Format Changes

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.

Hot 93.3 Dallas Flips To Rhythmic CHR

It won’t be a Classic Hip-Hop Holiday for “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM Haltom City/Dallas after all. The Cumulus station had flipped from CHR to Classic Hip-Hop last month just hours before Radio-One launched the format on “Boom 94.5” KSOC Gainesville. KLIF-FM was promoting the format as a special for the holiday season. Now with Boom entrenched, Cumulus has bailed out of the Classic Hip-Hop competition as it flipped 93.3 to Urban at 6pm today. The new format give Dallas its third Urban joining Service Broadcasting’s “K104” 104.5 KKDA-FM and Radio-One’s “97.9 The Beat” KBFB. It also becomes the third format for the station since it adopted the “Hot 93.3” identity two months ago. The first hour of the Urban “Hot 93.3&...Read More

ESPN San Antonio Comes To FM

Alpha Media Sports “ESPN San Antonio” 1250 KZDC San Antonio has launched an FM translator. 94.5 K234CI San Antonio has signed-on rebroadcasting the programming of KZDC. The 250 watts at 126 meter signal covers San Antonio proper (Coverage Map). K234CI was one of three translators acquired by Alpha Media in July. Still to launch are 103.3 K277CX Terrell Wells, which will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 94.1 KTFM and 107.1 K296GK Pleasanton, which is proposed to simulcast News/Talk 550 KTSA. Alpha Media San Antonio announced today that 1250 ESPN is now on the FM dial at 94.5 making this San Antonio’s first FM Sports Talk Station. Alpha Media San Antonio Operations Director, Greg Martin commented on the announcement, “I am thrilled that Alpha Media recognizes the importance of its...Read More

WEZY Flips To Country

Magnum Broadcasting has flipped AC “Lite Rock 92.1” WEZY Racine, WI to Country “Q92.1“. Targeting the southern suburbs of Milwaukee, the station has applied for new WMKQ call letters. Q92.1 will pair with sister 92.5 WBWI West Bend, which covers the northern portions of the Milwaukee market, to give a competitor to iHeartMedia’s market leading 106.1 WMIL. Magnum acquired WEZY and WBWI along with their AM sister stations from Bliss Communications earlier this year.

Columbus’ Brew Marches To Alternative

WBWR made its flip to Alternative “105.7 The X” at 3:00pm today. The gold leaning format is branded as “Columbus’ Rock Alternative” and launched with Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling”, Lit “My Own Worst Enemy”, and Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”. Original Report 12:40pm: iHeartMedia Rock “105.7 The Brew” WBWR Hilliard/Columbus, OH is currently stunting with music from the Ohio State University Marching Band. At 3:00pm the station will bring back the Alternative “X” brand that was dropped by sister 106.7 WCGX in September when that station flipped to Urban “106.7 The Beat” WZCB. X1057.com, TheXColumbus.com, and XColumbus.com were registered by iHeart a few weeks ago and are already redirectin...Read More

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