CBS Radio announces that it has officially closed on its deal to buy 101.9 WFAN-FM. The frequency was formerly the home of Merlin Modern Rocker WRXP. In October, Merlin announced it was selling the station to CBS, which flipped it to a simulcast of legendary Sports Talker WFAN. With this acquisition, CBS Radio owns and operates seven stations in the New York market.
Entercom-Sacramento VP/Market Manager John Geary will retire early next year. Geary has been held the position of VP/Market Manager at Entercom's Sacramento cluster since 1986. He will stay onboard until his replacement is found. "In November of 1967, I collected my first paycheck from the radio industry. It was for $32.47. To a sophomore in college, that bought a lot of pizza and beer," said Geary. "It also marked the beginning of a career path which has brought me to people, places and events that have enriched my life. Now, after 45 years, this is an appropriate time to conclude that journey. I have treasured my years with Entercom. I leave knowing this organization is in better shape than what I inherited. Our stationsí ratings are formidable, market-leading revenue rank positions are a reality and talented people, each making their individual contributions to our collective success, populate every department in the building."
Michael Yo joins the syndicated daily entertainment show, The Insider. Yo, who recently held the afternoon post at CHR WHYI/Miami, will begin his new gig on January 7 with the newly revamped and rebranded omg! Insider, in a deal with Yahoo!'s omg! entertainment news website.
Patty Campos is upped from part-time duties to afternoons at Hot AC KSII/El Paso.
"LA Lloyd" Hocutt is named PD at Rock KLBJ/Austin. Lloyd, who will start on January 7, most recently served as PD/afternoon host at Rock KISS/San Antonio. Lloyd is also the host of the syndicated LA Lloyd Rock Countdown.
Houston radio icon Paul Christy becomes a casualty in the latest round of Clear Channel downsizing. Christy had been doing Premium Choice voice tracking as well as weekend shifts on KKRW/Houston and KZEP/San Antonio. Christy can reached at email@example.com.
Country WWYZ/New Haven adds Broadway & The Electric Barnyard for mornings, starting January 2.
Gow Broadcasting, LLC, operator of Yahoo! Sports Radio in partnership with Yahoo! Sports, announced that it has surpassed 360 affiliates, thanks to its recent acquisition of The Sports Flash Radio Network, which provides sports updates to stations around the country.