At CHR WKRZ/Wilkes-Barre, longtime morning co-host Sue Barre (of the Rocky & Sue Show) is exiting to put the focus on her real estate career. Mike "O.D." O'Donnell, Director of Operations for Music Stations for Entercom-Wilkes-Barre tells FMQB, "Sue has been an a massive powerful brand for us collectively for 22 years. It's an amazing accomplishment that only a few can even dream of. Her other half, Rocky will continue with Lissa as a duo on KRZ, but Sue will be popping in from time to time and maybe even cover when Rocky or Lissa hit vacation. Sue's last day is Friday and there will be a party in studio as we say goodbye. She will be missed!"
Davis Media and Triple M Broadcasting have formed Hometown Columbia, LLC, run by owner-operator Kirk Litton, and will launch a new Triple A station, WWN/Columbia this Friday, June 29. Joining Davis Media’s The Tide – WTYD/Williamsburg – and The Penguin – WUIN/Wilmington, NC – the new station will be known as 92.1 The Palm. WCOO/Charleston PD Mike Allen will move to Columbia to head up the morning team, as well as take the role of MD and Ops Manager for the Palm.
Bill Fox joins AC WYJB/Albany for The B95.5 Breakfast Club with Bill & Laura.
Ken Carson is named OM for Saga's Asheville station cluster.
Cleveland radio industry vet Tom Wilson plans to launch a new low-power Rock station in the market later this summer on WLFM-LP 87.7. In an interview with Crain's Cleveland Business, Wilson says the station will have a Rock/Entertainment-Talk format and will debut in late July. You can read the feature on Wilson here.
Guaranty Broadcasting's four station Baton Rouge cluster joins iHeartRadio. Classic Rock WDGL, Country WTGE, Classic Country KYPY and News/Talk WBRP will all be available on Clear Channel's popular digital app.
Sports WFAN-AM/New York continues to announce special programming to celebrate its 25th anniversary. MikeFrancesa will host a number of both in-studio and call-in guests on his anniversary program this Friday, June 29 from 1-7 pm. 'FAN's official anniversary takes place this Sunday, July 1.
Live Nation Entertainment announces the acquisition of electronic music concert promoter and festival operator HARD Events. Founder Gary Richards will continue to run HARD Events and will report to James Barton, President of Live Nation Electronic Music. "Live Nation is committed to empowering the electronic dance space with resources and a network of some of the best talent in the industry. Hard Events joins a portfolio of electronic dance music and festival promoters and creators including Cream Holdings. We welcome Gary Richards and his team, and look forward to helping him continue to expand the reach of this dynamic genre for fans and artists alike," said Michael Rapino, President/CEO of Live Nation.
Apple's iTunes Music Store launches in a dozen new countries, all in Southeast Asia. The new iTunes markets are: Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Remi Racine is appointed Chairperson of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors. Racine, a board member since 2007, will serve a five-year term as Chairperson.
United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) has signed an agreement to sell national network commercial time for Foster Kent NY, a leading provider of music production services. Foster Kent and their representatives will handle the creation, affiliate marketing and delivery of the company’s various services while USRN will market the company’s commercial time to national advertisers.