Format Changes

Christmas Stunting In West Palm Beach

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.

Alt Returning To Nashville

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

Vibe Conflict Leads To WYTS Rebranding As Kiss 105.3

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.

J105 Returns To Boise

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.

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

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