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WAWZ Gets LI Relays - 7/16 - From Tom Taylor Now: Out on the eastern tip of Long Island, a new “Pillar of Fire” - New York-market contemporary Christian WAWZ Zarephath NJ is projecting itself east into Suffolk County, New York, with an LMA deal for 107.1/Hampton Bays. Radio Insight says the not-for-profit Pillar of Fire is LMAing not only WLIR Hampton Bays, its contemporary Christian “Star” will also be heard on a ring of translators. Those are in Hauppage (94.9), Shirley (96.5), Manorville (96.9), Plainview (101.5) and Selden (104.5). This isn’t the first time WLIR owner Livingstone Broadcasting has leased out its signal – it’s been all-sports as “Champions” and more recently featuring the “Hope Radio” Christian teaching format of Holding Out Hope Church. That church owns three of the translators, while Michael Celenza has Manorville and Apple Community Broadcasting has Plainview.....

Huff & Cimino Leaving 4 - 7/16 - From NewsBlues: Janice Huff, the chief meteorologist at Comcast-NBC's Channel 4/WNBC and one of NYC's most recognizable TV personalities, may soon leave the station. She's been with WNBC since 1995. "Early retirement" is what it's being called, we are told. In fact, her contract simply won't be renewed. Huff isn't alone. We're also hearing that morning meteorologist Chris Cimino is being edged toward the door. He, too, has been with WNBC since 1995, hired the same month as Huff.....

WLTW & WBEB Win June Radio Ratings - 7/8 - WLTW and WBEB top the June radio ratings for NYC and Philly, respectively. Details from Tom Taylor Now.....

Opie To Continue SiriusXM Show Without Anthony - 7/8 - From thewire.com: On Tuesday, Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton announced they will continue the "Opie And Anthony Show" on SiriusXM without longtime partner Anthony Cumia. Cumia was fired from Sirius XM last week. The company cited a series of profane tweets that Cumia posted following an altercation with an African-American woman in Times Square last week, as the reason for the firing. Since that time, fans of the show have been up in arms, speculating about the future of the show, and protesting Sirius XM. A petition was started to reinstate Cumia on the show, Sirius XM headquarters in New York were picketed early Monday morning, and users began posting images of their closed Sirius XM accounts after they unsubscribed on social media. There was also speculation Hughes and Norton would leave Sirius XM to show their support for Cumia. However, their contractual obligations keep them with the show until October.....

More Weekend News For 55 - 7/7 - Channel 55/WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the NYC, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 PM newscast. Beginning July 12, the hour-long newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.....

SiriusXM Fires Cumia After "Racist, Violent Tirade" Against Woman - 7/4 - Anthony Cumia, one half of the SiriusXM's comedy show "The Opie And Anthony Show, said via his Twitter account early Friday that the satellite radio firm has fired him after he took to Twitter to post controversial comments about a women. Cumia claimed to have been assaulted by the woman in NYC's Times Square Tuesday. According to his Twitter feed, he was apparently trying to take photos of the area when the woman was caught in the frame. When she objected to being in the photos, she allegedly starting punching him. Cumia then used Twitter to post "a racist, violent tirade," according to Gawker.....

Kathryn Brown Leaves 2 For NC - 7/1 - Kathryn Brown, a reporter at Channel 2/WCBS, starts in late August as a reporter and weekend news anchor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.....

Lauren Johnson Joins 29 - 7/1 - Lauren Johnson, a weekend morning news anchor at WOFL-TV in Orlando, has been hired by Channel 29/WTXF to host the Fox station's new weekend morning newscasts, starting this fall. She'll also report during the week.....

Leaf Gets Jail - 6/30 - Charles Leaf, a former investigative reporter at Channel 5/WNYW, gets sentenced to 26 years in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in 2010. More at nydailynews.com.....

Tony Bruno Leaves WPEN - 6/27 - From Tom Taylor Now: Tony Bruno is abruptly gone from the talent roster of Greater Media’s all-sports “97.5 the Fanatic” WPEN-FM in Philadelphia. The company says he’s “chosen to resign” and Philly.com adds that the Crossing Broad site “tweeted earlier this week that Bruno was off the air due to contract negotiations”.....

Cumulus Prepares To Launch NYC R&B Outlet - 6/27 - From Tom Taylor Now: Cumulus aims at Emmis with New York’s new urban adult “Radio 103.9.” Emmis thought it had the urban segment pretty much sewn up, adding urban AC WBLS (107.5) and gospel WLIB (1190) to its own hip-hop “Hot 97” WQHT. That’s probably still true, despite this new challenger from Cumulus. The former north-suburban WFAS-FM Bronxville (103.9) remains a Class A signal, which wouldn’t have been as big a problem ten or 20 years ago. But now the African-American population is more widely dispersed around the Tri-State area, and many won’t be able to pick up the new station. (And we’ll see how much promotion Cumulus puts into the effort.) But the new station does give Reach Media’s Tom Joyner a third shot at the New York market. And it will be a second shot for comedian D.L. Hughley, who like Joyner was previously featured on Emmis’ defunct urban AC “Kiss 98.7” WRKS. Joyner will do mornings and Hughley’s featured in afternoons. There will be some local voices, with Sharon “La Loca” Montero moving from Orlando for middays and Marc Clarke from Washington DC and Howard University’s WHUR (96.3), for a nighttime show named “Hanging Downtown.” Ken Johnson is programming. Cumulus vows “a heavy focus on community engagement.” And no doubt Joyner and Hughley are motivated to make it work, too. They’re coming as part of the Cumulus partnership with Radio One-owned Reach Media. But don’t tune in just yet – “Radio 103.9” doesn’t debut until July 7, and until then it’s still WFAS-FM, “Today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites.” Northeast Radio Watch supplies the new calls for 103.9 – WNBM.....

WBMP Calls Land On 92.3 - 6/23 - CBS Radio has flipped the calls of NYC's contemporary hit WNOW, formerly 92.3 Now, to WBMP, now that's it has rebranded as 92.3 Amp Radio.....

Angie Martines Leaving 97 For 105 - 6/20 - Angie Martinez is leaving Emmis's Hot 97. She notified the universe via Instagram: "Today I resigned form Hot 97. I am grateful to the Emmis family for my time with the company and the immeasurable way that it has shaped my life. We made history together." She's jumping to afternoons on Hot's competitor, Clear Channel's urban contemporary Power 105.1, WWPR, and its sister in Miami, WMIB, where she'll do middays.....

Esteben Joins 41 - 6/12 - Esteben Creste joins Univision's Channel 41/WXTV as news director. It's a return to NYC for Creste, who began his career as a reporter, host and managing editor at Telemundo New York.....

Kelly Rape Charge Resurfaces - 6/10 - Maria Di Toro, the woman who accused Greg Kelly, a former White House correspondent for Fox News, of date-raping her more than two years ago, defended herself in an interview via Buzzfeed. She says that she was "scared into submission" after her accusations against Kelly, now a morning news anchor at NYC's Fox-owned WNYW-TV, who has denied the charges. He said the sex was consensual. Kelly, son of then-NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, was never charged and prosecutors dismissed Di Toro's claims.....

WLTW Tops NYC Radio Heap - 6/10 - Analysis of the May radio ratings for NYC from Tom Taylor Now: The giddiness felt around WCBS-FM last month when it was just two-tenths of a share away from WLTW continues, down on Hudson Street – because that’s still just where they stand, 6.8 to 6.6 with total week age 6+ AQH share. CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM actually edges Clear Channel’s AC “Lite” WLTW in middays. As for ‘PLJ, it’s drifting down. Here’s the three-book trend at the top – Lite goes from a March-book 7.0 to an April 6.8 and now another 6.8 for May. WCBS-FM runs 6.1-6.8-6.8. While former Scott Shannon hangout WPLJ slips 2.4-2.1-2.0. While we’re in that general space, CBS Radio’s hot AC “Fresh” stumbles this month, 3.6-3.5-2.9. Picking up at the #3 slot, YMF-owned/Emmis-managed urban AC WBLS is solid, 5.4-5.5-5.6, tied with Clear Channel CHR “Z100” WHTZ, 5.5-5.6-5.6. It’s bounceback time for SBS-owned Spanish tropical “La Mega” WSKQ, 5.1-4.7-5.1. Nice month for CC’s classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ, 4.2-4.2-4.4 (a recent high). Emmis' urban “Hot 97” WQHT gives its best performance since June 2011, 3.0-3.1-3.5.....

WBEB Tops Philadelphia Radio Heap - 6/10 - Analysis of the May radio ratings for Philadelphia from Tom Taylor Now: Strong morning numbers with “Preston & Steve” help propel Greater Media’s rock WMMR to a 6-share. It’s up 5.5-5.6-6.0 (compared to a 4.5 in the Holiday book). Up on top is Jerry Lee’s AC “More FM” WBEB, 8.6-8.0-8.0. Second is Clear Channel’s classic hits WOGL, 6.3-5.9-6.3. Then WMMR, closely followed by Beasley’s country WXTU, 5.7-6.1-5.9. Nice bounceback for Clear Channel’s urban AC WDAS-FM, 4.9-4.8-5.7. Big baseball month for Phillies FM flagship, all-sports WIP-FM, 3.6-4.2-4.1. It tops CBS sister all-news KYW, 6.0-4.5-4.0. KYW’s now tied with a very different station – CC’s promotionally-active alternative “Radio 104.5” WRFF, 3.9-4.0-4.0. The Phillies’ AM flagship is CBS’ talk WPHT, which is flat (2.6-2.1-2.1). Philly’s leading talk station is now WHYY Inc.’s non-commercial news/talk WHYY, 2.9-2.6-2.6. There's a substantial cume lead for AC “More FM” WBEB at nearly 1.7 million souls.....

John Muller Returns To 11 - 6/3 - John Muller, a morning news anchor at Channel 11/WPIX whose contract was not renewed three years ago, is returning to the Tribune station on June 23 as the 5 PM and 10 PM co-anchor with Tamsen Fadel. He replaces Scott Stanford, who will become the station's lead sports anchor.....

Buyer Of Philly Newspapers Killed In Plane Crash - 6/1 - Lewis Katz and six others were killed Saturday night when their Gulfstream IV ran off the runway and burst into flames in Bedford, Massachuetts. “I heard a big boom, and I thought at the time that someone was trying to break into my house because it shook it,” said Jared Patterson, who lives next to the Hanscom Field runway. “I thought someone was, like, banging on the door trying to get in.” The 72-year-old Katz and business partner Gerry Lenfest gained control of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com on Tuesday after buying out their partners. More at jimromenesko.com.....

Mediabistro Gets Sold - 5/30 - Mediabistro, the NYC-based collection of media blogs, including FishbowlNY and TVNewser, has been sold to PGM-MB Holdings, a subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, for $8 million cash. Prometheus owns and operates Adweek, the Hollywood Reporter, and Billboard, as well as the Clio Awards and Film Expo Group. Alan Meckler, who owns Mediabistro, bought it from Laurel Touby for $23 million in 2007.....

Dave Herman Dies In Jail - 5/30 - From Tom Taylor Now: Former New York jock Dave Herman, accused of a pedophilia scheme, dies in jail. The retired WNEW-FM personality apparently had an aneurysm, and died while in federal custody in Newark. He was 78. Herman’s arrest last Fall shocked New Yorkers, and the radio industry. Some of the email evidence released following the arrest suggests that the trial would have brought out some very distasteful stuff. He'd pleaded not guilty and probably would've tried an “entrapment” defense, but was denied bail. Herman, who also spent time in the Virgin Islands, thought he was bringing a seven-year-old girl and her mom to the islands for a sexual encounter. But it was a police sting and he was busted at the airport in St. Croix, last October. Herman was long identified with NYC rocker WNEW-FM, 102.7, from the early 1970s through the late 1990s.....

11's Watkins To 8 - 5/28 - Jim Watkins, the longtime evening news anchor at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX in NYC who left last year, joins New Haven's Channel 8/WTNH as a weekend morning anchor.....

92.3 Gets AMPed - 5/23 - CBS's contemporary hit WNOW, 92.3 FM, drops the "Now" branding to become "92.3 AMP Radio." More at 923now.cbslocal.com.....

Fachel Frank To 11 - 5/23 - Rachel Frank joins Channel 11/WPIX as a meteorologist. She comes from Hartford's WTIC-TV. Both stations are owned by Tribune.....

Rita Cosby Joins WABC-AM - 5/20 - Rita Cosby joins NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan on the 5 PM local hour on Cumulus talker WABC-AM, 770. She's anchored on Fox News and MSNBC and was most recently on Clear Channel talker WOR, 710 AM.....

WOBM & WADB Go Talk - 5/20 - Jersey Shore simulcast WOBM, 1160 AM in Lakewood, and WADB, 1310 in Asbury Park, drop oldies for talk, using the local "Bob And Marianne In The Morning." Plus Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.....

New Slots For Bex & Bennett At WRDW - 5/16 - Bex join the morning show on Philadelphia's rhythmic contemporary WRDW, Wired 96.5. With Bennett moved to middays. More at FMQB.....

Connoisseur Gets LI's WALK - 5/16 - From Tom Taylor Now: It’s a 31-station swapfest for Qantum, Clear Channel, and Connoisseur. The three-cornered deal solves problems and meets desires all the way around – it cashes out 12-year-old Qantum, removes two stations from Clear Channel’s Aloha Station Trust after six long years, and gives Connecticut-based Jeff Warshaw at Connoisseur a real prize. That’s the Long Island combo of AC WALK-FM (97.5) and adult standards WALK (1370). Qantum's Frank Osborn calls this “an instance where cooperation among three companies results in higher value for all." Qantum swaps all 29 of its stations to Clear Channel, in exchange for Long Island’s WALK-AM/FM. Qantum immediately sells (not swaps) the WALK combo to Connoisseur. No price announced yet, but this had to involve an intense amount of dealmaking among multiple parties. Those include Jeanette Tully, who’s overseen the various Clear Channel stations held in the Aloha Station Trust since Clear Channel went private in 2008. There’s been pressure on several companies with stations in trusts to clean them up and find buyers. And in Jeff Warshaw of Connoisseur – there’s a very willing buyer for WALK. While Qantum’s Frank Osborn says the eventual deal “was in the best interests of our shareholders".....

NYT Fires Abramson - 5/15 - The New York Times abruptly replaced its executive editor, Jill Abramson, on Wednesday, ending what had been a sometimes stormy 32-month tenure by the first woman to lead the prestigious newspaper in its 163-year history. The Times said Abramson will be succeeded by her top deputy, Dean Baquet, the managing editor. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Lucy Noland To 29 - 5/13 - Lucy Noland will debut June 30 as the new primary news anchor at Fox-owned Channel 29/WTXF. She'll handle the 5 PM, 6 PM, and 10 PM newscasts. She left KNBC-TV in Los Angeles last November "to spend more time with family".....

WLTW Tops NYC Again - 5/13 - The April monthly radio ratings for NYC, courtesy of Tom Taylor Now: WCBS-FM programmer Jim Ryan is like a skipper in a close yacht race, and he can feel the spray of the #1 boat just ahead. For years, Ryan programmed AC “Lite” WLTW for Clear Channel, and now he’s at CBS Radio, guiding classic hits WCBS-FM. The gambit of hiring Scott Shannon after he was “retired” from Cumulus hot AC WPLJ looks pretty good right now. (Especially in New Jersey, as you’ll see shortly.) Here are the numbers – “Lite” did a 6.9 with age 6+ AQH share in the February Nielsen monthly. Then a 7.0 in March and now a 6.8 for April. Those all fall within the station’s normal range. But WCBS-FM has grown 5.6-6.1-6.6. That's its best topline since last June. It’s also a nice month for the #3 station, Clear Channel’s top 40 “Z100” WHTZ, 5.2-5.5-5.6. It’s just ahead of YMF-owned/Emmis-managed urban WBLS, 5.6-5.4-5.5. Nice bump for a very consistent station we haven’t mentioned in a while. That’s Clear Channel’s rhythmic AC WKTU, 4.2-4.4-4.6. Bad news for WPLJ, now with Todd Pettengill in the cockpit solo for mornings, 2.6-2.4-2.1. (Ironically, the ’PLJ cume is actually up from two months ago and flat from March, at about 2.45 million. So this is a time spent listening issue) Cumulus country “Nash” WNSH is up 1.5-1.7-1.9, and its cume cracked the one million mark.....

WBEB Tops Philly - 5/13 - The April monthly radio ratings for Philadelphia, courtesy of Tom Taylor Now: Beasley’s country WXTU is loving its strongest run in recent history, now ranking #2, with a streak of 4.9-5.7-6.1. That 6.1 share is 'WXTU's best since February 2007. On top is Jerry Lee’s AC “More FM” WBEB, 8.3-8.6-8.0. Third is CBS Radio’s classic hits WOGL, 5.9-6.3-5.9. Fourth is Greater Media’s rock WMMR, 5.8-5.5-5.6 and then sister classic rock WMGK, 4.9-5.2-5.2. With the end of Winter’s torturous weather, CBS Radio’s all-news KYW falls 8.4-6.0-4.5. Nice hop for Phillies co-flagship WIP-FM, the CBS all-sports station, 3.8-3.6-4.2. Phillies AM flagship WPHT, doing talk with Rush Limbaugh and baseball, is off 2.7-2.6-2.1. Cume leader – by a good 500,000 people – is AC “More FM” at 1,673,900.....

Dan Scanlan Dies - 5/10 - DCRTV hears that veteran newsman Dan Scanlan, 74, died Saturday morning of a heart attack. He was most recently a part-time NBC Newsradio anchor, and before that was an anchor and Senate correspondent for NBC Radio, Westwood One Radio, and Mutual Radio. He was an anchor for NYC all-newser WINS and freelanced for rival all-newser WCBS-AM and the CBS Radio Network.....

Rick Thomas To WNOW - 5/2 - Rick Thomas is the new program director for CBS's contemporary hit WNOW, 92.3 Now. He comes from Los Angeles, where he's been programming CBS's KRTH and KTWV.....

Morato Leaves 41 - 5/1 - Norma Morato is out after 13 years as news director at Univision flagship Channel 41/WXTV.....

5's John Huddy To Jerusalem - 4/29 - Reporter John Huddy leaves Fox-owned Channel 5/WNYW for Fox News Channel's Jerusalem bureau. He began at WNYW as a writer for "Good Day New York" in 2004. In 2009, he joined WNYW's sister statuion, Channel 9/WWOR. In 2009, Huddy returned to WNYW to report for "Good Day New York".....

Brian Thomas To Program WNSH - 4/29 - Brian Thomas has been named program director at Cumulus's country WNSH, 94.7 FM. He used to program CBS's classic hits WCBS-FM, 101.1.....

Philly Rags To Be Auctioned - 4/28 - A Delaware judge has ruled that Philadelphia's Inquirer and Daily News will be sold at an ascending-bid auction open only to insiders no later than May 28. The decision is a victory for Inquirer and Daily News co-owner George Norcross. More at jimromenesko.com.....

Catholic Radio Coming To NYC's 1430 - 4/28 - From Tom Taylor Now: Prayers are answered with Catholic radio’s $10.1 million purchase of NYC’s 1430 AM. This purchase of WNSW Newark by Starboard Media Foundation qualifies as one of the biggest radio deals of the last 12 months – and certainly one of the biggest AM transactions of recent years. It’s a major expansion for Chicago-based Father Francis Hoffman and his Starboard Media colleagues up around Green Bay, Wisconsin. It’s also a format change for WNSW, which will presumably switch from its current Russian-targeted talk to Starboard’s Relevant Radio Catholic talk lineup. WNSW, which runs 10,000 watts daytime and 7,000 watts at night, has been owned since the late 1990s by Arthur Liu-run Multicultural Broadcasting, which acquired then-WNJR Newark as part of a package deal with Heftel.....

Rob Morrison Cleared Of Charges - 4/25 - From NewsBlues: Rob Morrison, the former morning news anchor at Channel 2/WCBS who was arrested in February 2013 and charged with choking his wife, Ashley, during a domestic spat, withdrew his guilty plea yesterday in Stamford, Connecticut. The court then cleared him of all criminal charges, and he was given a clean slate after completing a 26-week domestic violence program. Morrison described his court appearance as "the end of this long journey." More at stamfordadvocate.com.....

Comcast Pulls NBC Affiliation From 40 - 4/18 - From broadcastingcable.com: The Philadelphia TV market will have one fewer NBC affiliate when WMGM, licensed to Wildwood, New Jersey, loses its affiliation at the end of 2014. Comcast/NBC owns WCAU in Philadelphia, which has a Jersey Shore bureau and a reporter dedicated to South Jersey. Last fall, LocusPoint Networks acquired WMGM, known as “NBC 40,” from Access1, which owns 13 radio stations. The station has been an NBC affiliate for 48 years, according to Ron Smith, former general manager. An NBC rep said WMGM’s affiliation agreement expired at the end of 2012 but the station was given a two-year extension that runs through 2014.....

Chuck Carter Joins 11 - 4/15 - NewsBlues tells us that Rich Graziano, the newly appointed general manager at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX, has hired his pal Chuck Carter as managing editor. He starts April 28. Carter worked for Graziano at Tribune's Channel 61/WTIC in Hartford.....

WLTW Tops March Radio Ratings For NYC - 4/15 - An analysis of the March radio ratings for NYC courtesy of Tom Taylor Now: “The Shannon Effect”? Too soon to tell, for New York's WCBS-FM. Scott Shannon was recently welcomed to CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM following his (and we quote) “retirement” from Cumulus-owned hot AC WPLJ after 23 years. But a closer look at the new Nielsen Audio PPMs for March reveals that mornings were essentially flat at ‘CBS-FM, and most of its gains were in middays and nights. But there does seem to be a Shannon Effect back at WPLJ, which was down across the board, and not just in the morning daypart that’s now led by Todd Pettengill. WCBS-FM has risen pretty steadily over the last six months, from 5.1 shares last November and December to a 6.1 in these March PPMs, for age 6+ AQH. While WPLJ slipped from a 2.8 share in the Holiday and January books to a 2.6 for February and now a 2.4. That's its lowest share since the Holiday book of 2012... You don’t need to call the Psychic Hotline to learn that Clear Channel’s AC “Lite” WLTW has first place locked up, going 6.5-6.9-7.0. (Though surely CBS programmer Jim Ryan would love to beat Lite, which he programmed for so many years.) #3 is CC’s top 40 “Z100” WHTZ, 4.6-5.2-5.5. YMF Media’s urban AC WBLS, managed by Emmis, slips back a bit to fourth place, 6.3-5.6-5.4. Nice month for SBS-owned Spanish tropical “Mega” WSKQ, 4.4-4.6-5.1. And a little bump for CBS Radio’s hot AC “Fresh” WWFS, 3.3-3.4-3.6. That’s versus Cumulus hot AC WPLJ, down 2.8-2.6-2.4. That’s ’PLJ’s lowest number since the Holiday book of 2012. Winter’s finally lifting, and both CBS all-newsers are down. WCBS-AM goes 4.9-5.3-4.2 and “1010 WINS” is off 4.4-4.5-3.7. In this March PPM cycle, you see the all-sports stations in a trough, post-football and pre-baseball. That’s apparent in New York, where CBS Radio’s “Fan” simulcast of WFAN-AM/FM is soft, 4.1-3.3-2.7. The Fan picked up the baseball Yankees, and next book will be telling. Disney-run rival “ESPN 98.7” WEPN-FM is steady, 1.9-1.5-1.4. The top-rated talk station is New York Public Radio’s news/talk WNYC-FM, 2.7-2.4-2.6. Cumulus talker WABC, now minus Rush Limbaugh, is steady, 2.4-2.3-2.4. Clear Channel’s talk WOR goes 1.7-1.5-1.5 – with Rush looking strong in middays. And country? The Cumulus “Nash” WNSH has defined its range (unless they put in more marketing oomph), going 1.6-1.5-1.7. The Nash cume hovers just below one million. New York’s top-cumeing station is AC “Lite” at – for real – a Nielsen-estimated 4,999,900.....

WBEB Tops March Radio Ratings For Philly - 4/15 - An analysis of the March radio ratings for Philadelphia courtesy of Tom Taylor Now: Call it “More FM,” “B101” or WBEB – Jerry Lee’s AC station rules, 8.8-8.3-8.6. (Its cume is 1,568,700, which is 400,000 more than the #2 cumer.) CBS Radio’s classic hits WOGL ranked second, 5.6-5.9-6.3, ahead of all-news sister KYW, 7.6-8.4-6.0. Fourth place goes to Beasley’s country WXTU, 5.0-4.9-5.7. That’s the biggest share for ’XTU since last May. WHYY Inc.’s non-commercial news/talk WHYY delivers its best topline since December 2012, 2.6-2.6-2.9. CBS Radio’s talk WPHT, now reunited with Rush Limbaugh, goes 2.1-2.7-2.6 and awaits the impact of the baseball Phillies.....

Dinkins Leaves WLIB - 4/9 - After two decades, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins signs off at urban talker WLIB, 1190 AM. More at nydailynews.com.....

Spanish Talk For QBU - 4/1 - WQBU, 92.7 FM in the NYC suburb of Garden City, stays Spanish, but drops music to go Spanish talk. The Univision station had been Spanish tropical since the fall 2012. It'll now air the Univision America Network. The syndicated morning team includes former WQBU personality Ricky Lopez.....

WIP Ups Eskin - 3/28 - CBS Radio names Spike Eskin program director at Philadelphia sports talker WIP, 94.1 FM/610 AM. He's been acting PD.....

Steele Joins Shannon - 3/26 - NYC radio veteran Patty Steele joins Scott Shannon on his new WCBS-FM morning show.....

5 NYC Radioers Are Top Billers - 3/26 - Five NYC stations make the BIA/Kelsey list of top ad revenue billers for 2013. Including WHTZ 3rd at $51.5 million, WCBS-AM 4th at $50.5 million, WLTW 5th at $45.5 million, WINS-AM 6th at $45 million, and WFAN 8th at $43 million.....

17's Johnson To Houston - 3/25 - Ashley Johnson, a reporter for "Eye Opener News" on Philadelphia's Channel 17/WPHL, heads to Houston as an entertainment correspondent and reporter for Fox-owned KRIV-TV.....

Winter Weather Surges NYC Newsers - 3/18 - Tom Taylor Now on the February radio ratings for NYC: A punishing winter helps the two CBS all-newsers impress, with WCBS-AM now in fourth place with age 6+ AQH share and “1010 WINS” up to seventh place. (And aren’t they 1-2 in morning drive? Very impressive.) For perspective, here’s the six-month trend for WCBS - 3.9-3.7-3.3-3.8-4.9-5.3. That matches its all-time PPM-high, set back during Hurricane Sandy, in November 2012. Sister “1010 WINS” is ahead 3.5-3.3-3.5-3.3-4.4-4.5. Up at the very top, per usual, is Clear Channel’s AC “Lite” WLTW, from a Holiday-book 11.9 to a January-book 6.5 and now a February-book 6.9. Second place is a tie between YMF Media’s urban WBLS (going to Emmis, remember), 6.1-6.3-5.6, and CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM, 4.8-5.4-5.6. Then you’ve got all-news WCBS at 5.3, closely trailed by Clear Channel CHR “Z100” WHTZ, 4.7-4.6-5.2. Clear Channel’s urban “Power 105.1,” with its now-syndicated Breakfast Club, goes 3.0-3.3-3.2, and stays ahead of Emmis’ hip-hop “Hot 97” WQHT, 2.6-2.9-2.9. The top-rated talk station remains New York Public Radio’s non-com news/talk WNYC-FM, 2.3-3.7-2.4. Cumulus-owned talk WABC, now minus Rush and Hannity, goes 2.5-2.4-2.3. Clear Channel’s talk WOR, adding Rush and Hannity, moves 1.4-1.7-1.5. (Though WOR seriously needs to fix mornings, after cutting off the Elliot Segal experiment.) In sports, you’ve got CBS Radio’s WFAN-AM/FM (3.2-4.1-3.3) hoping the Yankees will bring in the Springtime. Versus Disney-led WEPN-FM, 1.7-1.9-1.5. Share-wise, “ESPN 98.7” is tied with Cumulus-country “Nash” WNSH, 1.4-1.6-1.5 and talk WOR. Who’s the cume leader? Easy answer. It’s AC “Lite”, with a Nielsen-estimated cume of 4,754,100 New Yorkers. In this section of ratings analysis, all shares are age 6+ AQH for the total broadcast week. Nielsen’s February book ran from January 30 to February 26.....

Winter Weather Surges Philly Newser - 3/18 - Tom Taylor Now on the February radio ratings for Philadelphia: KYW (5.6-7.6-8.4) makes this another market where all-news radio shines. The CBS station enjoys its largest share in exactly a year, during another tough Delaware Valley Winter. #2, by a smidge, is Jerry Lee’s re-branded AC “More FM,” the former “B101” WBEB, 17.2-8.8-8.3. #3 is CBS classic hits WOGL, 6.0-5.6-5.9. It’s fending off Greater Media’s rock WMMR, 4.5-5.8-5.8. Sister variety hits “Ben FM” WBEN-FM rises 2.8-3.3-3.7, for its best book since November 2011. This is the highest share since May 2012 for CBS-owned talk WPHT, 1.6-2.1-2.7. AC “More FM” leads in cume at 1,553,400.....

Sheinelle Jones Leaves 29 - 3/17 - Sheinelle Jones, the "Good Day Philadelphia" morning anchor for the past nine years at Fox-owned Channel 29/WTXF in Philadelphia, is leaving at the end of the month to spend more time with family.....

Darden Leaves Hot 97 PD Post - 3/14 - Ebro Darden leaves the program director post at NYC urban contemporary Hot 97, WQHT. He'll continue working on the station's morning show as well as the March 31 debut on VH1 of the reality TV series titled "This Is Hot 97".....

Marcocci To Head 5 & 9 - 3/13 - Rita Marcocci has been named vice president and general sales manager for NYC-s Fox-owned TVers - Channel 5/WNYW and Channel 9/WWOR.She held the same position for Fox's TVers in Chicago. Before that, she was general sales manager for Fox's NYC stations.....

Changes At WZXL - 3/3 - Classic rocker WZXL in Atlantic City says goodbye to morning hosts Joe Ciappana and Scott Friedman as of March 7. They'll be replaced by crosstown WMGM morning hosts Joseph "JoJo" Borsello and Scotty Reilly.....

Piscopo To WNYW Mornings - 2/26 - Joe Piscopo lands the permanent morning gig at Salem talker WNYM, 970 AM, Hackensack. The comic and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus has been filling in there since Curtis Sliwa left for Cumulus-owned talk WABC-AM, 770 AM.....

WLIR Returns To Religion - 2/26 - Eastern Long Island's WLIR, 107.1 FM, drops its relay of NYC sports talker WEPN, ESPN 98.7, to return to religious programming.....

Martinez Leaves WRAT - 2/25 - Marty Martinez, morning co-host at Monmouth-Ocean active rocker WRAT for the past 13 years, is retiring. His last day on the air will be February 28.....

Shannon To CBS-FM - 2/25 - Scott Shannon joins CBS's classic hits WCBS-FM, 101.1, for mornings. He left Cumulus-owned hot adult contemporary WPLJ, 95.5 FM, on February 7, where he'd been for 22 years. Shannon will begin his new hosting duties on Monday, March 3rd. Current WCBS-FM morning man Dan Taylor moves to middays.....

"Todd Show" Debuts On PLJ - 2/24 - "The Todd Show" debuted this morning on Cumulus hot adult contemporary WPLJ, 95.5 FM, in NYC, marking the start of a new era following the historic 23-year run of "The Big Show" ­– with Todd Pettengill now the sole host of the 6 AM to 10 AM timeslot. More at FMQB.....

Jury Convicts Former Fox 5er - 2/21 - Former Channel 5/WNYW reporter Charles Leaf was led out of a Hackensack courtroom in handcuffs on Thursday after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at his Wyckoff home. Leaf, a 44-year-old father of two, shook his head as jurors in Superior Court in Hackensack returned from seven hours of deliberation and found him guilty of all charges, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, child endangerment, possession of child pornography, and evidence tampering. More at northjersey.com.....

Tollefson Faces Felony Charges - 2/19 - Former Philadelphia TV sportscaster Don Tollefson has turned himself in to authorities to face felony charges for allegedly scamming dozens of people out of more than $100,000 meant to go to charitable organizations. Authorities allege that Tollefson fraudulently solicited money for charities, victimizing more than 100 people. More at philly.com.....

Dave Herman Indicted - 2/19 - Dave Herman gets indicted by a federal grand jury on a count of attempting to transport a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. The retired WNEW-FM NYC rock radio personality thought he was conversing with the mother of a seven-year-old girl, but the mom was actually a federal agent. Herman was arrested last October while waiting at the airport in St. Croix. More at northjersey.com.....

Elliot Off WOR - 2/18 - DCRTV hears that Elliot Segal, who does the morning show on DC alt rocker DC101, wasn't on NYC talker WOR this morning. And, apparently, he's been removed from WOR's Facebook and Twitter pages. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel. He's been airing on the NYC AM station, which also airs righty talk titans Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, since January. Late last year, plans were announced that Elliot would be moving to NYC and still be heard on alt rocker DC101 - but he's remained at DC101's Rockville MD studios. More: Tom Taylor, via his Tuesday radio biz newsletter, tells us that WOR's morning ratings "are off, with veteran John Gambling gone, and middays are up with Limbaugh." Yet more: A listener tells us - "Elliot just announced he and the class are not moving to NYC to be on WOR. They are staying in DC. Elliot did not really elaborate... Clear Channel is OK with the decision".....

Weather Boosts NYC Newsers - 2/18 - Tom Taylor Now does the January monthly radio ratings for NYC: Old Man Winter really boosted the all-newsers – though not the talk stations – and that may also foretell a strong February for the all-newsers. CBS Radio’s all-news cousins of WCBS and “1010 WINS” both benefit from the assault of bad weather. WCBS jumps 3.3-3.8-4.9 to rank #4 with age 6+ AQH share. That’s its strongest topline since November 2012. WINS rises to a tie for sixth place, 3.5-3.3-4.4. How about the recent affiliate moves of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, from Cumulus’ talk WABC to Clear Channel’s same-format WOR? Not much visible yet in the broad total-day numbers. WABC goes from a December-book 2.9 to a holiday-book 2.5 to a January 2.4. WOR is up 1.4-1.4-1.7. One way to parse that for WOR – Mornings are off, with veteran John Gambling gone, and middays are up with Limbaugh. The Big Apple’s top-rated talk station is now non-com WNYC-FM, with a PPM-era best showing. The New York Public Radio news/talker goes 2.3-2.3-2.7. At the top of the age 6+ standings, as usual, is Clear Channel’s AC “Lite” WLTW – but its post-Christmas number is a 6.5, compared to 7.2 a year ago, and 7.1 two years ago. Here’s the latest three-book trend for LIte – 7.6 in December, 11.9 for its glorious Holiday book, and now the 6.5. That’s only 0.2 of a share ahead of YMF Media’s just-sold urban WBLS (6.8-6.1-6.3). Third place goes to CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM, 5.1-4.8-5.4. But this isn’t a book to brag about for CC’s top 40 “Z100” WHTZ, down 5.2-4.7-4.6. Big month for CBS’ all-sports “Fan” WFAN-AM/FM, 3.5-3.2-4.1. That’s a PPM-best for the Fan. (Rival “ESPN 98.7” WEPN-FM, LMA’d by Disney, is flattish, 1.9-1.7-1.9.) It’s a post-Christmas recovery month for CBS Radio’s AC “Fresh” WWFS, 3.5-2.8-3.3. For Cumulus’ country “Nash” WNSH, the trend is 1.5-1.4-1.6. Bad weather and dangerous driving conditions in the Garden State may’ve helped Townsquare’s hybrid talk/classic hits “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW, 0.8-0.8-1.1 – and maybe Governor Christie’s “Bridgegate” crisis helped, too. AC “Lite” is still the market’s #1 cume station, this time at 4,730,900. But compare that to the Holiday-book cume of over 6.5 million. Nielsen’s “January” survey was January 2 through January 29, and all the shares you see here are total-week age 6+.....

WBEB Tops Philly - 2/18 - Tom Taylor Now does the January monthly radio ratings for Philadelphia: The post-Christmas trail for Jerry Lee’s AC WBEB, now reimaged from “B101” to “More FM,” is 10.9-17.2-8.8. (A year ago, the drop was 15.9-6.8). That 8.8 is WBEB’s loftiest non-Christmas-music share since March 2010. Weather tune-in was certainly a factor for CBS Radio’s all-news KYW, 5.1-5.6-7.6. (The share is its highest since last March, and its cume topped a million.) Strong book for Greater Media’s rock WMMR, 5.6-4.5-5.8. (It reportedly beat “More FM” in 25-54 adults.) CBS Radio’s classic hits WOGL is next, 5.3-6.0-5.6. Fifth is Clear Channel’s urban AC WDAS-FM, 5.0-4.8-5.4. The sports competitors are CBS Radio’s WIP-FM (6.0-6.0-4.9, and now out of Eagles football). And Greater Media’s “Fanatic” WPEN-FM, 3.5-2.8-3.0. In talk, WHYY Inc.’s non-commercial news/talk WHYY is leading, 2.7-2.3-2.6. CBS Radio’s WPHT, which recently re-added Rush Limbaugh, goes 2.0-1.6-2.1. Philly’s top cumeing player is AC “More FM” at 1,628,500.....

Hannity To Leave NYC - 2/12 - The Washington Times reports that nationally-syndicated afternoon righty radio talker Hannity "has seemingly moved closer to making good on his threat to exit New York, in the face of insulting comments from Governor Andrew Cuomo, and he's put his home up for sale for $3.6 million".....

Emmis Buys WBLS & WLIB - 2/11 - Emmis acquires NYC's urban adult contemporary WBLS, 107.5 FM, and urban gospel sister WLIB, 1190 AM, from YMF Media for $131 million in cash. Emmis, which already owns urban contemporary WQHT, Hot 97, will nearly double the company's annual station operating income through this acquisition. More at allaccess.com.....

Erika Tarantal Leaves 4 - 2/10 - Erika Tarantal is joining Channel 5/WCVB, Hearst's ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. She leaves NBC-owned Channel 4/WNBC in NYC, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.....

FS1 Picks Up Francesa - 2/10 - Mike Francesa, whose CBS Radio sports WFAN morning show was until recently simulcast on the NYC market's YES Network, moves that TV simulcast to the national sports cable network Fox Sports 1.....

Scott Shannon Leaving PLJ - 2/7 - After many years together with Todd Pettengill hosting "Scott And Todd In The Morning" on Cumulus hot adult contemporary WPLJ, 95.5 FM, in NYC, Shannon announced on the air this morning that he is retiring from WPLJ after 22 years at the station. Pettengill will continue as the host of "The Todd Show" during the same morning drivetime slot. More at allaccess.com.....

"Jeff & Josh" Return To Q102 - 2/6 - Ratboy and Staypuff are leaving Clear Channel's contemporary hit WFLZ in Tampa to head back to like-formatted sister station WIOQ, Q102, in Philadelphia to host afternoon drive using their real names "Jeff And Josh." You may remember the duo from the early days as part of "The Mikey And Big Bob Show" on Q102. They've since spent the last seven years hosting nights in Tampa.....

News 12's Judy Martin Dies - 2/3 - Judy Martin, a veteran anchor at News 12 Long Island, died suddenly at her home Friday of "natural causes." She was 49. According to NewsBlues, police do not suspect foul play, although the official cause of death has not yet been determined. Martin last appeared on the air Thursday night. She had been scheduled to anchor the 5 p.m. Friday broadcast but didn't show up, raising concerns, the station said.....

Me-TV Lands NYC & Philly Stations - 1/28 - From tvnewscheck.com: Weigel Broadcasting’s Me-TV is getting upgraded to full-power TV stations with must-carry on cable services and satellite TV providers in New York and Philadelphia, the diginet announced January 27. The classic TV diginet is affiliating with PMCM TV's KVNV New York (Middletown Township NJ) and KJWP Philadelphia (Wilmington DE), starting in the second quarter this year and on March 1, respectively.....

WLTW Tops NYC Radio Ratings - 1/22 - Tom Taylor Now on the Holiday monthly ratings for NYC: All-Christmas helps Clear Channel’s AC “Lite” WLTW almost double the share of the #2 station. Lite rises from a 7.0 (November book age 6+ share) to 7.6 (December book, covering November 7 - December 4) and now an 11.9 (for December 5 through January 1). That’s just 0.4 away from 2010’s all-time all-holiday best. As for the rest of the field – YMF Media’s second-place urban WBLS goes 6.6-6.8-6.1, followed by CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM (5.1-5.1-4.8) and CC’s top 40 “Z100” WHTZ (5.4-5.2-4.7). The slight downtrend continues for SBS-owned Spanish tropical “La Mega” WSKQ (4.9-4.6-4.4). Same for CC’s classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ (4.5-4.3-3.9). No Yankees baseball, but CBS-owned all-news WCBS gains, 3.7-3.3-3.8. Bad book – caused by “Lite”? – for CC’s rhythmic AC WKTU, 4.5-4.5-3.6. Also a possible Christmas stumble for CBS Radio’s “Fresh” WWFS, 3.4-3.5-2.8. In the talk rodeo scene, there’s some re-building ahead. Cumulus’ WABC slips 3.0-2.9-2.5, and CC’s WOR is unchanged, 1.2-1.4-1.4. New York Public Radio’s news/talk WNYC-FM does its third straight 2.3 share. How about Cumulus’ country “Nash”? The news ain’t so great, and that could be due to all-Christmas on Lite. Going back to the October book, Nash is down 1.9-1.7-1.5-1.4. Its cume is also a tad weaker, now hanging just below one million. All-Christmas “Lite” mushroomed in cume. It went from just over 5.3 million to over 6.5 million. All shares in this section are age 6+ AQH for the total broadcast week.....

WBEB Tops Philly Radio Ratings - 1/22 - Tom Taylor Now on the Holiday monthly ratings for Philadelphia: Jerry Lee’s all-Christmas WBEB (then “B101”, now “More FM”) smashes records in this market, going 7.3-10.9-17.2. That’s the highest share of any station in the market under PPM, and if you want to go back to diaries (which you technically shouldn’t), it’s the largest share by any station since WIP-AM in 1968. Coincidentally, a piece of second place this time goes to Eagles-crazed all-sports WIP-FM. The CBS station holds at historically high PPM levels, 5.6-6.0-6.0. It’s tied with CBS classic hits WOGL, 6.6-5.3-6.0. Then comes CBS all-news KYW, 5.6-5.1-5.6. A forgettable month for the rockers – Greater Media’s classic rock WMGK’s off 5.5-5.5-4.7 and rock sister WMMR’s down 5.4-5.6-4.7. Clear Channel’s alternative “Radio 104.5” WRFF slides 4.0-3.7-3.2. In talk, there’s WHYY Inc.’s non-com news/talk WHYY, 2.3-2.7-2.3, ahead of CBS Radio’s WPHT 1.4-2.0-1.6. WPHT recently got Rush Limbaugh back from the Merlin station and re-worked its schedule. Cume leader – no shock here – is AC WBEB, at about 2.25 million. That’s about double that of #2 WOGL, at 1,180,900.....

WCBS's Carlos Silva Dies - 1/20 - Carlos Silva dies at 50, after producing and engineering New York Yankees games on CBS Radio's all-news WCBS, 880 AM, since the 2006 season. His cancer surfaced at the end of the 2012 season, but with treatment, he was able to work all of last year, and was preparing to return this year. More at cbslocal.com.....

Comcastic Skyscraper For Philly - 1/16 - Comcast has announced the construction of a new skyscraper in Philadelphia that will be home to up to 4,000 employees, including the newsrooms and studios of NBC’s WCAU and Telemundo’s WWSI, so reports TVSpy. The 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be located at 1800 Arch Street. Construction is set to begin this summer and to be completed by the end of 2017. WCAU’s relocation to the new building will be its first move in 62 years. WWSI, the Telemundo station recently acquired by NBC Universal, will also move into the building. Both stations are currently located on City Line Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.....

WSTW Tops Wilmington - 1/10 - Tom Taylor Now on the latest Wilmington radio ratings: "Delmarva CHR WSTW enjoys its best share since Spring 2007. The recent trend - Fall 2012 6.3 to Spring 2013 7.5 to Fall 2013 8.5. Then we see Beasley’s AC WJBR, dropping about a share each of the last two books, 7.8-6.5-5.8 and Delmarva’s country WXCY, Havre de Grace, 2.9-4.4-4.0. In talk formats, there’s Delmarva’s news/talk WDEL (3.8-2.3-1.5) and Clear Channel’s talk WILM, 2.6-2.2-1.4".....

Anchor Changes At 10 - 1/7 - NBC-owned Channel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia makes some news anchor changes. Keith Jones moves from mornings to evenings, anchoring the 5 PM newscast with Jacqueline London. Sports director Vai Sikahema, who also anchored the 5 PM newscast, moves to the morning shift, anchoring from 4:30 AM to 7 AM with Tracy Davidson.....

Bob Grant Dies - 1/2 - Just months after retiring from his weekend talk show at Cumulus news talker WABC-AM, 770, Bob Grant died on New Year's Eve after what’s being described as a brief illness. He was 84. Grant began his conservative talk radio career at KABC-AM in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s but rose to fame when he came to New York and began a regular talk show at WMCA in 1970. He also worked at WABC and WOR, and WWDB-FM in Philadelphia. More at talker.com.....

WABC Unveils News Lineup - 1/2 - From nytimes.com: WABC-AM, 770, which is owned by Cumulus, will introduce a new lineup today that emphasizes live and local programming, as its two most popular hosts, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, move to a rival station, Clear Channel's WOR-AM, 710. Weekday programming at WABC will include the return of Curtis Sliwa's and Ron Kuby's show, "Curtis And Kuby,: from noon to 3 PM, after an absence of more than six years, and, starting Monday, a one-hour program at 5 PM with Pat Kiernan, the NY1 television anchor. Geraldo Rivera, who joined WABC in early 2012, will turn his focus to New York news in a two-hour live show at 10 AM, as Cumulus announced in November. Michael Savage's syndicated program, which has been heard in the evenings, will now run from 3 PM to 5 PM, "Imus In The Morning," with Don Imus, will continue from 6 AM to 10 AM. More: Cumulus names Craig Schwalb as program director of WABC. He's a veteran of SiriusXM and CBS Radio/NYC.....

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