Format Changes

KIHT St. Louis Flips To CHR Now

Emmis Classic Hits “K-Hits 96.3” KIHT St. Louis is a thing of the past as the station flipped to CHR “Now 96.3” at 5:00am this morning with new KNOU call letters on the way. The station is launching with a full airstaff in place. Curt Copeland, formerly of iHeartMedia’s crosstown CHR “Z107.7” KSLZ will host mornings. Todd Newton, best known for his hosting on E! as well as multiple television game shows will return to his hometown for middays. Newton began his career in St. Louis radio as ‘Rikk Idol’ before making the jump to television. His last regular radio job was at CBS’ “Blink 102.7” WNEW New York in the early 2000’s. Christine Pawlak will host afternoons dropping her former “Electra” moniker th...Read More

WLOH Flipping To Country

News/Talk 1320 WLOH Lancaster, OH and its pair of translators will flip to Country on Friday, January 30 at 12:00pm. WLOH, which also airs on 99.3 W257EQ Logan and 104.5 W283BO Lancaster, will place the branding focus on the FM signals. WLOH Co-owner/Operations Manager Mark Bohach told Logan Daily, “Country listenership in Fairfield and Hocking counties is huge and at least three radio stations have abandoned the format in the past five years. We believe there is a strong demand for a station that not only plays the new music but includes the country classics as well.” WLOH/W257EW/W283BO will retain its sports play-by-play of Cleveland Indians baseball, Columbus Blue Jackets hockey, Cincinnati Bengals football, and Ohio State University.

Colonial Media Launches New Pair In Olean & Bradford

Colonial Media & Entertainment has shuffled its station portfolio in Olean, NY and Bradford, PA. Classic Country “93.9 The Brand” W230BO Olean/WVTT-HD2 Portville has relocated to 99.1 as “Eagle 99.1” W256BQ Olean. While focusing on 80s/90s Country, Eagle is also playing what they consider to be “non-poppy” currents. The simulcast of Country “Bob 103.9” WBYB Eldred, PA that had been on 99.1 moves to 93.9. In Bradford, Colonial debuts CHR “95.3/99.3 Hot-FM” on 95.3 W237CS Smethport/99.3 W259BO Farmers Valley/106.3 WXMT-HD3 Smethport. WXMT Brand Manager/Afternoon host Nick Suhadolnik adds Brand Manager and morning host duties for the translators, which will also include syndicated programming from Rick Dees in middays, Tom Kent ...Read More

92.1 The Ticket Lansing Rebrands As The Team

Shortly after the launch of the station as “92.1 The Ticket“, WQTX changed its branding to “The Team“. Why the change? CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Detroit has the Michigan trademark for the Ticket name. No changes to the new programming format with the change in name from Ticket to Team. Original Report 1/13: Midwest has officially announced the coming launch of “92.1 The Ticket” on Monday, January 19. WQTX will feature nine hours of local programming daily along with Dan Patrick and other Fox Sports Radio programming. The Ticket will also carry Lansing Lugnuts baseball, University of Michigan basketball and football, and high school sports. The Ticket’s daily lineup will feature: 6-9am: Michigan’s Big Show with Michael P...Read More

WTJU Adds Richmond Rimshot

The University of Virginia’s 91.1 WTJU Charlottesville, VA will begin operating Fifth Estate Broadcasting’s Full Service Talk 1430 WHAN/102.9 W275BQ Ashland, VA via LMA on Sunday, February 1. The start of the LMA will commence with a flip of WHAN/W275BQ to a simulcast of WTJU’s programming. WTJU airs a diverse format consisting of blocks of Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and some PRX programming. StyleWeekly.com reports that WTJU is in negotiations to allow Virginia Commonwealth University’s student-run webcaster WVCW.org to broadcast on WHAN/W275BQ from 6pm-1am daily. The University of Virginia also has signed an option to buy the stations if it desires at a later date.

Columbus, GA Joins Classic Hip-Hop Trend

PMB Broadcasting Urban “Hip-Hop 106.5” W293BV Columbus/WKCN-HD3 Fort Benning South, GA moved to Classic Hip-Hop earlier this month. W293BV was one of three Urban formatted stations in the market along with iHeartMedia’s “98.3 The Beat” WBFA and Davis Broadcasting’s “Foxie 105” WFXE. The new music mix positions the translator between those two and their Urban AC sisters: iHeartMedia’s market leading “Magic 101.3” WAGH and Davis’ “K92.7” WKZJ. Post by Hip Hop 106.5.

Evansville’s Wolf Flips To Classic Country

Midwest Communications flipped Country “93.5 The Wolf” WLFW Chandler/Evansville to Classic Country “93.5 Duke-FM” today. The new 80s/90s based Country format becomes the third Duke-FM in Midwest’s portfolio following 2014 launches in Terre Haute and Appleton. The turnkey format is distributed by Envision Radio Networks and Kroeger Media. In the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings WLFW’s 3.5 share distantly trailed Townsquare Media’s 99.5 WKDQ‘s 10.0 share. Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. are excited to announce Midwest Communications’ WLFW-FM/Evansville, IN debut of DUKE FM®. With WLFW’s recent launch as 93.5 DUKE FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network. Listen to DUKE FM® at 935duke.com. “Evansville, ...Read More

93.9 The Ville Louisville To Debut Thursday

Union Broadcasting has closed on its acquisition of 93.9 WLCL Sellersburg/Louisville from Cumulus and will launch its new programming brand as “93.9 The Ville” on Thursday, January 29. The new Sports station will complement sister “ESPN 680/105.7” 680 WHBE Newburg/105.7 WHBE-FM Eminence with a mix of national programming and local hosts focusing on the University of Louisville Cardinals. Current WHBE morning host Drew Deener will move over to the FM in his existing 7-10am slot. John Ramsey will move from 10am-12pm on WHBE to afternoons on 93.9. The “93.9 The Ville” lineup will also include ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd from 10am-1pm, Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Russillo from 1-3pm and PBP coverage of Louisville women’s basketball and baseball. &#...Read More

95.9 The Drum Launches In Columbus

We have an explanation for the lack of originating signal for what will be W240CX. Sandblast has filed an STA application with the FCC that WTOH’s unable to broadcast its HD4 due to a mismatch in Ibiquity codes between the HD importer and exporter. Stating that it would create a financial hardship to turn the translator off until the HD is fixed, it has requested to stay on the air until it is fixed within approximately 3-5 days. Original Report 1/22: Percy Squire’s Sandblast LP has launched Urban Inspiration/Talk “95.9 The Drum” W240CX Columbus, OH. Formerly 106.7 W294AH the translator completed its move to 95.9 with an upgrade to 99 watts at 218 meters. The new station is launching with the syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show and an afternoon show hosted by forme...Read More

WFDF Detroit Joins The Word Network

The Word Network has closed on its purchase of 910 WFDF and has flipped the station to Gospel/Preaching as “The Word Network Radio“. Original Report 11/18: Radio Disney has announced the sale of another one of their remaining stations. 910 WFDF Farmington Hills/Detroit will be transferred to Adell Broadcasting’s The Word Network for $3 million. Run by Kevin Adell, The Word Network operates an Urban Gospel based television network carried on TV subchannels and on cable. The company also owns independent WADL-TV 38. WFDF operates with 50kW daytime and 25kW nightime power.

Classic Hip-Hop Comes To Augusta

Beasley Media has brought Classic Hip-Hop to Augusta, GA. “Hot 95.5/93.1” replaced Active Rock “95 Rock” 1480 WCHZ/95.5 W238AU Augusta and the simulcast of Southern Gospel WGUS-FM on 93.1 WCHZ-FM Warrenton at 10:00am today. Beasley Augusta OM Chris O’Kelley serves as PD. Beasley Media Group Augusta has debuted new programming, that features Throwback Hip-Hop and R & B, on two of its radio signals that serve the Augusta, GA community. The All New HOT 95.5/93.1 (located at 95.5 and 93.1 on the FM dial) were introduced today at 10:00 a.m. EST. Augusta radio veteran and market Operations Manager Chris O’Kelley has been named the station’s program director. In addition to accessing the station on the radio dial at 95.5 FM and 93.1 FM, the All New HOT 95.5/93.1...Read More

WDRC-FM Flips To Classic Rock The Whale

Connoisseur Media flipped Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM to Classic Rock “102.9 The Whale” around 10:30 this morning. The launch came after a brief loop of the Brass Bonanza theme song of the NHL’s defunct Hartford Whalers. The flip comes following the demise of Classic Rock 106.9 WCCC-FM last summer and Connoisseur’s shift of WDRC-FM from pop-leaning Classic Hits to Rock leaning, which alienated many former listeners while not doing anything to bring former WCCC-FM or other new listeners aboard. “The Whale” gives the station a fresh start without the now destroyed WDRC-FM branding. Chaz & AJ based at sister Rock 99.1 WPLR New Haven remain in mornings. Allan Lamberti moves from afternoons to middays, former WCCC PD Michael Picozzi joins for afternoons, ...Read More

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