Memorial Day Weekend Format Change Rundown

As with every holiday weekend in the summer, Memorial Day is known for its plethora of format changes across the country and this year was no exception with most action coming on FM translators. Here’s a rundown of every change we’ve logged this weekend: Lenoir NC – 1340 WJRI/100.5 W263CP Lenoir NC drops News/Talk for Soft Oldies “Just Right Radio“. Nashville – Country 1010 WHIN/100.7 W264CR Gallatin flips to Adult Hits. Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport – Bristol Broadcasting flips Talk 980 WFHG/105.3 W287CF to Urban “105.3 The Beat” WWTB. Tallahassee – iHeartMedia Hot AC “105.3 My-FM” 1270 WTLY/105.3 W287CO shifts to Urban “105.3 The Beat“. Detroit – iHeartMedia Rock “106.7 The D” WDTW-FM f...Read More

WJRI Is Just Right Radio

Curtis Media’s Foothills Radio Group has flipped News/Talk 1340 WJRI/100.5 W263CP Lenoir NC to Soft Oldies “Just Right Radio” duplicating the format heard on 850 WPTK Raleigh. Featuring music from the 1950s through 80s, the station will retain its “Caldwell This Morning” show hosted by Bob Clark from 6-9am. WJRI also carries local high school basketball and American Legion baseball.

WHIN Flips To Adult Hits

Brayden Madison Broadcasting has flipped suburban Nashville Country 1010 WHIN/100.7 W264CR Gallatin TN to Adult Hits. Featuring a mix of current and classic hits targeting the northeastern side of the market, the station is trying to evoke the image of the former “Y107” WYHY and its Tookie Bird mascot. WHIN was acquired by Federated Media COO Tony Richards earlier this year as his second station in the the Nashville suburbs along with Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 94.5” WHPY-FM Bellevue, which serves the west side of town.

Beat Brings Urban Back To Tri-Cities VA/TN

Bristol Broadcasting has launched Urban “105.3 The Beat” 980 WWTB Bristol VA/105.3 W287CF Bristol TN. The launch returns the Urban format to the market for the first time since Jet Broadcasting flipped 103.9 WXIS Erwin to News/Talk in September 2016. Jason Reed, PD of CHR “Electric 94.9” WAEZ Greeneville and Alternative “99.3 The X” WEXX Elizabethton, adds those duties for WWTB. WWTB (formerly WFHG) and W287CF had been simulcasting “Super Talk 92.9” WFHG-FM Bluff City.

Beat Drops Into Tallahassee

iHeartMedia has flipped Hot AC “105.3 My-FM” 1270 WTLY/105.3 W287CO Tallahassee FL to Urban “105.3 The Beat“. The new format is launching with 5,000 songs commercial-free and will debut the syndicated Breakfast Club in mornings on Monday, June 12. The new format goes directly against Cumulus’ market leading “Blazin’ 102.3” WWLD Cairo GA.

106.7 The D Flips To Variety Hits

iHeartMedia Rock “106.7 The D” WDTW-FM Detroit has flipped to Variety Hits while retaining its previous name. Now positioned as “We Play Anything”, the flip returns the Variety Hits format to Detroit for the first time since Cumulus flipped “93.1 Doug-FM” WDRQ to Country in December 2013. Morning host Alan Cox, who had been doing his show from Rock 100.7 WMMS Cleveland, has been dropped with the format change. WDTW-FM registered a 2.7 share in the April 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings placing it 18th overall in the market. The new format will position the stations closer to CBS Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC.

107.3 Jacksonville Rebrands As The River

For the second time in as many months, iHeartMedia Variety Hits 107.3 WWJK Green Cove Springs/Jacksonville FL has a new name. Originally “107.3 Jack-FM‘ and briefly just “107.3 Jacksonville“, the station relaunched again today as “107.3 The River“. Launching with a speciality “You Pick ‘Em” holiday weekend, the station is promoting “more variety and an even bigger smile”. Original Report 4/18: iHeartMedia Variety Hits “107.3 Jack-FM” WWJK Green Cove Springs/Jacksonville FL has dropped the Jack moniker for just “107.3 Jacksonville“. No other changes accompany the rebranding, which simply sees iHeart dropping the Sparknet licensed brand. The expected move, follows iHeart dropping the brand in Sacramento...Read More

Urban Oldies 102.1 The Ville Debuts In Nashville

After stunting for five days with Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” on W271AB Nashville/WPRT-HD2 Pegram TN, The Cromwell Group as launched Urban Oldies “102.1 The Ville“. The new format is positioning as “The Soul of Music City” and gives a competitor to Heidelberg Broadcasting’s 1470 WVOL and Cumulus Urban AC “92Q” WQQK. Original Report 5/22: The Cromwell Group has pulled the plug on Gospel “102.1 The Light” W271AB Nashville/WPRT-HD2 Pegram TN and its currently stunting with a loop of Los Del Rio’s “Macarena”. This is the second time in as many years that Cromwell has used the Macarena to launch a new format in Nashville. 830 WQZQ Goodlettsville/93.3 W227DC Nashville utilized the same stunt last year prior to...Read More

KQKQ Is Sweet Once Again

NRG Media Hot AC “Q98.5” KQKQ-FM Council Bluff IA/Omaha NE has dropped its branding after thirteen years and returned to its heritage “Sweet” identity. KQKQ is now branding as “Sweet 98.5” as “Omaha’s Sweetest Variety”. The station is retaining the current Hot AC format as opposed to the CHR format it held as “Sweet” from 1980 through 2004. Morning hosts Pat & JT remain in place while expanding their show to 5-10am. KQKQ has returned to the beloved Sweet name that it had for decades. • The New Sweet 98.5, Omaha’s Sweetest Variety (same Hot AC format), will continue to feature current chart-topping hits, in a fun, up-tempo environment – with added variety and more music, designed to increase the time listeners spen...Read More

Majic Returns To St. Louis

As expected, iHeartMedia has relaunched the Urban AC “Majic” brand on W279AQ Mascoutah IL/KLOU-HD2 St. Louis. Launching with 10,000 songs in a row, “Majic 103.7” will feature artists such as Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Maxwell and Janet Jackson. iHeartMedia St. Louis announced today the debut of the new Majic 103.7, Today’s R&B and Throwbacks. The station will kick off today at 10:37 a.m. with 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free from the biggest names in R&B. Majic 103.7 will broadcast hit music from artists such as Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Maxwell and Janet Jackson. A full programming line- up will be announced at a later date. “The Majic brand is no stranger to St. Louis and has...Read More

iHeart Appoints New SVPs/Programming In Asheville & Greenville

IHeartMedia has appointed Kix Layton as SVP/Programming for its Greenville SC cluster and Brian Hall for Asheville NC. Layton has programmed Country 100.5 WSSL since 2000 and also has been Program Director for Country 92.5 WESC. Hall has programmed News/Talk 570 WWNC and Liberal Talk “880 The Revolution” WPEK since 2002. iHeartMedia announced today that Kix Layton has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Greenville, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Greenville has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital – including My 102.5, Real Rock 104.9 – Man Up, WSSL 100.5, 92.5 WESC and sports talk station FOX Sports 1440 Greenville – and produces legendary marquee events including Acoustic J...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 5/26

Arthur Lyness sells Country “Lake Country 94.7” 94.7 WULK Crawfordville GA to Paul and Suzanne Stone’s Wyche Service Corporation for forgiveness of a $45,000 promissory note. Wyche owns Oldies “103.9 The Dock” WDDK Greensboro GA, while the Stone’s also own Southern Stone Communications and a stake in Monticello Media. Kristopher Kendrick’s Oconee Communications Company purchases Sports 1450 WMVG and Country 102.3 WKZR Milledgeville GA from WMVG Inc. for $25,425. Cram Communications sells 1300 WOSW Fulton NY to Pathway Community Radio for $20,000. WOSW currently simulcasts Country “92.1 The Wolf” WOLF-FM Baldwinsville/Syracuse. Jak Communications acquires Country 1340 KPOK Bowman MT from Tri-State Communications for $97,000. Oasis of Fai...Read More

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