EW Scripps has announced the first of its planned divestments of its radio properties with the sale of its five stations in Tulsa OK to Griffin Communications for $12.5 million. The privately held Griffin currently owns four television stations in Oklahoma: CBS affiliate KOTV 6 and CW affiliate KQCQ 19 in Tulsa and CBS/CW affiliate KWTV 9 and MyNetworkTV affiliate KSBI 52 in Oklahoma City. The company has a long history in radio as the previous owners of 1430 KTUL Tulsa and 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City. It also currently owns the statewide Radio Oklahoma Network. The stations involved in the sale are: Classic Hits “92.9 The Drive” KBEZ, Country 98.5 KVOO, Classic Country “Big Country 99.5” KXBL, CHR “106.9 K-Hits” KHTT, and News/Talk 1170 KFAQ. Scripps announ...[Read More]
Bonneville Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX San Jose has hired ‘Joey V’ Vlazny-Smith as morning host starting Monday, April 16. Vlazny exited his position at Entercom Classic Hip-Hop “Q102.1” KRBQ in January where he served as Assistant Program Director, Imaging Director and Morning co-host. He has worked in the San Francisco market since 2005 with stops at Dance “Energy 92.7” KNGY, “Oldies 103.7” KOSF, and Country “95.7 The Wolf” KBWF. Current morning host Chris Jackson will move to afternoons, the daypart he originally hosted at when he joined the station in 1991. After hosting mornings from 1996-2010, he returned to the station in the morning slot in 2013. Bonneville International – San Francisco / Bay Area based KUFX-FM (98.5 KFOX) The Sout...[Read More]
Cox Media Group has appointed Tina Commodore as Integrated News Driector for News/Talk 740 KRMG Tulsa/102.3 KRMG-FM Sand Springs OK and “Fox 23” KOKI-TV Tulsa. Commodore has served as News Director of KOKI-TV since November 2016 as the move continues the integration between Cox Media Group’s radio and television properties. Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Tina Commodore Integrated News Director for the converged Tulsa market. In her new role, she will drive news content for trusted TV and radio brands, including FOX 23 News and News 102.3 and AM740 KRMG. “This new role will be responsible for integrating two powerful news brands across all platforms,” said Cathy Gunther, CMG Market Vice President for Tulsa, Okla. “Tina is a talented leader and will have a unique opportuni...[Read More]
Scripps Country 98.5 KVOO Tulsa has tabbed 94.7 WQDR Raleigh morning co-host Marty ‘The One Man Party’ Young as its new morning host. Young has been with WQDR since 2002 and part of the “Q Morning Crew” with Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers? since 2006. At KVOO, he fills the opening created by Rowdy Yates’ exit last September alongside Sunny Leigh. Mark Bolger has exited mornings at Townsquare Media Hot AC “Mix 97.7” WCZX Hyde Park/Poughkeepsie NY after seven years at the station. Bolger has been a staple in mornings in the Hudson Valley since 1987, first at CHR “K104” 104.7 WSPK and later 93.3 WBWZ before joining WCZX. With Bolger’s exit, co-host Taylor Dickson is now anchoring mornings solo. iHeartMedia has appointed Lindsay Laz...[Read More]
Days after Cox Media Group flipped Christian AC “Spirit 105.7” K289CC/KWEN-HD2 Tulsa to Active Rock “105.7 The Bone“, iHeartMedia has countered by flipping Oldies “93.5 Chrome-FM” K228BR/KTGX-HD2 to Classic Rock “93.5 The Jet” today. “Tulsa’s Real Classic Rock” gives a direct format competitor to Cox’ “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR. The move counters K289CC’s launch to compete against iHeartMedia’s Rock 97.5 KMOD. In the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, KMOD was second in the Tulsa market with a 6.8 share. KJSR was fourth with a 5.6 share.
Cox Media Group pulled the plug on Christian AC “Spirit 105.7” K289CC/KWEN-HD2 Tulsa and made an abrupt flip to Active Rock “105.7 The Bone” on Friday evening. The change took place at 6:30pm as the station segued from Chris Tomlin’s “Amazing Grace” to Fozzy’s appropriately titled “Judas”. K289CC registered a 0.7 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings but failed to cut much into Stephens Media Group’s 94.1 KXOJ. The new format will flank Cox Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR against iHeartMedia Rock 97.5 KMOD. In a message on the Spirit website, Cox Media Group Tulsa Vice President Cathy Gunther wrote: It’s never easy to say goodbye to a radio station. For several years, Cox Media Group – Tulsa has had a ...[Read More]
Completed Changes Sarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1) Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31) Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31) Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31) Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31) Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31) Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country ...[Read More]
Another station has blown up its existing brand with its move to Christmas Music leading to a potential format change after the holidays. In past years iHeartMedia Oldies “93.5 Chrome-FM” K228BR Tulsa/106.1 KTGX-HD would go all-Christmas but keep its existing branding. This year the station has changed branding to “Christmas 93.5” on-air and renaming their social media properties. K228BR has aired a 50s/60s based Oldies format with Christmas Music in the holiday season since its launch in early 2009.
On the heels of combining its market leadership in Orlando, Cox Media Group is doing the same at its Jacksonville FL and Tulsa OK operations. Cathy Gunther, who had overseen Cox’s television properties in Tulsa will now add oversight of the radio stations in the market. Gunther will oversee News/Talk 740 KRMG/102.3 KRMG-FM, Country “K95.5” KWEN, Hot AC “Mix 96” 96.5 KRAV-FM, Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR, Christian AC “Spirit 105.7” K289CC, “Fox 23” KOKI-TV, and “My 41” KMYT-TV. She became Market Vice President for the television stations at the beginning of 2017 after previously spending a little over two years as General Sales Manager for the stations. Her entire broadcasting career has been spent in tele...[Read More]
Another change we’ve been tracking for the past few weeks has come to fruition, as Scripps Classic Hits “92.9 Bob-FM” KBEZ Tulsa has rebranded as “92.9 The Drive“. The change completes the gradual shift of KBEZ from Variety Hits to focus on hits of the 1970s and 80s with a rock lean. The station also welcomes new midday host Jeanne Nass, who previously worked at Cox Media Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR. Andy Barber remains in mornings and Josh Holstead in afternoons. Drew McKenna slides from middays to nights. Bob-FM ranked eight in the Tulsa market during the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings with a 4.2 share, but well behind KJSR’s fourth ranked 6.2 share.
As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.
Former Presidential candidate Herman Cain is ending his nationally syndicated talk show after four years. Cain, who is based at Cox News/Talk 750 WSB Atlanta/95.5 WSBB Doraville GA, began his show in January 2013 to replace the retiring Neal Boortz. As of October 5, Cain’s program was carried by 109 stations across the country. WYM Media Management and DGital Media had supplanted Westwood One as distributor of the program at the start of 2016. While the program ends syndication, it will remain on WSB/WSBB and other Cox owned stations in its 83: 1290 WHIO/95.7 WHIO-FM Dayton OH, 690 WOKV/104.5 WOKV-FM Jacksonville FL, 96.5 WDBO-FM Orlando FL, and 740 KRMG/102.3 KRMG-FM Tulsa OK. Bittersweet news for The Herman Cain Show pic.twitter.com/ZjbJkLaBGW — ShaneyB (@ShaneyBeeBack) Novem...[Read More]