Anne Gress Named New Jersey 101.5 Program Director

Townsquare Media News/Talk/Classic Hits “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton NJ has appointed Anne Gress as its new Program Director. Gress most recently spent 14 years as PD at CBS Radio Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia until her exit in May. She has also programmed Smooth Jazz 106.1 WJJZ and Operations Manager for Urban “Power 99” 98.9 WUSL Philadelphia and worked on-air at “Q105” WRBQ Tampa during its 80s CHR heyday and Hot AC “Star 104.5” WYXR Philadelphia. Gress fills the opening created by Eric Johnson’s departure in November after eighteen years at WKXW to join Beasley Media’s Philadelphia cluster as Director of Sports Content.

Eric Johnson Exits New Jersey 101.5 To Join Beasley Philadelphia As Director Of Sports Content

Longtime “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton Program Director Eric Johnson is departing the station after eighteen years in that position to join Beasley Media as Director of Sports Content for their Philadelphia cluster. In his new position Johnson will oversee all programming and digital platforms for “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM Burlington NJ and “610 AM” WTEL. He will also manage all programming and ancillary content and relationships with the NBA’s 76ers, NHL’s Flyers, AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, and Temple, Villanova, and St. Joe’s Universities. Prior to joining New Jersey 101.5 in 1999, Johnson spent five years as Assistant Program Director of Sports 610 WIP and programmed Hot AC turned Alternative “Y100” 100.3 WPLY from...[Read More]

WNJE Trenton Flips To Fox Sports

Connoisseur Media dropped Conservative Talk from 920 WNJE Trenton NJ this past Monday. The former “920 The Voice” has flipped to Sports “920 The Jersey” utilizing content from Fox Sports Radio including Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd and Jay Mohr. The only break from Sports is between 6 and 8pm and weekends from 8 to 11am for the brokered talk content that remains from the previous format.

FCC Applications 5/31

Translator Changes The pieces continue to get put in place for the upcoming frequency shuffle in Salt Lake City. Wasatch Public Media’s 105.3 K287AE Holladay, UT applies to move to 105.5 with no changes to its 205 watt horizontal/82 watt vertical at 419 meters facilities. The frequency shift will enable the translator to keep its second-adjacent status to KNRS-FM Centerville after it moves from 105.7 to 105.9. K287AE will continue to rebroadcast Public News/Talk 88.3 KCPW-FM Salt Lake City (Coverage Map). Cherry Creek Radio’s 101.9 K270BV Hurricane, UT applies to relocate to St. George with 250 watts at 532 meters rebroadcasting 106.1 KXFF Colorado City, AZ. Edgewater Broadcasting’s CP for 95.3 W237DW Covington, KY/Cincinnati applies to increase power to 250 watts at 236 ...[Read More]

Trenton Gets A Voice

Connoisseur Media will launch a new Talker in Trenton, NJ as “920 The Voice” on Friday, November 1. We’re still awaiting word on the full lineup but sources indicate that the syndicated Dave Ramsey will be heard daily. Local dining and inspiration shows will air on Sundays. It wouldn’t surprise us to see some of the programming about to be displaced from 106.9 WWIQ Philadelphia to end up on the station. The launch will end the simulcast of 920 WCHR Trenton and 1040 WNJE Flemington as the existing format moves completely to 1040. Both stations will swap call letters. In addition to WNJE and WCHR, Connoisseur owns CHR 94.5 WPST in the Trenton market.

Connoisseur To Acquire Nassau’s New Jersey & Pennsylvania Stations

Update 12/3: Connoisseur has gained approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross to assume operations of the Nassau stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has begun operating the stations via LMA. Original Report 11/21: Connoisseur Media has agreed to acquire the remaining Nassau Broadcasting stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the $38.7 Million credit bid made by Goldman Sachs, Fortress Capital and P.E. Capital plus $1,633,890 in administrative costs. Should the deal be approved by the bankruptcy court next week, Connoisseur will begin operating the stations immediately via LMA. Connoisseur would pay $200,000 for the first two monts, $100,000 the following two months, and $500,000 each additional month it leases the stations until the sale is approved by the FCC and ...[Read More]

Nassau Broadcasting Auction Results

Update 6/14: Two of the stations that Jeff Shapiro’s Vertical Captial Partners acquired the rights to will be spun off to a third party to keep Shapiro under FCC ownership limits. “101.5 The Fox” WEXP Brandon and “Oldies 104.3” WWOD Hartford, VT will be sold William and Gail Goddard’s Electromagnetic Company. Both WEXP and WWOD have simulcasts that will be staying with Vertical Capital so we will need to wait to see what happens with the programming at the pair. Update 5/23: Bill Binnie’s Carlisle Capital has won the bidding for $12.5 Million. The stations will be spilt upon Binnie’s WBIN Media and Jeff Shapiro’s Vertical Capital Partners as follows: WBIN Media will receive 17 stations: Maine – Talk/Oldies 870 WLVP Gorham and 1470...[Read More]

Nassau Broadcasting To Auction Stations

Nassau Broadcasting has petitioned its bankruptcy judge to allow the company to auction off all of its broadcast assets. Nassau, headed by Lou Mercatanti spread from its base at WPST Trenton, NJ to operate almost 50 stations in seven Northeastern states. If the court approves the liquidation, bids will be due on May 1 with the auction taking place on May 8. Among the larger markets Nassau operates in are Portland ME, Frederick MD, Cape Cod MA, and Allentown PA. The company also owns stations in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Deminski & Doyle Return To New Jersey 101.5; Ray Rossi Moves To Late Nights

Update 6/30: A week after being let go from the afternoon shift, Ray Rossi will return to New Jersey 101.5 to host a late night show from 11pm to 3am daily beginning July 11. The timeslot had previously featured replays of daytime programming. Original Report 6/24: Millennium Radio Group Talk/Classic Hits “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton has announced that Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle will join the station for afternoons beginning Tuesday, July 5. The pair previously hosted in the slot from 1993 to 1999 before moving to Detroit where they worked at CBS’ 97.1 WKRK/WXYT and Greater Media’s 94.7 WCSX through January 2010. The duo will replace “The Jersey Guys” Casey Bartholomew and Ray Rossi, whose contracts were not renewed.

NJN Radio To Be Split Between WNYC and WHYY

The state of New Jersey has announced its plans to get out of the media industry. The state will retain ownership of its four television stations, but will transfer operation of NJN to WNET-TV. WNET will rebrand the stations as NJTV beginning on July 1, pending approval by the state legislature. Its nine radio stations will be sold and split between Philadelphia’s WHYY and New York Public Radio. 89.9 WNJM Manahawkin, 90.3 WNJZ Cape May Court House, 89.7 WNJN-FM Atlantic City, 89.3 WNJB-FM Bridgeton, and 88.1 WNJS Berlin go to WHYY for just under $1 Million. New York Public Media, owners of 820 WNYC, 93.9 WNYC-FM and 105.9 WQXR add four signals; 88.1 WNJT Trenton, 90.3 WNJO Toms River, 88.5 WNJP Sussex, and 89.3 WNJY Netcong for $1.8 Million.

Philadelphia Sports Shuffle

Update 3/20/08: The full lineup at “950 ESPN” is set. WPEN will air the first three hours of Mike & Mike from 6 to 9am. Current afternoon driver Jody MacDonald moves to 9am to 1pm. ESPN’s Mike Tirico Show will air from 1pm to 3pm. Mike Missanelli (formerly of crosstown 610 WIP and most recently co-hosting Stephen A. Smith’s national program based out of 1050 WEPN New York) will do 3pm to 7pm. Current midday co-host Harry Mayes shifts to 7pm to 11pm along with new co-host Dan Schwartzman, who was previously doing afternoons on 920 WPHY Trenton before they dropped ESPN in January. Original Report 3/19/08: Greater Media Sports Talker “SportsRadio 950” WPEN will relaunch on April 1 as “950 ESPN” with the addition of the Mike & Mike morn...[Read More]