Format Changes

ESPN Hawaii Goes Silent Rather Than Repoint Satellites

Rather than repoint its satellite dishes as every other radio station that relied on network delivery had to do by the end of June, Pacific Media Group decided to take Sports “ESPN Hawaii” 850 KHLO Hilo/790 KKON Kealakekua HI silent. Josh Pacheco, who hosted a local midday show, will remain with Pacific Media Group as News Director of its Hilo cluster and host a one hour show for sister “ESPN 1420” KKEA Honolulu from 12-1pm daily. KHLO/KKON carried UH-Hilo, UH-Manoa, Big Island Interscholastic Federation, and St. Louis Cardinals play-by-play. A Silent STA filing confirmed the reasoning for the stations shutting down. LICENSEE’S PROGRAMMING SOURCE HAS ALTERED ITS PROGRAMMING DELIVERY OPTIONS TO UTILIZE INCOMPATIBLE EQUIPMENT. All satellite dishes had been requi...Read More

Lounge Soft Launches In Eureka

Lost Coast Communications has flipped Sports 94.1 KXGO Hydesville/Eureka CA to Adult Standards “94.1 The Lounge” KLGE. Calling itself “Humboldt County’s home of syncopation and style”, the station is promoting itself as being in a “soft launch” mode until August 1. So, we've got our "soft opening" going now. 94.1 – The Lounge will launch August 1st, but for a sneak preview, listen to 94.1 FM right now — 94.1 The Lounge (@941_Lounge) July 2, 2017

Bob Gives Way To Eagle In Twin Tiers

Colonial Media + Entertainment has relaunched Country “Bob 103.9” WBYB Eldred/Bradford PA as “99.1 & 103.9 The Eagle“. With new WAGL call letters in place for 103.9, the move corresponds with the launch of 99.1 W256BS Olean NY to serve the Olean NY side of the market. The “Eagle 99.1” branding had previously been used by Colonial for a previous translator in the Olean market with a Classic Country format. That translator was sold and moved to Bethlehem PA in the 250 mile waiver window last year.

1510 WMEX Goes Silent (For Now)

Daly XXL Communications pulled the plug on Talk 1510 WMEX Boston at the end of June as its transmitter lease expired. Daly XXL began operating WMEX via Time Brokerage Agreement in March 2015 and acquired the station for $175,000 a few months later. Daly XXL’s principles are Mary Catherine and Henry Remmer of Wilmington, NC and her brother Bryan Berner. Berner has served as General Manager of the station and co-host of the Renegade Radio morning show with John Pica. Owner Mary Catherine Remmer told The Patriot Ledger that they are in negotiations with “a couple of potential buyers” and negotiating a new lease for the transmitter site.

July 4 Weekend Format Change Rundown

With the July 4 holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, there was no one day leading into the holiday weekend full of most of the format changes this year. Changes were spread out across the week leading into the holiday and even onto the holiday itself. The trend this year seemed to lean towards a rebranding as opposed to an all-out change or seeing a Silent station return to the air. Amarillo TX – Townsquare Media Variety Hits “98.7 Jack-FM” KPRF Amarillo TX shifted to Classic Rock “Lonestar 98.7“. Boston – Beasley Media’s 1330 WRCA Watertown MA/106.1 W291CZ Boston will pickup Bloomberg Radio’s Business network programming on July 4. Branson MO – Earls Family Broadcasting flipped Talk/Classic Hits 106.3 KRZK to Classic Country and 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ from ...Read More

ESPN New Hampshire Flips To Oldies

Absolute Broadcasting has pulled the plug on Sports “ESPN New Hampshire” 900 WGHM Nashua/1250 WGAM Manchester NH and flipped the station to Oldies as “Oldies Radio WGAM“. The stations had been carrying a mix of local and national programming including ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in mornings, Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick Show from 9am-12pm, and local shows hosted by Christian Arcand and Tom King from 12-3pm, and Jimmy Murphy from 3-6pm. The Sports simulcast under various names dated back to 2006. The two stations have been listed for sale on radio brokerage sites for months.

WMEN Rebrands As 640 The Hurricane

Alpha Media has relaunched “Fox Sports 640” WMEN Royal Palm Beach FL as “640 The Hurricane“. The rebranding coincides with the announcement that WMEN will serve as the West Palm Beach affiliate for the University of Miami Hurricanes. The station carries the national Fox Sports Radio lineup along with New York Yankees baseball and Florida Panthers hockey. Alpha Media, West Palm Beach changed WMEN from Fox Sports 640 to 640 The Hurricane today, July 3rd. The station will still be an all sports Fox affiliate, but carry more edge and attitude. 640 The Hurricane is also the new radio home for the Miami Hurricanes. The “Canes” will join a play by play lineup that features the New York Yankees, Florida Panthers, and weekly NFL games. In addition to the play by play, the st...Read More

Bloomberg Moving To 1330/106.1 In Boston

Bloomberg Radio has announced it will launch on Beasley Media’s 1330 WRCA Watertown/106.1 W291CZ Boston as well as 92.9 WBOS-HD2 Brookline on Tuesday, July 4 at 12:00pm. Bloomberg Radio currently airs in the Boston market on iHeartMedia’s 1200 WXKS Newton/94.5 WJMN-HD2 and that will also continue for the next few months. Bloomberg Radio also airs on a 24/7 basis on its owned 1130 WBBR New York, CBS Radio’s 99.1 WDCH Bowie MD/Washington DC, and iHeartMedia’s 960 KNEW San Francisco. 1330 WRCA dropped its brokered lineup at the end of 2016 to prepare to relaunch with the 106.1 translator. W291CZ signed-on in May and both stations have been rebroadcasting the Irish programming of 96.9 WBQT-HD2 as filler since. Beasley purchased what would become W291CZ from Radio One in...Read More

KLJT/KFRO Return As Fun Radio

Eleven months after CHR “Breeze-FM” 95.3 KFRO-FM Gilmer/102.3 KLJT Jacksonville went dark in an ownership dispute between siblings Bill & Susie Waller, the stations have returned to their air as CHR “Fun 95.3/102.3“. The stations are being operated by Paul Coates and Mike Huckabee’s East Texas Results Group, which filed to purchase the stations and former Regional Mexican “Kompa-FM” 94.3 KZXM Bullard/103.1 KMPA Pittsburg TX from the estate of Dudley Waller’s Waller Media in May for $1.2 million. KZXM and KMPA are still Silent, but are scheduled to return to the air with KMPA relaunching its Regional Mexican format while KZXM will become Country “94.3 The Bull“. Bill Waller, the former President of Waller Media, has filed a Petition To Deny and a civ...Read More

Format Swap In The Ozarks

Earls Family Broadcasting swapped the formats on 106.3 KRZK and 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ Branson MO. 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ has assumed the Classic Hits format that had been heard on KRZK. That change comes after KCAX flipped from Southern Gospel to Classic Country with the addition of its translator late last year. That will mean a return to Classic Country for 106.3 KRZK. KRZK had been Classic Country until a flip to Talk in 2012. It moved to a mix of Talk from 6am-8pm weekdays and Classic Hits at other times in May 2016. The station’s two local talk shows, Ellis Island with Janet Ellis and At Your Service with Scott McCaulley will remain in place in the 6-10am timeslots but add some music to their shows. Earls Family Broadcasting (EFB), the parent company of five local radio stations ...Read More

Beach Boogie & Blues Expands To Kinston

Curtis Media has flipped Classic Hits 102.9 WELS-FM Kinston NC to Carolina Beach Music as part of its recently acquired “Beach Boogie & Blues” network. WELS-FM joins 1070 WNCT Greenville and three translators fed by 101.9 WIKS-HD2 New Bern to serve the wide encompassing Eastern North Carolina region. The translators are 95.7 W239BC New Bern, 101.1 W266AV Jacksonville, and 105.9 W290CB Winterville/Greenville. Curtis purchased those stations as part of its purchase of Beasley’s Eastern North Carolina cluster earlier this year.

KXXM Rebrands As 96.1 Now

iHeartMedia has relaunch CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM San Antonio has “96.1 Now“. The move comes amidst a recent shakeup in the market following iHeartMedia and Univision launching new Spanish CHRs in the market and increased competition from Alpha Media’s “Energy 94.1” KTFM. The station is running commercial-free through the holiday weekend. No changes were made to the on-air lineup which includes The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Michelle Fay in middays, Program Director Russell Rush in afternoons, and EJ at night. iHeartMedia San Antonio announced today the debut of 96.1 NOW, San Antonio’s No. 1 Hit Music Station. The station will kick off today at 5 p.m. with a full weekend of commercial-free music, featuring around-the-clock music as well as a contest fo...Read More

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