Format Changes

After Five Years Thunder Returns To Grand Island

Legacy Communications has relaunched the Active Rock “Thunder” brand in Grand Island NE. The new “Thunder 99.7” K259CZ/96.5 KRGI-HD2 Grand Island restores the format to the analog FM dial in the market for the first time since “Thunder 103.1” KKJK Ravenna flipped to CHR “2Day-FM” in June 2012. The format was then resurrected on KRGI-HD2 in 2016. Cluster Operations Manager Adam ‘Shed’ Jurgens will host afternoons on K259CZ.

WXVA Relaunches As 102.9 Valley-FM

Winchester Radio LLC has relaunched Full Service Classic Hits 610 WXVA/102.9 W275BV Winchester VA as “102.9 Valley-FM“. The new refocused music library features “Nothing But Favorites” of the 1960s-1980s under the oversight of consultant Bob Hamilton. Joe Sanchez remains in mornings. The New Valley 102.9 debuts! A New Adult Hits station format with Favorites From The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s targeting adults 35-64. It kicks off with Mornings hosted by market vet Joe Sanchez at 6am. The New 102.9 Valley FM is consulted by Bob Hamilton of Hamilton Communications. The Shenandoah Valley gets a fresh new sound playing Nothing But Favorites. The New 102.9 Valley FM & AM 610 is WXVA serving Winchester and Fort Royal VA, Martinsburg W Va, & Hagerstown...Read More

Blake-FM Leaves Behind A Bull In Amarillo

Townsquare Media has relaunched Country “101.9 Blake-FM” KATP Amarillo TX as “101.9 The Bull“. The relaunch comes with a new airstaff as KATP adds the syndicated Bobby Bones Show for mornings and Braden Smith replaces Amy Garcia in afternoons. Smith joined Townsquare Amarillo as cluster Operations Manager and KATP Program Director last month from Alpha Media’s now defunct “98.9 The Wolf” WLFV Richmond VA. Middays will remain jockless while Taste of Country Nights with Sam Alex stays in nights. KATP ranked fourth in the Amarillo market with a 5.5 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, however trailed Alpha’s second ranked 97.9 KGNC’s 6.5 share in the Country format. Two other Country stations owned by Cumulus also serve the Amaril...Read More

WJIL Flips To Talk

Morgan County Broadcasting flipped Classic Hits 1550 WJIL Jacksonville IL to Conservative Talk earlier this month. The new “Talk 1550” features a completely all-syndicated lineup including AgDay from 5-6am, America In The Morning 6-8am, Kilmeade & Friends 8-11am, Rush Limbaugh 11am-2pm, Sean Hannity 2-5pm, Dana Loesch 5-8pm, Joe Pags 8-10pm, and Jim Bohannon 10pm-1am. The former Classic Hits programming remains on 102.9 W275BM Jacksonville, now being fed by 105.5 WJVO-HD2.

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.

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.

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

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

WFML To Return To Vincennes University Operation

After ten years under the auspices of DLC Media, Vincennes University Foundation will resume operations of its 96.7 WFML Vincennes IN on April 1. DLC Media has operated WFML under multiple formats including Country, Rock, and since 2014 as Variety Hits “96.7 Jack-FM“. The station will be placed under the VU Broadcasting umbrella that operates student run Hot AC “Blazer 91.1” WVUB and PBS affiliate WVUT-TV. WFML will debut its new format on Sunday, April 2 under new Program Director Dane Foley. Foley most recently hosted at Original Company Country “106.5 The Bullet” WWBL Washington IN. The station will continue to operate as a commercial facility. DLC Media also announced that it will break 910 WAKO Lawrenceville IL off of its simulcast of sister AC R...Read More

Alpha Shakes Up Richmond Cluster

With the sale of Country “98.9 The Wolf” 98.9 WLFV Midlothian/100.3 WARV-FM Petersburg to Educational Media Foundation about to close, Alpha Media has made changes at its two remaining Richmond VA market stations. Classic Hits “107.3 BBT” WBBT-FM Powhatan has flipped to 1980s Hits positioning as “The 80s Station”. WLFV middayer Jason Paige has moved to mornings at WBBT-FM replacing now former Program Director Jim Conlee, who exits. WLFV/WARV-FM are currently running music beds and imaging redirecting listeners to sister Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM” WWLB Ettrick. With “The Wolf” reaching its end, WWLB has added some more recent artists such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert to its now-mostly 80s/90s Country play...Read More

Mapleton Launches 94.1 The Bear Spokane

Mapleton Communications flipped Adult Standards “Magic 790” KJRB Spokane WA to Classic Rock “94.1 The Bear” at 7am on Tuesday as it signed on its new FM translator. Launching with the normal 10,000 songs in a row commercial free, the new format is positioning as “The Rock You Know”. The new format goes up against iHeartMedia’s market leading 98.9 KKZX and QueenB Radio “Rock 94.5” KHTQ. Mapleton Spokane OM Greg Tillotson will add programming duties for KJRB. 94.1 K231CU Spokane operates with 99w/408m giving nearly full market coverage.

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