Format Changes

CBS San Francisco Relaunches PulseRadio

CBS Radio San Francisco is relaunching the “Pulse Radio” HD2 subchannel of CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ San Francisco at 12pm today. Currently playing current Dance music, the new format will feature a mix of current and classic Dance as well as “pop hits that reflect the LGBTQ community”. The revamped station will also KMVQ morning hosts Fernando & Greg and afternoon host St. John will pull double duty as the on-air hosts of Pulse Radio. Positioned as “Pride. Music. Community.” the new station will focus on the LGBT community in San Francisco. INSTANT INSIGHT: Following the launch of Indie 105, we have to commend CBS Radio San Francisco for putting money and promotional efforts beyond their HD2 subchannels. If other broadcasters were to follow s...Read More

Mile High Sports To Return 6/29

Mile High Sports Radio will return to Denver on Monday, June 29. Afternoon host Eric Goodman tweeted to a listener that the station will be heard on 1340 KVOQ with an FM signal to follow. @chizman69 @Gilfest We will be relaunching on Monday, June 29th on AM 1340 with our FM soon to follow… Thanks for your patience! — Eric Goodman (@EricGoodman) June 8, 2015 Colorado Public Radio is in the process of swapping KVOQ to Cedar Cove Broadcasting for 88.3 KRKY-FM Fort Collins. Original Report 5/21: With Marc Paskin’s Marco Broadcasting closing on its $875,000 acquisition of 1550 KDCO/94.1 K231BQ Golden, CO/Denver from 4-K’s LLLP, “Mile High Sports Radio” has lost its on-air home. A message on the station’s website states: Mile High Sports Radio is making changes! In ...Read More

Classic Hip-Hop Kisses Vermont

Great Eastern Radio launched Classic Hip-Hop “104.3 Kiss-FM” WJKS Keeseville, NY/Burlington, VT at 12pm today. The launch comes as the former WECM Hartford, VT completes its move-in to the Burlington/Plattsburgh market positioned as “The Beat of Burlington”. The station had been stunting from its new home late last year as all-Christmas Music “Ho Ho 104“. WJKS is utilizing Westwood-One’s recently launched Classic Hip-Hop network including Adam Bomb in mornings, Ms. Eklass in middays/afternoons, and Zakk at night.

iHeartMedia Launches 96.7 Pride Radio Minneapolis

As the current stunting has shifted to all-Madonna, iHeartMedia has officially announced the launch of “96.7 Pride Radio” on W244CS/107.9 KQQL-HD3 today at 5:00pm. The Twin Cities iteration of Pride Radio will launch with two weeks of commercial-free music consisting of pop and dance hits from artists including Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Zedd, Nick Jonas and Rihanna. The station will feature the national PrideRadio hosts including Ricky in mornings, Delana from 10am to 2pm, Houston from 2-6pm, Pacey from 6-10pm, and Christie 10pm to 2am. The station will also include Twin Cities oriented content. [alert-note]Listen To The Launch of 96.7 Pride Radio at FormatChange.com[/alert-note] iHeartMedia Minneapolis-St. Paul today announced 96.7 Pride Radio, the pulse of LGBT Twin Cities. The ...Read More

KQOB Drops Bob Name

Cumulus Classic Rock “96.9 Bob-FM” KQOB Enid/Oklahoma City has rebranded as the much more direct “Classic Rock 96.9“. While the station has yet to update its online properties to reflect the changes, the move took place on-air last week. ClassicRock969FM.com was registered by Cumulus in Mid-May. KQOB is owned by Chisholm Trail Broadcasting and operated by Cumulus via LMA.

Real Fun Beach Radio Debuts In Panama City

iHeartMedia has launched “96.3 Real Fun Beach Radio” on 590 WDIZ Panama City/96.3 W242BF Springfield, FL. The first terrestrial station based on the iHeartRadio streaming channel, the new format features a broad mix of from multiple musical genres including Classic Hits, Country, and Pop, similar to the “Tailgate” branded stations in Charleston, WV and Colorado Springs. We do wonder however, how Beach Radio Inc.’s Classic Hits “Beach 95.1” WBPC Ebro/Panama City will handle their brand identity being used by WDIZ. iHeart purchased the Construction Permit for W242BF from Way Media in February for $75,000, while 590 WDIZ previously ran a Sports format as “Fox Sports 590“. The first few songs on “96.3 Real Fun Beach Radio” were:...Read More

Crain Media Shuffles Formats In Searcy, AR

Crain Media has rearranged its Searcy, AR cluster northeast of Little Rock. The Conservative Talk format and call letters of “News/Talk 99.1” KSMD Pangburn has moved to what was 1300 KRZS/106.5 K293CE Searcy. That makes room for the launch of Classic Country “99.1 The Stallion” on 99.1 KRZS. 1300 KRZS/106.5 K293CE and 1370 KAWW Heber Springs had been running a Sports format as “106.5 The Champion” utilizing much of the programming originating at former sister “93.3 The Jock” KKSP Bryant/Little Rock. That station is now operated by Salem Media as Christian AC “93.3 The Fish“. KAWW has flipped to a simulcast of sister Country 99.9 KWCK Searcy.

Classic Hip-Hop Comes To Oklahoma City

Tyler Media brought the Classic Hip-Hop format to Oklahoma City this afternoon with the launch of “V103” 103.1 K276EX/92.5 KOMA-HD3. Launching a little after 4:00pm, the station becomes Tyler’s tenth audio brand in the market. Tod Tucker, PD of sister CHR “Now 92.9” K225BN/KOMA-HD2 adds similar duties at 103.1. The 99 watt translator most recently had been rebroadcasting News/Talk 1520 KOKC through its recent tower collapse, which apparently delayed the launch of the new format. A tweet proclaiming the station was coming soon had been made back on March 10. The new Classic Hip-Hop format joins an Oklahoma City Urban market led by Perry Broadcasting’s Urban “Power 103.5” KVSP and Urban AC “92.1 Heart & Soul” 1140 KRMP/92.1 K22...Read More

Entravision Launches Super Estrella In Three Markets

Entravision Communications has flipped three of its stations to Spanish CHR “Super Estrella“. Regional Mexican “92.7 El Gato” KRRN Moapa Valley/Las Vegas, Spanish AC “Maria 1090” KMXA Aurora/Denver, and Spanish AC “Maria 98.9” 1570 KCVR Lodi/98.9 KCVR-FM Columbia/Modesto, CA have all switched to the Spanish CHR brand based out of the “Super Estrella 107.1” trimulcast in Los Angeles. All three stations will air the Los Angeles based “LM Show” in afternoons. The show hosted by Francisco “Paco” Galvez, ‘Naranjito’ Jorge Velasquez, Hyacinth Itzel and Juan Manuel Navarro will also air on Entravision’s “Jose” branded Regional Mexican stations in eight markets including Denver, El Pas...Read More

WQDK Relaunches As The Bull

Max Media Country “Q-Country 99.3” WQDK Ahoskie, NC has relaunched as “99.3 The Bull“. A Facebook posting states that the station is now being managed by Icon Broadcasting, who will be purchasing the station outright. The group is led by former “93.1 The Wolf” WPAW Greensboro morning host Chuck Marsh and Don Wendelken.

Classic Hits Moves Up While Country Moves Down In Chattanooga

Classic Hits has returned to a full-powered signal in Chattanooga. With Classic Hits “Big 95.3” debuting on WPLZ Ooltewah, “Cat Country” shifted to 106.9 W295BI Chattanooga/WPLZ-HD2. The frequency swap restores Classic Hits to a full powered signal in Chattanooga for the first time since Cumulus flipped “107.9 Big-FM” WOGT to Nash Icon last October. W295BI had dropped its “Hippie Radio” branding in March. Sean McNally and Janice Colby’s “Mac & Cheez” morning show will remain on 95.3 WPLZ despite the format swap. Original Report 3/31: Brewer Media Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 106.9” W295BI Chattanooga/95.3 WPLZ-HD2 Oootewah, TN is undergoing an upheaval. The station is now identifying as “106.9 – Ch...Read More

Pot Rock Smokes Into Denver

With the exit of “Mile High Sports Radio“, Marco Broadcasting has relaunched 1550 KDCO/94.1 K231BQ Golden/Denver, CO as “Smokin 94.1” KBUD. Featuring a mix of Rock hits and marijuana themed programming, KBUD will also air the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings. The station is focusing on the niche of weed smokers in the first state to legalize marijuana, just like the short-lived on-air version of “K-High” in Colorado Springs. Denver has a new morning show on a brand new radio station. The Bubba the Love Sponge Show ® will lead off when Smokin 94.1 debuts early Monday. The four-hour show featuring Bubba, Ned, Manson and 25 Cent, will air Monday through Friday from 6-10 am on the first station in the United States to specifically target people w...Read More