UPDATE: Number of Cumulus stations in Nashville corrected.
Knoxville’s most popular radio station, WIVK, is a step closer to having a new owner. WIVK is currently part of Citadel Broadcasting Corp., a Las Vegas-based radio network which is being bought by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc.
Citadel shareholders are expected to vote Thursday to approve the merger.
On Tuesday the companies announced that the Department of Justice had completed its antitrust review and the required waiting period had been ended. Last week, Cumulus agreed to sell two stations in Pennsylvania and one in Michigan to resolve DOJ antitrust concerns.
The merger is still subject to Federal Communications Commission approval.
Posted by News Sentinel Business Editor Bill Brewer
Ed Brantley and WIVK go together like country and music, so what a shock to learn that WIVK’s parent company has let the popular, longtime on-air personality go.
Brantley in recent years has been general manager of the top-rated radio station. A call today to WIVK revealed the surprising news that Brantley is no longer with the station, effective today.
Corporate radio giant Citadel Broadcasting, which is in bankruptcy, eliminated the GM position in Knoxville as it apparently has done in other Citadel radio markets as a cost-cutting move.
Left to run the station apparently will be Ben McWhorter, who will handle sales; Mike Hammond, who will oversee programming; Robin Lane, who will manage the station’s business; and Paul O’Malley, president of the South East Division of Citadel.