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Clear Channel Grooving Into Pensacola

Update 2/26: WYCL did make the flip to Rhythmic AC “107.3 The Groove” today at 8:00 AM. The first hour consisted of: Beyonce – Sweet Dreams Kelly Clarkson – Miss Independent Katy Perry – Hot N Cold Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations Flo-Rida – Low Madonna – Dress You Up Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling Prince & The Revolution – Kiss Rihanna – Umbrella Young MC – Bust A Move Lady Gaga – Bad Romance Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl Jay Sean – Down Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It

WROW Albany Drops News/Talk – 100.9 WKLI Becomes The Bridge

Update 2/24/10: At 11:00am today, WKLI launched its new format as Variety Hits “100.9 The Bridge” following a brief stunt with a heartbeat, Christmas music, and Country. The station’s first hour consisted of: The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge Madonna – Crazy For You The Beach Boys – I Get Around Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine Billy Joel – My Life .38 Special – Hold On Loosely Daughtry – Home Bachman-Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Hate Myself For Loving You Uncle Kracker – Drift Away Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody Tom Cochra...Read More

Talking Big In Syracuse

Update 3/3: After a short stunt with TV Theme Songs, “105.9 The Big Talker” launched today in Syracuse. More at CNYRadio.com. Update 2/22: Citadel quickly confirmed our report of WLTI flipping to FM Talk as “105.9 The Big Talker“. The new lineup will include the syndicated Bob & Tom in the mornings, and a local show hosted by Gary Nolan from 4 to 7pm. Nolan began his talk career in Syracuse, but was most recently hosting afternoons at “Eagle 93.9” KSSZ in Columbia, MO. Other hosts in the lineup include Stephanie Miller, Michael Smerconish, Dave Ramsey, and Mark Levin. For more on the story visit our friends at CNYRadio.com. Original Report 2/20: With rumors swirling about Citadel flipping one of its FM stations in Syracuse, NY to Talk we can confirm...Read More

94.3 The Talker To Launch in Scranton on 3/1

As we first tweeted on 2/1, Bold Gold Media will flip its recently acquired 94.3 WLNP Scranton, PA to News/Talk on March 1 as “94.3 The Talker“. The station’s lineup will feature: 6am to 9am – Imus In The Morning 9am to 12pm – Glenn Beck 12pm to 3pm – Laura Ingraham 3pm to 6pm – Sean Hannity 6pm to 9pm – Mark Levin In the interim, the station has flipped from its former AC “94.3 Lite-FM” format to a simulcast of sister Classic Hits “105 The River” 104.9 WWRR.

Live 100.5 Birmingham To Flip To News/Talk

Citadel Broadcasting has announced that AAA “Live 100.5” WWMM Birmingham, AL will flip to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 1070 WAPI in the next week to 10 days. The station will be the third News/Talker in Birmingham to make the move to FM joining 101.1 WYDE and 105.5 WERC. An amazing groundswell of support for the current AAA format has been built online as over 14,000 people have joined the Facebook Group “Save Live 100.5” in the past 72 hours. Whether or not it is enough to prevent the flip to talk (We doubt it will), it should be enough to get another station in the market to at least consider picking up the “Live” format and staff.

Citadel Joins Gen-X Fray in Baton Rouge

Citadel Broadcasting has flipped AC “Sunny 103.3” WCDV Baton Rouge to 90’s based Classic Hits as “103.3 Baton Rouge’s Gen X Music“.

104.5 KMCQ Seattle Officially Launches

First Broadcasting’s 104.5 KMCQ has spent the past two years moving its license from The Dalles, OR to Seattle. With some help from the frequency swap of KAFE Bellingham, WA and CHHR Vancouver, BC last month, KMCQ was able to complete its quest towards becoming a full-market Seattle signal. Today, KMCQ offically debuted its Classic Hits format as “American Pop Radio” featuring pop hits of the 1960’s and 70’s. Former 97.3 KBSG air personality Mark Christopher has joined the station for an undisclosed air shift.

Cincinnati Sports Swap

Update 2/12: The Sports network flip in Cincinnati will occur on Monday 2/15 as 1530 WCKY becomes “ESPN 1530“, while WSAI becomes “Fox Sports 1360“. Original Entry: Clear Channel appears to be on the verge of shifting the network programming of its two all-sports stations in Cincinnati. Currently, “1530 Homer” WCKY airs a mix of local programming and Fox Sports Radio, while “ESPN 1360” WSAI is a 24/7 simulcast of ESPN Radio. Based on a number of domain registrations made last week, Clear Channel appears to be merging the marketing of the two stations under the “Homer” brand, while moving the ESPN affiliation to the 50kw 1530 signal and Fox Sports to the weaker 5kw 1360 stick. Among the domains registered are CincyHomer.com, Homer2...Read More

Palm Springs Station Shuffle

A pair of station sales triggered by one station’s move to a neighboring market will lead to new formats for 5 stations in the Palm Springs, CA market. Here’s a rundown of what will happen: On February 2, R&R Radio’s Classic Hits 104.7 KDES will move its programming to its newly acquired 98.5 signal that was previously home to Beautiful Music KWXY-FM. R&R purchased the station for $7.5 Million as part of the sale of 104.7. KWXY’s format will shift to 1340, displacing Progressive Talk KPTR. KPTR’s Progressive Talk slides down to the former 1450 KGAM, replacing the Conservative Talk/ESPN Radio format. In an attempt to capitalize on the confustion caused by those shifts RM Broadcasting’s Variety Hits “95.9 Jack-FM” KAJR has flipped to ...Read More

690 CINF & 940 CINW Montreal Sign-Off

Corus Radio has announced it has shuttered French All-News “Info 690” CINF and English Oldies “AM 940” CINW Montreal. Both stations are airing a looped message from management until they sign-off for good at 7:00pm tonight. Corus has stated that neither station was profitable and it was unable to continue to operate both stations in the current economic climate. 10 employees were let go as part of the closure of both stations, the licenses of which will be turned into the CRTC. Instant Insight: Rarely do you see a company completely give up on a station to the point where they will turn in their license, especially for two 50kw stations. Even a station sale for pennies on the dollar would net more profit than just giving up on the stations. But this is the world of ...Read More

97.5 The Blaze Salt Lake City Goes Rock AC

Millcreek Broadcasting flipped Active Rock “97.5 The Blaze” KZZQ Salt Lake City to Rock AC while keeping the “Blaze” moniker. The new format features Rock Hits of the 1980’s through the present. The first hour consisted of: Seether – Truth Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock And Roll Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love Candlebox – Far Behind Seether – Truth Poison – Talk Dirty To Me Nickelback – Rockstar Whitesnake – Here I Go Again No Doubt – Spiderwebs

The Fan Blowing Into Pittsburgh?

Update 1/19: CBS has confirmed that WBZW will become Sports “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM on Monday, February 15 at 5:30am. Sister Hot AC “Star 100.7” WZPT will segue to Adult CHR. B94 morning host Bubba will join Star’s J.R. and Shelley in mornings, while his former co-host Melanie Taylor will host middays at Star. Original Entry 1/14: CBS Radio appears to be adding another city to its network of All-Sports stations. A number of domains have been registered in recent weeks by CBS’ registrar pointing us in that direction. 937TheFan.com, TheFan937.com, and TheFanOfPittsburgh.com were registered on 12/28, followed by 937TheFanPGH.com, TheFanPGH.com, and TheFanOfPGH.com on 1/5. The current occupant of the 93.7 frequency, CHR “B94” WBZW was the first of...Read More

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