Format Changes

Columbus, GA Joins Classic Hip-Hop Trend

PMB Broadcasting Urban “Hip-Hop 106.5” W293BV Columbus/WKCN-HD3 Fort Benning South, GA moved to Classic Hip-Hop earlier this month. W293BV was one of three Urban formatted stations in the market along with iHeartMedia’s “98.3 The Beat” WBFA and Davis Broadcasting’s “Foxie 105” WFXE. The new music mix positions the translator between those two and their Urban AC sisters: iHeartMedia’s market leading “Magic 101.3” WAGH and Davis’ “K92.7” WKZJ. Post by Hip Hop 106.5.

Evansville’s Wolf Flips To Classic Country

Midwest Communications flipped Country “93.5 The Wolf” WLFW Chandler/Evansville to Classic Country “93.5 Duke-FM” today. The new 80s/90s based Country format becomes the third Duke-FM in Midwest’s portfolio following 2014 launches in Terre Haute and Appleton. The turnkey format is distributed by Envision Radio Networks and Kroeger Media. In the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings WLFW’s 3.5 share distantly trailed Townsquare Media’s 99.5 WKDQ‘s 10.0 share. Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. are excited to announce Midwest Communications’ WLFW-FM/Evansville, IN debut of DUKE FM®. With WLFW’s recent launch as 93.5 DUKE FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network. Listen to DUKE FM® at 935duke.com. “Evansville, ...Read More

93.9 The Ville Louisville To Debut Thursday

Union Broadcasting has closed on its acquisition of 93.9 WLCL Sellersburg/Louisville from Cumulus and will launch its new programming brand as “93.9 The Ville” on Thursday, January 29. The new Sports station will complement sister “ESPN 680/105.7” 680 WHBE Newburg/105.7 WHBE-FM Eminence with a mix of national programming and local hosts focusing on the University of Louisville Cardinals. Current WHBE morning host Drew Deener will move over to the FM in his existing 7-10am slot. John Ramsey will move from 10am-12pm on WHBE to afternoons on 93.9. The “93.9 The Ville” lineup will also include ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd from 10am-1pm, Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Russillo from 1-3pm and PBP coverage of Louisville women’s basketball and baseball. &#...Read More

95.9 The Drum Launches In Columbus

We have an explanation for the lack of originating signal for what will be W240CX. Sandblast has filed an STA application with the FCC that WTOH’s unable to broadcast its HD4 due to a mismatch in Ibiquity codes between the HD importer and exporter. Stating that it would create a financial hardship to turn the translator off until the HD is fixed, it has requested to stay on the air until it is fixed within approximately 3-5 days. Original Report 1/22: Percy Squire’s Sandblast LP has launched Urban Inspiration/Talk “95.9 The Drum” W240CX Columbus, OH. Formerly 106.7 W294AH the translator completed its move to 95.9 with an upgrade to 99 watts at 218 meters. The new station is launching with the syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show and an afternoon show hosted by forme...Read More

WFDF Detroit Joins The Word Network

The Word Network has closed on its purchase of 910 WFDF and has flipped the station to Gospel/Preaching as “The Word Network Radio“. Original Report 11/18: Radio Disney has announced the sale of another one of their remaining stations. 910 WFDF Farmington Hills/Detroit will be transferred to Adell Broadcasting’s The Word Network for $3 million. Run by Kevin Adell, The Word Network operates an Urban Gospel based television network carried on TV subchannels and on cable. The company also owns independent WADL-TV 38. WFDF operates with 50kW daytime and 25kW nightime power.

Classic Hip-Hop Comes To Augusta

Beasley Media has brought Classic Hip-Hop to Augusta, GA. “Hot 95.5/93.1” replaced Active Rock “95 Rock” 1480 WCHZ/95.5 W238AU Augusta and the simulcast of Southern Gospel WGUS-FM on 93.1 WCHZ-FM Warrenton at 10:00am today. Beasley Augusta OM Chris O’Kelley serves as PD. Beasley Media Group Augusta has debuted new programming, that features Throwback Hip-Hop and R & B, on two of its radio signals that serve the Augusta, GA community. The All New HOT 95.5/93.1 (located at 95.5 and 93.1 on the FM dial) were introduced today at 10:00 a.m. EST. Augusta radio veteran and market Operations Manager Chris O’Kelley has been named the station’s program director. In addition to accessing the station on the radio dial at 95.5 FM and 93.1 FM, the All New HOT 95.5/93.1...Read More

WDRC-FM Flips To Classic Rock The Whale

Connoisseur Media flipped Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM to Classic Rock “102.9 The Whale” around 10:30 this morning. The launch came after a brief loop of the Brass Bonanza theme song of the NHL’s defunct Hartford Whalers. The flip comes following the demise of Classic Rock 106.9 WCCC-FM last summer and Connoisseur’s shift of WDRC-FM from pop-leaning Classic Hits to Rock leaning, which alienated many former listeners while not doing anything to bring former WCCC-FM or other new listeners aboard. “The Whale” gives the station a fresh start without the now destroyed WDRC-FM branding. Chaz & AJ based at sister Rock 99.1 WPLR New Haven remain in mornings. Allan Lamberti moves from afternoons to middays, former WCCC PD Michael Picozzi joins for afternoons, ...Read More

Rig Drills Into Corpus Christi

Reina Broadcasting Country “My 94.7” KBSO Corpus Christi relaunched on Friday as Texas/Red Dirt Country “94.7 The Rig“. The move comes as Bogey Broadcasting assumed operations of the station. Bogey operates crosstown Alternative “106.5 The Shark” KYRK Taft. Bogey describes the new station as: “The Rig” will celebrate and embrace the true spirit of Texas. The pride, sense of independence, freedom, family, and the love of great outdoors. And of course–THE BEST IN TEXAS COUNTRY mixed in with a bit of Red Dirt. Real, authentic Country music that tell the stories about our lives. Songs from Reckless Kelly, Pat Green, Whiskey Myers, Robert Earl Keen, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Wade Bowen, Jason Boland, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers, and more. The ...Read More

Denver’s Classic Hip-Hop Now Has A Flo

Max Media has swiftly rebranded Classic Hip-Hop “Fly 107.1” KXDE Bennett/Denver as “FLO 107.1“. As these quick changes are normally associated with trademark infringement, did SiriusXM’s Classic Hip-Hop webcaster “SiriusXM Fly” lead to the rebranding? That company has “SiriusXM Fly” trademarked, but not “Fly” by itself. At least two terrestrial stations predate SiriusXM in using the moniker; Pamal CHR “Fly 92” WFLY Albany, NY and Alpha Media Variety Hits “Fly 92.9” WGTZ Dayton. Original Report 12/24: Max Media has flipped Classic Alternative “107X” 107.1 KXDE Bennett/Denver to the format du-jour of the season as it becomes Classic Hip-Hop “Fly 107.1“. The station is running com...Read More

La Gran D Moves In Boise; La Poderosa To Return

Another station is on the move in Boise. As Country “100.7 The Bull” KQBL prepares to relocate to 101.9 in Mid-February, JLD Media has cleared an opening by moving Regional Mexican “101.9 La Gran D” KDBI Emmett to 106.3 Homedale. That move eliminates Spanish AC “Latino 106.3” KQTA. With the KDBI call letters moved to the 106.3 allocation, 101.9 has temporarily claimed the KPDA call letters that belonged to 100.7 during a previous format. That Regional Mexican “La Poderosa” brand appears to be on its way back to Boise and 100.7 as JLD Media registered LaPoderosaIdaho.com concurrently with LaGranD1063.com.

Format Shuffle In Texarkana

Texarkana Radio Center contacted us to clarify that the new “107.1 The Fox” KTFS-FM is a “very” Hot AC rather than CHR. Texarkana Radio Center, owners of Texarkana’s #1 station KTOY, have now added a further format offering in the fast growing Texarkana TX/AR market. The new station KTFS-FM 107.1 has been broadcasting conservative talk and news with a simulcast on KTFS-AM and an FM metro wide translator on 98.5. Over the holidays Texarkana Radio Center moved to roll out a Hot AC format on the 107.1 frequency branding the station as THE FOX. Conservative talk remains on KTFS-AM and on 98.5 FM after a 6 week promotion to make the switch from 107.1. THE FOX is 100% locally programmed format consulted to by Tracy Johnson Media who consult to the group’s Texarkana cluste...Read More

KODJ Drops The Oldies

Yet another Classic Hits station has dropped the dreaded O-word. iHeartMedia’s “Oldies 94.1” KODJ Salt Lake City has removed the Oldies moniker in favor of its frequency and call letters: 94.1 KODJ. Accompanying the rebranding is the addition of addition 1980s songs to the playlist. KODJ previously dropped the “Oldies” name for the frequency and call letters in the mid 2000’s before returning to its heritage branding. In the December 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, KODJ was tied for third in the Salt Lake City market with a 5.7 share.

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