Format Changes

WVLZ Returning To Sports

Just four months after dropping Sports for Oldies, 1180 WVLZ Knoxville will flip back to Sports on Monday, January 5. To be branded as “1180 The VLZ” the station will feature local programs including Jayson Swain and Program Director Seth Stokes in mornings from 7-10am, “4 Quarters” with Jon Reed and Kyle Tasman 10-11am, and Dave Hooker from 11am-1pm. The remainder of the lineup will feature programming from Yahoo! Sports Radio.

A New Mix For Peoria

Alpha Media AC “Lite Rock 107” 106.9 WSWT Peoria is promoting on-air that it will relaunch as “Mix 106.9” after Christmas. Teasing a “New Name For The New Year”, the move will see the station drop the moniker it has used since the late 1980’s as its non-Christmas music playlist has shifted closer to Hot AC. In the Spring 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings the station was tied for second with a 7.3 share, however down sharply from its market-leading 9.6 share the year before.

X Returns To St. George

Two months after Media Advisors flipped Alternative “X98.9” KRQX Hurricane/St. George, UT to Classic Hits, Canyon Media has returned the X brand to the market. 96.3 K242BV St. George has launched Active Rock “96X“, positioned as “Rock St. George”. The new format flanks sister Classic Rock “95.9 The Hawk” KZHK. Canyon Media acquired K242BV along with two other translators in October for $144,000. Another one of those, 101.5 K268BT Shivwits has applied to complete its move to 104.1 with 250 watts at 1038 meters where it will shortly debut as Spanish Adult Hits “Juan 104.1“. Juan1041.com was registered concurrently with 96XStGeorge.com and RockStGeorge.com. Both translators will be rebroadcasting HD subchannels of Canyon Media’...Read More

I94 Indianapolis Makes Classic Hip-Hop Move Permanent

After running their Classic Hip-Hop Weekend (and forcing Radio-One Urban “Hot 96.3” WHHH to do the same), WRWM is making the move permanent. The station will retain the “I94” branding with the move but has gone jockless for now. Jay Michaels remains in place as Program Director of WRWM and sister Classic Hits 104.5 WJJK. Original Report 12/19: Here’s a pairing you don’t see every day… After hyping a major announcement for 3pm today, Cumulus Hot AC “I94” 93.9 WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis launched a “Classic Hip-Hop Holiday Weekend”. The station is promoting its regular format is returning on Monday morning. https://twitter.com/indysi94/status/546033161013321728 INSTANT INSIGHT: Interesting that this move comes the day after Rad...Read More

Univision Launches Yo 95.1 San Antonio

Classic Hip-Hop has spread to San Antonio, TX as Univision flips Spanish CHR “95.1 Latino Mix” KGSX Comfort, TX to “Yo 95.1” KMYO. The move enables Univision to have 95.1 flank sister “98.5 The Beat” KBBT against iHeartMedia Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP. KZEP debuted its current format in August and surged to second in the market in the September Nielsen Audio PPM ratings with a 6.9 share but has been on a downward trend since. KZEP and KBBT were tied in the November monthlies with a 5.1 share. The new format and brand duplicates Univision’s “Yo 101.3” KKRG Albuquerque, the first station this year to launch the Classic Hip-Hop format.

Z95 Debuts In Waco

iHeartMedia has launched Rhythmic CHR “Z95.1” K236BR/KBGO-HD2 Waco, TX. The new format will compete against a pair of Rhythmic CHR’s in the market: Edwards Media’s “94.5 The Beat” KWBT and M&M Broadcasters “Hot 104.9” KBHT. The new format duplicates the Z branding used at sister “Z92.3” KIIZ in the adjacent Killeen/Temple market. Z95Live.com was registered by iHeart for the station but is not yet live.

WARM Returns With CBS Sports Radio

After being off-the-air for a few months Cumulus has relaunched 590 WARM Scranton, PA as an affiliate of CBS Sports Radio. WARM had suffered with sporadic outages for the past few years due to multiple transmitter and tower issues. It applied last month for a permanent solution which will see the station dismantle two of its five towers and drop power from its previously licensed 5kW to 1.8kW days and 430 watts at night. The station is currently operating under Special Temporary Authority with 1250 watts until the permanent application is approved and built. Prior to go dark WARM was airing an Oldies format utilizing Cumulus’ Good Time Oldies network (and True Oldies Channel before that). The move to CBS Sports gives the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market its fourth Sports formatted statio...Read More

The Beat Returns To Columbia

iHeartMedia has completed the reset of the moves it made just over three years ago in Columbia, SC as it relaunches Urban “100.1 The Beat“. Launching with “10,000 Joints In A Row”, the station is positioning itself as “Columbia’s Real Hip-Hop & R&B” up against Alpha Media’s “Hot 103.9/93.9” WHXT/WSCZ. The move sends News/Talk WVOC back exclusively to 560, where it was prior to the move to 100.1 in October 2011. WVOC began simulcasting on 100.1 and 560 in November in preparation for this move.

Hank Comes To Spokane

Alexandra Communications has launched Classic Country “104.5 Hank-FM” KNHK-FM Newport/Spokane. The station had gone silent in April following the end of its LMA to Pendleton Broadcasting which had operated it as Urban “104.5 Jamz” KGZG-FM. Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. are excited to announce Alexandra Communications’ KNHK-FM/Spokane, WA as the latest affiliate of HANK FM®. With KNHK’s recent launch as 104.5 HANK FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network. Listen to HANK FM® at CrankTheHank.com. “We’re excited to bring Hank FM to Spokane. We’ve seen in other markets how listeners and advertisers seem to just ‘get’ the Hank concept. We’re looking forward to a prosperous year ahead as more people crank the Hank in this area,...Read More

Star 94.5 Orlando Retreats From All Classic Hip-Hop

After a week with nothing but Classic Hip-Hop, Cox Media readded Urban AC currents/recurrents to the playlist of “Star 94.5” WCFB late last week. The move comes with another change of the station’s positioning once again to “Today’s R&B and Throwbacks”. Here’s a sample hour of WCFB from 1:00pm today: Elle Varner – Refill John Legend – All Of Me OutKast – Rosa Parks Robin Thicke – For The Rest Of My Life Jaime Foxx/T-Pain – Unpredictable Notorious BIG/Bone Thugs & Harmony – Crossroads Tony! Toni! Tone! – Anniversary Alicia Keys – Unbreakable Tamar – All The Way Home Mase/Total – What You Want Notorious BIG/P. Diddy/Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems Original Report 11/26: The ever-...Read More

Columbus, GA To Lose Only Spanish Station

PMB Broadcasting will drop the format on Spanish CHR “Unidos 107.7” W299AX Columbus, GA/103.7 WLTC-HD3 at the end of 2014. Co-Owner Jim Martin told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, “the community hasn’t really embraced the station. If you put something out there and the community wants it, they kind of adhere to it. But from a ratings standpoint it has been disappointing.” A new format for the station has not been disclosed yet, though the newspaper reports an announcement will be made in a couple weeks. In addition to W299AX, PMB Broadcasting operates five full powered stations and three additional HD fed translators in the Columbus market. The stations are: Classic Hits “Boomer 95.3” WRLD Valley AL, Country “Kissin’ 99.3” WKCN Fort...Read More

Saga’s KLLT Adds More

Saga AC “Lite 104.9” KLLT Spencer, IA has relaunched as “More 104.9” KMRR. Now positioned as “It Picks You Up”, the move coincides with a new on-air lineup at the station. Former middayer Rhiannon returns from maternity leave to join OM/PD Kevin Tiam in mornings. Cluster Sports Director Mark Magunson will host middays from 11am-2pm. Chase Matthews joins for afternoons from 2-7pm, while Delilah remains in nights. Former afternoon host George Bower remains in mornings at sister 1240 KICD. The move follows a similar rebranding earlier this year at Saga’s 104.1 in Des Moines.

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