Format Changes

Townsquare Media Flips KMJI From Hot AC To Urban AC

Townsquare Media has flipped Hot AC “Mix 93.3” KMJI Ashdown/Texarkana AR to Urban AC “Majic 93.3“. The new format is positioned as “Today’s R&B and Throwbacks” and currently features an all-syndicated lineup including Steve Harvey in mornings, Michael Baisden in afternoons, and Keith Sweat at night. Wes Spicher, Operations Manager for Townsquare’s Texarkana cluster is currently serving as Brand Manager. The new format places KMJI directly up against Frontier Media’s market leading 104.7 KTOY. With the format change Townsquare has moved the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show to CHR “Power 95.9” KPWW.

I Gives Way To Q At 97.3 Shreveport

Cumulus Media has relaunched CHR “i97.3” KQHN Waskom TX/Shreveport LA as Hot AC “Q97.3” as the fall ratings period gets underway today. Now branding as “Shreveport-Bossier’s Best Music”, the move comes with a revamped on-air lineup as the station picks up the syndicated Bert Show for mornings and replaces Zach Sang in nights with The Adam Bomb Show. Locally originating Shawn Dion remains in afternoons while middays are jockless. KQHN ranked thirteenth in the Shreveport market with a 2.2 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, down from a 3.1 in the fall. Townsquare Media’s competing “K94.5” KRUF went the other direction rising from a 2.8 to 4.1. With the return to Hot AC, a format the market hasn’t had since KQHN fli...Read More

Classic Rock Trimulcast Debuts In Florence

Three weeks after Urban “Swagga Radio” 970 WWRK Florence/97.9 W250BJ Florence/105.9 W290CD Darlington/94.1 WRZE Kingstree SC moved its programming to WDAR-FM Darlington as “105.5 The Beat“, iHeartMedia has launched a new format on those stations. The trio of FM signals have flipped to Classic Rock as “Rock 94.1 – 97.9 – 105.9“. Positioned as “The Pee Dee’s Classic Rock”, the new format positions the stations up against Cumulus Media Rock “102.1 The Fox” WMXT and Community Broadcasters “94.7 Rock” WWBD. The station has picked up the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory based at sister 100.7 WMMS Cleveland for mornings.

El Patrón Arrives In Phoenix

iHeartMedia has launched Regional Mexican “93.7 El Patrón” 1230 KOY/93.7 K229DB Phoenix. The new format replaces Conservative Talk “KFYI 2” on the station and its recently launched translator. The new station features content from iHeart’s Premium Choice network and gives the company a way to include Regional Mexican programming in combo sales buys. The 250w/441m translator operates with a highly directional signal from the South Mountain tower farm covering downtown Phoenix, Tempe, and parts of Chandler, Mesa and Scottsdale.

KGOW Houston To Move Programming To FM As SportsMap 94.1

Gow Media Sports “SB Nation 1560” KGOW Houston will move its programming to Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna’s 94.1 K231CN Houston on October 1. The translator currently is programmed by Latino Broadcasting Corporation and carries Spanish Christian programming as “La Nueva 94.1” fed via iHeartMedia’s 99.1 KODA-HD3. The leasing of K231CN follows the transfer of their 104.5 translator to iHeartMedia last week. With the move to 94.1, the station will be rebranded as “SportsMap 94.1” as Gow plans to launch a Sports complement to its at KGOW currently airs local programming from 10am to 4pm including longtime Houston host Charlie Pallilo from 11am-1pm and Sean Salisbury hosting a local hour from 3-4pm before his syndic...Read More

Country Legends Returning To Danville

Lakes Media is returning its “Country Legends” format to 970 WMPW/105.9 W290DA Danville VA on Friday, September 15 at 12:00pm. The station was previously known as “Country Legends 103.7” from 2012 until its translator moved to 105.9 and the station flipped to AC “105.9 More-FM” last September. The format remained available online and owner Tom Birch stated that listener and advertiser demand for its return along with the overlap with sister AC 95.3 WHLF South Boston VA led to the return of the Classic Country format. Matt In The Morning’ will move from WMPW to Classic Hits “104.5 The Dan” 1580 WWDN/104.5 W283BN Danville. Lakes Media LLC today announced that the Country Legends format, popularized in Danville from 2012 to 2016, is return...Read More

Alt 93.9 Chattanooga Moves To 98.7

Bahakel Communications AAA “Alt 93.9” 1370 WXCT/93.9 W230CN Chattanooga TN has completed its move to 98.7 as “Alt 98.7“. The station, which launched last November, has completed the upgrade of its translator. Now W254DB, the translator has upgraded from a directional 250w/322m to 250w/387m from Lookout Mountain.

EDM Plays Onto A New Frequency In Panama City

Evolution Broadcasting Dance “93.9 Play-FM” 1290 WPCF Panama City Beach/93.9 W230CA Panama City FL has moved its FM programming to 92.9. The move comes with improved coverage for the translator as it upgrades from 90w/87m to 250w/134m.

Y100.9 Santa Rosa Gives Way To Alternative “The 101”

Five months after Sinclair Communications pulled the plug on Alternative “96X” 96.7 KNOB Healdsburg/Santa Rosa CA after losing its lease of the station, the company has returned the format to the market. Sinclair flipped CHR “Y100.9” KSXY Forestville to Alternative “The 101” on Friday, September 8. Positioned as “Modern Alternative”, KSXY is focusing mostly on currents and recurrents with a few pop crossovers. The previous on-air lineup remains in place with Dray Lopez in mornings, Ashlee Sleek hosting middays, Natalie in afternoons, and Will Styles at night. Here’s how The 101 sounded in the 8pm hour on Monday: Echosmith – Cool Kids Sir Sly – High Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life Capital Cities – Safe and Sound M...Read More

Midwest Launches Jack In Fargo

Midwest Communications flipped AC “Mix 101.9” KRWK Fargo ND to Variety Hits “101.9 Jack-FM” at 12:00 this morning. The move eliminates the only AC station in the Fargo market and positions KRWK between Radio FM Media’s Hot AC “Big 98.7” KLTA and Radio Wahpeton Breckenridge Classic Hits “106.9 The Eagle” KEGK. With the move to the jockless brand, no word just yet on the status of the KRWK airstaff including morning hosts Scotch Anderson, Britta Lee, and JJ, middayer Ryan Kelly and afternoon host Dan Michaels. KRWK ranked ninth in the Fargo-Moorhead market in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings with a 3.4 share, but down from a 4.1 in Fall 2016. The format debuted on 104.7 KMJO in 2013 following Midwest’s acquisition of the cluste...Read More

Morgan Brings The 80s & 90s To Morgantown

AJG Corporation flipped “Classic Hits 13” 1300 WCLG/92.1 W221DR Morgantown WV to 80s/90s Hits “Morgan 92.1” in late August. The station has brought in former 101.9 WVAQ morning co-hosts Adam Etris and Sarah McGuire for that same daypart. Etris and McGuire were previously parts of Kevin Connoley’s morning show at WVAQ. The station’s playlist is focusing on Hot AC hits of the 1980s through early 2000s. WCLG is streaming here.

Majic Is Back In Dallas As KSOC Flips Back To Urban AC

Urban One has flipped Classic Hip-Hop/R&B “Boom 94.5” KSOC Gainesville/Dallas TX back to Urban AC as “Majic 94.5“. The new brand launched this morning with the return of the Tom Joyner Show to the market. Joyner, whose program originates in the market, had been heard on 94.5 until its flip to Classic Hip-Hop in November 2014. The station will also carry the syndicated DL Hughley in afternoons and “Love and R&B with John Monds” in evenings. Cindi B. remains in place for middays from 9am-2pm. The station is listing core artists as including: Jill Scott, Maxwell, Music Soulchild, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Bruno Mars, Monica, Faith Evans, and Ro James. The station previously used the “Magic” name when Radio-One acqui...Read More

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