2012 Post-Christmas Format Change Watchlist

After Christmas Radio Station Format Change Xmas Stunting Change Alice 96.7 Mojo 100.3It’s that time of the year again as stations across the country shift to Christmas music for the season. Quite a few of these stations will use the temporary ratings boost to launch a new format after the holidays. This year could bring more flips than usual as many stations will be affiliating with the new CBS Sports Radio set to debut on January 2, 2013. This list will compile all the stations we at RadioInsight are monitoring for pending format changes and will be updated continuously.

Confirmed Flips

Multiple Markets: CBS will flip “ESPN 1300” WJZ Baltimore, “America’s Talk 1660” WBCN Charlotte, “Talkradio 1270” WXYT Detroit, “Talk 650” KIKK Houston, “KYDZ Radio 1140” KYDZ Las Vegas, 610 WIP Philadelphia, “ESPN 910” KRAK Riverside, “AM 1090” KPTK Seattle and “1010 Sports” WHFS Tampa to 24/7 simulcasts of CBS Sports Radio on January 2.

Austin: University of Texas will launch AAA 98.9 KUTX on January 2.

Bangor: Townsquare Media AC 92.9 WEZQ will become Sports “92.9 The Ticket” on January 1.

Cincinnati: Rhythmic Oldies “Mojo 100.3″ WMOJ Cincinnati will flip to CBS Sports Radio as WCFN on January 2.

Detroit: Clear Channel Liberal Talk “AM 1310” WDTW has been donated to the Minority Media & Telecom Council and will go dark on December 31.

Fresno: Clear Channel will flip Hot AC “Alice 96.7” KALZ Fresno and Sports 1400 KRZR Visalia to Conservative Talk “PowerTalk 96.7” on January 1.

Kansas City: Cumulus Comedy “Funny 102.5” K273BZ will flip to Sports “102.5 The Fan” on January 2.

Madison: News/Talk 1670/106.7 WTDY dismissed its airstaff, while flipping to Christmas music and will flip to Sports as WOZN/WOZN-FM after the holidays.

York: Hot AC “Wink 103” WARM-FM will return to its previous AC “Warm 103.3″ identity.

Youngstown: EMF Broadcasting will close on its purchase of Urban “101.9 Jamz” WRBP and flip it to Christian AC “K-Love” on January 1. Sister Black Talk 1500 WASN will go silent at the same time.

Stations Expecting Flips

Bangor – Talk “Pulse 103.1” WZON-FM is now WZLO and promising a new format after Christmas.

Boise – When a Rock station like Journal Broadcasting’s “Variety Rock 105.1” KJOT Boise goes Christmas you take notice. Add on other circumstances and you have a likely flip.

Fort Collins – 94.9 KK235BT dropped its simulcast of News/Talk KCOL for Christmas music.

Green Bay – Variety Hits “103.5 & 104.3 Chuck-FM” WCHK-FM became “The Christmas Stationon November 1. Call letters changed to WKZG on 11/9.

Huntsville – 106.5 W293AH dropped its simulcast of News/Talk WBHP for Christmas music.

Louisville – “FM Talk 105.1” WLRS is stunting as “Christmas 105.1

Norfolk – Rhythmic AC “Movin 107.7” WMOV-FM dropped its branding in favor of “Christmas 107.7

San Diego – 95.7 KOGO-FM dropped its simulcast of News/Talk 600 KOGO for Christmas Music and will debut a new music format after the holidays.

Saskatoon – CHR “Wired 96.3” CFWD dropped its CHR format on November 15 for Christmas music “96.3 Santa-FM“. DomainInsight points to a relaunching as “Cruz 96.3” on December 26.

Wichita Falls – 96.3 KXXN returned to the air with Christmas music on October 23 after a period of silence.

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