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
We mentioned a few weeks ago that a few “Fresh” domains had been registered anonymously for potential use in Phoenix. It looks like we may have been sniffing up the wrong tree as at the same time 1015jams.com, 1015jamz.com, my1015jamz.com, and my1015jamz.net were all registered as well. While snooping around the CBS webserver we found the logo above uploaded around 9:00pm EDT this evening. While we have no idea if/when this format change will take place, if we had to bet we’d say it could be as soon as this weekend. KZON is currently one of CBS’ floundering Free-FM’s. Phoenix already has two other Rhythmic CHR’s in Riviera’s Power 98.3 KKFR (which last fall moved from 92.3 when Emmis sold that frequency to Bonneville) and Clear Channel’s Rhyt...Read More
This morning at midnight PDT, Standard Radio CKZZ “Z 95.3” dropped its longtime CHR format and began stunting in preparation of its new format launch tomorrow at 7:00am. Of course every Net Gnome wants to know what the future holds for the former Zed. Standard Radio last week registered two domains which both could tie into the new format: 95crave.com jazzinvancouver.com Both domains bring up an error page right now on the icebergmedia.com server, which is a top Canadian webcaster owned by Standard. We don’t know what exactly Vancouver is craving exactly, but it looks like there might be a jazz connection.
Last week we mentioned an impending format change at KLOU in St. Louis. The change hasn’t happened yet, but more information has begun to appear. St. Louis market vet Smash will take over mornings at the station on Monday, June 18. STLMedia.net confirms from market insiders that the station will be a male-leaning 70s/80s Classic Hits, much like sisters WRIT Milwaukee and WBIG Washington. It’s now just a matter of when the flip takes place between now and Smash’s debut. Elsewhere in the Clear Channel domain of web-domains: It looks like Houston could be getting a dose of Mojo. Recent domain registrations include mojo950.com and mantalk950.com. We could’ve pegged these for Seattle’s KJR as opposed to Houston’s KPRC if it were not for the concurrent registr...Read More
Posted at 8:30am EDT. Edited at 8:52am. Clear Channel “Oldies Radio 103.3 KLOU” will flip to 70s/80s based Classic Hits “My 103.3”. The domains my1033.com and playwhatIwant.com are both pointing to a password protected URL right now. There should be a few more format changes on this memorial day weekend and we’ll be here attempting to break them before they happen at RadioInsight.com. ————— Elsewhere around the country on this Memorial Day weekend. In Birmingham, Citadel Soft AC WYSF “Y94.5” will flip to Hot AC “The New 94.5” at 5:00pm today. More info at the Birmingham News. In Wilkes-Barre, 103.1 WFEZ has dropped Soft AC to join the News/Talk network of sisters 910 WBZU Scranton , 980 WILK Wilkes-Barre, a...Read More
Update 5/16/07 10:30am: We were right on the money. “Radio 104.5” is now on the air in Philadelphia. ————————————————————- We at RadioInsight pride ourselves on trying to use the tools of the internet to break news on impending format changes. We’ve been quite successful in the past, especially when it comes to the moves of Clear Channel Philadelphia. It was just 9 months ago that Clear Channel flipped 106.1 WJJZ from Smooth Jazz to Rhythmic AC and 104.5 WSNI from Soft AC to Spanish Contemporary. However, that was before Philadelphia became the first market to switch to Arbitron’s Personal People Meter. With the first PPM ratings released at the en...Read More