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Chuck Carter Upped At 11 - 8/28 - Chuck Carter has been named senior executive producer for the morning newscasts at NYC's Channel 11/WPIX. He had been morning show executive producer and managing editor.....

FUV Scales Back "Alternative Side" - 8/21 - Fordham University adult alternative 90.7 WFUV NYC is shutting down its "Alternate Side" HD subchannel/webcast/partial simulcast, according to Radio Insight. The "Alternate Side" currently airs on the city of New York’s 91.5 WNYE from 6 AM to noon weekdays and on WFUV from 10 PM to midnight weekdays in addition to a 24/7 HD3/webcast. Those will all end on Friday, August 21 as part of a lineup shuffle at WFUV that will see the "Alternate Side" staffers moved to the primary station.....

Disney Sells WWJZ - 8/13 - Disney sells Radio Disney outlet WWJZ, 640 AM, for $3.5 to Starboard Media which will flip it to a Catholic religious format. Disney originally paid $14 million for the Philadelphia market station located in New Jersey.....

Greg Argos Joins 3 - 8/7 - Greg Argos joins Channel 3/KYW as a reporter. He comes from KPHO in Phoenix. Before that he was a reporter at WCNC in Charlotte and WMBF in Myrtle Beach.....

Lauren Casey Joins 3 - 8/7 - Meteorologist Lauren Casey joins Channel 3/KYW. She has been the weekend meteorologist at the CBS-owned sister station WCCO in Minneapolis. Before that, she was the morning meteorologist at WINK in Fort Myers.....

New Lineup At Fresh - 8/4 - CBS's hot adult contemporary 102.7 Fresh FM in NYC has unveiled a new lineup, with Carson and Cane Peterson handling morning drive, while Trey and Ghia do afternoons. Karen Carson remains in middays, with Christine Richie doing evenings.....

WLTW & WOGL Top Radio Ratings Heap - 8/3 - WLTW takes the top spot in the July radio ratings for NYC. While WOGL tops Philly. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

CBS Radio Makes Management Changes In Philly - 7/24 - CBS Radio makes management changes at its Philadelphia cluster. According to Tom Taylor Now: Since Scott Herman's replacing himself as New York market chief with Philadelphia's Marc Rayfield, he needed a new Senior Vice President/Market Manager in Philly. That will be 20-year CBS'er David Yadgaroff, who once managed several of the cluster stations (KYW, WPHT, then-WYSP) before CBS went with a single market-manager structure. David’s currently the general sales manager of revenue leader all-news KYW/1060. He takes over from Rayfield on August 3.....

Kay Re-Signs With ESPN 98.7 - 7/21 - The television voice of the New York Yankees will retain his “other” job as afternoon host at 98.7 ESPN New York, WEPN-FM. Michael Kay has signed a three year contract extension with ESPN to continue hosting the show he has held since 2002. Kay and co-host Don LaGreca air weekdays from 3 PM to 7 PM and have been simulcast on cable's YES Network. So reports radioinsight.com.....

Gillette To Program PLJ - 7/15 - Rick Gillette will move from DC's contemporary hits WRQX to hot adult contemporary WPLJ, 95.5 FM, in NYC, as program director. Both stations are owned by Cumulus. He will retain his duties as corporate program director/contemporary for Cumulus. Current WPLJ Program Director John Foxx will remain with the station as assistant program director and afternoon host.....

Pat Gallen Joins 3 - 7/13 - Pat Gallen leaves his anchor, reporter, and hosting gigs at Greater Media sports talker WPEN, 97.5 The Fanatic, to join CBS's Channel 3/KYW, where he'll be sports anchor.....

WRCR To 1700 - 7/13 - Alexander Broadcasting's talk, adult contemporary, brokered WRCR in Rockland County's Spring Valley, makes the move to Ramapo, where it moves from 1300 AM to 1700 AM.....

More Newscasts For Ukee Washington At 3 - 7/13 - Ukee Washington, the longtime sports anchor-turned morning news anchor at CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW, will debut today as the station's primary news anchor at 5, 6, 10 (on CBS-owned Channel 57/WPSG, and 11 PM.....

WLTW & WBEB Top June Radio Ratings - 7/8 - WLTW tops NYC. And WBEB tops Philly. In the June monthly radio ratings More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Flyers Re-Sign With Greater Media - 7/8 - The Philadelphia Flyers have signed a new multi-year radio deal to broadcast their games on both 97.5 The Fanatic and 93.3 WMMR, which are owned by Greater Media. More at philly.com.....

Carol Erickson Leaves 3 - 7/2 - Carol Erickson, a longtime meteorologist at Channel 3/KYW, leaves. She writes on Facebook: "After being offered another contract with CBS3 today – that included another year of winter weather coverage! – I have decided instead to focus my time on what means the most to me – animal welfare. I love CBS3, where I have been since 1978, and thank them for everything".....

Green Leaves 10 - 6/22 - Johnny Green, an executive news producer at NBC-owned Chanbnel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia, joins CBS-owned Channel 4/WBZ in Boston as assistant news director.....

Nelson Doubleday Dies - 6/18 - Nelson Doubleday, the publishing heir who owned Doubleday broadcasting and the New York Mets, died June 17 of pneumonia. He was 81. Doubleday became chairman and president of Doubleday Broadcasting, which owned a batch of radio stations nationwide and in the NYC area, including the old WAPP, 103.5.....

Mendte Lands At WILM - 6/11 - Longtime New York and Philadelphia newscaster Larry Mendte has joined iHeartMedia news talker WILM, 1450 AM, in Wilmington and sister WDOV, 1410 AM, in Dover, for mornings. More at Radio Insight.....

Cannings At WFAS - 6/11 - Westchester County NY's adult contemporary WFAS-FM, 94.3, has let go of program director and morning host Mary DeSilva and afternoon host "The Hartman" and is now running Westwood One's AC format. More at Radio Insight.....

WLTW & WOGL Top May Radio Ratings - 6/9 - WLTW tops the May radio ratings for NYC. And WOGL tops Philly. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Met Opera Loses Radio Voice - 6/5 - Margaret Juntwait died of complications from ovarian cancer June 3 in Saddle River NJ. She was 58 and, for the past decade, was host of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Majoun Leaves WXPN - 5/21 - Michaela Majoun, host of the University Of Pennsylvania's alternative eclectic WXPN's morning show since 1989, will step away from the mic for the final time next month. For the past 25 years, Majoun has been at the helm of the show, championing Philadelphia culture and female musicianship with the Women's Music Hour. Her final day on the air will be June 30. More at philly.com.....

Schiller Leaves KYW - 5/18 - News Director Susan Schiller is retiring from CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW after 14 years. She's been with CBS more than 40 years and worked at Philadelphia's cross-town Channel 10/WCAU when it was a CBS station.....

Anita Marks Lands WEPN Gig - 5/15 - Former Baltimore sports radio personality Anita Marks will be doing Sunday midday hosting on NYC sports talker WEPN, ESPN New York 98.7, starting May 17. She'll also be doing fill-in work during weekdays on the ESPN-owned station, along with "SportsCenter" news updates. Most recently, Marks hosted a weekend show for NBC Sports Radio.....

WLTW & WBEB Top April Ratings - 5/12 - WLTW tops NYC. And WBEB tops Philly. More April monthly radio ratings at Tom Taylor Now.....

Johnny Donovan Retires - 5/11 - From Tom Taylor Now: Johnny Donovan quietly retires from talk WABC New York – after a superb 43-year career as jock, voice-over guy supreme and production whiz. He’s also the voice of the Rush Limbaugh show and the guy with the long memory who assembled the WABC Rewound Memorial Day music specials. Hudson Valley native Johnny Donovan came to New York in 1968 hosting overnights on then-top 40 WOR-FM (98.7). He joined legendary ABC Radio-owned top 40 WABC in 1972, and stayed after its March 10, 1982 conversion to talk. Former WABC PD John Mainelli tells this NOW Newsletter that “Johnny was our link to the powerhouse days of Musicradio 77, and I loved to show him good ratings and see him smile.” Mainelli says Johnny “got it…he knew a good segment or riff when he heard it. The promo pulls, showcase presentations and imaging he did for Rush were all evidence of this. Naturally, WABC’s announcing, commercial production and imaging were top of the line under him – always.” There’s no telling how many people in radio today got their early ideas about making radio bigger-than-life from Johnny Donovan.....

Imus Ends TV Simulcast - 5/6 - Ric Harris, the president and general manager of NBC-owned Channel 30/WVIT in Hartford, has been named president and general manager of NBC's Channel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia. He replaces Eric Lerner, who moved in April to the top job at NBC's Channel 4/WNBC in NYC.....

Imus Ends TV Simulcast - 4/28 - Long-time radio morning institution Don Imus, whose WABC-AM show has been simulcast on the Fox Business Network since 2009, said, "We go off television May 29." More from the New York Daily News.....

Waldman Named ND At 11 - 4/27 - Amy Waldman gets promoted to be news director at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX. She's been acting news director at the station since Mark Effron left last August. Waldman joined WPIX in 2007 as a news producer.....

Area Radio TV Veteran Ron Smith Dies - 4/20 - Ron Smith, a veteran broadcaster in the Mid-Atlantic region, died April 17 in Egg Harbor Township NJ. He was 75. He most recently served as general manager of WMGM-TV in Linwood NJ from 2003 to 2013. He came to WMGM in 1989 as sales manager after a brief stint as a radio sales manager in Roanoke. From 1987 to 1989, he owned and operated WCBG-AM in Chambersburg PA. Smith's advertising and broadcast management career began in the mid-1960s when he was a vice president at Adler Advertising in Washington. Smith and Warren Adler expanded the company's operations to include broadcasting, with Smith acquiring and operating Baltimore's WAYE-AM and Hagerstown's WHAG-AM/FM for the company. In January 1970, Smith launched WHAG-TV in Hagerstown. He stayed with WHAG-TV for 17 years through several ownership changes, mostly as sales manager. While at WHAG, he briefly and concurrently owned and operated WAAT-FM in Johnstown PA. Born in Baltimore, Smith began his broadcasting career as a weekend announcer at WFBR-AM while a senior at Catonsville High School. He would later work at WDMV-AM and WICO-AM on Maryland's Eastern Shore. At Baltimore's WITH-AM, his shift followed that of personality Buddy Deane who would hire him as an announcer for WJZ-TV's "The Buddy Deane Show." More at pressofatlanticcity.com.....

WLTW & WPEB Tops March Radio Ratings - 4/14 - WLTW tops NYC. And WBEB tops Philly in the March monthly radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

CBS Flips WRDW To Amp - 4/10 - From radioinsight.com: As expected CBS relaunched 96.5 WRDW-FM Philadelphia as “96.5 Amp Radio” at 5 PM on April 10. Bobby Smith has been named program director of the contemporary hit outlet. Smith most recently programmed Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX and CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WJHM in Orlando. He is also a South Jersey native who began his career in the 90’s at Modern AC “Max 95.7” WXXM.....

St. John Leaves CBS-FM - 3/30 - Pat St. John says adios to CBS classic hits WCBS-FM, 101.1, to move to San Diego. His last NYC show will be April 12.....

Vin Scelsa To Retire - 3/30 - From radioinsight.com: One of the last baton holders from the free-form era of commercial Rock radio in New York is calling it a career. Vin Scelsa will end his "Idiot’s Delight" program on WFUV, 90.7 FM, on May 2. His final show on SiriusXM's "The Loft" will air on April 30. A tribute concert, "Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert" will take place on June 8. Sclesa began his New York radio career in 1967 at WFMU with later stops at WBAI, WABC-FM, WLIR, multiple runs at WNEW, WXRK, and finally at WFUV where he has been since WNEW dropped its hot talk format in 2001.....

CBS To Flip Philly's 96.5 To Amp - 3/30 - From Tom Taylor Now: Philly is highly likely to be the next “Amp” for CBS, as the rumors grow louder, and Radio Insight reports the anonymous registration of “965Amp.com” in late February. That adds evidence to last October’s claim of “965AmpRadio.com” and “AmpRadioPhilly.com” after CBS acquired rhythmic “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM via the Beasley swap. CBS Radio’s L.A.-based programmer Kevin Weatherly has been among the sponsors of the CHR “Amp” branding inside CBS, and the first one clicked enough for CBS to greenlight the creation of more. That first experiment was the flip of L.A.’s talk KLSX (97.1) to “Amp,” using Carson Daly in mornings. The revamp of Boston’s classic hits WODS (103.3) to CHR against iHeart’s “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM is less successful – and in Philadelphia, the target would once again be an entrenched iHeart-owned CHR. Though “Q102” WIOQ doesn’t have the ratings or prominence of Boston’s “Kiss.” Will “Amp” hit Philadelphia soon? NOW hears that it’s “a done deal".....

7's Lisa Colagrossi Dies - 3/21 - Lisa Colagrossi, a reporter for the past 14 years at Channel 7/WABC, died March 20 after suffering a brain aneurysm while out on assignment. The 49-year-old mother of two was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center's neurological ICU the day before and placed on life support. She never regained consciousness. More at cnn.com.....

WLTW & WBEB Top February Radio Ratings - 3/17 - NYC's WLTW and Philly's WBEB top the February radio ratings. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

Lee McCarthy Dies - 3/12 - Lee McCarthy, a former NBC News correspondent who went on to anchor at Channel 29/WTXF, died March 8 of complications following cancer surgery. He was 71. McCarthy retired from TV in 1993 and taught broadcast journalism for 12 years at Villanova University in Philadelphia.....

3's GM Leaves - 3/10 - Jon Hitchcock, the president and general manager for the past six years at CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW and Channel 57/WPSG in Philadelphia, has been named vice president and general manager at Tribune's Channel WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV in Hartford.....

Jerry Lee's Run Ending At WBEB - 3/4 - From Tom Taylor Now: Jerry Lee’s fifty-year run at Philadelphia’s WBEB (101.1) is ending. He’ll continue to consult, but it seems inevitable there will be an ownership change. That will end a story of a top-market standalone that the Big Guys could point to as a viable rival. But the crunch is coming, and the station will be sold. This NOW Newsletter hears that a deal to sell to a group led by former Main Line Broadcasting principal Dan Savadove has cratered, and it’s not clear where things go from here for AC “More FM” WBEB. This is one of those cases where timing was critical. Jerry Lee’s 40-year partner Dave Kurtz died in November 2005, and their agreement called for Jerry to buy out the Kurtz family. Dave had majority control (literally, 50.00005%). The problem is the buyout price Lee paid in 2006 – $85,158,226. There was a cash payment of $63 million (which was financed), plus a note for $22,158,226. Not only was the price stratospherically high by today’s standards, the interest rate on the note was 10.6372%. The upshot is that Lee’s equity in WBEB is almost certainly wiped out. While he’s made millions over the years in operating profits, it’s a sad truth that a station he could’ve sold 15 or 20 years ago for (pick a number) $150 million, $200 million or more is worth far less today. Jerry’s had a hall of fame career and as he approaches his 80th birthday next year, he continues to be interested in #1, better testing of radio creative and #2, criminology. In 2008 he was knighted by the King of Sweden for his work on an international prize in the field.....

Sarah Wallace Leaves 7 - 3/2 - Sarah Wallace, a reporter at Channel 7/WABC, has quit the ABC-owned station after allegedly clashing with station management, reports the NY Daily News. She'd been with WABC-TV more than 30 years.....

WFME Moves To 1560 - 2/28 - Family Stations has restored its programming to New York City as WQEW, 1560 AM, flipped from Radio Disney to the religious Family Radio network and WFME call letters. The closing of the acquisition of the station from Radio Disney restores WFME to the NYC area radio dial for the first time since Cumulus closed on WFME, 94.7 FM, Newark, in January 2013. That signal is now country WNSH. More at radioinsight.com.....

Bob Kelly To 29 - 2/23 - In Philadelphia, Bob Kelly joins Channel 29/WTXF as a traffic personality. He comes from crosstown Channel 3/KYW.....

Drew Smith To 10 - 2/18 - Drew Smith joins Philadelphia's Channel 10/WCAU as a reporter covering South Jersey. He comes from WSPA in Spartanburg SC.....

WLTW Tops NYC Radio Ratings - 2/18 - WLTW tops the NYC radio ratings for January. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

WBEB Tops Philly Radio Ratings - 2/18 - WBEB tops the Philadelphia radio ratings for January. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

David Carr Dies - 2/13 - David Carr, who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at the New York Times and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on February 12 in Manhattan. He was 58. Carr collapsed in the Times newsroom, where he was found shortly before 9 PM. He was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. More at nytimes.com.....

Bruno Returns To WIP - 2/5 - Tony Bruno heads back to CBS's sports talk WIP, 94.1 FM, to host afternoons with Josh Innes. He left Greater Media's like formatted WPEN, 97.5 last summer.....

Hot 97 Cans Cipha Sounds - 1/28 - The NY Daily News reports that NYC's Hot 97 has fired longtime host Cipha Sounds, less than a day after he criticized management on a podcast for the way it handled his removal as interim afternoon host. Cipha Sounds, who had been with WQHT, 97.1 FM, for 17 years, began hosting the 3 PM to 7 PM slot soon after Angie Martinez jumped to rival WWPR, 105.1 FM, last summer. Hot 97 announced last week it has hired Nessa Nitty as the permanent afternoon host, while Cipha would remain in other unspecified positions. On Monday's Juan Epstein podcast, talking with Hot 97 morning cohost Peter Rosenberg, Cipha said he was blindsided by his removal and wished he had been considered for the permanent position. Early Tuesday afternoon, WQHT issued a blunt statement that said, "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT. We wish him well on his future endeavors".....

Joe Franklin Dies - 1/26 - From Tom Taylor Now: Joe Franklin influenced generations of talk hosts who grew up around New York – and many more who saw him parodied on “Saturday Night Live” and the Simpsons. Joe came onto the scene just as television was being born, becoming the first regular noontime show on then-WJZ-TV (now WABC-TV), says the New York Times. But like so many early TV personalities, he had years of behind-the-scenes and on-mic experience in radio. He chose the records for Martin Block’s seminal “Make Believe Ballroom” music show on WNEW (1130), then hosted his own show called “Vaudeville Isn’t Dead.” His eventual radio home was WOR (710), and though he never left NY-market radio and TV, he interviewed the famous and the might-be-famous for over 40 years. At one point the young Bette Midler and Barry Manilow were the musical regulars for his show, and he interviewed up-and-comers like Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli. They probably all wondered just what Franklin’s act was about. He kept his dialogue in his head, ad-libbing his way through the show without cue-cards. Joe Franklin died January 24 of prostate cancer, at a hospice in Manhattan. He was 88.....

WLTW & WBEB Top Radio Ratings - 1/21 - WLTW tops NYC. WBEB tops Philly. In the December monthly radio ratongs. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WOR Pairs Schnitt & Berman - 1/21 - NYC talker WOR, 710 AM, now owned by iHeartMedia, brings Todd Schnitt from Tampa, to pair with local NYC sports broadcaster Len Berman to do the morning show. Starting January 26.....

WSTW Tops Wilmington - 1/14 - Contemporary hit WSTW tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Wilmington. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

Sabella To 104.5's Evenings - 1/12 - Jessie Sabella moves to weekday evenings on iHeartMedia's alternative rock WRFF, Radio 104.5, in Philadelphia. She has been a weekend personality on the station since 2009.....

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