Infinity Announces Howard Stern Replacement Strategy
October 25, 2005

Putting the rumor mill to rest, Infinity Broadcasting has launched "Free FM" and made clear its plans for replacing Howard Stern. Here's how it breaks down:

"Free FM," which Infinity is calling "a bold new FM format," will take root in four of the top five and seven of the top 10 U.S. radio markets.  Infinity currently broadcasts Stern’s program on 27 of its stations across the country and a complete list of his replacements can be found here.  His last live broadcast will be on Friday, December 16.

It is now official that David Lee Roth and Adam Carolla have been named as morning drive hosts on WXRK (K-Rock)/New York and KLSX/Los Angeles, respectively, beginning on Tuesday, January 3, 2006.  Additional markets to broadcast Roth include KLLI/Dallas, WYSP/Philadelphia, WBCN/Boston, WRKZ/Pittsburgh, WNCX/Cleveland and WPBZ/West Palm Beach.  Carolla will be heard on KIFR/San Francisco, KPLN/San Diego, KZON/Phoenix, KUFO/Portland and KXTE/Las Vegas.

Jimmy Kimmel will serve as creative consultant for The Adam Carolla Show, as well as advisor for Infinity.  He will assist in the development of new talent and show ideas, along with making guest appearances on the program.

“Infinity’s Free FM stations will feature an eclectic mix of personalities, whose distinct creativity, perspective, sense of humor, intellect and unpredictability do not fall under the guiding principals of any particular narrowcast theme or ideology,” said Infinity chairman/CEO Joel Hollander. “An entertaining hybrid of provocative, political, pop culture, news, music and lifestyle formats, our next generation of FM stations will be personified by their conviction, passion, originality, fearlessness and innovation which is not heard anywhere else on the radio.”

KIFR, WYSP and KPLN will convert to Free FM programming as of today. WXRK, the flagship station for the David Lee Roth Show, will debut Free FM on the station in conjunction with Roth’s premiere in January 2006. Current Infinity stations in Los Angeles (KLSX), Chicago (WCKG), Dallas (KLLI), Washington, D.C. (WJFK), Detroit (WKRK) and Baltimore (WHFS) have all been rebranded Free FM as of today.

Penn Jillette, one-half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller, has also been named as host of a unique one-hour live radio program that will be featured on WXRK, WCKG, KIFR, WJFK, WKRK, KPLN, WHFS and KSFN beginning in January 2006.

“When we set out to find a replacement for Howard Stern we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry," added Hollander. "With Roth, we’ve found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver for his legion of fans.  Adam’s depth of entertainment experience is unmatched in radio.  And Jimmy has a proven track record of creating winning shows for both radio and television.  Couple that with an impressive roster of emerging talent and formats and we have all the necessary elements for Infinity to continue as the major player in morning drive.”

A variety of morning drive programming options have been developed for the remaining Stern stations.

Rover, currently heard on Infinity’s WXTM/Cleveland and WAZU/Columbus, adds WCKG/Chicago, WKRK/Detroit, WAQZ/Cincinnati, WMFS/Memphis and WZNE/Rochester to his roster of stations.  WCKG will serve as the flagship station for Rover’s Morning Glory. WJFK/Washington, D.C.'s The Junkies will expand their lineup to include WHFS. 

KITS/San Francisco will launch the Morning Music Co-Op, an entertainment-based program featuring alternative music with unprecedented listener involvement/interaction and minimal commercial interruption.  The station’s on-air programming attributes will include music-oriented town halls, sponsorship of “locals-only” concerts, monthly music and movie listener correspondents, frequent auditions for permanent positions on the show, listener advisory reports, and Q&A sessions with station executives.




 
Breaking News
Darrin Arriens Appointed PD At KSKS/Fresno
Westwood One Names Jack Foley Vice President, Business Development
Raphael Takes Over Evenings On Q102/Philadelphia
iHeartMedia, Live Nation To Present the iHeartRadio "On The Rise" Tour
Radionomy Unveils New Interface For RadioManager
In Brief - October 1, 2014
September 30, 2014
iHeartMedia Atlanta Names New Market President and Vice President of Sales
iHeartMedia Myrtle Beach Names Zac Davis Operations Manager
Tim Maranville Joins Cross Platform Media Group As Chief Content Officer
Study: New Brain Research Demonstrates High Effectiveness Of Radio Advertising
Survey: Justin Timberlake Is Music’s Best Male Role Model
In Brief - September 30, 2014
September 29, 2014
Jon Pinch Delays Retirement, Named Market Manager At Cumulus-Atlanta
iHeartMedia Names Earl Jones SVP, Urban Operations
Report: Few 13-20’s Name FM As #1 Music Source
New Study: Radio An Effective Way To Influence Swing Voters
In Brief - September 29, 2014
September 26, 2014
eQB NOW
The Week In Review: 9/22-9/26
Cox Media Group Names Pete Spriggs News/Talk/Sports Radio Format Leader, Drew Anderssen Format Coordinator
Mann Gets HOT From HITS In Bakersfield
ErrorFM.com Announces Launch Date, Features
In Brief - September 26, 2014
September 25, 2014
iHeartRadio Music Festival Generates 5 Billion Social Impressions
In Brief - September 25, 2014
September 24, 2014
Music News
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Land #1 Album
Quick Hits: U2, Eddie Vedder, Alt-J
Lorde Drops "Yellow Flicker Beat"
Quick Hits: Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams, Mary Lambert, Alex & Sierra
Taylor Swift, Metallica & More Headlining 2015 Rock In Rio USA
Quick Hits: Britney Spears, Prince, Birdman, Black Sabbath, Rancid
Thom Yorke Releases Surprise Solo Album Via BitTorrent
The Week In Review: 9/22-9/26
Quick Hits: R.E.M., AC/DC, U2
Metallica Has Goodies In Store This Holiday Season
Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose, Brandi Carlile, Neil Young, Bob Seger
Streisand, Chris Brown Top SoundScan Sales Chart
Nickelback Moving To No Fixed Address In November
Quick Hits: AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Weezer, Outkast, The Who
T.I. Gets Paperwork In Order
FMQB NOW

Celebrating
The History Of
WFLZ/Tampa

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!