Format Changes

WFLA Adds Second Translator

iHeartMedia News/Talk 970 WFLA Tampa is now being heard on 102.9 W275AZ Wesley Chapel South FL bringing the station to FM in Tampa proper. W275AZ joins 96.7 W244BE Brandon covering the New Port Richey area in airing WFLA’s programming on FM. W275AZ had been carrying the Classic Hip-Hop “Throwback Tampa Bay” along with 94.5 W233AV Gulfport and 105.9 W290BJ West Tampa. 102.9 and 105.9’s signals overlapped making it redundant to keep in the trimulcast. Chief Engineer John McMartin discussed the launch of W275AZ on WFLA’s morning show.

KTZR Tucson Flips To Fox Sports

iHeartMedia has flipped Conservative Talk 1450 KTZR Tucson AZ to Sports “Fox Sports 1450“. KTZR is currently running the entire national Fox Sports Radio lineup with the exception of Dan Patrick from 6-9am which is currently being filled by a replay of Clay Travis’ “Outkick The Coverage”. Patrick’s program currently airs on Cumulus’ “Sports Radio 1290” KCUB but will move to KTZR on September 12. KTZR will continue to serve as flagship for the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners. KTZR previously carried syndicated talkers including Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Buck Sexton, and Alex Jones.

WUFO Buffalo To Relaunch As Power 96.5

Visions Multi Media Group will relaunch Gospel/Urban AC “Mix 1080” WUFO Amherst/Buffalo NY with R&B Oldies and Classic Hip-Hop as “Power 96.5” on Wednesday, August 2. The move will correspond with the launch of the station’s new translator, which will operate with 35w vertical/174m. The station will continue to carry the syndicated Tom Joyner in mornings and Michael Baisden in afternoons. The move follows a series of recent staff additions at the station. DJ Huk-Her will join the station for a 5pm mix show, while DJ Spin will serve as Mixshow Coordinator and host a 5-9pm show on Saturdays. DJ Kholes has been named Promotions Director. As we reported in our 7/11 Daily Domains, local management at Townsquare Media’s crosstown Urban/Urban AC 93.7 WBLK,...Read More

Univision Brings Zona MX Brand To Dallas With Focus On Banda

Univision has relaunched Regional Mexican “La Jefa 99.1” KFZO Denton/Dallas as “Zona MX 99.1“. Focusing on the Banda genre of Mexican music, the station lists Calibre 50, La Trakaloza de Monterrey, La Séptima Banda, Roberto Tapia, Larry Hernandez, and El Komander among core artists for the station. Maira ‘La Wera’ Torres and Jorge ‘El Paisa’ Ramirez will serve as on-air hosts for the new brand. Univision began using the “Zona MX” brand for its Regional Mexican stations 101.9 KSCA Los Angeles and 103.5 KISF Las Vegas in March 2016. 107.9 KLLE Fresno CA followed suit a few months later. KFZO rimshots the Dallas-Fort Worth market from the northwest. It registered a 0.2 share in each of the last three PPM monthlies. Univision Dallas t...Read More

Breeze Blows Into Long Island

Apple Community Broadcasting has launched Soft AC “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview via 93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle NY. The new format serves the area along the Nassau and Suffolk County lines on Long Island including Bethpage, Hicksville, Melville, and Syosset. The 13w/119m translator had most recently been airing Spanish Christian “Radio Cantico Nuevo” programming. The station is promoting itself as playing “all your favorite songs from 1960’s – Today Artist like: Elton John, Doobie Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Air Supply, and Chicago”.

Noalmark Swaps Formats In El Dorado

Noalmark Broadcasting has swapped frequencies of two of its stations in El Dorado AR. Classic Country “Real American Country 98.7” KLBQ El Dorado moves to the more rural 101.5 allocation that had been home to Urban AC KMLK Junction City and takes on a new moniker as “101.5 The Hog“. The Urban AC format of KMLK moves in reverse to the strong in El Dorado 98.7 signal. Noalmark acquired the 98.7 allocation and Gospel 1290 KDMS El Dorado in 2016 to add to its existing El Dorado properties in 2016 for $600,000.

Colorado Sound Expands To Breckenridge

Summit Public Radio and TV has launched the programming of AAA “The Colorado Sound” on 94.3 K232AC Breckenridge CO. Based at Community Radio For Northern Colorado’s 105.5 KJAC Timnath/Fort Collins, the station is also heard on 88.9 K205FZ Steamboat Springs. Summit Public Radio and TV is a donation funded nonprofit operator of radio and television translators to fill in coverage holes created by the Rocky Mountains.

KXLS Flips To AC My 95.7

Chisholm Trail Broadcasting has flipped Hot AC 95.7 KXLS Lahoma/Enid OK to AC “My 95.7“. Former KXLS host Ryan Diamond returns to the station to host mornings, while John Tesh’s syndicated show is running in nights. Original Report 7/11: Chisholm Trail Broadcasting Hot AC 95.7 KXLS Lahoma/Enid OK is promoting a change coming Friday, July 14. The station’s logo has been replaced on its website and social media with a graphic stating “A Change Is Coming” and a brief statement “We can’t tell you, but we know you’re gonna love it! Tune in Friday July 14th to hear what all the excitement is about!!”. KXLS currently utilizes programming from Westwood One.

Bud 94.1 Orlando Officially Signs-On

Update 7/14:JVC Broadcasting has completed the upgrade of WOTW to HD, allowing for the official launch of Rock “Bud 94.1” W231CT Orlando/WOTW-HD2 Windermere FL on Thursday at 5:15pm. 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, continues to vehemently deny rumors that link them with the responsibility or liability for a new radio station in the Orlando market. The confusion continues to reign in Orlando as the station, known as “Bud 94.1 – King of Rock,” officially debuted on Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:15pm. The station claims it is a part of JVC Broadcasting and is airing on the HD-2 channel of JVC owned WOTW-FM (103.1 The...Read More

Kix 92.7 Launches In Mississippi

Delta Radio Network has launched Country “Kix 92.7” WMYQ Moorhead/Greenwood MS. The new-to-air station shares branding with sister “Kix 92.1” WKXY Merigold/Cleveland MS, but is separately programmed. WMYQ is promoting itself as having the only local news department in Leflore County and hourly CBS Newscasts.

KPHX Becomes Second Station To Go Off Due To Satellite Shutdown

Continental Broadcasting Corp. of Arizona has taken Liberal Talk 1480 KPHX Phoenix AZ off the air following the shutdown of the AMC-8 satellite. In an STA filing KPHX wrote: “THE LICENSEE MUST FIND A NEW STUDIO SITE FOR SATELLITE DISH INSTALLATION COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW AMC 18 SATELLITE, AS THE AMC 8 SATELLITE WAS PHASED OUT ON 6/30/2017. THE STATION IS OFF THE AIR WHILE THE LICENSEE LOOKS FOR A NEW LOCATION.” A message on the KPHX website simply states “KPHX 1480 is no longer broadcasting progressive talk in Phoenix…Thank you for listening”. KPHX had been carrying syndicated Liberal Talkers Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Leslie Marshall, and The Devil’s Advocates. KPHX was one of the original Air America affiliates upon its launch in 2004. With the e...Read More

WFLI Chattanooga Flips To Talk

Update 7/11: After returning to the air with Oldies, Tri-State Radio has flipped 1070 WFLI to Conservative Talk. The new WFLI lineup will include syndicated talkers Rick & Bubba, Laura Ingraham, Dave Ramsey, Eric Metaxas and Todd Starnes. It will also include news headlines from WDEF-TV and some Oldies programming including a daily “Hits & Headlines” program that will mix news and music. The Marion County Messenger reports that former WRCB-TV Sports Director Randy Smith will join WFLI to host a show and do local high school play-by-play for the station. A local outdoors show hosted by Pat Rose will also be added. Owners Evan Stone and Marshall Bandy also intend to convert the station’s studios into a national Top 40 radio museum. Update 7/10: Following its $100,...Read More

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