News Bites for June 29...
...Red Apple Media talk WABC New York (770) will bring back music for the 4th of July from 6-9pm. The “All American Weekend” will feature “the music and the stories behind the hits with interviews from Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Tommy James, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Gary Lewis, Bobby Rydell, Larry Chance of the Earls, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Bob Miranda of the Happenings, Bob Cowsill of the Cowsills and Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension,” a website post read. The special music program will be hosted DJ Vinnie Medugno and will re-air on Sunday (July 5) from 12-3pm.
...Saga Communications adult alternative “93.9 The River” WRSI Springfield, MA presents “The Green River Festival On The Air: A Dream River Fantasy Festival” July 10-12. The annual Green River Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic. The three-day radio and digital showcase will feature performances, interviews and memories from past festivals, the Greenfield Recorder reports.
...Ryan Chase, one-half of “The Roula & Ryan Show” on Cumulus Media CHR KRBE Houston (104.1), has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Got my results,” Chase tweeted Sunday, June 28. “I have COVID-19.”
...The University of Missouri news/talk/classical KCUR-FM Kansas City (89.3) partners with the Kansas City Star “to focus on the city’s recovery from COVID-19, bringing our journalists together to present issue-based coverage across a range of topics.” The Kansas City Star reports that joint coverage will be accompanied by “The Next Normal” logo on websites and in the newspaper. Star reporters will be featured on-air at KCUR-FM, while radio station reporters will file stories for The Star.
...Loud Media flips oldies WTNQ La Follette, TN to classic country as “Q104.9.” The company begins operating the station under a local marketing agreement ahead of the expected closing of its $325,000 purchase of WTNQ and WJRV Oliver Springs, TN (106.1) from Momentum Broadcasting. WJRV flips from hot AC to rock, simulcasting WVLZ Maryville, TN (1120), which has been also airing on the Seymour-licensed translator W245DH at 97.1. All stations operate in the Knoxville market.