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John DePetro Exits WPRO/WEAN Providence

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 09:19 AM PST

John DePetro has exited as late-morning host at Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO
Providence/99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield/Peacedale RI.

DePetro made the announcement via a posting on his website on Saturday
morning. DePetro had been off the air most of December for medical reasons,
but has also been the cause of many boycotts of the station from both
advertisers and local politicians due to comments made on the show. All
references to him have been purged from WPROs website.

DePetro has been with WPRO since 2007 when he joined the station to host
mornings. He moved to his most recent 9am-12pm slot in 2011. He has also
worked at 920 WHJJ Providence and 680 WRKO Boston in his career.

To all my WPRO radio listeners : At this time, I have decided to conclude
my entertaining weekday 9:a.m. -12pm (noon) radio show on WPRO. Thank you
to all my listeners for making 2016 my best year ever in radio, with my
coverage of the Trump campaign, my many exclusives, plus my national work
on The Savage nation and CNN. I am very grateful for the many loyal
listeners who have been entertained by my program on WPRO over the past 10
years. While at WPRO, I was very proud to win Best Talk Show by the
Associated Press in 2008 and 2014. I was honored to be voted Best Talk
Show by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly for 2014. It was also life
changing to be part of raising money for Hasbro Childrens Hospital, the
Gabrielle heart fund, Jason Foreman scholarship fund and many others. I am
eternally grateful to my Executive Producer Kool Keith, anchor Bill
Haberman, engineers Dave Farrah, Duffy Egan, all my clients, sponsors and
the people at WPRO. Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Thank you.

John DePetro

WELJ Montauk Debuts New Soft AC Format

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 09:05 AM PST

With Christmas season over, Bold Broadcastings 104.7 WELJ Montauk NY
flipped to Soft AC/Oldies at noon today.

Launching with Lionel Richies Easy and Breads Make It With You, the station
is positioning itself as Easy Refreshing. The new format gives an AC
competitor to LRS Broadcastings 102.5 WBAZ Bridgehampton.

Original Report 11/2: Bold Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of
Country 104.7 Nash Icon WELJ Montauk NY/New London CT and has flipped the
station to Christmas Music.

Keith Allen, former afternoon host at Connoisseur Medias B103 WBZO Bay
Shore, has been named Program Director for WELJ. Allen states that the
station will debut its permanent identity on December 26 at 12pm.

Bold Broadcasting acquired 104.7 WELJ from Cumulus Medias Joule
Broadcasting Trust in July for $197,000.

Dove Launches In Columbia MO

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 08:47 AM PST

After launching in early November with Christmas Music as 98.3 K-Santa,
Iris Medias 98.3 KDVC Columbia MO debuted its permanent identity at
midnight as Soft AC 98.3 The Dove.

The new format creates a head-to-head format competitor to Cumulus Medias
101.5 KPLA. It is currently running jockless and commercial-free focusing
on Lite Rock Favorites from the 70s, 80s and MORE.

Stunting Continues At 98.7 Tampa With Donald-FM

Posted: 25 Dec 2016 09:15 PM PST

With Christmas come and gone, the stunting continues on 98.7 WBRN-FM Holmes
Beach/Tampa as the station is now 98.7 Donald-FM.

Attempting to make radio great again, the station is airing money themed
songs such as Pink Floyds Money, Notorious B.I.G. Mo Money Mo Problems,
Calloway I Wanna Be Rich, and Dire Straits Money For Nothing. No word yet
on when the permanent format will debut.

Original Report 12/12: Beasley Medias 98.7 No Rules Rock WBRN-FM Holmes
Beach/Tampa has dropped the Bubba The Love Sponge show and the stations
Rock format for commercial-free Christmas music as Santa 98.7.

WBRN-FM previously used the same stunt in 2014 prior to the addition of
Bubba and relaunch of the station as Bubba 98.7 in February 2015. The
station relaunched as 98.7 No Rules Rock last December in an attempt to
gain traction. WBRN-FM ranked 21st in the Tampa market with a 1.2 share in
the November 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings.

Bubba is set to go to trial against Nielsen in May 2017 over his alleged
ratings tampering efforts.

Beasley has released the following statement in regards to the change:

December 12, 2016 – Naples, FL Beasley Media Group has decided to make a
format adjustment on WBRN-FM in Tampa, Florida.

As a result of this decision, The Bubba the Love Sponge® Show will no
longer be carried by Beasley in the Tampa, Florida market.

Beasley looks forward to continuing its relationship with Bubba and The
Bubba the Love Sponge® Show on WRXK / 96K-ROCK in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Peggy @ 99.1 Debuts In Winnipeg

Posted: 25 Dec 2016 04:58 PM PST

Corus Radio Hot AC Fresh Radio @ 99.1 CJGV Winnipeg used the end of its
Christmas Music run to flip to AC Peggy @ 99.1.

Launching at 5pm on Christmas Day, the new Peggy is branding as Feel Good
Winnipeg with a playlist evenly split between recurrents and 80s gold. The
station describes itself as Peggy is an upbeat 80s pop and current adult
contemporary station that has all the hits that Winnipeggers want to hear.
Peggys unique new format aims to reflect the positive, energetic and fun
vibe of Winnipeg while giving listeners the music they want.

The 6pm hour of Peggy @ 99.1 consisted of:

Corey Hart Sunglasses At Night

Pink Just Like Fire

Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield

Avicii Wake Me Up

Tears For Fears Shout

The Weeknd I Cant Feel My Face

Kenny Loggins Danger Zone

Hall Oates Out Of Touch

Lady Gaga Born This Way

Glass Tiger Dont Forget Me (When Im Gone)

DNCE Cake By The Ocean

INXS Need You Tonight

Rhianna SOS

Roxette Joyride

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