Alternative News

  • December 6th, 2023

    Red Hot Chili Peppers announce a band member injury will prevent the band from touring for at least 6 weeks. The band was scheduled to headline Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles “Almost Acoustic Christmas” on Saturday, December 9th at the Kia Forum.

    The band posted the following message on social media late Tuesday (12/5): It is with deep regret that we will not be able to perform this weekend at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas. A band member was injured, preventing us from being able to perform for at least 6 weeks. However, RHCP and The World Famous KROQ are excited to make it up to you on March 2nd 2024 at The Forum.​ So, have a great time this weekend and hang on to your ticket.

    KROQ is telling listeners to keep KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas ticket for entry into the special Red Hot Chili Peppers make-up show.

    Meanwhile, the 32nd KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas will feature The Offspring, Garbage, Portugal. The Man, Bleachers, Cannons, Lovejoy, Bakar and The Beaches. 

  • December 5th, 2023

    iHeartMedia Alternative KTCL (CHANNEL 93.3)/Denver will celebrate 303 Day on March 3rd, 2024 with 3OH!3, Matt & Kim, lovelytheband and special guests N3PTUNE + RSTY at Mission Ballroom.

    Tickets go on sale starting at $30.03 on Friday, December 8th at 10a (MT) at

  • December 5th, 2023

    Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles has a part-time on-air job opening. Are you a music enthusiast with a deep understanding of Los Angeles and Orange County? If you’ve got a finger on the pulse of the local scene and a passion for KROQ music, Kevin Weatherly and Miles Anzaldo want to hear from you. Make sure to include your resume, a demo reel, and a brief cover letter explaining why you’re the perfect fit to and

    Apply for the job opening on Audacy’s job portal HERE

  • December 5th, 2023

    Goldenvoice has announced the Cruel World Fest 2024 lineup featuring Duran Duran, Interpol, Blondie, Simple Minds, Placebo, Soft Cell, Adam Ant, and more set for on Saturday, May 11th at Brookside at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

    On sale begins this Friday, December 8th. Find more info at

  • December 4th, 2023

    Audacy’s Riptide Music Festival returned this past Saturday, December 2rd and December 3rd on Fort Lauderdale Beach headlined by The Black Keys and Jelly Roll. The two-day event also featured Bleachers, Young the Giant, Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Lovejoy, Cannons, Silversun Pickups, AWOLNATION, lovelytheband, MisterWives, Beach Weather, Barns Courtney, Weathers, The Moss, little image, The Beaches, Jack Kays, Girlfriend Material, Alex Di Leo and KC Chopz. 

    “Riptide Music Festival’s highly anticipated return was met with unmatched energy from locals and tourists alike,” said Claudia Menegus, Regional President, Audacy. “The weekend was a shining success in more ways than we could’ve imagined. It was incredible to see this end-of-year party, powered by our amazing audience and partners, finally reunite back on the sand.” 

    “Audacy was the station that championed ‘Son of a Sinner.’ They went first; the rest of the country was lagging behind. No one knew and it was really hard,” said Jelly Roll. “It’s funny looking back where we are today. We were taking ‘Son of a Sinner,’ to Country radio, we were met with a lot of resistance, and Audacy gave us zero…and I think that’s how I ended up at Riptide. And it’s even cooler that this got to happen on my birthday, my third No. 1 in Country radio, and I’m doing the show with the company that got me to Country radio first. Something poetic about that.” 

    Audacy’s Michael Martin, Chad Fitzsimmons, Justin Cole, Dina B, and TC with Jelly Roll (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Audacy’s Riptide Music Festival)

    The view from the stage at Audacy’s Riptide Music Festival.

    (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for Audacy’s Riptide Music Festival)

  • December 1st, 2023

    BackyardMedia/Bend, OR and all four stations, which include Alternative KRXF (92/9FM)/Bend, OR had a ransomeware attack and lost all the music, commercials, and production.

    KRXF PD Kris Metzdorf said, “We will rebuild from the ground up. I am beyond devastated. 92/9’s library was massive and the thought of rebuilding is so daunting.”

    Backyard Media GM Andy Hilmes issued the following statement on Facebook: “You may have noticed a slight difference in the sound of our radio station the last couple of days. That’s because foreign cyber terrorists took all of your favorite songs hostage and are demanding large sums of bitcoin to get it back. On top of that, they infected all of our programming computers that make your favorite station zing. Things like promotions, contests, and commercials – the way we pay our people – has all been frozen.  We’re a local independent company…always have been… and we’re not paying them one single penny! 

    “Instead, we’ll be rebuilding this station from the ground up. So for the next several weeks we may sound a little different than you’ve come to expect. We’ve already got your favorite music back up and running.  We’re gonna be bragging about our awesome advertisers who are supporting us during this challenge. And you keep rocking! You all mean the most to us and you’re the reason we do it. Call, email, or hit us on social with your messages.  Thanks so much for your support.”

  • December 1st, 2023

    Cumulus Media/Syracuse VP/Market Manager Beth Coughlin has been promoted to Regional VP of Buffalo, Erie and Syracuse. Coughlin adds responsibilities for Cumulus Media’s five stations in Buffalo, which includes Alternative WEDG (103.3 The Edge) and five stations in Erie, PA. The Syracuse 4-station cluster includes Alternative WAQX (95X)/Syracuse.

    Bob Walker, President, Operations, Cumulus Media, said, “We are pleased to expand Beth’s responsibilities over these three key markets for Cumulus. Her deep experience and effectiveness as a leader make her a natural choice for this enhanced role.” 

    “I am delighted to be working with the Cumulus teams in Buffalo and Erie,” said Coughlin. “We will continue to serve advertisers and community partners with the strength of heritage stations, leveraging our powerful marketing platforms of audio and digital. I am proud to join these talented teams!” 

  • November 30th, 2023

    The sold-out 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO with Paramore, The 1975, The Black Keys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, BUSH, Sum 41, Yellowcard, lovelytheband, and The Last Dinner Party on Saturday, January 13th will air live exclusively for Veeps All Access subscribers at 7p (PT) from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. This is the second year in a row that Veeps and iHeartMedia have partnered to offer live video streaming and an interactive digital concert extending access to the performances beyond the fans who are able to attend in person.

    “This year’s ALTer EGO livestream saw an average watch time of more than 1.5 hours across the tens of thousands of fans that tuned in which blew our minds, yet was also somewhat unsurprising given how devoted alt rock fans are, so we knew we had to do it again for them,” said Kyle Heller, co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Veeps.

    iHeartMedia President Of Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes said, “Our ALTer EGO is now the only live music event where fans can see a gathering of the most iconic names in alternative rock on one stage on one night. Partnering with Veeps again this year will help us to share this incredible lineup to alternative music fans across the country.”

    The event will be hosted by The Woody Show and broadcast on iHeartRadio Alternative and Rock stations across the country, and on the iHeartRadio app.

  • November 29th, 2023

    The Shaky Knees Music Festival 2024 lineup has been announced for May 3-5 at Central Park in Atlanta. 

    Friday 5/3 includes Noah Kahan, Arcade Fire, Young The Giant, Interpol, The Revivalists, Yves Tumor, Metric, All Them Witches, Switchfoot, and Del Water Gap.

    Saturday 5/4 includes Weezer, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Offspring, girl in red, Miike Snow, Royal Blood, and Sunny Day Real Estate.  

    Sunday 5/5 includes Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Portugal. The Man, Men I Trust, Dinosaur Jr, Waxahatchee, Matt And Kim, and The Struts.

    Pre-sale for the 3-day festival begins Thursday, November 30th. Find ticket info and the complete Shaky Knees lineup HERE.

  • November 20th, 2023

    Gold’n Retriever Entertainment has expanded into the independent label scene via a distribution agreement with Vydia Distribution. The company first launched in January 2021 by veteran label executive Joe Riccitelli, following a successful 25-year run as head of promotion at several labels, rising to co-President & GM of RCA Records. Gold’n Retriever is now a multi-faceted music company involved in marketing and consultancy for several artists and labels.

    Riccitelli remarked, “After a blessed career on the major label side. It has been a joyous transition for me to work with independent artists and help independent labels launch their own respective musical paths.”

    Gold’n Retriever’s latest project 19-year-old singer-songwriter Jake Thistle with his debut EP, The Half Left Out, which was released last Friday (11/17). In addition to Jake Thistle, J DURAN and Mother Hubbard are new to the roster.

  • November 17th, 2023

    Cumulus Alternative WNNX (99X)/Atlanta welcomes back Jill Nelson to host nights, Monday-Friday from 7p-midnight, beginning Monday, November 27th. She will also anchor weekends on 99X. The Atlanta native was part of the original 99X from 1992-2008. Her new music show “Planet Jill” will return in December from 8-9p.

    99X PD Steve Craig said, “The final member of the 99X Original Cast has returned! Jill has deep roots in Atlanta and was with us from the very beginning in 1992! Her incredible knowledge of music and ties to our local band community will be, as it was then, a valuable asset to the team.”

    Jill added, “I’m thrilled to be back with my 99X Family… How many times in life do we get to go back to an amazing time in our lives and be with the same people?  Spoiler Alert: Never! But I’m getting that opportunity and could not be more grateful.”

    For the past 12 years, Jill has been owner/voiceover talent of Nocnalem Creative and the last four years has been a podcast producer for Creative Loafing.

  • November 13th, 2023

    Hopeless Records has announced a year’s worth of special initiatives to pay tribute to the label’s history. The Los Angeles Valley-based label’s celebration will kick off with an invite only event at Valley Relics Museum on December 8th, where an exhibit showcasing memorabilia, artwork, and milestones from the past 30 years of label history, as well as artists past and present, will be unveiled for the first time. The exhibit will be open to the public the following day, December 9th and will subsequently travel nationwide with stops at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and The Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas.

    Throughout 2024 the label will release a photobook and documentary chronicling 30 years of history, along with limited anniversary vinyl re-releases and a compilation album of their current artist roster covering Hopeless Records classics. 

    “Celebrating 30 years is a celebration of all those who have believed in us, put their trust in us, and  have made it possible for us to  survive and thrive,” says Louis Posen, founder of Hopeless Records. “It started with my mom, step dad and  brother  believing  that a kid going blind could take $1000 and turn it into something. Then it was all the artists, starting with Guttermouth and Fat Mike, that put trust in us with their music and knowledge. Then it was all the partners who wanted to work with us and help us bring great music to fans. Finally it was our Hopeless  staff who believed  in the vision and put their heart and soul into making a positive impact for our artists and our team. Thank you for an amazing first 30 years! We can’t wait to continue learning, growing and getting better in our next 30!”

    GM Ian Harrison added, “Our team and artists work together to create new history every day and that has added up to 30 years worth of interesting and rare artifacts. In creating this exhibit, we dug through our archives and worked with our artists to build a unique behind the scenes look at the first 30 years of Hopeless.”

    CFO Alan Person shares, “A story of really good luck. Attending CSU Northridge to complete my BA in Music Industry in 1996, I found a random ad for a room for rent in a house close to campus. I had no idea it was the house Louis, Hopeless’ President lived in. As I was completing my degree in 1998 it only made sense that I take my new knowledge to join the team at Hopeless. 25 years later and I still feel lucky to be a part of this company.”

    “Everything we do at Hopeless starts with the artist and their unique vision, message, and story,” added VP/Marketing Erin Choi. “Over the past 30 years, we’ve seen our artists provide the soundtrack for a lifestyle, launch new genres (and flip them on their heads), inspire positive change, build and foster communities, and break the internet. It has been incredibly rewarding to work with a phenomenal roster of creative, passionate, and talented individuals, and share their music and stories with the world. There’s nothing that matches the feeling of watching an artist we’ve worked with go from playing to 5 kids in a basement to the main stage at a festival with thousands of fans screaming every lyric back to them, and knowing that we were a small part of that.”

    Hopeless currently has Sacramento band Destroy Boys “Shadow (I’m Breaking Down)” chart bound at Alternative.

    Pictured is the Hopeless Records U.S. Team (l-r) Josh Epple, Nonafaye Williams, Enoch Chuang, Amber Kroner, Raj Sharma, Jade Tinio, Al Person, Louis Posen, Ian Harrison, Erin Choi, Christina Johns, Nicole Abea, Eric Tobin, and Brandy-Baye Robidoux.

  • November 10th, 2023

    The Recording Academy has officially revealed nominations for the 2024 GRAMMYs, which will take place Sunday, February 4th, at Arena in Los Angeles.

    The GRAMMYs voting process begins with members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period took place from July 17, 2023 to August 31, 2023. First Round Voting occurred from October 11th to Oct. 20th, 2023. The Final Round Voting is December 14, 2023 to January 4, 2024.

    boygenius has multiple nominations, including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Performance, and Best Alternative Music Album.

    Here are the nominees in the two Alternative categories:

    Best Alternative Music Performance

    Belinda Says –Alvvays

    Body Paint – Arctic Monkeys

    Cool About It – boygenius

    A&W – Lana Del Rey

    This Is Why – Paramore


    Best Alternative Music Album

    The Car – Arctic Monkeys

    The Record – boygenius

    Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd – Lana Del Rey

    Cracker Island – Gorillaz

    I Inside The Old Year Dying – PJ Harvey

    See the full list of nominees HERE.

  • October 30th, 2023

    Audacy Alternative KNRK (94/7 fm)/Portland, OR has unveiled the lineup for “December To Remember 2023.” The station announced each show one day at a time for the holiday tradition that returns to The Crystal Ballroom.

    Here’s the lineup of the 7 94/7 fm holiday shows:

    Saturday, December 2nd: TALK and Wilderado

    Wednesday, December 6th: Cannons

    Sunday, December 10th: Bakar

    Monday, December 11th: Portugal. The Man

    Tuesday, December 12th: The Moss and The Walters

    Wednesday, December 13th: Fishbone

    Sunday, December 17th: Beach Weather and The Beaches

    Find more details on December To Remember 2023 HERE

  • October 30th, 2023

    Audacy Alternative KITS (Live 105)/San Francisco has a Spooky Halloween Special planned for Tuesday, October 31st. The station will become Evil 105 from 7-10p with a Halloween-theme playlist for three hours.

  • October 26th, 2023

    Hubbard Alternative KDKB (ALT AZ 93.3)/Phoenix announces “Ugly Sweater 2023” holiday concert #2 with Neon Trees and ALEXSUCKS on Wednesday, December 14th at the Marquee Theatre.

    Tickets are on sale Friday, October 27th. The first 500 tickets sold are $9.33 plus service fees. Find details HERE.

  • October 24th, 2023

    Mid-West Family Alternative WRIS (The Resistance 106.7)/Madison APD Miranda Daniels checks in to report that the Mid-West Family/Madison cluster raised $468,578 for American Family Children’s Hospital during last week’s 3-day 18th Annual Radiothon on October 18-20. 

    That’s Miranda on the second from top step with the Mid-West Family team.


  • October 24th, 2023

    Milwaukee Radio Alliance Alternative WLUM (FM 102.1)/Milwaukee has announced multiple “Big Snow Show 17” holiday shows at The Rave with The Black Keys and Colony House on December 6th and Lovejoy, The Beaches, and little image on December 7th.

    Find all the FM 102/1 Big Snow 17 details HERE.

  • October 23rd, 2023

    Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles announces the return of “KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas” will be Saturday, December 9th at the Kia Forum. The event will feature performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Garbage, Portugal. The Man, Bleachers, Cannons, Lovejoy, Bakar and The Beaches. The last KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas was in 2019.

    “KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas is a Southern California holiday tradition, and we’re excited to bring this year’s lineup back to the Kia Forum,” said Kevin Weatherly, KROQ SVP/Programming. “Together, we’ll leverage the power of music to support Para Los Niños and Al Wooten Jr. Heritage – two local charities doing essential work to make a difference in the lives of our youth.”

    Tickets go on sale Friday, November 3rd at noon (PT). Find Almost Acoustic Christmas ticket information and more at

  • October 22nd, 2023

    Sad to hear over the weekend that veteran on-air talent Dusty Street passed away at the age of 77 on Saturday (10/21) in Eugene, OR. Dusty was a fixture in nights at KROQ/Los Angeles throughout the 80’s. She most recently was on-air at SiriusXM on “Deep Tracks.”

    The following message was posted by SiriusXM Deep Tracks on Facebook:

    We have lost one of our own. Dusty Street has passed away after 77 joyous trips around the sun. And yes, Dusty Street was her real name. Dusty was one of the first female rock jocks on the west coast working at KMPX and KSAN in San Francisco from 1967 through 1978 before heading to Los Angeles where she held court in the evenings from 1979 through 1996 on KROQ. Earlier this year, she was one of the main contributors to the documentary, “San Francisco Sounds: A Place In Time”. The two-part series focuses on the rise Bay Area artists including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, CCR, Steve Miller Band, and more. 2023 also saw Dusty inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. For over two decades she has shared music with SiriusXM listeners in the Deep Tracks and Classic Vinyl.

  • October 20th, 2023

    Stephens Media Group Alternative KMYZ (Z-104.5 The Edge)/Tulsa announces “The Edge Christmas Concert” lineup for Sunday, December 10th will feature Young The Giant, Wilderado, and The Beaches at Cain’s Ballroom.

    Tickets are on-sale now. More info HERE.

  • October 19th, 2023

    Following the record-setting, unprecedented launch of U2’s globally-acclaimed “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere,” Sphere Entertainment and Live Nation today announced that an additional 11 dates have been added for January and February 2024. The announcement comes after the first 9 sold-out shows, a first-of-its-kind live music experience that ushers in a new era of live entertainment with the world’s biggest rock band, U2, in the world’s most cutting-edge venue, Sphere. The news follows U2’s new track “Atomic City” taking the top spot on Billboard’s Alternative Digital Song Sales Chart, marking their first No. 1.

    ‘U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere’ is U2’s first live outing in four years and there is now with 36 total dates running through February 18, 2024. Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton will once again be joined onstage by Bram van den Berg, sitting in on drums for Larry Mullen Jr.

    The following 11 dates were announced today, including two shows kicking off Super Bowl Weekend:

    Friday, January 26

    Saturday, January 27

    Wednesday, January 31

    Friday, February 2

    Saturday, February 3

    Wednesday, February 7

    Friday, February 9

    Saturday, February 10

    Thursday, February 15

    Saturday, February 17

    Sunday, February 18

  • October 19th, 2023

    Cumulus/Appleton-Oshkosh, WI OM Jay Philpott checks in to say the search is on for a new PD/On-Air Personality for Alternative WWWX (96.9 The Fox) to replace Max, who exited out of the business.

    Philpott said, “I’m asking for people to submit their resumes and audio samples to the Cumulus careers portal prior to reaching out to me”.

    Apply on the Cumulus jobs portal HERE.

  • October 18th, 2023

    Audacy’s “Riptide Music Festival” in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd just got bigger. Young the Giant, Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, AWOLNATION, Barns Courtney, lovelytheband, Weathers and The Moss has been added to the lineup.

    The initial lineup announced included headliners The Black Keys and Audacy Launch artist Jelly Roll, as well as Bleachers, Lovejoy, Cannons, Silversun Pickups, MisterWives, Beach Weather, Little Image, The Beaches and Jack Kays.

    Find all the ticket info and more at


  • October 18th, 2023

    One Putt Broadcasting Alternative KFRR (New Rock 104.1)/Fresno replaced its old transmitter with a new Nautel Transmitter yesterday (10/17) to provide the station better coverage and sound quality throughout the Central Valley. 

    The new station transmitter was installed at Eshom Point, adjacent to Sequoia National Park, powers up today (10/18) with a signal upgrade. KFRR is expecting a significant increase in listenership from Bakersfield to Merced.

    KFRR PD Jason Squires said, “This is going to be awesome for the New Rock 104.1 brand & the central valley. Along with the technical aspect of all this, it really shows what local ownership is about and believing in being great local broadcasters from all facets.”

    John Ostlund, President of One Putt Broadcasting, said, “When we upgraded 105.5 FM to Nautel, prior to launching The Legend, we were so impressed with its performance, we committed to buying two more; one for 95.7 The Fox and another for New Rock 104.1.”

    He added, “Our goal is to have the most technologically advanced group of radiostations in the market. It’s a major investment and a reflection of our commitment to provide listeners with the best possible experience.”

  • October 18th, 2023

    iHeartMedia Alternative WWDC (DC101)/Washington, D.C.has a night opening following Tamo’s move to middays and Mike Jones to afternoons. DC101 PD Dustin Matthews is looking for the next evening superstar on DC101. Find the job opening HERE.

  • October 17th, 2023

    Local Media San Diego Alternative XTRA-FM (91X)/San Diego morning co-host Danielle Stuht is exiting to pursue a career in craft beer. Her last day on-air with Marty is Friday, October 27th. Marty & Danielle have been hosting mornings on 91X for the last four years.

    Danielle posted the following message on Instagram: “The last 8 years doing morning radio in San Diego, 7.5 of those years at 91X has been a dream. I’ve always called 91X home and I said I’d never work at another radio station because 91X is home, but it’s time to grow and leave home. I’ve made the very difficult decision to leave radio and pursue a career in craft beer. I love 91X and my time there.

    “Thank you to every person who tuned in over the last 7+ years even if it was just for a minute. I will never be able to articulate just how much you all have meant to me. So with that, let’s have fun the next two weeks! My last day on air is Friday October 27 and we’re throwing a party the night before (October 26) at Dave and Busters Mission Valley 5P-7P. Thanks for all the memories.”

    PD Garett Michaels says Marty will be rocking solo in mornings.

  • October 17th, 2023

    iHeartMedia Alternative WWDC (DC101)/Washington, D.C. has released the lineup for its DECEMBER 1st holiday show, “DC101-derland” with Young The Giant, Lovejoy, MisterWives, and Weathers playing at The Anthem.

    Tickets go on sale Friday, October 20th HERE

  • October 17th, 2023

    The Orchard Sr. Director Marketing & Radio Promotion Roland West has exited after 8 years in the Sony system.

    West said, “My journey began in college radio, where I caught the bug at KCSC/Chico. My professional radio career started at KNAC/Long Beach (thanks Jimmy Christopher at Rock & Rhythm) as DJ/Music Director, then to KROQ to spend a year honing my on air chops surrounded by the greatest DJS of the time (Jed The Fish, Freddy Snakeskin, Richard Blade, Dusty Street, and lead by Rick Carroll). I got an offer I couldn’t refuse (thanks Richard Sands), headed up to San Francisco and had a 10 year run at LIVE 105 as DJ/APD and more.

    “When CBS took over (the merge) I hung up my headphones and was given a shot at record promo (thanks Bob Catania/Geffen). One more merge and I ended up at Island/Def Jam for almost 18 years working with everyone from Bon Jovi, The Killers, Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and more until they split up the label.  

    “Industry legend and my mentor Danny Buch brought me on board at SONY/RED/The Orchard, where for the last 8 years I was the radio promo/marketing person covering the Pacific NorthWest and more. Until this past week when the squeeze hit and my position was eliminated.  I’m now taking it all in and contemplating what’s next… a book? HA!”

    Reach out to Roland at

  • October 13th, 2023

    This year’s iHeartRadio ALTer EGO will take place on January 13th at the Honda Center in Anaheim and feature performances from Paramore, The 1975, The Black Keys, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Bush, Sum 41, Yellowcard, lovelytheband, and The Last Dinner Party. 

    The show will be hosted by Woody of “The Woody Show,” nationally syndicated from Alternative KYSR (ALT 98.7)/Los Angeles. Woody said, “Another year, another dope lineup, and another stunning display of misplaced confidence by the people running this company asking me to host such an event. My team and I can’t wait to get out there and pretend like we know what we’re doing.”

    “We can’t think of a better way to start the new year than with our seventh annual iHeartRadio ALTer EGO,” said Lisa Worden, Program Director for ALT 98.7 and VP/Rock and Alternative for iHeartMedia. “Representing all genres across Alternative and Rock we bring together the hottest artists for one incredible night. We’re beyond thrilled to bring the show to the Honda Center for the first time!  We’re excited and thankful for all these artists to come together on January 13 for a beautiful night.”

    iHeartRadio ALTer EGO will broadcast live across iHeartRadio Alternative and Rock stations and on the iHeartRadio app.

  • October 12th, 2023


    Audacy ups Christine Malovetz to RVP/Programming of Alternative KNDD (107.7 The End)/Seattle. Malovetz continues overseeing Alternative WINS-HD2 (ALT 92.3)/New York, WDZH (ALT 98.7)/Detroit, and WRXL (ALT 103.1)/Richmond, based out New York. She replaces RVP John Allers, who relinquishes KNDD to focus on the re-launch of  Alternative KITS (LIVE 105)/San Francisco. In addition, Allers continues as RVP/Programming KVIL (ALT 103.7)/Dallas, KNRK (94/7 FM)/Portland, and KKDO (ALT 94.7)/Sacramento.

    In a staff memo, Audacy/Seattle SVP/Market Manager Jack Hutchison said, “Let me start by expressing a very big thank you to John Allers for all of his hard work and focus around 107.7 The End over these past few years. John worked with the entire End team to get us to a much better place. John will continue his role with the company in a number of our markets and as most of you know, see through our huge recommitment to San Francisco with the relaunch of Live 105.”

  • October 12th, 2023

    iHeartMedia Alternative WWDC (DC101)/Washington, D.C. ups Mike Jones to PM Drive and Tamo to APD/MD/middays. As Afternoon Host, Mike Jones will be responsible for hosting “The Afternoon Adventure” from 3-7p. As midday host, Tamo will be responsible for hosting “It’s Tamo Time” following “Elliot in the Morning.” 

    “For nearly 50 years, the success of DC101 has been rooted in larger-than-life personalities who are passionate about the music and put the audience first,” said Dustin Matthews, Director Of Rock Programming. “Mike Jones and Tamo are two shining examples of that legacy, uniquely connecting to the DMV through the music, lifestyle and certainly humor. I’m thrilled to watch them grow in their new roles as part of the ongoing evolution of this iconic brand.”

    Jones moves from middays to afternoons. He has been with DC101 for 17 years. “I’ve held the title of the Midday Princess for a long time and now I’m excited to be the leader of ‘The Afternoon Adventure’ on DC101,” said Jones. “Thanks to Dustin Matthews, Aaron Hyland, Jeff Kapugi, my mom, the Big Man upstairs and everyone for this opportunity!”

    Tamo has been with DC101 since 2020 as the night host. ““It’s Tamo Time!” sees the sun!” said Tamo. “Beyond excited to follow the best morning show in radio, ‘EITM,’ and to join forces with Dustin Matthews on the programming side to bring his vision of making the mighty DC101 even more of a behemoth!”

  • October 6th, 2023

    Townsquare Alternative WCYY/Portland, ME welcomes back Rob Riccitelli to host mornings, effective October 9th. Riccitelli previously worked at WCYY from 2000-2016. He replaces syndicated “Toucher & Rich in mornings.

    Riccitelli will continue his full time job as a real estate agent. On Facebook, he posted: My Townsquare Media family has invited me to come back to do the only shift I never did in the 16 years I was there and will also allow me to continue to be a full time real estate agent – I’m just going to need to wake up a bit earlier…

    Starting next Monday, October 9th, CYY will be back to music in the morning with…. me! I’m excited about not only getting back on the radio but being back at the station where I spent the best years of my life AND I want all of you to be part of the show but details on that later…

    I’ll see you all next week on 94.3, 103.7 and the WCYY app – this is gonna be fun!”

  • October 4th, 2023

    KTCL (Channel 93.3)/Denver Sets Lineup For ‘Not So Silent Night’

    iHeartMedia Alternative KTCL (Channel 93.3)/Denver announces its “Not So Silent Night” holiday concert will be Monday, December 11th at Mission Ballroom. The lineup is: Lovejoy, Colony House, Ella Red, and Seth Beamer.

    Tickets on go on sale on Friday, October 6th. 

  • October 4th, 2023

    Hubbard Alternative KDKB (ALT AZ 93.3)/Phoenix has lined up Lovejoy, Cannons, and little image for its “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party” night one on Wednesday, December 13th at Mesa Amphitheatre.

    Tickets are on sale Friday, October 6th at 10a at

  • October 2nd, 2023

    Cumulus Alternative WKQX (Q101)/Chicago announces its annual “Twisted XMAS” live concert series will be December 5-8th at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom.

    Here is the daily lineup:

    Tuesday 12/5  – The Black Keys, Local H, ALEXSUCKS 

    Wednesday 12/6  – Lovejoy, White Reaper, Brigitte Calls Me Baby 

    Thursday 12/7 – Bleachers, MisterWives, Sincere Engineer 

    Friday 12/8  – Young The Giant, The Gaslight Anthem, little image  

    James Kurdziel, Cumulus VP Modern/Classic Rock & Q101 PD, said, “Our incredible team has put together a unique lineup of established superstars along with the next generation of modern rock staples. It’s a series worthy of Chicago. There’s really nothing like Twisted XMAS and we couldn’t be more excited to throw the best Christmas party in Chicagoland!” 

    For more information on Twisted XMAS at  

  • September 27th, 2023

    Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles has announced a private show with The 1975 at The Roxy on Tuesday, October 3rd, as the venue celebrates its 50th year. KROQ is giving away all the tickets on-air through September 29th. 

    The only way into the show is by listening to KROQ for the cue to call and win tickets from the station.

  • September 25th, 2023

    Cox Alternative WOKV-HD2 (97X)/Tampa announces its 22nd Annual “97X Next Big Thing” concert will be on Sunday, December 3rd. The lineup is The Black Keys, Bleachers, Lovejoy, MisterWives and little image.

    The 22nd Annual will be at Clearwater’s newest waterfront venue, The Sound. It’s the same location where 97X Next Big Thing first started in 2001.

    Tickets to the 97X Next Big Thing go on sale starting Friday, September 29th at 10a. Find more NBT info HERE.

  • September 25th, 2023

    Up/Down Brando Records announces the addition of Stephanie Harty to its team as VP/Marketing And Promotion. Harty’s journey in the music industry began in the early 2000s when she took the helm of the alternative promotion department at Universal Motown. Her work there included working with Blue October, where she played a pivotal role in their success.

    After a successful tenure in the major label ecosystem, Steph ventured into the world of independent music promotion as a consultant. Throughout this period, she continued to work closely with Blue October, leading the radio campaigns for each of their releases, making.her a natural fit to join the Up/Down Brando Records family.

    Justin Furstenfeld, lead vocalist of Blue October, said, “Stephanie has been an integral part of our journey for many years. Her deep understanding of our music and unwavering support has been invaluable. We’re thrilled to officially have her as a part of the team at Up/Down Brando Records.”

    Paul Nugent, a key figure in Blue October’s management, added, “Stephanie’s expertise and passion for music promotion are undeniable. Her addition to the Up/Down Brando Records team brings a wealth of industry knowledge that will benefit not only Blue October but all the talented artists under our label. We are very excited to have Stephanie Harty join our Up/Down-Brando Records family as Vice President of Marketing and Promotion. Over the last decade Stephanie has played a key roll in several of our most successful single and album campaigns. We’re committed to raising our bar every day. We can’t imagine our journey without Stephanie Harty’s passion and leadership.”

  • September 14th, 2023

    Sad to report that longtime Alternative programmer Jonathan L Rosen passed away in Berlin, Germany on September 9th at the age of 76. Jonathan had been battling lung cancer; his last “Lopsided World Of L” two-hour syndicated show aired in March.

    At the time, JL said, “Time to say goodbye for now — not permanent but temporary for sure. The end of an 18 year career of this version of Lopsided World Of L 1.0. Love spending my whole life within the world of discovering new artists and new music. That will never stop.

    “So, I am announcing I am finally going to write my personal memoirs. I look very forward to giving readers something more than just a book about a guy in the world of music. Think you will find it fascinating.

    “A sincere thanks for all of you listeners and musicians that have enjoyed my work for you and stay awake for Lopsided World Of L 2.0.”

    Jonathan was a pioneer for the Alternative Radio format beginning his radio career with his “Virgin Vinyl” specialty show on KLPX/Tucson in 1982. He launched Alternative station KEYX (The Key)/Phoenix in 1986, hosted “Virgin Vinyl” on KUPD/Phoenix in 1988, launched Alternative KUKQ-A/Phoenix in 1989, launched Alternative on then-KFMA/Wickenburgh, AZ in 1992, hosted “Virgin Vinyl”on KDKB/Phoenix from 1993-1995, relocated to Los Angeles to become Sr. Editor/VP of VirtuallyAlternative/Album Network with his signature “Pleasantly Annoying” column from 1995-2001. In 2002, he started Jonathan L Radio to consultant/advise artists with independent promotion. In August 2005, Jonathan returned to Arizona and debuted “Lopsided World Of L” on KUPD/Phoenix. He relocated to Berlin in 2010 to be with the love of his life, Gaby, and continued hosting LWOL until March 2023.

  • September 14th, 2023

    Cumulus Alternative WWWX (96.9 The Fox)/Appleton-Oshkosh, WI PD/afternooner Max has exited out of the business. Max first started working at The Fox in 2002. He left in 2009 and returned to the station in 2018 and was promoted to PD in 2020.

    OM Jay Philpott is on the hunt for a new PD. Find the job posting HERE

  • September 8th, 2023

    iHeartMedia Alternative WRFF (ALT 104.5)/Philadelphia has named Mike Kaplan as PD. Amber Miller shifts to APD/MD and continues to host nights from 7-mid.

    Philadelphia is a return to Kaplan’s hometown. He was last at Audacy as Alternative Format VP and previously held SVP/Programming duties for Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles. Prior to Audacy, Kaplan was PD at iHeartMedia Alternative KYSR (ALT 98.7)/Los Angeles, then-Entercom Alternative KNDD (107.7 The End)/Seattle and KRBZ (96.5 The Buzz)/Kansas City.