Format Changes

KNCE Becomes True Taos Radio

After agreeing to purchase Classic Hits 93.5 KNCE Taos, NM last month, Taos Adventures has flipped the station to a diverse Community format. Now branded as “True Taos Radio“, KNCE is a partnership of Live Taos, Roots and Wires Presents, Walking Rain Productions, and Ravensong Productions. The station is broadcasting from an Airstream trailer on the property of Taos Mesa Brewing Company.

Cherry Creek Buys One In Helena; Takes Two Dark

Cherry Creek Radio is making changes to its Helena, MT cluster. On Wednesday, November 5, News/Talk simulcast 1240 KBLL Helena and 1340 KCAP Helena will go dark. To take their places Cherry Creek has agreed to purchase Standards “Classy 950” KMTX/96.3 K242BB Helena from Montana Radio Company. The KCAP call letters and the News/Talk format will move to 950/96.3. Following the sale Montana Radio Company will still have four FM’s in the Helena market, while Cherry Creek Radio will have one AM and four FM’s.

Station Shuffle In Pueblo, CO

Multiple stations have found new homes in Pueblo, CO. With Educational Media Foundation closing on its acquisition of Country 106.9 KIQN Pueblo from United States CP a chain reaction of moves have taken place as KIQN has joined EMF’s Christian AC “K-Love” network. The previous Country format of KIQN has moved to 94.7 KFVR-FM Beulah and 93.9 K230BB Fowler under the management of SoCo Radio. KFVR’s previous Classic Hits “I-25 Oldies” format moves to 690 KWRP Pueblo and 100.3 K262BB Boone replacing “I-25 Talk“.

KFNS St. Louis Goes Dark; To Be Sold To Religious Group

Grand Slam Sports’ “590 The Man” KFNS Wood River, IL/St. Louis has reached its end. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the station went dark on Friday, October 31 following non-payment of its transmitter lease. Operations Manager Mike Calvin told the paper that the station’s owners are $580,000 in debt and that they are in negotiations to sell the 590 license to a Religious group. KFNS has struggled since the debut of Bonneville’s (Now Hubbard’s) “101 Sports” WXOS in January 2009. In May 2013 it dropped its longtime moniker “590 The Fan” for “590 The Man” and attempted to shift to Hot Talk which was short-lived. There have been many issues regarding the ownership and management of the station which the Post-Dispa...Read More

WELJ Flips To Nash Simulcast

Joule Broadcasting’s 104.7 WELJ Montauk, NY/New London, CT has flipped to a simulcast of Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH Newark/New York. WELJ had been airing a Hot AC format directed at the New London market including a simulcast of 95.5 WPLJ New York’s “Todd Show” in the morning. It becomes the third Country station targeting the New London market along with Hall Communications 97.7 WCTY Norwich and Red Wolf Broadcasting’s “US Country 99.5” W258BI New London. On the eastern most end of Long Island, where the WELJ transmitter is located, WELJ will fill a coverage hole for WNSH. WELJ Afternoon host Jody remains with Cumulus as news anchor/traffic reporter for the other three stations in its New London cluster. Joule Broadcasting is a divest...Read More

Power & Vault Launch In Delmarva

Update 11/2:The Voice Radio Network has begun the restructuring of its Delmarva stations. 101.7 WZEB Ocean View, DE dropped its simulcast of Hot AC “B95.3” WKDB Laurel, DE and flipped to Urban “Power 101.7” on Saturday, November 1. Power is launching with a full airstaff, all formerly of Rhythmic CHR “OC104” WOCQ. As previously announced, PD/Morning Host Bill “Rumpshaker” Baker and co-host Jessica Martinez have jumped for the same positions at WZEB. Martinez will also serve as Assistant Program Director. Kola will host middays. Former OC104 PD/Afternoon Host Deelite The Queen D will be heard in afternoons while Ron Banks will host nights. The next launch will take place on Monday, November 3 as 103.5 WJKI Bethany Beach, DE and 106.1 WXSH Poco...Read More

Nash Icon Launches In Chattanooga; Three More Stations Rebrand As Nash-FM

In addition to the launches of the Country “Nash Icon” brand in Lexington, KY and Worcester, MA today, Cumulus will also launch the brand in Chattanooga on what is currently Classic Hits “107.9 Big-FM” WOGT. The change will return the station to Country as it was previously “Duke-FM” from 2005 until 2010. Cumulus is also transitioning three of its existing Country stations to the flagship “Nash-FM” brand. “Cat Country 95.1” KATC-FM Colorado Springs, 98.1 KBUL Reno, and 102.9 KTOP-FM Topeka join the 37 other Nash branded stations across the country. Cumulus announces that three of its existing Country-formatted stations will rebrand today as NASH stations and three additional stations will launch today as NASH Icon stations. These ...Read More

WVLK-FM Lets Garth Segue Into Nash Icon

Another Cumulus station is making the move to the Country “Nash Icon” brand today. News/Talk 101.5 WVLK-FM Richmond/Lexington, KY has dropped its format and has begun stunting with non-stop Garth Brooks as it prepares to become “101.5 Nash Icon“. It's our 1st day on the radio & #GarthBrooks in #LexKY tonight…how about we call ourselves #GARTH1015 & play Garth ALL DAY #done ???? — 101.5 NASH ICON (@1015NASHICON) October 31, 2014 WVLK-FM will become a flanker to sister “92.9 Nash-FM” WLXX against iHeartMedia’s market leading “98.1 The Bull” WBUL and Clarity Communications’ Classic Country “96.1 Hank-FM” WLXO. The previous format mostly simulcasted sister 590 WVLK Lexington with the exception of a ...Read More

WWYY Spins To Alternative

Connoisseur Media has flipped Rock “107.1 The Bone” WWYY Belvidere, NJ to Alternative “Spin Radio 107.1“. The new format is targetting the Allentown, PA market as a rimshot positioned as “The Valley’s Alternative”. Focusing on music from the 90s through today, the station is listing artists such as Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Weezer core artists. After signing off with The Doors “The End”, the first songs after the flip was CHRVCHES “The Mother We Share”, Bastille “Flaws”, and Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going”.

Nash Icon Enters Worcester

Cumulus is flipping Classic Hits “98.9 ORC-FM” WORC-FM Webster/Worcester, MA to Country “98.9 Nash Icon” at 10am today. The current airstaff will remain through the format change with Adam Webster in mornings, Dave O’Gara middays, and Mark Veau in afternoons. The change will also eliminate any overlap with Rock leaning Classic Hits sister “100 The Pike” WWFX Southbridge. There currently is no Country station exclusively serving the Worcester market, however Greater Media’s 102.5 WKLB-FM Boston is audible throughout the market.

JJ Country Launches In Northern Vermont

Vermont Broadcast Associates has launched “JJ Country 94.5” WJJZ Irasburg, VT. Owner Bruce James told the Newport Dispatch, “We’ve been getting many requests from country music listeners to build a radio station that can be heard where they work, travel, and live, that plays popular country music. This FM radio station on 94.5 is the answer to their wishes.” The Country format had been heard in the region on sister 1490 WIKE Newport. WJJZ is a new sign-on operating with 6kw at 30.1 meters (Coverage Map).

KCHX Drops AC For Regional Mexican

ICA Broadcasting has flipped AC “Mix 106.7” KCHX Midland, TX to Regional Mexican “Que Buena 106.7“. The flip happened back on October 14, but no on-air staffers lost their positions. Middayer Grace Tijerina stays with the company as Production Director, while afternoon host Keri Teegarden moves to nights at sister “Classic Rock 102.1” KFZX. The new format on KCHX features a local morning show “La Nacha y El Compa”. In addition to KCHX and KFZX, ICA Broadcasting owns “My Country 96.1” KMRK-FM, CHR “103.3 Kiss-FM” KCRS-FM, News/Talk 550 KCRS, and “CBS 7” KOSA-TV in the Midland/Odessa market.

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