Format Changes

ESPN 95.3 Gainesville Launching Wednesday

“ESPN 850” WRUF will launch its FM signal 95.3 W237EJ Gainesville on Wednesday, August 19. Rebranding as “ESPN 95.3 Gainesville“, WRUF will continue as the flagship of the University of Florida sports and also carries Jacksonville Jaguars football and Tampa Bay Rays baseball. Original Report 6/12: The University of Florida has announced the programming plans for the two translators it will be launching in the Gainesville market. 92.1 W274BT Williston, which is in the process of being acquired from Edgewater Broadcasting, will become the analog home for Classical 89.1 WUFT-HD2 in October. Unlike the current service, which airs the nationally syndicated Classical24 service, the station will add locally originated programming including WUFT host Richard Drake. Sports &...[Read More]

Drake Stunt Leads To Hip-Hop “The Block” In Charlotte

The weekend of stunting with nothing but Drake on 92.7 WQNC Harrisburg/Charlotte, NC gave way at 5:00pm today to Urban “92.7 The Block“. Taking direct aim at Beasley Media’s “Power 98” WPEG, the new format is promoting itself as “Non-Stop Hip-Hop and R&B” and being commercial-free. First song was Lil Wayne’s “The Block Is Hot”. Original Report 8/14: Radio-One has broken its simulcast of Gospel “Praise 92.7/100.9” in Charlotte. 92.7 WPZS Harrisburg, NC has dropped the Gospel format and is now stunting will all-Drake as “Drake 92.7“. The move brings a call letter swap as WPZS moves over to 100.9 Indian Trail, NC that retains the “Praise” Gospel format. 92.7 is once again WQNC, which were on t...[Read More]

WPOP Hartford Makes Long Awaited Talk Flip

WPOP made the flip to News/Talk today billed as “News Radio 1410” utilizing some programs originating elsewhere in the region and syndication. The new lineup will feature Vinnie Penn from sister 960 WELI New Haven in mornings from 6-10am, the WRKO Boston based “Financial Exchange” hosted by Barry Armstrong from 10am-12pm, Bloomberg Radio from 12-3pm, Howie Carr from 3-6pm, Mark Levin 6-9pm, and American Now with Meghan McCain from 9pm-12am. The previous Fox Sports Radio programming will remain in overnights and weekends. INSTANT INSIGHT: Bloomberg from 12-3pm? Sure looks like a placeholder for someone else. How long until CBS’ 1080 WTIC announces Rush Limbaugh will no longer air on the station? Update 8/6: While no change has happened yet at 1410 WPOP, iHeartM...[Read More]

FCC Update 8/16: KFWR Fighting Back

Station Moves A week after the FCC issued a Show Cause Order to reclassify LKCM Radio’s “95.9 The Ranch” KFWR Jacksboro, TX as operating with a directional array, the station applies to have it switched back to non-directional with the installation of a stock antenna at the currently licensed power and height (Coverage Map). E-String Wireless Urban “Z93.9” KAGZ Burke/Lufkin, TX seeks to relocate to 97.7 with no changes to its 1.8kW at 184 meters licensed facilities (Coverage Map). An eight year quest to relocate Sacramento State University Classical 88.9 KXPR Sacramento, CA to a new location east of the city will continue. KXPR asked earlier this month to have its current CP cancelled before it was set to expire today and then reapplied for the same 50kW at 12...[Read More]

Classic Hip-Hop Vibe Comes To The Twin Cities

Cumulus has launched the second Classic Hip-Hop station in Minneapolis/St. Paul. As we predicted in Daily Domains a couple weeks ago, “105 The Ticket” 105.1 WGVX Lakeville/105.3 WRXP Cambridge/105.7 WGVZ Eden Prairie/Minneapolis dropped its CBS Sports Radio programming at 3pm central time to become Classic Hip-Hop “105 The Vibe“. The trimulcast joins iHeartMedia’s “Hot 102.5” K273BH Fridley/97.1 KTCZ-HD3 Minneapolis, which debuted in early June. What makes the situation in the Twin Cities unique is that the market does not have a single commerical Urban, Urban AC or Rhythmic CHR. WGVX/WGVZ/WRXP dropped their local afternoon programming to run the national CBS Sports Radio lineup in June. The stations registered a paltry 0.1 share in the July Nielse...[Read More]

Heartbeat 106.7 Little Rock Goes On A Country Ride

Signal Media of Arkansas has flipped Urban Oldies “Heartbeat 106.7” KHLR Benton/Little Rock to Country “106.7 The Ride“. Debuting with 10,000 songs in a row, the new Country format gives competition to iHeartMedia’s combo of Country “KSSN 96” 95.7 KSSN and Classic Country “105.1 The Wolf” KMJX. KHLR’s now former format placed tenth in the Little Rock market with a 3.4 share in the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings. Signal Media also owns Classic Rock “The Point 94.1” KKPT and Sports “103.7 The Buzz” KABZ in the Little Rock market.

Phoenix’s Pulse Moves To 88.7

East Valley Institute of Technology has launched 88.7 KPNG Chandler, AZ as Dance CHR “Pulse 88.7” as the format moves from its previous frequencies. The high school station had been heard on 90.7 KVIT Apache Junction and 92.7 K224CJ Phoenix giving it nearly full coverage of Phoenix. The new Class C3 signal is located south of the market, but on a clear enough signal to be heard in more populated areas (Coverage Map). EVIT paid Arizona Community Media Foundation $700,000 for KPNG. 92.7 K224CJ will soon shift to rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of Hubbard’s “Alt AZ 93.3” KDKB Mesa. 90.7 KVIT is owned by EVIT. No word if its long term plan is to simulcast KPNG or other as the school is only promoting the new 88.7 signal now as the home of the Pulse format.

Alternative Comes To Danbury

At noon W279CI Danbury debuted its permanent identity as Alternative “103.7 FM – Danbury’s New Rock Alternative“. The station will run commercial-free for the remainder of the summer. Nate Mumford, APD/MD of sister “98Q” WDAQ and PD of Classic Hits “B107.3” WAXB will add those duties at W279BI. The Berkshire Broadcasting Corporation, owner of WLAD, 98Q and B107.3/850AM, has signed on a brand new radio station in Danbury, Connecticut. The station, at 103.7 on the FM dial, is programming an alternative rock format and branding as “Danbury NEW Rock Alternative.” Featured artists include the Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Nirvana, Florence and the Machine, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Beck, Green Day, Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “There’s a ...[Read More]

Entercom Launches All-Metal HD2 In Six Markets

Update: In addition to KISW, the new “Metal Channel” is airing on HD subchannels of 92.3 KGON Portland, 94.9 WPTE Norfolk, 95.7 WKBU New Orleans, 98.9 KQRC Kansas City, and 99.5 KQMT Denver. The station will be rolled out to other markets shortly. Entercom Rock 99.9 KISW Seattle is joining the small group of stations placing an added emphasis on their HD2 subchannel. KISW-HD2 has dropped its previous “Live Rock” programming for “The Metal Channel“. Promoting itself as “All-Metal All The Time”, KISW-HD2 is running commercial-free with a playlist it describes as “from the early years of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, through Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer to new music from Lamb of God and Slipknot.”

Natchez Gets Some Fun

First Natchez Radio Group has launched Classic Hits “Fun 101” 103.9 WWUU Washington/Natchez, MS. WWUU will soon make the move from 103.9 to 101.1 to allow it to increase power from 255 watts to 6kw from its current 100 meter antenna (Coverage Map). The new format is promoting a broad Classic Hits mix from the late 1950’s through mid 80’s.

Racetrack Acquires Norfolk AM

Langley Speedway’s Speedway Media Group is acquiring 1490 WXTG Hampton/Norfolk, VA from Davis Media for an undisclosed price. WXTG, which most recently had been simulcasting soon-to-be former sister AAA “102.1 The Tide” WXTG-FM Virginia Beach, flipped to a Classic Country/Racing mix on August 1 as Speedway Media Group began operating it via LMA. The new “1490 The Outlaw” is resurrecting a previous identity and format used by the station. Chuck Hall was GM of then 1490 WLRT prior to its sale to Red Zebra Broadcasting in July 2007 and is now the GM of Langley Speedway and the revived “Outlaw“. WXTG is carrying the syndicated Imus In The Morning and a local Saturday afternoon program from the speedway. The station will also carry programming from Moto...[Read More]

Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Completes First Part Of Frequency Shuffle

Art Sutton’s Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting completed the first part of their three station frequency shuffle this past weekend. Country 96.3 WGOG Walhalla, SC moved to 101.7 with no change to its 6kW at 92 meter facilities (Coverage Map). That move allowed sister AC “Sky 104.1” WRBN Clayton, GA to slide to 96.3 as “Sky 96.3“. WRBN will continue to operate with 370 watts at 395 meters but slightly directionalize its signal away from 96.1 WWPW Atlanta (Coverage Map). The second part of the move will take place on September 7 when Country 96.7 WNCC Franklin, NC moves to 104.1 with a signal upgrade as it moves to a new location with 6kW at 673 meters (Coverage Map).