Update 1/10: “Hippie Radio 106.9” will make its debut tomorrow, 1/11/11 on 106.9 W295BI (the former 93.3 W227AK) and 95.3 WPLZ-HD2. Since the discovery of the domain, Citadel gave Hippie Radio a direct format competitor when it flipped Country “107.9 The Duke” WOGT to Classic Hits “107.9 Big FM” in November. Original Report 10/21/10: Brewer Media of Chattanooga, TN will soon be joining the ranks of launching new radio stations in a market via HD2 and translator. The currently silent 93.3 W227AK’s construction permit to move to 106.9 with 250 watts at 299 feet will give the signal coverage of much of Chattanooga proper. The Chattanooga Media Blog reported in August that the translator will simulcast the HD2 signal of “News/Talk 95.3” WPL...Read More
Two stations in Louisiana are poised to debut new formats in the near future. Talk “Fox 92.7” KBYO Monroe, LA will flip to “Fun Radio 92.7” on Tuesday, January 18. The station’s Facebook page describes the new format as “Lots O’ Music. Played by guys that like cows. Managed by a GM that is still wanted in South Dakota. Owned by a really hot chick.” While KBYO is ditching Talk, Opus Broadcasting’s Modern Rock “Red 104.3” KEZP Alexandria will be heading in that direction. Opus registered TheTruth1043.com last week.
Cox Media CHR 106.1 WBLI Patchouge, NY will unveil its new morning show on Monday morning. Incumbent co-host Dana DiDonato will be joined by newcomer Jeffrey Jameson. Jameson counts on his resume gigs as a model, stylist, and actor with roles on Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, and Ugly Betty. He replaces “Big Gay Randy” Spears whose contract was not renewed.
Update 1/3: WNWV debuted its revamped Smooth AC format a little earlier than announced around 8:30pm this evening. In addition to the previously announced airstaff, local market veteran Dan Deely will host mornings and sister Country 94.9 WQMX Akron middayer Lynn Kelly will voicetrack nights. Update 12/19: WNWV began stunting with Smooth Jazz Christmas music at 12am this morning. WKYC-TV’s Frank Macek tweets that former Wave afternoon host Mark Ribbins will handle middays on the relaunched version of the station, Bobby Thomas (formerly of 102.1 WDOK) in afternoons, and someone from WKYC-TV in mornings. Update 12/16: Rubber City has closed on its purchase of WNWV and has begun the process of restoring “107.3 The Wave“. The station’s new website at 1073TheWave.net is ...Read More
With our Net Gnomes discovering at least twenty stations changing formats during the holidays, we figured we’d make it easier for you to find a complete rundown of all programming changes to take place between December 25 and January 3. 1/3 – Astral’s “101.5 Silk-FM” CILK Kelowna, BC rebranded on January 1 as “101.5 EZ Rock“. 1/3 – 102.1 KCKC Kansas City ended its extended Christmas music stunting at 12pm today to become Gold oriented AAA “Alice 102” 1/3 – Spanish Christian “Radio Cantico Nuevo” shifts its programming in New York City from 1430 WNSW Newark, NJ to 740 WNYH Huntington, Long Island. WNSW shifts to Russian programming produced by the Russian government’s “Voice of Russia”. 1/3 ̵...Read More
Update 1/3: KCKC dropped its extended Christmas music programming and debuted “Alice 102” at noon today. The format is best described as a Gold based AAA or Classic Alternative with a strong 80’s lean. Wilks describes the station as “concentrating on modern hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s including Dave Matthews, U2, REM, Van Morrison, INXS, David Bowie, The Police, Eric Clapton, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Coldplay, The Cranberries, and Bob Marley.” The first hour of Alice 102 consisted of: R.E.M. – The One I Love Modern English – I Melt With You Dave Matthews Band – What Would You Say The Police – Roxanne Coldplay – Clocks Jack Johnson – Better Together Talking He...Read More
Update 1/3: The very broad music stunt on WMVX gave way to Variety Hits “106.5 The Lake” at 7:30 this morning. The first hour consisted of: Ian Hunter – Cleveland Rocks Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City Citizen King – Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out) Genesis – That’s All Alanis Morissette – You Learn Talking Heads – And She Was The Steve Miller Band – Rock ‘N Me Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina Daughtry – Home Bryan Adams – Somebody Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again Pink – Just Like A Pill Ohio Media Watch gives a detailed account of the changes. Original Report 12/...Read More
Update 1/3: The flip to “105.7 Crush-FM” brings along with it a “90’s & More” branded presentation. Northeast Radio Watch reports the station has new WQSH calls in place as well. Update 12/29: Townsquare confirms that WBZZ will become “105.7 Crush-FM” at midnight on Monday, January 3. The station’s Facebook page lists Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Usher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Dr. Dre among the core artists for the station. Original Report 12/24: When Townsquare Media AC “Buzz 105.7” WBZZ Albany, NY dropped its moniker for “Santa 105.7” in early November all expectations were that a new format would soon follow. 1057Crush.com, 1057CrushFM.com, and Crush1057.com have been registered by Townsquare Media th...Read More
Update 1/2: The change is complete. 106.9 dropped the “Power” Urban AC format at 7:00 this evening for a simulcast of 570 WSYR. The station is now branding itself as “FM Newsradio 106.9 WSYR“. Power continues on 620 WHEN. Update 12/22: The first move towards moving WSYR to FM has taken place as “Sports Radio 620” WHEN has begun simulcasting the Urban AC format of WPHR as “Power 620“. This move frees 106.9 for the News/Talk format reported below. Original Report 12/18: Clear Channel is on the verge of moving another AM News/Talk station to the FM dial. A number of domains registrations point to 570 WSYR Syracuse, NY taking the slot currently occupied by Urban AC “Power 106.9” WPHR. The domains are 106WSYR.com, 1069WSYR.com, NewsRad...Read More
Update 1/2: WPLZ debuted its new identity as “Cat Country 95.3” at midnight. Original Report 12/17: Brewer Media News/Talk 95.3 WPLZ Chattanooga has dismissed its on-air and programming staff and will flip to a new format in January. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Program Director Gary Poole, News Director Louis Lee, and talk hosts Robert Nash and David Karnes are among the employees being dismissed with the format change. Owner Jim Brewer II blamed the changes on “Being a small, single market cluster it’s exceedingly difficult to compete against national broadcasting companies who have so much syndicated programming and infrastructure.” In the Summer book, WPLZ garnered a mere 1.2 share with a local heavy daytime lineup. Outside of the syndicat...Read More
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made 2010 such a great year for us at RadioInsight.com. We’ve broken many of our previous traffic records, continue to see an increase in our Twitter followers, and have had more fun reporting on the industry than we did in a long time. We’ve seen many stations come and go this year, but the biggest trend for much of 2010 was the shift of spoken word Talk and Sports formats from AM to FM. We’ve seen some unique stations like Live 100.5 Birmingham go and a slow death march for Smooth Jazz nationwide. But if 2010 cab bring a new Easy Listening station to a major market, I’d say that radio is still finding ways to develop new and compelling programming. We’re putting the finishing pieces on evolving our ...Read More
Update 12/31: Add another market. Salem has announced it will begin a Time Brokerage Agreement with an option to buy 1160 KVCE Dallas and flip that station to Business Talk. Update 12/30: The expansion of Salem’s Business Talkers adds its first new outlet on January 1 as 105.5 KSAC Sacramento, CA becomes “Money 105.5“. The station had been Spanish Christian “Radio Luz” until today. Salem has also added another potential market for Business Talk with the domain registration of KGUMoneyRadio.com. Salem flipped “99.5 The Jewel” KHUI Honolulu to a simulcast of Christian Preaching 760 KGU earlier this week, freeing the AM frequency for Business. Update 10/17: Salem has added a number of city specific domains which help pinpoint what stations will be par...Read More