Changes at CBS RADIO Chicago's WBBM-FM and WUSN. A number of air personality moves have taken place at CBS RADIO in Chicago, some of which started with Ramblin' Ray Stevens' decision not to renew with country WUSN and move across town to work in mornings with former on-air partner Big John Howell at news/talk WLS-AM. As RadioInfo reported last week, CBS is moving Stylz & Roman from the afternoon slot at CHR WBBM-FM "B96" to the morning drive daypart at WUSN. With that, new evening personality Eric Tyler – who recently moved back to Illinois from his gig in Seattle with iHeartMedia's KBKS "Kiss FM" – slides into the afternoon daypart at "B96." Across the hall at WUSN, CBS announces that the new night jock is Kimmie Caruba, who begins her role with the station on August 29. WUSN PD Jeff Kapugi says, "Kimmie is a born-and-raised Chicagoan that grew up listening to US99. She's a very dynamic personality that brings a hot, fresh and interactive approach to nighttime radio in Chicago." Also, the station reports that WUSN midday personality Drew Walker has re-upped with the station to continue in that role.
Mullett Named Music Director at WBOS, Boston. This is a promotion for Greater Media Boston staffer John Mullett. He has been serving as marketing director at the company's alternative WBOS "ALT 92.9" since 2013, but now he segues to music director. Mullett's experience includes time spent serving with crosstown triple A WXRV "92.5 The River" and at triple A WIFY, Burlington, Vermont "The Point." WBOS program director Ken West states, "John is an 'A' player and the perfect choice because of his strategic thinking, love of music, and knowledge of the 'ALT 92.9' brand. I'm looking forward to his passion helping our team to create unique music experiences for our listeners."
KLUV, Dallas Extends Afternooner Blake Powers. Almost a year and a half after air personality Blake Powers moved from his night shift at CBS RADIO's hot AC KVIL to sister classic hits KLUV "98.7 K-LUV," the company inks him to a contract extension. Powers – pictured here (l) with station PD Jay Cresswell (r) – handles the 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift. He says, "A big shout out to [DFW market manager] Brian Purdy, Jay Cresswell and the KLUV team for believing in me and helping get us to the top of the market. I'm having fun, and that's what radio is supposed to be!"
New Night Show at 'Power 106.' In Los Angeles, Emmis moves imaging director Justin Credible to host of the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight "Liftoff Show" at hip hop KPWR "Power 106." He's being joined by his Los Angeles Leakers partner DJ sourMILK for the 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm portion of the show.
Mike Gallagher Joins Michael Harrison on Weekly Podcast. This week's installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series "Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison," posted today (8/16), features a wide-ranging, intimate interview with Salem Radio Network syndicated star Mike Gallagher. Harrison and Gallagher get into an array of subjects guaranteed to fascinate the program's growing audience of "media freaks" around the world. These include the changing nature of the human nervous system in the increasingly frenzied digital era, the impact of Donald Trump on American political discussion, the dark side of political bias in today's left/right debate, and both men's lifelong love affair with the theater. Gallagher talks about balancing his tremendously successful radio career with his accomplishments on the professional stage. In a segment about the decline of politeness in contemporary society, Gallagher touchingly reveals the personal anguish he suffered after a momentary lapse in judgement resulted in him fat-shaming singer Kelly Clarkson on the air. According to Harrison, "Mike Gallagher is not only one of the most talented and durable news/talkers in the business – he is also one of the nicest. Whether or not you agree with his political stance, his warmth and love of humanity are universal qualities with which any human being of decency can relate. I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing him on this podcast and am proud to share it with our listeners." To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player box located on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.