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Posted: 08 Nov 2019 11:32 AM PST

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Fresh Listen: KISQ (The Breeze) & WFEZ (Easy 93.1)

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 10:50 AM PST

After more than a year of the Soft AC boom, a few things have become
Not every new Soft AC launch is going to disrupt the market like WFEZ (Easy
93.1) Miami or KISQ (98.1 The Breeze) San Francisco.
The specter of WFEZ and KISQ, along with the increased difficulty of being
a newer/brighter Mainstream AC, has caused ripples throughout the format.
KISQ’s iHeart AC sister WLIT (Lite FM) Chicago has evolved back to the
format. Another Lite FM, WLTW New York, has worked in a handful of KISQ’s
signature songs.
WFEZ and KISQ are still doing just fine, despite concerns that the novelty
of hearing Air Supply on the radio again might wear off. In the just
released October PPM ratings, WFEZ was No. 1 overall in the market again,
7.0-7.0 6-plus. KISQ has rebounded 4.1-4.2-4.5, making it now fourth in the
The history of Soft AC has generally been launching with a mix that is just
softer and older enough to get attention, then evolvingone reader dismissed
the new stations last year as “Classic Hits with a few ballads.” (Stations
with more of a ‘60s/’70s component like WRME [Me TV FM] Chicago and the new
KOAI [The Wow Factor] Phoenix are emerging as something separate.) During
the time when KISQ tapered off, market chatter was that it was trying to
modernize too quickly.
In this Fresh Listen, both stations are now a little older than they were
when we monitored them nearly a year ago, which is to say that each appears
to have swapped out one or two relatively newer songs (1990 or later) for
older ones. Easy 93.1 was 66% ‘80s or older last year; this year it was
77%. The Breeze was 58% older last year; this year it was 70% older. Easy
93.1 played one ‘70s song in the hour we heard last year and this year. The
Breeze had one ‘70s song last year; it was the same this year, but there
was also “My Girl” from 1964.
The growth of Soft AC came at a time when CHR’s increased edginess and
waning influence were making it harder to be a “millennial (or mostly
millennial) Mainstream AC.” In general, Mainstream ACs now seem willing to
consider some titles that they would have considered too soft or too old 18
months ago. Despite this, there’s still considerable separation between the
two stations monitored here and their Mainstream AC rivals. Roughly
two-thirds of the music in the hours heard wasn’t being played across the
street. Neither station went more than two songs without a song not heard
on the competition.
As the format evolves and competitors react, it’s been interesting to
consider what constitutes a signature song for the format. The soft R&B
titles not heard since the demise of Smooth Jazz—e.g., “If Ever You’re In
My Arms Again”—are the easiest to tag, along with the Air Supply titles.
But there are softer titles—“Glory Of Love,” “She’s Like The Wind”—that
other Mainstream AC stations seem willing to consider again. There are
some, like “Against All Odds,” that Mainstream AC never considered too
unhip to play, but now seem to be moving away from.
Then, on the hour of KISQ I heard, there was Elton John. Many would
consider that “Your Song” timeless and even more top-of-mind these days
because of “Rocketman.” Maybe it isn’t of interest to some 23-year-olds,
but it doesn’t in any way feel lost or cheesy. With most Mainstream ACs
having long stopped playing the ‘70s, The Breeze now accounts for
two-thirds of its Bay Area exposure, sharing it only with San Jose’s
Classic His KBAY. For the new stations, the proudly cheesy songs are the
ones that get attention. But PDs are probably just as happy for “Your Song”
and “Against All Odds”—strong songs that just happen to not be played
Here’s KISQ just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 2. Asterisked songs are those not
heard on KOIT this week:

Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Maneater”
Temptations, “My Girl”*
Phil Collins, “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me)”*
Shania Twain, “You’re Still The One”
Madonna, “Borderline”
Elton John, “Your Song”*
Cher & Peter Cetera, “After All” (with a “you can only hear on the Breeze”
Amy Grant, “Baby Baby”*
Stevie Wonder, “I Just Called To Say I Love You”*
Blondie, “The Tide Is High”*
Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
Lionel Richie, “Hello”*
Selena, “I Could Fall In Love”

Here’s WFEZ from the same time:

Spandau Ballet, “True”
Tears For Fears, “Head Over Heels”*
Sade, “No Ordinary Love”*
Laura Branigan, “Gloria”*
Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”
Beach Boys, “Kokomo”
Quincy Jones f/James Ingram, “Just Once”*
Ace Of Base, “All That She Wants”
Bee Gees, “Too Much Heaven”*
Kool & the Gang, “Joanna”*
Whitney Houston, “One Moment In Time”*
Billy Joel, “Uptown Girl”
Steve Winwood, “The Finer Things”*

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Breezy Moves To Mornings At WPXY

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 10:49 AM PST

Entercom CHR 98 PXY 97.9 WPXY Rochester NY has promoted Brianna Breezy
Sloth to co-host

of their #TeamPXY morning show alongside Corey James.

Sloth has been filling in on the morning show since the resignation of
Whitney Young in July over a pay disparity. She began at the station in
2017 as an intern for the morning show and has served as a traffic reporter
and night host at the station.

Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two
largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., today announced Brianna “Breezy”
Sloth as morning show co-host for 98 PXY (WPXY-FM) in Rochester. Breezy
will join veteran co-host Corey James on “#TeamPXY,” weekdays from 5:30
a.m. to 10:00 a.m., effective immediately.

“Breezy has an undeniable work ethic and tenacity while delivering her
one-of-a-kind, friendly and outgoing personality on the air,” said Sue
Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Rochester. “She
has a real familiarization with our station, this market and its devoted
listeners, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.”

“Since I was 15 years old, my dream has been to be on the radio,” said
Breezy. “I’m so excited for this opportunity to be sitting alongside Corey
James, my co-host and, more importantly, my friend, living the dream every
morning. Dreams don’t work unless you do, so work hard and keep on pushing.”

Breezy joined 98 PXY as an intern for the station’s morning show in 2017.
Following her graduation from SUNY Oswego, Breezy assumed various roles for
the station, including in promotions and programming as 98 PXY’s night show
host, morning show fill-in host, and morning and evening drive traffic

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Philadelphia Magazine: New World Cafe Host Raina Douris on Following David
Dye and Why Radio Will Never Die

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 06:25 AM PST

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Station Sales Week Of 11/8

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 04:30 AM PST

Hog Radio Inc. will sell its 5 station cluster in Fayetteville AR to
Candace Dixon-Hornes Horne Broadcasting for $3,425,000. Dixon-Horne has
served as General Manager of the cluster since December 2015 after
previously spending 17 years as an account executive at Cumulus Medias
Fayetteville and Fort Smith AR clusters. The stations involved in the deal
are Country 96.7 The Coyote KCYT Fayetteville, Sports 99.5 KAKS Goshen and
1290 KUOA Siloam Springs/95.3 K237GR Johnson, Classic Hits Star 101.5
KFMD-FM Greenland and Soft AC Lite 106.5 KBVA Bella Vista.

American General Media adds to its Bakersfield cluster with the purchase of
Colt Comms Classic Country 95.7 KKCA Arvin for $262,500. AGM currently owns
six stations in the Bakersfield market: CHR Hits 93.1 KKXX, Rhythmic CHR
Hot 94.1 KISV, Regional Mexican 96.9 La Caliente KEBT, AC 101.5 KGFM,
News/Talk 1180 KERN/96.1 K241CI, and Sports ESPN 101.1 1230 KGEO/101.1

Radio Punjab Dallas LLC will acquires Brokered Asian 890 KTXV Mabank/Dallas
TX from Dallas Major Radio LLC for $225,000.

Bud Walters Cromwell Group expands into Michigan with the purchase of
News/Talk 1490 WABJ and Country Q95 95.3 WQTE Adrian MI for $450,000.
Cromwell owns 24 stations across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Mid-America Radio Group of Logansport-Peru sells News/Talk 1230 WSAL/94.9
W235CU Logansport, Classic Hits Classic Mix 102.3 WLHM Logansport and
Hoosier Country 103.7 WHZR Royal Center IN to Iron Horse Broadcasting for

Thomas Susmans Vandalia Media Partners buys Southern Gospel 990 WJEH
Gallipolis and Country 93.1 WNTO Racine OH from Sunny Broadcasting for
$250,000. The buyer owns News/Talk 1360 WMOV Ravenswood WV just across the
Ohio River.

Music Guild International acquires Classic Hits 101 The One 101.5 WEXP
Brandon/Rutland VT from Woodchuck Radio LLC for $275,000. WEXP currently
simulcasts 101.7 WCVT Stowe/Burlington. Music Guild International will take
over operations of WEXP on December 1 via Time Brokerage Agreement.

Gregory Adams Epic Communications will purchase Natchez Communications 97.7
WTYJ Fayette and Natchez Broadcastings 1240 WMIS Natchez MS for $250,000.
The two stations, under common ownership, both air a mix of Gospel and
Blues music.

Timothy Lees Sunbelt Broadcasting Corporation buys Talk/Sports 950
WHSY/105.9 W290DQ Hattiesburg MS from Gulf South Communications for
$12,000. Lee began operating WHSY via Time Brokerage Agreement in April.

George C Hudson III acquires the license of Christian 1540 WBIN Benton TN
from Pioneer Health Missions for $2500. Concurrently Michael Beverly will
purchase the studio and tower equipment of the station for $7500 with the
agreement to remove the tower and all wiring from the property.

The Estate of Jax Broadcasting sells Talk 1400 WZNG/100.9 W265EE and
Americana 1580 WLIJ/98.7 W254BW Shelbyville TN to Hopkins Farms
Broadcasting for $265,000.

The Estate of Thomas C. Abdoo sells Oldies 1480 WNKW/97.5 W248DI Neon KY to
Thomas R Abdoo and Quinn Bowling Boxs Sunshine Media Group for $1500.

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Rocking M Media Spins Half Of Salina Cluster; Ends LMA Of Trio

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 04:15 AM PST

Christopher Miller, who holds a 1/3 stake in Rocking M Media, will purchase
the half of the companys Salina KS cluster for the assumption of a
$1,755,917.55 note under the name Meridian Media LLC.

The stations in the deal are Country Y93.7 KYEZ Salina, Classic Hits FM
104.9 KSAL-FM Salina, News/Talk 1150 KSAL/106.7 K294DI Salina, and Full
Service 1560 The General KABI/95.9 K240EX Abilene.

Rocking M Media will retain CHR 92.7 The New Zoo KZUH Minneapolis and 95.5
The Rock KVOB Lindsborg. Classic Country Real Country 101.7 KDJM had been
operated via LMA from Randy Michaels Radioactive LLC but was sold to Divine
Mercy Radio in August for $340,000.

The sale document notes that Rocking Ms LMA of KDJM as well as La Mexicana
92.9 KMML Cimarron/Dodge City and Conservative Talk The Patriot 105.7 KRMR
Hays KS will end on December 2.

Chris Miller is the son of the other two Rocking M Media principals, Monte
and Doris Miller, as each hold 33% stakes in the company.

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Isabel Gonzalez To Program Cali 93.9

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:42 PM PST

Meruelo Media Spanish Rhythmic Cali 93.9 KLLI Los Angeles has tabbed Isabel
Isa Gonzales as Content/Brand Director.

Gonzalez joins Meruelo from Univision Los Angeles where she has served as
Program Director for Spanish AC 107.5 K-Love KLVE and Spanish Classic Hits
Recuerdo 98.3/103.9 KRCD/KRCV. She also co-hosted afternoons at KLVE under
the name Chabela.

Emmanuel ‘E-man’ Coquia, who has programmed KLLI since its launch this
summer, will continue to program Rhythmic CHR Power 106 KPWR.

Meruelo Media is proud to announce that veteran programmer Isabel “Isa”
González has joined the company as Content and Brand Director for Spanish
CHR station “CALI 93.9” KLLI-FM Los Ángeles. Isabel was most recently at
Univision Radio where she was Sr. Content Director and Music Specialist for
KLVE, KRCD and a group of other Spanish language stations for the past 9

“Isa is a proven winner in one of the country’s most competitive markets,”
stated Otto Padrón, Meruelo Media President and CEO. “Her talent,
leadership and exceptional cultural insights will be instrumental in
shaping the sound, image and unique brand position of the new CALI 93.9,
home of the hottest music today!”

Isabel “Isa” Gonzalez is a tested radio veteran with a long career that
expands more than 25 years. She began at 16 years old as a weather and
traffic reporter in KLVE and KNTQ in Los Angeles. Her passion for music
and special ability to build consensus led her on a programming path where
her creative direction, talent development and content strategy forged a
winning record. As such, in 2017 and 2018, Isabel was recognized as one
of America’s best program directors. Isabel has worked the full spectrum
of radio formats from talk to regional Mexican and Spanish pop. Her vision
and management style, has allowed her to guide multiple winning radio teams
through the most demanding situations and performance environments.

Born and raised in Los Angeles with strong family roots in México, Isabel
is fully bilingual and uniquely bi-cultural. “CALI 93.9 is the perfect fit
for me, because it reflects my duality” remarked Isabel, “The opportunity
to work alongside veteran Power 106 PD, Emmanuel ‘E-man’ Coquia is a
professional blessing.” continued Isabel, “The responsibility to lead the
amazing staff of the new CALI 93.9 is a privilege ¡vamos con todo!”

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Scottsbluff Pair To Go Silent As Part Of Legacy Sale; While Others Swap

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

The FCC filing gives many more details on Nebraska Rural Radio Associations
purchase of seven stations from Legacy Communications.

NRRA will pay $1.75 million for the stations with an LMA that took effect
on November 1. As first reported by Northpine, AC Sunny 99.3 KETT Mitchell
and News/Talk 1320 KOLT Scottsbluff will be withheld from the LMA and go
silent until the deal closes. Nebraska Rural Radio Association will attempt
to sell the pair, otherwise they will turn in their licenses. The stations
are exempt from the deal due to NRRA already owning Country 94.1 The Brand
KNEB-FM and Farm/Talk 960 KNEB/100.3 K262CU Scottsbluff.

The deal also triggered a series of format changes. The Classic Country
formats of 101.7 The Trail K269DO/KNEB-HD2 Scottsbluff and 690 The Legend
KOAQ Terrytown were consolidated on to 106.9 KHYY under the Trail brand
replacing Country Wild Country 106.9. The News/Talk format of 1320 KOLT
slid over to 690 KOAQ and 101.7 K269DO, with both AMs swapping call letters
as well.

Original Report 11/1: Nebraska Rural Radio Association will acquire seven
stations from Legacy Communications in western Nebraska.

NRRA, led by Tim Marshall and Craig Larson will purchase Rock 93.3 KMOR
Gering, AC Sunny 99.3 KETT Mitchell, CHR 101.3 KOZY-FM Bridgeport, Country
Wild Country 106.9 KHYY Minatare, Classic Country 690 The Legend KOAQ
Terrytown and News/Talk 1320 KOLT Scottsbluff all serving the Scottsbluff
market and Oldies 1380 KUVR Holdrege.

No terms of the deal were disclosed other than Kalil Co. serving as
broker. Legacy will retain its stations in McCook, Tri-Cities, and North
Platte NE. Nebraska Rural Radio Association owns nine stations and ten
translators across the central and western parts of the state.

This is to announce that a contract has been signed and an application is
being filed with the FCC for the transfer of radio stations KMOR-FM,
KETT-FM, KOZY-FM, KHYY- FM, KOAQ-AM, and KOLT-AM, Scottsbluff; and KUVR-AM,
Holdrege, all in Nebraska, from Legacy Communications, LLC to Nebraska
Rural Radio Association.

The Seller, Legacy Communications, LLC, is a Nebraska-based company headed
by Alan Usher.

The Buyer, Nebraska Rural Radio Association, is a Nebraska-based company
headed by Tim Marshall and Craig Larson.

KMOR-FM operates at 93.3 kHz, with 100.0 kW at 1,020’ HAAT.

KETT-FM operates at 99.3 MHz, with 0.950 kW at 817’ HAAT.

KOZY-FM operates at 101.3 MHz, with 100.0 kW at 1,112’ HAAT.

KHYY-FM operates at 106.9 MHz, with 25.0 kW at 92’ HAAT.

KOAQ-AM operates at 690 kHz, with 1.0 kW day and 0.065 kW night.

KOLT-AM operates at 1320 kHz, with 5.0 kW day and 1.0 kW night.

KUVR-AM operated at 1380 kHz, with 0.500 kW day and 0.062 kW night.

KALIL CO., INC. is the exclusive broker for this transaction.

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Bonneville Denver Tabs Melanie Miltz As Director of Marketing/Promotions

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 03:35 PM PST

Bonneville Denver has appointed Melanie Miltz as Director of Marketing and
Promotions for its four station cluster.

Miltz joins Bonneville after 21+ years at Hubbard Hot AC KS95 94.5 KSTP-FM
Minneapolis where she has held the Director Of Marketing And Promotions
title since 2010. Prior to joining KSTP-FM in 1997, she served as
Promotions Director at Country 100.3 WBOB.

She will oversee the marketing and promotions for Country 98.5 KYGO, AC
101.1 KOSI, Sports 104.3 The Fan KKFN and ESPN 1600 KEPN.

KOSI also announced it will make the move to Christmas Music at 4:45pm on
Friday, November 8.

98.5 KYGO (KYGO-FM), KOSI 101.1 (KOSI-FM), Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan
(KKFN-FM), and ESPN Denver 1600 (KEPN-AM) named Melanie Miltz as Director
of Marketing and Promotions for the Bonneville Denver cluster today.

Most recently, Miltz was Director of Marketing Promotions for KSTP-FM
(KS95 – Hot/AC) in Minneapolis/St. Paul where she successfully developed,
managed and executed all station events and marketing campaigns. For 21
years, Mel’s efforts, from strategic marketing plans to managing hundreds
of station and client events, led KS95 to a consistent #1 position in the
Twin Cities.

Prior to KS95, Mel led the promotions team at Country WBOB-FM in
Minneapolis/St. Paul.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Bonneville Denver team,” says
Mel. “Colorado has been my ‘happy place’ for many years and I look forward
to calling it home.”

“We couldn’t be happier to have Mel join Bonneville Denver and take over
the leadership of our Marketing and Promotions Department,” said Bonneville
Denver SRVP/Market Manager, Bob Call. “Mel is well-recognized and highly
respected as a Promotions and Marketing professional with a high level of
branding expertise, attention to detail and follow-through on both the
strategic and tactical elements of marketing. Mel’s wealth of experience
make her the perfect choice for Bonneville Denver.

Melanie will join Bonneville Denver in early December.

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