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Steve Harvey Morning Show

February 12th, 2018

Adams Radio Group, Fort Wayne, IN –

B96.9FM, Fort Wayne’s R&B and Old School radio station, is proud to announce the addition of the Steve Harvey morning show, which can now be heard mornings from 6am to 10am Monday through Saturday on 96.9FM and streaming at B969FM.com.

Kevin Musselman, vice president of Adams Radio Group and general manager of Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne, said “We are thrilled to bring the #1 syndicated morning show in the US to our listeners here in Ft. Wayne. Steve Harvey is a huge talent and we look forward to his great success on B96.9”

Steve Harvey is the host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show radio program, and the popular TV shows Family Feud and Celebrity Family FeudThe Steve Harvey Show, and family favorite Little Big Shots. His popularity continues to grow to global proportions, bolstered by his new role as host of the Miss Universe Pageant. Harvey is currently one of the most powerful voices in media, touting a career spanning nearly 30 years as a top stand-up comedian (Mr. Harvey made several appearances in Ft. Wayne at Snickerz comedy bar), actor, award winning TV personality and talk show host, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.

The Steve Harvey Morning Show is celebrating it’s 12-year anniversary in national syndication with Premiere Networks and is the #1 syndicated morning show in America with nearly 7 million weekly listeners on more than 100 stations nationwide. Harvey co-created and hosted The Neighborhood Awards from 2002-2016, an awards show that honored local businesses, institutions and leaders for the excellence demonstrated in their communities.

Harvey is also author of multiple New York Times best-selling titles. His first book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment inspired the 2012 box office topping movie, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and its 2014 sequel Think Like a Man Too.

As a humanitarian and an entrepreneur, Harvey makes it a priority to give back. Through the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, he and his wife provide hundreds of teens annually with mentoring and educational opportunities. His company, HARCAL, allows him to create business partnerships that specifically target and benefit the working middle class.

Harvey’s list of accolades includes several NAACP Image Awards, a People’s Choice Award, induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Steve Harvey Show in 2014, 2015 and 2017, as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud in 2014 and 2017.

Harvey is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a proud parent with wife Marjorie to seven children.

 

For further information regarding B96.9 and the Steve Harvey Morning Show, please contact:

JJ Fabini

Operations Manager

Adams Radio Group Ft. Wayne

260-747-1511

jjfabini@argfw.com


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JOHN LUDWIG JOINS ADAMS RADIO DELMARVA

Salisbury, MD: Adams Radio Group has hired radio veteran John Ludwig as a Senior Account Manager representing the Adams cluster of stations in Salisbury-Ocean City.   Ludwig comes to Adams from Entercom Portland where he has spent the past 13 years as a sales consultant for Entercom.

Born in Newport Beach, CA, and raised on the West Coast, Ludwig graduated from Washington State University in 2004 with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Communications. Ludwig began his career with Entercom in 2005 via the highly successful Entercom Communications, ‘Sales Associate’ program.   Ludwig says “13 years later and I am grateful and humbled at being able to consistently achieve success and also to have been a valued member of an amazing total radio team at Entercom Portland. I value a collaborative approach with both my clients and local radio team and look forward to bringing the same positive and optimistic attitude along with a fresh perspective to the community in the Salisbury/ Ocean City, Maryland area.” Ludwig enjoys recreating in the outdoors, especially golf, swimming, and hiking.

Paul Burton, VP/GM of Adams Radio added “We are looking forward to John’s arrival and his leadership on the team. We have no doubts that he can teach us a thing or two…and help us continue to build our amazing cluster in Delmarva”.


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COLLEEN CAREW JOINS ADAMS RADIO DELMARVA

 

Salisbury, MD: Adams Radio Group has named radio veteran Colleen Carew as the new Program Director and Midday personality of WGBG “Big Classic Rock” in Salisbury-Ocean City.   Carew comes to Adams from 100.7 “The Bay” in Baltimore where she has spent the past 13 years doing middays on Baltimore’s premier Classic Rock station.   Prior to The Bay, Carew spend several years at 98 Rock also in Baltimore. Carew started her radio on the Eastern Shore and was part of the team that launched WZBH “The Beach”.

Carew says “get ready to have some fun with me on the radio at my new favorite station, Big 98.5, Delmarva’s Classic Rock! I’m certainly not new to the area, but it’s been awhile – and I’ve missed you!   I worked at a few stations here on the Eastern Shore many moons ago – even helped get WZBH going when they first went on air   (yes, I started when I was 12, lol!)   I’ve been lucky enough to play the greatest music ever made, and interact with many of the artists responsible for it. I’ll continue to do the same here on Delmarva. I love that my career has come full circle because I love Delmarva – the people, the vibe, the businesses and, oh yeah – the beach!!”

Paul Burton, VP/GM of Adams Radio added “We are thrilled to have Colleen on board. Not to sound silly but “she completes us”! We have spent a lot of time in the past couple of months resetting some things and preparing for the next phase of our growth…and we all know growth does not happen without the right team…and now we have it. Colleen will take BIG to new heights.”

Carew replaces Laura Lee, who has been interim PD since the departure of Johnny Maze in August.

 

 

 

 


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Adams Radio launches 103.3 The Fort in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN: Adams Radio of Fort Wayne has launched a new Active Rock radio station “103.3 The Fort”. The station launched at midnight on September 6. Kevin Musselman, Vice President & Market Manager for Adams Radio commented on the new station saying “we are very excited about this station and what it brings to the listeners of Fort Wayne. Our lineup, including “The Billy Madison Show” in AM Drive and “The Mens Room” in evenings will be unique and different…and we believe will be quickly identified by the 18-34 male as the “must listen to station” and will be a great compliment to our Legendary Classic Rock Station 96.3XKE.” Billy Madison added “We are amped to make Ft. Wayne part of the BMS family. Thanks again to Adams Radio for believing in us!” Billy Madison is represented by United Stations and Stefan Jones added “We have a great partnership with Ron Stone and his team at Adams Radio Group in Maryland and we look forward to having the same successes in Ft. Wayne.” The Mens Room team added “This is great news and we couldn’t be more excited to share the Men’s Room with Fort Wayne! We’re proud to join their line up and we’re ready to get the party started…and they told us we would get free passes to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, can’t wait!”

 

Fort Wayne, IN: Adams Radio of Fort Wayne has launched a new Active Rock radio station “103.3 The Fort”. The station launched at midnight on September 6. Kevin Musselman, Vice President & Market Manager for Adams Radio commented on the new station saying “we are very excited about this station and what it brings to the listeners of Fort Wayne. Our lineup, including “The Billy Madison Show” in AM Drive and “The Mens Room” in evenings will be unique and different…and we believe will be quickly identified by the 18-34 male as the “must listen to station” and will be a great compliment to our Legendary Classic Rock Station 96.3XKE.” Billy Madison added “We are amped to make Ft. Wayne part of the BMS family. Thanks again to Adams Radio for believing in us!” Billy Madison is represented by United Stations and Stefan Jones added “We have a great partnership with Ron Stone and his team at Adams Radio Group in Maryland and we look forward to having the same successes in Ft. Wayne.” The Mens Room team added “This is great news and we couldn’t be more excited to share the Men’s Room with Fort Wayne! We’re proud to join their line up and we’re ready to get the party started…and they told us we would get free passes to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, can’t wait!”

The Billy Madison Show is a funny, irreverent show built for guys. The successful, proven radio program features Billy as the leader of a group of passionate, curious and “unique” individuals that work hard and know how to blend great original content and lifestyle entertainment targeted to active adults. The BMS is well-known for its “Deadbeat Dads” feature. This is where Billy “busts” Deadbeat Dads on-air after luring them on the phone under the guise of winning a prize. The ex-wife, girlfriend, (or simply the mother of the child) is on the call as well and once Billy asks “why don’t you pay your child support?” the mother confronts the DBD and the fireworks begin!  In addition to Billy, the show is comprised of Derek (Co-Host), “Nard” (Stuntman), Fred (Producer) and Dumbass Daniel (Phone screener/Goober).

The Billy Madison Show is a funny, irreverent show built for guys. The successful, proven radio program features Billy as the leader of a group of passionate, curious and “unique” individuals that work hard and know how to blend great original content and lifestyle entertainment targeted to active adults. The BMS is well-known for its “Deadbeat Dads” feature. This is where Billy “busts” Deadbeat Dads on-air after luring them on the phone under the guise of winning a prize. The ex-wife, girlfriend, (or simply the mother of the child) is on the call as well and once Billy asks “why don’t you pay your child support?” the mother confronts the DBD and the fireworks begin!  In addition to Billy, the show is comprised of Derek (Co-Host), “Nard” (Stuntman), Fred (Producer) and Dumbass Daniel (Phone screener/Goober).

The Mens Room is Seattle’s #1 afternoon drive show and will be heard in Fort Wayne 7p-11p. Born one evening in a dark bar during an argument over tater tots, The Mens Room has grown to become more than just a massively popular radio show. From launching their own craft beer to making their own line of sausage, The Mens Room knows how to party. Hosts Miles Montgomery, Steve “The Thrill” Hill, Thee Ted Smith and Mike Hawk will bring some attitude, hilarity, and just fun entertainment to your evenings in Fort Wayne!

The Mens Room is Seattle’s #1 afternoon drive show and will be heard in Fort Wayne 7p-11p. Born one evening in a dark bar during an argument over tater tots, The Mens Room has grown to become more than just a massively popular radio show. From launching their own craft beer to making their own line of sausage, The Mens Room knows how to party. Hosts Miles Montgomery, Steve “The Thrill” Hill, Thee Ted Smith and Mike Hawk will bring some attitude, hilarity, and just fun entertainment to your evenings in Fort Wayne!

Adams Radio Group is a medium market media company focused on local radio operations and creating great marketing opportunities in the local communities. We are heavily involved in the areas we serve and are dedicated to the growth and success of the communities and clients we serve. Our employees are well seasoned radio professionals that know how to serve local businesses and communities. Our success comes from embracing the local market, our employees, and the core values of local radio. Our markets are live, local and focused to super serve! ###


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Adams Radio acquires 4 stations in Tallahassee, Fl

Minneapolis, MN – July 10, 2017: Red Hills Broadcasting has agreed to sell its radio cluster in Tallahassee, Florida to Adams Radio of Tallahassee, LLC. Bill Fanning of MVP Capital, LLC was the broker in the transaction. The acquisition includes: WHTF – FM, Havana, Florida; WWOF – FM, Tallahassee, Florida; WQTL – FM, Tallahassee, Florida and WANK – FM, Lafayette, Florida.

Ron Stone, President and CEO of Adams said “We are thrilled for Adams Radio to be the next steward of these amazing stations that Hank Kestenbaum has spent over 20 years building and even more excited about the future of the stations under Hank’s continued management alongside Adams Radio. This cluster is another rare opportunity to join forces with a company that has been under the same ownership and management for two decades. These stations are a great compliment to our existing markets and will no doubt bring many great ideas into the Adams Radio Family.”

This is the fifth market for Adams Radio Group. Adams owns and operates clusters in Las Cruces, NM, Fort Wayne, IN, suburban Chicago (Northwest Indiana) and Salisbury-Ocean City, MD.

Hank Kestenbaum, President of Red Hills Broadcasting, added: “I want to congratulate Ron Stone and his team at Adams Radio on buying four great Tallahassee radio stations. Every day I’m privileged to work with a dedicated and talented group of people at serving our community with entertaining live and local radio. I look forward to leading these stations and this team into a new era of success, service and prosperity under Adam’s ownership.”

About Adams Radio Group

Adams Radio Group is headed by Ron Stone. Adams is a medium to small market company focused on local radio operations and creating great marketing opportunities in the local communities. The ownership group of ARG is comprised of individual investors led by Stephen Adams, who is Chairman and majority owner of The Adams Companies, a diversified group of companies encompassing wineries, vineyards, outdoor advertising, recreational vehicles, event marketing and other related services.


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KOOL OLDIES 104.3 & 105.1

ADAMS RADIO “HATCHES” KOOL OLDIES IN MARYLAND

Playing the best of the 60’s and 70’s, KOOL Oldies 104.3 & 105.1 & 103.9HD2

Salisbury, MD, April 5, 2017– KOOL Oldies hatched on April 1st with a stellar promotion in partnership with the Salisbury Zoo.

Adams Radio Group teamed up with the Salisbury Zoological Park to run a month long promotion leading up to KOOL Oldies making its debut on April 1st. A large egg of unknown origin was placed in an outdoor enclosure where zoo visitors could view the egg and then encouraged to go to the Zoo’s website and make a guess as to what was in the egg. On April 1st, a curious crowd gathered to discover what was about to “hatch”.

The egg was opened to revel a stuffed penguin and the announcement of the new KOOL Oldies station. Kids were entertained with taking pictures with the new KOOL Oldies Penguin mascot and getting to pick a plastic egg which held prizes for them. Listeners are now able to visit KOOL Oldies website to help name the new KOOL Oldies penguin. The winner of the naming contest will win a 5,000 watt generator.

Just in time for the warmer weather, Delmarva now has KOOL Oldies 104.3 & 105.1

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Laura Lee at 410-202-8102 or email lauralee@argdp.com.


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EJ Foxx Joins Adams Radio of Delmarva

EJ Foxx

Salisbury – Ocean City, MD: EJ Foxx has joined Adams Radio of Delmarva. EJ takes over as middays on “Your Country, 107.7 WKHI. Adams owns and operates WKHI FM (Country), WGBG FM (Classic Rock), WZBH FM (Active Rock), and WOCQ FM (CHR) Maryland.

A longtime Maryland and Washington DC native, EJ has done it all! With more than 10 years as a program director she bring a wealth of experience to assist in the growth of Your Country. Her involvement in the local community in second to none. EJ most recently served CAT country from 1994 to 2016 when they left the country format. Prior to Cat, she was on air with WASH FM in DC and on air in Baltimore with WMAR TV. EJ describes herself as someone who loves working on air, has a huge heart and enjoys serving the public and helping making the community a better place for all. EJ has a BA in Theater & Communications from New York University. She has worked extensively in the past with great organizations including: March of Dimes, Children’s House By The Sea, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cancer Support Community of Delmarva, Humane Society of Wicomico and Worcester Counties and Women Supporting Women.

Paul Burton, VP & GM of Adams Radio of Delmarva commented: “We continue to build a stellar on air staff in Maryland and EJ is a fine example of that. I have known EJ for years and could not be more excited to finally get to be partners with her. We have no doubt with her new signal she will make some real noise in the market!” 

EJ added, “I am thrilled to become part of the Adams Radio family! I truly thought life on country radio in Maryland was over when CAT left the format…then BOOM! Along comes not only a new station…but a lot more power! I will be blasting out from Easton to Ocean City and Milford to Pokemoke City on 25,000 watts…WOW! I am excited!!” 

About Adams Radio Group: Adams Radio Group is a medium to small market radio group focused on local radio operations and creating great marketing opportunities in local communities. We are heavily involved in the communities we serve and are dedicated to the growth and success of the communities and clients we serve. Our employees are well seasoned radio professionals that know how to work with local communities and businesses. Adams owns and operates stations in Fort Wayne, Northwest Indiana, Salisbury-Ocean City, and Las Cruces.

The ownership group of ARG is comprised of individual investors led by Stephen Adams, who is Chairman and majority owner of The Adams Companies, a diversified group of companies encompassing wineries, outdoor advertising, recreational vehicles and related services. Stephen Adams was the former Chairman of Adams Radio Corporation and Adams Broadcast Group, which successfully owned and operated radio and TV stations across the country including San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, Monterey, Grand Rapids, St. Louis, Charlotte, Denver, Wilmington, and San Antonio during the period 1985 through 1993.


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4th Annual Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival!

4th Annual Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival!

March 22nd, 2016

Fort Wayne, IN – The fourth annual Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival will take place on Saturday, March 25th at Hotel Ft. Wayne on Washington Ctr. Rd. This year’s Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival will again feature unlimited beer and limited bourbon tasting, and a variety of bacon themed items from area restaurants. VIP ticket holders will have early access to this year’s beer, bourbon and bacon sampling, with custom gifts only available to VIP ticket holders.

3 top local restaurants will offer up incredible, mouth-watering bacon-themed items priced between $3 and $6.

Hotel Ft. Wayne is also offering a special room rate to BBB attendees that wish to stay the night rather than driving home.

Tickets for the Beer, Bourbon & Bacon festival are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP. A limited number of designated driver tickets will also be available at $10 each, which include a non-alcoholic drink and a snack. To buy tickets, visit 963XKE.com and click on the link.

For more information contact JJ Fabini at 260-747-1511 or jjfabini@argfw.com

 


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Kevin Musselman Elevated to VP/GM Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne

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Lakeville, Minnesota, February 20, 2017– Adams Radio Group has named Kevin Musselman VP & GM for it Fort Wayne, Indiana cluster. Kevin has been with Adams in Fort Wayne since it entered the market via acquisition of Oasis Radio and Summit Media Fort Wayne serving as Director of Sales. Adams owns and operated WBTU, WJFX, WXKE, WWFW, WGL AM, WLYV AM and Metro stations B-96, The Patriot 103.3 and Kool Oldies 104.3.

From 2007 to 2012 Kevin served in GSM and GM roles for Federated Media. Kevin has called Indiana home for the past 27 years.

When asked to comment on Kevin, Ron Stone, President and CEO of Adams Radio Group, said “Kevin is a perfect fit for the GM role. He has been with Adams from the day we acquired the market and has built an amazing sales organization. It’s a big job overseeing 9 frequencies in one market, and I am confident Kevin is the leader we need. Kevin is a team player with strong sales skills and creates amazing partnerships both internal and external.” Kevin added “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the company as DOS, and I am delighted to be named GM. This opportunity in Fort Wayne continues to be amazing with our great cluster of stations and we will continue to do all we can to super-serve the community at large and the advertising community.”

Adams Radio Group is a medium market media company focused on local radio operations and creating great marketing opportunities in the local communities. We are heavily involved in the areas we serve and are dedicated to the growth and success of the communities and clients we serve. Our employees are well seasoned radio professionals that know how to work with local businesses. Our success comes from embracing the local market, our employees, and the core values of local radio. Each of our markets is live, local and focused to super serve!

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