iHeartMedia’s 93.3 W227CX North Palm Beach/92.1 WRLX-HD2 West Palm Beach has dropped its simulcast of Country “Wave 92.7” WAVW Stuart/Port St. Lucie and is now stunting with Christmas Music. W227CX had begun simulcasting WAVW in January 2016 to give an in-market Country competitor to Alpha Media’s 103.1 WIRK. It never made much of any impact in the market, registering a mere 0.1 share in each of the last three PPM monthlies.
Sunriver Broadcasting Sports 940 KICE Bend OR will go dark at the end of the month following the sale of its tower site. The station’s “Fox Sports Central Oregon” programming will continue on 94.9 KCOE Terrebonne. Both stations have swapped call letters. Sunriver leased the station from Gross Communications’ Bend Radio Group which has sold the two towers and land, which is completely surrounded by residential development. Sunriver owner Chuck Wilkinson told the Bend Bulletin that he is looking for a new site, but a suitable property is hard to find.
iHeartMedia AC “Star 102.1” KDGE Dallas has rounded out its on-air lineup with the addition of Leigh Ann Adam for mornings starting Monday, April 3. Adam had spent the previous 11 years in multiple dayparts at CBS’ 103.7 KVIL prior to resigning at the end of 2016 in order to take this position following the end of her non-compete period. She also spent time in mornings at 104.3 KBIG Los Angeles. iHeartMedia announced today that Leigh Ann Adam has been named morning drive host for Star 102.1, Dallas’ More Music, More Variety radio station, effective April 3, 2017. Adam will broadcast weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. Star Mornings with Leigh Ann will feature Adam discussing the latest news in entertainment and pop culture as well as hosting interviews featuring some of today’s big...Read More
Seven months after flipping Alternative “Alt 98.3” W252CM/WNRQ-HD2 Nashville to Classic Country “The Big Legend“, iHeartMedia will relaunch the Alternative brand on 97.5 W248BQ Nashville on Friday, March 31. W248BQ had been simulcasting 98.3 W252CM to Nashville’s northern suburbs while awaiting the completion of its signal move to downtown Nashville. Had it not had to refile for a new tower location last spring, it is likely that the format would not have been sacrificed for the launch of Classic Country in September 2016. All of the former “Alt 98.3” on-air staffers still remain in the iHeartMedia Nashville cluster including Morning host and former Bachelorette contestant Wells Adams who is APD/MD/Afternoon Host at sister Classic Rock “105.9...Read More
A little over a month after launching as Urban AC “Vibe 105.3“, iHeartMedia’s 1230 WYTS/W287CP Columbus OH has rebranded as “Kiss 105.3“. No other changes accompanied the renaming. While not confirmed it appears the new name was caused by a conflict caused by the prior use of the “Vibe” brand by River Radio Ministries Christian CHR “Vibe Radio HD” 104.9 WCVO-HD2 Gahanna/Columbus.
BIA/Kelsey has released its annual report on radio station revenues. For the sixth time in the past seven years Hubbard Radio News 103.5 WTOP Washington DC holds the title of the top revenue generator in the nation. WTOP’s projected $67.5 million in revenue rose from $65 million in 2015, however the radio industry as a whole remained flat around $14.1 billion. The top 4 remained consistent in place from the year before. iHeartMedia CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles (The only other station to lead the rankings this decade) holds steady at #2 with a slight revenue rise from $65 million to $65.9 million. iHeart sister CHR “Z100” 100.3 WHTZ Newark NJ holds steady at third with $48 million, down slightly from $48.4 million. CBS Sports 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York remains fourth...Read More
Scripps Media Classic Rock “Rock 105.1” KJOT Boise has returned to its heritage “J105” identity. KJOT was known as “J105” from 1985 until 2010 when it broaden its playlist to include music from the 1970s through 2000s as “Variety Rock 105.1“. The station then streamlined its music back to a typical 70s-90s Classic Rock mix in 2014 as “Rock 105.1” but retained its jockless presentation. The “J105” brand relaunch is paired with a return to a hosted presentation. The first personality to return is Carl ‘CB’ Ballance, who had been serving as morning traffic reporter for Scripps’ Boise radio and television stations. CB will host middays at KJOT following a brief run in mornings.
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.
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
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
Press Communications Classic Rock “107.1 The Boss” WWZY Long Branch/99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ debuted its on-air lineup this morning. Mornings will be hosted by Rob Acampora and Wendy McClure with “The Morning Kickstart”. Acampora moves over from nights at sister Country “Thunder 106” 106.3 WKMK Eatontown/106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township and has also worked at Alternative “FM 106.3” WHTG-FM and CHRs 93.7 WSTW Wilmington DE, “B104” WAEB-FM Allentown PA, and “B98.5” WBBO Ocean Acres NJ in his career. McClure previously co-hosted mornings at WBBO from 2002-2004 and has also worked at “Q102” WIOQ Philadelphia, WPST Trenton, Total Traffic Network, and Wall Street Journal Radio Network. Michelle Amabile joins The Boss...Read More
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.