Format Changes

Station Sales Week Of 4/28

Station Sales WGUL-FM Inc. acquires Classic Hits “Fun 102.7” WRGO Cedar Key FL from WRGO Radio LLC for $220,000. The buyer also owns Hot AC “Citrus 95.3” WXCV Homosassas Springs, Classic Hits “96.7 The Fox” WXOF Yankeetown, and Oldies “Greatest Hits 106” 106.3 WGHR Spring Hill FL. Leatherstocking Media Group sells Silent 1390 WFBL Syracuse NY to Wolf Radio Inc. for $275,000. As part of the deal Leatherstocking agrees to file for a translator at Wolf’s request and change the call letters of 1050 WSEN Baldwinsville to eliminate confusion with 103.9 WSEN-FM Mexico. University of Northwestern-St. Paul expands to Bismarck with the purchase of 89.1 KLBF Lincoln ND for $50,000. KLBF will rebroadcast Christian Preaching “Faith Radio”...Read More

Midwest To Launch CHR “i92.9” Lansing

Midwest Communications will flip Classic Hits 92.9 WLMI Lansing MI to CHR “i92.9” on Wednesday, April 26. The station will be positioned as “Lansing’s New Hits” and feature the syndicated Bert Show in mornings and Zach Sang at night. Nikki Landry, most recently PD of Cumulus CHR “98.9 Magic-FM” KKMG Colorado Springs will join the company as Brand Manager. The new format will go up against Townsquare Media’s market leading “97.5 Now-FM” WJIM. WJIM registered a 9.4 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WLMI held a 2.6. Ahead of the format change, Midwest Communications Lansing Operations Manager Mike Scott, who also programmed and hosted afternoons at WLMI, departed the company last week. Midwest Communications flips C...Read More

Classic Hip-Hop Quickly Returns To San Antonio With G103.3

Days after Univision Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 95.1” KMYO and iHeartMedia Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 104.5” both flipped out of their formats, Alpha Media has brought the format back as it flips Alternative “103.3 The App” K277CX Terrell Hills/KTFM-HD2 to “G103.3“. “San Antonio’s Throwback Station” launched at 5pm local time with Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”. KMYO and KZEP each had a 2.2 share in the March 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while the Alternative format registered a 0.8 share.

Alpha Launches Sports 960 The Bull In Kinston

Alpha Media has launched Sports “960 The Bull” WRNS Kinston NC. WRNS is carrying CBS Sports Radio programming around the clock along with play-by-play of the new Down East Wood Ducks minor league baseball team and Carolina Panthers football. WRNS had been simulcasting sister Country 95.1 WRNS-FM Kinston.

Radio One Acquires Red Zebra Pair In DC & Richmond; WMMJ To Add Simulcast

Red Zebra Broadcasting is selling Sports 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 950 WXGI Richmond VA to Radio One for an undisclosed amount. With the deal, Radio One will begin operating both stations via LMA on Monday, May 1. WWXT will drop from the “ESPN 980” simulcast it has with 980 WTEM Washington DC and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA and begin simulcasting Radio One Urban AC “Majic 102.3” WMMJ Bethesda MD. The addition of 92.7 to WMMJ will expand the station’s coverage on the southern and eastern side of the Washington market. Meanwhile in Richmond, WXGI will retain its ESPN Radio affiliation and begin to simulcast on Radio One’s 1240 WTPS and 102.7 W274BX Petersburg under a new “Richmond ESPN Radio” brand. With Red Zebra’s co-owned Washington ...Read More

Univision Deportes Radio Officially Launches

Univision has completed the roll-out of the new “Univision Deportes Radio” on ten of its stations across the country. As announced last December, the network is airing on 1280 WADO New York, 1020 KTNQ Los Angeles, 1200 WRTO Chicago, 1270 KFLC Dallas, 1010 KLAT Houston, 1140 WQBA Miami, 105.1 KHOV Phoenix, 870 KLSQ Las Vegas, 1350 KCOR San Antonio, and 1530 KGBT McAllen TX. The network’s schedule (all times Eastern) features: Buenos Dias America (M-F, 6 a.m. /ET) –Network morning drive show that will provide audience with the most important information covering national and international news, with a special attention to news from LATAM. The show will focus on a broader Hispanic audience, covering entertainment, comedy and of course, sports. Hosted by Ino Gomez, the show h...Read More

Two Spanish CHRs Launch In San Antonio Within Minutes Of One Another

iHeartMedia and Univision launched new Spanish CHRs in San Antonio this afternoon. While we were waiting for iHeartMedia to flip Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP-FM San Antonio to “104.5 Latino Hits“, Univision beat them to the punch by flipping Classic Hip Hop “Yo 95.1” KMYO Comfort back to its previous “95.1 Latino Mix” identity. “95.1 Latino Mix” debuted at 5pm today with a playlist described as “Pop, Reggaeton, y mas!”. KMYO had previously used that branding for its previous identity until its flip to Classic Hip-Hop in December 2014. As the press release below points out, the new “104.5 Latino Hits” was originally intended to launch at 12pm on Thursday or Friday but was moved up to 5:30pm due to KMYO b...Read More

Bilingual CHR “Boom 97 Uno” Debuts In Orlando

Oi2 Media has launched Bilingual CHR “Boom 97 Uno” on iHeartMedia’s 97.1 W246BT Clermont and 97.1 W246CK Kissimmee/Orlando FL. Fed by 100.3 WRUM-HD2 the new format is targeting bilingual millennials with a mix of English and Spanish Hits. The station’s airstaff features hosts from across the globe including US based Michelle Ciotti, Puerto Rico based Luis ‘El Coyote’ Ortiz, and DJ Semaforo from Colombia. Oi2 Media is using the new station to debut its “Visual Radio” technology in the United States and will make both the visual element and this format available to other broadcasters. In a spanish release translated Oi2 Media CEO Anthony Michael Hernandez stated, “The format debuts at a time when the Orlando market commands more than 34% ...Read More

WWJK Jacksonville Drops Jack Branding

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 earlier this month for Classic Rock. This leaves 102.7 WQSR Baltimore as the only “Jack-FM” in iHeartMedia’s portfolio.

WHLZ Florence SC Flips To Hot AC Q100.5

Cumulus Media has flipped Country “100.5 Nash-FM” WHLZ Marion/Florence SC to Hot AC “Q100.5” WQPD. The new format will feature the syndicated Bob & Sheri morning show and Westwood One talent in other dayparts. The station had been stunting over the Easter weekend with “The Wheel of Decades” prior to launching the new format which positions WQPD between iHeartMedia CHR “103X” 103.3 WJMX-FM and Community Broadcasters Hot AC “Star 93.7” WSIM. The flips brings the WHLZ Country brand to an end after over 30 years in the market. Debuting on 92.5 before moving to 100.5 in 2003 when the 92.5 frequency was moved into the Charleston market, its “Wheelz” brand was abandoned in favor of “Nash-FM” when Cumulus laun...Read More

Tejas Broadcasting Sells Two In Amarillo

A number of changes are taking place in Amarillo TX as Tejas Broadcasting announces the sale of two stations. Tejas sells Hot AC “Fun 99.7” KBXD Amarillo to Grace Community Church of Amarillo for $400,000. Grace owns Christian AC “Radio By Grace” KRBG Umbarger and a network of translators in the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. Meanwhile Regional Mexican “La Caliente 104.3” KQFX Borger goes to Viva Media for $650,000. As mentioned below the previous format has moved to 1310 KZIP Amarillo as Viva has begun operating the station with a “Wheel of Formats” stunt. Viva Media owns Regional Mexican “La Poderosa 96.1” KBEX Dalhart and operates 105.1 KAMT Channing TX via LMA. Tejas Broadcasting retains Sports “ESPN 1010”...Read More

Max 92.9 To Return To WV Panhandle

After being sold to Metro Radio LLC and flipping to Spanish as a simulcast of “La Capital 730/92.9” WTNT Alexandria/W225CN Centreville VA in early March, the previous Classic Hits “Max 92.9” format will return to WXDC (formerly WDHC) Berkeley Springs WV on Monday, May 1. The Martinsburg Journal-News reports that Metro Radio will lease the station to Diane Smith, owner of Buddy Lou’s restaurant and antique store in Hancock MD. New studios are being constructed for the station at that location. Former WDHC General Manager Stacy Drake is returning in the same position.

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