In addition to the previously announced sale of 940 KGMS Tucson to Robert Wilkins’ Tucson Christian Radio, Good News Broadcasting is selling two other Tucson market stations. Tucson Christian Radio will pay $350,000 for KGMS. Meanwhile Conservative Talk “1030 The Voice” KVOI Cortaro will go to Bustos Media for $500,000 and 88.1 KLTU Mammoth goes to Educational Media Foundation for $100,000. KLTU is already carrying EMF’s “K-Love” Christian AC programming. Good News Broadcasting also owns Standards 690 KCEE Tucson. Original Report 7/20: Robert Wilkins’ Tucson Christian Radio has announced it will acquire Christian Preaching 940 KGMS Tucson AZ from Good News Communications for an undisclosed amount. Wilkins operates Wilkins Radio Network that owns 22...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has appointed Nick Wize as Assistant Program Director for Hot AC “My 92.9” KMIY, CHR “93.7 KRQ” KRQQ, and Rhythmic CHR “Hot 98.3” KOHT Tucson AZ. Wize will also host afternoons at KRQQ leading to an on-air personality shuffle. KRQQ/KOHT Program Director D-Wayne Chavez will move from afternoons on KRQQ to the same daypart on KOHT. Suzette Rodriguez will slide from afternoons to middays at KOHT replacing the voicetracked Angela Cortez. Wize most recently served as APD/Afternoon Host at iHeart CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit until his exit in February. He has also worked in Jacksonville, New York, and Panama City during his career. iHeartMedia announced today that Nick Wize has been named Assistant Program Director for KRQQ, KOHT ...[Read More]
Robert Feder reports that Entercom Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams” WBMX Chicago will have Diana Steele voicetrack middays from her studio in the Bay Area until a permanent host is found later this year. The Chicago native previously worked in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets and is best known as the announcer of the Arsenio Hall Show in the 1990s. Yale Broadcasting Company Urban AC 94.3 WYBC-FM New Haven CT has promoted APD/Afternoon Host ‘Banesha B’ to Program Director and Music Director/Midday Host Wanda Coppage to Assistant Program Director. The station claims that it is the first time a commercial station in Connecticut has had an all-female programming management team. iHeartMedia Tucson has announced that it has promoted Online Content Coordinator Atzimb...[Read More]
Tamara Gant has announced her exit from her position as producer/co-host of the syndicated Michael Baisden Show to join Entercom AC “101.5 Lite-FM” WLYF Miami as morning co-host starting Monday, January 22. The move to WLYF will reunite her with incumbent co-host Julie Guy, where they were known as “Those 2 Girls in The Morning” on Cox Media Group AC “97.3 The Coast” WFLC from 2006 to 2012. New WLYF Program Director Andy Holt served as WFLC Program Director during part of that timeframe. No word on the status of Guy’s current co-host Evelyn Curry. Doug Podell, who exited afternoons at Beasley Media Classic Rock 94.7 WCSX Detroit in November after 23 years with the company, has joined Cumulus Country “Nash-FM 93.1” WDRQ for weekends star...[Read More]
FCC Actions Hubbard Radio has been granted its Petition For Reconsideration over the Informal Objections filed by Thomas-Dale District 7 Planning Council and Jeff Sibert to relocate 94.9 K235BI Bemidji MN to 94.1 in Minneapolis with 2w horizontal/246m rebroadcasting Sports “1500 ESPN” KSTP St. Paul. The objectors alleged the translator would create interference to 94.1 WFNU-LP St. Paul, but after suggesting 104.9 would be a usable frequency for the translator (which it cannot be after the grant of K285CQ St. Paul this week) and Hubbard dropped the proposed power from 10 watts to 2, the FCC could not find any WFNU-LP listener address which would be within the 60dBu contour of the translator. For the third time Salem Media has struck out on a frequency for its attempted move of w...[Read More]
KSBJ Educational Foundation is seeking a major upgrade to flagship 89.3 KSBJ Humble TX as it applies to move just outside the Houston city limits to the tower of Pacifica Foundation's 90.1 KPFT Houston with 87kW/159.6m. The move will improve KSBJ's coverage in the southwest suburbs of Houston. To make the KSBJ move possible, co-owned 89.5 KZBJ Bay City proposes to downgrade from a Class C2 to C3 and move to the tower of sister 96.9 KXBJ El Campo with 13kW/140m.
Following an informal objection and request for enforcement by Connoisseur Media, Edgewater Broadcasting has withdrawn its Construction Permit and License to Cover applications for 96.3 K242CI Casper WY to relocate to 102.5 in Billings MT. Edgewater had applied for and was granted a CP to move K242CI to Billings rebroadcasting Sun Mountain Inc.'s 1340 KBSR Laurel MT where it was operating as AC "Magic 102.5". Connoisseur claims that K242CI and 104.5 K283CP (licensed to rebroadcast 1450 KYLW Lockwood MT) have been operating illegally. Amongst Connoisseur's claims were that K242CI began operating in late 2016 but did not file for a license to cover until March, neither originating AM have not operated for multiple years now and no tower constructed at the licensed site for either station,...[Read More]
Rick Rambaldo's ERIE Radio Company winning application for a new FM on 100.9 in Westfield NY serving Erie PA has been dismissed as the company failed to make its down payment in time and has been denied a waiver.
Beasley Media's "Interference Complaint" against 100.1 WVVF-LP Town N' Country/Tampa FL filed in July 2015 for operating as a de-facto commercial station by running a Spanish Classic Hits format and not the "educational" programming it claimed in its application was dismissed by the FCC. The FCC struck down Beasley's argument that WVVF-LP "through a predominantly music format, has failed to advance an educational program" as "The Commission has previously accepted all-music formats as advancing an educational program". "Viva 100.1" did not get off the hook completely as it entered into a Consent Decree and $2000 fine for violating the Underwriting Announcement Rule on at least one occasion.
Mike Saffer has been appointed the new Market President for iHeartMedia Tucson. Saffer joins the company from Clear Channel Outdoor where he was VP/Sales in Tucson. He succeeds Carl Anderson who exited at the end of 2016 to become Chief Operating Officer of Tucson based Premier Auto Center and JustTrucks.com. iHeartMedia Tucson announced today that Mike Saffer has been named Market President, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Tucson has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing radio station brands 93.7 KRQ, My 92.9, Hot 98.3, 97.1 The Bull, Tejano 1600, and news talk brands 790 KNST and 1450 KTZR. iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms a...[Read More]
Scripps AC “94.9 Mix-FM” KMXZ Tucson has let go of Bobby Rich after 24+ years at the station. Rich made an unknown comment last week that led to the station suspending him on Monday and letting him go today. He wrote on Facebook that he regrets it and apologized, “but becomes necessary for my association with Mix-FM and Scripps Tucson to conclude.” I made a big mistake and said something I should not have said. Even though I regret it and apologized, I own it, and… Posted by Bobby Rich on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Rich has a long radio history including WMYQ Miami, WAVZ New Haven, KHJ and KHTZ Los Angeles, WXLO New York, and WWSH Philadelphia. He is best known as one of the “Rich Brothers” at through two tenures at “B100” KFMB-FM...[Read More]
Dave Adams, Program Director for iHeartMedia Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU and Christian AC “Up 103.7” K279AQ/KLOU-HD2 St. Louis is transferring to Tucson as Senior VP of Programming for the company’s seven station cluster. Adams will oversee programming for Hot AC “My 92.9” KMIY, CHR “93.7 KRQ” KRQQ, Country “97.1 The Bull” KYWD, Rhythmic CHR “Hot 98.3” KOHT, News/Talk 790 KNST and 1450 KTZR, and Tejano “Tejano 1600” KXEW. Adams joined KLOU in January 2015 after four years programming Classic Hits “Oldies 95.7” WRIT and CHR “97.3 Radio Now” WRNW Milwaukee. iHeartMedia announced today that Dave Adams has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Tucson market, effective October 24....[Read More]