Country Aircheck Weekly (3/20)

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» Bland To KKWF: Cox WWKA/Orlando PD Drew Blandhas been hired in the same role for Entercom's KKWF (The Wolf)/Seattle. He fills the vacancy created with the departure of Mike Preston (Breaking News 2/7) and starts April 12. "After a nationwide search, it was very clear that Drew was the right person for the job," says market VP/Programming & Operations Dave Richards. "The Wolf is one of America's great Country stations, and it deserves a great leader like Drew." Adds Bland, "I'm ready to hit the ground running and lead this pack of creative minds and outstanding personalities at The Wolf."


» Strike It Richmond: EMF's Country simulcast WLFV & WARV/Richmond, VA has left the format following its acquisition from Alpha for $2 million (CAT 12/7). Visitors to its website are being directed to Alpha's Classic Country WWLB in the market; affected staffers will remain with Alpha in other capacities. Richmond's remaining Country property is Summit Media's WKHK, which posted a 5.5 (5) in Nielsen Audio's fall 2016 ratings survey. WWLB posted a 2.1 (14t).

» Classic Warfare: Convergent's KAJE/Corpus Christi, TX has flipped to Classic Country as "My Country 107.3." Former KFWR (The Ranch)/Dallas PD/middayer Kevin McCoy will handle the same roles at the new station. Compass/Silverfish's Big D & Bubbahave been added in mornings and radio vet Angela Leal will host afternoons. KAJE will compete with iHeartMedia's KRYS, which posted a 7.2 (3) in Nielsen Audio's Fall 2016 diary survey. Local coverage here.


» Don't Touch My Willie: Magic Active Rock WVVE/Panama City, FL has changed its call letters to WWLY and adopted a Country Legends format as "Wild Willie 100.1." OM Marc Summers is handling programming for the station, which is running all music for now. Plans to add air staff in mornings are pending. Listen here. Reach Summers here.