Format Changes

US101 Chattanooga Adds A Legend

The gold-based Country marketplace is getting a tad bit crowded in Chattanooga. A couple weeks after Cumulus flipped Classic Hits 107.9 WOGT to their Nash Icon brand, iHeartMedia has dropped Urban “96.1 The Beat” W241AF Rossville, GA/100.7 WUSY-HD2 and replaced it with a 90s centric Classic Country format “US101 The Legend 96.1“. The move expands the dominant in the market “US101” 100.7 WUSY brand to a second frequency and gives the Chattanooga market its third gold-based Country signal along with WOGT and Bahakel Communications’ “Q97.3/99.3” WUUQ South Pittsburg/99.3 W257AZ Lookout Mountain. iHeartMedia states that the new Legend will focus on “80s, ’90s, and early 2000’s country that has gotten lost and forgotten by countr...Read More

A Surge For Eastern North Carolina

Last week Kenneth Santarelli’s Surge Media LLC purchased 100.5 W263BE Rose Hill, NC from Conner Media for $80,000 and entered into an LMA with Conner to operate 710 WEGG Rose Hill. On November 15, the duo will drop its current Christian programming and flip to Rhythmic Hot AC as “Surge 100“. The station will be a relaunch of a former webcaster/Part 15/Pirate operation in Lancaster, CA run by Santarelli, who has the Surge Radio name trademarked.

Mo Legends Expands To Great Falls; Big Stack Launches

Montana Radio Company has expanded its “Mo Legends” Classic Country brand to a second market. 96.3 KVMO Fort Benton/Great Falls has signed-on as “Mo Legends 96.3” joining sister 104.5 K283BP Helena/107.3 KIMO-HD4, which launched in June. Just like in Helena, the new station will flank sister Country “Mo Country 107” 107.3 KIMO Townsend/107.5 K298BL Great Falls. The company followed that launch up with the debut of Classic Rock “Big Stack 103.9” K280GG Great Falls/KVMO-HD3. Debuting with the syndicated Bob & Tom show from 5-9am daily, CEO Kevin Terry stated in a press release, “We are very excited about both stations as they fill out our four-station roster of stations serving Great Falls. Big Stack 103.9 is not only a true Classic ...Read More

Alt 99.9 Tampa Moves To 100.3

Update 11/7: Due to a interference complaint from 99.9 WXJB Homosassa, “Alt 99.9” W207BU Bayonet Point moved to 100.3 at 12pm today. Original Report 9/24: iHeartMedia has launched two new translators in the Tampa Bay market. Classic Rock “Thunder Tampa Bay” adds a third signal as 99.1 W202CB Bayonet Point completes its upgrade and move from 88.3. The new signal joins 94.5 W233AV Gulfport/St. Petersburg and 105.9 W290BJ West Tampa in airing the programming originating at 100.7 WMTX-HD2. W202CB gives the format coverage in the northern parts of the market around Clearwater and New Port Richey (Coverage Map). Concurrently, the company launches Alternative “Alt 99.9” on W207BU Bayonet Point via 103.5 WFUS-HD2. The new station is strongest in the same places ...Read More

MyFM Launches North of Toronto With Christmas Music

My Broadcasting has launched 101.5 CKMO-FM Orangeville, ON. The new sign-on, operating with 338 watts at 55.1 meters, is debuting with Christmas Music through Boxing Day on December 26. At that time the station will debut its permanent format as AC “101.5 MyFM” joining fourteen sister stations across the province. The station will focus on the Orangeville community as opposed to the Greater Toronto Area based 50 miles to the southeast.

Hot 107.9 Philadelphia Goes Boom With Classic Hip-Hop

Update 8:30pm: WPHI made its flip to Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 107.9” around 7:00pm tonight. Positioning it as “Throwback Hip-Hop”, the station is identifying Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, and The Roots as core artists. Radio-One VP/Programming Colby Colb is serving as imaging voice for Boom. Original Report 11/6 3:00pm: A change appears on its way to Radio-One Urban “Hot 107.9” WPHI Pennsauken/Philadelphia. As the station let go of its airstaff including morning hosts Laiya St. Clair and Shamara today, registrations for and were made by Radio-One’s regular domain registrar this afternoon. Boom would seem to indicate the launch of another Classic Hip-Hop station for the company along the lines of “...Read More

WVOC Columbia Returns To 560; Sports Moves Back To 1400

iHeartMedia is resetting moves it made three years ago in Columbia, SC. Conservative Talk 100.1 WVOC-FM West Columbia has begun simulcasting on 560 WXBT Columbia, bringing WVOC’s programming back to the frequency it called home from 1986 until 2011. That move forces Sports “560 The Team” back to 1400 WCOS Columbia under new “Fox Sports Radio 1400” branding leading to the end of Gospel “Hallelujah 1400“. WXBT let go of most of their local hosts at the end of October in preparation of these changes. At this point both 560 WXBT and 100.1 WVOC-FM will simulcast the Talk programming, but rumors persist of a new music format coming to the FM. Perhaps even a return of the former Urban “100.1 The Beat” branding found on the station prior to the...Read More

La Ranchera Moves To FM In Los Angeles

With the sale of 930 KHJ Los Angeles to Immaculate Heart Radio set to close later this month, Liberman Broadcasting has moved its Regional Mexican “La Ranchera” format from KHJ to 96.7 KWIZ Santa Ana. The move to FM for “La Ranchera” brings an end to Spanish CHR “La Rockola 96.7” format on KWIZ. The station covers the southern portion of the Los Angeles market including most of Orange County. KHJ had been branded as “La Ranchera” for over two decades. In comparison the station’s legendary Top 40 format lasted only fifteen years. 930 KHJ is tentatively scheduled to shift to Immaculate Heart Radio’s Catholic programming on Monday, November 17

KNCE Becomes True Taos Radio

After agreeing to purchase Classic Hits 93.5 KNCE Taos, NM last month, Taos Adventures has flipped the station to a diverse Community format. Now branded as “True Taos Radio“, KNCE is a partnership of Live Taos, Roots and Wires Presents, Walking Rain Productions, and Ravensong Productions. The station is broadcasting from an Airstream trailer on the property of Taos Mesa Brewing Company.

Cherry Creek Buys One In Helena; Takes Two Dark

Cherry Creek Radio is making changes to its Helena, MT cluster. On Wednesday, November 5, News/Talk simulcast 1240 KBLL Helena and 1340 KCAP Helena will go dark. To take their places Cherry Creek has agreed to purchase Standards “Classy 950” KMTX/96.3 K242BB Helena from Montana Radio Company. The KCAP call letters and the News/Talk format will move to 950/96.3. Following the sale Montana Radio Company will still have four FM’s in the Helena market, while Cherry Creek Radio will have one AM and four FM’s.

Station Shuffle In Pueblo, CO

Multiple stations have found new homes in Pueblo, CO. With Educational Media Foundation closing on its acquisition of Country 106.9 KIQN Pueblo from United States CP a chain reaction of moves have taken place as KIQN has joined EMF’s Christian AC “K-Love” network. The previous Country format of KIQN has moved to 94.7 KFVR-FM Beulah and 93.9 K230BB Fowler under the management of SoCo Radio. KFVR’s previous Classic Hits “I-25 Oldies” format moves to 690 KWRP Pueblo and 100.3 K262BB Boone replacing “I-25 Talk“.

KFNS St. Louis Goes Dark; To Be Sold To Religious Group

Grand Slam Sports’ “590 The Man” KFNS Wood River, IL/St. Louis has reached its end. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the station went dark on Friday, October 31 following non-payment of its transmitter lease. Operations Manager Mike Calvin told the paper that the station’s owners are $580,000 in debt and that they are in negotiations to sell the 590 license to a Religious group. KFNS has struggled since the debut of Bonneville’s (Now Hubbard’s) “101 Sports” WXOS in January 2009. In May 2013 it dropped its longtime moniker “590 The Fan” for “590 The Man” and attempted to shift to Hot Talk which was short-lived. There have been many issues regarding the ownership and management of the station which the Post-Dispa...Read More

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