Over the past couple of days a rumor has been going around that an anonymous registration of Fresh1059.com was associated with a possible change at WCKG in Chicago. The domains were registered using a Network Solutions feature that allows a registrant to hide their contact information. All that appears is the name of the registrant, a Susan Hepburn. If I were Susan Hepburn and I were registering domains for a radio station in Chicago why would I also register fresh1019.com, fresh1029.com, fresh1039.com, fresh1049.com, fresh1069.com, and fresh1079.com? This is a case of cyber-squatting and nothing more. No connection to WCKG whatsoever. Just like a company in Las Vegas has registered every domain that begins with “Movin” and a commercial FM frequency after it. We’re not de...Read More
Dan Mason’s reboot of the changes made during Joel Hollander’s reign as CBS Radio President continues to pick up steam as two more FM Talk stations went by the wayside today. In Detroit, 97.1 WKRK changes its calls to WXYT-FM and began a full simulcast with “1270 Sports” under the name “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. The new lineup features former WKRK afternoon drive hosts Jeff Deminski & Bill Doyle in mornings, Scott Anderson & Doug Karsch 10am-2pm, Mike Valenti & Terry Foster 2-6pm, Pat Caputo 6-10pm, and Dennis Fithian 10pm-2am in addition to live broadcast rights for Tigers Baseball, Lions Football, Red Wings Hockey, and University of Michigan sports. Dropped as part of the changes are ESPN’s Mike & Mike, and most of W...Read More
Update 9/20/07 4:45pm: Not surprisingly, the link to the page with the Ticket logo has been edited to remove the logo and the backdoor we used was closed. The site is still up, but completely behind a login now. It’s been quite an eventful month in the Boston talk radio wars between Entercom and Greater Media. While WRKO and WTKK battle over the contract of Howie Carr, the companies may about to be going head-to-head in the Sports Radio field dominated by Entercom’s WEEI. Earlier this month, WEEI morning team John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were involved in a contract battle of their own. Just yesterday, Boston Sports Media Watch reported that WBOS was indeed the primary suitor with plans to go up against WEEI. This brought out the Net-Gnomes which discovered 4 domains registere...Read More
Last week we reported on a potential flip at 104.3 WSMJ in Baltimore. While we hear that changes may still be coming to WSMJ, it looks as though our source was trying to throw us off the scent of where these ALL or SOME of these domains are intended. If you’ll notice above, 104.3 KBIG Los Angeles modified its logo this week to emphasize the frequency as opposed to the call letters. We’re hearing that this is the first phase of a formatic evolution towards a new positioner or complete flip. Following the previously registered my1043.com, fresh1043.com, and 1043fresh.com, Clear Channel has continued registering a number of new domains this past week. 1043myfm.com fm1043.org 1043fm.org fm1043online.com 1043fmonline.com The rumor mill has hinted at the possibility of a young-skewin...Read More
We’re two for two so far this week with our Net Gnome reports. On Sunday, we pondered whether Portland, OR would see the launch of Kool 105.9. At 1:05pm PDT, the change occurred as the station dropped Smooth Jazz for Classic Hits under the “Greatest Hits Of All Time” tagline. Following Tom Grant’s “Change”, the station segued to the new format with Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll”. We should note that in its short 6 years on the air, this is the fourth format for the station following Hot AC “Star”, Classic Hits “River”, and Smooth Jazz. Discuss the change at our Oregon board. Meanwhile in Houston, we have confirmation that KIOL will become KHJK “103.7 Jack-FM” tomorrow at 10:37am CDT. More at ...Read More
Update 8/30: Variety Hits reports that Cumulus parked the KHJK calls on a construction permit at 99.1 in Lennox, SD. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a large market station go Variety Hits. The format has shown its staying power in some while fizzling in others. Regardless expect to see Jack debut in Houston in the VERY near future at the current location of 103.7 KIOL. The station has been in a state of flux since losing its morning team Walton & Johnson to Clear Channel’s 950 KPRC. Cumulus has registered 10 domains for the new format: 1037jackfm.com, 1037jackfm.net, houstonsjack.com, houstonsjack.net, houstonsjackfm.com, houstonsjackfm.net, jack1037.com, jack1037.net, jackfmhouston.com, and jackfmhouston.net. All of which currently redirect to CumulusR...Read More
We’ve been sitting on a few of these domains wondering what use they may have. Maybe you can assist us: We’ll start with an easy one. Cumulus has registered 971eagle.com. Currently pointing to the corporate site, we’ve also noticed that WRQQ Nashville’s site is “Under Construction”. Looks like an easy match. What’s CBS Radio doing with hearphilly.com and herephilly.com? Is Clear Channel planning something in Cincinnati? radio941.net is redirecting to WVMX’s website. CC also has registered 925fmthebeat.com with a matching logo. The site currently doesn’t respond and we don’t know where this one could be headed. Going to try something new on this post and the Houston one below, as we’re allowing comments here in addition to th...Read More
Update 8/29/07: Clear Channel’s IT department seems to be having fun with the audience on this one. Since our original report, there’s been a change in template to one used by the “La Preciosa” Spanish AC format used by the company elsewhere and now to a blank page with the following text “Hola! 😉 Go Away. I am very busy right now.” As we approach the end of the summer, radio operators are beginning to ramp up their plans for the fall book. In Portland, Oregon, it looks as though Clear Channel will be launching a new format at 105.9 KIJZ. Currently Smooth Jazz, expect a flip to Classic Hits in the coming days. Clear Channel has registered three domains for the new station: kool1059.com, koolportland.com, portlandkool.com. All are currently active pointin...Read More
Update 8/22: Clear Channel confirms our report and announces KQKE will become “Green 960” on Monday, August 27. More at Liberal Talk Radio. As many corporations find ways to become more environmentally friendly, it was only a matter of time for a radio station to take the presentation. And what better place than San Francisco, where Clear Channel liberal talker KQKE “The Quake” has changed its call letters to KKGN. Additionally, a number of domains along the lines of green960.com and 960green.com have been registered by Clear Channel this week.
Update 7/12/07: Listen to the relaunch of WCBS-FM at our Format Change Archive. Great work by Radio Business Report on their gnoming of this info before anyone else! This Thursday July 12, 2007 at 1:01pm WCBS-FM will return to its former Oldies format while Jack takes over its spot at 101.1 HD-2. Dan Taylor will host mornings from 6 to 10am with longtime morning stalwarts Al Meredith and Mr. G. Bob Shannon will be in middays from 10am to 3pm and CBS-FM newcomer Broadway Bill Lee (formerly of Z100 in the 80s and WKTU from 1996 to 2006) will host afternoons. We do have one “exclusive” of sorts. The logo above is the new version of the classic CBS-FM logo for this relaunch. Read the entire press release here.
While we await the official launch of 101.5 Jamz in Phoenix, another one of CBS’ Free-FM stations seems headed for a spot at the Format Change Archive. Earlier today, SDRadio.net and AllAccess.com both showed us 1037KSURF.com with the logo plastered above. The domain is registered to a Judith Joseph of Cape Coral, FL but redirects to a subdirectory at cbsradioSD.com. The one thing that we’re questioning is the fact that those sites are NOT hosted by the company that runs all of CBS Radio’s web sites. I want to say this is to throw people off the scent, but I’m not willing to put my money where my mouth is. If anything this could be a play off of the KSCF calls. UPDATE 6/22 9:00am: The aforementioned site has now been pulled from the server. We’ll stand by our ...Read More