For stations that go all-Christmas, the time immediately following the holiday is a singular event, a once-a-year opportunity to showcase the station’s regular format in the best possible light. The goal is to keep people listening — even after the sleigh bells stop ringing.
Scratch Orlando from the dwindling list of markets without more than one country station. JVC Media will launch “103.1 The Wolf” on Friday at 1:03 pm on its recently acquired WHKQ. Positioned as “county hits and throwbacks,” the station will challenge Cox Media Group’s top-rated “K-92 FM” WWKA by mixing old and currents and rolling 10,000 songs in a row. MORE
Classic hip-hop has spread to Cincinnati, courtesy of an HD Radio-fed translator. IHeartMedia has launched “102.3 The Beat” on translator W272BY, fed by the HD-3 channel of rock WEBN. Positioned as “Cincinnati’s Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B,” it competes with Radio One’s urban “The Wiz” WIZF (101.1) and R&B oldies “Old School 100.3” WOSL. Listen HERE.
Dr. Drew Pinsky won’t only be on the air after dark starting in 2015. Cumulus Media has announced an expanded relationship with Pinsky. He’ll partner with Mike Catherwood to host a midday show on “Talk Radio 790” KABC, Los Angeles. The company’s network division, Westwood One, will also pick up syndication duties for the nighttime “Loveline” show, with 35 local Cumulus stations adding the call-in advice show to their lineup. MORE
IHeartMedia has named Minneapolis programmer Rich Davis as VP of programming for its seven-station cluster in Seattle. Davis most recently was programming CHR KDWB (101.3) and adult alternative “Cities 97” KTCZ. Davis previously programmed the company’s CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW in Nashville. “It’s no secret that Seattle is a very challenging market, but there is one thing that hasn't changed and that is our team’s absolute focus on winning,” SVP of programming Andrew Jeffries says.
The duo that hosts one of the top-rated morning shows in Las Vegas is breaking up. Morning co-host Mark DiCiero says he will leave CBS Radio hot AC “Mix 94.1” KMXB after 18 years in morning drive with Mercedes Martinez. The show's new co-host will be longtime executive producer J.C. Fernandez, according to the Las Vegas Sun. MORE
The Federal Communications Commission is refusing to order radio and television stations to stop using the term “Redskins” as it rejects a petition seeking to block the license renewal for a station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. But the fight appears far from over. MORE
Continuing to bulk up its online portfolio, Interactive One has purchased GlobalGrind, a website focused on hip-hop culture. The Russell Simmons-founded site will anchor a new Millennials channel for the online division of Radio One. MORE
Shrugging off a slower mid-year pace of sales, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reports a new record was set during the third quarter. Marketers spent $12.4 billion across all digital platforms, beating a previous record set late last year by $300 million. MORE
A former winner of a Radio Mercury award will help select the winners in the coming year. The Radio Advertising Bureau says Y&R-New York chief creative officer Jim Elliott will serve as the chief judge for the 2015 awards, set to be handed out June 3 in New York City. MORE
In the latest setback for Lehman Brothers, a Delaware court has upheld the February decision to dismiss the firm’s lawsuit against Spanish Broadcasting System. The preferred shareholder had sought unspecified damages, alleging SBS violated the terms of its loan agreements when it bought the Houston television station KTBU-TV in 2011 for $16 million and took on new debt while missing quarterly dividends payments. MORE