Format Changes

Y100 Savannah Segues To CHR

Months after moving to 100.1, Alpha Media Hot AC “Y100” WXYY Rincon/Savannah, GA has segued to CHR under new PD Rob Walker. The move places the station in direct competition with iHeartMedia’s “97.3 Kiss-FM” WAEV. The entire airstaff at WXYY has turned over since the move to 100.1. The move to CHR sees the station dropping the syndicated Bert Show in mornings. Mia Amini joined the station in June to replace the voicetracked Patty Steele in middays and Walker replaced previous Program Director Tony Bristol in afternoons in September.

I93 Dallas Relaunches As Hot 93.3

Update 10/3: Cumulus CHR “I93” KLIF-FM Haltom City/Dallas has relaunched as “Hot 93.3” under new PD Louie Cruz. Launching with commercial free weekends, the station is promoting to have more music and fewer commercials per hour than iHeartMedia’s “106.1 Kiss-FM“. Cumulus announces that Top 40-formatted KLIF-FM has become the all-new HOT 93.3. The former i93 and heritage Dallas CHR station debuted its new Hot Upbeat CHR format today at 5:00 p.m. Central. HOT 93.3 will feature all the hits, including music from artists such as Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, and Ariana Grande. The format shift will bring new opportunities, and Cumulus is currently seeking additional on-air talent for the station. Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President for Cumulus Dallas/Houston ...Read More

102.1 Y’all Birmingham Goes To Heaven

Summit Media has pulled the plug on Variety Hits “102.1 Y’all” 1320 WENN/102.1 W271BN Birmingham. The 102.1 translator is now rebroadcasting sister Gospel “Heaven 610” WAGG, while the 1320 signal is currently silent. The move puts WAGG on even FM ground with iHeartMedia’s “Hallelujah 105.1” WERC-HD2/W286BK. The Y’all format debuted on 97.3 WZNN in July 2013 as a placeholder following the demise of its previous Sports format. In November it moved to the 1320/102.1 duo following the launch of Soft AC “Easy 97.3“.

Rock 94.9 Debuts In Williamsport

iHeartMedia has flipped 1200 WRKK Hughesville, PA/94.9 W235BA Williamsport to Active Rock “Rock 94.9“. The pair had been simulcasting sister News/Talk 1400 WRAK Williamsport. Launching with 10,000 songs commercial-free as is par for the course these days, the station will feature the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory based out of sister 100.7 WMMS Cleveland and Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx in nights.

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

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