By SCOTT FYBUSH
Remember how we said it was a quiet post-July 4 week? That changed in a hurry. Inside this NERW Extra, updates on several big breaking stories, including the CBS Radio cutbacks, a morning host gone missing in Boston and a PD change in New York.
Will Petrus put more money behind Warshaw’s expansion plans for Connoisseur, which have recently focused on what it calls the “Golden Ring” surrounding New Jersey? The company has made some dramatic moves in recent years, acquiring Buckley’s Connecticut stations and WALK-FM, the former Clear Channel station on Long Island that had been in a divestiture trust for years.
In Boston, the big missing air personality isn’t at CBS but rather at iHeart Media, where Ramiro Torres and Santi DeOleo, his producer/co-host, have been pulled off the air at WJMN (Jam’n 94.5) ahead of the expiration of Torres’ contract. That moves Maverick to mornings from afternoons for now alongside Ashlee Feldman – and it raises the possibility that Torres could be looking to follow some of his former WJMN colleagues such as Pebbles and Melissa over to Greater Media’s WBQT (Hot 96.9) if iHeart won’t meet his renewal terms.
And in New York, there’s a realignment of programming staff at Cumulus’ WPLJ (95.5). Rick Gillette, formerly downtown at CBS Radio’s WNOW-FM (now WBMP 92.3), has been assisting WPLJ PD in rebuilding the station – and now he’s coming on board as WPLJ’s new PD, pushing Fox to assistant PD. Gillette returns to New York from Washington, where his former PD duties at Cumulus’ troubled WRQX (107.3) will be filled by Jan Jeffries, who relocates from Chicago’s WLS-FM.
Much more in our next full issue, Monday July 20!