Washington DC

Robert Sanchez Joins iHeartMedia As Boston VP/NewsTalk

iHeartMedia has appointed Robert Sanchez as Vice President of News/Talk/Sports for its Boston cluster overseeing Conservative Talk 680 WRKO, News 1030 WBZ, and Conservative Talk “Talk 1200” WXKS. Sanchez joins iHeartMedia from Entercom Washington DC where he currently serves as Operations Manager/Program Director for Regional Mexican “El Zol 107.9” WLZL. He first came to Washington to launch “All News 99.1” WNEW in 2012 after twelve years at 880 WCBS New York where he rose to Assistant Director of News & Programming. While in Washington, Sanchez also oversaw the build of the ConnectingVets.com platform. Sanchez fills the opening at WBZ created by the exit of Peter Casey in November 2017 following the spin-off of the station from CBS Radio to iHeartM...[Read More]

Corey Calhoun Joins WMZQ As Music Director/Night Host

Former 97.5 WAMZ Louisville APD/Morning Host Corey Calhoun will join iHeartMedia sister station 98.7 WMZQ Washington DC as Music Director and Night Host. Calhoun exited WAMZ in April. He has also programmed in Brunswick GA and Lexington KY and worked on-air in Ithaca NY during his career. He fills the opening that has been vacant since JT Bosch moved to WKKT Charlotte as APD/Afternoon Host in July 2017. iHeartMedia announced today that Corey Calhoun has been named the new night on-air personality and Music Director for 98.7 WMZQ, Today’s Best Country, effective Monday, June 4th, 2018. Calhoun will broadcast weeknights from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. He will report to Jeff Kapugi, Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia D.C. – Baltimore. Calhoun will keep his listeners entertained thro...[Read More]

People Moves 5/28: Entercom Makes Market Manager Changes In Pittsburgh & Washington

Entercom continue to revamp the markets it acquired from CBS Radio as two more Market Managers have exited the company. The Philadelphia Business Journal confirms that Steve Swenson has exited as head of the company’s Washington DC cluster, a role he had held under CBS since 2011 after previously overseeing that company’s two All-News stations in New York. Phil Zachary, who moved from Entercom Boston to his native Hartford upon completion of the merger, will now relocate to Washington. Zachary oversaw Classic Rock 94.7 WARW and Alternative 99.1 WHFS for CBS Radio from 1996-2001 before becoming President/COO of Curtis Media Group. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week that Michael Young exited that role in Pittsburgh. Young had been with the cluster since 1996 and had b...[Read More]

Urban One Acquires 980 WTEM Washington From Redskins

In an SEC filing Urban One states it will pay $4.2 million for WTEM. The company also anticipates to generate approximately $1.7 million of pro-forma EBITDA from the station for the remainder of the fiscal year at a multiple of 2.5x. Original Report 5/21: Daniel Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting is selling its last outlet as Urban One acquires Sports “980 The Team” WTEM Washington DC to Urban One for an undisclosed price. The companies have also agreed to a rights deal to keep the NFL’s Washington Redskins gameday programming on the station, as WTEM will no longer be under common ownership with the franchise. Like last year, the games will also be heard on Cumulus Conservative Talk 630 WMAL/105.9 WMAL-FM. This is the second deal in recent years between the two compani...[Read More]

FCC Report 5/13: DC Area Translator Shut Down For Failing To Cure Caused Interference To LPFM

Dismissals Win Radio Broacasting's License To Cover filed for 99.3 W257BW New Tripoli PA to complete its move to 94.3 in Potomac MD rebroadcasting 950 WCTN Potomac-Cabin John MD was dismissed due to interference objections filed by Historic Takoma's 94.3 WOWD-LP Takoma Park. WOWD-LP, in its objections, found multiple violations in W257BW's application including: omitting WOWD-LP from its application as an impacted station, being built with an unauthorized antenna, and failing to respond to any of its interference complaints.

Emily Sklar Joins Hot 99.5 Washington For Nights

iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC has filled its evening opening with the addition of Emily Sklar. Sklar joins WIHT from iHeart’s “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit where she hosted middays since November 2015. She began her career at WKQI as an intern and producer on “Mojo in the Morning” before taking the midday slot. Sklar fills the evening opening at WIHT created by Elizabethany’s move to afternoons last year. iHeartMedia announced today that Emily Sklar has been named new On-Air Personality for Hot 99.5, D.C.’s No. 1 Hit Music Station & Home of The Kane Show, effective Monday, May 14th, 2018. Sklar will broadcast weeknights from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.   Sklar’s show is a high energy, fast-paced music intensive show and features the l...[Read More]

Entercom Launches El Zol Deportes Washington Dc

Entercom has flipped Veterans News “Connecting Vets” 1580 WJFK Morningside MD/Washington DC to Spanish Sports “El Zol Deportes“. The station will feature ESPN Deportes Radio programming along with a local show from 3-5pm hosted by Ray Parker. Play-by-play will include Spanish language calls of MLS, UEFA, Liga MX, and FIFA soccer plus ESPN’s MLB, NFL, and NBA programming. WJFK’s programming will serve as a brand extension of Spanish CHR “El Zol 107.9” WLZL College Park and will also be heard on its HD2 channel. Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, today announced the launch of El Zol Deportes on 1580 AM (WJFK-AM) and 107.9 HD-2 (WLZL-FM), a Spanish-language sports station in Washington D.C. The new station will engage and entertain ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 2/2

After selling all of its television properties to NBC Universal’s Telemundo, ZGS Broadcasting has sold Spanish AC “America 900” WILC Laurel MD/Washington DC to Alejandro Carrasco’s ACR Media for $700,000. Carrasco has been operating WILC via Time Brokerage Agreement since January 2016 and also owns Spanish News/Talk “1540 Radio America” WACA Wheaton MD. William Stafford’s Route 6 Broadcasting Area Partnership is purchasing Sam Jordan’s 50% stake in Greater Corry Area Broadcasting and its Full Service Country 1370 WWCB Corry PA for $15,000 and the assumption of all debt and the station’s mortgage obligation. The deal will leave Stafford with a 90% stake in the station, while Rebecca Stafford and Ruth Meilleur hold 5% stakes each. AWARE I...[Read More]

WTEM Rebrands As The Team 980

For the first time since it moved off of 570 AM in 1998, Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports 980 WTEM Washington DC is utilizing “The Team” as its moniker. WTEM dropped its “ESPN Radio 980” name this morning in favor of “The Team 980“. No programming changes have accompanied the rebranding, as the station will still carry ESPN Radio network programming at night and on weekends. WTEM launched in 1992 as “570 The Team“. It moved to 980 in 1998 and was rebranded as “Sportstalk 980“. When Red Zebra purchased WTEM in 2008 and merged it with its “Triple X ESPN Radio” trimulcast, the combined operation was rebranded as “ESPN Radio 980“. Red Zebra sold off its other stations to Radio-One, Salem and EMF in 2017

Pacifica Foundation Secures Emergency Loan To Stave Off ESRT Seizure

With the deadline allowing Empire State Realty Trust to begin to seize assets in order to claim the $1,819,687.52 in unpaid rent coming this week, the Pacifica Foundation has secured a $2 million bridge loan from supporters of 90.7 KPFK Los Angeles. Interim Executive Director Bill Crosier told the San Francisco Chronicle, “This would be a short-term loan to pay off the judgment, then the plans are to repay it with another, longer-term loan.” The Chronicle states that they are shopping for an additional $3 million loan to pay off the first bridge loan, additional accrued tower rent, and pension payments. Pacifica is $8 million in debt between its five stations, has failed to fund its pension pool, has multiple properties with tax liens, and has been under investigation by the Californ...[Read More]

Tony Perkins Joins WMMJ’s Donnie Simpson Show

Urban One Urban AC 102.3 WMMJ Bethesda/92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick MD has announced that Tony Perkins will join The Donnie Simpson Show starting January 16, 2018. Perkins previously served as Simpson’s producer and co-host from 1985 through 1992 when he made the move to television as meteorologist and later news anchor at Fox’s WTTG Washington. Perkins later served as weather forecaster on ABC’s Good Morning America from 1999-2005 before returning to WTTG where he currently serves as anchor for the station’s 10pm newscast. Upon joining WMMJ/WDCJ, Perkins will vacate that anchor seat and instead only anchor Friday and Saturday morning newscasts for the television station. WMMJ-FM, MAJIC 102.3 and 92.7 FM, The Real Sound of the DMV, announces the reunion of Tony Perkin...[Read More]

Elizabethany Rises To APD/Afternoon Host At Hot 99.5 Washington DC

iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC has promoted night host Elizabethany to Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Host. Elizabethany takes both duties over from Toby Knapp who is moving down the hall to mornings at sister AC 97.1 WASH. She has hosted nights at WIHT since 2013 after previously interning at the station in 2008. In between she worked at Bryan Broadcasting’s “Candy 95.1” KNDE College Station TX and Max Media “Hot 100.5” WVHT Norfolk VA. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Elizabethany has been named Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Show Host for HOT 99.5, DC’s No. 1 Hit Music Station & Home of “The Kane Show,” effective immediately. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform prese...[Read More]