iHeart Media Columbus announced on Friday (9/19) the birth of 106.7 The Beat, Columbus’ Real Hip Hop and R&B, effective immediately. 06.7 The Beat will feature urban music programming from today's biggest artists including Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Rick Ross, Rihanna, J. Cole and more. The Beat will give Columbus listeners one of a kind access to up-close artist experiences, exclusive premieres, world-class on air personalities and opportunities to be part of bigger than life events and promotions.
"106.7 The Beat is ready to take the ‘Hip Hop’s Heavy Weight Title’ in Columbus," said Doc Wynter, SVP/Urban Programming, iHeart Media.
The station will be anchored by nationally syndicated The Breakfast Club, live from iHeart Media Power 105 in New York City. “The World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show” features DJ Evny, Angela Yee and Charlamange Tha God. They will launch on 106.7 The Beat on October 6th at 5:30am.
Fans can listen to 106.7 The Beat, via the station's website,www.1067thebeat.com, as well as on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's all-in-one digital radio service. WCGX’s previous Alternative format will continue to be available in Columbus on WBWR-HD2 (105.7 – HD2).
Emmis New York Radio has announced TT Torrez, known for her accomplished work in radio and television across the nation, as its new Music Director for Hip Hop & R&B WQHT (HOT 97). TT has worked in several markets throughout her 14-year tenure, including Charlotte, NC, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, where she was correspondent, writer, producer, and music programmer for Music Choice television. She has held both on-air and behind-the-scenes positions, most recently working as Afternoon Drive personality/Music Director for Radio One’s WCDX iPower 92.1 in Richmond, VA. “TT has a long and consistent track record of making things happen. After seeing the amazing things she’s done in her career, and learning she was a fan of HOT 97, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with her,” states Jay Dixon, Program Director of HOT 97. “TT knows Hip Hop! We are thrilled to have her on-board, and can’t wait to see what she can bring to our legendary brand.” "I would like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steal, Deon Levingston, and most of all, Jay Dixon and Ebro Darden, for believing in my talents and allowing me the opportunity to further grow my career with the Emmis family,” adds TT. “As a young girl growing up in New York, I always dreamed about the day I would be able to work for the station that I grew up on. My desire to get into radio was because of the influence HOT 97 had on me as kid. This opportunity is an amazing blessing and a perfect example that if you work hard, stay humble and put God first, dreams really do come true!" TT will begin her new chapter as HOT 97 Music Director on October 1.
iHeartMedia has announced last week that Cat Collins will join the company's National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms and Clay Hunnicutt, EVP/GM for National Programming Platforms. As part of the National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams Collins will work with local stations throughout the country to strengthen and develop programming while also finding new ways to engage and reach listeners. He will continue in his roles as Brand Manager for Rhythmic CHR, serving as iHeartMedia's in-house programming expert for the format, and as PD for Premium Choice. Collins most recently served as PD for KYLD (Wild 94.9) and KIOI (Star 101.3)/San Francisco. "Cat’s impressive ratings track record makes him the ideal choice for this role. His programming expertise and industry experience have strengthened our Rhythmic CHR stations and helped us create winning brands across America," said Poleman. "We are thrilled to have him extend his incredibly valuable skill set to our stations throughout the country." "I can’t thank Tom Poleman and Clay Hunnicutt enough for this amazing opportunity. I am really looking forward to being able to focus all my time and attention on helping all of our existing Rhythmic CHR brands grow, and developing exciting new platforms for iHeartMedia," said Collins. iHeartMedia-San Francisco will begin an active search for a PD for KYLD and KIOI.
Fans have been waiting more than a decade for Dr. Dre's new solo album, Detox, and now it's not even called Detox anymore. During the "Shots Fired" podcast, producer Dawaun Parker (Eminem, 50 Cent) spoke about Dre's upcoming album and its progress. "The album he's working on is not called Detox. He scrapped Detox a couple years ago, and came up with another title. I won't say what the title is because I haven't seen it online or anything yet," Parker said in the podcast. He added that Dre has a rollout plan in place for the album, but it's still unclear when it will be released.