Format Changes

Washington DC Government Launches DC Radio

The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) of the city of Washington DC is launching “DC Radio” online and on Howard University’s 96.3 WHUR-HD4 Washington. Serving as the “official government radio station of the District of Columbia”, DC Radio programming will feature local music, specialty programming, and community affairs programming including a weekly program hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Broadcast professionals hosting programs include “94.7 Fresh-FM” WIAD night host Britt Waters’ “The Sound” local music show, KFOG San Francisco’s Rosalie Howarth’s “Putumayo World Music Hour”, former 93.9 WKYS host EZ Street, and programming originating from OCTFME’s DCN-TV and 20...Read More

Tedd Webb To Retire From WFLA Tampa

Tedd Webb will retire from his position as co-host of iHeartMedia News/Talk 970 WFLA Tampa/102.9 W275AZ Wesley Chapel South at the end of January 2018. Webb has been with WFLA since 1983 and has co-hosted “AM Tampa Bay” with Jack Harris since 1994. Harris and producer Aaron Jacobson will continue to host the show upon Webb’s exit. Webb began his radio career in 1963 and has spent the majority of his career working in his hometown. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Webb intends to keep co-hosting “The Opening Bell” on sister 1250 WHNZ if physically able. Webb was off the air for a few weeks in August after suffering a second heart attack.

Rincon Broadcasting Flips Two In Santa Barbara

Rincon Broadcasting has flipped two of its stations in Santa Barbara CA. Spanish Oldies “La Musical 1490” KSPE Santa Barbara has moved to 94.5 replacing CHR “Z94.5” KFYZ Ellwood. The station had quietly replaced its long-running Spanish Adult Hits “La Preciosa” with “La Musical” earlier this summer. Replacing KSPE on 1490 and its new 94.1 K231CR Santa Barbara translator is Rhythmic Oldies “Old School“. KSPE joins the network of Point/Rincon Broadcasting stations running the Rhythmic Oldies programming including 104.7 KOCP Oxnard, 104.7 KQIE Redlands/Riverside, 93.5 KQAV Rosamond/Lancaster and 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria. 1490 is now operating under KOSJ call letters. KFYZ’s CHR programming registered a 1.8 share in the Spring 2017...Read More

La Jefa Moves In Albuquerque

On the heels of the American General Media acquisition of Univision’s Albuquerque cluster and spin-offs of four stations, the company has made its first big programming move. Regional Mexican “La Jefa 101.3” KJFA-FM Albuquerque has moved its programming to 840 KARS Belen/102.9 K275AO Albuquerque replacing Active Rock “Area 102.9“. With 101.3 now operated by Vanguard Media, the move gives AGM a second Regional Mexican property to pair with “Radio Lobo 97.7” KLVO Belen. With the move of La Jefa to 102.9, American General Media has also switched 102.9 KSFE Pecos/Santa Fe from a simulcast of KLVO to KARS. KJFA-FM registered a 1.1 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while the Active Rock format it replaced held a 1.2 share. The 101.3 signal ...Read More

WRPQ Brings Maximum Hits To Baraboo

After closing on his acquisition of AC 740 WRPQ/99.7 W259BC Baraboo WI in June, Kory Hartman has completed his revamp of the station. WRPQ flipped this morning to Classic Hits “99.7 Max-FM” positioned as “best of the 80s, 90s, and More!”. Maddy Jones, who used to host middays for the syndicated “Sunny Radio” network, joins the station for mornings. Mike Ganger who had been hosting mornings, will remain with hourly sportscasts and for local sports play-by-play.

Connoisseur Launching Mod 102.3 New Haven

Connoisseur Media will debut Alternative “Mod 102.3” W272DO/WPLR-HD2 New Haven CT on Monday, September 18 at 10:23am. The new format will focus on Alternative hits of the past ten years with core artists including Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Arcade Fire, Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Bastille, The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Florence & The Machine. Keith Dakin, Operations Manager of Connoisseur’s Connecticut properties, will serve as Program Director. Prior to joining Connoisseur in 2010 Dakin spent seven years at Alternative 101.7 WFNX Boston including three as the station’s final PD. Ed Oliveira, late morning host at 1360 WDRC Hartford, and Christian Turnquist, producer at AC “Star 99.9” WEZN-FM Bridgeport, will serve as the primary on-air...Read More

Vintage 96.5 Quickly Gives Way To WTAR Simulcast

At 3pm today, Sinclair Communications pulled the plug on Soft Oldies “Vintage 96.5” W243DJ Norfolk/106.1 WUSH-HD2 Poquoson VA after just two and a half months. The station, which dropped its Active Rock “96.5 Rocks” identity on June 26, has now flipped to a simulcast of “Sports Radio 850” WTAR. The move comes days after WTAR announced a new programming schedule set to debut this coming Monday. Owner Bob Sinclair released the following statement regarding the change: We feel that Sports Radio 850 now has one of the one best lineups of any sports talk radio station in the US, and we just felt it was time to reach an even larger audience by simulcasting the station on 96.5FM. I feel that while ESPN used to be a great brand, the fact is that their morning sh...Read More

Townsquare Media Flips KMJI From Hot AC To Urban AC

Townsquare Media has flipped Hot AC “Mix 93.3” KMJI Ashdown/Texarkana AR to Urban AC “Majic 93.3“. The new format is positioned as “Today’s R&B and Throwbacks” and currently features an all-syndicated lineup including Steve Harvey in mornings, Michael Baisden in afternoons, and Keith Sweat at night. Wes Spicher, Operations Manager for Townsquare’s Texarkana cluster is currently serving as Brand Manager. The new format places KMJI directly up against Frontier Media’s market leading 104.7 KTOY. With the format change Townsquare has moved the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show to CHR “Power 95.9” KPWW.

I Gives Way To Q At 97.3 Shreveport

Cumulus Media has relaunched CHR “i97.3” KQHN Waskom TX/Shreveport LA as Hot AC “Q97.3” as the fall ratings period gets underway today. Now branding as “Shreveport-Bossier’s Best Music”, the move comes with a revamped on-air lineup as the station picks up the syndicated Bert Show for mornings and replaces Zach Sang in nights with The Adam Bomb Show. Locally originating Shawn Dion remains in afternoons while middays are jockless. KQHN ranked thirteenth in the Shreveport market with a 2.2 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, down from a 3.1 in the fall. Townsquare Media’s competing “K94.5” KRUF went the other direction rising from a 2.8 to 4.1. With the return to Hot AC, a format the market hasn’t had since KQHN fli...Read More

Classic Rock Trimulcast Debuts In Florence

Three weeks after Urban “Swagga Radio” 970 WWRK Florence/97.9 W250BJ Florence/105.9 W290CD Darlington/94.1 WRZE Kingstree SC moved its programming to WDAR-FM Darlington as “105.5 The Beat“, iHeartMedia has launched a new format on those stations. The trio of FM signals have flipped to Classic Rock as “Rock 94.1 – 97.9 – 105.9“. Positioned as “The Pee Dee’s Classic Rock”, the new format positions the stations up against Cumulus Media Rock “102.1 The Fox” WMXT and Community Broadcasters “94.7 Rock” WWBD. The station has picked up the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory based at sister 100.7 WMMS Cleveland for mornings.

El Patrón Arrives In Phoenix

iHeartMedia has launched Regional Mexican “93.7 El Patrón” 1230 KOY/93.7 K229DB Phoenix. The new format replaces Conservative Talk “KFYI 2” on the station and its recently launched translator. The new station features content from iHeart’s Premium Choice network and gives the company a way to include Regional Mexican programming in combo sales buys. The 250w/441m translator operates with a highly directional signal from the South Mountain tower farm covering downtown Phoenix, Tempe, and parts of Chandler, Mesa and Scottsdale.

KGOW Houston To Move Programming To FM As SportsMap 94.1

Gow Media Sports “SB Nation 1560” KGOW Houston will move its programming to Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna’s 94.1 K231CN Houston on October 1. The translator currently is programmed by Latino Broadcasting Corporation and carries Spanish Christian programming as “La Nueva 94.1” fed via iHeartMedia’s 99.1 KODA-HD3. The leasing of K231CN follows the transfer of their 104.5 translator to iHeartMedia last week. With the move to 94.1, the station will be rebranded as “SportsMap 94.1” as Gow plans to launch a Sports complement to its at KGOW currently airs local programming from 10am to 4pm including longtime Houston host Charlie Pallilo from 11am-1pm and Sean Salisbury hosting a local hour from 3-4pm before his syndic...Read More

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