Format Changes

WRVC Huntington Returns To Sports

Kindred Communications Talk “Super Talk 930/94.1” WRVC/W231BS Huntington, WV has dropped the majority of its non-Sports programs and rebranded as “ESPN 94.1“. WRVC will continue to carry the regionally syndicated WV Metronews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval from 10am to 12pm as well as Metronews’ Statewide Sportsline from 6-7pm. The local Paul Swann & Woody Woodrum sports show will continue from 4-6pm. The remainder of the lineup will consist of ESPN Radio national programming. WRVC was previously “ESPN Radio 930” from 2006 until 2009.

Rewind 105.7 Launches In Albany

WQSH made the flip to 80s/90s Hits “Rewind 105.7” at 7am this morning. Positioned as “Hits From The 80s, 90s & More”, the station is promoting itself as “Feel Good songs from Prince, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, The Cure, Madonna, Def Leppard and more”. The first hour of Rewind consisted of: Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations INXS – New Sensation Jody Watley – Looking For A New Love Expose’ – Point Of No Return Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands To Yourself Clash – Rock The Casbah Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately Power Station – Some Like It Hot Digital Underground – Humpty Dance Peter Gabriel – Shock The Monkey Up...Read More

Adams Preps Delmarva Changes

As Adams Radio finally closes on its acquisition of six stations and two translators from Great Scott Broadcasting, the company is swiftly moving to implement changes. Phil LoCascio joins the company as Market Manager. LaCascio was Operations Manager for Millennium Radio Group’s Jersey Shore stations from 2003 to 2008 and previously programmed CBS Classic Rock 94.7 WARW Washington, DC and Cox AC “B98.5” WSB-FM Atlanta. Current Great Scott General Manager Jim McHugh stays on as Director of Sales, while Jeff Evans remains in his General Sales Manager position. Adams will also be heavily reshaping the formats at its new cluster. While Active Rock “93.5 The Beach” WZBH and Rhythmic CHR “OC 104” 103.9 WOCQ will remain as-is, the other four stations will...Read More

WOMG Moves From Nash To Nash Icon

A year after flipping from Classic Hits to Country, Cumulus quietly shifted “98.5 Nash-FM” WOMG Lexington/Columbia, SC to their Nash Icon brand earlier this week as “98.5 Nash Icon“. WOMG failed to make any inroads against iHeartMedia’s 97.5 WCOS as it has been stagnant around a 1.4 share since its launch on February 28, 2014. The move to the gold oriented Nash Icon brand places WOMG closer to Davis Media’s “94.3 The Dude” WWNQ. WOMG is also Cumulus’ first station to shift from the “Nash-FM” brand to “Nash Icon“.

Classic Hip-Hop Vibe Launches In Erie

Cumulus is continuing its rollout of Classic Hip-Hop as CHR “i104.3” W282BR/WXKC-HD2 is now “104.3 The Vibe“. There’s nowhere for W282BR to go but up as the station registered a 0.0 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings as one of three CHR’s in the market. Erie currently has no Urban or Urban AC stations making this an interesting example for the Classic Hip-Hop format’s drawing power.

KBEE Salt Lake City Returns To AC

Cumulus Adult CHR “B98.7” KBEE Salt Lake City has shifted to AC. The move comes with a new on-air lineup. Program Director Dain Craig moves from afternoons to mornings along with Mandi Hildt to replace the syndicated Bert Show. Bobbi Maxwell from sister “Warm 98” WRRM Cincinnati will host middays and the syndicated John Tesh is added for nights. KBEE has bounced from AC to Hot AC and back multiple times in its history. In the January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings it registered a 1.9 share of the Salt Lake audience. The new AC direction places KBEE closer to Bonneville’s market leading AC 100.3 KSFI and KLO Broadcasting’s Soft AC “Sunny 103.1” KSQN.

Virgin Radio Returns To Vancouver

Bell Media has returned the “Virgin Radio” CHR brand to Vancouver. “94.5 The Beat” CFBT rebranded as “Virgin Radio 94.5” just before 9:00 this morning. The move brings the branding previously used in the market by “Z95.3” CKZZ until it was spun-off to Newcap following Bell’s merger with Astral. CFBT becomes Bell’s seventh station across Canada utilizing the Virgin Radio branding. What’s in a name? Listeners across Vancouver can be assured that as Bell Media Radio raises the curtain on 94.5 Virgin Radio in the Vancouver market, announced today, the station is poised to deliver great music, the entertaining programs, and the same beloved personalities familiar to listeners of 94.5 The Beat Vancouver. Changing over station names, as ...Read More

SL100 Dyersburg Meets Jack

Burks Beverage & Broadcasting has flipped Rock “SL 100” 100.1 WASL Dyersburg, TN to Variety Hits “100 Jack FM“. Despite the format change, WASL will continue to air the syndicated John Boy & Billy in mornings from 5:00 to 9:00am and serve as the Dyersburg affiliate for Tennessee Titans football.

Locally Owned Radio Completes Twin Falls Rebuild With Country Move & Hot AC Launch

Locally Owned Radio has completed the restructuring of its Twin Falls cluster as Country “106.7 The Canyon” KYUN Hailey, ID has moved to the 102.1 frequency vacated by Rock “I-Rock 105.1” earlier this year. Following a call letter exchange that allowed the company to launch Hot AC “Q106.7” KIRQ. Positioned as “A Better Mix Of Music”, KIRQ is taking direct aim at Magic Valley Media Hot AC “Hot 100” 99.9 KBDX Burley. INSTANT INSIGHT: With “Q106.7” launching without a web presence despite Q1067FM.com being registered in October, Magic Valley Media has gone on the offensive with Q1067Idaho.com and Q1067FM.net hosting a promotional page for “Hot 100“. Original Report 1/27: Locally Owned Radio has launched two ne...Read More

ESPN Radio Debuts In Aggieland

Brazos Valley Communications has made its flip of “Rock 103.9” KJXJ Franklin/College Station, TX to Sports “ESPN Aggieland” on Monday evening. The station is running with the national ESPN lineup as well as the SEC focused Paul Finebaum show distributed by ESPN as well. Original Report 2/15: Brazos Valley Communications’ Active Rock “Rock 103.9” KJXJ Franklin/College Station, TX is on the verge of a format change that will soon see ESPN Radio return to the home of Texas A&M University. The station has been running jockless for the past few weeks leading up to the change and the station’s website has been taken offline. Brazos Valley owner Tommy Vascocu registered Aggieland1039.com, ESPN1039.com, ESPNAggieland1039.com, KTAM1039.com, Maroo...Read More

WKII Flips To Sports

iHeartMedia Classic Country “Kix Classics” 1070 WKII Solana/Port Charlotte, FL has flipped to Sports “1070 NBC Sports“. WKII is running the NBC Sports Radio network programming around the clock and will be the local affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays (who hold Spring Training in Port Charlotte), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Florida State University play-by-play.

Nash Icon Launches In Harrisburg

1400 WHGB/95.3 W237DE Harrisburg, PA have dropped their simulcast of sister “Sports Radio 96.5” W243BR/WWKL-HD2 after a two month transition period moving the Sports format to the new signal to bring the Nash Icon brand to the market. “95.3 Nash Icon” becomes a flanker to sister “106.7 Nash-FM” WZCY Hershey. It joins a competitive Country market including iHeartMedia’s “Bob 94.9” WRBT and Radio Carlisle’s “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM.