Tom Joyner out at V103

In a move that is a huge blow to his nationally syndicated show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show (aka The TJMS) lost its biggest – and most important – affiliate. Clear Channel-owned WVAZ-FM (V103) has canceled Joyner’s show, effective immediately, and is replacing it with The Steve Harvey Morning Show, which airs on sister station WGCI-FM. No word yet on […]

Roland Martin heads to Tom Joyner Morning Show

Roland Martin, a former editor of The Chicago Defender and current host of a morning show on News/Talk WVON-AM has exited the old Soft Sheen building on East 87th Street (right down the street from my house.) Martin has signed a deal to become a contributor to the syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs weekday mornings on WVAZ-FM […]

Radio One bats out of L.A.

Radio One has sold its struggling Urban AC KRBV-FM to Bonneville for $138 million. The station, once known as Urban/Hip-Hop formatted The Beat (100.3, KKBT) has tumbled in the ratings over the years, flipping to a Urban AC format two years ago. With Bonneville taking over, a format change is all but certain, as Bonneville does not program urban formats. […]

Radio One comes to the rescue for Indy’s Top 40 fans

Faced with becoming another San Francisco (or Chicago before KISS-FM signed on in 2001), Indianapolis’ Top 40 fans were spared the loss of the format completely when Radio One (yes, the URBAN radio experts) bought the intellectual property, the name RadioNow, and format of WNOU and is putting it on its 100.9 frequency, kicking the smooth jazz format to the […]

Tom Joyner to stay on V103

In a very smart move, Clear Channel-owned WVAZ-FM (or V103) has renewed the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show in a multi-year deal. There was speculation that WVAZ would can the show and replace it with a local morning show. The TJMS and Radio One would have suffered a big blow if WVAZ didn’t renew the show. Chicago is the second-largest […]

B96 sold

… in Minneapolis, that is. KTTB-FM, or B96 in Minneapolis was sold by Radio One to Northern Lights Broadcasting for $28 million. Like our B96 (WBBM-FM) here in Chicago, Minneapolis-St.Paul’s B96 is an rhythmic/CHR outlet, but it is the only station in the market (or the state for that matter) to have a hip-hop/urban music format. Radio One, which targets […]