The wide-ranging air talent changes first reported last week by Inside Radio at Entercom’s alternative stations commenced today (Sept. 14) with the WNYL New York and KROQ Los Angeles morning shows making their debut in a handful of additional markets.
“Cane & Corey” expand from “Alt 92.3” WNYL to add “104.3 The Shark” WSFS Miami, “FM 101.9” WQMP Orlando, WLKK Buffalo (which rebrands from “Alternative Buffalo” to “Alt 107.7”) and on “HFS @ 104.9” Baltimore, which airs on WWMX-HD2 and the White Marsh, MD-licensed translator W285EJ at 104.9.
Meanwhile, KROQ’s “Stryker and Klein” can now be heard on “Alt 105” KITS San Francisco, “Alt 103.7” KVIL Dallas and “Alt 96.5” Kansas City KRBZ, which drops its previous “The Buzz” moniker.
The KRBZ afternoon show “Church Of Lazlo” is added to “Alt 107.5” KXTE Las Vegas, (formerly “X 107.5”) and KVIL Dallas. Today also marks the launch of WNYL night jock Kevan Kenney’s new national night show from 7pm-midnight across the 15 alternative stations. Overnights across all the stations will be handled by Bryce Segall, based at WNYL.
The changes coincide with widespread layoffs at Entercom’s alternative and country radio stations as part of a new programming strategy that involves expanded use of its top air talent and programmers.
In addition to the moniker changes in Kansas City, Las Vegas and Buffalo, WRXL Richmond picks up the “Alt 102.1” handle in lieu of its previous identifier, “XL 102.1.”
In other shared talent news, KROQ midday personality Nicole Alvarez will cover the daypart on “107.7 The End” KNDD Seattle, KXTE, WSFS and WQMP. Gregr, who anchors mornings at KNDD, will do the same for sister stations KNRK Portland (94.7) and “Alt 94.7” KKDO Sacramento.
Meanwhile, as Inside Radio reported Sept. 10, all of the company’s 21 country radio stations will carry national shows in middays and nights. WNSH New York’s Katie Neal is now anchoring middays across the platform. Neal was named to middays at WNSH in February 2017, after joining for weekends/swing in 2013 from Cumulus Media CHR WBNQ Bloomington, IL. A “Superstar Power Hour” is part of the midday block, featuring a different music artist as co-host for a week, starting this week with Luke Bryan. Additionally, Rob Stone and Holy Hutton, afternoon duo at WYCD Detroit (99.5), will cover nights for Entercom country stations.
Tim Roberts, VP, Country Format Captain and WYCD PD, says the stations will “continue to have a live and local presence in morning drive” and that afternoons will have either a regional host or a local talent.