Alternative News

  • April 12th, 2024

    Audacy Alternative KKDO (ALT 94.7)/Sacramento announces its partnership for the 31st annual “Concerts In The Park” in downtown Sacramento. The free shows are Friday evenings, May 3 through July 26 at Cesar Chavez Plaza.

    This year’s lineup includes Destroy Boys (5/17), Royel Otis (5/24), Michael Marcagi (6/28), and Blame My Youth (7/26). More details HERE.

    KKDO Brand Manager Andy Hawk said, “Concerts In The Park is the centerpiece of Sacramento‘s Musical summer! In a world where concerts are insanely expensive it’s a true joy to able to put on these free shows for our city!  It’s literally the most fun thing we do.”

  • April 2nd, 2024

    Renda AC WEJZ & WGNE (99.9 Gator Country)/Jacksonville OM/PD Todd Shannon is exiting April 26th to become OM/PD of University Of North Texas Alternative KNTU-HD (88.1 indie) and Jazz KNTU-HD2 (88.1 The One)/Dallas, effective May 1st.

    KNTU GM Dan Balla said, “I was looking for someone who recognized the potential of the new and fast-growing 88.1 indie brand in DFW. We share the same philosophy about radio and what we can do to make KNTU special. Todd brings an incredible background and wealth of knowledge to a unique situation.””

    Shannon said, “When Dan flipped the format on the main signal to indie in July ‘22, engagement with the students increased tenfold. After meeting with the various student employees of the stations, I was so encouraged to see a genuine interest in all facets of radio and look forward to coaching the next generation of broadcasters at UNT.”

    Previously, Shannon was Director/Operations at Cox/Jacksonville for 10 years from 2010-2020. The move to Texas puts him closer to his wife’s family.

  • March 31st, 2024

    Marker Broadcasting Alternative KJJZ-HD2 (ALT 101.5)/Palm Springs, CA has added Monique Powell of Save Ferris to its “ALT 101.5 Free Coachella Pre-Party” on Thursday, April 11th with Jakobs Castle (a.k.a. Jakob Nowell of Sublime) at The Palm Springs Surf Club from 5-7pm. 

    Find more details on the free event HERE.

  • March 26th, 2024

    Marker Broadcasting Alternative KJJZ-HD2 (ALT 101.5)/Palm Springs, CA announces the “ALT 101.5 Coachella Pre-Party With Jakobs Castle” performing a free show on Thursday, April 11th at The Palm Springs Surf Club from 5-7pm.

    Jakobs Castle (a.k.a. Jakob Nowell of Sublime) will be playing songs off his debut album and some classic Sublime songs too.

  • March 22nd, 2024

    iHeartMedia Alternative KYSR (ALT 98.7)/Los Angeles announces “It’s The Woody Show’s I Can’t Believe We Made it 10 Whole Years Without Getting Fired Fiesta” featuring Cypress Hill.  ALT 98.7 PD & iHeartMedia SVP Rock & Alternative and ALT 98.7 PD Lisa Worden said, “Well I for one, CAN believe it. After being a top rated morning show in Los Angeles for the past few years, consistently in the Top 5 across all major demos (and often #1) – The Woody Show has imprinted itself into the culture of Southern California.  We are going to have a phenomenal night at The Belasco on April 13th, celebrating 10 years of being on ALT 98.7 with all The Woody Show listeners!  

    “We couldn’t be more proud of Woody, Greg, Ravey, Menace and the entire Woody Show team.  No one works harder.  No one gets less sleep than they do.  No one cares more about delivering a consistently compelling show every single day.  Woody has NEVER taken a sick day (even during the pandemic), as long as I’ve been here.  2024 is off to a fantastic start as The Woody Show clocks in at #1 Persons 18-49 and #1 Persons 25-54 for the months of January and February. #ALLIN”

    This just in… The show is sold-out!

    ALT 98.7 is the flagship station of The Woody Show, which is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks

  • March 18th, 2024

    Last week, iHeartMedia Alternative WRFF (ALT 104.5)/Philadelphia announced Jaxon was returning to the City Of Brotherly Love to host a throwback hour “Post Modern Radio 104.5” from noon-1pm. Now, Jaxon will also host middays from 10am-2pm replacing APD/middayer Amber Miller, who was downsized late last week.

    Jaxon shares:

    “I’m Jaxon, and I can’t express how thrilled I am to be back on the airwaves in Philadelphia. As many of you know, I spent 18 years hosting an afternoon show here.  And you, my listeners, are like family to me. Being away for about a year was tough, but thanks to iHeart, I now have another opportunity to connect with all of you.

    This is truly a dream for me! Listen weekdays after The Woody Show from 10am-2pm on ALT 104.5 Philadelphia or through the iHeart app and your smart devices!

    And I’m also excited to introduce you to my new show, Post Modern Radio 104.5.  Every weekday at Noon we’ll indulge in some nostalgia and listen to the coolest music ever created. I’ll rock my flannel and Chucks, and maybe you can sport your “corporate rock sucks” tee. Let’s share stories about stumbling out of Dobbs or the TLA at 2 in the morning for a slice at Lorenzo’s or talk about the best show you’ve ever seen at the Factory! 

    Philadelphia has a rich and storied history in Alternative Rock, from DRE to Y100 to Radio 104.5 and now ALT 104.5. Every day, I’ll curate an epic playlist aiming to bring a smile to your face. We’ll continue to celebrate all things Philadelphia, something that streaming services or satellite stations can’t quite capture.

    No one likes us, we don’t care…but I love you, mean it!”

  • March 14th, 2024

    iHeartMedia Alternative WRFF (ALT 104.5)/Philadelphia APD/middayer Amber Miller exits after almost 8 years at the station as her position has been eliminated.

    She was previously PD/afternoons at WEQX/Albany, NY and also has record label experience at Caroline.

    Text/call Amber at 910-584-1822 or email her at amberkbouchard@gmail.com.

  • March 14th, 2024

    WWCD Ltd. Alternative WWCD/Columbus, OH has a new on-air lineup following afternooner Grayson Kelly leaving the station for a non-radio job.

    The legendary Alternative station, run by Randy Malloy, continues to broadcast online at WWCDRADIO.COM with a full air staff after losing its LMA FM signal after 33 years on February 1st.

    The new on-air lineup at WWCD Radio is:

    Mornings – Brian Phillips

    Middays – Laura Lee

    Afternoons – Tom Butler – He moves up a day part after 21 years in nights. 

    Nights – DJ Nate – Weekend DJ for 14 years at WWCD, will still be one half of “Radio Nowhere” on Saturday nights.

  • March 13th, 2024

    Waterloo Media Alternative KROX (101X)/Austin has added The Woody Show to weekday mornings from 6am-10am. The Premiere Networks syndicated morning show replaces Alex in AM Drive who segues to nights.

    “KROX is a station that has been on my radar for a long time,” said Woody. “They’ve been the steady hand, consistently giving the people of Austin a truly great listening experience. So you gotta wonder, why ruin it now? That said, thanks to Lynn Barstow and the folks at Waterloo for having us.”

    Barstow added, “We’re excited to have such a proven, entertaining show here to wake up Alternative Austin!”

    101X’s new weekday on-air lineup is:

    The Woody Show – 5am-10am

    Lawless – 10am-3pm

    CJ Morgan Show – 3pm-7pm

    Alex – 7pm-10pm

    Greg Beharrell Show – 12am-5am

     

  • March 13th, 2024

    Big Loud Rock, the alternative/rock imprint of Big Loud Records, has announced the appointment of Paul Wright as VP/Creative Strategy. Wright joins from Red Bull Records, where he served most recently as Director/Creative Marketing.

    SVP Lloyd Norman said, “The visual strategy in alternative rock music is so important. We couldn’t be more excited for an executive of Paul’s caliber to assist Big Loud Rock’s artists in creating their own bespoke visual worlds.”

    Wright said, “Big Loud has become a force to be reckoned with in music. Given Greg Thompson and Lloyd Norman’s stellar reputation in the industry, joining Big Loud Rock was a no brainer. The growing roster of amazing artists they’ve signed to the rock label combined with great team members here has led to the start of something special.”

    The Los Angeles-based team has recently been elevated with new hires and promotions, including Dave Barbis as SVP/Promotion, Nicole Rich as Director/Promotion & Publicity, Delaine Halpin as Project Marketing Manager, Colleen Kennedy as Operations Manager, and Bella DiDomenico as Executive Assistant to Greg Thompson.

    Big Loud Rock’s Los Angeles Team 

    Back Row, (l-r): Paul Wright, Greg Thompson, Lloyd Norman, Colleen Kennedy. Front Row, (l-r): Delaine Halpin, Bella DiDomenico, Nicole Rich, and Dave Barbis.

    (Photo Credit: Lila Seeley)

  • March 11th, 2024

    iHeartMedia Alternative WRFF (ALT 104.5)/Philadelphia adds former Beasley Rock WMMR/Philadelphia PM Driver Jaxon to host noon-1p for Post-Modern Radio with an hour of throwback alternative music from the late 80s through the early 2000s. Jaxon spent 18 years at WMMR until 2022. He retains his role at iHeartMedia Classic Rock WBIG (BIG 100)/Washington, DC in AM Drive.

    The new on-air lineup at ALT 104.5 after The Woody Show has Amber Miller moving from nights to middays with a split shift from 10a-noon and 1-3p, “Jammin Jessie” Sabella shifts from middays to afternoons, and Mike Jones segues from afternoons to nights.

    WRFF PD Mike Kaplan said, “We’re all incredibly excited to welcome Jaxon back home to Philly and into the ALT 104.5 team. He’s got a proven track record of captivating audiences and a pure desire for the music and all things Philadelphia. Welcome home Jaxon!”

    Jaxon added, “I am beyond thrilled to be joining the incredibly talented team at Alt 104.5 in my beloved home of Philadelphia. I’ve been a fan of 104.5 since their inception. I want to extend my gratitude to the iHeart team for their unwavering support in making this homecoming a reality. Philly, I’ve missed you terribly and I can’t wait to get started. Let’s do this!”

  • March 11th, 2024

    The Dave And Mahoney Show has added three new affiliates to their growing roster of stations — ST Radio Alternative WGBJ (Alt 99.5 & 102.3)/Ft. Wayne, Southern Communications Alternative WBKW (93.5 The Buzz)/Beckley, WV, and Malkin Interactive Communications Active Rock KKBA (Rock 92.7)/Corpus Christi, TX. 

    Host and Executive Producer Dave Farra commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with talented teams at Alt, The Buzz, and Rock. They clearly make excellent decisions, and now it’s our job to prove them right. 2023 was a remarkable year of growth for the show and many of our affiliate partners, and we very much look forward to continuing that growth into 2024 and beyond!”

    The Dave and Mahoney Morning Show is now heard on over 40 radio stations and is syndicated through Compass Media Networks. For more information on how to add the show to your station, contact VP/Affiliate Sales Doug Ingold at dingold@compassmedianetworks.com.

  • March 10th, 2024

    Delmar Media Alternative WXGT (93X)/Columbus, OH has switched from Alternative to Oldies, ending a little more than a month run following the sign-off of longtime Alternative WWCD (CD 92.9)/Columbus on February 1st.

  • March 8th, 2024

    Cumulus Media Alternative WEDG (103.3 The Edge)/Buffalo afternooner Lexi Ziccardi adds Promotions Director duties for the cluster – WGRF (97 Rock), WHTT (Classic Hits 104.1), and 103.3 The Edge. 

    Lexi says, “I will be taking on this new role alongside my air shift Monday-Friday 3-7pm on 103.3 The Edge. I want to thank Jickster for everything he has taught me, and most importantly, believing in me to follow in his footsteps as he takes on his new role. Whatever it is you are showing up for, working for, and that dream you’re chasing, I promise you it’s possible. If you have been following my journey, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Let’s goooo & stay tuned!”

    Joe Siragusa, OM, Cumulus/Buffalo added, “Lexi is a rising star and we’re so excited to expand her duties and bring her enthusiasm and energy to lead the promo team!”

  • March 7th, 2024

    Cumulus Media Alternative WKQX (Q101)/Chicago is presenting a special weekday on-air feature throughout March at noon for Women’s History Month. The month-long feature, called “The Women Who Make Q101,” is hosted by midday personality Lauren O’Neil. Every weekday at Noon, Q101 showcase’s the most influential female artists who have left their marks on the Alternative Rock format. The daily feature will air two to three songs from each artist featured, with specially produced audio including exclusive interviews with the history-making artists. O’Neil will also share stories about the artists and their indelible music. 

    O’Neil said, “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to honor, amplify and celebrate the incredible Women Who Make Q101. These artists inspired me to get into radio and continue to inspire me every day. Join me every weekday at Noon as we celebrate the music, talent, art, tenacity, and impact of the icons who have blazed the path from the beginning – and those who continue to carry the torch with an hour-long special this Friday for International Women’s Day.”

    On Friday, March 8th at Noon, Q101 will air an hour-long Music Special Celebrating International Women’s Day.

  • March 5th, 2024

    The layoffs at UMG hit UMe Head Of Promotion Jamie Hartley, who exits after 9 years. Text/call Jamie at 805-889-3244 or Jamie.Hartley.805@gmail.com.

  • March 4th, 2024

    Mollman Media flipped Urban AC simulcast KKRX/Lawton, OK to Alternative as “The New X93.7.”on March 1st at 12pm under PD Ryan Beam, who can be reached at Ryan@MollmanMedia.com.

    The station is being consulted by longtime Alternative Paul Kriegler and is streaming online at 937XLawton.com.

  • March 4th, 2024

    Layoffs at Interscope Records include VP/Co-Head Alternative, Rock and Head Of Video Promotion Jennifer Zeller, who exits after 27 years. Text/call Jenn at 917-279-3462 or jenniferedenzeller@me.com.

  • March 1st, 2024

    Republic VP/Rock Formats Drew Hauser exits after 7 years. Drew previously spent over 2 years at Epic and 18 years at Wind-Up. Text/call Drew at (917) 488-9593 or drew.hauser@gmail.com.

  • February 26th, 2024

    SVP/Alternative & Rock Formats Ron Poore exits Atlantic Records after 21 years. Text/call Ron at 201-446-3828 or ronpoore1@gmail.com.

    VP/Alternative Promotion Ed Brennan exits Atlantic Records after 8 ½ years. Text/call Ed at 646-413-3338 or edbrennanfrombrooklyn@gmail.com.

    VP/Promotion & Radio Marketing Sherry Alaghehband exits Atlantic Records after 12 years. Text/call Sherry at 248-250-2866 or Sherryalaghehband@gmail.com.

    SVP/Promotion Myra Dehais exits after almost 13 years at Elektra/3EE. Text/call Myra at 818-472-6060 or myra.dehais@gmail.com.

    Promotion Coordinator Summer Horvath exits Atlantic records after 4 ½ years. Text/call Summer at 702-525-3064 or sleehorvath12@gmail.com.

     

  • February 26th, 2024

    Former Jacobs Media Digital Strategy Consultant Seth Resler has launched Community Marketing Revolution for the arts and entertainment industry. Resler provides online courses and digital resources to generate revenue through strategic community engagement. 

    In his role at Jacobs Media from 2015-2023, Resler helped radio stations design and implement action plans that combine websites, social media, email marketing, search engine optimization, content marketing, lead generation, and other online tools. He has a long track record in Alternative Radio at WXRK (92.3 K-Rock)/New York, WBCN/Boston, KNDD (107.7 The End)/Seattle, KPNT (105.7 The Point)/St. Louis, and WBRU/Providence.

    On February 29th, Resler will deliver the #Happens 2024 Las Vegas keynote session: “Community Is King: Why The Future Of Radio Is In Connecting People.”

    Resler said, “I’m honored to be delivering the keynote at #Happens Las Vegas. I’m a former alternative rock PD, and it’s always a thrill to be able to speak to my people. I’ll be talking about the power of community building, and how the future of local media — especially rock and alternative radio — lies in not just entertaining fans, but in connecting fans.”

    Reach Seth at seth@communitymarketingrevolution.com.

  • February 20th, 2024

    Cumulus Media announces the latest installment of its exclusive multi-part audio series, Your Music Plus, featuring exclusive insights and personal stories from Pearl Jam about the making of their new single, “Dark Matter.” The 8-week campaign launched today (2/20) on Cumulus Media’s Alternative and Rock stations.

    The new Pearl Jam single releases on February 13th is from the band’s forthcoming 12th studio album, Dark Matter, coming April 19th via Monkeywrench/Republic Records. It will be followed by the launch a 35-date worldwide tour this May. 

    Greg Frey, VP of Music Partnerships, Cumulus Media, said: “It’s a genuine joy to partner with Republic Records and bring Pearl Jam’s highly anticipated new song, ‘Dark Matter’ to our Rock and Alternative audiences as the next Your Music Plus campaign. ‘Dark Matter’ is a testament to Pearl Jam’s enduring musical prowess, blending their signature sound with thought-provoking lyrics. Combining the song with band members’ exclusive audio about their new music, band relationships, and what the future holds truly makes this a special Your Music Plus!”

    The 8-week campaign, originally dubbed “Your Music First,” debuted in February 2023 to highlight new music in a unique way.

  • February 20th, 2024

    NuVoodoo VP/Marketing PJ Kling has exited as his position has been eliminated. 

    Kling had been with NuVoodoo for the past eight years. He previously programmed Alternative WKQX/Chicago from 2012-2015.

    Reach out to Kling at virtualpj@gmail.com or (312) 622-1544.

  • February 20th, 2024

    After over two decades at Cumulus Media, Val Garris exits his position as Corporate VP/Programming/Format VP.

    Over the course of his career, Garris has worked across multiple music formats, including Alternative, Rock, Triple A, Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Adult Hits, Top 40.  He is an expert at scheduling along with research design & analysis. Garris is also a creative writer with audio production skills. 

    Garris said, “I look back on my tenure at Cumulus with fond memories having launched countless stations, hired and helped PDs grow into their role while serving on numerous industry committees. I prided myself on being a resource to every size market and department. I’m excited about the future.”

    Prior to Cumulus, Garris was a consultant at Burkhart/ Douglas & Associates and a member of the team at McVay Media. He can be reached at valgarris1@gmail.com or by text at (770) 335-6130.

     

  • February 15th, 2024

    Stephens Media Group’s three station cluster WZNE (94.1 The Zone), WRMM (Warm 101.3), Adult Hits WFKL (Fickle 93.3)/Rochester, NY is seeking an organized, detail oriented and outgoing professional to lead our Promotions and Experiences team.

    You will work closely with our Operations Manager and Market Manager to proactively manage all market needs in regards to events, promotions and contesting. We are looking for someone that can help to create and develop top tier events and promotional opportunities, and who can work closely with programming and sales to develop revenue generating ideas.

    What You’ll Do:

    • Work with the Programming and Sales teams on creating social media copy, website and social media graphic design requests, creating recaps, and collecting air checks for clients.
    • Create and communicate a weekly and annual calendar of events and promotions.
    • Work closely with the On-Air staff to communicate details for events and on-premises retail activations.
    • Collaborate with the sales and programming departments on promotions ideas for client and brand initiatives.
    • Scheduling and communication with promotions staff in regards to events and appearances.
    • Day to day management of promotions in regards to prizing, including but not limited to: following up with winners for prize fulfillment, answering listener emails and phone calls, and collecting and processing any prizing paperwork.
    • Ensure that all contests and station promotions are compliant, including but not limited to: posting contest rules, material terms, maintaining contest files, following legal contesting requirements and promotional agreements adhering to Stephens Media Group policy.
    • We are looking for a self-starter with the ability to work independently. Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Workspaces is required. Knowledge of promotions software including but not limited to: Text Groove (mobile contesting), PromoSuite (promotion management software), Vcreative (Paperless production order system), and WordPress (Website management) is preferred. 

    Technical knowledge of digital content and social platforms is a plus. The ideal candidate possesses excellent communication and multi-tasking skills. Five years’ experience executing marketing and promotions campaigns is preferred. On-Air and Production skills are a HUGE PLUS!

    Occasional night or weekend work may be required. This position requires a valid driver’s license. If you think this sounds like you, send your materials to Operations Manager Nik Rivers at Nik.Rivers@smgNational.com

    Stephens Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • February 13th, 2024

    Arista National Promotion Director + Head Of Touring Lana Abruscato has exited as her position was eliminated. Lana had been with Arista since April 2019. 

    Her past experience includes iHeart New York, Epic Records, Columbia Records, in2une Music, and tour managing.

    Reach out to Lana at LanaAbruscato@gmail.com.

     

  • February 8th, 2024

    One Putt Broadcasting Alternative KFRR (NEW ROCK 104.1)/Fresno’s Mike Oz will air his last “Ozmosis” Sunday night new music show on February 11th at 7p. Oz first launched the one hour show on New Rock 104.1 in January 2012.

    KFRR PD Jason Squires said, “Mike brought the valley so much new music and more, and continues to thrive with Fresno Street Eats in the community. He will be extremely missed but we always consider him family here.”

    Oz added, “I’m sad to see the show go. It was a great experience and something I’m proud of have done for as long as I did. I’m happy that I got to do a final show at New Rock 104.1 because most times in this industry when there’s a change, people don’t get to say goodbye.”

     

     

  • February 8th, 2024

    KZIA INC. Alternative KZIA-HD4 (X 107.5)/Cedar Rapids, IA is the latest Alternative station to add The Greg Beharrell Show to its weekday lineup. 

    X107.5 is running the Yea Networks syndicated show in middays from 10a-3p. 

  • February 7th, 2024

    Mid-West Family Broadcasting Alternative WRIS (The Resistance 106.7)/Madison, WI has added The Greg Beharrell Show to mornings from 5-10am. The show is syndicated by Yea Networks. 

    Meanwhile, Pat Gallagher shifts from mornings to middays from 10am-3pm, which was previously jockless. Ebo and Miranda continue in afternoons and nights, respectively.

  • February 6th, 2024

    Colorado Public Radio KVOQ (Indie 102.3)/Denver launches a new weekly specialty show, “The Punkyard” beginning this Saturday, February 10th at 9p,

    The one-hour show will be curated and hosted by Dana Meyers featuring classic, new punk, and ska punk.

  • February 5th, 2024

    Cumulus/Chicago launched a new podcast platform today called Q101 Podcasts, featuring four podcasts produced by WKQX (Q101)/Chicago. The new Q101 podcasts: “The Brian and Kenzie Podcast,” “The ROMANce Podcast,” “A Case For…,” and “Car Con Carne” are available on demand now at Q101.com

    “The Brian and Kenzie Podcast” reimagines the idea of repurposed morning show audio for podcast and features Q101 morning hosts, Brian and Kenzie. The podcast version of the popular morning show focuses on providing listeners with exclusive content, uncensored interviews and comedy segments, and content produced solely for inclusion in “The Brian and Kenzie Podcast.”

    “The ROMANce Podcast” is a new podcast starring Kenzie K of “The Brian and Kenzie Show,” along with her husband, Chicago media personality Justin Roman. Soon to welcome their new child, Kenzie and Roman will let Q101 fans into their lives as they navigate the ups and downs of modern relationships and parenthood in an honest and hilarious way as only they can.

    “A Case For…” is a new podcast starring Case the Producer of “The Brian and Kenzie Show” as he “makes a case for” new artists and entertainers that get listeners ahead of the curve before they become household names. 

    “Car Con Carne,” an established mainstay of the Chicago podcast scene, comes to Q101 with host James VanOsdol in a homecoming of sorts, as he helped usher Q101 to its iconic status in Chicago. He now talks to artists from all walks of life and brings his entertaining depth of knowledge to Q101 podcasts.

    Q101 PD James Kurdziel said, “Q101 is a Chicago icon and adding an offering of new podcasts allows us to extend the reach of our brand even deeper into the fabric of Chicagoland.”

    Kenzie and Roman commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Cumulus to launch a project that we’re so passionate about: The ROMANce Podcast! This will truly be a behind-the-scenes look at not only our relationship, but so many others – all in a fun and entertaining way!”

    James VanOsdol remarked, “I started, grew and defined my radio career at Q101, and the station is deeply embedded in my DNA. Now that I’m doing radio in my car, which isn’t as depressing as it sounds, I’m thrilled and honored to partner with Q101.”

    Case Lowe added, “I find myself inundated with comments from listeners when music festival posters flood their social media feeds about how they don’t recognize any of the bands anymore. I feel a sense of purpose to let those people know that good music didn’t cease to exist when MTV stopped playing videos. With all the noise in the world, I hope that A Case For… can act as your unquestionable seal of approval for what’s next in the world of Alternative.”

  • February 2nd, 2024

    iHeartMedia/Charlotte has hired Angelique de Buhr as Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Client Activation. As Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Client Activation, de Buhr will execute marketing efforts for the Charlotte market’s brands including 106.5 The End, HITS 96.1, 96.9 The Kat, BIN 98.7, 99.7 The Fox, and 102.9 The Lake. de Buhr joins iHeartMedia/Charlotte from Southern Distilling Company, where she was the Brand Manager and held the esteemed title of Certified Bourbon Steward. 

    “Joining iHeartMedia is an exciting new chapter in my career,” said de Buhr. “I am eager to work with the dynamic team to develop and execute innovative marketing and promotions. I look forward to being part of iHeartMedia Charlotte’s continued success.”

  • February 1st, 2024

    WWCD Ltd. Alternative WWCD (CD92.9)/Columbus, OH signed off at midnight (2/1) ending the station’s 33 year history on the radio dial, that began as CD101 under owner Randy Malloy. Check out the local farewell coverage from WCMH-TV NBC4 HERE.

    The final hours were streamed on YouTube with “Radio Nowhere” co-host Adam Latek and owner Randy Malloy in-studio for the final hour sharing stories and giving a shout out to all the people that were instrumental in the station’s 33 year history on the radio dial, including the late-Andy “Andyman” Davis and Mase Brazelle. 

    As previously reported earlier this month (January 5), WWCD’s LMA with Delmar Media ends with a new Alternative station launching as “93X” with new call letters WXGT on its double AM/FM translator. 

    You can find 93X HERE

    Meanwhile, WWCD lives on at WWCDradio.com.

  • January 30th, 2024

    Rox Radio Group Alternative KXNA (104.9 The X)/Fayetteville, AR PM Driver Jason Hines (aka The Roach Motel Radio Show) has left the station. The Roach Motel Radio Show returned to The X in 2020. Hines first joined the station from 2006-2010. 

    Hines posted on social media: “Big thank you to all the fans and listeners of the show on KXNA-FM, 104.9 The X! I have decided to part ways and appreciate the time spent on that station. What does the future hold? Endless opportunities! I will be taking a much needed break and will figure out what will be next for me in this life. Thanks again to all of you for all these years!”

  • January 29th, 2024

    Cumulus Alternative WWWX (96.9 The Fox)/Appleton-Oshkosh, WI has named Cosette Nowik to fill the station’s PD/afternoon opening replacing Max, who exited last September. Nowik joins from Cumulus Chicago, where she was Board Operator and Associate Producer, Afternoon Drive, for WLS-AM, and Podcast Technical Producer. She debuts today on-air from 2-7pm on 96.9 The Fox.

    John Rowe, VP/Market Manager, Cumulus Appleton/Oshkosh, said, “Cosette’s energy will light up the airwaves and instantly connect with The Fox listeners and advertisers. We’re excited to see what the future holds with Cosette’s leadership, drive and enthusiasm. We welcome Cosette to The Fox Valley and 96.9 The Fox.”

    Jay Philpott, OM, Cumulus Appleton/Oshkosh added, “Cosette represents a talented generation of up-and-coming broadcasters who will help our industry move into the broader world of online, on-speaker and streaming content – She’s got a lot of energy and forward-looking ideas, along with musical and cultural savvy. She’s the right person to bring 96.9 The Fox to new sets of ears and listening devices!”

    Nowik said, “I am ecstatic to continue growing within the Cumulus family and begin a new chapter in the Appleton-Oshkosh market at 96.9 The Fox. My sincerest gratitude to John Rowe and Jay Philpott for the incredible opportunity, James Kurdziel for encouraging me, and to my Chicago radio family for support and inspiration to continue learning. I look forward to building a home in Oshkosh.”

  • January 25th, 2024

    iHeartMedia Alternative WRFF/Philadelphia’s ALT 104.5 Winter Jawn is back. The station’s annual free outdoor show is on Saturday, February 10th at Xfinity Live! The lineup is: The Maine, SHAED, Barns Courtney, DJ Reed Streets and more TBA.

    Doors open at 11am and the show starts at noon with ALT 104.5 listeners needing a ticket to see Winter Jawn. ALT 104.5 is offering listeners various opportunities to win or download tickets.

  • January 24th, 2024

    Lollapalooza has elevated its commitment to the environment through a new partnership with global organization, Re:wild. Across the world, Lollapalooza festivals will support Re:wild and its local partners in a variety of ways, including sharing environmental education through festival messaging channels, providing space on festival grounds for Re:wild partners to speak directly with music fans, and through direct financial support of Re:wild projects.  

    Founded by a group of renowned conservation scientists together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Re:wild works in collaboration with governments, philanthropic organizations, Indigenous peoples and local communities, nongovernmental organizations, and companies worldwide. 

    Lollapalooza Founder Perry Farrell and Etty Lau Farrell said, “Solutionists, join us! We are thrilled to partner with our new friends at Re:wild, as we too love the land, the water, and all living creatures. Their commitment to healing the world is directly in line with the environmental awareness roots that were planted in the infancy of Lollapalooza decades ago.  And of course, we still respond to the call of the wild!” 

    The Lollapalooza and Re:wild partnership will launch at Lollapalooza India in Mumbai on January 27-28.

  • January 19th, 2024

    iHeartMedia Alternative KTCL (CHANNEL 93.3)/Denver announces “Keggs & Eggs” with Misterwives, Weathers, and The Ramona Flowers on Friday, March 15th.

    The station’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Jackson’s LODO is a free show that begins at 7a.

  • January 17th, 2024

    Big Loud Rock names David Barbis as its new Head of Promotion. Barbis moves from C3 Management, where he was VP/Promotion and played a critical role in the development and success of artists such as The Revivalists, White Reaper, The Head And The Heart, Mt. Joy, Chevelle, Wilderado, and Modest Mouse, among others. His career spans over two decades in the music industry; prior to his role at C3 Management Barbis was at Polygram/Island, Dreamworks, and Capitol Records.

     “Dave is a true music man and one of the most outstanding promotion executives I have ever known,” said Greg Thompson, Big Loud Rock/Big Loud Management Partner/President. “His passion for his artists is unparalleled, and we are beyond thrilled to have him join the Big Loud Rock team.”

    “I would especially like to thank Greg Thompson, Seth England, and Joey Moi for this amazing opportunity to be a part of such an incredibly talented team,” Barbis shares. “Big Loud’s extremely successful, diverse operation is something that I am so proud to be a part of and can’t wait to get started!”

  • January 17th, 2024

    Big Loud announces a new joint venture with Severance Records. Helmed by longtime industry experts and Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Steve “Stevo” Robertson, Severance Records is an independent, Alternative label based in Nashville with the management team consisting of (pictured, l-r) Greg Thompson (Partner / President, Big Loud Rock / Big Loud Management), Steve “Stevo” Robertson (Co-President, Severance Records), Mike Easterlin (Co-President, Severance Records), Joey Moi (Partner / Producer / President of A&R, Big Loud), Seth England (Partner / CEO, Big Loud).

    “Stevo and I could not be more excited to be joining the Big Loud family,” Easterlin shares. “(Big Loud Partners) Seth (England), Joey (Moi), Craig (Wiseman), and (Big Loud Rock / Big Loud Management Partner + President) Greg (Thompson) have been so supportive from the first time we met about building this partnership together. Watching the company that Big Loud has become in the country space only drives Stevo and I to want to make Severance Records the same kind of force in the alternative space. Our goal is to be rooted in Nashville, but global in vision.”

    Easterlin most recently served as Co-President of Elektra Entertainment after serving as President / GM at two of the company’s cornerstone labels – Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records. He counts additional experience in leadership roles at Island Def Jam, after starting his career at Virgin Records. Easterlin has fostered and promoted the careers of powerhouse artists like Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz, Blur, The Killers, Nickelback, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Twenty One Pilots, The Band Camino, Paramore, Shinedown, Tones and I, Young The Giant, Bailey Zimmerman, and more for over 25 years.

    Robertson joins Severance after a 25-year tenure with Atlantic Records, last serving as GM / SVP of A&R, Pop / Rock for the label’s Nashville presence. Across his storied career as an ace A&R executive with an ear for alternative hits, Robertson signed Shinedown, Paramore, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Knox, and A Day To Remember among other impactful acts, and helped developed talent including GAYLE, Collective Soul, Seven Mary Three, Matchbox 20, and many more.

    “I’m a fan of so much of the music Mike and Stevo have discovered and promoted throughout their careers,” Big Loud Partner / Producer / President of A&R Joey Moi says. “Working with them on building and establishing some incredible new rock and alternative acts is something we’re all really looking forward to.”

    “Mike and Stevo have championed some of the most exciting, culture-driving music of the last two decades, so when the opportunity to work with them in this capacity came up, it was an instant ‘yes,’” Big Loud Partner / CEO Seth England adds. “We’re grateful to partner with them and build a legacy together with Severance.”

    The newly forged label is impacting the alternative space now, starting with flagship signing Dexter And The Moonrocks.

    Dexter And The Moonrocks (Photo Credit: Chloe Barney)

  • January 17th, 2024

    SummitMedia debuts Alternative on WBPT-HD2 (X100.1)/Birmingham under SVP/Programming John Olsen.

    The market had a long history of Alternative format with WRAX “The X” beginning in 1996.

    Olsen said, “X100.1 will be aggressive about supporting new Alternative music and bonding our brand to Alternative artists. We’d love to have liners from artists supporting the station, but also talking about their music.

    “We’ll also be introducing Birmingham to X-Takeovers, where artists take over an hour of the station to play their music and music that inspires and inspired them as musicians.”

    Check out Birmingham’s Alternative X100.1 HERE.

  • January 15th, 2024

    Your Army and Strange Loop Promo announce a partnership that will see Strange Loop’s U.S. operations come in alongside Your Army’s existing American offerings. Both companies will operate under the Your Army banner out of offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver, to offer a multi-genre approach to radio promotions across a variety of US and Canadian radio formats.

    Your Army America was founded in London in 2007 and launched in Los Angeles in 2013. The independent music promotions company has worked with electronic artists, including established artists such as Disclosure, RÜFÜS DU SOL, James Blake, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as rising tastemakers Nia Archives, Hayla, and LP Giobbi.

    Strange Loop Promo was founded in 2015 by Gary McDonald and Geoff Goddard and handle Non-Comm, Alternative, AAA, Alt Specialty, and College formats. Strange Loop’s most recent campaigns include Milky Chance, Surf Curse, The Hives, Mother Mother, Petit Biscuit, DRAMA, and Nick Cave.

    “We have a long held admiration for Matt, Mick, Christine, and the Your Army team,” said Strange Loop’s Geoff Goddard: “We’ve worked alongside them on a number of projects over the years and have always found benefit whenever our teams combine. We’re excited to work in partnership with them going forward!”

    Your Army’s Matt Black said, “As we’ve seen the boundary between left-of-center electronic artists and alternative music continue to blur, deepening the relationship we’ve built with Gary, Geoff, and Strange Loop over the years continues to make more and more sense. Joining forces in this way puts us in a position to service the needs of an even broader array of world-class artists all under one roof and I believe we’ll all do our best work yet operating as one team.”

  • January 10th, 2024

    Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. has announced the consolidation of all its radio properties as ST Radio. The six-station group will be led by company veteran Brad Holtz, who has been named President of ST Radio effective immediately. ST Radio properties include Alternative WGBJ (ALT 102.3)/Ft. Wayne. The other ST Radio station in the group are AAA WTTS/Indianapolis, News-Talk WGCL/Bloomington, IN, Classic Rock WTTS-HD2/Bloomington, AC WAJI/Ft. Wayne, and Classic Hits WLDE/Ft. Wayne. Holtz previously served as President/GM of WTTS, WGCL, and WTTS-HD. He also previously programmed WTTS, WGCL, and WGBJ for more than 15 years. 

    Hotz said, “Consolidating our Indiana radio properties into a single, unified group will make ST Radio more competitive while strengthening our core business. I welcome the opportunity to lead such a talented group of professionals across our three markets and I offer my humble gratitude to Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. for the faith they have placed in me.”

    Meanwhile, Lee Tobin, longtime President/GM of WAJI, WLDE, and WGBJ, will transition into the newly created corporate role of SVP/Radio and Community Affairs.

  • January 9th, 2024

    Former Cumulus Alternative WZRH (ALT 92.3)/New Orleans PD Paul Cannell returns to Audacy Classic Rock WKBU (Bayou 95.7)/New Orleans as Brand Manager, beginning January 15th. Cannell has ten years of experience as a Brand Manager, Program Director, Music Director and on-air personality across multiple formats. His return to radio brings him back to Audacy, where his career began hosting middays and evenings on Bayou 95.7 in 2008.

    “We are so excited to welcome Paul back to New Orleans,” said Kevin Cassidy, SVP & Market Manager, Audacy New Orleans. “His market knowledge and passion for the brand make him a perfect leader for Bayou 95.7!”

    “Who says you can’t go home?” asked Cannell. “Thanks to Vince Richards, Dave Richards, Brian Purdy, and Kevin Cassidy for this incredible opportunity to return to New Orleans and program this legendary station in my favorite city in the world!! Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

  • January 8th, 2024

    U.N.C.L.E. Promo Alt Specialty Agent 0013 Dead Air Dave Sozinho is stepping away from his daily assignment of fighting alternative crime. After a successful 17 year run, Dave is exiting to focus on family matters. 

    Agent 0013 said, “It’s been fantastic working for Marc Kordelos as an UNCLE Agent. Huge thanks to him for opening the door to this opportunity after my many years on the radio side of the business. I also want to thank all the labels and management who have entrusted me to represent their artists to the Alt Specialty panel through these past 17 years.” 

    Dead Air Dave will continue producing and hosting his Alt Specialty new music program airing on the California Central Coast. He’s more than happy to produce a station customized version of it for PDs interested in carrying a weekly one hour new music show. Reach out to Dave at deadairdave0013@mac.com.

  • January 8th, 2024

    Former All Access VP/Sales Matt Parvis joins NuVoodoo Media Services as VP/Sales, based in Los Angeles. Parvis spent the past 25 years at All Access. He previously handled Sales at Inside Radio and Radio & Records.

    Carolyn Gilbert, Founder and President, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “We are thrilled to have Matt Parvis out front and center for NuVoodoo in 2024, building new relationships and serving our customers across radio, television, newspaper, music, and retail. After working with Matt for years as an All Access customer, we cannot believe our luck that he is now going to lead our sales efforts. His deep experience and knowledge of the industries we serve are invaluable. What a great way to start a new year!”

    Parvis added, “Getting an opportunity to work with Carolyn Gilbert along with her stellar staff at NuVoodoo is something I’m very excited about. Their host of products is a salesperson’s dream. Representing the best-of-the-best makes this a great gig and I can;t wait to get started. Call me – we’ll catch up!”

    Reach out to Parvis at: MParvis@NuVoodoo.com or (213)280.5321.

  • January 5th, 2024

    Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles MD/Regional Brand Manager “Miles The DJ” Anzaldo returns to sister Alternative KITS (LIVE 105)/San Francisco airwaves to host middays, 10a-3p on Monday-Saturday, effective January 8th. Megan Holiday will shift to afternoons.

    “Miles has been an important part of the LIVE fabric over the years and was also a key contributor to the LIVE 105 re-launch in June,” said Audacy RVP/Alternative Programming John Allers.

    In 2003, Miles began his journey at Live 105 starting as Miles The Intern and later transitioning into the role of Miles The DJ. His commitment to alternative music has been a constant in his life since he joined LIVE 105 at 18 years old.

    Beyond the LIVE 105 booth, Miles has been a familiar face in the Bay Area’s club scene, DJing at venues like popscene, The Independent, The Fillmore, Fox Theater, and various LIVE 105 events. 

    Miles will remain based at KROQ and retain his current role.

  • January 5th, 2024

    WWCD LTD. Alternative WWCD (CD 92.9)/Columbus, OH announced today (1/5) it will be ending its radio broadcast as of January 31st. The longtime Alternative station had similar issues at the end of 2020 and quickly returned to the airwaves as CD 92.9 with simulcast signals in Delaware and Maryville, OH.

    Randy Malloy, President/Owner of WWCD, said, “After extensive discussions, the FCC licensees (ICS Communications, Inc. and Delmar Communications, Inc.) and WWCD, Ltd. dba CD 92.9 were unable to finalize an agreement that would have allowed us to continue broadcasting on the FM dial. While it pains me to once again announce our departure from the airwaves, the WWCD radio brand, along with CD 92.9 merchandise, will remain available on our website, www.cd929fm.com.” 

    The WWCD brand (CD101, CD102.5, and CD 92.9) was established in 1990 in Columbus, OH, as an independently owned and operated, Alternative station. Throughout its 33-year history, the station has remained committed to and has been a vital component of the Columbus community. The WWCD brand has been a strong partner of Columbus nonprofit organizations, providing arts, culture, and social-service organizations promotional support to reach key target audiences. The station’s nonprofit foundation, CD102.5 for the Kids, has donated more than $1 million to children’s charities over the past 33 years. The station’s intern program has helped hundreds of young adults learn essential skills and make invaluable contacts, helping land them careers both in and out of the music industry. All of these impacts stemmed from Malloy’s fervent belief that radio done right is about more than charts and ratings—it’s about community, and it’s about people.  

  • January 5th, 2024

    The 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO has added Fall Out Boy to the Saturday, January 13th lineup at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Fall Out Boy replaces Paramore on the the previously-announced lineup of The 1975, The Black Keys, Thirty Seconds To Mars, BUSH, Sum 41, Yellowcard, lovelytheband and The Last Dinner Party. 

    Fall Out Boy said of their upcoming ALTer EGO appearance, “We are thrilled to join the 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO lineup and celebrate our most recent album So Much (For) Stardust. We are looking forward to closing out an incredible night of music in advance of our upcoming ‘So Much For (2our)Dust’ US concert run.”

    ALTer EGO will be hosted by Woody of Alternative KYSR (ALT 98.7)/L.A.’s nationally syndicated “The Woody Show.” The show will stream on Veeps.com and will also be broadcast across iHeartRadio Alternative and Rock stations beginning at 7p (PT).

  • January 4th, 2024

    Rubber City Radio Alternative WNWV (107.3 ALTERNATIVE CLEVELAND)/Cleveland debuts a new on-air lineup.

    APD/middayer Brady Marks moves to The Morning Hang with Ryan Lang from 6-10a. PD/MD Alyssa Ursetti (Alyssa Ray) is now in middays. Carrie Danger moves from nights to afternoon drive replacing Jaci Fox and continues The Danger Zone new music feature at 6p. Weekender Aaron Lux is now hosting weeknights from 7p-midnight.

  • January 2nd, 2024

    Equinox Broadcasting Alternative WDRE (100.5 THE DRIVE)/Binghamton, NY flipped on New Year’s Day to Oldies simulcast as “Solid Gold 100.5 & 104.5.” The Alternative format moves to WCDW-HD2 as “95 The Drive.” The Drive also simulcasts on 98.7 FM in Endwell, NY. 

    Check out Binghamton’s Alternative at binghamtondrive.com

  • January 2nd, 2024

    Two Feet has announced the opening of his independent record label, 477 Records. The new label has an office and studio in Tribeca, NY. 477 Records initial roster includes Toby Mai, Elvis Drew, Bec Lauder, and Two Feet. Two Feet is an artist who writes, plays, sings and produces all his music in his own studio. He looks to harness this unique authenticity and creativity for other independent artists. 

    “It’s important to nurture artist’s creativity,” said Two Feet. “I started 477 Records with the goal of helping independent artists hone in on their unique voices to create something true they can share with the world. Here at 477, we can help them make their voices heard all over the world by offering the reach and services they would find at a major label.”  

    The label announcements arrives with Two Feet releasing his newest single, “Kill Anyone (ftg. Ari Abdul),” which fuses rock, blues, and jazz. Check it out HERE

    Two Feet (Photo Credit: Austin Cieszko)

  • January 2nd, 2024

    Waterloo Media Alternative KROX (101X)/Austin made a change in mornings in December. Alex In The Morning is now hosting mornings from 6-10a. She replaces Jason Dick, who exits after more than 20 years at the station. The longtime station morning host had multiple stints in morning drive since 2006. 

    Alex continues hosting middays on sister Triple A KGSR (97.1 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS RADIO) from 11a-2p.

  • December 15th, 2023

    iHeartMedia News WLDI (News Radio 1290/95.5-HD2)/West Palm Beach has flipped its FM simulcast to Alternative as “95.5 The Buzz, South Florida’s Commercial-Free Alternative.” Check out the station at buzzwpb.iheart.com.

    The Alternative format had a long run with The Buzz brand previously on then-CBS Radio WPBZ (103.1 The Buzz) from 1995-2011.

  • December 11th, 2023

    My annual tradition is to solicit Year End Picks from alternative radio and music execs. This year, there were 76 total submissions of Top 5 lists for the Alternative Year End Picks – The Best Albums Of The Year. boygenius and Foo Fighters were the runaway winners of Most Picked Albums of 2023.

    Here’s the Most Picked Albums:

    boygenius – the record (Interscope)

    Foo Fighters – But Here We Are (RCA)

    blink-182 – ONE MORE TIME… (Columbia)

    Noah Kahan – Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever) (Republic)

    Gorillaz – Cracker Island (Warner)

    Other big favorites include: Lana Del Rey – Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard?, Paramore – This Is Why, Pierce The Veil – Jaws Of Life (Fearless/Concord), Queens Of The Stone Age – In Times New Roman…, The Beaches – Blame My Ex (AWAL), Fall Out Boy – So Much (For) Stardust, Manchester Orchestra – The Valley Of Vision, White Reaper – Asking For A Ride (Elektra)

    Find everyone’s Top 5 list of Year End Picks – The Best Albums Of 2024 HERE.

    Thank you so much for being part of the new destination for the Alternative Community

  • December 11th, 2023

    ABC and Dick Clark Productions has announced its lineup for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2024” will feature Aqua, Doechii, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Janelle Monáe, Loud Luxury x Two Friends With Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paul Russell, Reneé Rapp with Coco Jones and Thirty Seconds To Mars. In its 52nd year, the show will air Sunday, December 31st, live on ABC-TV beginning at 8p (ET).

    Green Day will unveil the live debut of their new song “Dilemma” from their forthcoming new album “Saviors” set to drop January 19, 2024, in advance of the East Bay punks headlining stadiums globally throughout next summer.

    Thirty Seconds To Mars will rock the stage with a performance of “The Kill” from their certified double platinum album A Beautiful Lie, plus recent alternative #1 single “Stuck” and newest single “Seasons,” from their latest album It’s The End Of The World But It’s A Beautiful Day.

    Green Day

    Thirty Seconds To Mars

  • December 11th, 2023

    WWCD LTD. Alternative WWCD (CD 92.9)/Columbus, OH will host its 31st Annual Andyman-A-Thon on Friday, December 15th through Sunday, December 17th live from the CD 92.9 studios.

    Andy “Andyman” Davis was PD/afternoon drive at the station from from 1998 to 2010. Starting in 1992, Andyman instilled a tradition of giving that was put into action every December with the Andyman-a-Thon. During this time, listeners were encouraged to call the studio to offer donations in return for song requests while also having the opportunity to bid on band and artist auction items.

    Ever since Andy’s untimely passing in 2010, the on-air team at the station has continued to host The Thon not only to honor Andy’s memory and For The Kids in the community. CD 92.9 will raise money for various children’s charities in Central Ohio with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Andy Davis Memorial Fund, to help support Andy’s three children.

    Find more info and ways to donate HERE.

  • The Offspring on stage at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Audacy)
    December 11th, 2023

    Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles’ 32nd Annual “KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas” at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA, on Saturday, December 9th. The sold-out event returned for the first time since 2019 with performances by The Offspring, 311, Garbage, Portugal. The Man, Bleachers, Cannons, Lovejoy, Bakar and The Beaches. 

    “KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas once again put an exclamation mark on the end of the year for the Alternative music community,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Audacy Southern California. “We’re also very proud to have teamed up with Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center to support the education of our local youth and underscore music’s ability to spark positive change and make a difference. Thank you to the incredible loyal fans in Southern California and beyond for making this event a success year after year.”

    Audacy’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas also benefited two local organizations dedicated to supporting local youth education – Para Los Niños and Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center – as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in partnership with Kia America.

    Audacy and Kia America presented a check to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for $87,552 onstage during the show. This marks the second straight year of Kia’s partnership with Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Kia Forum and Audacy’s first partnership with St. Jude in conjunction with Kia America.

    Pictured (l-r) Brian Benedik, Chief Revenue Officer, Audacy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Development Specialist Jael Alejandra Muller, Kia America Director of Marketing Operations & Brand Strategy Megan Gillam and Audacy VP of Enterprise Digital Sales & Podcast Partnerships Jack Hager. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Audacy)

    Find more KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Photos HERE.

    The Offspring on stage at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Audacy)

  • December 7th, 2023

    Big news from the Q Prime team: The Last Dinner Party have been announced the winner of the BRITs Rising Star Award for 2024. The shortlist nominees were Caity Baser, The Last Dinner Party, and Sekou. The BRIT Awards 2024 will take place on March 2nd.

    The Last Dinner Party stated: “We are so proud beyond measure to have won the BRITs rising star. It’s an honour to achieve something so iconic so early on in our career and we can only hope to keep making music that connects with all the incredible people who have listened to and supported us so far. Thank you!”

    Past BRITs Critics’ Choice / Rising Star winners and nominees have included Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Sam Fender, James Bay, Ellie Goulding, and more.

    The UK band’s lead single “Nothing Matters” is currently Top 15 on the Alternative Mediabase chart.

  • December 7th, 2023

    311 has been added to the Audacy Alternative KROQ/Los Angeles “Almost Acoustic Christmas” on Saturday, December 9th at the Kia Forum replacing Red Hot Chili Peppers, who announced an undisclosed band member injury will prevent them from touring for at least 6 weeks. The band was scheduled to headline Almost Acoustic Christmas.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers 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.

    The 32nd KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas will feature 311, 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 www.axs.com.

  • 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 kdweatherly@kroq.com and miles@kroq.com

    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 cruelworldfest.com.

  • 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, iHeartRadio.com 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 Crypto.com 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 Thursday, 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.

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  • 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 kroq.com/xmas.

  • 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 RiptideMusicFestival.com

     

  • 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 rwestpromo@gmail.com.

  • 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 ALTAZ933.com.

  • 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 www.Q101.com/TWISTEDXMAS.  

  • 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.