Another Smooth Jazz outlet is gone as Lincoln Financial Media moved Sports “950 The Fan” KKFN Denver to the 104.3 signal that had been home to KJCD at 1pm. KKFN will simulcast on 950 and 104.3 until the end of March, when a new format will debut on 950. The Smooth Jazz format will continue on 98.5 KYGO-HD2 and SmoothJazzDenver.com.
Since Citadel’s massive layoffs of personnel in Atlanta and other markets on Friday, the rumor mill has been working overtime over the fate of “Eagle 106.7” WYAY Atlanta. The following domains were registered over the past couple days fueling speculation elsewhere: trueoldies1067.com – This domain was registered on Friday, or so people thought. Network Solutions, the registrar with which this domain was researched, puts a hold on any domain that is looked up using their domain name search so that the person looking it up has to purchase it through them if they want it immediately. If it’s not purchased after a set amount of days it goes back into the available pool. This practice has been frowned upon by the rest of the domain name industry and is supposed to ...Read More
At 3pm Mountain time, NewCap Broadcasting’s Smooth Jazz “California 103” CIQX Calgary will change formats to Classic Hits as “XL103“. In accordance with Canada’s more strict licensing regulations, Newcap needed the CRTC to remove the clause in the station’s license requiring a specialty format in order to change the format. Newcap also owns Alternative CFUL “Fuel 90.3” in Calgary. Listen to the change at the Format Change Archive.
Update 3/3: At 10:00am, WDOD made the change from AAA/Modern Rock to CHR, while keeping the “96.5 The Mountain” name following a short swerve as Country. Listen to the change at the Format Change Archive. Original Post 2/29: With speculation running rampant regarding a flip to CHR, Bahakel Broadcasting’s AAA/Modern Rock “96.5 The Mountain” WDOD-FM Chattanooga is promoting a major announcement Monday, March 3 at 10:00am. Additionally, the station has begun adding in some non-format songs such as Amy Grant “Baby Baby”, Billy Joel “River of Dreams”, and Cher “It’s In Her Kiss” as well as blocks by core artists like REM, U2, and Pearl Jam into the normal mix.
At 3pm, Citadel Smooth Jazz 105.9 WJZW dropped the format for Oldies as “True Oldies 105.9“. The first three songs were Aretha Franklin “Respect”, Doobie Brothers “Listen To The Music”, and Manfred Mann “Do Wah Diddy”. DCRTV expects current WJZW PD Steve Allan to stay on-board as PD for the new format, however the rest of the current airstaff is out. Allan was formerly PD of Clear Channel’s Oldies 100.3 WBIG and AC 97.1 WASH.
It seems every week we’re writing about major layoffs at one of the big radio companies. This time it’s Citadel’s turn on the heels of a $848 Million loss in the fourth quarter of 2007. So far we’ve heard from DCRTV of 630 WMAL dropping late-morning host Chris Core and Operations/News Director John Matthews as well as the entire airstaff of 105.9 WJZW. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution brings us news that 12 of the 15 on-air personalities at Country combo “Kicks 101.5” WKHX and “Eagle 106.7” WYAY have been let go. The AJC expects a format flip at 106.7 within the next couple weeks. Additionally, WABC New York mid-morning host John Gambling and newsman George Weber are out, temporarily ending 83 years of the Gambling family on the air in New Yo...Read More
Following his departure from crosstown 96.5 WCMF earlier this month, Rochester morning fixture Brother Wease has come to terms with Clear Channel to join Classic Rocker “95.1 The Fox” WFXF. Wease’s debut date is still not known as he must wait out the end of the non-compete clause in his old contract. In the interim, Wease will work in the sales department for the station while building a new team for his show.
On Monday, March 3, Lotus Broadcasting will shift around the programming of its 3 Las Vegas AM outlets. The flagship of the group, “ESPN 920” KBAD will move to the 20kw day/2kw night signal of new sign-on 1100 KWWN. “Fox Sports 1460” KENO will then shift over to the 5kw day/500 watts night signal on 920. 1460’s 620 watt signal will pick up the Spanish language ESPN Deportes Radio.
Since the launch of the news/talk format on 99.5 WRNO in November 2006, it has been known by the unwieldy name “The New 99.5FM.com“. But a nationally known personality could soon see himself as the primary brand of the station. Rush Limbaugh currently airs on Entercom’s 870/105.3 WWL, however the personality syndicated by Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks seems to be on his way across town as Clear Channel has registered the following domains: rush995.com, rush995fm.com, rushradio995.com, and 995rushradio.com.
Over the past few weeks we’ve monitored Clear Channel prepare frequency shifts in many markets that will see stations spun-off. Now we add Little Rock to that list as The Arkansas Business Journal reports on Clear Channel’s plans to move the Classic Country format of “The Wolf” 106.7 KHKN to 105.1 KMJX, current Classic Rock “Magic 105.1“. 106.7, which is on the spinoff list, will become Variety Hits as “106.7 Tom-FM”, named after Tom Wood, a 27 year veteran of the market who will move from 105.1 to the new station. 105.1 has begun stunting with all Beatles in preparation of the flip to occur on March 3.
Two weeks after flipping AC “Sassy 107” to CHR “One-FM”, the Denver Radio Company is at it again. This time Modern Standards 101.5 KTNI “Martini on the Rockies” has shifted to a current based Adult Alternative as “Martini 101.5”. Although we think this may be the first “Alternative” tagged station to be playing Miley Cyrus.
We’re not exactly sure when this occurred since nobody else has reported on this. But sometime between New Years and now, Memphis rimshot “Flash 95.3” WVIM dropped Oldies for Country as “95.3 The Rebel“. WVIM is a Class A licensed to Coldwater, MS, about 21 miles south of Memphis.