Format Changes

Pair Of Winnipeg Hot AC Changes

Rogers Media Hot AC “102.3 Clear-FM” CKY-FM Winnipeg has rebranded as “Kiss 102.3“. The rebranding continues the expansion of the Kiss brand across Canada by Rogers including six other Hot AC’s including Calgary and Ottawa and two CHRs including Toronto. No changes to the airstaff or programming including their “No Repeat Work Day” between 9am and 5pm. The station lists Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, P!nk, Maroon 5, and Kelly Clarkson among their core artists. A couple hours later Corus Hot AC “99.1 Fresh-FM” CJGV shifted to Modern AC “Fresh Radio 99.1” with a Pop and Alternative music mix. Positioned as “Modern Music”, core artists there include Katy Perry, Black Keys, Hozier, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ta...Read More

Boise’s Bull Moves To 101.9

KQBL and its “Bull” Country format will make its move from 100.7 to 101.9 at midnight tonight. After a few days of simulcasting on both frequencies, 100.7 will return to the KPDA call letters and Regional Mexican “La Poderosa” that was used from 2008 until the launch of the Bull in 2014 under new owners JLD Media. The previous occupant of the 101.9 frequency, Regional Mexican “La Gran D” KDBI moved to 106.3 last month. Original Report 1/6: Just before Christmas, Impact Radio Group announced the sale of 100.7 KQBL Mountain Home/Boise to JLD Media for $200,000. Now a second part of the deal has dropped. With JLD Media closing on its acquisition of Regional Mexican “101.9 La Gran D” KDBI Emmett and Spanish CHR “Latino 106.3” KQTA Homedale from Adelante Medi...Read More

KQIE Restores Old School To Inland Empire

On the heels of iHeartMedia’s flip of “Hot 92.3” KHHT Los Angeles to Urban last week, Point Broadcasting’s Rhythmic CHR “Q104.7” KQIE Redlands has moved to fill the newly created void in the adjacent Riverside/San Bernardino market. The 10am flip to Rhythmic Oldies “Old School 104.7” today duplicates a similar move made last summer at sister 95.9 KOCP in the Oxnard/Ventura market. Unlike the previous “Q104.7” programming which duplicated content from sister KCAQ Oxnard, “Old School 104.7” will be completely locally originated. Point Broadcast EVP/Chief of Programming Operations Brian Davis commented to us, “We are very excited for the opportunity to bring Old School 104.7 to the Inland Empire. We launched a simil...Read More

Alternative App Launches In San Antonio

Alpha Media has launched Alternative “103.3 The App” K277CX Terrell Wells/94.1 KTFM-HD2 Floresville, TX. Launching with 10000 songs commercial-free, the move brings the Alternative format to San Antonio for the first time ever. The market has had gold leaning AAA’s and multiple Rock stations including Cox’ heritage 99.5 KISS, but never one reporting as Alternative. As expected with a station named “The App“, Alpha is pushing the mobile apps for the station heavily. Pat Cerullo, Program Director of Rhythmic CHR 94.1 KTFM and Variety Hits “102.7 Jack-FM” KJXK adds programming duties for The App. The first hour of “103.3 The App” consisted of: Hozier – Take Me To Church Lorde – Team Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re ...Read More

Bustos Swaps Portland AM Formats

Bustos Media has swapped formats and call letters at its Portland, OR cluster. Regional Mexican “La Gran D” KGDD moves from 1520 to 1150 while retaining its translator on 93.5. Brokered Russian “PDXRR” makes the reverse move from 1150 to 1520. The move places the programming without an FM simulcast on the stronger AM signal. 1520 operates with 50kW daytime and 15kW nights, while 1150’s facilities are just 5kW daytime and 10 watts at night. However KGDD also has 99 watt translator 93.5 K228EU to serve the market.

WBWI Relaunches As Buzz Country

Magnum Broadcasting has relaunched Country 92.5 WBWI West Bend/Milwaukee as “Buzz Country” WMBZ. The 92.5 signal rimshots the Milwaukee market from the northwest. In December Magnum flipped sister 92.1 WEZY Racine to Country as “Q92” WMKQ to cover the southern parts of the market. While both stations have unique Country formats and brands, Mike Sommers serves as PD for both. Magnum acquired both stations from Bliss Communications last year. Owner/President Dave Magnum stated, “We nicknamed a station Buzz several years ago then flipped formats but hung on to buzzcountry.com with hopes of redeploying it someday. Infusing stationality into this big signal that touches 20 counties was important to us, so we commissioned an artist in Boston to originate the Buzz ch...Read More

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.