Format Changes

AAA NV89 Launches In Reno

Nevada Public Radio launched AAA “NV89” 89.1 KVNV Sun Valley/Reno NV today. Former Shamrock Communications Reno Operations Manager Willobee Carlan is serving as OM/PD for the new station. Malayna Joy, previously midday host at AAA “100.1 The X” KTHX Dayton/Reno, will host mornings. The station’s airstaff will also feature former KROQ & KDLD Los Angeles host Gia DeSantis in middays, Life is Beautiful music coordinator Jake Wagner, and former “Live 105” San Francisco host and MTV VJ Steve Masters. KVNV will also carry KNPR Las Vegas’ “State of Nevada” newsmagazine at 9am daily and The World Cafe in evenings. The station’s programming will be heard on the HD3 of KNPR Las Vegas as well as Nevada Public Radio’s other f...Read More

96X Santa Rosa Signs Off As LMA Ends

After operating JYH Broadcasting’s 96.7 KNOB Healdsburg/Santa Rosa CA since its sign-on in 2002, Sinclair Communications’ Wine Country Radio has lost control of the station. The end of the LMA signals the end of Rock “96X“, which had quietly segued from Alternative earlier this year. Sinclair will continue to operate Spanish CHR “Latino 95.5” K238AR/KSXY-HD2, AAA “95.9 The Krush” KRSH, Spanish AC “Exitos 98.7” KXTS, and CHR “Y100.9” KSXY in the Santa Rosa market. KNOB is currently Silent while awaiting a new operator and format.

Forever Brings Classic Country To Pittsburgh

Forever Media has flipped 103.5 WOGH Burgettstown PA from a simulcast of Country “Froggy 104.3” WOGI Moon Township/94.9 WOGG Oliver to Classic Country “Willie 103.5“. The station, which serves the Pittsburgh and Wheeling WV markets, is now focusing on Country hits of the 1980s and 1990s. New WLYI call letters are pending. The change was first reported by

Yet Another Classic Hits Station Coming To South Jersey

For all of those that lament the loss of stations playing music from past decades a haven is being created in Cape May County NJ. Coastal Broadcasting Systems will flip Alternative 106.3 WJSE North Cape May to Classic Hits “106.3 The Shore” on Monday, April 17. The new format will feature hits from the 1960s through 80s and join a very cluttered gold based space that includes Oldies “Cruisin’ 92.1” WVLT Vineland, “94.3 Wibbage-FM” WIBG-FM Avalon, 1230 WCMC Wildwood, Classic Hits “Kool 98.3” WTKU Petersburg, and Soft Oldies “Easy 93.1” WEZW Wildwood Crest. This marks a return of the “106.3 The Shore” moniker to the market as it was previously used by Modern AC WKOE Ocean City (now 106.5 WTHJ Bass River Township) i...Read More

KRVA Celebrates Its New Format

The Way Radio Group has flipped Country “107.1 Thunder Country” KRVA Campbell/Sulpher Springs TX to Variety Hits “107.1 Celebrate-FM“. The new format features a broad mix of what it describes as “Classic Rock, Top 40, Hot Country, and anything else that will put a smile on your face!”. Promotions Director Pip Bickford will host afternoons. The change comes after company president and Thunder morning host Craig ‘Moose’ Morgan was arrested for Felony 3 Theft and Giving False Statement to Obtain Property or Credit”. Morgan was charged with not using money earmarked for paying station expenses as intended.

KODM Turns Off Its Lite

Townsquare Media AC “97.9 Lite-FM” KODM Odessa/Midland TX has rebranded as “Mix 97.9“. No other changes accompanied the new name. The airstaff remains in place with Kevin Chase in mornings, Mandee Montana in middays, Program Director Leo Caro in afternoons, and John Tesh’s syndicated “Intelligence For Your Life” at night.

Kool Oldies Debuts In Delmarva

Adams Radio Group has launched Oldies “Kool Oldies 104.3/105.1” in Salisbury/Ocean City MD. Airing on 104.3 W282AW Salisbury and 105.1 W286BB Ocean City via 103.9 WOCQ-HD2 Berlin, the new format goes up against Delmarva Broadcasting’s “97.1 The Wave” WAVD Ocean Pines. The station launched as part of an April Fools Day promotion at the Salisbury Zoo where a giant stuffed penguin hatched from an egg. W282AW/W286BB is running a name the mascot contest for the new station giving away a $5000 generator.

Classic Country Maverick Rides Into Escanaba MI

Armada Media has launched Classic Country “Maverick 106” 106.3 WMXG Stephenson/Escanaba MI. As first reported by Northpine, the new format comes after a weekend of stunting with all-Elvis. WMXG had been simulcasting News/Talk 600 WCHT since Armanda Media began operating the station via LMA earlier this year. The company is in the process of acquiring WMXG from Escanaba License Corp. for $325,000. The new Classic Country format flanks sister “102.5 The Moose” WCMM Gulliver with a playlist focusing on Country hits of the 1970s through 1990s.

iHeart Launches Palm Beach Exclusive Wave

After stunting all weekend with Christmas Music, iHeartMedia’s 93.3 W227CX North Palm Beach/92.1 WRLX-HD2 West Palm Beach has returned to Country as “Wave 93.3“. The station is now being programmed separately from “Wave 92.7” WAVW Stuart/Port St. Lucie exclusively targeting the West Palm Beach market. The daytime airstaff remains identical on both stations with Bobby Bones in mornings, Heath West in middays, and Eric Hunter in afternoons, while Premium Choice content will be heard the rest of the day. iHeartMedia West Palm Beach debuted the new WAVE 93.3, No. 1 for New Country, effective immediately. WAVE 93.3 will broadcast the latest in Country music, including songs from artists such as Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, ...Read More

Classic Hits Comes To The Merrimack Valley

Costa Eagle Media has flipped Talk 1110 WCCM/98.9 W255DA Salem NH to Classic Hits “Valley 98.9“. The new “Merrimack Valley’s Greatest Hits” has launched with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free.The WMVX call letters have brought over from 1570 in Methuen MA, with the WCCM calls moved there. Much of the former Talk programming has moved to and 102.9 W275BH-HD2 Lawrence MA.

Classic Country Legends Launches In Grand Island

On the heels of launching Rock “Thunder 99.7” K259CZ/96.5 KRGI-HD2 Grand Island NE last week, Legacy Communications has launched another translator in the market. 103.5 K278BR Grand Island has launched as Classic Country “103.5 The Legend” rebroadcasting 96.5 KRGI-HD4 as a flanker to “Country 96“.

WBBB Raleigh Rebrands As 96.1 BBB

Curtis Media relaunched Variety Hits “Radio 96.1” WBBB Raleigh NC as “96.1 BBB” this morning. The comes as the stations ditches its “More Music. Less Blah Blah Blah” positioning for a more personality oriented “Your Life. Your Music” brand. No changes to the stations airstaff which includes Program Director Tim ‘Doc’ Maranville & Lora in mornings, Kitty Kinnin in middays, and John in afternoons accompanied the change. WBBB ranked tenth in the February 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings with a 4.8 share.

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