Last week, Cumulus Media officially closed its acquisition of WFME (94.7 FM) in New York City. The station has begun stunting a simulcast of now-sister station Hot AC WPLJ. Cumulus also started the rumor mill last week by acquiring the old WRXP call letters, used by Emmis and Merlin Media for their now-defunct Modern Rockers. 94.7 is currently using the 'RXP call letters, while still simulcasting 'PLJ. While rumors have suggested Cumulus could put Rock back on the NYC dial at 94.7, a Country station in the Big Apple has also been rumored for some time as the eventual new format on the frequency. Developing...
Brett Andrews shifts from the PD post at CHR KKRZ/Portland to the afternoon slot at CHR/Rhythmic KBWX/St. Louis. Andrews will also take on APD/MD duties at CHR sister KSLZ.
Kat Blackstone joins CHR WHBQ/Memphis for afternoons. Blackstone previously could be heard on Modern Rocker WARQ/Columbia.
Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder reports that Hubbard Radio has swapped Hot AC WTMX (101.9 The Mix) midday hostess Cara Carriveau with sister Adult Hits WILV night host Lisa Allen, with Carriveau now in nights at WILV and Allen heard middays on The Mix.
At Active Rock WJRR/Orlando, the station welcomes Jesse Kage and the Kage Kult Show for weeknights. The busy Kage also handles afternoons on sister Active Rocker WXTB/Tampa.
Adam Ralston returns to Rock WAAF/Boston as Director of Marketing, after having previously worked at the station for a decade. Ralston will oversee marketing for all Entercom-Boston stations: WEEI-AM/FM, WRKO-AM as well as WAAF.
Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx cross the pond this week and join the lineup on Kerrang! Radio in the UK. On Thursday, January 17, the station will launch "Sixx Sense Take Over," a one-hour, weekly show to air from 9-10 p.m. during Matt Stocks’ weekday program. Each Thursday, Stock will welcome Sixx and his co-host Kerri Kasem as they play the best rock music from around the world. Sixx will also highlight some of his favorite music of the week in a feature called "Sixx Picks." In addition to broadcasting on Kerrang! Radio, "Sixx Sense Take Over" can be heard via DAB, Freeview TV channel 722, or online at www.kerrangradio.co.uk.
RAB President/CEO Erica Farber has been named the keynote speaker at the RAIN Summit West on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas, as part of the NAB Show.
Nick DiPaolo, one half DirecTV's Nick & Artie Show exits to pursue other opportunities. The new Artie Lange Show will continue on in the same time slot on DirecTV's Audience Channel 239.
Elliot Kendall exits the Director/Radio & Tour Promotion gig for UMe. Ume is the catalog division of the Universal Music Group. Kendall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNOM-AM/FM Nome, AK is the fourth station in history to receive the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, recognizing a radio station's long-term commitment to community service. The award will be presented during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 9 in Las Vegas and sponsored by ASCAP. The Crystal Heritage Award honors those stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards, which recognize radio stations' year-round community service efforts.