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 2022-11-29 18:06 

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Audacy Promotes Aaron Roberts To Sacramento Operations Manager...

Audacy has announced the promotion of Aaron Roberts to Operations Manager for its Sacramento cluster. Roberts had joined Audacy Sacramento at the end of August as Brand Manager of Classic Rock "96.9 The Eagle" KSEG and Rock "98 Rock" KRXQ ...

 2022-11-29 17:18 

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Diamond Tyleir Takes Nights At 95.7 Jamz...

SummitMedia Hip Hop "95.7 Jamz" WBHJ Midfield/Birmingham AL has promoted Diamond Tyleir to evening host. Tyleir served as a weekend host and interim midday host since joining the station in 2019. She also worked in the market as a traffic reporter...

 2022-11-29 13:30 

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Kevin Callahan Joins Pamal As Corporate Director of Programming/Operations...

Pamal Broadcasting has announced the addition of Kevin Callahan as Corporate Director of Programming and Operations overseeing the company's programming and operations in Albany, Glens Falls, Hudson Valley NY and Rutland VT. Callahan departed Audacy l...

 2022-11-29 13:00 

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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak...

Longtime "1310 The Ticket" KTCK Dallas producer and host Danny Balis has joined iHeartMedia Hot Talk "97.1 The Freak" KEGL Fort Worth/Dallas as co-host of "The Downbeat" in afternoons. Balis reunites with Downbeat host Mike Rhyner ...

 2022-11-29 12:30 

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WFLO To Relaunch On December 1...

The Christopher Brochon led Heart of Virginia Communications will relaunch 870 WFLO Farmville VA on Thursday, December 1. Heart of Virginia Communications acquired WFLO from Educational Media Foundation in July for $75,000. Brochon was previously Station ...

 2022-11-29 00:00 

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Google & iHeartMedia Agree To $9.4 Million In Fines For Deceptive Endorsements...

The Federal Trade Commission and attorney generals for the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas have entered into agreements with Google and iHeartMedia to settle a lawsuit for airing nearly 29,000 deceptive...

 2022-11-28 23:28 

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Pair Of Flips In Southwest Georgia...

Greater 2nd Mount Olive Baptist Church launched new formats on the two stations in Southwest Georgia it acquired earlier this year from the estate of Victor M. Vickers over the summer. 97.7 WTTY Ty Ty is now rimshotting Albany as Adult R&B "97.7 The B...

 2022-11-28 23:15 

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Murphy Sam & Jodi Add Nine New Affiliates...

Colbert Media Group's syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi has announced the addition of nine new affiliates. Adding the show are SummitMedia Hot AC's "Mix 106.9" WVEZ Louisville and "Star 104.5" KSRZ Omaha, iHeartMedia AC's "Mix ...

 2022-11-28 13:00 

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Colleen Lindstrom To Depart KTMY Midday Show...

Colleen Lindstrom has announced she will depart the 12-3pm show at Hubbard's Lifestyle Talk "myTalk 107.1" KTMY Coon Rapids/Minneapolis that she has co-hosted with Bradley Traynor since 2012 on December 9. Lindstrom had been with the station s...

 2022-11-28 12:00 

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Martin Bandyke To Retire From Mornings At WQKL...

Martin Bandyke will retire from mornings at Cumulus Media AAA "Ann Arbor's 107 One" WQKL Ann Arbor MI on Thursday, December 22nd. Bandyke joined WQKL in 2006 after spending 23 years at 101.9 WDET Detroit mostly as Music Director. He has hosted...

 2022-11-25 18:00 

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2022 Post-Christmas Format Change Watchlist...

It's the most wonderful time of the year. A time to blow up your station's previous branding and start fresh after blowing out your playlist for 6-8 weeks of music that you cannot play except for maybe that one day in July when people like to pret...

 2022-11-25 17:00 

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First Listen: A More Uplifting Christmas...

"It's Oct. 31 and Christmas music is already playing on a Cincinnati radio station." That's how WLWT-TV reported the holiday music flip at WAKW (Star 93.3) Cincinnati last month. Star 93.3 flipped to Christmas music ahead of many of the st...

 2022-11-25 14:00 

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Multiple Format Changes In Northeastern Mississippi...

The sale of 96.3 WXWX Marietta/Tupelo MS and 102.9 WWMR Saltillo/Tupelo MS to Michael Brandt's Southern Broadcasting LLC has triggered a series of format changes in Northeastern Mississippi over the past few weeks. With Brandt taking over via LMA ahea...

 2022-11-25 13:00 

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Station Sales Week Of 11/25...

Michael Brandt's Southern Broadcasting LLC is acquiring five stations from multiple sellers. For $262,500 for each station, Brandt will purchase Soft AC "Easy 100.3" WYDL Middleton TN from Flinn Broadcasting Corporation, CHR "102.7 Kiss-FM...

 2022-11-23 19:00 

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Final Listen: 103.1 WRNR Annapolis...

Some of this column's Final Listens are sad because they involve heritage radio stations that sounded anything but legendary at the end. Maybe I didn't know to listen until the staff had already been taken off the air. Often there was little going...

 2022-11-23 18:01 

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Domain Insight 11/23: What's Next For WKZG?...

Woodward Communications AC " KZ 104.3 " WKZG Seymour/Green Bay WI made its annual shift to Christmas Music back on November 1. When it resumes its regular programming it appears a new format and brand will debut....

 2022-11-23 14:43 

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Relevant Radio Acquires Detroit AM & Four Translators...

Family Life Broadcasting System is selling its longtime Detroit properties to Catholic network Relevant Radio for $3.1 million. Relevant Radio will purchase 1030 WUFL Sterling Heights and its network of translators across the market: 94.1 W231CV Holly, 94...

 2022-11-23 12:30 

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Strong Tower Christian Media Launches 98.3 The Rock...

Strong Tower Christian Media has launched "98.3 The Rock" WKSG Garrison KY/Portsmouth OH. WKSG is currently airing commercial-free Christmas music through the holiday season before moving to a Christian music format. Strong Tower agreed to purchas...

 2022-11-22 21:17 

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KQOB Rebrands As Freedom 96.9...

Champlin Broadcasting Conservative Talk "The Eagle 96.9" KQOB Enid/Oklahoma City and 1640 KZLS Enid rebranded today as "Freedom 96.9". KZLS began simulcasting on KQOB at the start of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel an...

 2022-11-22 19:00 

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Better Listening Through AI?...

What if the only goal of your radio station was to seamlessly negotiate a wide library? That's the mission of Midtempo Radio, a UK-based online station brought to my attention by James Cridland. Interesting idea. I've always thought algorithms sho...

 2022-11-22 15:32 

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Sarah Spain To Depart ESPN Radio's Spain & Fitz...

Sarah Spain will depart the ESPN Radio "Spain & Fitz" show she co-hosted with Jason Fitz from 7-9pm eastern/4-6pm pacific on December 1. Spain states that she will be remaining with ESPN but was wanting "to give more time & energy to other wor...

 2022-11-22 14:47 

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Lin Brehmer To Return To WXRT After Medical Absence...

After taking a leave of absence from Audacy AAA 93.1 WXRT Chicago in July to undergo chemotherapy, Lin Brehmer will return to the station's lineup from 10am to 1pm on Monday, November 28. The station tweeted that Brehmer continues to undergo treatment...

 2022-11-22 13:30 

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Jake B Exits Z107.7 St. Louis...

Jacob 'Jake B' Bowling has announced his departure from his role as Assistant Program Director and afternoon host at iHeartMedia CHR "Z107.7" KSLZ St. Louis. Bowling also was heard in afternoons at "107.5 Kiss-FM" KKDM Des Moines, ...

 2022-11-22 12:00 

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Michigan Pair Off The Air After City Eviction...

Will Tieman's WGHN Inc. AC 92.1 WGHN-FM Grand Haven and 93.1 WMPA Ferrysburg MI are off the air after being evicted from their tower site by the city of Grand Haven. WGHN-FM entered a lease with the city in 1984, with WMPA launching from that site in ...

 2022-11-21 22:00 

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95.5 Lite-FM Debuts In Billings...

After beginning the process of moving its former News/Talk audience to 970 KBUL/103.3 K277DS Billings in August, Townsquare Media has flipped 95.5 KCHH Worden/95.1 K236AB Billings MT to AC "95.5 Lite-FM". The new AC brand is launching with Christm...

 2022-11-21 20:14 

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WGBH Names Susan Goldberg As President/CEO...

GBH, operators of Public News/Talk 89.7 WGBH-FM Boston, Classical 99.5 WCRB Lowell/Boston, "Cape & Islands Radio" WCAI/WNAN/WZAI, and two public television stations in Boston has announced the appointment of Susan Goldberg as President and CEO. Go...

 2022-11-21 18:00 

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FCC Approves Latino Media Network Purchase Of 18 Univision Stations...

The FCC has approved Latino Media Network's $60 million acquisition of eighteen stations in ten markets from TelevisaUnivision. The approval comes after a petition to deny improperly filed by Dr. Pedro Roig claiming that the post-closing LMA back to U...

 2022-11-21 16:18 

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K Samone Joins WBHJ As Midday Host...

SummitMedia Hip Hop "95.7 Jamz" WBHJ Midfield/Birmingham AL has announced the addition of KaShauna 'K Samone' Williams as midday host. Samone joins WBHJ from serving as a producer and weekend host at Radio One Hip Hop "Hot 107.9" W...

 2022-11-21 14:16 

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Manny Munoz To Move To Middays At WIOD...

iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami will debut a new 10am-12pm show on Monday, January 9 co-hosted by Manny Munoz. Munoz has spent the past fourteen years as Executive Producer, sports reporter and co-host of "South Florida's First News with Jimm...

 2022-11-21 13:36 

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CPR Classical Announces Two New Hosts...

Colorado Public Radio has announced the addition of two new hosts to its statewide Classical network based at 88.1 KVOD Lakewood/Denver. Kabin Thomas debuted on November 16. A tubaist and actor, Thomas served as a professor of classical music for the past...

 2022-11-21 13:00 

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Leo Laporte To Retire From "The Tech Guy" Radio Show; Rich DeMuro To Debut "Rich On Tech"...

Leo Laporte has announced he will retire from Premiere Networks' syndicated "The Tech Guy" show on the weekend of December 18. He will continue hosting the show as a podcast "Ask The Tech Guy" on his Twit.TV network along with current ...

 2022-11-21 12:30 

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Steve McKay Joins WFPG/WOBM-FM As Brand Manager...

Townsquare Media has appointed Steve McKay as Brand Manager of AC 92.7 WOBM-FM Toms River and "Lite 96.9" WFPG Atlantic City NJ. McKay will also serve as Assistant Director of Content for the Townsquare Atlantic City cluster and afternoon host at ...

 2022-11-20 20:00 

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Paul Kuharsky Departs Outkick 360...

Paul Kuharsky has announced his departure from Outkick.com and Skyview Networks' "Outkick 360" that he co-hosted with Jonathan Hutton and Chad Withrow. The trio co-hosted the show first as "Midday 180" on Cumulus' "104.5 The Zo...

 2022-11-19 18:00 

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FCC Report 11/20: KKOL Gets Abbreviated License Renewal And Power Drop Following RF Interference Complaints...

The long-pending license renewal of Conservative Talk " 1300 The Answer " KKOL Seattle and transfer of the station from Intelli LLC to Salem Media Group have been approved be the FCC with conditions. Salem swapped KKOL to Intelli in May 2018 and t...

 2022-11-18 23:51 

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Pittsburgh Public Media Acquires 660 WAMO; Hip Hop Format To Remain On Audacy Operated Translator...

After Audacy acquired the intellectual property of Hip Hop/R&B "WAMO 107.3" 660 WAMO Wilkinsburg/W297BU Pittsburgh earlier this year, Martz Communications Group is donating the AM signal to the Chuck Leavens led Pittsburgh Public Media. Martz will...

 2022-11-18 23:35 

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WZTK To Drop Talk For Christmas Music...

Midwestern Broadcasting will drop Conservative Talk on 105.7 WZTK Alpena MI on Thanksgiving Day as the station will move to Christmas music through the holiday season. The station has not yet stated plans for the station for after Christmas, but it is exp...

 2022-11-18 19:15 

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Domain Insight 11/18: Potential Changes In Oklahoma City, St. George & More...

A rebranding appears on the way in Oklahoma City. Townsquare Media may be making another change in St. George UT. And iHeartMedia may have a Bear coming out of hibernation....

 2022-11-18 18:00 

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Format Holes and the Finite Dial...

What does a format hole even mean now? In the early '90s, when I lived in New York, I looked forward to my trips to Long Island, or my drives to Boston along the Connecticut coast, so I could hear Alternative WDRE/WLIR. In the mid-'90s, when New Y...

 2022-11-18 15:33 

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BTC USA Acquires Five In Michigan's Upper Peninsula...

After agreeing to purchase Frontier Media LLC's stations in Texarkana AR/TX and Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka AK last month, BTC USA Holdings Management, Inc. has agreed to purchase five stations in Northern Michigan. The company, led by 107.9 KUZZ-FM ...

 2022-11-18 15:11 

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El Gallo Wakes Up Cedar Rapids...

George Flinn's 107.1 KRQN Vinton/Cedar Rapids IA has flipped to Regional Mexican "El Gallo 107.1". KRQN had been airing Conservative Talk prgramming from USA Radio Networks since its LMA with Townsquare Media came to an end in May 2021. Townsq...

 2022-11-18 12:30 

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Station Sales Week Of 11/18...

Craig Donnelly's CD Broadcasting sells AC 98.9 KQCR-FM Parkersburg and Country 104.9 KLMJ Hampton IA to Shawn Dietz' On the Go Media, Inc. for $1.25 million. Dietz previously served as Program Director of the stations from 2009 to 2020 and General...

 2022-11-18 00:27 

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SiriusXM Debuts Revamped App...

SiriusXM has introduced a new version of its app for iOS and Android. The new app, adds expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content, and other enhancements. It promises new "Personaliz...

 2022-11-17 19:38 

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Tom Hanks To Curate WYEP On Hanksgiving Day...

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation AAA 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh PA will be turning over their programming on Thanksgiving Day to actor Tom Hanks. From 8am to 7pm on November 24, the "Hanks Giving" day of music will feature 100 songs curated...

 2022-11-17 19:19 

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Greg Glover Returns To KNRK...

After restoring Mark Hamilton as Brand Manager in July and proclaiming that the "Real KNRK is Back" in August, Audacy Alternative "94.7 FM" KNRK Camas WA/Portland OR brought back Greg Glover and his dog Biscuit to host mornings last month....

 2022-11-16 23:14 

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Joe Gassmann Resigns From Free Beer & Hot Wings Show...

After being off Townsquare Media and Compass Media Networks' "Free Beer & Hot Wings" since October 19, Joe Gassmann has announced he resigned from the show. In a statement released by his lawyer, Gassmann wrote, "After a 20-year career in ...

 2022-11-16 21:46 

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Wyoming Station App Sends Out Antisemitic Alerts...

Users of the station app for Townsquare Media News/Talk "K2 Radio" 1030 KTWO/95.1 K236CX Casper WY were sent multiple push notifications late last night with antisemitic messages and Nazi propaganda. Townsquare Casper Market President Tom McCarthy...

 2022-11-16 21:26 

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Saga Promotes Chris Forgy To President/CEO...

Saga Communications has announced the appointment of Chris Forgy as its new President/CEO following the death of Ed Christian in August. Forgy has served as Senior Vice President of Operations for the company since 2018 after serving as President/General ...

 2022-11-16 13:55 

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iHeartMedia Imports Pair Of Providence Morning Shows to Cape Cod...

iHeartMedia has imported a pair of Providence RI morning shows to Cape Cod MA as a pair of local personalities have exited. Joe Rossetti departs as morning host at Classic Hits "Cool 102" 101.9 WCIB Falmouth and afternoon host at Hot AC 106.1 WCOD...

 2022-11-16 13:39 

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SportsMap Radio Network To Add VSiN Programming...

Gow Media's SportsMap Radio Network will replace all Sports Betting programming provided by SportsGrid with content from VSiN starting Monday, January 9. The deal will place some VSiN programming on stations including "The Mightier 1090" XEPRS...

 2022-11-15 23:40 

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Nielsen Releases Fall 2022 Market Ranking Revisons...

FIRST ON RADIOINSIGHT: Nielsen Audio has released its biannual revision of the market rankings for the upcoming Fall ratings book. No changes took place in the top twelve markets. After rising to #13 in the Spring update, Detroit moves back behind Phoenix...

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