Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Entercom Removes Sheehan as Head Honcho at KMOX Radio

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Entercom Removes Sheehan as Head Honcho at KMOX Radio

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WAVELENGTHS * Choppy waters in local radio swept away a top executive Thursday, as KMOX chief John Sheehan was replaced as general manager of CBS Radio in St. Louis.

Several sources in local radio said Sheehan was told of the changes during a late-morning managers' meeting with executives from Entercom Communications.

Sheehan will be replaced by Becky Domyan, who had been the St. Louis market sales manager for Emmis Communications.

Sheehan had been in charge of the CBS stations here since 2007, after having worked in radio sales for 14 years in the Kansas City area. He is married to St. Louis television reporter Rebecca Roberts, who has worked at KTVI (Channel 2) and KSDK (Channel 5).

Steve Moore, KMOX program director, directed all questions to Dave Alpert, Entercom's regional manager. Alpert was not available for comment.

The moves all tie into Entercom's purchase of several local stations in the last year.

In February 2017, Entercom bought three CBS stations in St. Louis: legendary talk-radio KMOX (1120 AM), and two adult contemporary stations, KYKY (98.1 FM) and KEZK (102.5 FM).

Then last month, Entercom purchased two stations from Emmis for $15 million: conservative talk KFTK (97.1 FM) and adult contemporary KNOU (96.3 FM).

Before these purchases, Entercom had no properties in St. Louis. It owns five FM and three AM stations in Kansas City, according to its website.

The Indianapolis-based Emmis sold its two other local stations for $45 million to Hubbard Radio: classic rock KSHE (94.7 FM) and alternative-rock KPNT (105.7 FM).

Hubbard, based in St. Paul, Minn., already had a presence in the area: country music WIL (92.3 FM), sports talk WXOS (101.1 FM) and adult contemporary WARH (106.5 FM).

With Emmis leaving the St. Louis market, local radio will be dominated by Hubbard, Entercom and iHeart, which owns eight local stations. …

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