As we wait to see when Clear Channel drops the format in Albuquerque, Smooth Jazz disappears from the dial in Dayton, Ohio. At 5:00pm, 106.5 WDSJ became Country “106.5 The Bull“. The Smooth Jazz programming shifts to the HD2 stream of sister 99.1 WLQT as well as a four hour Sunday morning block on WLQT.
Update 5/2/09: KABQ wasn’t the only station that flipped in Albuquerque. While 104.7 became “Classic Country 104.7” at midnight, Urban AC “Hot 95.1” KSYU flipped to Rhythmic AC as “The New 95.1”. A new domain registration 951ABQ.com hints at the KABQ calls eventually moving from 104.7 to 95.1. The music log on 95.1 is identical to that of sisters WMIA-FM Miami and WZJZ Fort Myers, FL. Expect to see more of this nationwide as part of Clear Channel’s “Premium Choice” initiative. Update 5/1/09 11:00pm EDT: Another sign a flip is imminent: SmoothJazz1047.com now features a logo for the new “Classic Country 104.7”, yet the Smooth Jazz format continues for now. Original Entry 1:00am: The following logo appeared on the Clear ...Read More
Brewer Media Group has flipped “95.3 Jack-FM” WHJK Chattanooga, TN to News/Talk as “Pulse News” as WPLZ, merging the station’s branding with the weekly newspaper it runs in the city. Additionally, sister CHR WALV “Alive 105” will flip to Sports as “ESPN Chattanooga” when it moves from 104.9 to 105.1 and moves its transmitter into Chattanooga proper in mid-June. Chattarati.com features an interview with Owner Jim Brewer about the new stations.
When Clear Channel acquired Classic Hits “K-Hits 106.7” KLTH Portland from CBS last month it opened up a question of what it would do with its own “Kool 105.9” KQOL. The answer seems to be coming from Milwaukee as 1059TheBrew.com is currently pointing to KQOL’s website. The “Brew” branding is currently used on 80’s heavy Classic Rockers in Milwaukee, Columbus, and Omaha.
Update 5/1/09: KJZN did flip to Talk as “105.5 The Truth” on Friday, May 1. The all-syndicated lineup features Mancow, Laura Ingraham, Jerry Doyle, Michael Savage, Rusty Humphries, Curtis Sliwa, and Phil Hendrie. However, Wilks did not get all its plans in place quick enough as primary competitor Peak Broadcasting registered 1055TheTruth.com and TheTruth1055.com and have them pointing to the site of 580/105.9 KMJ. Wilks Broadcasting Smooth Jazz 105.5 KJZN Fresno has begun stunting with Christmas Music in preparation of a format change on Friday, May 1. The stunting is interspersed with promos promising “The Truth coming on Friday”. Will KJZN be competing with the new 105.9 KMJ-FM for the talk audience?
Update 4/28/09: And Clear Channel is at it again. Another 590 employees have been let go from the company, following the 1800+ let go in January. Among the names let go are: KHHT “Hot 92.3” Los Angeles middayer Al B. Sure WKSC “103.5 Kiss-FM” Chicago APD/MD Smash WMVX “Mix 106.5” Cleveland morning hosts Brian & Joe 107.1 WERZ Exeter, NH PD Glenn Turner and Morning Hosts Ralphie Marino and Suzanne Lewis WDTW “106.7 The Fox” Detroit morning show Chad Mitchell and Erica “CJ” Delong All-Access and R&R have growing lists of all the dismissed employees. More local news for the following markets available here: Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Orlando, R...Read More
Update 4/27/09: As expected KDBN debuted The Regular Guys and segued to AAA as “Quality Rock 93.3“. The station’s first hour consisted of: R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? O.A.R. – Shattered (Turn The Car Around) Death Cab For Cutie – Soul Meets Body David Bowie – Suffragette City Eric Hutchinson – Rock & Roll Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars Coldplay – Viva La Vida The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Breaking The Girl Train – Drops Of Jupiter Counting Crows – Hanging Around Cumulus Media’s Classic Rock “93.3 The Bone” KDBN Dallas/Fort Worth is stunting this weekend with all Dave Matthews Band music. The station will relaunch on Monday as AAA “FM 9...Read More
Update 4/27/09: WXMM did become CHR “Hot 100.5” at 7:00am under OM John Shomby and PD Paul McCoy. The station has new WVHT calls pending.
Update 4/23/09: WARM returned to air today after all. Citadel Broadcasting has stayed silent all-along regarding the fate of the station. Citadel Broadcasting’s 590 WARM Scranton has gone dark. The station, which has been off the air for the past week, stated that it is too costly to repair the damaged transmitter. WARM was Northeast Pennsylvania’s premier Top 40 station throughout the 60’s and 70’s before giving way to a News/Talk format. In recent years WARM aired ABC’s True Oldies Network. More available at Dave Yonki’s WARM Memories Blog. Following is the lead story on WNEP-TV regarding the demise of WARM.
Sort Of. CBS Radio has launched the “Amp Radio” CHR brand in Orlando on the HD2 of Hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1“. While the AMPRadio1051.com domain we first told you about in February is dormant, the station has an online presence here. WOMX-HD2 previously featured an All-80’s format “Totally Retro”.
Cumulus Media has announced that Modern Rock stalwart “99X” will return to the Atlanta airwaves on Friday, April 17 at 9:09am via the 97.9 translator that Cumulus recently acquired. W250BC Riverdale, GA will duplicate the 99X programming that has continued to air on 99.7-HD2 since WNNX gave way to CHR Q100 in January 2008. The 250 watt translator covers much of Atlanta proper.
Update 6/15/09: Exitos 93.9 has changed its call letters to KXOS. Original Entry 4/15/09: The Net Gnomes had it right again! As we first reported on April 4, Grupo Radio Centro’s new entry into Los Angeles is indeed “Exitos 9-39”. The new station debuted at midnight PDT as a Spanish AC. The domain exitos939.com that we reported on two weeks ago is currently parked with no content, however Univision has registered 939exitos.com with information about competitor 107.5 KLVE.