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More personnel moves in St. Louis radio.

The summer of 2000 was marked by numerous changes in the local radio industry. Reliable sources told SJR that the Steve and D.C. Show, with their strong female demos, will move to 104.1, the frequency of the former "Extreme" format (WXTM-FM), and that the station will convert entirely to Hot Talk, using some syndicated daytime programming such as the Tom Leykis Show. Former general sales manager for WKKX-FM, Joe Rush, will become the general manager at the yet-unnamed FM talk station. Music satisfying demos targeted by the former WXTM-FM, or some other blend, would shift to 105.7, with Howard Stern at the helm for mornings. Presumably, "The Point" would be renamed. No press release from Emmis was available at deadline.

Meanwhile at KTRS, another upheaval has occurred in morning drive. Rather abruptly, Kevin Slaten was discharged during, the third week of August, to be replaced by Nashville morning radio talk-show host Darrell Ankarlo. Ankarlo had discussions with KMOX on two previous occasions dating to the departure of Steve Jankowski. He was being considered for the 4 to 6 p.m. slot according to sources inside KMOX. Those same sources told SJR that Ankarlo and KMOX broke off talks when it was uncertain whether Ankarlo would actually relocate to St. Louis from Nashville. Now, apparently, he will move here to take over the beleaguered morning slot on KTRS. Sources told SJR that Slaten had 10 months left on a recently renewed contract with the station.

It is unclear what role Wendy Wiese will play during Ankarlo's show. But with close to six months left on her contract and a steady stream of revenue generated by her live spots, she will most likely continue in some capacity on the new show.

Other changes of note include the exit of "Sports Monster" Steve Schlanger to Los Angeles and a gig with Fox Sports West, concentrating on Pac-8 football and basketball. No word yet from KLOU or J.C. Corcoran on whether a field of replacement candidates for Schlanger's spot on the show has been assembled--or whether he'll be replaced altogether.

Play by play coverage of MIssouri Tiger football and men's basketball will return to KMOX after a three-year hiatus. The station was granted broadcast rights as part of a two-year agreement which is effective for the 2000-2001 season.

The sole exception to the arrangement will be conflicts with St. Louis Cardinal baseball, at which time the games will spill over to broadcast partner KFNS AM & FM.

According to KMOX Operations Director Tom Langmyer, the partnership between the two stations calls for more extensive coverage of Missouri sports in St. Louis. with various programs and updates dedicated to both football and basketball throughout the week.

KMOX also has added Jon Grayson as its permanent over-night host, following favorable response received during some fill-in shows earlier in the summer. Grayson most recently hosted an evening talk show on the same Nashville FM station the new KTRS morning show host is reportedly leaving, WWTN-FM.

Technical problems which have plagued KLOU-FM (103.3 FM) since the third day of J.C. Corcoran's new morning show, appear to have been overcome. The station has been running on a barely adequate auxiliary transmitter since the main transmitter on Avenue H in Lemay blew in early April. The result has been a reduction in coverage of around 50 percent for the first four months of the new show and station image makeover.

In addition, on Aug. 11, the station was forced to rely on a gasoline-powered generator to provide electricity for the studios and studio-transmitter link after a fire, at an Ameren UE facility in Metro East knocked out service to a large portion of the downtown business district. Credit goes to forward-thinking station engineers for keeping the station oh the air during these months of technical difficulties.

In other KLOU news, Program Director Dave Michaels left the station for another opportunity with a national satellite program supplier in Dallas. A replacement has not been named.

KSLZ-FM Program Director and Clear Channel CHR Brand Manager Jeff Kapugi reports that he has replaced night-time jock Tommy. Wacker with Sid Kelly who will start after Labor Day. Kelly comes from K-92 in Roanoke, Va.

Kapugi also announced that Margie Ellis or of Fox 2 News joined the syndicated MJ & BJ morning show for news. Margie was previously half of the Smash & Margie morning show on sister Clear Channel station Mix 93.7, and she replaces Holly Chisholm.

SJR has received the unfortunate news that the very capable Lynn Venhaus will no longer be writing her online column about local radio on the website. Editor-in-Chief Jason Jackson notified staff writers in a July e-mail message that the site would no longer be able to publish the widely read feature because of a lack of available funds. Jackson cited a combination of low advertising revenue combined with a reader base unwilling to pay a fee for accessing the site's content and a tepid market-place for information distribution as the main cause for the service's demise. The site continues to operate using voluntary correspondents in several major markets.

Venhaus covered St. Louis radio in a comprehensive and balanced manner, proving that there's enough going on in the St. Louis radio market to warrant a weekly column. Unfortuntely, it seemed obvious to every-one but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that moving Venhaus' column to the paper was a natural and long overdue segue. The Post decided instead to assign radio stories from within, without creating a separate column, something they have stubbornly refused to do despite the presence of a large and dedicated readership for local and national radio news and gossip.
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Author:Hoffman, Larry
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Date:Sep 1, 2000
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