Wednesday, November 30, 2005

DJ Moves - Canada Edition

Okay, so we've stayed in the US so far, but this one seems interesting enough to mention...

From our friends in Toronto, a talk host is fired for offending his audience.

apparently, evening radio host Michael Coren told a 500 lb guy that losing 100 lbs was not enough - he should lose more weight. Supposedly, Coren mocked the fat man from New Jersey (U.S. connection!), and that offended listeners who felt bad for the obese American. Listeners called and wrote and emailed the station to complain, the station manager listened to a recording of the show, and promptly fired Coren.

According to Globeandmail.com, "Coren's remarks were still unusually heated and offensive."

Also, according to Globeandmail.com, the entire phone call was staged. The fat New Jerseyan did not even exist, and the faked phone callwas simply an attempt at humor.

Another door opens...
According to his website, Coren's once-weekly TV show on CTS can now be seen nightly at 7 pm.

KTIE shuffles, adds Hannity, Medved

KTIE-AM, which prides itself on not serving the needs of LA and the OC, today announced a shuffle of their syndicated talk feeds:
Effective November 28, the News Talk 590 KTIE-AM line-up is: "The Larry Marino Show," 5:00 - 6:00 a.m.; "The Laura Ingraham Show," 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.; "The Dennis Prager Show," 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon; "The Michael Medved Show," 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.; "The Hugh Hewitt Show," 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.; "The Michael Savage Show," 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; and "The Sean Hannity Show," 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Full release from BusinessWire.com

Monday, November 28, 2005

Wrong kind of "cuts" Mr. DJ

The Associated Press news headline reads, "DJ sentenced to prison for role in dismembering murder victim".

Ok, I know it's a real murder, but it almost seems like a joke that - in Denmark - you can help a murderer dismember his murder victim (with a "buzz saw") and get released from jail in about 4 months.

Read the entire article at Philly Burbs.com:
Former Philly DJ Sentenced for Dismemberment

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sister Christian Doesn't Rock

Rock 102.3 KRTQ FM doesn't rock anymore, as the station got religion as of 11/23/05. Listeners in Tulsa will now find "The very best of Today's Christian Music" when they hit their pre-set for 102.3.

The old website address www.rock1023.com already redirects to www.spirit1023.com, where the station explains their plan:

"Our goal is simple: We want to build a Christian Music radio station and website that is just the way you want it."

Give it a chance, but if you don't like it, call them up on the Spirit Line at (918)286-1023, and tell them you want to rock! Otherwise, it may be time to turn the dial to 97.5 KMOD or Star 103.3.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

WAAF hits the "Shuffle" button

Boston rock fans, try and keep up.

Afternoon guy Paul Marshall (Neander-Paul) is off the air (rumor has it he's moving across town to 104.1 WBCN, the other Rock of Boston).

After a week of on-air trials, WAAF's website reports the following:

Mistress Carrie, who has spent more than 14 years with WAAF, will be moving from mid-days into the afternoon spot from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mike Hsu will move from nights on WAAF to mid-days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Kid 'N Play are DJs in Phoenix?

Ohhh, I'm sorry, I wasn't listening... You said Kid and Ruben, not the stars of House Party I, II and III.

Anyway, listeners in Phoenix may already know that "Kid" or "Crazy Kid" or "Kid Stevens" (not sure exactly what he prefers) has not been on the air with the rest of his morning show since being suspended on September 1st.

Rumor has it that the rest of the show may exit KZZP by January.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Denver Bucks Bill O'Reilly

Were you the one listening to Bill O'Reilly in Denver? Not anymore. Due to crappy ratings, KHOW has plugged in Glenn Beck, a syndicated host out of Philadelphia, from 12 to 3pm.

Conservatives in Denver have nothing to worry about; according to Beck's website, "His stated opinions include being pro-life, pro-Iraq War, and against what he views as "political correctness". Beck is critical of the entertainment industry and television shows featuring gays and lesbians, such as Will & Grace."

Look out, Denver!

Does Boston CAIR?

If you live in the Boston area, and used to listen to Jay Severin on your way home from work, you may have noticed he's not there anymore.

Michael Graham was touted as a guest host from October 24th to the 28th, but is actually the new permanent replacement for the afternoon slot on WTKK (96.9 FM).

WTKK's website touts the conservative Graham as a "nationally known talk show host, columnist and political consultant...", but they fail to mention how he was fired from DC staion WMAL after he didn't apologize for the following incident:

According to The Washington Post, Graham said "Islam is a terrorist organization" 23 times on his July 25 program. On the same show, he also said repeatedly that "moderate Muslims are those who only want to kill Jews" and that "the problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam."

Jocks looking for work in the Boston area should keep their eye on 96.9 FM Talk's career page, as I wouldn't be surprised to see the afternoon gig become available again sometime in the near future. Especially if the Council on American-Islamic Relations notices that Graham has turned up again.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Unnatural Causes?

When I first saw the report that a 34 year old female radio personality from California died of natural causes last week, I thought it was odd. At 35, I'd hate to think I could die of 'natural causes'. But then, I decided to get less ignorant, and I googled "died of natural causes", and found that it could mean she battled a long illness or something. So, I didn't mention it on this site - leave well enough alone and all that.

BUT THEN, I see a report today from a news website claiming that the woman's death is now being considered 'suspicious'. Also see here.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Star & Buc Wild New News Guy

New newsman: Chris the Queer (also known as Chris Hart)

Replacing former newsman: Crossover Negro, E. Reese Hopkins

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Freaky on The Monkey

If you were wondering what happened to "Freaky" Frank Nitty when 104.9 stopped being cool (they switched formats from Urban variety to news/talk last month); don't worry, he's okay.

You can now hear Freaky Frank evenings on 107.1, The Monkey (still in Biloxi).

I don't think I'd like a nick name like "freaky". It would be okay to be known as "the monkey", but only when being talked about (in a positive manner), not addressed personally. I mean, it would be okay if someone was telling a story and they were like "and then The Monkey walked in the room, and the party really started to rock", but if they called me The Monkey instead of calling me by my name - or even "hey dude" - I think it would suck. Especially if it were a hottie calling me Monkey, then it would be all too-cute-for-comfort; unless she did it in a total private and sexy way - then it could be hot.

See, Freaky wouldn't work in either situation.

Sleeping In

WRKR-FM 107.7 morning show host Scotty "Bud" Melvin announced on the air yesterday that he won't be showing up for work anymore, according to The Kalamazoo Gazzette.

The newspaper reports that the Michigan morning man of 15 years found out that his contract wasn't going to be renewed when it expires on 12/31, so he took his ball and went home after Tuesday's broadcast. I don't blame him; besides, he probably had a bunch of vacation and sick days to use up that the corporate bastards weren't going to pay him for.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Howard has left the building

I was going to say "Howard is Leaving Las Vegas", but he's already gone, according to the Las Vegas Business Press. With a one-day Infinity-imposed suspension, and a Las Vegas contract expiring today, Howard Stern is no longer broadcasting on KXTE-FM, 107.5.

The station is supposed to get the Adam Carolla project starting Jan 3rd, but all you'll hear is a lot of music and local jocks until then.

If you hear anything cooler than that, PLEASE let us know.

The paper also reported today that 104.7 on the dial will no longer play country music. It will now play Oldies. 104.7 will have the call letters KJUL, which used to be the call letters for 104.3, which no longer plays oldies - they play country.

So, in case I got it wrong, if you don't hear the music you thought you were gonna, just try all the numbers between 104.1 and 104.9 until you hear something you like.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Right to Remain Silent

According to several news sources, Jefferson City (MO) morning talk radio host James Keown was arrested WHILE ON THE AIR this morning, and taken directly to jail.

The website for KLIK News Talk 1240 AM was too slow to access at the time of this posting.

Cleveland Rocks without SLATS

Mysteriously missing from the afternoon drive slot, as well as from the station's website, is your favorite extreme radio host "Slats".

Why did he leave? Where will he wind up? Don't know yet, but he is replaced by Dom Nardella according to one source.

Please add a comment when you hear where Slats turns up.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Classic Rock is dead in Portland

So, you live in Portland, and turn your radio to 105.9, The River, hoping to hear some Aerosmith, or maybe a little VH. They've been playing "Jump" and "Hot for Teacher" a lot lately, but you'd be really pumped if they played something off of a VH album other than 1984... Maybe a little "beautiful girls" or "Atomic Punk". Yeah that would rock!

Wait a second... they're playing Kenny G. WTF!?!?

Well, my friend, they only play jazz now. Seriously. Go to their website, 1059theriver.com, and instead of jibberish about "timeless classic rock", you'll be redirected to KIJZ.com which - without explanation (how about a "hey, loyal listeners, we've changed formats but thanks for listening all these years") - simply invites you join some "smooth jazz club". No thanks.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Where did my Indiana oldies station go?

A listener from Indiana reports that they returned from vacation, and when they turned on their favorite oldies station 97.7, it wasn't there anymore!

What happened to your oldies station? A press release announced yesterday that the station picked up and moved from 97.7 to 92.7 on the dial, and in the process of the move, switched from "oldies" to something they call "CROCK". They define "CROCK" as a mix of country and rock songs, and they'll run DJ Free until New Year's Day '06.

Your oldies can now be heard on 104.9 WAXI.

If you don't want to change your pre-set station, you will hear country music on 97.7 (now known as Country WSKT out of Spencer, Indiana).

Is that confusing enough for ya?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

An Early Christmas in Kansas City

Listeners in KC (MO) are reporting that Z95.7 is no longer "Kansas City's Hit Music Station!"

As of yesterday, the station started calling itself Jingle 95.7 and playing all Christmas music. Their website promises "all christmas all year long" and suggests you tune it at 5pm Thursday (11/3/05) for "gifts from santa", which I think means "tune in to find out what the fuck happened to our radio station".

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Report a missing DJ

Did you turn on your radio this morning and feel like you were in the Twilight Zone, as some syndicated knucklehead was blabbing away... as if he had always been on that station.. as if he had always been in that time slot... as if nothing was wrong? Was your daily source of news and information, along with witty banter, replaced with "light hits from the 80's and 90's"?

Once you realized it wasn't just a bad - and long - commercial, did you surf around the dial frantically looking for your favorite host?

The personalities you were accustomed to listening to were probably fired - replaced by the corporate owners of the chain of radio stations that includes the one you listen to - without any warning to you! Perhaps they took a job with a new satellite radio station, or maybe they met their ultimate fate and are already spinning discs in radio heaven.

Has this ever happened to you, radio listener? When it happens again, let us know:

Click "comment" below to report a missing radio personality, or send an email to us at requests @ djmoves .com.

Lost in Little Rock

Looking for your morning show in Little Rock on 93.3 The Razor? Well, morning guy Jamie "T-Bob" Eatmon was also the program director, so as the station changes to all-rock, he is being instantly replaced on-the-air with Mancow (according to Radio & Records Street Talk).

The Razor's website has Mancow plastered all over it, but does not mention T-Bob, who had just been promoted to program director at the station in July.

Looking for Love in Wisconsin?

Doc Love - the evening voice at V-100 (WKKV-FM, 100.7) - was fired from both his DJ and program director roles at Clear Channel's Milwaukee station, according to JS Online - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.