Morning Movers: Long-time morning man Scott Shannon will be moving to WCBS-FM (101.1), as he takes over morning drive on Monday, March 3rd. Shannon wrapped up 23 years at WPLJ (95.5 FM) on Friday, February 7th, leaving PLJ morning show duties to co-host Todd Pettengill. At CBS-FM, Dan Taylor will move from mornings to middays (10 AM - 3 PM), with Broadway Bill Lee moving to PM Drive (3-7 PM) and Joe Causi to evenings (7 PM - 12 Midnight)
PPM Monthlies: Arbitron released its PPM (Personal People Meter) radio ratings for January on Tuesday, February 18th. Lite FM (WLTW, 106.7) remained in the top spot, with a 6.5 audience share, with WBLS (107.5 FM) close behind with a 6.3 share. WCBS-FM (101.1) and WCBS (880 AM) followed, with a 5.4 share and a 4.9 share, respectively. Gainers this month include WINS (1010 AM), up 0.9 share to 4.4 since the December ratings, and WFAN (660 AM/101.9 FM), up 0.9 share to 4.1.
The Last Ramble: (December 21) Long-time radio host John R.Gambling signed off on Friday, December 20th, ending a nearly 89-run of Gambling`s on New York radio. Gambling`s grandfather, John B. Gambling, began broadcasting on WOR (710 AM) in March, 1925 and turned the show over to his son, John A. Gambling, in 1959. John R. continued the tradition, beginning in 1991, as the show continued to be heard on WOR until September, 2000, when it moved to WABC (770 AM). Gambling returned to WOR in May, 2008. WOR was sold to Clear Channel a year ago; talkers Elliot Segal, Mark Simone, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Andy Dean, and Dave Ramsey will fill out the WOR schedule in the new year.
Radio Newsbriefs: WFMU (91.1 FM) is running its annual Marathon fundraiser, continuing through Sunday, March 9th. Visit the WFMU website for more information. WWRL (1600 AM) has adopted a Spanish-language format as of January 1st, ending ten years of talk radio. The station is featuring Regional Mexican music. Four months after the ESPN sports format moved to the 98.7 FM frequency, ESPN has brought its Spanish-language sports format, ESPN Deportes Radio, to 1050 AM. Beginning on September 7th, the station will feature two local weekday sports talk shows, along with syndicated programming and sportscasts.