Format Changes

Rhythmic Oldies Hot 93.5 Launching In El Paso

iHeartMedia will launch Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 93.5” K228FH Montoya/KPRR-HD2 El Paso, TX. The new “Old School” positioned station will flank sister Rhythmic CHR “Power 102.1” KPRR and AC “Sunny 99.9” KTSM with Rhythmic pop from the 70s through 90s much like sister “Hot 95.1” KLQT Albuquerque. iHeartMedia acquired K228FM last June from Mary Guthrie for $85,000 and modified its CP to operate with 99 watts vertical at 359 meters.

KNRY Flips To Adult Standards

Mount Wilson FM has dropped the Classical “K-Mozart” programming from 1240 KNRY Monterey, CA and is currently stunting with non-stop Frank Sinatra as it prepares to flip to Adult Standards “Unforgettable 1240” on Monday, March 30. The station lists Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Harry Connick, Jr.,Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormè, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence as core artists in addition to current artists Steve Tyrell, Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé and local “favorite” Doris Day. The Classical programming that had been heard on KNRY will continue on 95.1 K236BK Monterey and 95.9 KMZT-FM Big Sur. Responding to the interest in the great songs of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook retu...Read More

WJKS To Becomes WDEL Simulcast

When Delmarva Broadcasting closes on its acquisition of Urban “Kiss 101.7” WJKS Canton, NJ/Wilmington, DE next week it will flip the station to a simulcast of News/Talk 1150 WDEL Wilmington. In a release promoting a new Small Business Saturday campaign, Michael Reath, VP/General Manager of WDEL and sister CHR 93.7 WSTW stated, “Delmarva Broadcasting is a huge supporter of shopping locally and it didn’t make sense to us to just promote ‘buy local’ just once a year. We’re also thrilled to roll out this campaign on the new WDEL 101.7 FM, which goes on the air April 2nd, and represents a reaffirmation of our commitment to serve the entire Delaware community.” The addition of the 101.7 signal will enhance WDEL’s coverage on the eastern and southern sides of the Wil...Read More

Fresno’s Classic Hip-Hop Gets Named

One Putt Broadcasting’s newly launched Classic Hip-Hop 105.5 KJZN San Joaquin/Fresno has completed its name the station campaign and is now branding itself as “Rewind 105.5“. Joining the station as promotional voice/music consultant is Derrick ‘DJ Aesop’ McElroy, a member of Bay Area based rap collective Living Legends. Tully Huffaker has been named Music Director. Update 3/4 6:20pm: When KJZN makes its flip to Classic Hip-Hop on Thursday morning it will do so without a name. One Putt Broadcasting has launched a name the station social media campaign for the new Classic Hip-Hop format. Original Report 3/4 8:45am: One Putt Broadcasting will pull the plug on Sports “105.5 The Game” KJZN San Joaquin/Fresno at 6:00am on Thursday, March 5. The Fresno Be...Read More

WOND Adds FM Signal

Longport Media News/Talk 1400 WOND Pleasantville, NJ has signed-on 92.5 W223CO Atlantic City to rebroadcast the station’s programming on the FM band. The translator signal operates with 50 watts at 57.8 meters (Coverage Map). WOND is airs locally originating programming from 6am to 8pm daily including a recently launched 6pm newscast that helped fill the void from the end of local programming on WMGM-TV 40.

96.9 MyFM Launches In Tuscaloosa

iHeartMedia has launched AC “96.9 MyFM” 1420 WACT/W245BR Tuscaloosa, AL. The 205 watt translator joins an iHeart cluster consisting of CHR 94.1 WZBQ, Country 98.1 WTXT, and News/Talk 105.9 WRTR. The new format replaces Gospel “Hallelujah 1420” on WACT. Owned by TTI, Inc., W245BR most recently was licensed to rebroadcast The University of Alabama’s 91.5 WAUL-FM Tuscaloosa after former lessee 1280 WMXB moved its rebroadcast to TTI’s 107.3 W297BJ Tuscaloosa as Urban AC “Mix 107.3“.

KBRU Oklahoma City Shifts To Active Rock

iHeartMedia has shifted Classic Rock “94.7 The Brew” KBRU Oklahoma City to Active Rock. Now utilizing the “Man Up!” positioning that originated at sister “Louie 103.7” W279AQ St. Louis, the move expands KBRU’s playlist to include Rock hits from the 70s through 2000s focusing mainly on 1990s tracks. Out with the musical change is the syndicated Lex & Terry morning show. KBRU was the lowest rated commercial FM in the Oklahoma City market with a 1.5 share in the 2014 Fall Phase 1 Nielsen Audio ratings.

WUEZ Shifts To Classic Hits

Max Media AC “Magic 95.1” WUEZ Carterville/Carbondale, IL has relaunched with Classic Hits. Retaining the existing “Magic 95.1” identity and logo, WUEZ is now positioning as “Southern Illinois Greatest Hits”.

WCLT GIves Newark, OH A Big Lick

WCLT Radio has launched Rock “104.7 The Big Lick” W284CH/100.3 WCLT-HD2 Newark, OH. Branded as “Licking County’s Rock Station”, the station is focusing on Rock hits from the 80s through today. WCLT Radio President/GM Doug Pricer told the Newark Advocate, “We conducted an extensive third party research study to make sure we launched the correct format in Licking County. The path was very clear. Besides the country position that we already own, the number two radio position in Licking County was rock.” WCLT Radio, Inc. acquired the Construction Permit for 104.7 W284CH from Mount Vernon Nazarene University last November for $43,500.

KXMG New Orleans Finds K-Love

Educational Media Foundation is acquiring 107.5 KXMG outright from Sunburst Media for $3.2 million. The flip earlier this week to EMF’s “K-Love” comes via a Network Affiliation Agreement attached to the sale. Original Report 3/17: Sunburst Media has pulled the plug on Spanish Tropical “Mega 107.5” KXMG Jean Lafitte/New Orleans. KXMG is now airing Educational Media Foundation’s Christian AC “K-Love” programming. K-Love is currently heard in the New Orleans market on a pair of rimshots: 91.1 WNKV Norco and 91.9 KMRL Buras. The addition of KXMG gives EMF a full market signal once its pending upgrade is complete and could allow the rimshots to bring the “Air 1” Christian CHR network to the New Orleans market. KXMG holds a Construction...Read More

WLPA To Flip To Standards

Hall Radio Sports “ESPN 1490” WLPA Lancaster, PA will flip to Adult Standards on Wednesday, April 1. LancasterOnline reports that WLPA is already running promos for the change, which will see the station switch to “America’s Best Music”. Listeners are being directed to switch over to sister Sports “ESPN 92.7” WLPA-FM Starview. The FM flipped to Sports last fall and recently was named the local affiliate for Philadelphia Phillies baseball.

Old School 93.5 Launches In Antelope Valley After Quake Move

Point Broadcasting’s Antelope Valley restructuring has completed with Monday’s launch of “Old School 93.5“. Focusing on Rhythmic Hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s with core artists including Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Gap Band, Expose, Madonna, Santana, Commodores and LL Cool J. The launch follows last week’s merger of Classic Rock “93.5 The Quake” and Active Rock “100.1 The Edge” as “100.1 The Quake“. High Desert Broadcasting LLC has completed a nearly two- week phased rollout of format changes on two of its FM music stations serving the greater Antelope Valley region. The changes started on Monday, March 9, when Classic Rock formatted KQAV 93.5 and Active Rock KKZQ 100.1 began simulcasting a broad based Ro...Read More