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Double The Winks In Central Pennsylvania

Update 9/8: WARM-FM relaunched as “Wink 103” at midnight tonight. The new Wink 103’s music is nearly identical to its sister up the road in Harrisburg. The two stations will both air WNNK’s “Denny, Sue & Matt” morning show and the syndicated Billy Bush at night, but separate lineups the rest of the day. Former WARM-FM morning host Traci Taylor slides to middays, while midday host Bobby D takes afternoons. Original Report 9/7: Cumulus is giving its heritage “Wink” brand in Harrisburg, PA a second home in Central Pennsylvania. AC “Warm 103.3” WARM-FM York, PA will shift to Adult CHR as “Wink 103” duplicating the name and format of sister “Wink 104” WNNK Harrisburg. A jingle package for Wink 103 was regis...Read More

WEEI Boston To Move To FM

Update 7:00pm: As we were compiling our report based on the call sign applications, The Boston Globe goes one step further verifying that WEEI will begin simulcasting on 93.7 this Monday, September 12 displacing “Mike-FM“. Original Report 6:55pm: Entercom Sports 850 WEEI Boston will make its move to the FM band in Boston proper. The station has scheduled a “Special Announcement” for the 8:00am hour on Thursday morning. At that time all signs point to the station announcing its move to the FM band. Entercom has begun the process by applying for some call sign changes for a pair of its owned affiliate stations. 103.7 WEEI-FM Westerly, RI has applied to take the WVEI-FM calls from 105.5 in Springfield, MA. That station has concurrently applied to become WWEI. These mov...Read More

Anchorage Buzzing No More

Ohana Media Group Hot AC “Buzz 102.1” KDBZ Anchorage, AK will flip to AAA at midnight tonight. The new “102.1 The Peak” is being billed as “Alaska’s Timeless Variety” and is listing Van Morrison, Al Green, Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall and Paul Simon as older core artists it will be mixing with current artists John Mayer, Adele, Ray LaMontange, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. Ohana Media Group also operates Variety Hits “92.1 Bob-FM” KBBO, Rhythmic CHR 92.9 KFAT, and Country “96.3 The Wolf” KXLW in Anchorage.

WPBI West Palm Beach To Split Into Two Stations

American Public Media’s 90.7 WPBI West Palm Beach, FL will split its programming onto two frequencies on September 14. The former WXEL will go all Classical just like new sister 89.7 WKCP Miami, while 101.9 W270AD will shift from a simulcast of WKCP to a new NPR News/Talk format fed by WPBI-HD2. W270AD recently upgraded from 19 watts to 250 watts from downtown West Palm Beach. American Public Media closed on the purchase of 90.7 from Barry University in late May.

The Beat Dropping Into Montreal On September 6

Update 8/6: CFQR relaunched as Rhythmic AC “9-2-5 The Beat” today positioned as “The Beat of Montreal” and “Montreal’s Variety Station”. The station’s new lineup consists of Cat Spencer and Sarah Bartok hosting “The Beat Breakfast” from 5:30am to 9am, Donna Saker from 9am to 4pm, AJ Reynolds in afternoons from 4 to 8pm, and Paul Hayes at night. The first hour of 9-2-5 The Beat consisted of: Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Starting Something Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are Pink – Perfect Black Eyed Peas – Just Can’t Get Enough Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved Adele – Rolling In The Deep Max-A-Million – Sexual Healing Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat Prince & The...Read More

93.3 Stunting In Columbus

Update 9/6: 93.3 WLZT ended its stunting at 9am today and as expected shifted to Classic Hits “Oldies 93.3“. Original Report 9/2: Clear Channel AC “Soft Rock 93.3” WLZT Ashville/Columbus, OH is stunting with a Top 500 countdown with a new format scheduled to debut following the Labor Day holiday. Clear Channel registered Oldies933FM.com, which fits the theme of the countdown. Columbus already has three other stations running Classic Hits, however none are as close to the center of the market as 93.3 is. The stations are Saga’s “Rewind 103.5/104.3” WNND Pickerington and WNNP Richwood rimshotting Columbus from the east and northwest respectively, NABCO’s “Classic Hits 103.9” WTDA coming in from the north, and recent move-in “K...Read More

2011 Labor Day Weekend Format Change Rundown

This week has been one of the busiest for programming changes nationwide. This will serve as a quick listing of all format changes we have logged on the site or on Twitter this week. Changes That Have Been Made 9/7 – Hot AC “Buzz 102.1” KDBZ Anchorage, AK became AAA “102.1 The Peak”. 9/6 – “92.5 The Q” CFQR Montreal revamped as “The Beat” at 4pm. 9/6 – 93.3 WLZT Columbus, OH has become “Oldies 93.3”. 9/6 – 730 CKAC Montreal shifted from French Sports to Traffic at 4:30am. 9/5 – Spanish AC “Juan 106.3” KQTA Boise transitioned to Spanish CHR “Latino 106.3”. 9/5 – Sports “Score 690” KFXN Minneapolis shifted to Hmong language programming. The Sports format remains...Read More

Bob Moves In Reno; 97.3 Getting Swag

Update 9/3: 97.3 KSGG launched its new format as Urban “Swag 97.3” at 1:00 this afternoon. Original Report 8/30: Americom Broadcasting has moved Variety Hits “Bob 97.3” KZTQ Reno, NV to 93.7 replacing CHR “Z93.7” KWNZ. The 97.3 signal will return to Rhythmic CHR to the stronger signal as “Swag 97.3” in the coming days. 97.3 was CHR and then Rhythmic from 1985 to 2004 under the now dropped KWNZ calls. Swag will mostly compete directly with Citadel’s “Wild 102.9” KWYL. 97.3 is a Class C with 87 kW at 2113 feet, while 93.7 is a a Class A operating with 3.6 kW at 423 feet. The call signs have already shifted as 93.7 acquired the KZTQ calls today while 97.3 assumed KSGG.

Clear Channel Getting Bullish In Dallas

The Dallas/Fort Worth Country war will soon see another entrant as Clear Channel looks ready to flip Rock “97.1 The Eagle” KEGL to Country. 971TheBull.com was registered by Clear Channel on September 1 and is already redirecting to KEGL’s website. A shift to Country for the struggling Rocker could be a preemptive strike against Cumulus. Once the merger with Citadel closes, Cumulus will own both Country outlets in the market: “99.5 The Wolf” KPLX and “New Country 96.3” KSCS. With The Bull in place, Cumulus may reconsider replacing one of the Country stations with a format that could compete with one of Clear Channel’s other stations in the market. In addition to 97.1 KEGL, Clear Channel also owns CHR “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS, Hot AC &#...Read More

The Buzz Sacramento Revamps

Entercom has shifted GenX Hits “106.5 The Buzz” to Rhythmic AC positioned as “Feel Good Music”. Orphan Andrew moves over from sister CHR “107.9 The End” to anchor mornings. Christopher K. takes middays from 10am to 2pm and Monica Lowe, formerly of 100.5 The Zone follows in afternoons from 2 to 6pm. The first hour of the new Buzz 106.5 consisted of: Rhianna – Don’t Stop The Music Rick James – Superfreak Katy Perry – Teenage Dream Ce Ce Peniston – Finally Taio Cruz – Dynamite Donna Summer – Last Dance Human League – Don’t You Want Me Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing (cut off a minute into the song) Bruno Mars – Grenade Jade – Don’t Walk Away Nelly Furtado – Say It Right Pri...Read More

WTMP Enters La Bahia

Davidson Media has assumed control of Urban AC 1150 WTMP/96.1 WTMP-FM Tampa and shifted the station to Spanish Tropical “La Bahia“. Davidson is acquiring the stations from Scott Savage, the receiver for the bankrupt Tama Communications. Out with the change are the syndicated Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden shows. WTMP had been targeting Tampa’s black community for the past 57 years. TampaBay.com reports a local group is attempting to acquire or lease WTMP or another station in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market to target the audience.

610 WIP To Move to 94.1 Replacing WYSP

Update 9/2: WYSP signed off today at 3:00pm ending almost 40 years of Rock (with a few shifts to Talk along the way). The launch of Sports “94 WIP-FM” concurrently was moved up from September 6 to today in order to allow Howard Eskin, who is leaving his afternoon show today after 25 years to have the first show on WIP-FM. We have to give kudos to CBS for giving the station the ability to put together what amounted to a two week on-air funeral for WYSP with the current and former staff giving their goodbyes. Howard Stern called in earlier today for a half-hour interview which shows a much different side to his on-air persona. Very much a must listen even if you’re not a Stern fan. WYSP’s music will continue to be heard on 94.1-HD3. The WYSP calls have quickly been cl...Read More