Radio-One LMA’s WGPR, Shuffles Detroit Formats

Hot 107.5 WGPR Detroit John Mason Praise 102.7 WHTD Rickey Smiley Yolanda Adams Radio-One

Update 10/31: As expected, “Praise 102.7” debuted this morning. The station is operating with new WPZR calls already in place.

Update 10/26: After two days of looping Boys II Men, WGPR took over the programming of “Hot 102.7” WHTD as “Hot 107.5” at 5:00pm today.

Listen to the launch of Hot 107.5 and the end of WGPR at FormatChange.com.

The new “Praise 102.7” Gospel format at 102.7 is scheduled to debut on Monday, October 31.

Update 10/24: At midnight, Radio-One assumed operations of WGPR. The station is currently looping Boys II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” while telling listeners to move to Radio-One’s “Kiss 105.9” WDMK.

Hot 102.7” WHTD has begun promoting its move to 107.5 will take place Wednesday at 5:00pm.

Original Report 10/21: Radio-One announced today that it will be assuming operating responsibility of Urban AC 107.5 WGPR Detroit from WGPR, Inc. via LMA effective immediately.

On Monday at 12am, the programming of Urban “Hot 102.7” WHTD will move to the stronger 107.5 signal. The 102.7 signal will flip to Gospel as “Praise 102.7” on 10/31. No word on the fate of WGPR’s staff, although Radio-One tells The Detroit News it would like to explore other options with morning host John Mason should he express interest.

Instant Insight: The demise of WGPR’s Urban AC format will help Radio-One’s “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK as it removes one of its two in-format competitors.

Both 102.7 and 107.5 are 50kW class B’s, but 102.7 is located 15 miles northeast of Detroit and faces interference from “W4 Country” 102.9 WWWW in Ann Arbor in the southwestern portions of the Detroit metro.

Radio-One also operates Urban Talk 1200 WCHB, which began simulcasting on an FM translator at 99.9 earlier this week.

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