The first flip of the usually busy Memorial Day Weekend has taken place as iHeartMedia flipped Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL/98.1 KVET-HD2 Austin TX to Spanish CHR “Tu 103.1” at 10am today. Positioned as “Donde Viven Tus Hits” (Where Your Hits Live), the station clones the branding utilized at “Tu 94.9” WZTU Miami. Enrique Santos’ syndicated morning show based at WZTU will also be heard on K276EL. The new format creates a direct format competitor to Emmis’ “Latino 102.7” K274AX/107.1 KLZT-HD2. K274AX held a 1.9 share in the April 2017 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, while K276EL’s Alternative format held just a 0.2 share with a slightly larger coverage area. iHeartMedia Austin announced today the debut of T...Read More
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 the launch of “Classic Hits 93.3“.
DJRD Broadcasting Standards/Oldies “Legends 770” KAAM Garland/Dallas TX will drop its format in favor of Christian Talk on Monday, June 5. The brokered talk shows that air daily from 1-4pm and most of the day on weekends will remain with some moving to new time slots. Owner Donald Crawford Jr. intends to keep the old format alive as a webcaster at KAAMRadio.com as he claims it is the most listened to Nostalgia station online.
iHeartMedia will launch “Smooth Jazz 107.1” K296GB North Highlands/93.7 KYRV-HD2 Sacramento CA on Monday, May 22. K296GB had been Classic Rock “107.1 The Brew” until the launch of sister “93.7 The River” KYRV last month. It has been simulcasting Talk 650 KSTE since then. Lynda Clayton, who hosted middays on “Smooth Jazz 94.7” KSSJ Fair Oaks from 1997 until its flip to Alternative in 2010, will host on the new station.
Two new formats coming to Miami, while lots of Legends coming elsewhere.
ANCO Media Group (formerly Zoo Communications) Dance “Revolution 93.5” WZFL Islamorada/W228BV Fort Lauderdale/W228BY Miami/WHYI-HD2 has added Joe Raineri to host mornings. Raineri has previously hosted mornings at Hot AC 97.9 WRMF and Sports 640 WMEN in the West Palm Beach market. At WZFL he will join incumbent co-hosts Charisse and Kelly Razzberry. WPTV-TV also reports that the “Revolution” brand will expand to the West Palm Beach market as ANCO will be acquiring “True Oldies 93.5” WBGF Belle Glade from JVC Media, which will soon be completing its move slightly closer to West Palm Beach. The Oldies format will continue on 92.5 W223CJ West Palm Beach.
A battle that started in Philadelphia a couple of years ago is blowing up into a multiple market war between competing Spanish CHR formats and a baffling FCC filing. Victor ‘VJ Mar’ Martinez, who took over operations of “La Ola” 1400 WEST/99.5 W258BM Easton/1600 WHOL Allentown and relaunched it as “Mega 99.5” at the end of 2016, has expanded his station to the neighboring Reading market via American FM Associates’ 92.9 W225CF Reading and Cumulus’ 100.7 WLEV-HD2 Allentown. “Mega 92.9/99.5” gives Reading its second Spanish CHR to go along with iHeartMedia’s “Rumba 1340/92.3” WRAW Reading/92.3 W222BY Laureldale. It will soon gain a third. Quilvio Perdomo’s Radio Sharon Foundation has launched “Latina 92....Read More
JVC Media is preparing to launch Active Rock “Bud 94.1” W231CT/WOTW-HD2 Windermere FL. Already streaming on iHeartRadio, the new format is branded as “King of Rock” with a logo that looks a little too similar to the classic Budweiser logo. W231CT had been rebroadcasting Brazilian 810 WRSO Orlovista. INSTANT INSIGHT: Will be interesting to see if Budweiser owner InBev sees this as too close of knock off of the Budweiser logo, especially with the “King of Rock” positioning paired with it.
Du Quoin Broadcasting Company Country 1580 WDQN Du Quoin IL ceased operations last Friday becoming yet another AM stations to fall by the wayside. No explanation was made as to why the station would be ending operations, but as with many low power AMs at the top of the dial (170w day/6.6w nights), its not hard to see what likely lead to the demise of the station. With the opening for an FM translator application coming this summer, the potential does exist for someone to come in and add an FM signal for the station. WDQN began operating in Du Quoin in 1953 after previously being licensed to nearby Ava as WAVA. It’s FM partner, 95.9 WDQN-FM was sold to Christian operator Three Angels Broadcasting Network in 2003.
When Henson Media completes the move-in of the former 97.7 WWKY Providence KY to Sebree, where it will rimshot Evansville, it will return ESPN Radio programming to the market. Now sporting WREF call letters, the station will be branded as “ESPN 97.7 The Ref” when it signs-on from its new location in early June. The station will rimshot Evansville from the south with 6kW/96m. The Henderson KY Gleaner reports that WREF will carry Matt Jones’ Kentucky Sports Radio from 9-11am and add a local program from 5-6pm will be added. All other programming will come from the ESPN Radio national lineup. Play-by-play will include St. Louis Cardinals baseball. The Evansville market has been without ESPN Radio programming since Townsquare Media flipped 105.3 WJLT to AC in December 2016.
iHeartMedia has swapped the formats for its two AMs in Riverside/San Bernardino CA. The News/Talk format shifts from 1440 KFNY Riverside to 1290 KKDD San Bernardino, while Spanish AC “La Precisoa” moves in reverse from 1290 to 1440. While 1440 KFNY is only 1kW and 1290 KKDD is 5kW, the 1440 signal is more centrally located in the market. 1290 KKDD covers San Bernardino well but has a null away from the Riverside part of the market. “NewsTalk 1290” features a local program hosted by Lou Desmond from 5-7pm and syndicated programming including Armstrong & Getty, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin.
Alpha Media launched Sports “95.9 The Sports Nut” W251BQ Peoria/WNGY-HD2 Morton IL this morning. The new station will carry programming from Fox Sports Radio including Dan Patrick from 8-11am, Colin Cowherd from 11am-2pm, and Doug Gottlieb from 2-4pm. Scott Robbins, former co-host of the Robbins & Markley show on sister News/Talk 1470 WMBD and 101.1 KXL-FM Portland OR, until a massive heart attack in August 2015, will host an afternoon show from 4-6pm weekdays. Robbins has been hosting a Saturday morning show on WMBD since returning last August. The Sports Nut will bring an FM Sports competitor to Advanced Media Partners’ “ESPN Peoria” 96.5 WZPN.