Format Changes

KWXS Bend Flips To Mainstream CHR

Combined Communications Rhythmic CHR “Wild 107.7” KWXS Prineville/Bend, OR has flipped to Mainstream CHR “107.7 The Beat“. The move places KWXS closer in competition to Gross Communications CHR “Power 94” KXIX Sunriver. It follows Combined hiring former KEHK Eugene PD Maverick as PD/Afternoon host for KWXS and PD of Country “99.7 The Bull” KMTK in November.

WZAX Enters Rock City

After over a month of stunting with its broad mix of music, 99.3 WZAX debuted its new format as Classic Rock “99.3 Rock City” on Monday. The new format is anchored by the syndicated Free Beer & Hot Wings in mornings. WZAX is attempting to compete against its two Raleigh-Durham market competitors that are heard in the region; “Radio 96.1” WBBB and 100.7 WRDU with a broader mix of music. Original Report 11/30: First Media Rhythmic Oldies “Jammin 99.3” WZAX Nashville/Rocky Mount, NC has dropped its format and is stunting with a broad mix of music as it prepares to debut a new format in 2015. Currently branding itself as “99.3 What’s It Gonna Be“, WZAX will debut its new format on Monday, January 5. The station is soliciting listeners ...Read More

Colorado Public Radio Acquires ESPN 102.3 Denver

Colorado Public Radio has announced they have purchased Sports “ESPN 102.3” KDSP Greenwood Village/Denver, CO from Front Range Sports Network. Paying $5.75 million for the station, Colorado Public Radio will flip it on January 27 to a simulcast of its Adult Alternative “Open Air” 1340 KVOQ Denver. “Open Air” focuses on new music with an emphasis on local artists. It is one of three brands operated by CPR including a statewide Public News/Talk network based at 90.1 KCFR-FM Denver and a Classical network based at 88.1 KVOD-FM Lakewood. Public Media Company represented CPR in the transaction. The purchase of KDSP will be financed through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds, which is the same financing process CPR has followed for the past 15 years. Over time, ...Read More

Salem Rebrands Seven Talkers As The Answer

Salem Communications has expanded its “Answer” Conservative Talk brand to seven additional markets. The new stations making the transition to the brand are 860 WGUL Tampa, 920 WGKA Atlanta, 930 WLSS Sarasota, 970 WGTK Louisville, 1170 KCBQ San Diego, 1460 KZNT Colorado Springs, and 1590 KLFE Seattle. Of the 26 Conservative Talk stations operated by Salem, 19 now use the Answer branding. Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM) announced that today it is converting 7 more of its News Talk stations to the Answer. It will bring the number to 20 Answer branded stations owned by Salem around the country. Salem began using the Answer branding for AM 970 WNYM, its News Talker in New York City in April of 2012. The name caught on, and soon Salem stations in LA, Dallas, and Chica...Read More

iHeartMedia Launches Big 95.5 Chicago

iHeartMedia flipped Regional Mexican “95.5 El Patron” WNUA Chicago to Country “Big 95.5” at noon today. Branded as “Chicago’s Hit Country” the station is taking direct aim at CBS’ “US 99.5” WUSN. In the December Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, WNUA registered a 1.9 share, albeit on an upward trend from 1.5 in October. WUSN was seventh in the market with a 3.5 share. The first hour of Big 95.5 consisted of: Florida Georgia Line/Luke Bryan – This Is How We Roll Luke Bryan – I See You Darius Rucker – Homegrown Honey Billy Currington – We Are Tonight Kenny Chesney – I Go Back Brad Paisley – Perfect Storm Dustin Lynch – Where Its At Miranda Lambert – White Liar Big & Rich – Look At ...Read More

WKSA Norfolk Flips To Classic Hip-Hop

After ten days of stunting as “Missy-FM“, iHeartMedia has flipped former Urban AC “Kiss 92” WKSA Moyock, NC/Norfolk, VA to Classic Hip-Hop “92.1 The Beat“. The station is positioning itself as “The Hampton Road’s Throwback Hip-Hop & R&B” and launching with 5,000 songs commercial-free. As explained below the move is intended to squeeze Entercom Urban AC “95.7 R&B” WVKL. Update 12/26: At 10am today, WKSA began stunting as “Missy-FM” playing nothing but Missy Elliott and other local stars such as Timbaland and Aaliyah. Elliott, a local native of Portsmouth, VA, is voicing imaging stating that she’s taken over the station for the weekend. WKSA is also teasing an announcement coming Monday, Januar...Read More

WODZ Relaunches As 96.1 The Eagle

Another station with “Oldies” in its name, or in this case “Oldiez” has changed its name. 96.1 WODZ-FM Rome/Utica, NY relaunched on Friday, January 2 as “96.1 The Eagle“. Exiting with the change were morning host Keith James and afternoon host Greg McShea. Eric Meier Brand Manager/Afternoon Host at sister AC “Lite 98.7” WLZW adds oversight for The Eagle.

Jacksonville Duo Becomes New Home Of The Promise

Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting has closed on their acquisition of Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS-FM Fruit Cove, FL and Country “100.7 The Bull” WMUV Brunswick, GA in the Jacksonville market. The pair are now simulcasting the programming of Christian AC “91.7 The Promise” WTRJ-FM Orange Park and promoting that the programming will be moved to 94.1/100.7. WTRJ-FM is owned by Chesapeake-Portsmouth’s sister company Delmarva Educational Association. The group announced the purchase of WSOS-FM and WMUV in October from Renda Broadcasting for $3.7 million.

WZPW Rebrands As Peoria’s 92.3

Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3” WZPW has a new name for the new year. Facing increased competition from Alpha Media’s new “Energy 102.3” WNGY as well as Advanced Media Partners’ “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA, WZPW has relaunched as “Peoria’s 92.3“. Prior to the launch of WNGY, WZPW registered a 6.1 share in the Spring 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings.

WROD Becomes The Rock Of Daytona

Volusia Broadcasting has flipped Oldies 1340 WROD/104.7 W284AV Daytona Beach to Classic Rock “The Rock of Daytona“. Tracy Dillon, current morning host at WROD, is being rejoined by former co-host Frank Scott. Scott and Dillon hosted mornings on Rock 95.7 WHOG from 1997 until 2011. Former WHOG middayer Gary ‘The Mad Swede’ Meade takes the same position at WROD, while ‘Just Plain John’ Barrett hosts afternoons.

Country Superstars Debuts In Raleigh

Update 1/2: WFNL-FM returned to the air on New Years Day as “Country Superstars 102.3“. Update 12/2: The sale of Classic Hits “Kix 102.9” WKIX-FM Raleigh and 98.7 W254AS Louisburg from McClatchey Broadcadcasting Company to Curtis Media and the accompanying divestiture of 102.3 WFNL-FM (Formerly WWPL) Smithfield to Richard Heilmann Sr.’s Triangle Marketing Associates have closed. Curtis states it intends to retain the current format on WKIX-FM. Meanwhile, WFNL-FM has dropped the Bluegrass format it has run as a placeholder since September. 102.3 is currently dark, while TMA moves the station into new studios. It is expected to relaunch within thirty days. When the sale was first announced in February we reported that Heilmann had registered fo...Read More

Rapid City Gets Smashed

Homeslice Media Group has launched “Smash Hits 104.7/920” KKLS/K284BA Rapid City, SD. 920 KKLS had been simulcasting on 97.5 K248BT as Soft AC/Oldies “97.5 The Hills“. With New Rushmore Radio spinning off 920 and 104.7 along with Farm “810 The Ranch” KBHB Sturgis to Homeslice earlier this year, 97.5 stayed with New Rushmore and is now simulcasting CHR “Hot 93.1” KRCS Sturgis/Rapid City. To prevent confusion note there is no connection between any of these stations and Townsquare Media CHR “Hot 104.7” KKLS-FM Sioux Falls. Smash Hits is an 80s centric Classic Hits format devised by longtime Baltimore/Washington programmer Jason Kidd.

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