Format Changes

WSSP Rebrands As 105.7 The Fan

A few months after launching 105.7 W289CB Milwaukee to simulcast “Sportsradio 1250” WSSP, Entercom has renamed the pair as “105.7 The Fan“. W289CB operates with 240 watts at 284 meters (Coverage Map) covering all of Milwaukee and its surrounding towns.

Guess-FM Memphis Shifts To Classic Hits

On the heels of Entercom flipping Classic Hits 94.1 WKQK Memphis to Country on Friday, Mighty Media Group has tweaked Variety Hits “99.3 Guess-FM” 830 WGUE/99.3 W257CY Memphis to Classic Hits. The move will have WGUE focus on music from the 60’s through the 90’s as it now positions itself as “Classic Hits For Memphis”.

Noalmark Shuffles Hobbs, NM Cluster

Noalmark Broadcasting has shuffled its programming assets in Hobbs, NM. Classic Rock “100.9 The Eagle” KEJL Eunice moves to what was News/Talk 1110 KYKK Humble City/100.5 K263AZ Hobbs. The KYKK call letters shift to what was 95.7 KPER Hobbs as its Country format is replaced by Classic Hits “Kool 95.7“. 100.9, now with the KPER call letters has gone silent as the Shared Services Agreement between Noalmark and FiveStar Enterprises comes to an end. Noalmark also owns Hot AC “Z94” 94.1 KZOR, Country “Kix 103” 102.9 KIXN, and Regional Mexican “La Zeta 103.7” KPZA-FM.

KDLC Launches As Sunny 97.7

John Dowdy’s Coast Radio Group has launched AC “Sunny 97.7” KDLC Dulac/Houma, LA. Launching with 10,000 songs commercial-free, the station is being operated by Southeastern Broadcasting, which is owned by Dowdy and his brother Charles Dowdy. The company also operates Classic Country “Gumbo 94.9” WGUO Reserve in the Houma market. Dowdy acquired the CP for KDLC from Alex Media in August 2013 for $440,000.

Univision Rebrands Stations In Seven Markets

For the second time this year Univision is rolling out new branding for their Spanish Pop stations in seven markets. The stations all dropped their previous identities for just the frequency and market in March. Now the stations have all rebranded as “Latino Mix“. The stations are: “93.5/103.1 Chicago” WVIX Joliet/WVIV Highland Park “95.1 San Antonio” KGSX Comfort “99.1 Dallas” KDXX Denton/107.1 KESS-FM Benbrook “99.3 Las Vegas” KRGT Indian Springs “100.3 Phoenix” KQMR Globe/105.3 KHOV Wickenburg “104.9 Houston” KAMA-FM Deer Park “107.9 Fresno” KLLE North Fork The “Latino Mix” identity has previously been used by Univision stations in New York from 1999 to 2005 and San Francisco from...Read More

Wolf Howls In Memphis

Classic Hits are out and Country “94.1 The Wolf” is in at Entercom’s 94.1 WKQK Germantown/Memphis. The new younger skewing Country format takes the station into competition with Cumulus’ “Kix 106” WGKX and Mighty Media’s “95.3 The Rebel” WEBL. Entercom is promoting half the amount of commercials as its competitors with a maximum of six per hour. Chris Michaels remains in place as Program Director. WKQK’s Classic Hits format registered a 3.5 share in the August Nielsen Audio PPM ratings. WGKX was tied for fourth in the market with an 8.0 share, while rimshot WEBL held a 1.3. This is a return of sorts for the station as it was previously New Country “Froggy 94” WOGY from 1992 until 2001.

Curtis Launches Bluegrass FM In Raleigh

Curtis Media has flipped 102.3 WFNL-FM (formerly WWPL) Smithfield/Raleigh, NC to “Bluegrass 102.3“. The launch of the station coincides with the start of the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Raleigh this coming Monday and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival next weekend. Curtis Media Group Executive Vice President, Trip Savery stated in the press release, “Our commitment to Bluegrass started when WPTF hired Flatt & Scruggs in 1952. We are very proud to bring a part of our heritage back to the airwaves.” Earlier this month 102.3 WWPL moved its “Pulse” CHR format and call letters to sister 96.9 WBZJ Goldsboro. INSTANT INSIGHT: Everything about this screams stunt or placeholder format. There is a pending sale of WFNL-FM to Triangle ...Read More

JVC Media Opens 93.5 The Bar West Palm Beach

JVC Media has brought a current based Rock station back to the West Palm Beach market. Upon closing on its acquisition of Regional Mexican “Radio Lobo 93.5” WBGF Belle Glade, FL, JVC flipped the station to Rock as “93.5 The Bar“. Debuting with 24 hours of Bubba The Love Sponge, and then 10,000 songs commercial free, The Bar will focus on Rock from the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s. JVC Media, one of the leading independent and locally owned radio broadcasters dedicated to bringing live and local back to radio, announces the addition of MORE live and local radio to the West Palm Beach, Florida radio airwaves. Today JVC closed on the second of two purchases in the West Palm Beach Market bringing WSWN- AM and WBGF-FM into the JVC family of stations. At 12 Noon today 93.5 The B...Read More

2014 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown/Watchlist

It’s beginning to look and feel like that time of the year. The time when radio stations use the Christmas holiday and beginning of the new year to launch new formats. Completed Changes 1/3: Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting closed on its purchase of Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS-FM and Country “100.7 The Bull” WMUV Jacksonville and flipped both to Christian AC “The Promise“. 1/2: Townsquare Classic Hits “Oldiez 96” WODZ-FM Utica, NY relaunches as “96.1 The Eagle“. 1/2: Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3” WZPW Peoria rebrands as “Peoria’s 92.3“. 1/1: Volusia Broadcasting flipped Oldies 1340 WROD/104.7 W284AV Daytona Beach to Classic Rock “The Rock of Daytona“. 1/1: 920 KKLS/104.7 K284BA Rapid City, SD flips to 80s ...Read More

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