Format Changes

Chris Berry Promoted To iHeartMedia SVP/News, Talk & Sports Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted Chris Berry to Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming. Berry will continue to serve as SVP/GM for iHeart’s NBC News Radio and 24/7 News Network. In his career Berry has served as Executive Producer of CBS News Radio, Director of News & Programming for 780 WBBM Chicago, VP and GM of ABC News Radio, President/General Manager of News/Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC and Sports “ESPN Los Angeles” 710 KSPN. He has been with iHeartMedia since 2011 when the company purchased Metro Networks and placed him in charge of the newly named 24/7 News Network. Wanted to share that iHeartMedia recently named Chris Berry as Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, effective immediately. Berry will oversee our News, Talk and Sp...Read More

Bluegrass Country To Lose 105.5 Washington Signal

Bluegrass Country Foundation’s “Bluegrass Country” 88.5 WAMU-HD2 Washington DC will lose its analog signal in June as it has been unable to come to terms with Reston Translator LLC’s 105.5 W288BS Reston VA/Washington DC to continue rebroadcasting its programming. The Bluegrass programming will continue to be heard on W288BS until June 21. Communications attorney John Garziglia, who owns the translator, told Tom Taylor Now, “We were unable to reach an agreement. We will assist Bluegrass Country however we can, in moving its audience to its broadcast on the greater-coverage WAMU HD2. HD Radio penetration in the D.C. area has dramatically expanded in the last decade, and loyal Bluegrass Country listeners are an ideal demographic to demonstrate the reach and quality of ...Read More

Bud To Pour More Rock Into Orlando

JVC Broadcasting has confirmed the pending launch of Rock “Bud 94.1” with the following press release. Len Shackleford, Program Director of Country “103.1 The Wolf” WOTW Windermere, will add those duties at W231CT. Focusing on “Beer, Boobs, and Rock,” the station is positioning itself as Very Hard Rock Hits from Jimi Hendrix to Disturbed and other core artists including Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns N Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. JVC Broadcasting, a leading independent, locally owned radio and events company with properties and event venues in Orlando, FL, Long Island, NY, Gainesville-Ocala, FL and West Palm Beach, FL, today vehemently denied rumors that link them with the responsibility or liability for a new radio station in the Orlando market. Known a...Read More

WYLD Rebrands As Hallelujah 940

iHeartMedia has made a minor change in New Orleans. Gospel 940 WYLD New Orleans has rebranded as “Hallelujah 940” bringing it in line with most of the company’s other Gospel stations across the country. The 10kW day/500w night AM registered a 2.1 share in the Spring Phase 1 Nielsen ratings trends released earlier this week. The station previously used the monikers “WYLD for Jesus” and “940 AMen”.

iHeartMedia Launches Tu 103.1 Austin

The first flip of the usually busy Memorial Day Weekend has taken place as iHeartMedia flipped Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL/98.1 KVET-HD2 Austin TX to Spanish CHR “Tu 103.1” at 10am today. Positioned as “Donde Viven Tus Hits” (Where Your Hits Live), the station clones the branding utilized at “Tu 94.9” WZTU Miami. Enrique Santos’ syndicated morning show based at WZTU will also be heard on K276EL. The new format creates a direct format competitor to Emmis’ “Latino 102.7” K274AX/107.1 KLZT-HD2. K274AX held a 1.9 share in the April 2017 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, while K276EL’s Alternative format held just a 0.2 share with a slightly larger coverage area. iHeartMedia Austin announced today the debut of T...Read More

KAAM To Drop Standards For Christian Talk

DJRD Broadcasting Standards/Oldies “Legends 770” KAAM Garland/Dallas TX will drop its format in favor of Christian Talk on Monday, June 5. The brokered talk shows that air daily from 1-4pm and most of the day on weekends will remain with some moving to new time slots. Owner Donald Crawford Jr. intends to keep the old format alive as a webcaster at KAAMRadio.com as he claims it is the most listened to Nostalgia station online.

Smooth Jazz 107.1 Sacramento To Launch Monday

iHeartMedia will launch “Smooth Jazz 107.1” K296GB North Highlands/93.7 KYRV-HD2 Sacramento CA on Monday, May 22. K296GB had been Classic Rock “107.1 The Brew” until the launch of sister “93.7 The River” KYRV last month. It has been simulcasting Talk 650 KSTE since then. Lynda Clayton, who hosted middays on “Smooth Jazz 94.7” KSSJ Fair Oaks from 1997 until its flip to Alternative in 2010, will host on the new station.

Daily Domains 5/19: A Throwback And An Answer In Miami?

Two new formats coming to Miami, while lots of Legends coming elsewhere.

Revolution 93.5 Miami Adds New Morning Show; Expanding To Palm Beaches

ANCO Media Group (formerly Zoo Communications) Dance “Revolution 93.5” WZFL Islamorada/W228BV Fort Lauderdale/W228BY Miami/WHYI-HD2 has added Joe Raineri to host mornings. Raineri has previously hosted mornings at Hot AC 97.9 WRMF and Sports 640 WMEN in the West Palm Beach market. At WZFL he will join incumbent co-hosts Charisse and Kelly Razzberry. WPTV-TV also reports that the “Revolution” brand will expand to the West Palm Beach market as ANCO will be acquiring “True Oldies 93.5” WBGF Belle Glade from JVC Media, which will soon be completing its move slightly closer to West Palm Beach. The Oldies format will continue on 92.5 W223CJ West Palm Beach.

Spanish Wars Erupt In Eastern Pennsylvania

A battle that started in Philadelphia a couple of years ago is blowing up into a multiple market war between competing Spanish CHR formats and a baffling FCC filing. Victor ‘VJ Mar’ Martinez, who took over operations of “La Ola” 1400 WEST/99.5 W258BM Easton/1600 WHOL Allentown and relaunched it as “Mega 99.5” at the end of 2016, has expanded his station to the neighboring Reading market via American FM Associates’ 92.9 W225CF Reading and Cumulus’ 100.7 WLEV-HD2 Allentown. “Mega 92.9/99.5” gives Reading its second Spanish CHR to go along with iHeartMedia’s “Rumba 1340/92.3” WRAW Reading/92.3 W222BY Laureldale. It will soon gain a third. Quilvio Perdomo’s Radio Sharon Foundation has launched “Latina 92....Read More

WDQN Joins List Of AM’s Going Off The Air

Du Quoin Broadcasting Company Country 1580 WDQN Du Quoin IL ceased operations last Friday becoming yet another AM stations to fall by the wayside. No explanation was made as to why the station would be ending operations, but as with many low power AMs at the top of the dial (170w day/6.6w nights), its not hard to see what likely lead to the demise of the station. With the opening for an FM translator application coming this summer, the potential does exist for someone to come in and add an FM signal for the station. WDQN began operating in Du Quoin in 1953 after previously being licensed to nearby Ava as WAVA. It’s FM partner, 95.9 WDQN-FM was sold to Christian operator Three Angels Broadcasting Network in 2003.

ESPN Radio To Return To Evansville Market

When Henson Media completes the move-in of the former 97.7 WWKY Providence KY to Sebree, where it will rimshot Evansville, it will return ESPN Radio programming to the market. Now sporting WREF call letters, the station will be branded as “ESPN 97.7 The Ref” when it signs-on from its new location in early June. The station will rimshot Evansville from the south with 6kW/96m. The Henderson KY Gleaner reports that WREF will carry Matt Jones’ Kentucky Sports Radio from 9-11am and add a local program from 5-6pm will be added. All other programming will come from the ESPN Radio national lineup. Play-by-play will include St. Louis Cardinals baseball. The Evansville market has been without ESPN Radio programming since Townsquare Media flipped 105.3 WJLT to AC in December 2016.

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