Format Changes

Easy 95.3 Debuts On Mount Washington

Mount Washington Radio & Gramophone LLC has launched Soft AC “Easy 95.3” 1340 WBNC Conway/95.3 W237BX North Conway NH. The new format replaces the previous Travelers Information programming that had aired on the station. The new format is positioned as “Easy Listening Favorites” from the 1950s through today and lists Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Nora Jones, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Air Supply, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Lionel Ritchie and Hall and Oates as core artists. Karen E. Williams, who previously worked at sister AAA 93.5 WMWV, will host daily from 9am-5pm. Mount Washington Radio & Gramophone L.L.C., a locally owned and operated radio group located in North Conway, New Hampshire, has announced a format chan...Read More

The Big Talker Returns To Wilmington NC

Chad Adams’ Red Wolf Broadcasting (unrelated to the Connecticut based company of the same name) will take over the LMA of Carolina Christian Radio’s 106.7 WMYT Carolina Beach/Wilmington NC on Monday, March 20. Red Wolf will relaunch the station as “106.7 The Big Talker” WFBT resurrecting the brand that was previously heard on 93.7 WNTB/106.3 WLTT until its flip to News “Port City Radio” in 2013. The format change at those stations were timed to Adams’ retirement from the station. Adams will host from 9-11am while Pam & John Dismukes will join for mornings. The rest of the station’s lineup will include Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Mike Gallagher, Dana Loesch, and Coast To Coast AM. The Big Talker FM will return to the airwaves of coastal No...Read More

920 KGX & 1340 KWXY Palm Springs Unveil New Identities

Desert Broadcasters launched its two new brands in Palm Springs at this afternoon as 920 KKGX Palm Springs became Conservative Talk “KGX Real Talk” while 1340 KWXY Cathedral City will return to its heritage Soft Oldies/Beautiful Music identity. KKGX’s all-syndicated programming lineup will include the Armstrong & Getty in mornings, Chris Plante from 10am-12pm, Todd Schnitt from 12-3pm, Palm Springs based Chad Benson from 3-6pm, America Now with Buck Sexton 6-9pm, Beyond Reality Radio 9-11pm, Kate Delaney 11pm-3am, and Doug Stephan 3-5am. KGX debuted atat 3:00pm after a two hour special on both frequencies that featured Station Manager Kevin Barrett, Chad Benson, a Southern California aircheck and jingle montage, and tributes and interviews with former station owners ...Read More

97X Panama City Moves Home After Seven Months On 100.1

After seven months on 100.1, Magic Broadcasting Rock “97X” WYYX has returned to its primary home on 97.7 Bonifay FL following the repair of its antenna. The antenna for 97.7 was destroyed by a lightning strike in on July 31, 2016. Once it was known that the repairs would take awhile, the Rock format was moved to what was then Rhythmic Oldies “Groove 100.1” WVVE. The 12kW/123m Class C3 signal covered Panama City and adjacent towns, but not as much of the region as the 100kW/253m Class C1 97.7. For ratings purposes, WVVE and WYYX swapped call letters in November, but now with 97X back on 97.7 Magic Broadcasting has applied to move the WYYX calls back to 97.7. However, WVVE will be retired in favor of WWLY. We reported last month on the likely new format and brand name...Read More

Saga Brings Pure Oldies To Des Moines

Saga Communications continues the roll-out of its “Pure Oldies” brand to what it likes to call metro signals as 104.5 K283CC Des Moines/103.3 KAZR-HD2 Pella IA drops Conservative Talk for 1950s/60s Hits. Des Moines becomes the third market to debut the new brand following Ithaca NY and Springfield IL at the start of February. Like Springfield, K283CC’s 1950s/1960s format will flank Saga’s existing Classic Hits station in the market: 93.3 KIOA.

Cherry Blossom Radio Blooms On 104.7 Washington DC

iHeartMedia has launched “Cherry Blossom Radio” on 104.7 W284CQ/WWDC-HD2 Washington DC. The new micro-format is featuring a mix of 1980s Hits, promotions for events connected to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and traffic/weather reports. The Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 15 through April 16. 104.7 had been running a mix of Active Rock and Washington Capitals hockey since ending a rebroadcast of CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT in January.

103.7 The Legend Brings Classic Country To Portland

iHeartMedia has flipped Country “Tailgate 103.7” K279BO Portland/105.9 KFBW-HD3 Vancouver WA to Classic Country “103.7 The Legend“. K279BO had launched in October 2014 as a commercial-free competitor to Alpha Media’s “98.7 The Bull” KUPL and Entercom’s “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ to siphon some ratings shares from the full-powered competitors. Tailgate never generated any momentum as it registered a 0.3 share in its final PPM monthly. The flip to Classic Country fills an untapped void in the Portland market. The change follows the exit of K279BO and Sports “Rip City Radio” 620 KPOJ Executive Producer Bobby Corser last week.

WKAZ Flips To Business As Part Of WCHS News Network

West Virginia Radio Corporation launched the WCHS News Network in Charleston WV earlier this week. The network’s launch coincided with News/Talk 580 WCHS Charleston launching its FM translator 96.5 W243DR Charleston. It also meant the end of Oldies on 680 WKAZ/95.3 W237AZ Charleston as that station has flipped to Business News utilizing Bloomberg Radio programming. The third station comprising the WCHS News Network is Sports “ESPN Charleston” 1490 WSWW Charleston/104.5 W283AQ Cross Lanes.

SBS Syndicates El Terrible From Chicago To Los Angeles & San Francisco

Spanish Broadcasting System has begun syndicating “La Ley 107.9” WLEY Aurora/Chicago morning hosts Terry ‘El Terrible’ Cortez, Kristel ‘La Kristy’ Yañez, and Johnny ‘El Perro’ Orta on their co-owned stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The show has relocated to “La Raza 97.9” KLAX-FM East Los Angeles where it replaces “El Vacilon de la Mañana” hosted by Ramon “El Monchies” Moran, Felix Castillo, and El Compadre Pop in the 6-10am daypart. It also will be airing on “La Raza 93.3” KRZZ San Francisco. Both Cortez and Yañez joined WLEY in 2014 from Univision’s 101.9 KSCA Los Angeles where they were parts of the syndicated Piolin show from 2001-2013. Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (OTCQX: SBSAA) (SB...Read More

K-Rock Gives Way To AC Fun 101 In Reno

Evans Broadcasting flipped Rock “100.9 K-Rock” KURK Sparks/Reno NV to AC “Fun 101” on Tuesday, March 7. Cluster OM Doug Daniels adds PD and morning host duties for the new station. His wife Denise Daniels will host middays and Reno market veteran Rick Carter joins for afternoons from Shamrock Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI. The syndicated John Tesh will be heard at night. New KRFN call letters are now in place. The new format goes after Reno Media Group’s “106.9 More-FM” KRNO. No web or social media presence exists yet for the new brand. KURK midday host Kathleen and afternoon host Jay Slater will segue to sister Country “92.1 The Wolf” KWFP.

Huth Flips Chico Duo

Huth Broadcasting flipped both of its stations in Chico CA last week. On Tuesday, February 28 Alternative “X101.7” KVXX Hamilton City dropped its format for Conservative Talk as “Super Talk 101.7“. The new format places the station in competition with Deer Creek Broadcasting’s News/Talk 1290 KPAY/98.1 K251AV. Later in the week Variety Hits “100.3 Jack-FM” KBJK Concow flipped to Classic Country “100.3 The Outlaw” KHEX utilizing programming from Westwood One’s “Real Country” network. The Variety Hits format is still available in the market on Results Radio’s “92.7 Bob-FM” KBQB Chico.

KKFR Moves Simulcast To 96.1

After failing to accelerate the move of its east side simulcast of Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer/Phoenix AZ, Riviera Broadcasting completed the construction of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ from Phoenix’ South Mountain and has shut down 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix. Due to the existence of Sewanee Phoenix’ 96.1 K241CS Phoenix rebroadcasting Christian “1280 The Trumpet” on the west side of Phoenix, the move to 96.1 creates some coverage holes from the station. 96.1 K241BQ operates with a directional 120w vertical/426m as opposed to the 250w/426m that K270BZ was running. Update 2/13: The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix’ South Mountain prior to the gr...Read More

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