Format Changes

Classic Hits Flows Into St. Cloud

As we’ve been tracking in our Domain Reports the past few weeks, Townsquare Media flipped Active Rock “Rev 96.7” KZRV Sartell/St. Cloud MN to Classic Hits “96.7 The River” at midnight. The St. Cloud market had been without a Classic Hits station. The River is launching with a full airstaff. Barry Allen, afternoon host at sister Country 98.1 WWJO, will add mornings at KZRV. WWJO Brand Manager/Morning host Pete Hanson will pull double duty in afternoons while adding Brand Manager duties for KZRV as well. Hot AC “Mix 94.9” KMXK morning host Chad Taylor will track nights. Former WWJO morning co-host Cindy Wear, who currently serves Director of Creative & Production for Townsquare Media St. Cloud, will host middays.

Sports 106.1 Debuts In Richmond

After a day of stunting with music themed around the word “Move”, SummitMedia flipped 106.1 W291CL/WURV-HD2 Richmond VA to Sports at 12pm today. “Sports 106.1” is utilizing programming from CBS Sports Radio around the clock. The new format joins iHeartMedia’s “Fox Sports 910” WRNL and Urban One’s recently acquired “ESPN Richmond” 950 WXGI/102.7 W274BX in the format. Original Report 6/26: SummitMedia has pulled the plug on CHR “Hot 106.1” W291CL/WURV-HD2 Richmond VA and is currently stunting with songs featuring “Move” in the title. Titles such as Billy Joel’s “Moving Out”, All-American Rejects’ “Move Along”, and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” are being p...Read More

ESPN Radio Returns To Panama City

For the first time since iHeartMedia dropped the network in favor of its Fox Sports Radio on 590 WDIZ in 2014, the ESPN Radio brand is once again available in Panama City FL. Horizon Broadcasting’s 104.3 WGSX Lynn Haven (formerly WBYW) launched on Monday as “104.3 ESPN Panama City” carrying the network feed plus ESPN’s regionally syndicated Paul Finebaum Show from 2-6pm. The new format goes up against Omni Broadcasting’s “93.5 The Ticket” WTKP Port St. Joe. The 104.3 frequency has been mostly silent the past few years. Its most recent identity was a brokered Gospel format as “Power 104.3” from April 2013 to January 2014. The station returned to the air earlier this month with a filler Rock format until Monday’s flip to Sports.

Christmas In June In Northern Colorado

iHeartMedia has dropped the Christian AC “Up 107.3” format on K297AK Loveland CO/97.9 KXBG-HD2 Cheyenne WY in favor of its usually seasonal “Santa 107.3” Christmas identity. W297AK has used the “Santa 107.3” moniker each of the past three holiday seasons. In 2014 and 2015 it predated a format change, which will be the case here as well. This is the second of iHeartMedia’s three “Up” branded Christan AC stations to drop the format in recent weeks. 103.7 W279AQ Mascoutah IL/KLOU-HD2 St. Louis flipped to Urban AC last month. The format remains on 1280 KZFS/99.3 K257FX Spokane WA.

A New Vintage For Norfolk

Sinclair Communications has flipped Rock “96.5 Rocks” W243DJ Norfolk/106.1 WUSH-HD2 Poquoson VA to Soft Oldies “Vintage 96.5“. Positioned as “Light Rock For The Hampton Roads”, the new format debuted at 12pm with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin At My Back Door”, Neil Young “Heart Of Gold”, and Archies “Sugar Sugar”. Other core artist will include Chicago, James Taylor, and Simon & Garfunkel. The previous Rock format had debuted in March 2016 replacing a simulcast of Alternative “96X” WROX Exmore. The “Vintage” brand and format previously was used by Sinclair on 95.5 K238AF Santa Rosa CA in 2014-2015.

Jack Comes To East Texas

Alpha Media flipped Classic Hits “Sunny 106.5” KOOI Jacksonville/Tyler TX to Variety Hits “106.5 Jack-FM” this morning. KOOI had garnered a 3.5 share in the Tyler/Longview market in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings. The move pushes KOOI closer competitively to Townsquare Media Hot AC “Mix 93.1” KTYL and its 5.5 share. Alpha Media, East Texas announced the addition of 106.5 Jack FM to KOOI. The station previously known as Sunny 106.5, switched to Jack FM today, June 26th. For the first time in several years, listeners in East Texas will hear artists such as U2, No Doubt, Lynyrd Skynard, Prince, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Hootie and The Blowfish, and many more. Jack plays songs that people know and can sing along with, making it perfect for work and pla...Read More

KLTD Flips To Classic Rock; Adds Walton & Johnson

Townsquare Media Classic Hits “K101.7” KLTD Temple/Killeen TX has shifted to Classic Rock with the addition of the syndicated Walton & Johnson morning show. The addition marks a return to the market and frequency for the show as it aired on then “Eagle 101.7” through its flip to Sports in 2010. With the move, KLTD is now branding itself as “K-Rock 101.7” and also adds Townsquare’s Ultimate Classic Rock with Zach Martin for nights.

KOUL Flips To CHR Power 103.3

Lerma Communications and Easton-Mark Media have flipped Country “Young Country 107.7/93.5” KOUL Agua Dulce TX to CHR “Power 103.3“. The move comes with a change in translators as KOUL ends its rebroadcast on 93.5 K228XM Corpus Christi and adds 103.3 K277BL Corpus Christi. The new format goes up against ICA Broadcasting CHR “Planet 102.3” KKPN and Malkan Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “Z95” KZFM. The “Power 103.3” format briefly appeared in April on K277BL and 93.3 KNPI-LP Padre Island.

WGHT To Sign-Off This Summer

Another AM will go silent rather attempt to “revitalize” as Mariana Broadcasting’s Full Service Oldies “North Jersey 1500” WGHT Pompton Lakes NJ has announced its intent to sign-off at the end of this summer. An AM daytimer operating with 1kW in the shadows of New York City, WGHT was unable to keep competing with the plethora of media options available in the area. Owner/GM/Midday Host John Silliman intends to attempt to donate the license to a local school or non-profit. WGHT has been in its current format since 1993 when Mariana purchased then WKER from the estate of station founder Robert Kerr. The station’s most famous alumnus is current Fox Sports studio host and NFL play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, who started his career at WGHT out of college.

WOWB Expands To Pensacola

Agape Educational Media Christian AC “Wow 90.9” WOWB Jay FL/Evergreen AL has expanded to the adjacent Pensacola market on Easy Media’s 1450 WBSR/101.1 W266AL Pensacola. WBSR/W266AL had been operating as Sports “ESPN Pensacola” until the abrupt end of that format on June 1. WOWB staffers mentioned on-air that they are currently leasing the new signals, but intend to purchase the stations.

Cumulus Moves Alternative & Country In New Orleans

Cumulus Media has moved Alternative “106.1 The Underground” WZRH Picayune MS to 92.3 WRKN Laplace LA as “Alt 92.3“, while Country “92.3 Nash-FM” moves in reverse to 106.1. The move places the Alternative format on the stronger signal in the market as well as allowing it to serve Baton Rouge and Houma. This is a return to a Rock based format for the signal as it was “Rock 92.3” from 2010-2014. The Country format on WRKN had been placing a greater emphasis on the Baton Rouge market the past year with the addition of well-known Baton Rouge personality Scott Innes in April 2016. In the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings trends, “92.3 Nash-FM” registered a 1.6 share of the New Orleans market well behind iHeartMedia’s 101.1 WNOE...Read More

The River Returns To Southern West Virginia

Shilo Communications has flipped Southern Gospel 1130 WRRL Rainelle/107.7 W299CF Fayetteville WV to Classic Rock “107.7 The River“. The launch resurrects the brand and format previously used by 102.3 WMTD-FM Hinton until its flip to Sports “102.3 The Ticket” in 2010. WRRL/W299CF rimshots the Beckley WV market.

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