Format Changes

Duke Heading To Duluth

Midwest Communications will launch its seventh Classic Country “Duke-FM” next week. tweeted this morning that CHR 102.5 KDWZ Superior, WI/Duluth, MN will drop its format for the “Duke” brand on Monday, September 21. The move will leave Duluth without a CHR, as Townsquare Media Hot AC “Mix 108” 107.7 KBMX will be the closest. was registered last week. Midwest debuted the brand named after CEO Duke Wright in Terre Haute, IN in May 2014 and has since launched it in Appleton/Green Bay WI, Evansville IN, Fargo ND, Knoxville TN, and Lansing MI.

Buzz Launches In Boston

Salem Media Group utilized the Republican Presidential Debate it is co-hosting with CNN to debut Conservative Talk “1260 The Buzz” WBIX Boston. The station is featuring many of Salem’s national Conservative hosts including Bill Bennett 6-9am, Mike Gallagher 9am-12pm, Dennis Prager 12-3pm, Michael Medved 3-6pm, Hugh Hewitt 6-9pm, and Eric Metaxas 9-11pm. Many of these hosts were previously featured in Boston on Salem’s 1150 WTTT (Now WWDJ) when it was Conservative Talk from 2003 until 2008. WBIX joins a crowded field of low-powered AM Conservative Talkers battling with Entercom’s 680 WRKO that includes iHeartMedia’s 1430 WKOX and Daly XXL’s 1510 WMEX.

WGYL Loses Its Breeze

Vero Beach Broadcasters has shifted AC “93.7 The Breeze” WGYL Vero Beach, FL to Hot AC branded simply as “93.7 WGYL“. The rebranding comes after a slow musical transition to Hot AC. No changes were made to the on-air lineup along with the rebranding.

KZTI Flips To Z-Rock

Update 9/14:At 1:05pm today, KZTI dropped its all-Beatles stunt and debuted its new identity as “105.3 Z-Rock“. The new format is trying to duplicate the feel of the syndicated Hard Rock network of the late 80’s/early 90’s with Rock “from AC/DC to ZZ Top.” and launching on the 25th anniversary month of the network’s original debut in Reno. The first three songs were AC/DC “For Those About To Rock”, AC/DC “Let There Be Rock”, and Motley Crue “Kickstart My Heart”. 25 Years following the original on air debut of Z Rock in Reno, Shamrock Communications has resurrected the station as of today. After stunting as all Beatles Ringo FM all weekend, Shamrock flips Adult Standards 105.3 KZTI Martini Radio to Z Rock. 105.3 Z...[Read More]

WPGA-FM Macon Shifts To Classic Hits WNEX-FM

Southern Rock/Country “The Outlaw” WPGA-FM is out and Classic Hits is in at Register Communications’ 100.9 WNEX-FM Perry, GA/102.9 W275CC Macon. Now branded as “Classic Hits 100.9“, the station is playing homage to the Top 40 heritage of sister 1400 WNEX by promoting itself as “The Big X Is Back”.

Hank Comes To Charlottesville

Monticello Media has launched Classic Country “94.1 Hank-FM” on 1400 WKAV/94.1 Charlottesville, VA. The new format replaces “SportsRadio 1400” WKAV and the simulcast of Classic Hits “Generations 102.3” on 94.1 W231AD. With WKAV dropping Sports, sister News/Talk 107.5 WCHV-FM will break from its simulcast of 1260 WCHV to air Sports programming on weeknights and weekends.

iHeart To Launch Philadelphia Papal Pop-Up Format

With Pope Francis set to visit Philadelphia later this month, iHeartMedia is launching a temporary “Pope Info Radio“. Starting on Saturday, September 19, Smooth Jazz “1480 JJZ” 1480 WDAS/106.1 WISX-HD2 will devote its programming to information related to the Papal including his speeches in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia between September 24 and September 27. The station will also focus on the traffic issues created by the multiple road closures in the city during the visit. CBS Radio has also dedicated programming to the visit, however KYW’s “Popecast” is only available on 96.5 WZMP-HD3.

Alternative Returns To Boise

Boise, ID has joined the list of markets regaining the Alternative Rock format as Impact Radio Group debuted “92.7 The Alternative” K224EP Horseshoe Bend/101.9 KQBL-HD3 at 12pm Sunday. The station will run jockless with core artists including Black Keys, Pearl Jam, Muse, Nirvana, Mumford & Sons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, and Foo Fighters. The Boise market has been sans an Alternative station since Impact flipped “V99.1” KQLZ to News/Talk in 2011. K224EP is operating with 99 watts at 802 meters (Coverage Map).

WXJZ Gainesville Returns To “Smooth FM”

After a day of stunting with patriotic songs, JVC Media has flipped 100.9 WXJZ Gainesville back to its prior “100.9 Smooth-FM” identity, this time as a Soft AC. WXJZ previously utilized that format as Smooth Jazz from 2002 until it assumed the Dance CHR “Party” brand from then sister 99.5 WBXY in December 2013. The new incarnation of Smooth-FM will carry John Tesh’s “Intelligence For Your Life” in mornings. JVC Media, one of the leading independent, locally owned radio broadcast companies with over a dozen stations in New York and Florida announces the launch of Gainesville’s all new smooth and relaxing radio station. September 12th at 12:01AM Smooth 100.9. JVC Media has been in a rapid growth mode, recently expanding in Florida and Long Island wit...[Read More]

Alpha Completes Palm Springs Shakeup With 98.5 The Bull

Alpha Media has completed its Palm Springs shuffle with the launch of Country “98.5 The Bull” KDES this morning. Launching with the usual 10,000 in a row, the new format brings a direct format competitor to Marker Broadcasting’s “Big 106” KPLM. Alpha Media, Palm Springs announced the launch of a brand new country station, 98.5 The BULL! The Bull is branded as a contemporary country station playing new Country music. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “If Stagecoach had a radio station it would be 98.5 The Bull, it’s a perfect fit.” “We’re so excited about adding a new and fresh Country format to Alpha’s already fantastic platform of Coachella Valley radio stations.” remarked Alpha Media Market Manager, Tricia...[Read More]

Saga Launches ESPN Des Moines; KRNT Moves To FM

Saga Communications has flipped 1350 KRNT Des Moines to Sports “ESPN Des Moines“. KRNT will air the national ESPN Radio programming lineup along with Chicago Cubs baseball, Green Bay Packers football, Iowa Energy basketball, and Drake University sports. ESPN Radio programming has been lacking from the Des Moines market since Cumulus switched “1700 The Champ” KBGG to CBS Sports Radio when that network launched in January 2013. KRNT’s previous Adult Standards format will shift to 104.5 K283CC/KAZR-HD2 as “104.5 KRNT“. K283CC had been carrying the programming of Christian Preaching “Praise 940” KPSZ. 940 will also pickup Chicago Bears football.

WRIT Milwaukee Shifts To BIGger Branding

iHeartMedia Classic Hits “Oldies 95.7” WRIT-FM Milwaukee will rebrand at midnight on Thursday as “95.7 Big-FM“. While the station leads the market with a 10.5 share, the Oldies moniker remained while the station evolved to a 70s/80s centric playlist. With the demise of Variety Hits “94.5 The Lake” WLWK earlier this summer, this rebranding could help the station grab some of the younger demographics that could be turned off by the “Oldies” name.