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Hannah Byrom To Depart Mornings At WCTO/WWYY

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 02:50 PM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214321/hannah-byrom-to-depart-mornings-at-wcto-wwyy/


Hannah Byrom has announced her upcoming departure from mornings at Cumulus  
Medias Cat Country 96 WCTO Easton/Allentown PA and 107.1 WWYY Belivdere NJ.

Byrom joined WCTO in October 2019. She began her career as part of Westwood  
Ones Zach Sang  The Gang and has since co-hosted mornings at Country 102.5  
WKLB Boston, CHR Live 95.5 KBFF Portland, middays at CHR 94.5 WPST Trenton,  
and weekends/fill-ins at WNSH and WPLJ New York.

Byrom indicates she will be relocating to Nashville but is unsure what the  
next step of my career will be.

Cumulus has begun seeking applicants to join incumbent host Sam Malone at  
this link.



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Alpha Media Appoints Zoe Burdine-Fly As Regional President

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 12:30 PM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214319/alpha-media-appoints-zoe-burdine-fly-as-regional-president/


Alpha Media has announced the appointment of Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional  
President overseeing thirteen markets including Amarillo, Bakersfield,  
Lincoln and Topeka.

Burdine-Fly joins Alpha from Townsquare Media where she most recently has  
been based in Lansing MI as Market President/Director of Sales. She has  
also served as General Sales Manager for Clear Channel Chicago, RVP/Market  
Manager for Townsquare Medias multiple New Jersey markets, and Director of  
Sales and then Market Manager of Townsquares Flint MI cluster.

Alpha Media (the “Company”), a leading mid-market broadcaster operating  
radio stations across 44 markets in the United States, today announced the  
appointment of Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President, effective November 1,  
2021.

Ms. Burdine-Fly joins Alpha Medias leadership team from Townsquare Media.  
In her role with Alpha Media, she will oversee the operations, talent  
management and the strategic growth of 13 Alpha Media markets, including  
Amarillo, Bakersfield, Lincoln and Topeka. Ms. Burdine-Fly will play a key  
role supporting the development of the Companys growing digital engagement  
platform. She will report to Chief Operating Officer Larry Bastida.

“I am pleased to welcome Zoe as the newest member of Alpha Medias senior  
leadership team,” said Alpha Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob  
Proffitt. “We conducted a thorough search process, and Zoe stood out as  
possessing the right leadership experience, sophisticated expertise and  
deep radio industry knowledge to guide our markets and support our  
long-term growth strategy. Zoe will help us further expand our digital  
capabilities across our nationwide platforms so we can continue to deliver  
excellent results and value in partnership with our advertiser partners. I  
look forward to all we will accomplish together.”

“Alpha Media continues to deliver incredible programming in all of its  
communities, and I am thrilled to join the Alpha Media family at a pivotal  
moment in the Companys growth,” said Ms. Burdine-Fly. “I am eager to get  
to work with Alpha Medias team as together we continue to strengthen our  
market presence, serve our advertiser partners and honor the Companys  
legacy of engaging content and relevant local programming.”

Ms. Burdine-Fly brings to Alpha Media more than 20 years of leadership  
experience and a proven track record of success in the radio industry. In  
her previous Regional Vice President role at Townsquare Media, Ms.  
Burdine-Fly oversaw market-level culture, revenue, brand development and  
business performance, helping transition the company to a digital-first  
entity. Most recently, she served as Market President at Townsquare, where  
she led audience engagement initiatives to increase revenue across numerous  
local markets. She has also held sales and operations management roles at  
iHeartMedia, Regent Communications and Citadel Broadcasting. She currently  
serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of  
Broadcasters. Ms. Burdine-Fly graduated from Olivet Nazarene University  
with a Bachelors degree in Communications and Broadcasting.


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WIFI Flips To Spanish AC Amor 92.9

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 08:30 AM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214284/wifi-flips-to-spanish-ac-amor-92-9/


Ritmo Broadcasting has launched a second Spanish language brand in New  
Jersey.

1460 WIFI Florence/92.9 W225DJ Burlington have flipped to Spanish AC Amor  
92.9. Those stations had been simulcasting Spanish Tropical Ritmo-FM with  
98.5 W253DG Trenton and 104.1 W281CL Cherry Hill. W225DJ holds a CP to  
relocate to the tower of 94.5 WPST Trenton where it will better cover that  
city and Bucks County PA.

With the flip of WIFI, W253DG/W281CLs programming is now originating on  
Beasley Medias 97.5 WPEN-HD3 Burlington.


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98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich To Enter Regional Syndication

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 07:16 AM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214300/98-5-the-sports-hubs-toucher-rich-to-enter-regional-syndication/


Beasley Media Groups 98.5 The Sports Hub WBZ-FM Boston has announced that  
its Toucher  Rich will enter regional syndication on Monday, October 25.

The show will be made available to stations in New England to create a  
daypart competitor to the regional network of stations carrying programming  
from Audacys 93.7 WEEI-FM.

No launch affiliates were announced.

  Beasley Broadcast Group announces Toucher  Rich, the Marconi Award winning  
morning show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, will officially debut in syndication  
beginning on Monday, October 25th.

The duo is the #1 ranked morning show in Boston, featuring Fred Toucher and  
Rich Shertenlieb, along with Jon Wallach. The program recently celebrated  
12 years on 98.5 The Sports Hub as the dominant program for Male and Adult  
audiences 25-54.

“Being syndicated has always been a career goal and I am very excited to  
start this new challenge,” said Toucher. Rich added, “I couldnt be more  
excited to launch Toucher  Rich into syndication. Our listeners have always  
been the most loyal in radio, and Im thrilled to introduce our show to a  
whole new audience of potential TR lifers.”

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Toucher  Richs unique brand of  
content and humor to sports fans throughout New England through this  
syndication initiative,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market  
Manager Mary Menna. “The TR Team is already a favorite with their  
passionate audience. We look forward to expanding that loyal audience  
through this new affiliation!”

For more information, please contact:  Kraig Kitchin, Sound Mind,  
818-269-7040.


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Audacy Acquires WideOrbit's Streaming Technology

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 06:32 AM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214296/audacy-acquires-wideorbit-streaming/


Audacy has announced it has acquired an exclusive, perpetual license to  
WideOrbits digital audio streaming technology and its related assets and  
operations of WO Streaming.

Audacy will rebrand the platform to AmperWave with the entire WO Streaming  
team joining the company. The backend technology will help to power the  
streaming backend of Audacys app and streaming platform.

The acquisition follows Audacy issuing $45 million in notes for completing  
a small digital acquisition for approximately $40 million.

Audacy, Inc. (NYSE: AUD) today announced the acquisition of an exclusive,  
perpetual license to WideOrbits digital audio streaming technology and the  
related assets and operations of WO Streaming. This acquisition gives  
Audacy control of its product roadmap to deliver enhanced consumer-facing  
streaming features for its 170 million monthly listeners.

“The WideOrbit digital audio tech business perfectly complements our  
organic investments to make Audacys digital platform the top choice for  
listeners, clients and partners, said David Field, Chairman, President and  
Chief Executive Officer, Audacy.”

Audacy will operate WO Streaming under the name AmperWave. The entire WO  
Streaming team, led by John Morris, SVP Streaming, has joined Audacy.

WO Streaming, now AmperWave, is a leading cloud-based distribution and  
monetization platform for live and on-demand audio streams.


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Stonecom Launches Highway 111 Country & Sports Radio 104.7

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 05:00 AM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214281/stonecom-launches-highway-111-country-sports-radio-104-7/


Stonecom has launched two new stations in its Cookeville TN cluster with  
the launch of Classic Country 96.9 Highway 111 Country WUCH Algood and  
SportsRadio 104.7 W284DR Cookeville/106.9 WKXD-HD3 Monterey.

WUCH is the former 104.7 WLIV-FM Monterey as it completed its move into  
Clarksville. The station launched in mid-September playing Country hits  
from the 80s through early 10s, but emphasizing the 1990s with core artists  
including Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait and  
Alan Jackson.

The new Sports station debuted on October 14 and will feature Fox Sports  
Radios Dan Patrick Show plus Rich Eisen from 11am to 2pm, Outkick.coms  
Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky from  
2-5pm, and the final hour of the Paul Finebaum Show from 5-6pm. Finebaums  
first two hours will continue to air on sister News Talk 94.1 1600 WUCT  
Algood/94.1 W231DG Cookeville from 3-5pm.

W284DR will also carry local high school games, University of Tennessee  
womens basketball, SEC football games, national NFL games, and mid-week  
Memphis Grizzlies basketball games.


Sports fans across the Upper Cumberland now have a place to hear the  
biggest games and a place to talk about them – Sports Radio 104.7.

The brand-new station became the eighth member of the Stonecom Family  
Thursday morning. The station is available on 104.7 FM and for those with  
HD radios at 106-9 HD3.

“We know sports fans in this area are passionate about our local teams,”  
Stonecom

President and General Manager Larry Stone. “During all the years doing  
Titans Caravan stops in Cookeville and Crossville, I saw that first-hand.  
Its Big Orange Country with a huge love of everything orange. We love our  
championship high school sports around the region and support the hard work  
of Tech athletes. Sports Radio 104.7 will serve that passion.”

The station will be the home to some of the biggest names in sports  
including the Upper Cumberlands own Jonathan Hutton. The Warren  
County-native co-hosts Outkick 360, afternoons 2-5 p.m. on Sports Radio  
104.7. Hutton has become one of Nashvilles brightest young sports  
reporters.

Hutton will join Dan Patrick and Rich Eisen on the daytime schedule. Sports  
Radio 104.7 will also present the final hour of Paul Finebaums daily show  
each weekday at 5pm. The show airs on News Talk 94.1 weekdays from 3-5 p.m.

Sports Radio 104.7 will also be the home to the biggest games in sports  
featuring the return of SEC Saturday, an all-day college football event  
each week. The station will present NFLs Sunday, Monday and Thursday night  
football as well as Sunday doubleheaders. Mid-week Memphis Grizzlies games  
will be part of the station, as well as Hoops Madness games of the week and  
the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

The station will also be the exclusive home of Spartas own Kellie Harper  
and the Lady Vols when the hoops season kicks off in weeks.

“We also look forward to launching more local high school programming and  
updates as part of UC Sports Nation,” Stone said. “This will be a real  
sports station combining the best of local, state and national coverage.”

That includes Doug Mathews Big Orange Sunday which will air each Sunday  
morning, Titans Tonight featuring the Voice of the Titans Mike Keith each  
Wednesday and Big Orange Hotline featuring the Voice of the Vols Bob  
Kesling each Tuesday.

Sports Radio 104.7 joins 96-9 Highway 111 Country as new stations launched  
in the last three weeks. Highway 111 Country features the true country  
songs of the 1990s as well as true country of the 80s, 00s, and 10s from  
Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait and Alan  
Jackson. “If it aint country, we dont play it on 96-9 Highway 111  
Country,” said a statement by the station.

Stonecom also operates 93-3 The Dawg, News Talk 94.1/AM 1600, Lite Rock  
95.9, Rock 93-7, 106-9 Kicks Country and 920/101.9 WLIV. The company also  
serves Upper Cumberland high school athletes through UCSportsNation.Com.

Sports Radio 104.7 is available on 104.7 FM, 106-9 HD 3 and at  
SportsRadio1047.Com.



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Townsquare Media Appoints Jim Kovacik As Victoria TX Director of Content

Posted: 20 Oct 2021 04:00 AM PDT
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/214288/townsquare-media-appoints-jim-kovacik-as-victoria-tx-director-of-content/


Townsquare Media has announced the appointment of Jim Kovacik as Director  
of Content for their four stations in Victoria TX.

Kovacik is best known for his 30 year run at Radio One Hip Hop 97.9 The Box  
KBXX as morning show producer and co-host under the names Jimbo and Jim  
Beazy from 1991 to 2020. Kovacik also served as Director of Public Affairs  
from 1991 to 1997 and Creative Services Director at KBXX from 1998 to 2011.

Kovacik succeeds Wes Adams following Adams move to the companys Grand  
Junction CO cluster.

Townsquare Media Victoria, TX announced today that Jim Kovacik has been  
named Director of Content of the Companys Victoria stations (Country  
KIXS-FM, Top 40 KQVT-FM, Classic Rock KLUB-FM, and Jack FM KTXN-FM).  He  
replaces Wes Adams, who was promoted to Director of Content for the  
Companys Grand Junction, CO stations.

Market President Mason Benitez said, Jim is an energetic, multi-talented,  
forward-thinking pro. I had the pleasure of working with him in Houston and  
know firsthand about the impact he can have. Im thrilled to be partnering  
with Jim to build on our success in Southeast Texas.”

Kovacik added, “I feel very lucky to be joining Townsquare Medias local  
team in Victoria. I love Townsquares focus on serving the community with  
compelling, informative radio and digital content. My goal is to merge my  
creative broadcasting experience into what I consider one of the best  
companies that represents the future of radio and digital.”

Kovacik has an impressive 30-year track record in Houston, producing four  
highly successful major market morning shows. His first day with Townsquare  
was July 21.




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