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Airwaves: June 6, 2008

The Sound's First Jock

100.3 The Sound's first on-air personality took to the afternoon airwaves this week, and he may be a familiar voice to you. His name is Andy Chanley -- the very same Andy Chanley who presided over the morning shift on the old Channel 103.1 (now Indie 103.1, KDLD) from 1999 to 2001 (Wow, has it been that long???)

The Sound's programmer Dave Beasing said "Chanley is quite possibly the smartest -- and nicest -- deejay in radio," adding, "as the first deejay of The Sound, Andy now secures a place in our history ... and future."

I think he's a good choice because of his musical knowledge and obvious love of the format; I continue to expect great things from The Sound.

Beasing himself is a new hire to the station, which launched its format under new ownership just a short time ago. He's experienced with the the format and is highly respected in the radio world. And the music director/assistant programmer Haley Jones has won awards for her work from industry newspaper Radio and Records. Again, I expect great things. The station now has new call-letters, KSWD

Calling Dr. Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio this week added a new channel to its lineup hosted exclusively by doctors.

Available on Channel 114, Doctor Radio features dozens of expert clinicians and researchers hosting live call-in shows. The idea is to provide expert information, medical news and interesting stories from the world of health and medicine delivered firsthand by New York University medical professionals.

Doctor Radio replaces what was once LIME Radio -- Healthy Living with a Twist -- which left the air when the provider of the channel decided to move to podcasts.

Artist Update

Sirius has backed off of long-term single-artist channels, at least for now, and currently is running but a few ... which means I can recommend the service again.

Real American Idol

It seems Ryan Seacrest is everywhere these days. His morning show on KIIS-FM (102.7 FM), television's American Idol, interviews on talk shows. Soon you'll be able to hear him on the radio in Florida, as he adds another affiliate to his morning show syndication.

KISS 95.1 (WBVD/Melbourne)announced this that beginning June 16th On Air with Ryan Seacrest will be heard from 11 AM to 2 PM. I am sure that being owned by Clear Channel -- as is KIIS-FM here in Los Angeles -- and the fact that syndicating the show to Florida means overall cost savings through the loss of local Florida talent had absolutely nothing to do with the decision ...


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