Beasley Media AC “Mix 99.5” WJBR-FM Wilmington DE has announced its new on-air lineup. Michael Waite, who previously spent 18 years at the station from 1993-2011, will return to host mornings with Jessie Micchelli. In his previous term with WJBR-FM, Waite held multiple positions including General Manager, Program Director, VP/Operations, and on-air host. Micchelli joins the station from iHeartMedia Wilmington where she served as a producer. Program Director Rich DeSisto will take the afternoon slot from 3-7pm while the syndicated Delilah remains in nights. Beasley relaunched WJBR-FM as “Mix 99.5” on December 26. Beasley Media Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces the launch of The New MIX 99.5 WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaw...[Read More]
Beasley Media AC 99.5 WJBR-FM Wilmington DE has come out of the holiday season with a new name. Now calling itself “Mix 99.5“, the rebranding of WJBR comes as the station recently appointed Rich DeSisto as Program Director. A new airstaff is pending as the station has openings in mornings, middays, and afternoons with the syndicated Delilah at night. Along with the move, WJBR seems to be slightly expanding its marketing presence beyond the Delaware state line. With a signal that covers most of Philadelphia and its suburbs, the station has replaced all references of Delaware with Delaware Valley.
Beasley Media AC 99.5 WJBR-FM Wilmington DE has appointed Rich DeSisto as Program Director. Desisto joins WJBR from sister Variety Hits “95.7 Ben-FM” WBEN-FM Philadelphia where he served as Assistant Program Director and Afternoon host as well as weekend host at sister Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK. He has also programmed WAMX/WFXN Huntington WV and 103.7 WMGM Atlantic City NJ during his career and spent ten years as Production Director at Rock 94.1 WYSP Philadelphia. With DeSisto’s entrance, previous Program Director and morning host Charlie Maxx and co-host John Hanson have departed the station. The duo produced a farewell video to their listeners from a local Dunkin Donuts after being notified. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:...[Read More]
Priority Radio Inc. has flipped its four FM stations and thirteen translators across seven states from Christian AC “Reach FM” to Urban Gospel “Reach Gospel Radio“. The network is using programming from the Rejoice! Musical Soul Food Network including their Mike Chandler & Friends morning show, Tracy Morgan (not the actor) in middays, and Cedric Bailey in afternoons. Reach Gospel Radio is based at 89.1 WXHL-FM Christiana/Wilmington DE and airs on 88.3 WVBH Beach Haven West NJ, 91.9 WXHM Middletown DE, 90.1 KXRL Cherry Valley AR and translators in the Philadelphia, Buffalo NY, Atlantic City NJ, and Sumter SC markets. After much prayer along with our long-term commitment to street and outreach ministry, we felt the Lord leading us to… Posted by Reach Radio ...[Read More]
Beasley Media has appointed AJ Lurie as its new VP/Market Manager for AC 99.5 WJBR Wilmington DE and Gospel 800 WTMR Camden NJ. Lurie comes to Wilmington from Fort Myers FL where he has worked since 2007 and served as Director of Sales since 2014. He succeeds Matt Smith, who was overseeing WJBR and Beasley’s three Philadelphia AMs until the acquisition of Greater Media and hiring of Joe Bell to oversee that market. Smith will concurrently move to Philadelphia as General Sales Manager for Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM, “610 Sports” WTEL, and Talk 860 WWDB. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has promoted AJ Lurie to Vice President/Market Manager, in Wilmington, Delaware. AJ has served as Director of Sales f...[Read More]
Derrick ‘DC’ Cole has been promoted to Senior Vice President/Programming for iHeartMedia’s Wilmington and Dover DE stations. Cole will retain his duties as Program Director of CHR “FM 97” 96.9 WLAN-FM and Spanish CHR “Rumba 1390” WLAN Lancaster PA in addition to adding oversight of Variety Hits “92.9 Tom-FM” WRDX Smyrna, Country 94.7 WDSD Dover, Sports “Fox Sports 1290” WWTX Wilmington, News/Talk “Newsradio 1410” WDOV Dover, and News/Talk “Newsradio 1450” WILM Wilmington. Cole has programmed WLAN-FM since February 2012 and has also programmed “98.3 Kiss-FM” WKSI Winchester VA during his career. Cole is also heard weekends on “Country 92.5” WWYZ Hartford CT and CHR “B104...[Read More]
Delmarva Broadcasting is combining the resources of News/Talk 1150 WDEL Wilmington DE/101.7 WDEL-FM Canton NJ and “Delaware 105.9” WXDE Lewes DE. WXDE morning host/PD Dan Gaffney will add oversight of the talk hosts on both stations, while WDEL Director of News & Programming Chris Carl takes oversight of the news operations. The stations will now simulcast from 9am to 4pm daily. Susan Monday moves from a split 10am-12pm/1pm-3pm timeslot on WXDE to 9am-12pm on both stations. Allan Loudell’s noon newshour remains in place on both, while WDEL 1-4pm host Rick Jensen will now be heard on WXDE. Both stations will retain their existing morning and afternoon shows as WDEL retains its morning and afternoon news blocks anchored by Peter MacArthur and Allan Loudell respectively...[Read More]
Station Sales After its sale to Compass Radio Group did not close, Fidelity Broadcasting has resold AC “94.5 The Tide” WYEZ Murrells Inlet and Soft AC “Easy 105.9/100.7” WEVZ North Myrtle Beach/WGTN-FM Andrews, SC to Byrne Acquisition Group for $1.316 million. Byrne owns Sports “105.5 The Roar” WCCP-FM/1560 WAHT Clemson SC, WBUW-TV Janesville WI, and an LPTV in Hilton Head Island. 810 Incorporated sells Brokered 810 WEDO McKeesport, PA to Broadcast Communications, Inc. for $175,000. Buyer Bob Stevens told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he will pair WEDO with 92.3 W222CB Irwin consolidating programming currently heard on 770 WKFB Jeanette/97.5 W248AR Monroeville, which will launch a new music format serving Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs. Donald Pugh’s Eternity Media Gr...[Read More]
Longtime New York and Philadelphia newscaster Larry Mendte has joined iHeartMedia News/Talk 1450 WILM Wilmington and 1410 WDOV Dover, DE for mornings. Mendte, who is probably most known for breaking in to his then KYW-TV co-anchor Alycia Lane’s e-mail and sending material to local reporters, also hosts public affairs programming on PMCM’s KJWP-TV Wilmington/Philadelphia and WJLP-TV Middletown, NJ/New York. He had recently been hosting a weekend show for Cumulus’ 770 WABC New York and co-hosted mornings on Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Camden/Philadelphia. Mendte debuted on WILM and WDOV this past Monday, June 8.
When Delmarva Broadcasting closes on its acquisition of Urban “Kiss 101.7” WJKS Canton, NJ/Wilmington, DE next week it will flip the station to a simulcast of News/Talk 1150 WDEL Wilmington. In a release promoting a new Small Business Saturday campaign, Michael Reath, VP/General Manager of WDEL and sister CHR 93.7 WSTW stated, “Delmarva Broadcasting is a huge supporter of shopping locally and it didn’t make sense to us to just promote ‘buy local’ just once a year. We’re also thrilled to roll out this campaign on the new WDEL 101.7 FM, which goes on the air April 2nd, and represents a reaffirmation of our commitment to serve the entire Delaware community.” The addition of the 101.7 signal will enhance WDEL’s coverage on the eastern and southern sides of the Wil...[Read More]
Delmarva will be paying $3.2 million for WFAI and WJKS. Original Report: Delmarva Broadcasting is expanding its holdings in Wilmington, DE with the purchase of Urban “Kiss 101.7” WJKS Canton, NJ and Gospel “Faith 1510” WFAI Salem, NJ from QC Communications. The two stations will join a Delmarva cluster that includes CHR 93.7 WSTW Wilmington, Country 103.7 WXCY Havre de Grace, MD and News/Talk 1150 WDEL Wilmington. Delmarva will begin operating the two stations via LMA on January 1. No price was disclosed for the purchase.
Clear Channel has rebranded Hot AC “92.9 Tom-FM” WRDX Smyrna/Dover, DE as “Mix 92.9“. WRDX had recently evolved from Variety Hits to their “90s To Now” Hot AC format. The rebranding to Mix comes with the addition of Elvis Duran in mornings replacing KBIG Los Angeles’ Sean Valentine. Concurrently, sister Sports “1290 The Ticket” WWTX Wilmington has rebranded as “Fox Sports 1290“.