News Bites for July 22...
...Norsan Media officially debuts Latin hip-hop/R&B “Fuego 105.3” WYKB Jacksonville. The company placed the format on the signal in May, shortly after announcing the pending purchase of the station from NIA Broadcasting for $1 million. “We continue to look for ways to engage with the growing Hispanic audience in the U.S., and markets have an appetite for more options on the genres of music we provide. The new station will fill a gap in the Latin urban genre in the city,” company President Natalia Sanchez said in May.
...Joe Brand is expanding his role at Nextstar talk WGN Chicago (720) to include hosting Chicago Blackhawks pre- and post-game shows as well as the weekly “Blackhawks Live” show, beginning with the 2021-22 season. Brand has been on the Blackhawks beat since 2016. He has reported for the broadcast team and co-hosted both the “Blackhawks Crazy” and “Blackhawks 720” podcasts that originate from the WGN studios. Since joining the station in 2013, Brand has been a producer, reporter, anchor and host. “Joe Brand is one of the exciting sports broadcasters in Chicago,” Sports Director Dave Eanet said in a release. “He’s been a key part of our Blackhawks broadcasts on WGN for several years, but mainly behind the scenes. Now, we’re thrilled that he can share his expertise, energy, and enthusiasm with Blackhawks fans on the air on a daily basis.”
...Mark Kaye, who hosts 12-3pm on a handful of Cox Media Group stations from news/talk WOKV-FM Jacksonville (104.5), releases an anti-cancel culture book, “The Woke Folk,” which is dedicated to his late on-air predecessor Rush Limbaugh. The book is not for sale, instead Kaye will give away copies to his listeners. “I just wanted to get this book out there,” Kaye said in a release. “Cancel culture is already destroying important parts of our society. It must be stopped. I want everyone in my audience to have this book so we can continue to spread Rush’s legacy to as many people as possible. So instead of selling it, I'm just giving them all a copy for free.”
...San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR Riverside-San Bernardino (91.9) will receive $4 million as part of the passage of additional state budget bills by the California Legislature. The funding will keep the station “open as the educational broadcast arm” of the district, the San Bernardino City News reports. This past April, in an effort to eliminate the station’s annual $1.2 million deficit, the board considered dropping NPR and PBS, a suggestion of interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres. The motion was shot down, with board members saying they didn’t want to eliminate the national partnerships and that the presentation by Torres didn’t constitute a “plan.”