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Brian Thomas, WCBS-FM Program Director, to Head CBS Radio Tampa Cluster

Brian Thomas has been one of radio’s premiere programmers in the last decade. He didn’t just return WCBS-FM with DJs in 2007, he helped it return to Number 1.

So it was somewhat surprising, even for the industry with the ”nomad” aspect, that Thomas is leaving New York for a promotion. Starting June 4, Thomas will helm the CBS Radio cluster of stations in Tampa. He will keep his hands on CBS-FM from a distance, though, remaining VP of Classic Hits programming.

“I wasn’t even thinking of leaving New York City,” Thomas tells FishbowlNY. “But after six years, it is in the back of your head of what’s next.”

Always seeking the next challenge, and with his favorite markets, aside from New York, in California and Florida, Thomas was open to exploration.

“When Ben Hill [SVP/market manager, Tampa] reached out in an e-mail that said…here’s a crazy thought [in the subject line] ‘Do you have any interest in the Tampa programming gig?’ It took a week to make the decision.”

But that decision was wrought with emotion.

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Program Director Brian Thomas Responds to CBS-FM Criticism

We reported earlier this week that a former WCBS-FM music director was critical of the differences between the Oldies station then and its Classic Hits version today.

FishbowlNY reached out to CBS-FM program director Brian Thomas for a comment on that article.

Thomas says the original headline should have been called “Different Era-Different Styles of DJs.”

“Comparing jocks of different era is like comparing Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods,” Thomas says.

Richard Lorenzo said earlier in the week that CBS-FM lacks style today.

“The ones [jocks] then weren’t necessarily more intelligent, but they were more enjoyable because they were into the craft more deeply,” Lorenzo said.

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WCBS-FM Draws Even with WLTW in November Ratings

The November PPM ratings were released yesterday by Arbitron. Classic Hits station WCBS-FM recaptured a portion of first place in the 6+ survey.

CBS-FM, with the exception of one month during the summer, has been consisently number two. They gained .4 to settle at 5.9.

Clear Channel-owned WLTW-FM, heading in the opposite direction, met CBS-FM at number one after dropping .6 from October.

More on CBS-FM’s latest rating triumphs after the jump.

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Memo to WCBS-FM: Please Pull Back on the Countdowns

There was a time when hearing a countdown on the radio meant something special. No matter whether the countdown was created by management or listeners, it was enjoyable radio. It was usually set aside for a long holiday weekend, one time or maybe twice a year.

For most stations, that’s still the case.

But WCBS-FM has ruined a good thing. The popular Classic Hits station is a well-oiled machine during the week, there’s no denying that. Some of the city’s best DJs play the familiar hits from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (although the accent is clearly on the latter two decades). 

Into the weekend, the station changes gears. At first earshot, though, it appears that nothing is different. The regular DJs are on the air (“Broadway” Bill Lee and Ron Parker among them). Even the music is the same, or at least, primarily within the usual parameters.

However, this highly professional, and successful (consistently number two in overall Arbitron ratings) station, almost becomes a caricature of itself. Read more

‘Famous Amos’ Returns to WCBS-FM on Thanksgiving Day

Russ “Famous Amos” DiBello has been a radio DJ for 40 years, not that you’d know it to look at him.

He’s crisscrossed the country in more than two dozen markets over the decades, including making his mark on NYC.

In the late 1990s, he made his first big impression with listeners in the tri state area, working at the now-defunct Jammin’ 105.

Since 2003, he’s had varying fill-in opportunities at WCBS-FM. He started prior to the “Jack” debacle, and returned two years later.

His highwater mark at the Classic Hits station came in the 2009 holiday season. DiBello was, seemingly, the main fill-in jock, heard regularly off the bench.

DiBello, 59 tomorrow, is scheduled to fill in for “Broadway” Bill Lee on Thanksgiving Day.  As of this writing, though, it is his only shift through the end of the year. It will be his first time on CBS-FM since July 4th weekend.  

“I am the person that they call, officially, when everyone has the Bubonic plague,” DiBello quipped. “Doctor’s notes are required. If someone can be pulled or dragged in, and the medical monitors show no instance of flatlining—no ‘Famous.’ Read more