CBS Radio announces it will flip Hot AC WSJT (Play 98.7)/Tampa to Sports, as "Sportsradio 98.7 The Fan," a simulcast of WQYK-AM (1010 Sports). The flip will happen some time in August. Mike Pepper will serve as PD. "Never before has there been a station for Tampa Bay’s passionate sports fans with such reach and ties to the community as Sportsradio 98.7 The Fan," said Ben Hill, SVP/Market Manager, CBS Radio-Tampa Bay. "Locally based on-air personalities, and a programming team with years of experience in Tampa will help shape the station as a place listeners can trust for the most honest, engaging and interactive sports talk." With the impending flip, the following Play 98.7 staffers will exit: PD Jay Styles (email@example.com); That Guy Kramer Morning Show team of Kramer, Holly & Miguel (contact Norman Schrutt: 404.551.3231 or firstname.lastname@example.org), on-air talent Dana (email@example.com); afternoon driver Chad Pitt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marketing Director Amanda Allwood (email@example.com).
Non-comm Triple A WUMB/Boston has appointed Jay Moberg MD. Moberg has been with WUMB for four years, established beneficial relationships within the music industry. In his new role, Moberg will manage all areas of the music department.
WPGC/Washington, D.C. announces that Blaine “Pablo” Sato will become the new weekday morning show co-host. Pablo most recently worked in San Diego at Jammin’ Z90 as the afternoon drive host. He joins Free, Guy Lambert and DJ Heat on Thursday, July 5th. WPGC Program Director Jason Kidd says, “In one of the most diverse markets in the nation, we sought a host who could entertain this melting pot that is DC. Pablo is a great radio host. He and Free will put on a stand out show every morning in the highly competitive DC radio landscape. I can’t wait for him to start!”
Morning show hosts Dan Arthur and Michelle Riell mutually agree to part ways at Hot AC KSRZ (Star 104.5)/Omaha. Journal Broadcasting Director of Operations, Mark Todd says, "Dan and Michele have a strong desire to move closer to family and we respect that desire. They have been a great addition to the Journal/Omaha staff and will be missed. The timeline allows each of us to make plans for the future as well as make a smooth transition. We are searching for our next great morning show on Star while Dan and Michelle turn their eyes towards opportunities out West."
SiriusXM and AT&T have filed a joint proposal to the FCC, proposing a solution to spectrum interference issues between bandwidth used by both companies. According to CNet, there have been concerns over AT&T's unused WCS spectrum, which is in the 2.3 GHz band and the satcaster. As part of the proposal, AT&T agrees to give up about 10MHz of this Wireless Communication Services or WCS spectrum as a "guard band" to prevent interference with SiriusXM's satellite transmission.
The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have announced the panelists for a 2012 Radio Show event titled "Leadership Breakfast: Preserving Radio's Value in a Changing World," presented by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. The event will be held Thursday, September 20, 7:30-9:15 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. The Leadership Breakfast will revolve around a panel discussion with Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus Media; Jeff Smulyan, chairman of the board of Emmis Communications Corporation; Joe Schwartz, President/CEO of Cherry Creek Radio; and José Valle, president of Univision Radio. Marci Ryvicker, a managing director with Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, will provide opening remarks. The panel will be moderated by Lew Paper, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.