nelson who exited as APD/MD/Afternoon host at WFUS last week. iHeartMedia announced today that Scotty Davis has been named Afternoon Host for US103.5, effective Monday May 14th. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brand...[Read More]

Brandon ‘Buster’ Satterfield Joins WFLZ As Assistant Program Director

After departing his position as Program Director at Urban One CHR “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM Speedway/Indianapolis IN last month, Brandon ‘Buster’ Satterfield is joining iHeartMedia CHR 93.3 WFLZ Tampa as Assistant Program Director. Satterfield will report to Senior VP/Programming and WFLZ PD Tommy Chuck and will be responsible for the station’s music and programming content. Satterfield has programmed WNOW-FM since November 2015 and has previously held programming positions at “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia and worked on-air at “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York and “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today that Brandon “Buster” Satterfield has been named Assistant Program Director for 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Channel, effective immediately....[Read More]

Travis Daily Joins Beasley Tampa As OM & WQYK PD

Former iHeartMedia Tampa SVP/Programming Travis Daily has joined Beasley Media Group as Operations Manager for its Tampa cluster and Program Director of Country 99.5 WQYK. Daily spent 17 years at Clear Channel/iHeartMedia spending five as OM/PD/Morning Host at “Y96.9” KCCY Pueblo/Colorado Springs before heading to Tampa in 2005 to launch “US 103.5” WFUS. In 2016 he was promoted to Senior VP/Programming overseeing the company’s Sarasota and Tampa clusters until his exit in October 2017. At WQYK, Daily fills the opening created by Tee Gentry’s return to Beasley’s Augusta GA cluster in December 2017. Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces Travis Daily has been named as the new cluster Operation...[Read More]

People Moves 4/17: Tony Lorino Out As Star 94.1 Atlanta PD

Tony Lorino has exited his role as Program Director of Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Smyrna/Atlanta after nearly three years Lorino joined WSTR in July 2015 from Entercom’s “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City upon the company’s acquisition of the station. He also has served as APD of “99.1 The Mix” WMYX Milwaukee for Entercom and has worked in Des Moines and Fargo. NIA Broadcasting Urban Oldies 1150 WTMP Egypt Lake/97.5 W248CA St. Petersburg FL has appointed Albie Dee as Program Director. Dee most recently served as Operations Manager for Adams Radio Group in Salisbury MD and is known for his long run in the Baltimore/Washington DC markets most famously at 95.5 WPGC and 102.7 WXYV. Gary Williams is stepping down as Program Director of Cox Media Group...[Read More]

Throwback Tampa Bay Adds Big Boy For Mornings

iHeartMedia Classic Hip-Hop “Throwback Tampa Bay” 94.5 W233AV Gulfport/99.1 W256CT Bayonet Point/105.9 W290BJ West Tampa/WMTX-HD2 Tampa FL has added the syndicated Big Boy’s Neighborhood for mornings and will have three on-air hosts from sister Urban “95.7 The Beat” WBTP Clearwater pull double duty. The Los Angeles based Big Boy will air from 6-10am weekdays. Anjali ‘Queen B’, who hosts afternoons at WBTP will add a midday shift on Throwback from 10am-2pm. WBTP weekenders DJ Chase and DJ Sandman will host afternoons and nights respectively. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today the addition of shows and personalities to its programming lineup for its Throwback Hip Hop and R&B stations, broadcasting on 94.5, 99.1, and 105.9, effective immediate...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 3/16

Genesis Communications is selling Brokered 1470 WMGG Egypt Lake/Tampa FL to Neal Ardman’s NIA Broadcasting for $350,000 where it will become a sister station to Classic Hip-Hop 1150 WTMP Egypt Lake and Regional Mexican “96.1 La Mexicana” WTMP-FM Dade City. As part of the deal NIA has begun operating the station via Time Brokerage Agreement and has flipped it to a simulcast of WTMP-FM. Tron Dinh Do’s Intelli LLC is converting its LMA of Astor Broadcasting’s 1510 KSPA Ontario/Riverside CA into a purchase for $1.35 million. KSPA carries Intelli’s Vietnamese “Vien Thao Radio“. Future Modulation Broadcasting sells AC “My 102.1” KQMY Paia HI to Hochman Hawaii Four for $1,000. Future Modulation acquired the station from Educational Media...[Read More]

AJ Malone To Program 98 Rock Tampa

iHeartMedia Rock “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Clearwater/Tampa FL has promoted AJ Malone to Program Director. Malone joined WXTB as Assistant Program Director and midday host in August 2017 from iHeartMedia’s Indianapolis cluster where she served as cluster Production Director and midday host at Alternative “Alt 103.3” WOLT. She also spent a decade at Rock “X101.5” WXSR Tallahassee. Malone takes the PD reins from Rick Everett, who will continue to focus on his duties as North Florida Regional VP/Programming and Program Director of 101.1 WJRR Orlando. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today that AJ Malone has been named Program Director for 98ROCK, Tampa Bay’s Rock Station, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay has a strong cross-platform presence and i...[Read More]

WFLA Adds PM Tampa Bay With Ryan Gorman

iHeartMedia News/Talk 970 WFLA Tampa is going local in nights with the addition of “PM Tampa Bay” hosted by Ryan Gorman on Monday, March 5. The new show will air from 6-9pm replacing the syndicated Todd Schnitt, who will continue to air on sister 1250 WHNZ from 3-6pm. Gorman, who had a long run in music radio including afternoon host at 97.9 WFKS Jacksonville and 103.5 WKSC Chicago and morning co-host at 95.7 WKSS Hartford, had been working for WFLA as a weekend and podcast host. He previously hosted a political talk show at 960 WELI New Haven CT and contributes to 610 WIOD Miami. 970 WFLA, Tampa Bay’s News Radio, announced today the debut of the new “PM Tampa Bay Show” hosted by Ryan Gorman, effective Monday March 5. “PM Tampa Bay” will broadcast weekdays from 6-9 p.m. The liv...[Read More]

Kristy Knight Joins Magic 94.9 Tampa For Middays

Cox Media Group AC “Magic 94.9” WWRM Tampa has announced the addition of Kristy Knight for middays. Knight joins WWRM from iHeartMedia Hot AC “Mix 100.7” WMTX where she was most recently hosting nights. She has been part of the Clear Channel/iHeartMedia Tampa cluster since 1993, first on 95.7 WMTX through its relaunch as “Star 95.7” WSSR in 1998 and then moved to 100.7 WMTX after WSSR flipped to Urban in 2003. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa Radio has welcomed longtime Tampa on-air personality Kristy Knight as its new mid-day talent and Assistant Program Director for Magic 94-9 (WWRM – FM).  “We are so thrilled to have Kristy join our Magic team,” said John Larson, CMG Tampa Radio’s Director of Branding and Programming for WWRM and WXGL. “Her experience and ...[Read More]

Cindy Spicer Joins US 103.5 Tampa As Program Director

iHeartMedia Country “US 103.5” WFUS Gulfport/Tampa FL has named Cindy Spicer as its Program Director. Spicer joins WFUS from sister 99.1 WQIK Jacksonville where she has served as as PD/Midday Host since 2012. Prior to that she served as APD/MD and later Program Director at “New Country 95.7” KUSS San Diego. Spicer has also worked on-air at KLOL Houston, “Star 94.1” KMYI, “Q106” KKLQ, and 101.5 KGB-FM San Diego as well as voicetracking nationally for Clear Channel. Spicer will supplant Tommy Chuck as WFUS Program Director. Chuck remains in place as Senior Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia Tampa Bay cluster. iHeartMedia’s US103.5, Tampa Bay’s No. 1 for New Country, announced today that Cindy Spicer has been named Program Directo...[Read More]