TOP STORY: CBS Radio/Entercom to Merge

The company will be called ENTERCOM.
David J. Field, President and CEO of Entercom, who will lead the combined company, said, “These two great companies, with their impressive histories, complementary assets, and premier content and brands, are a perfect strategic and cultural fit, enabling us to deliver local connection on a national scale and drive accelerated growth. We look forward to welcoming our talented new colleagues at CBS Radio, and we have the utmost respect for their significant contributions to the industry.”



ENTERCOM stations in Seattle: KISW 99.9 FM Active Rock, KKWF 100.7 FM Country, KHTP 103.7 FM Hot AC, KNDD 107.7 FM Alternative,


CBS RADIO stations in Seattle: KFNQ 1090 AM Sports, KJAQ 96.5 FM Adult Hits, KMPS 94.1 FM Country, KZOK 102.5 FM Classic Rock

The combined company is limited to operation of 5 FM stations and 3 AM stations. 2 FM stations of those listed will have to be divested.
Entercom’s footprint in the Pacific Northwest started many years ago with ownership of KTAC AM & FM Tacoma.

in other news:
….K-LOVE, Christian programming is running on 98.5 KNBQ, pending a sale by Jodesha Broadcasting subsidiary, Josh Broadcasting…

KNBQ continues stunting

98.5 KNBQ (All-Christmas music) Josh Broadcasting. -CENTRAL PARK
A division of Jodesha Broadcasting, owners of several Aberdeen stations, including KBKW. KNBQ took to the air in April 2015, stunting with all-Christmas music as North Pole Radio. Testing of KOMO FM audio on KNBQ 98.5 the last two weeks of September 2016 and a return to Christmas music in early October.

KOMO broadcasts on the [former KFMY] signal 97.7 FM. The KOMO-FM license is still held by Greg Smith and his South Sound Broadcasting. He also owns SunnyLands, and is a partner in JOSH. * If testing went well, I predict KVI will soon announce their new FM 98.5 — Possibly with a target date as early as Election Day, November 8th.

Contemporary hit radio highlights

OCTOBER 1986 — Slim “The Slim One” Nelson re- turns on-air as a weekender at KNBQ…

September 1986 — Gary Bryan takes over programming at KUBE…

from 1994, a video from Y107 Nashville – Rhett Walker, you remember him as Gary Shannon on KJR [Remember, LEVITY LIMELIGHT?] Y107

Milestones

February 1980 – KVI adopts Talk format.
March 1980 – Metromedia buys KJR for $10 million . .. Frank Colbourn leaves PD position at KPLZ / KSEL Lubbock’s PD Jeff King exits to assume similar position at KPLZ ….
April 1980 – KVI re-joins the Mutual Network
April 1980 – KYAC goes silent as unpaid employees walk off job.
May 1980 – KYAC returns to air with volunteer staff after employees walk off due to nonpayment by station owners .
June 1980 – KZOK appoints Nils Von Veil as PD. Tony Stone leaves PD duties at KYYX to become MD at KSLQ St. Louis.
July 1980 – David Jones joins KPLZ doing afternoon drive, exiting from his PD position at KQEQ Albuquerque.
September 1980 – lcabod Caine leaves KJR to join KNBQ as morning personality.
November 1980 – Scott Burns joins KJR handling the AM drive slot.

Milestones

October 1974 – Robert L Scott is the new MD at KYAC. Former music director Robert Nesbitt continues as a jock at the station.
November 1974 – KING 1090 ran the first Northwest Donut Eating Contest recently. The “eat-off” drew a crowd of 4000. Winner downed 31 donuts in 15 minutes.
June 1975 – Gary Shannon, newsman at KJR, switches to Mid-day jocking at KISW.
July 1982 – Jay Johnson named as program director at KVI, succeeding Mark Savin who retains his 9 AM to 1 PM talk shift.
August 1982 – Bob Hardwick leaves KTAC for the morning slot at KVI following KVI’s recent pickup of Drake-Chenault’s “HIT PARADE” format.
KVI welcomes Jack Spencer as morning news anchor…
September 1982 – KING 1090 changes to all-news from adult contemporary using CNN and NBC.
November 1982 – KIRO midday host Jim French celebrates 30 broadcasting years.
February 1987 – KUBE Seattle Production Director Ron Erak has been named PD at KNBQ. He replaces Ric Hansen, who remains as morning cohost along with news personality Chet Rogers. Erak was acting PD when Bob Case departed KUBE last summer to program Z 93 in Atlanta. Erak has also been an air talent at KVI and KTAC, as well as KROY Sacramento.
1989…Clay Huntington moves KLAY to 1180; sells 1480 frequency…