Format Changes

WLRN To Operate NPR For Palm Beaches

Following the sale of Classical South Florida’s stations to Educational Media Foundation, 91.3 WLRN Miami has come to an agreement to retain the Public News/Talk programming on 101.9 W270AD/WFLV-HD2 West Palm Beach. Currently branded as “WPBI News“, the station will be relaunched as “101.9, NPR For The Palm Beaches” as WLRN leases the HD2 and translator from EMF. WLRN is owned by the School Board of Miami-Dade County and also operates WLRN-TV Miami, 91.5 WKWM Key West and three translators serving the remainder of the Florida Keys. Following the demise of Classical South Florida, WLRN launched a Classical programming service on its HD2 to serve the Miami market. WLRN will begin operating W270AD at a yet-to-be announced date in November.

Emmis Launching Second Indianapolis Sports FM

Emmis Sports “1070 The Fan” WFNI Indianapolis is signing-on a second translator to bring all of its programming to the FM band. While 107.5 W298BB/93.1 WIBC-HD2 Indianapolis is currently a partial mix of WFNI programming and national ESPN radio content, that will change as Emmis prepares to sign-on 93.5 W228CX this weekend. 93.5 W228CX will be a straight simulcast of WFNI as even a 50kW AM is no longer believed to be strong enough without a translator, with the station to rebranded as “93.5 The Fan“. W298BB/WIBC-HD2 will become “ESPN 107.5” airing the national ESPN Radio lineup with the exception of Mike & Mike in mornings which will remain on 1070/93.5. 107.5 will substitute NBC Sports Radio’s Erik Kuselias in that slot. Emmis Market Manager ...[Read More]

104.5 Is Jammin In Waco

M&M Broadcasters debuted Rhythmic AC “Jammin 104.5” K283CD Waco/KBHT-HD3 Bellmead on Wednesday. The station is the second flip in the cluster this month overseen by Jason Kidd’s New Generation Radio following the launch of Urban AC “Magic 104.9” KBHT. New Generation describes the new Jammin 104.5 as focusing on “Disco, Dance, Funk, and Freestyle”. K283CD previously rebroadcasted the national ESPN Radio lineup.

WINK-FM Drops More Branding

The first station in the country to adopt the “More-FM” branding has reverted back to utilizing its “96.9 WINK-FM” call letters as its moniker. The Fort Myers Broadcasting AC adopted the More branding in February 2013 when it shifted from Hot AC. The Moyes Research Associates brand would later be adopted by WBEB Philadelphia and many Saga Communications owned stations among others. In the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings WINK-FM had plummeted to a 1.3 share from a 3.6 a year prior. The station’s website lists former “Sunny 104.3” WEAT-FM West Palm Beach PD/Morning host Rick Shockley as Program Director as opposed to Nick Craig. Craig had joined WINK-FM as PD at the beginning of this year. The station is advertising openings for a new morning and m...[Read More]

WXPN Philadelphia Acquires WNTI Hackettstown, NJ

Update 10/12: University of Pennsylvania AAA 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia has announced it is the buyer of 91.9 WNTI Hackettstown, NJ from Centenary College. WXPN will pay $1,250,000 in cash and give Centenary $500,000 worth of underwriting over 10 years for the station. WXPN will begin airing its programming on WNTI on Thursday, October 15 at 12:00pm when it begins operating the station via Public Service Operating Agreement. Today Centenary College of Hackettstown, New Jersey and Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5, owned by the University of Pennsylvania, jointly announced a sales agreement and transfer of ownership for the broadcasting license of WNTI 91.9 FM, the public radio station owned by Centenary College, to WXPN. WXPN’s award-winning music programming will be broadcast ...[Read More]

KZTI Reno Renames Itself “105.3 Rock Hard”

Shamrock Communications Classic Rock 105.3 KZTI Fallon Station/Reno, NV has been stripped of its “105.3 Z-Rock” moniker in favor of “105.3 Rock Hard“. The “Z-Rock” trademark is still owned by Cumulus Media from their acquisition of ABC Radio Networks and predecessor Satellite Music Network who operated the “Z-Rock” network from 1986 until 1996. Cumulus keeps the trademark alive on “Z-Rock 103” WXZZ Lexington, KY. Shamrock has registered 1053FMRockHard.com to be the eventual web presence for the station that flipped from Adult Standards on September 14.

WVLK Lexington Returns To FM

Just shy of the one year anniversary of Cumulus flipping 101.5 WVLK-FM Richmond/Lexington, KY from a simulcast of 590 WVLK Lexington to Country “101.5 Nash Icon“, the News/Talker has returned to the FM band. 101.1 W266AN Lawrenceburg operates with 250 watts at 243 meters (Coverage Map). Cumulus Media announces that it will bring News/Talk 590 WVLK to Lexington’s FM dial today with the addition of a new FM translator. At 10:00 a.m. CST, Cumulus Lexington launched the FM simulcast of its existing News/Talk station WVLK-AM on the 101.1 frequency. Jim Mahanay, Corporate Program Director for Cumulus said: “We are extremely pleased to announce that our audience in Lexington can now enjoy WVLK’s exceptional News/Talk programming—including Larry Kudlow, John Batchelor, Mark Levin and T...[Read More]

Flood Launches News Channel Nebraska

Flood Communications has launched News/Classic Hits “94.7 News Channel Nebraska” KNEN Norfolk, NE. Formerly Rock “94 Rock“, the new format is being paired with the new to air LPTV KNEN-LD 35 to serve the area northwest of Omaha. Owned by former Nebraska State Senator Michael Flood, Flood Communications has been pairing similar radio stations, LPTV or cable channels, and digital news sites in many Nebraska markets.

Minneapolis Country Rimshot Adds Second Signal

Milestone Radio has flipped Regional Mexican “La Mera Buena” 107.5 KBGY Faribault, MN to a simulcast of Classic Country “Bob 106” 106.1 KLCI Elk River. While KLCI covers the the northern and western suburbs of Minneapolis, KBGY adds rimshot coverage to the south of the market. The Bob programming is also heard on 105.5 KDDG Albany/St. Cloud, MN. The former Regional Mexican programming continues on KLCI-HD4 and KDDG-HD4.

KNEV Brings The Vibe To Reno

As alluded to earlier today in Daily Domains, Cumulus has flipped AC “Magic 95.5” KNEV Reno to Classic Hip-Hop “95.5 The Vibe“. The new format creates a flanker for sister Rhythmic CHR “Wild 102.9” KWYL and abandons the AC battle with Reno Media Group’s market leading “106.9 More-FM” KRNO. KNEV was ranked 11th in the Reno market with a 2.6 share in the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings. The flip took place after a brief 15 minute stunt with Christmas music. The final song on Magic was Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration”. Cumulus Media announces that KNEV-FM launched today as 95.5 The Vibe, Reno’s all-new Classic Hip Hop radio station. The station was formerly programmed as Adult Contemporary Magic 95.5. The station al...[Read More]

WURV Comes Clean Over Christmas Stunt

Update 6:10pm: After 12 hours of stunting with Christmas music, “103.7 Play” returned to its regular format. Just like any good stunt WURV knew to hold on just long enough before wearing out its welcome. 103.7 Play's Christmas Surprise… You guys are the BEST!!! Thank you for letting us "PLAY" with you today! We hope you had a great time getting your fa la la and holly jolly jingles on 🙂 To everyone who knew we were having fun, you are smart (Christmas) cookies – and, well, there are a few of you that belong on Santa's naughty list for those potty mouths! We love you RVA and will always maintain that 103.7 Play listeners are the best in the city! :)PS: If you still want Christmas music, don't forget next Friday 10/16 is our annual Play For Pi...[Read More]

WIPK Brings CHR To Northwest Georgia

Core Communicators has flipped 94.5 WIPK Calhoun, GA from a simulcast of Urban “Streetz 94.5” W233BF Atlanta/WSTR-HD3 Smyrna to CHR “I94.5“. WIPK joins Rome Radio Partners “103.1 Radio M” 710 WROM Rome/103.1 W276CL Atlanta Junction in a Northwest Georgia CHR battle. While WROM covers Rome itself, WIPK covers a larger area of the region between Atlanta and Chattanooga, TN. Positioned as “Hits Now”, WIPK is listing Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, Pitbull, Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, and Katy Perry as core artists.