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Tee-Roy, iHeartMedia's on-air personality at 93.3 The Beat in Jacksonville, Power 99 in Philadelphia, and in other markets; tells local Jacksonville TV station News 4 that his listeners say play Kanye West in light of Ye's recent anti-Semitic posts on Twitter that have resulted in him being banned by Elon Musk. “I thought more people would be like, ‘Hey, don’t play Kanye. I don’t want to hear him.’ But the response has been the total opposite So, to me, it’s shocking,” Tee-Roy said. “The biggest thing that came up has been race. Everybody’s said, ‘He’s a Black man and we need to support him as a Black man.’”


ABC News president Kim Godwin has decided to take Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes off the air, saying they’ve become too much of an internal and external distraction. Look for the hosts to return rather quickly as the ratings for 'GMA3' from last week saw a significant boost from the prior two weeks before the news of their affair surfaced. Godwin said that the relationship is not a violation of company policy.


Samantha Chatman has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at Chicago's WLS-TV ABC 7 Eyewitness News.


Watch and listen to Angela Yee's last broadcast on The Breakfast Club. Charlamagne and DJ Envy will continue on without a third member as no replacement for Angela has been named as of yet. >Read more...


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May 17, 2011

Urban Radio format returning to Pittsburgh on WPYT 660 AM and 100.1 FM


From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh has been without a full-time urban radio format for two years, but that's about to change. In the next few days, the sale will close on WPYT-AM (660), and the new owner will launch an urban contemporary format there early next month. In December, San Francisco-based Radio Power Inc. announced that it would buy WPYT from Langer Broadcasting Group of Framingham, Mass., for $290,000.

"When you go into a market with a station, you look at who's doing what," Tim Martz said. "WAMO had a big audience. Nobody has filled the void. It's an attractive format."

Urban stations WAMO-FM and WAMO-AM were sold in May 2009. The new owners -- St. Joseph Missions -- changed the format to Catholic programming. The new WPYT's reach will be extended by broadcasting on an FM translator, or booster signal, located at 100.1 on the FM dial. WPYT-AM is a daytime-only signal and signs off at sundown. The FM frequency will broadcast 24 hours a day.

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