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 2018-12-10 23:15 

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Hubbard Cuts Hit KRWM Morning Show & KNUC Evening Host In Seattle...

The staffing cutbacks that Hubbard Radio has made across the country have reached Seattle where AC "Warm 106.9" KRWM has parted ways with its morning team of Allan Fee, Ashley Ryan and producer Kevin 'Woody the Producer' Justik, while Coun...

 2018-12-10 19:45 

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Urban One Launches Classix 107.9 Philadelphia...

Urban One has flipped Gospel "Praise 107.9" WPPZ Pennsauken NJ/Philadelphia to R&B Oldies "Classix 107.9". WPPZ becomes the second station in the Urban One portfolio to use the "Classix" branding joining 102.9 W275BK Atlanta, which...

 2018-12-10 19:17 

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KFRG Makes Morning & Afternoon Changes...

Entercom Country "K-Frog" 95.1 KFRG San Bernardino/92.9 KXFG Menifee CA is rearranging its on-air lineup starting Monday, December 17. Anthony Frogatelli is moving from afternoons to mornings to join Kelli Green, while Program Director Scott '...

 2018-12-10 17:41 

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John Hanson Jumps From KCSP To Program WCCO...

Entercom has announced that John Hanson, Program Director of Sports "610 Sports" KCSP and "1660 The Score" KWOD Kansas City is returning to Minneapolis to take the same role at News/Talk 830 WCCO Minneapolis. The Minnesota native has progr...

 2018-12-10 16:13 

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Doug McIntyre Announces KABC Departure...

Cumulus News/Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles morning host Doug McIntyre has announced he will retire from the station as of Friday, December 14. McIntyre began hosting KABC's local overnight show Red Eye Radio in 2000 taking the show into syndication. He mo...

 2018-12-10 14:30 

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iHeartMedia Renews Bob & Tom Show On 13 Longtime Affiliates...

iHeartMedia and the Bob & Tom Show have agreed on a renewal agreement to keep the program on thirteen of the company's stations. All of the stations involved in the renewal agreement include stations that have carried the program for at least a decade...

 2018-12-10 13:00 

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EMF Swaps Frequencies For Air 1 & K-Love In Phoenix...

Educational Media Foundations has realigned the programming on its three signals in the Phoenix AZ market. Christian CHR "Air 1" moves from 89.9 KZAI Superior to what was 105.5 KLVA Maricopa AZ. The change brings a call letter change to KAIZ and c...

 2018-12-10 12:00 

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Jethro Brings Classic Country To Grand Rapids...

WYGR LLC. has flipped Urban AC "GR 1530/GR 94.9" WYGR Wyoming/W235BN Grand Rapids MI to Classic Country "Jethro FM". The station is now positioning as "Country with a Twist". The station is retaining some of its specialty weekend s...

 2018-12-10 04:18 

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Gen Media Partners Acquires Regional Reps and The Tacher Company...

Gen Media Partners continues its rapid expansion with the purchase of Regional Reps and The Tacher Company. The acquisitions of the advertising rep firms join Gen Media Partners' exiting McGavren Guild Media, Local Focus Radio, HRN Media Network, and ...

 2018-12-09 18:48 

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FCC Report 12/9: Norfolk Franken-FM Noted For Unauthorized Operation...

A low power television station masquerading as a radio station has been hit with a Notice of Violation after a complaint about a possible unauthorized broadcast "pirate" operation. Syncom Media Group's WMTO-LP Norfolk VA has been operated by S...

 2018-12-08 00:03 

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Cougar 93.7 Mentor Going Gold...

Media One Group Hot AC "Cougar 93.7" WQGR North Madison/Mentor OH is currently stunting with snippets of Oldies as it prepares to flip to that format on Monday, December 10. WQGR will become "Gold 93.7" on Monday at 6:00am. Kid Mitchell, P...

 2018-12-07 20:23 

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How ready is your station for a disaster? It's not "if," but "when"......

Wildfires in California. Hurricanes in Florida. Earthquakes in Alaska. If it seems like the parade of natural disasters isn't stopping lately, you're not wrong. Appearing on the "Top of the Tower Podcast" this week, Charlie Wooten, chief e...

 2018-12-07 17:09 

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Hubbard Cuts WYGY Cincinnati Airstaff...

Following cuts in Chicago and St. Louis, Hubbard Radio has now made cuts at Country "97.3 The Wolf" WYGY Fort Thomas KY/Cincinnati OH. WVXU's John Kiesewetter reports that morning host Ernie 'Fat Man' Brown, midday host Jimmy 'The ...

 2018-12-07 15:18 

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Mix 100.7 Tampa Launching Mix Morning Show With Laura Diaz...

iHeartMedia Hot AC "Mix 100.7" WMTX Tampa is filling its morning vacancy with Laura Diaz. Diaz joins WMTX from "XL 106.7" WXXL Orlando where she has served as a co-host on "Johnny's House" alongside Johnny Magic for the past se...

 2018-12-07 13:00 

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Station Sales Week Of 12/7: Everything WOLD Is Sold Again...

Bristol Broadcasting has acquired Classic Hits 102.5 WOLD-FM Marion VA from T.E.C.O. Broadcasting for $165,000. T.E.C.O. reacquired WOLD-FM and 103.5 WZVA last November for cancellation of the $651,039 promissory note owed by CDM Broadcasting. WZVA was th...

 2018-12-07 12:00 

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Cumulus Makes Morning Changes At Four Toledo Stations...

Cumulus Media is making morning changes at four of its stations in Toledo to ring in 2019. The moves start with Lyn Casye and Cliff Smithers moving from Classic Hits 93.5 WRQN to Country "K100" 99.9 WKKO to join incumbent host Gary Shores. Shores ...

 2018-12-06 20:10 

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Bruce Logan Exits VP/Programming At Entercom Houston...

Bruce Logan is departing his position as VP/Programming and Operations Manager of Entercom Houston and Program Director of Variety Hits "95.7 The Spot" KKHH and Country "100.3 The Bull" KILT-FM Houston after exactly five years. Logan joine...

 2018-12-06 18:15 

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KFM-BFM Rebrands As 100.7 San Diego...

TEGNA has rebranded "100.7 KFM-BFM" KFMB-FM San Diego as "100.7 San Diego". The move comes following a slight musical shift from a more Rock based playlist back towards Variety Hits, which the station previously featured under the "100...

 2018-12-06 15:35 

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Boomer Keeps Growing In Omaha...

Walnut Radio has flipped Classic Country "Real Country 97.3" KBLR Blair NE to Oldies "Boomer Radio" in a partial simulcast with co-owned 1490 KOMJ Omaha and its translators 94.5 K233CO and 104.1 K281CJ Omaha. The addition of KBLR expands t...

 2018-12-06 12:30 

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Chadd & Kristi Thomas Exit B98.7 Tampa...

Morning hosts Chadd & Kristi Thomas have exited Beasley Media AC "B98.7" WPBB Holmes Beach/Tampa after two years with the station. The married couple joined WPBB in February 2017 following the station's flip from Rock. Chadd Thomas added Progr...

 2018-12-06 00:13 

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KMEZ New Orleans To Move Home To 102.9...

Cumulus Urban AC "Old School 106.7" KMEZ Port Sulpher/New Orleans LA will relocate back to its original frequency on Thursday, December 6 as "Z102.9". That will mean the end of the Urban "Power 102.9" format of KKND Belle Chase as ...

 2018-12-05 23:36 

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Janelle Moffett Rises To SummitMedia Springfield Market President...

SummitMedia has made its first major staffing move since acquiring four clusters from Scripps. Rex Hansen will retire as Market President of the Springfield MO cluster after nineteen years in charge and will be replaced by current General Sales Manager Ja...

 2018-12-05 16:49 

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Ty, Kelly & Chuck To Relaunch As The Ty Bentli Show...

Cumulus Media/Westwood One's syndicated "Ty, Kelly & Chuck" morning show will relaunch on Monday, January 7 as "The Ty Bentli Show". The refreshed show comes after the exit of co-host Kelly Ford in October. Recording artist/co-host Chu...

 2018-12-05 16:40 

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Lance Tidwell Joins Cumulus Detroit As Director Of FM Programming...

Cumulus Media has announced the addition of Lance Tidwell to serve as Director of FM Programming. Tidwell, who fills the opening created by Robbie Bridges exit to relocate closer to his family, will oversee programming of Country "Nash-FM 93.1" WD...

 2018-12-05 16:20 

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It's Where You Start, And Where You Finish...

It remains one of the hottest, best-produced Country hits of the early '70s. When Dolly Parton's "Jolene" hits the radio, as it did in late 1973, it sort of bounds on to the airwaves, already cooking along at the tempo of the rest of the s...

 2018-12-05 16:12 

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Saga Shuffles Translators In Keene...

Saga Communications has completed the build-outs of two new translator signals in Keene NH. The FM simulcast of Sports "Fox Sports Keene" 1220 WZBK moves to its newly built 102.3 W272DZ. W272BZ was gained in the recent translator filing window and...

 2018-12-05 15:52 

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Josh Gebhart To Progam KEHK/KSCR Eugene...

Cumulus Media has appointed Josh 'Jay Jay' Gebhart as Program Director for Hot AC "Star 102.3" KEHK Brownsville and Soft AC "98.1 The Valley" 1320 KSCR/98.1 K251BN Eugene OR. Gebhart joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia Minneapolis where...

 2018-12-05 15:38 

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Bollywood Comes To Long Island...

Universal Media Access has flipped Spanish Christian 540 WLIE Islip NY to South Asian "Bolly 540" WBWD. The format matches that of co-owned "Bolly 92.3" KSJO San Jose CA, which features a mix of in-house and brokered programming targeting ...

 2018-12-04 23:42 

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Powell Sells Silent Panama City Trio...

Powell Broadcasting has announced that it has sold the three Panama City FL stations that it took Silent following Hurricane Michael to Gulf Coast Broadcasting. The buyer, is headed by Samuel Rogatinsky who also owns Brokered Haitian 1340 WPBR Lantana/Wes...

 2018-12-04 21:45 

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WCCO Adds Cory Hepola For Late Mornings...

Entercom News/Talk 830 WCCO Minneapolis has announced that KARE-TV anchor Cory Hepola will join the station on Monday, January 7 to host 9am to 12pm. Hepola will fill the vacancy created by John Hines following his semi-retirement this summer. The Minneso...

 2018-12-04 19:15 

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Fox News Talk Moves To Westwood One...

Cumulus Media's Westwood One will take over advertising representation for Fox News' long-form talk programming as of December 31. Westwood One will be the exclusive seller of Fox News Radio's The Brian Kilmeade Show, The Todd Starnes Show, Th...

 2018-12-04 17:19 

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Kayla Thomas To Host CHR Version Of PopCrush Nights & WPST Night Show...

Townsquare Media and Compass Media Networks has appointed Kayla Thomas as the new host of the CHR version of "PopCrush Nights". The 24 year-old Thomas most recently hosted middays at Mel Wheeler Inc. CHR "K92" WXLK Roanoke VA, who will als...

 2018-12-04 16:55 

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WKQX To Launch New Morning Crew...

Cumulus Alternative "101 WKQX" Chicago is launching a new morning show featuring Brian 'Sludge' Haddad, Ali Mattacola and executive producer Justin Nettlebeck. Robert Feder reports that The "WKQX Morning Crew" will debut on Monday,...

 2018-12-04 16:30 

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Jarl Mohn To Step Down As NPR President/CEO; Serve As President Emeritus...

NPR President/CEO Jarl Mohn has announced that he will transition to the new position of president emeritus, NPR Foundation board member, and co-chair of NPR's 50th anniversary capital campaign upon the expiration of his five year contract on June 30,...

 2018-12-03 17:14 

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Glenn Beck's TheBlaze & Mark Levin's CRTV Announce Merger...

The streaming video networks founded by a pair of syndicated talkers are merging. Glenn Beck's TheBlaze and Mark Levin's CRTV have combined to form Blaze Media. The new company will be led by co-presidents Tyler Cardon and Gaston Mooney. Cardon pr...

 2018-12-03 15:29 

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iHeartMedia Gives Update On Restructuring Plan...

iHeartMedia released a statement today promoting that their current bankruptcy reorganization plan has the support of 90% of its creditors and shareholders. The company states that the current version of the restructuring plan will reduce their debt by ap...

 2018-12-03 15:14 

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Lisa Dent Moves To Late Mornings At Big 95.5 Chicago...

iHeartMedia Country "Big 95.5" WEBG Chicago has announced that Lisa Dent will take the 9am-12pm weekday morning slot effective immediately. Dent, who had been hosting weekends on WEBG, spent fourteen years at Entercom Country "US 99" 99.5 ...

 2018-12-02 20:08 

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Big Cuts At Broadway Media Salt Lake City...

Another operator has made sizeable cuts at one of their clusters this week as Broadway Media has cut at least half a dozen on-air talents from its Salt Lake City operations. Among the exits are: Justin Taylor who held the duties of Program Director of Cla...

 2018-12-02 18:57 

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FCC Report 12/2: Family Stations Loses Baltimore Translator Application...

Dismissals/Deletions Multiple interference objections have led to the demise of Family Stations' application for a new translator in Baltimore MD. Family first sought to place its translator for 750 WBMD Baltimore on 103.1 with 99w/155m . That led Emp...

 2018-11-30 22:52 

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iHeart Plays Country Brand Blocker In Minneapolis...

As iHeartMedia continues to plant "Breeze" branded Soft AC's across the country, the company is now blocking two brand names from potential use by Entercom's "Buz'n 102.9" KMNB as it prepares to relaunch on Monday. As first rep...

 2018-11-30 22:07 

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WDKB Slides To Hot AC...

MidWest Family Broadcasting AC "B95" 94.9 WDKB DeKalb IL has rebranded this afternoon as "94.9 WDKB". The move comes with a musical shift to Hot AC and a revamped on-air lineup. Former midday host Monica moves to mornings from 6-11am. Shaw...

 2018-11-30 19:07 

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WVLZ Celebrates A Tender Tennessee Christmas As WKCE Completes Move...

Oak Ridge FM is preparing to debut a new format on 1120 WVLZ Maryville/97.1 W246DH Knoxville TN as the stations are stunting with Soft Christmas Music with a Country lean branded as "Tender Tennessee Christmas". Oak Ridge FM acquired the programmi...

 2018-11-30 18:43 

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Local Media San Diego Management Buys Out Investment Firm...

The management team of Local Media San Diego, owners of CHR "Z90.3" XHITZ, Alternative "91X" 91.1 XETRA-FM, and Rhythmic Oldies "Magic 92.5" KXRM Tijuana/San Diego, is buying out investment firm Thoma Bravo to take over ownership o...

 2018-11-30 16:59 

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An Ultra Launch In Richmond...

Mobile Radio Partners has debuted Spanish CHR "Ultra 94.1" 1540 WULT Sandston/94.1 W231DP Richmond VA. Promoted as Richmond's first Spanish language FM, the station is being overseen by OM Selvin Paredes and Program Director Demetrio Flores. T...

 2018-11-30 15:35 

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First Listen, Christmas In London and Miami...

In most places, the holiday music juggernaut has been such that most "our market is different" arguments were steamrollered (or sleigh-rollered) a long time ago. But in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, the Christmas format has only existed as a pop-up format...

 2018-11-30 12:30 

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Station Sales Week of 11/30...

GEOS Communications sells 107.9 W300BT Hazleton PA to Osiris Fernando Guzman for $80,000. W300BT already is part of Guzman's "Latina FM" Spanish CHR network also heard on 92.1 W221CU Allentown and 107.1 W296CL Reading via Cumulus Media's 1...

 2018-11-30 00:58 

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NBC Sports Radio To Cease 24/7 Programming...

Westwood One's NBC Sports Radio is cutting back on its programming starting January 1, 2019. In a memo to affiliates, Westwood One states that it will continue to offer them 24/7 sportscasts at the top and bottom of the hour as well as the PFT Live wi...

 2018-11-29 22:04 

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FCC Deletes Pair Of Billings AMs After Their Disappearance...

Rich Solberg's Sun Mountain Inc. has had the licenses for 1450 KYLW Lockwood and 1490 KBSR Laurel MT cancelled by the FCC. Connoisseur Media filed a Petition for Reconsideration to the station's license renewals in August 2017 alleging with photog...

 2018-11-29 21:21 

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Cumulus Detroit Market Manager Tom O'Brien To Retire...

Cumulus Media has announced that Tom O'Brien will retire from his position as Vice President/Market Manager for their Detroit cluster at the end of the year. O'Brien has worked in the Detroit market for forty years and has been with the now-Cumulu...

 2018-11-29 19:10 

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Fenway Promoted To HD98.3 Program Director...

Beasley Media has promoted Chris 'Fenway' Daugherty to Program Director of CHR "HD 98.3" WHHD Clearwater SC/Augusta GA. Daugherty has served as APD/MD/afternoon host of WHHD since August 2016. He previously served as Music Director/night h...

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