Format Changes

WPCM Flips To Country

Curtis Media has flipped Oldies/Beach 920 WPCM Burlington-Graham/95.1 W236BO Burlington, NC to Country. Station GM Byron Tucker told the Burlington Times-News, that the station will remain locally focused. “We have listeners in all surrounding counties, but programming will remain for folks in Alamance County. So we will hear local events and local folks on the radio.” The station posted the following message to announce the change: Thank you WPCM family. It has been an amazing time, from Oldies And Beach to Classic Hits and you have shown us unprecedented love over the years. Today we begin an exciting new chapter in our life as a radio station as we bring you the best in country music. We know that many you will miss the old music, but many of you will also be as excited as w...Read More

Yo Returns To Montgomery

While many stations nationally are flipping to Classic Hip-Hop, in Montgomery Bluewater Broadcasting is returning to the format. 100.5 W263BX Montgomery/WQKS-HD2 has dropped its Soft AC “Lite 100.5” and relaunched as “Yo 100.5“. The move resurrects the Classic Hip-Hop and Yo branding Bluewater utilized on 107.1 W296AI from August 2011 until it flipped to Classic Rock in September 2013. W263BX is promoting itself has the new local home for the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which currently airs on sister Urban “97.9 Jamz” WJWZ.

KEZN Rebrands As Sunny 103.1

CBS AC “EZ 103.1” KEZN Palm Desert/Palm Springs has exited from its annual Christmas Music presentation with a new name. Ditching the brand name it has held since 1983, KEZN relaunched as “Sunny 103.1” at midnight. No changes to the previous AC music accompanied the rebranding, however the on-air lineup will be rearranged. John Tesh’s Intelligence For Your Life moves to 5-9am. Former morning host Dan McGrath shifts to 9-2pm followed by Bo Hudson in afternoons and Delilah in evenings.

WERK Pushing Its New Sound

Woof Boom Radio has relaunched 104.9 WERK Muncie as “The New Sound” with its Classic Hits format putting an extra emphasis on music from the 1980s. Stating they are still playing music from the 1960s up to 2000, the move takes the focus away from the 60s and 70s in favor of the 80s. Core artists listed by WERK include Madonna, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, and Prince. Original Report 11/30: Woof Boom Radio Classic Hits “Oldies 104.9“ WERK Muncie, IN will debut a new format on Friday, December 26. Post by 104.9 WERK FM. WERK has made its annual shift to Christmas Music to lead into whatever change is coming its way. The new format will join a Woof Boom cluster that includes Classic Rock “Max 93.5” WMXQ Hartford City, Country ...Read More

KMXR Rebrands As Big 93.9

iHeartMedia Classic Hits “Oldies 93.9” KMXR Corpus Christi has returned from Christmas Music programming with a new name. Now “Big 93.9“, KMXR joins the multitude of stations over the past few years to move away from the “Oldies” name. With no changes to its completely Premium Choice lineup, the station is now positioning itself as “Corpus Christi’s Classic Hits”.

Sunny 107.3 Launches In Fort Collins

K297AK Loveland/97.9 KXBG-HD2 have ended their “Santa 107.3” programming and segued to AC “Sunny 107.3“. The move positions K297AK up against Townsquare Media’s “Tri 102.5” KTRR. Original Report 11/13: For the second time in three years iHeartMedia is launching a translator signal in Fort Collins, CO with Christmas music. Today iHeart launched “Santa 107.3” K297AK Loveland, CO rebroadcasting 97.9 KXBG-HD2 Cheyenne, WY. The translator is owned by Mountain Community Translators and had been rebroadcasting Christian “Pilgrim Radio” 88.7 KDNR South Greeley, WY. After the holidays it appears the translator will segue to AC or Classic Hits as Sunny1073.com was registered along with Santa1073.com. If AC, such a move would position ...Read More

Groove 103.9 Chicago Debuts

103.9 W280EM Chicago/WTMX-HD2 segued to its “Groove” identity with a rebranded take on Smooth Jazz. Branded as “Contemporary Jazz For Chicago”, 103.9 debuted with David Sanborn’s “Chicago Song”. More details on Friday. Original Report 12/8: Windy City Broadcasting has signed on 103.9 W280EM Chicago. The translator debuted on Friday evening with Christmas Music with programming originating on 101.9 WTMX-HD2. Currently branded as “Chicago’s New 103.9“, RobertFeder.com reports that the station will become Urban Jazz “103.9 The Groove” on December 26. Windy City Broadcasting acquired W280EM for a then record setting $1 million in July (The record would be broken a week later by Integrity Radio Communications). The translat...Read More

iHeartMedia Rocks Omaha On Two Frequencies

As the clock struck midnight on December 26, iHeartMedia “Man’d Up” and launched “Rock 94.9/102.3“. Airing on both 94.9 K235CD Omaha and 102.3 K272FE Council Bluffs, the station is airing a mix of Rock hits from the 70s to early 2000s. Update 12/23: When the Christmas music ends on 94.9 K235CD Omaha, the translator will flip to Rock conveniently branded as “Rock 94.9“. Rock949Omaha.com was registered by iHeartMedia earlier this month and is already redirecting to 94.9’s site. A flip to Rock will place the translator in competition with Journal’s “Z92” KEZO. Original Report 11/12: Following the launch of “Christmas 102.3” K272FE Council Bluffs/Omaha on Halloween, iHeartMedia has debuted “Christmas 94.9”...Read More

WNLS Tallahassee Becomes 94.3 MyFM

WNLS/W232BO has flipped to AC “94.3 MyFM“. Branded as “Tallahassee’s Best Mix of The 80s, 90s And 2000s”, the station launched with John Parr’s “St. Elmos Fire” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”. Original Report 11/26: iHeartMedia Sports “1270 The Team” WNLS Tallahassee has dropped its format and is now airing Christmas Music. The station is now using its translator 94.3 W232BO Tallahassee as the primary frequency in its branding as “Christmas 94.3“. The 99 watt translator covers the northern portions of Tallahassee.

A Rhythmic Oldies Party For Milwaukee

At 5pm on Christmas Day, WZTI flipped to Rhythmic Oldies “The Party“. Launching with Prince’s 1999, the stations are focusing on Rhythmic hits from the 1970s and 1980s. Update 12/24: When 1290 WZTI Greenfield/100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee debuts its new format at 5pm on Christmas it will do so as “The Party“. MilwaukeesParty.com and 1003TheParty.com are now live. Update 12/21: The Martini branding will not be returning to Milwaukee after Christmas. As it continues to stunt with Christmas Music as “100.3 The Elf“, 1290 WZTI Greenfield/100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee is running promos stating it will launch a new format on Thursday, December 25 at 5:00pm. The promos state that “Something Big Is About To Start On 100.3 and 1290”. No domains have been regi...Read More

98.1 The Bull Icons Debuts In Lexington

iHeartMedia has launched Classic Country “98.1 The Bull Icons” on 98.5 W253BK/WBUL-HD2 Lexington. As reported below the station takes direct aim at Cumulus’ “101.5 Nash Icon” WVLK-FM. W253BK will feature the syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and Classic Country from the late 80’s through early 2000’s. Update 12/17: iHeartMedia has registered 981TheBullIcons.com for 98.5 W253BK/WBUL-HD2 for use after the Country Christmas programming ends. A Twitter account is already live with the new logo. Launching a Classic Country station branded as “The Bull Icons” will place the translator right up against Cumulus’ “101.5 Nash Icon” WVLK-FM. The move will create the first Icon versus Icons branding battle in the country. Origin...Read More

KMBZ To Break Simulcast; Split Talk Formats

Entercom News/Talk 980 KMBZ/98.1 KMBZ-FM Kansas City will split into two brands on Monday, January 5, 2015. Current KMBZ evening host Darla Jaye will shift to 5-9 in the morning on “Talk 980AM“, where she will anchor a Conservative Talk lineup including Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. The rest of the 980 lineup will include America Now from 5-8pm, Herman Cain 8-10pm, Laura Ingraham 10-12am, and Coast to Coast AM overnights. With Limbaugh and Jaye leaving the 98.1 lineup, Kansas City’s Morning News expands to 5-10am followed by “Trend KC” with Zac Burns & Jayme Monacelli from 10am-2pm. Current afternoon hosts Scott Wright and Dana Parks remain in place, while late morning host Jonathan Weir moves to 6-9pm. Syndicated Ground Zero from 9pm-12am,...Read More

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