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Former WRXP Program Director Leslie Fram Joins CMT as Senior Executive

While WEMP/101.9 looks to make its stamp on the air with an FM news format, the frequency’s former program director has wasted no time in landing on her feet.

The talented and versatile programmer, Leslie Fram, who had been in charge at Alternative Rocker WRXP since June 2008, (four months after going on the air), has been named SVP of music strategy at Country Music Television.

In that role, Fram will lead the music strategy division at the channel, overseeing all music integration within the CMT brand, including original programming, CMT.com, CMT Radio and music video airplay across all media platforms. 

Fram reunites with CMT president Brian Philips, as their paths crossed successfully years earlier in Atlanta.

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As WRXP Leaves the Air, Program Director Leslie Fram Says Station to End on ‘Positive Note’

We’ve been reporting that tomorrow Friday is the start of a new era in New York radio, and specifically the 101.9 frequency. 

With the Emmis sale to Merlin Media and Randy Michaels, WRXP goes off the  air today.

WRXP program director Leslie Fram tells FishbowlNY that the Rock station will not do anything out of the ordinary for the final hours.

“Each of the jocks will have their own ending song just to thank the audience,” Fram says. “We want to end on a positive note.”

One other positive for ‘RXP, Fram says the station has a 2.3 million cume (listenership), their highest in the three-year history. Fram is also pleased with the ‘RXP’s rating in the 25 to 54 demographic—3.6.

Fram says she’ll remain in New York through the summer, searching for her radio gig.

“[I'm] looking for my next adventure,” Fram says.

WRXP Bringing TakLiberty Rock Festival to New Jersey

Alternative Rocker WRXP has unveiled its first rock festival–TakLiberty (pronounced Take Liberty) Festival.

The multi-stage rock show takes place on Sunday, September 18 at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.  

From the two stages, fans will see Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Graffiti 6, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart perform. Those artists just scratch the surface, though, with many others to be included.

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Loveline with Dr. Drew Joins WRXP Evening Lineup

Westwood One’s Loveline with Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood makes its New York debut on Emmis’ WRXP. The sex talk call-in show airs on ‘RXP starting tonight from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Loveline addresses the issues of young people today in the arena of sex, relationships, and health. With WRXP, Loveline is now in seven of the top 10 markets.

The show is hosted renowed sex and addiction specialist, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and “Psycho” Mike Catherwood.

Loveline is an exciting addition to 101.9 ‘RXP and a benefit to the tri-state audience,” said Leslie Fram, WRXP program director. “Dr. Drew’s credibility and Mike’s personality are a perfect match for our nightly programming.”  

Broadcast from Los Angeles, Loveline is the nation’s most successful and longest running radio call-in program. Dr. Drew has hosted the show for 25 years.

“We continue to give great information in an entertaining context,” added Dr. Drew. “Mike creates an event in the studio every night. He’s a great radio talent. New York listeners won’t be able to resist this.” 

WRXP Broadcasts First Live Concert in May

For the first time in its history, Emmis’ WRXP will broadcast a live concert. The show, at the famed New York City club Webster Hall, takes place on May 11.

Morning show hosts Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram will be joined by Rich Russo and Brian Phillips. The concert is being branded, The Anything Anything 10 O’ Clock News: Live Edition, a hybrid created from Russo’s Sunday night free form show Anything Anything and Phillips’ nightly Ten O’ Clock News.

The special broadcast will be syndicated by two stations in at least two other markets and feature New York indie rock band The Dirty Pearls.

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No Changes Atop the February PPM Ratings: WLTW Maintains Lead; WCBS-FM is Second

WLTW/Lite FM remains the one to beat in the overall (6+ continuous) February PPM Arbitron ratings. The Clear Channel number one mainstay had a 7.1 (up from 6.8 in January). WCBS-FM kept its usual distance at number two, although the Classic Hits station did edge up to a 5.6.

WHTZ/Z100 maintained number three. But the Clear Channel Contemporary Hit Radio station powered up .6 from the previous month to stand at 5.3.

WKTU, also had a big month, moving up to fourth place with a 4.7.

WINS slipped back to 3.8 (from 4.2 in January), while Citadel’s WABC had no gain for the month at 3.7. Joining WABC at 3.7 was WCBS-AM, which had a down February–losing  .7.

More of the ratings after the jump.

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Changes at WRXP, Matt Pinfield Heads to Middays and Back to MTV

Alternative Rocker WRXP 101.9 FM is making changes to its on-air staff, effective Monday. Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram make the move from morning drive to middays (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Swapping with Pinfield and Fram is current midday jock Steve Craig.

“[He] is one of the strongest talent in the country,” says Fram, who doubles as WRXP program director.  “He had amazing ratings in middays in one of our strongest dayparts and truly deserves this move. Personally, I’m excited not to hear the alarm clock at 4 a.m.”

Meantime, Pinfield is set to return to where his fame grew exponentially–host as 120 Minutes. He is back with the profilic MTV music franchise, starting in April on MTV2. The show will air monthly, along with a weekly online companion piece–120 Seconds that Pinfield begins tomorrow on MTV Hive (www.MTVHive.com/120).

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WRXP Teams Up With HISTORY to Promote New Series

WRXP 101.9 is handing over its airwaves to HISTORY today. Until 7 p.m. Emmis’ WRXP is going commercial free, while helping to launch HISTORY’s new series Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy.

Throughout the day, the comedian invades the Alternative Rocker to introduce the show. He’ll discuss his travels that took him from sea to shining sea meeting people, seeing places, and getting a history lesson.

In addition, ‘RXP morning host Matt Pinfield has special segments of Rock music history and Rock influences.

Meanwhile, on the WRXP website–RXP TV airs Only in New York video experiences hosted by The Rock Show’s Pinfield and Leslie Fram.  

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy is a 13-part series with new episodes Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.

Annual Hungerthon Wraps Up Today on Several Radio Stations

With millions getting ready to give thanks for what they have, it’s the perfect time to help others in need.

The Hungerthon, in conjunction with World Hunger Year, joins forces with many radio stations to help the organization’s annual fund drive.

Started over the weekend, the Hungerthon concludes today in a big way. More than a dozen city stations will participate today.

  • WCBS-AM 

News Director Tim Scheld tells FishbowlNY that WCBS 880 is hosting the entire phone bank for calls to Hungerthon from any station.

“The newsroom is filled with tables, computers, [and] the conference table has every inch taken up with Hungerthon material.”

The station has coverage from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Wayne Cabot and Tony Guida hosting the Hungerthon portions.

Then there are the auction items that each station is using to entice listeners.

WCBS-AM is offering various packages, among them is a chance to sit in with sportscaster Jared Max and record your own report.

You can win a tour of the Giants’ new training facility, and also bid for a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  

 A look at sports themed items on WFAN after the jump.

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Ebro Darden Named VP/Programming at Emmis New York

Ebro Darden has been promoted to VP of programming at the three Emmis radio stations in New York.

Darden will oversee WQHT (Hot 97), WRKS (98.7 KISS FM), and WRXP (101.9).

Alex Cameron, SVP/Market Manager calls the promotion a first step in the restructuring plan of the Emmis New York group. For Darden, it’s a big step forward: “This is very exciting and I’m very grateful to our SVP, Alex Cameron, for giving me this tremendous opportunity to lead the entire Programming Team here at Emmis NY,” Darden said. ”Our priorities will be programming efficiency in PPM, growing our digital properties and keeping our brands focused on being culturally significant for our audiences.”

Darden joined Emmis in 2003 as music director of Hot 97. He became program director in 2007.

Update: Leslie Fram, WRXP program director and morning co-host, tells FishbowlNY that  Darden is “a great program director, leader, and strategist and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this promotion.”

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