Format Changes

Fox Sports Launches In Albuquerque

Rock of Talk LLC has flipped Christian 1190 KXKS/107.5 K298BY Albuquerque to Sports utilizing Fox Sports Radio. “Fox Sports 1190/107.5” will air the entire national Fox Sports Radio lineup outside of 4-6pm, when it will simulcast General Manager Eddie Aragon’s “Rock of Talk” program from 1600 KIVA/95.9 K240BL. Rock of Talk LLC operates 1190 KXKS via LMA from Wilkins Radio. Rock of Talk LLC announced today the launch of FOX Sports 1190AM and 107.5FM in Albuquerque effective midnight, April 1. KXKS-AM/FM, the only dual channel sports talk in the market, will feature FOX Sports Radio’s live, 24/7 lineup of leading sports entertainment programs, including Jay Mohr Sports, The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & ...Read More

WLDB Gets Trending In Milwaukee

Milwaukee Radio Alliance AC “B93.3” WLDB Milwaukee relaunched at 6:05pm today as “Trending Radio 93.3“. Calling it a facelift as opposed to an all-out format change, the move completes WLDB’s evolution to Hot AC and brings it closer to Entercom’s “99.1 The Mix” WMYX and the market’s three CHR’s musically. WLDB ranked 11th in the Milwaukee market in the February 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings with a 3.7 share, well behind WMYX’s 5.0. Out with the change is morning co-host Jane Matenaer. The “Trending Radio” brand name comes from Riviera Broadcasting’s “Hot 97.5/103.9” KMVA/KEXX Phoenix, which uses it as a positioning statement and secondary branding.

WSJZ Becomes 95.9 Rock With Bubba The Love Sponge

Cumulus Media today flipped Sports “95.9 The Fan” WSJZ Sebastian/Melbourne, FL to Active Rock “95 Rock“. The 6pm flip brings a locally targeted competitor to iHeartMedia’s 101.1 WJRR Cocoa Beach/Orlando. Cumulus is on the hunt for a local PD/Afternoon Host for WSJZ, who will join a lineup featuring Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings, Marci Wiser in middays, Pyke at nights, and Loveline. 1560 WLZR Melbourne, which had been simulcasting with WSJZ, will retain the Sports format.. Cumulus Media, Inc. announces that WSJZ-FM Melbourne turned up the volume today at 6:00pm Eastern as the former Sports station signed on as the all-new 95 Rock, Brevard’s Rock Station. WSJZ-FM and sister station WINT-AM were previously programmed as a Sports combo. WINT-AM will continue p...Read More

WOBX Flips To Sports

East Carolina Radio News/Talk 98.1 WOBX Manteo/Nags Head, NC has flipped to Sports “98.1 The Score“. The station’s lineup features a mix of programming from Fox Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio including Fox’ Andy Furman & Mike North from 6-8am, Dan Patrick from 9am-12pm, Jay Mohr from 3-6pm, Ben Maller overnights, CBS’ Jim Rome 12-3pm, Damon Amendolara 6-10pm, and Ferrall on the Bench from 10pm-1am. A local show “Outer Banks Sports Report” hosted by Tom Hoggard and Operations Manager Todd ‘Mongo’ Bradley airs weekdays from 8-9am. WOBX is supplementing its programming with Washington Nationals baseball and Westwood One coverage of events such as the NCAA tournament and the NFL.

Spanish CHR Launching In Philadelphia

As expected, the conflict with the “Super Q” branding has resulted in a name change for the coming Spanish CHR format on 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood/97.5 WPEN-HD3 Burlington, NJ/Philadelphia. The Latin Radio Group operated translator will instead launch on Wednesday, April 1 as “97.1 Supra-FM“. Original Report 3/16: A Spanish CHR will debut on FM in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 1. 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood, NJ will drop its rebroadcast of Priority Radio’s Christian CHR “Reach Radio” 89.1 WXHL-FM Christiana, DE and become “Super Q” fed by Greater Media’s 97.5 WPEN-HD3. The new “Super Q” will be operated by former “Latino 100.3” WKKB Providence PD/Morning Host Quilvio Perdomo ‘DJ Frankie’ Rodrigue...Read More

Rhythmic Oldies Hot 93.5 Launching In El Paso

iHeartMedia will launch Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 93.5” K228FH Montoya/KPRR-HD2 El Paso, TX. The new “Old School” positioned station will flank sister Rhythmic CHR “Power 102.1” KPRR and AC “Sunny 99.9” KTSM with Rhythmic pop from the 70s through 90s much like sister “Hot 95.1” KLQT Albuquerque. iHeartMedia acquired K228FM last June from Mary Guthrie for $85,000 and modified its CP to operate with 99 watts vertical at 359 meters.

KNRY Flips To Adult Standards

Mount Wilson FM has dropped the Classical “K-Mozart” programming from 1240 KNRY Monterey, CA and is currently stunting with non-stop Frank Sinatra as it prepares to flip to Adult Standards “Unforgettable 1240” on Monday, March 30. The station lists Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Harry Connick, Jr.,Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormè, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence as core artists in addition to current artists Steve Tyrell, Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé and local “favorite” Doris Day. The Classical programming that had been heard on KNRY will continue on 95.1 K236BK Monterey and 95.9 KMZT-FM Big Sur. Responding to the interest in the great songs of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook retu...Read More

WJKS To Becomes WDEL Simulcast

When Delmarva Broadcasting closes on its acquisition of Urban “Kiss 101.7” WJKS Canton, NJ/Wilmington, DE next week it will flip the station to a simulcast of News/Talk 1150 WDEL Wilmington. In a release promoting a new Small Business Saturday campaign, Michael Reath, VP/General Manager of WDEL and sister CHR 93.7 WSTW stated, “Delmarva Broadcasting is a huge supporter of shopping locally and it didn’t make sense to us to just promote ‘buy local’ just once a year. We’re also thrilled to roll out this campaign on the new WDEL 101.7 FM, which goes on the air April 2nd, and represents a reaffirmation of our commitment to serve the entire Delaware community.” The addition of the 101.7 signal will enhance WDEL’s coverage on the eastern and southern sides of the Wil...Read More

Fresno’s Classic Hip-Hop Gets Named

One Putt Broadcasting’s newly launched Classic Hip-Hop 105.5 KJZN San Joaquin/Fresno has completed its name the station campaign and is now branding itself as “Rewind 105.5“. Joining the station as promotional voice/music consultant is Derrick ‘DJ Aesop’ McElroy, a member of Bay Area based rap collective Living Legends. Tully Huffaker has been named Music Director. Update 3/4 6:20pm: When KJZN makes its flip to Classic Hip-Hop on Thursday morning it will do so without a name. One Putt Broadcasting has launched a name the station social media campaign for the new Classic Hip-Hop format. Original Report 3/4 8:45am: One Putt Broadcasting will pull the plug on Sports “105.5 The Game” KJZN San Joaquin/Fresno at 6:00am on Thursday, March 5. The Fresno Be...Read More

WOND Adds FM Signal

Longport Media News/Talk 1400 WOND Pleasantville, NJ has signed-on 92.5 W223CO Atlantic City to rebroadcast the station’s programming on the FM band. The translator signal operates with 50 watts at 57.8 meters (Coverage Map). WOND is airs locally originating programming from 6am to 8pm daily including a recently launched 6pm newscast that helped fill the void from the end of local programming on WMGM-TV 40.

96.9 MyFM Launches In Tuscaloosa

iHeartMedia has launched AC “96.9 MyFM” 1420 WACT/W245BR Tuscaloosa, AL. The 205 watt translator joins an iHeart cluster consisting of CHR 94.1 WZBQ, Country 98.1 WTXT, and News/Talk 105.9 WRTR. The new format replaces Gospel “Hallelujah 1420” on WACT. Owned by TTI, Inc., W245BR most recently was licensed to rebroadcast The University of Alabama’s 91.5 WAUL-FM Tuscaloosa after former lessee 1280 WMXB moved its rebroadcast to TTI’s 107.3 W297BJ Tuscaloosa as Urban AC “Mix 107.3“.

KBRU Oklahoma City Shifts To Active Rock

iHeartMedia has shifted Classic Rock “94.7 The Brew” KBRU Oklahoma City to Active Rock. Now utilizing the “Man Up!” positioning that originated at sister “Louie 103.7” W279AQ St. Louis, the move expands KBRU’s playlist to include Rock hits from the 70s through 2000s focusing mainly on 1990s tracks. Out with the musical change is the syndicated Lex & Terry morning show. KBRU was the lowest rated commercial FM in the Oklahoma City market with a 1.5 share in the 2014 Fall Phase 1 Nielsen Audio ratings.