iHeartMedia Names Personality Lineup for Rhythmic CHR KUBT, Honolulu. The morning show on iHeartMedia Honolulu's new rhythmic CHR KUBT "93.9 The BEAT" comes from Ohana Broadcasting's crosstown CHR KDDB "102.7 The Bomb" as Sam The Man and Hawaiian Ryan return to the signal at which they both began their careers back in the 1990s. The jock lineup is rounded out by former crosstown CHR KPHW "Power 104.3" personality Romeo Valentine in middays (he's also the new digital PD for the company's Honolulu market), Ray Styles in afternoon drive (from iHM's KYLD, San Francisco), and Julian Lee, a.k.a. The Night Ninja for evenings. iHeartMedia Honolulu SVP of programming Jamie Hyatt says, "Talk about a dream team lineup perfect for Honolulu. I've been a fan of Sam & Ryan from afar for years so I'm super-excited to finally get the chance to work with these extremely talented guys. The rest of our team on 'The Beat' is solid, too. At the same time, KUBT's HD2 signal/ K256AS simulcast flips from the EDM format "Evolution" to classic hip hop branded as "99.1 Jamz."
Programming Changes at Cumulus Media's WZNS, Fort Walton Beach and WABD, Mobile Start with 'Zazza Mornings with Cheree.' The WAOA, Melbourne, Florida-based "Zazza Mornings with Cheree" – hosted by Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter – is being added to the morning drive daypart at Cumulus Media's CHR outlets WZNS, Fort Walton Beach, Florida "Z96," and WABD, Mobile, Alabama, effective Monday (9/26). Other changes at the two stations include WZNS' Gilligan moving from mornings to middays and Hayden starting the PM drive show at 2:00 pm. At WABD, John Marty move from mornings to PM drive and Sid Kelly slides down to middays. Cumulus regional vice president Pete DeSimone states, "This is true collaboration for our Florida and Alabama markets. It's an example of a talented morning show given the opportunity to grow within the new Cumulus. I worked with Tony and Cheree in Melbourne and I'm very confident they will bring the same successful listener experience to the Gulf Coast markets."
RAIN Summit Nashville 2016. Media consultant Holland Cooke is reporting from Nashville for RadioInfo and as the NAB/RAB Radio Show opens today, he files a report from Tuesday's RAINSummit. A slate of presenters reported research results, and programming and advertising philosophies relevant to connecting with audio consumers, including Summit organizer Kurt Hanson, who reminded attendees that "1 in every 5 audio minutes" is consumed via smartphone. Read thoughts about the changing world of audio consumption from: Triton Digital's John Rosso, audioBoom's Brendan Regan, Audible's Eric Nuzum, BMLG's Scott Borchetta, Cox Media's Tim Clarke, and more, here.