News Bites for July 8...
...iHeartMedia Denver has dropped its “Orange & Blue 760” Denver Broncos-centric format in favor of news/talk as “Freedom 93.7.” The station originates from KDFD (760) Denver, formerly KDSP, and is simulcast on the Lakewood, CO-licensed translator K229BS at 93.7. The former “Denver Sports 760” transitioned to all Broncos all the time in July 2017.
...Westwood One-syndicated host Mark Levin received the “'FOZ Defender Award,” for his steadfast support of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. He was presented with the honor at an event hosted by the Friends of Zion Museum on Saturday, July 6. “There are a thousand people who deserve this award more than I do and I promise to continue to fight for this country (Israel) and for the United States,” Levin said in accepting the award.
...The Confer Radio Institute is underway at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. The ten-day Institute will feature over 40 broadcast professionals including Kristin Cantrell, CEO of CapCity Communications and Seven Mountains Media; Jim Loftus, COO of Seven Mountains Media; Lynn Deppen, President of Forever Media; Joe Bell, VP/Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Philadelphia; Karen Richards, VP/Sales, Cumulus Media Harrisburg; Jon Zellner, President of Programming Operations, National Programming Group, iHeartMedia NY; Shelly Easton, VP of Music Programming, Entercom Philadelphia; Brian Check, Senior VP of Programming, iHeartMedia Philadelphia; and Eric Johnson, Program Director of Beasley sports WPEN Philadelphia.
...Radio One sports “The Team 980” WTEM Washington, DC adds Fox Sports Radio programming to its weekday and weekend lineup. “The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker” (7-10am), “The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon” (10pm-12am) and “The Ben Maller Show” (2-6am) join the weekday lineup. “The Team 980” will also feature Fox Sports Radio programming on weekends, outside of play-by-play broadcasts.
...A celebration of life for John Walton, one-half of the syndicated “Walton & Johnson” morning show, will be held July 14 at Generations Hall in New Orleans. Walton passed away last week after dealing with medical issues. The popular morning show was formed in New Orleans in 1983 and was most recently based at iHeartMedia talk KPRC Houston (950).
...Beasley Media Group Detroit is the new home of the Beasley XP studio, which will serve as the official headquarters of the nationally syndicated Esports program “Checkpoint XP,” which the company purchased in October 2018. The program is seen daily on Twitch and heard weekly on 74 stations across the Sun Broadcast Group Network and via a line-up of original content Esports-focused podcasts.