iHeart To Launch 93.7 The River Sacramento

iHeartMedia will be dropping Variety Hits on “93.7 Jack-FM” KQJK Roseville/Sacramento CA in favor of some form of Rock as “93.7 The River” in early April. As announced in a meeting to the staff today, the new format will feature an on-air lineup of names familiar to the market and all recently working at Entercom’s cluster. “The Dog and Joe Show” hosted by ‘Craig The Dog Faced Boy’ and Joe Maumee and until recently in afternoons at Active Rock “98 Rock” 98.5 KRXQ will host mornings. Monica Lowe, longtime DJ at 100.5 KQPT/KZZO, and for the past eight years working in Creative Services for Entercom Sacramento will host middays. Derek Moore, former night host at Classic Rock “Eagle 96.9” KSEG and APD at Sports ̶...Read More

102.1 The Sound Launches In Savannah

Cumulus Media has flipped Country “102.1 Nash Icon” WZAT Savannah to Hot AC “102.1 The Sound” after stunting with songs featuring “Sound” in the title. Positioning itself between iHeartMedia CHR “97.3 Kiss-FM” WAEV and AC “98.7 The River” WYKZ, the move brings the frequency close to its longtime heritage as CHR “Z102“. The syndicated Bert Show will be added for mornings. Since losing its position as the dominant CHR to WAEV in the early 2000s and flipping to Hot AC in 2008, WZAT has jumped from one low-rated Cumulus initiative to another. It flipped to Sports in 2010 and was one of the original “Nash Icon” stations upon that launch in 2014.

Drew Bland Named KKWF Seattle Program Director

Entercom Country “100.7 The Wolf” KKWF Seattle has appointed Drew Bland as its new Program Director. Bland joins KKWF from Cox Media Group’s “K92.3” WWKA Orlando where he has programmed the station since June 2014. He also spent a decade at CBS Country 107.9 KMLE Phoenix in multiple roles including night host, morning show producer, midday host, Music Director, and Assistant Program Director, and Interim Program Director. Bland replaces Mike Preston who departed earlier this year and will start on April 12, 2017. Entercom Seattle welcomes Drew Bland as program director for 100.7 FM The Wolf, Seattle’s hot country station. “After a nationwide search, it was very clear that Drew was the right person for the job. The Wolf is one of America’s great country station...Read More

WHVR Flips To Classic Hits With New Translator

Forever Media has flipped Classic Country “Real Country 1280” WHVR Hanover PA to Classic Hits. The new format comes with the launch of 95.3 W237EN Hanover. The station will continue to carry “Better Living” from 10-11am and its hour long “Yard Sale” from 11am to 12pm. WHVR also carries Baltimore Orioles baseball.

Chunky Bounces Back To His Big Boy Roots

After exiting Alpha Media Country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL Portland last week, the artist now fomerly known as Chunky is joining Beasley Classic Hip-Hop “105.1 The Bounce” WMGC Detroit for mornings. Returning to the on-air name Big Boy that he used while working at nights at iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit from 2006 through 2009, he will join current WMGC morning host Shay Shay for “Big Boy In The Morning”. He used the Big Boy name early in his career at WNKS Charlotte, KZMG Boise, and WHBQ-FM Memphis prior to working in Detroit. After exiting WKQI in 2009 to join CBS CHR “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York for nights he was rebilled as Chunky and then went on to host mornings at XHTZ San Diego, WRDW-FM Philadelphia, and KUPL Port...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 3/24

Station Sales Educational Media Foundation and multiple affiliates of Vic Michael are exchanging eight properties. EMF will acquire Kona Coast Radio’s Hawaiian 95.9 KKHI Kaunakakai HI, Future Modulation Broadcasting’s Hot AC “My 100.7” Kihei HI, and Mountain Community Translators’ 94.5 K233DC Kailua HI, 96.5 K243AM Colorado Springs CO, and 101.7 K269EQ Loveland CO in exchange for 102.9 KMKV Paia HI, 96.5 K243BN Laveen/Phoenix AZ, and 96.5 K243BP Casa Grande AZ. New South Radio adds a sixth station in Jackson MS with the purchase of Christian AC “Star 93.5” WHJT Kearney Park from Mississippi Broadcasters for $600,000. Upon closing of the sale, New South will terminate its LMA with Flinn Broadcasting’s WJXN Utica which currently operates as Cla...Read More

Third Time Could Be The Charm For Bob 100.1 Pasco

For the third time since it moved from 93.7 to 100.1 last year, Alexandra Communications has a new format on 100.1 KQFO Pasco WA. KQFO has dropped its three-month old Classic Rock “Oz 100.1” identity for Variety Hits as “Bob 100.1“. The station was previously AAA “Oasis 100.1” from February through December 2016. Despite what the Envision Networks press release below and other sites state, KQFO serves the Tri-Cities of Kennewick/Richland/Pasco and not Yakima. Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. are excited to welcome Alexandra Communications, Inc.’s KQFO-FM/Yakima as the latest station to join the BOB FM™ family. With the launch of BOB 100.1, the station joins over 125 affiliates on the Envision 24/7 Network. You may know BOB FM™ as the original te...Read More

My Country 107.3 Debuting In Corpus Christi

With the sale of Convergent Broadcasting’s Corpus Christi stations to ICA Radio approved by the FCC and closing imminent, Variety Hits “107.3 Jake-FM” KAJE Ingleside TX will flip to Classic Country tonight. As we reported in Daily Domains last week, KAJE will become “My Country 107.3” at midnight. The station will launch with a commercial-free loop of George Strait songs until the debut of the syndicated Big D & Bubba morning show at 4:00am on Monday, March 27. Kevin McCoy, currently Program Director and Morning Host at sister “Classic Rock 104.5” KPUS will add PD duties for KAJE and take middays at My Country while departing the morning slot at KPUS. Angeii will host afternoons. Current “Jake-FM” morning host Bart Allison will sup...Read More

Fresh Listen: Happy Birthday, Bob FM

When CFWM (99.9 Bob FM) Winnipeg debuted just over 15 years ago, (on March 4, 2002): Classic Rock was still focused on its first generation of artists, and considered the Boston-to-Bon-Jovi era to be a secondary trifle, at best. Pushing into the ‘90s wasn’t even a consideration; those songs were still recent gold for Alternative and Active Rock radio. Oldies radio had not renamed itself Classic Hits and was still grappling with how to push further into the ‘70s. The ‘80s were just another era for Mainstream AC radio, which still went back to the ‘60s and ‘70s without issues. The ‘80s had just been discredited as a separate format by the fast-burning all-‘80s stations, but they were still a center lane for “’80s, ‘90s, and Now” Hot ACs. The Adult Hits boom that Bob FM fostered—within a year...Read More

Weber State University To Sell KWCR License

Weber State University has decided to sell 88.1 KWCR Ogden UT. KWCR has been silent for much of the past two years as the station has moved its programming to a digital platform outside of temporary broadcasts to keep the license alive. Station trustee Nolan Karras told the Ogden Standard-Examiner “The value of this declines every day we wait, so we need to sell”.

Wild Willie Brings Classic Country To Panama City

The Christmas music on WWLY Panama City gave way to its new identity of Classic Country “Wild Willie 100” at 8am this morning. Promoting “Real! Country! Legends!” such as George Strait, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, the new format creates an older skewing in-market competitor for iHeartMedia’s market leading 92.5 WPAP and Powell Broadcasting’s “Kick’n 103.5” WKNK. Gulf South Communications Classic Country “96.9 The Legend” WDJR Hartford AL, which primarily serves the Dothan market, is also heard throughout much of the Panama City market. Marc Summers, Operations Manager for Magic Broadcasting Panama City will serve as Program Director for WWLY. Original Report 3/20: With Rock “97X” WYYX relocating...Read More

WFLI Chattanooga To Go Dark

Another day and another AM station is going dark. WFLI Inc. Southern Gospel 1070 WFLI Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga TN will cease operations on March 31. The station has been in the possession of the Benns family since its sign-on in 1962 and became the powerhouse Top 40 for Chattanooga throughout the 1960s and 70s. Station co-founder Billy Benns also built and launched other heritage stations throughout the south including 690 WVOK Birmingham (now WJOX), 690 WAPE Jacksonville, and 740 WBAM Montgomery (now WMSP) with the Brennan Brothers.

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