J.D. Freeman

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Mixin' It Up at The Mix? Station's New Morning Man Will Broadcast From Los Angeles.

    ​KDMX-FM (102.9, The Mix) hasn't been on my radar since ... well ... um, ever? Till about 24 minutes ago I didn't even know its format. Oh, I see: "Variety From The 90's 'Til Now," meaning Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Snow Patrol, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat ... and The Verve and Shawn Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Clear Channel Makes It Official: Russ Martin to Return to The Eagle on July 12

    Mark Graham​'Bout one month ago today, over on Sportatorium, Richie called it: Russ Martin would be taking over as morning-show host on KEGL-FM (97.1) some time this month. J.D. Freeman, Clear Channel's market manager, just made it official: The one-time Observer cover boy begins July 12 at 6 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Before He Even Started, Clear Channel Fires Jack E. Jett, Who's Ready to Fire Back

    Brandon ThibodeauxJack E. Jett​When J.D. Freeman called with the news about Lex & Terry, he dropped this bomb: Jack E. Jett will not be allowed on CNN 1190 beginning Monday, which we had announced yesterday. The reason, according to Freeman: something Jack said in the item posted Tuesday eveni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    KZPS's Bo Roberts Had a Heart Attack Tuesday, Will Have Surgery Friday Morning

    Courtesy KZPS-FM (92.5, Lone Star Radio)Bo RobertsJ.D. Freeman, Clear Channel's Dallas market manager, just called with the bad news: Bo Roberts, co-host of the Bo & Jim Mornings show on Lone Star 92.5 and a local radio fixture dating back to his days on Q102 beginning in 1982, suffered a heart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Among Those Laid Off By Clear Channel Are Three Familiar Local On-Air Talents

    Back in January, Clear Channel laid off 1,800 employees, several of whom were good Friends of Unfair Park and most of whom worked in ad sales. Today comes news that the San Antonio-based conglomerate has laid off more folks in a second round of budget-cutting -- and gone even deeper in the talent po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Radio, Radio: Gordon Keith Gets Into a Fight, While KISS's Billy the Kidd Moves to NYC

    Two radio items of note for those still on the terrestrial side of the dial: This morning 'round 8:45, a Friend of Unfair Park called with the command to turn on The Ticket, pronto, as Gordon Keith was being attacked by nemesis Nestor Aparicio. Didn't make it in time -- but the assault has found its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    The Clearance Begins at Clear Channel

    We've tried all morning to get Dallas Clear Channel execs on the phone all morning to discuss layoffs there, which began at 7:30 this morning as expected (and our condolences to the departed, who include someone near and dear to Unfair Park). No luck so far -- and I don't expect any, as we've been p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Wee, Ryan Seacrest is Coming to Town. Well, to Mix 102.9's Afternoon Drive Slot, Anyway.

    A man of his word, Clear Channel's Dallas market manager J.D. Freeman did in fact call back with some news concerning programming changes at the San Antonio-based conglomerate's Dallas properties. As mentioned earlier, two KDMX-FM (Mix 102.9) on-air personalities were part of the mass layoffs today: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Radio Nowhere: Reports Say Clear Channel Due for "Massive Restructuring"

    The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post are reporting today that as early as next week, Clear Channel Communications will "begin implementing a massive restructuring plan that seeks to cut $400 million in costs at the company." Both stories say the layoffs are to begin on Tuesday; says The Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    A Year After Its Splashy Debut, More Changes at Troubled Lone Star Radio

    J.D. Freeman, the ever-vigilant and always informative Dallas-Fort Worth market manager for Clear Channel Radio, delivers some breaking news -- well, broken news, if you want to get technical about it. Because almost one year to the day since Clear Channel announced that KZPS-FM (92.5) was going com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Lone Star Radio Trims Its Redbeard

    Redbeard's no longer shining at Lone Star 92.5. Big change over at Lone Star 92.5: J.D. Freeman, Dallas-Fort Worth's market manager for Clear Channel Radio, says that as of today, local radio legend Redbeard is no longer the station's 2-7 p.m. host. Which comes as something of a shock, as it was on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Josh Venable to Rock L.A. Hard.

    Josh Venable, headin' to the City of Angels Turns out, Josh Venable still works for Clear Channel after all -- only, now it's in Los Angeles. Clear Channel's Dallas market manager, J.D. Freeman, sends words that today, it was officially announced that the former Adventure Club host and KDGE-FM (102. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2008

    What's Left of the Dial

    Our old pal J.D. Freeman, Dallas-Fort Worth's market manager for Clear Channel Radio, fills us in today concerning some changes around the DFW dial. As in: KDGE-FM (102.1) needs a new morning show, as Lex & Terry are moving over to the recently resuscitated KEGL-FM (97.1) come January 9. (The Eagle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    The Eagle Has Landed. Again.

    J.D. Freeman, Clear Channel's Dallas market manager, called this morning with the news that as of 10 a.m. today, 97.1-FM is once more ... The Eagle. As in, "We'll play artists like Metallica, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park," etc. As we reported last month, Clear Channel ditched the Spanish-lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    At Midnight, Clear Channel's Out of the Spanish-Language Radio Biz in Dallas

    Say adios to La Preciosa, the Clear Channel-owned Spanish-language station currently sitting at 97.1 on your FM dial. At midnight tonight, it's going ... all-Christmas music, all the time, till at least the end of, like, Christmas. At that point, Clear Channel's Dallas market manager J.D. Freeman sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Clearing the Air: Clear Channel's Dallas Boss Dials Up KZPS, KDGE Issues

    J.D. Freeman handles all the Clear Channel Communications stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, among them KDGE-FM (102.1) and KZPS-FM (92.5, better known as Lone Star Radio). And the company's regional vice president called this morning because he heard Unfair Park was lookin' for him, which was ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    The Beard is Back!

    Local radio just got a little bit better with the return of Redbeard. When Chancellor Media Corporation abruptly and without warning yanked Q102 off the air in the late summer of 1998, there was a rumor floating about that Redbeard -- the longtime voice and, well, beard of Texas' Best Rock -- would ... More >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Odds & Ends

    97.1 casts a Spanish-speaking shadow over its former "Sunny" format

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Bad News, Good News

    The Texas-bred Amber Plan for missing kids works and is spreading