Format Changes

Beat Drops Into Tallahassee

iHeartMedia has flipped Hot AC “105.3 My-FM” 1270 WTLY/105.3 W287CO Tallahassee FL to Urban “105.3 The Beat“. The new format is launching with 5,000 songs commercial-free and will debut the syndicated Breakfast Club in mornings on Monday, June 12. The new format goes directly against Cumulus’ market leading “Blazin’ 102.3” WWLD Cairo GA.

106.7 The D Flips To Variety Hits

iHeartMedia Rock “106.7 The D” WDTW-FM Detroit has flipped to Variety Hits while retaining its previous name. Now positioned as “We Play Anything”, the flip returns the Variety Hits format to Detroit for the first time since Cumulus flipped “93.1 Doug-FM” WDRQ to Country in December 2013. Morning host Alan Cox, who had been doing his show from Rock 100.7 WMMS Cleveland, has been dropped with the format change. WDTW-FM registered a 2.7 share in the April 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings placing it 18th overall in the market. The new format will position the stations closer to CBS Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC.

107.3 Jacksonville Rebrands As The River

For the second time in as many months, iHeartMedia Variety Hits 107.3 WWJK Green Cove Springs/Jacksonville FL has a new name. Originally “107.3 Jack-FM‘ and briefly just “107.3 Jacksonville“, the station relaunched again today as “107.3 The River“. Launching with a speciality “You Pick ‘Em” holiday weekend, the station is promoting “more variety and an even bigger smile”. Original Report 4/18: iHeartMedia Variety Hits “107.3 Jack-FM” WWJK Green Cove Springs/Jacksonville FL has dropped the Jack moniker for just “107.3 Jacksonville“. No other changes accompany the rebranding, which simply sees iHeart dropping the Sparknet licensed brand. The expected move, follows iHeart dropping the brand in Sacramento...Read More

Urban Oldies 102.1 The Ville Debuts In Nashville

After stunting for five days with Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” on W271AB Nashville/WPRT-HD2 Pegram TN, The Cromwell Group as launched Urban Oldies “102.1 The Ville“. The new format is positioning as “The Soul of Music City” and gives a competitor to Heidelberg Broadcasting’s 1470 WVOL and Cumulus Urban AC “92Q” WQQK. Original Report 5/22: The Cromwell Group has pulled the plug on Gospel “102.1 The Light” W271AB Nashville/WPRT-HD2 Pegram TN and its currently stunting with a loop of Los Del Rio’s “Macarena”. This is the second time in as many years that Cromwell has used the Macarena to launch a new format in Nashville. 830 WQZQ Goodlettsville/93.3 W227DC Nashville utilized the same stunt last year prior to...Read More

KQKQ Is Sweet Once Again

NRG Media Hot AC “Q98.5” KQKQ-FM Council Bluff IA/Omaha NE has dropped its branding after thirteen years and returned to its heritage “Sweet” identity. KQKQ is now branding as “Sweet 98.5” as “Omaha’s Sweetest Variety”. The station is retaining the current Hot AC format as opposed to the CHR format it held as “Sweet” from 1980 through 2004. Morning hosts Pat & JT remain in place while expanding their show to 5-10am. KQKQ has returned to the beloved Sweet name that it had for decades. • The New Sweet 98.5, Omaha’s Sweetest Variety (same Hot AC format), will continue to feature current chart-topping hits, in a fun, up-tempo environment – with added variety and more music, designed to increase the time listeners spen...Read More

Majic Returns To St. Louis

As expected, iHeartMedia has relaunched the Urban AC “Majic” brand on W279AQ Mascoutah IL/KLOU-HD2 St. Louis. Launching with 10,000 songs in a row, “Majic 103.7” will feature artists such as Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Maxwell and Janet Jackson. iHeartMedia St. Louis announced today the debut of the new Majic 103.7, Today’s R&B and Throwbacks. The station will kick off today at 10:37 a.m. with 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free from the biggest names in R&B. Majic 103.7 will broadcast hit music from artists such as Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Maxwell and Janet Jackson. A full programming line- up will be announced at a later date. “The Majic brand is no stranger to St. Louis and has...Read More

iHeart Debuting Throwback 105.5 Miami

iHeartMedia launched Classic Hip-Hop “PK’s Throwback 105.5” W288DD Tamarac FL/103.5 WMIB-HD3 Miami at 4pm today. The PK in the name stands for sister Urban “103.5 The Beat” WMIB afternoon host Papa Keith who will serve as voice of the new station. W288DD will run commercial-free for 105 days through the summer.

Pair Of New Stations Debuting In Grand Junction

MBC Grand Broadcasting is launching a pair of new signals in Grand Junction CO. 95.5 K238BK/100.7 KKVT-HD2 Grand Junction has launched as Oldies “95.5 The Monkey“. The translator has completed an upgrade to 99w/387m. AAA “103.9 The Planet” will soon launch on what is now 103.7 K279CB Grand Junction/KKVT-HD3. The translator has a CP to upgrade to the same 99w/387m facilities as K238BK. MBC acquired both translators from Edgewater Broadcasting in August 2016 for $16,650 each.

Chris Berry Promoted To iHeartMedia SVP/News, Talk & Sports Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted Chris Berry to Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming. Berry will continue to serve as SVP/GM for iHeart’s NBC News Radio and 24/7 News Network. In his career Berry has served as Executive Producer of CBS News Radio, Director of News & Programming for 780 WBBM Chicago, VP and GM of ABC News Radio, President/General Manager of News/Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC and Sports “ESPN Los Angeles” 710 KSPN. He has been with iHeartMedia since 2011 when the company purchased Metro Networks and placed him in charge of the newly named 24/7 News Network. Wanted to share that iHeartMedia recently named Chris Berry as Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, effective immediately. Berry will oversee our News, Talk and Sp...Read More

Bluegrass Country To Lose 105.5 Washington Signal

Bluegrass Country Foundation’s “Bluegrass Country” 88.5 WAMU-HD2 Washington DC will lose its analog signal in June as it has been unable to come to terms with Reston Translator LLC’s 105.5 W288BS Reston VA/Washington DC to continue rebroadcasting its programming. The Bluegrass programming will continue to be heard on W288BS until June 21. Communications attorney John Garziglia, who owns the translator, told Tom Taylor Now, “We were unable to reach an agreement. We will assist Bluegrass Country however we can, in moving its audience to its broadcast on the greater-coverage WAMU HD2. HD Radio penetration in the D.C. area has dramatically expanded in the last decade, and loyal Bluegrass Country listeners are an ideal demographic to demonstrate the reach and quality of ...Read More

Bud To Pour More Rock Into Orlando

JVC Broadcasting has confirmed the pending launch of Rock “Bud 94.1” with the following press release. Len Shackleford, Program Director of Country “103.1 The Wolf” WOTW Windermere, will add those duties at W231CT. Focusing on “Beer, Boobs, and Rock,” the station is positioning itself as Very Hard Rock Hits from Jimi Hendrix to Disturbed and other core artists including Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns N Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. JVC Broadcasting, a leading independent, locally owned radio and events company with properties and event venues in Orlando, FL, Long Island, NY, Gainesville-Ocala, FL and West Palm Beach, FL, today vehemently denied rumors that link them with the responsibility or liability for a new radio station in the Orlando market. Known a...Read More

WYLD Rebrands As Hallelujah 940

iHeartMedia has made a minor change in New Orleans. Gospel 940 WYLD New Orleans has rebranded as “Hallelujah 940” bringing it in line with most of the company’s other Gospel stations across the country. The 10kW day/500w night AM registered a 2.1 share in the Spring Phase 1 Nielsen ratings trends released earlier this week. The station previously used the monikers “WYLD for Jesus” and “940 AMen”.

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