Format Changes

Maverick Moves In College Station

Bryan Broadcasting has signed-on 100.9 KVMK Wheelock, TX. KVMK has assumed the Country format of 102.7 K274CM College Station/KNDE-HD4 as “Maverick 101“. General Manager Ben Downs wrote on the company’s website, “Our original plan for our Maverick country music format was to build a much taller tower and operate it with a more powerful transmitter to get farther distances than it currently does. Our best estimate to do the full power station was about a year and we were ready to go with music as well as Drake and Mel. So we purchased the metro signal station at 102.7 to get things rolling as soon as possible and the response has been great. We think everyone is going to be very happy with the new coverage area; especially toward the north of Brazos County, Robertson...Read More

FCC Applications 2/8

Station Moves Royce International Broadcasting CHR 97.7 KRCK-FM Mecca/Palm Springs, CA applies to move to an adjacent tower where it will drop power from 2kW to 1.6kW, while increasing height from 174 to 197 meters (Coverage Map). Northwest Indy Radio holds a CP to relocate 91.1 KBSG Westport, WA to 89.5 in Hoquium. Now they apply to move it instead to 90.1 with 600 watts at 96 meters (Coverage Map). Florida Keys Media seeks to double the power of Classic Rock “Sun 103.1” WFKZ Plantation Key/Key Largo, FL. WFKZ applies to modify from a Class C2 with 50kW at 137 meters to a C1 with 100kW from the same antenna height and location (Coverage Map). Translator Moves North of Buffalo, Priority Radio’s 89.1 W206CA Grand Island, NY applies to relocate to 106.9 due to displacement ...Read More

More CHR In Walla Walla

Capps Broadcast Group flipped Variety Hits “107.7 The Vine” KWVN-FM Pendleton, OR/Walla Walla, WA to CHR “107.7 Hot-FM“. The flip took place on Monday, February 2. KWVN-FM is also heard on 95.3 K237DM Walla Walla and 100.1 K261BH Heppner, OR. The new format joins a crowded CHR field in the Columbia Basin that already features Townsquare Media’s “Hot 97.5” KOLW Basin City, WA, Ingstad’s “Power 99.1” KUJ-FM Burbank, WA, and Alexandra Communications “Zoo 102” 101.9 KZIU Weston, OR.

Real 92.3 Los Angeles Launches With Full Aim On Power 106

KHHT made its flip to Urban “Real 92.3” at 9:23am today. The flip occurred following the conclusion of a “Hot 92.3” countdown of the top 300 “Hot” songs and then Boys II Men’s “End Of The Road” leading into the launch of the new format. The launch package took shots at “having the Power now” and “say goodbye to Power” with Nicki Minaj’s “Only” as its first songs. Listen to the launch of “Real 92.3” at FormatChange.com. Meanwhile, “Power 106” KPWR has removed all references to Big Boy from their website and now lists former night host J Cruz in mornings. Original Report 2/5: iHeartMedia has announced it will flip Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 92.3” KHHT Los Angeles to U...Read More

Soft AC Comes To Alexandria

Cenla Broadcasting has launched Soft AC “Magic FM” 100.9 K267AN/93.1 KQID-HD2 Alexandria, LA. No website for the new signal promising “Soft Hits & Love Songs”, however it is streaming here. Cenla purchased the translator from Bible Broadcasting Network in December for $80,000 and completed its relocation from 101.3. The new signal is operating with 250 watts at 95 meters.

AAA Relaunch In Astoria

Following the recent closing of its purchase of AAA “Q94.9” KQCB-FM Cannon Beach/Astoria, OR, Spinlogic Enterprises has relaunched the station as “94.9 The Bridge” KBGE. Mark and Mickie Evans’ Spinlogic Enterprises purchased the station last fall from the estate of Calcomm Stations for $170,000. Calcomm owner Cal Brady, who served as GM/PD/Night host at KQCB died in 2013.

Country Comes To AM In Orange And San Diego Counties

Astor Broadcasting has flipped 1450 KFSD Escondido and 1510 KSPA Ontario, CA from Business to Country. “Kik Country 1510” and “Kow Country 1450” are both positioned as “Bringing Nashville To Southern California”. Both changes are a return of sorts for the company. The “Kow” brand was utilized on 1450 under its original KOWN call letters until 1990. The “Kik” brand was utilized on 1510 as Classic Country KIKA paired with former sister 94.3 KIKF Garden Grove. KSPA is licensed to Ontario in San Bernardino County, but operates from studios in Anaheim with the majority of its coverage directionally pointed towards Orange County.

SportsRadio On The Move In Harrisburg

Cumulus Sports “SportsRadio 1400/95.3” WHBG/W237DE Harrisburg is on the move to a stronger FM signal. The format has moved to Hope Christian Church’s 96.5 W243BR Harrisburg as “SportsRadio 96.5” via 104.1 WNNK-HD2. W243BR operates with 200 watts at 222 meters from south of Harrisburg covering much more of the market than the 60 watt at 193 meter from northwest of town that 95.3 operates with. The move comes with news that the station and sister 1440 WGLD York will drop play-by-play coverage of the Philadelphia Phillies in favor of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals (and predecessor Montreal Expos) have had their AA affiliate in Harrisburg since 1991. The Phillies in turn will affiliate with Hall’s “ESPN Radio 92.7” WLPA-FM Starview.

Touch Expands To Battle Creek

Midwest Communications Urban AC “The Touch” 1560 WNWN/95.5 W238AL Portage/Kalamazoo, MI has begun simulcasting on 930 WTOU/102.7 W274AQ Battle Creek. Midwest acquired then Sports 930 WBCK from Cumulus in January 2014 for $175,000 and then purchased the translator in May for $45,000. 930 has been silent since last summer. Over time Midwest intends to add unique local church and sports broadcasts for each signal, but for now both will carry the same programming around the clock.

Poder 97.5 Chicago Launches

97.5 W248BB Hillside/Chicago IL made its flip to Regional Mexican “Poder 97.5” on Monday. Pedro Ivan, former PD of SBS’ “La Ley 107.9” WLEY will hold those duties for W248BB as well as an on-air shift. Other personalities joining the station are Margarita Vasquez, Cristian Ramos, and Beto Carreto. Original Report 11/17: 97.5 W248BB Hillside/Chicago IL will flip to Regional Mexican “97.5 Poder” on February 1, 2016. The Educational Media Foundation owned translator is currently operated by iHeartMedia as Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes 97.5“. iHeart will now lease programming of the translator and 93.9 WLIT-HD2 to Pedro Segura’s Show Time Media. Segura is a local business owner who co-founded Prime Dental Manufacturing in 1999. Alfred...Read More

Radio M Debuts In Rome

Rome Radio Partners has launched CHR “103.1 Radio M” 710 WROM Rome/103.1 W276CL Atlanta Junction, GA. Marketing the station as “the first station geared towards the millennial generation playing a wide variety of Top Hits across multiple genres”, WROM is featuring a broad mix of currents from Pop, Dance and Rock. The station will air the WNCI Columbus based syndicated Dave & Jimmy morning show from 6-9am. Among the songs heard in our listen to the station were: Gareth Emery – Dynamite Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine Matt Nathanson f/ Lolo – Headphones On Shawn Mendes – Something Big Royal Blood – Figure It Out Broods – Mother & Father Nick Jonas – Chains Our Lady Peace – Won’t Turn Back Glass Animals – ...Read More

Bubba The Love Sponge Announces Bubba 98.7 Launch

98.7 WHFS-FM will become “Bubba 98.7” WBRN-FM at 10am today. In discussing the new format of the station, Bubba The Love Sponge explained on his show that it will be a personality based Rock leaning Variety Hits station focusing on music that he likes positioned as “No Rules Radio”. Bubba 98.7 will feature a 700-1000 song playlist with a “non-corporate sound”. Following his morning show the station will air two hours of commercial free music from 10am to 12pm. Bubba’s morning co-hosts Manson, character Ned, and 25 Cent will follow in the 12-3pm, 3-7pm, and 7pm-12am dayparts respectively. Bubba’s morning show will repeat from 12-4am. The core playlist will feature artists such as AC/DC, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin...Read More