Format Changes

Streetz 94.5 Adds Central Georgia Signal

Core Communicators Urban “Streetz 94.5” W233BF/WSTR-HD3 Atlanta has added an additional signal. Core has begun operating Ploener Radio Group’s “Mountain Country 94.5” WFDR-FM Woodbury, GA and flipped it to a simulcast of “Streetz“. WFDR-FM covers the Manchester, GA area in-between Atlanta and Columbus. WFDR-FM becomes the third signal for the station along with 94.5 WIPK Calhoun/Rome, which began running the Urban format in January.

River Launches In Cumberland

After a brief April Fools Day stunt looping various versions of “Proud Mary”, Dix Communications has flipped Adult Standards 1450 WTBO/105.7 W289BR Cumberland, MD to AC “105.7 The River“. Playing “Hits from the 80’s, 90’s and Now”, WTBO will also carry Baltimore Orioles baseball, Pittsburgh Steelers football, and Fort Hill High School football. The W289BR translator had been rebroadcasting sister Country 105.3 WFRB-FM Frostburg. WTBO adds FM Frequency at 105.7 and takes to “The River” Cumberland Radio listeners, who tuned to WTBO AM 1450 or 105.7 FM, a Cumberland frequency for sister station WFRB FM, were awakened to the sounds of the song “Proud Mary” repeatedly on April Fools day. As it turns out this was no April Fools joke, but a transition for the f...Read More

Charleston, WV Gains A New Life

Bristol Broadcasting broke its simulcast of News/Talk 1240 WVTS and 94.5 WVTS-FM Dunbar/Charleston, WV on Easter Sunday to launch Christian AC “New Life 94.5” WYNL. The new format gives locally originating competition to Educational Media Foundation’s “K-Love” heard on 93.3 WKVW Marmet/88.9 W205CG Charleston and “Air 1” 89.3 WWLA South Charleston. 94.5 had been simulcasting WVTS since January 2010.

AAA Battle In Keene

Saga Communications has shuffled the programming at its Keene, NH translators. Classic Rock “Keene Classics” 99.1 W256BJ/103.7 WKNE-HD2 Keene has moved to 103.1 W276CB/WKNE-HD3 replacing Oldies “Kool 103.1“. 99.1 is now simulcasting AAA 93.9 WRSI Turners Falls, MA/101.5 WRSY Marlboro, VT. The move, which took place in early March, gave Keene its second AAA along with the launch of Great Eastern Radio’s “101.9 The Peak” WKKN Westminster, VT.

Salem Debuts Little Rock’s Answer & Fish

Salem has agreed to purchase 93.3 KKSP from Capital City Broadcasting for $1.5 million. Salem is operating both KKSP and KHTE via Time Brokerage Agreements. Update 4/2: Salem has assumed operations of 93.3 KKSP Bryant and 96.5 KHTE-FM England, AR and relaunched both Little Rock market stations. As expected, 93.3 KKSP has flipped from Sports to Christian AC “93.3 The Fish” and relaunched Conservative Talk “96.5 The Voice” KHTE-FM as “96.5 The Answer“. The revamp at KHTE-FM brings some lineup changes as the local Morning Jam and Glenn Beck exit the lineup and are replaced by Salem’s Bill Bennett from 5-8am and Mike Gallagher from 8-11am. Dave Ramsey is extended an hour to 11am-2pm so that all three hours are carried. The local Dave Elswick Show remai...Read More

Fox Sports Launches In Albuquerque

Rock of Talk LLC has flipped Christian 1190 KXKS/107.5 K298BY Albuquerque to Sports utilizing Fox Sports Radio. “Fox Sports 1190/107.5” will air the entire national Fox Sports Radio lineup outside of 4-6pm, when it will simulcast General Manager Eddie Aragon’s “Rock of Talk” program from 1600 KIVA/95.9 K240BL. Rock of Talk LLC operates 1190 KXKS via LMA from Wilkins Radio. Rock of Talk LLC announced today the launch of FOX Sports 1190AM and 107.5FM in Albuquerque effective midnight, April 1. KXKS-AM/FM, the only dual channel sports talk in the market, will feature FOX Sports Radio’s live, 24/7 lineup of leading sports entertainment programs, including Jay Mohr Sports, The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & ...Read More

WLDB Gets Trending In Milwaukee

Milwaukee Radio Alliance AC “B93.3” WLDB Milwaukee relaunched at 6:05pm today as “Trending Radio 93.3“. Calling it a facelift as opposed to an all-out format change, the move completes WLDB’s evolution to Hot AC and brings it closer to Entercom’s “99.1 The Mix” WMYX and the market’s three CHR’s musically. WLDB ranked 11th in the Milwaukee market in the February 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings with a 3.7 share, well behind WMYX’s 5.0. Out with the change is morning co-host Jane Matenaer. The “Trending Radio” brand name comes from Riviera Broadcasting’s “Hot 97.5/103.9” KMVA/KEXX Phoenix, which uses it as a positioning statement and secondary branding.

WSJZ Becomes 95.9 Rock With Bubba The Love Sponge

Cumulus Media today flipped Sports “95.9 The Fan” WSJZ Sebastian/Melbourne, FL to Active Rock “95 Rock“. The 6pm flip brings a locally targeted competitor to iHeartMedia’s 101.1 WJRR Cocoa Beach/Orlando. Cumulus is on the hunt for a local PD/Afternoon Host for WSJZ, who will join a lineup featuring Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings, Marci Wiser in middays, Pyke at nights, and Loveline. 1560 WLZR Melbourne, which had been simulcasting with WSJZ, will retain the Sports format.. Cumulus Media, Inc. announces that WSJZ-FM Melbourne turned up the volume today at 6:00pm Eastern as the former Sports station signed on as the all-new 95 Rock, Brevard’s Rock Station. WSJZ-FM and sister station WINT-AM were previously programmed as a Sports combo. WINT-AM will continue p...Read More

WOBX Flips To Sports

East Carolina Radio News/Talk 98.1 WOBX Manteo/Nags Head, NC has flipped to Sports “98.1 The Score“. The station’s lineup features a mix of programming from Fox Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio including Fox’ Andy Furman & Mike North from 6-8am, Dan Patrick from 9am-12pm, Jay Mohr from 3-6pm, Ben Maller overnights, CBS’ Jim Rome 12-3pm, Damon Amendolara 6-10pm, and Ferrall on the Bench from 10pm-1am. A local show “Outer Banks Sports Report” hosted by Tom Hoggard and Operations Manager Todd ‘Mongo’ Bradley airs weekdays from 8-9am. WOBX is supplementing its programming with Washington Nationals baseball and Westwood One coverage of events such as the NCAA tournament and the NFL.

Spanish CHR Launching In Philadelphia

As expected, the conflict with the “Super Q” branding has resulted in a name change for the coming Spanish CHR format on 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood/97.5 WPEN-HD3 Burlington, NJ/Philadelphia. The Latin Radio Group operated translator will instead launch on Wednesday, April 1 as “97.1 Supra-FM“. Original Report 3/16: A Spanish CHR will debut on FM in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 1. 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood, NJ will drop its rebroadcast of Priority Radio’s Christian CHR “Reach Radio” 89.1 WXHL-FM Christiana, DE and become “Super Q” fed by Greater Media’s 97.5 WPEN-HD3. The new “Super Q” will be operated by former “Latino 100.3” WKKB Providence PD/Morning Host Quilvio Perdomo ‘DJ Frankie’ Rodrigue...Read More

Rhythmic Oldies Hot 93.5 Launching In El Paso

iHeartMedia will launch Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 93.5” K228FH Montoya/KPRR-HD2 El Paso, TX. The new “Old School” positioned station will flank sister Rhythmic CHR “Power 102.1” KPRR and AC “Sunny 99.9” KTSM with Rhythmic pop from the 70s through 90s much like sister “Hot 95.1” KLQT Albuquerque. iHeartMedia acquired K228FM last June from Mary Guthrie for $85,000 and modified its CP to operate with 99 watts vertical at 359 meters.

KNRY Flips To Adult Standards

Mount Wilson FM has dropped the Classical “K-Mozart” programming from 1240 KNRY Monterey, CA and is currently stunting with non-stop Frank Sinatra as it prepares to flip to Adult Standards “Unforgettable 1240” on Monday, March 30. The station lists Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Harry Connick, Jr.,Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormè, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence as core artists in addition to current artists Steve Tyrell, Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé and local “favorite” Doris Day. The Classical programming that had been heard on KNRY will continue on 95.1 K236BK Monterey and 95.9 KMZT-FM Big Sur. Responding to the interest in the great songs of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook retu...Read More

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