Format Changes

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.

A Commercial-Free Tailgate For Portland

iHeartMedia quietly launched “Tailgate Country 103.7” K279BO Portland/KFBW-HD3 Vancouver, WA last week. The new format gives Portland its third Country signal joining Alpha Media’s “98.7 The Bull” KUPL and Entercom’s “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ. With the 99 watt translator having nowhere near the signal of the two incumbents, it is launching with a new gimmick. The station will be commercial-free not just for the first 10,000 songs, but for the foreseeable future. Given that the two Country stations are all that prevents iHeartMedia’s Portland cluster from having the four most listened to commercial stations in the market it is obvious to see the purpose of the Tailgate format. K279BO is owned by Educational Media Foundation and was previously...Read More

Sunny Sets Over Traverse City

After ten years of Country, “Sunny Country 101.9” WLDR-FM Traverse City, MI has flipped back to AC. WLDR-FM is now branded as “101.9 The Bay” positioned as “All the hits without the rap”. WLDR-FM also simulcasts on 750 WARD Petoskey and 92.3 WBNZ Frankfort, MI. Discussing the change, station GM David Barr told the Traverse City Record Eagle, “Country is a fantastic format. Unfortunately it’s the kind of music that doesn’t have mass appeal in offices and retail stores. Since we dropped adult contemporary a decade ago, there has been a hole in Traverse City for that type of music.”

KWPC Adds Translator; Flips To Classic Country

WPW Broadcasting’s 860 KWPC Muscatine, IA has added an FM signal via 95.1 K233BI Muscatine. Concurrently with the addition of the 250 watt FM translator, the station has dropped its Oldies format for Classic Country. The station is retaining its Full Service/Farm programming elements. The station has posted audio of the format change on SoundCloud:

WKUZ Flips To Country

Upper Wabash Broadcasting AC “95.9 Kiss-FM” has flipped to Country while keeping the same identity. The change is a return to Country for the station, which previously held the format until 2007. WKUZ is located in North Central Indiana between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

WQBU New York Returns To Regional Mexican

Update 10/22: WQBU made its flip to Regional Mexican “92.7 Nueva York” at 12am this morning. Among the programs the station will carry are “El Show de Raul Brindis” from 6-8am based at KLTN Houston and the KSCA Los Angeles based “http://buenomalafeo.univision.com/” from 8am to 1pm daily. Original Report 10/19: Just months after shifting to the “Univision America” Spanish News/Talk network, 92.7 WQBU Garden City/New York is returning to a music format. WQBU will shortly flip to Regional Mexican “92.7 Nueva York“; matching the new branding system used by the company’s Regional Mexican stations across the country. WQBU previously featured a similar format as “Que Buena 92.7” from 2007 until November 2012. The statio...Read More

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