Format Changes

WRWM Goes From Worst To First To Gone In Three Years

After flipping from CHR to Classic Hip-Hop in December 2014 and surging from a 1.7 share to leading the Indianapolis market with a 7.7 share in its first full ratings period, Cumulus has pulled the plug on Classic Hip-Hop “93.9 The Beat” WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis IN. WRWM began stunting for the holiday season at 5:30pm today as “North Pole Radio” after a ten minute farewell to the old format and teasing random formats. WRMW had still been doing better than it was prior to its flip to Classic Hip-Hop but had dropped back down into the 2’s in recent months with a 2.7 in the October PPM’s. The move also gives WRWM a head-start against Emmis AC “B105.7” WYXB which will go Christmas next Friday. Cumulus Media announces that it has delivered the b...Read More

104.3 WJMK Chicago Flips To Classic Hip-Hop

Another change takes place as Entercom takes over CBS Radio as Classic Hits “104.3 K-Hits” WJMK Chicago has flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Jams“. Launching with Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize”, the new format is taking shots at iHeartMedia’s combination of Urban 107.5 WGCI and Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ. The staion began stunting at 10am with sound effects and occasional comments to the like of “What’s Going On Here” and “It’s Almost Time To Start”. The final two songs played were Beatles “Long And Winding Road” and David Bowie “Changes”. Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today announced that WJMK-FM is ‘The New 104.3 JAMS, Chicago’s #1 for Throwbacks,’ the ultimate dest...Read More

And Now Entercom Launches Alt 103.7 Dallas

One year after iHeartMedia flipped Alternative “102.1 The Edge” KDGE to AC, Entercom has debuted “Alt 103.7” KVIL Dallas. Just like its similar launch in New York, KVIL is debuting with 10,000 songs commercial-free. KVIL had only rebranded as “Amp 103.7” this past January after seguing to CHR in August 2016. It was the third CHR in the market behind iHeartMedia’s “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS and Cumulus’ “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM. Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today announced that alternative rock returns to radio in the largest media market in Texas with the launch of ALT 103.7, DFW’s New Alternative. ALT 103.7 will give music fans a true cutting edge alternative – an expertly crafted playlist with local, informed curation. Es...Read More

Alternative Returns To New York As WBMP Becomes Alt 92.3

Entercom announced its entry to New York in a major way as it has flipped CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” WBMP New York to Alternative “Alt 92.3” at 10am today. Launching with 10,000 songs commercial free, the station fills the long vacant opening in the market which hasn’t had the format in place since Merlin Media’s placeholder “New Rock 101.9” WRXP in 2012. The move takes WBMP out of competition with iHeartMedia CHR “Z100” WHTZ. WBMP ranked 20th in the market with a 2.0 share in the October 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WHTZ was eighth with a 4.8. WBMP also faced a crowded Pop/Rhythmic battlefield that included “Hot 97” WQHT, 103.5 WKTU, and 95.5 WPLJ. Amp Radio closed out with Jay Z’s “Encore” before the...Read More

KSON San Diego Moves To 103.7; Energy To 97.3 On Monday

Update 11/17: Entercom wasted no time after the merger with CBS Radio closed to initiate the first half of its San Diego frequency swap minutes after the deal closed. Country 97.3 KSON has relocated to the former home of CHR “Energy 103.7” KEGY while utilizing 97.3 to redirect those listeners to the new frequency. The Energy format is running exclusively online this weekend commercial-free but with the airstaff in place and will relaunch on 97.3 on Monday, November 20. Update 11/14: In addition to KSON, CHR “Energy 103.7” KEGY is now promoting it will be moving to a new home on Monday, November 20. With 103.7 expected to become the new home of KSON on Friday the only question was whether Energy would move or be abandoned altogether. We can also exclusively report th...Read More

100.3 The Sound Signs-Off; Double The K-Love For Los Angeles

Update 11/16: The sign-off of KSWD and the launch of Educational Media Foundation’s Christian AC “K-Love” KKLQ took place at 1:00pm today. With the move the Los Angeles market becomes home to two separately owned stations sharing the same branding as Univision’s Spanish AC 107.5 KLVE continues to operate as “K-Love” as well. While no terms have been revealed towards how EMF got Univision’s approval to use the brand there as unlike the rest of the country the trademark for the brand excludes the Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles markets where the brand was in use by other operators, the legal ID for the new KKLQ may include part of the settlement. Unlike the rest of EMF’s networked stations which feature a jingle and iD, KKLQ’s top-of-the...Read More

Curtis Media Launches Just Right Country In Raleigh

Curtis Media is doubling up its “Just Right” brand of gold format in Raleigh NC. Adding to its existing Soft Oldies “Just Right Radio” heard on 850 WPTK Raleigh and a network of translators in the market, Curtis has launched Classic Country “Just Right Country” on 570 WQDR (formerly WFNL) and 100.3 W262CZ Raleigh. Focusing on Country hits from the 60s through 90s, the new format creates a flanker for sister 94.7 WQDR-FM and a direct format competitor to Triangle Marketing Associates’ “Country Superstars 102.3” WKJO Smithfield. Previously Comedy “Funny 570“, the station had been simulcasting News/Talk 680 WPTF since earlier this year.

WQIL Switches To Top 40

After fourteen months as Adult Hits “Smash Hits 101.3”, State Broadcasting has gone Top 40 at 101.3 WQIL Chauncey/Dublin GA. Now branded as “Q101.3“, the station has moved to a more current based presentation. KJ Jones remains in place as Program Director and afternoon host. WQIL had dropped its Christian AC format in September 2016 due to lack of sufficient ad revenue.

Alpha Brings Jack To Redwood Falls MN

Alpha Media has flipped AC “Mix 97.7” KLGR-FM Redwood Falls MN to Variety Hits “97.7 Jack-FM“. Former morning hosts Justin Miller and Dustin Hoffmann will remain with the company as Program/Traffic Director of the cluster and Farm Director respectively. Alpha Media, Redwood Falls announced the addition of 97.7 Jack FM to KLGR-FM. The station previously known as Mix 97.7, switched to Jack FM today, November 15th. The station will bring a playful, clever, and authentic attitude to the area. Alpha Media VP of Content, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “What a thrill to bring the iconic, fun and winning Jack FM brand to Redwood Falls. Great radio has a name, and its name is Jack!” “We are excited to bring Jack FM to Redwood Falls. We are confident that...Read More

Alt 94.9 Birmingham Moves To 99.1

iHeartMedia has moved the programming of Alternative “Alt 94.9” W235BS Birmingham AL to 99.1 W256CD Fultondale. The move comes following the sale of 94.9 W235BS from Red Mountain Ventures to Courtney French Broadcasting for $385,000 in July. Upon closing of the sale the translator will begin rebroadcasting Urban Oldies “V900” WATV. W256CD is also owned by Red Mountain Ventures and had been operating as Sports “99.1 The Game“. The move gives IHeart a stronger signal for the “Alt” programming as W256CD operates with 130w/349m compared to the 99w/300m signal originating southwest of the city that W235BS possesses. The Alternative format registered a 0.7 share in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings and originates on 103.7 WQEN-HD3 Trussville an...Read More

Alt 94.9 Birmingham Moves To 99.1

iHeartMedia has moved the programming of Alternative “Alt 94.9” W235BS Birmingham AL to 99.1 W256CD Fultondale. The move comes following the sale of 94.9 W235BS from Red Mountain Ventures to Courtney French Broadcasting for $385,000 in July. Upon closing of the sale the translator will begin rebroadcasting Urban Oldies “V900” WATV. W256CD is also owned by Red Mountain Ventures and had been operating as Sports “99.1 The Game“. The move gives IHeart a stronger signal for the “Alt” programming as W256CD operates with 130w/349m compared to the 99w/300m signal originating southwest of the city that W235BS possesses. The Alternative format registered a 0.7 share in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings and originates on 103.7 WQEN-HD3 Trussville an...Read More

KSAJ-FM Completes Topeka Move-In; Begins Stunting

Alpha Media has completed its move of Oldies “True Oldies 98.5” KSAJ-FM Abilene KS into the Topeka market. Now licensed to Burlingame, KSAJ-FM is operating from the tower utilized by Cumulus’ 99.3 KWIC and 102.9 KTOP-FM as C2 with 17.5kW/256m. To initiate the station into its new home market, the station has dropped its satellite-fed Oldies format and is stunting with Christmas Music as “Christmas 98.5” as it prepares to debut its new permanent identity at the end of the year. KSAJ-FM becomes Alpha Media’s fourth station in the Topeka market joining “94 Country” 94.5 WIBW-FM, Classic Country “Country 106.9” KTPK, and News/Talk 580 WIBW.