Update 7/12: While logic to us pointed to the Gulf Coast, Clear Channel went a different route. The “98.9 Radio Now” moniker and domains were used to rebrand the former “98.9 Kiss-FM” WZKF in Louisville, KY. Original Post 7/3: Clear Channel appears poised to bring CHR and the “Radio Now” moniker to Florida’s Gulf Coast. 989RadioNow.com and RadioNow989.com were registered by the company earlier this week. A rundown of Clear Channel markets where it owns stations on 98.9 eliminates any other possibility. In Anchorage, Fresno, Louisville, Philadelphia, Salisbury, and Youngstown, Clear Channel already owns a CHR in the market. While in Spokane the “Now” moniker is already in use. This leaves Adult CHR “Beach 98.9” WBCG Charlotte...Read More
Earlier this week Univision flipped three of its stations to new formats, dropping its “Recuerdo” Mexican Oldies format from a pair of markets. In Dallas/Fort Worth, 99.1 KFZO Denton and 107.1 KDXX Benbrook, which both cover the Western half of the Metroplex segue to “La Jefa“, a younger skweing Region Mexican format. Meanwhile in Las Vegas, 99.3 KRGT returns to Spanish CHR “La Kalle“, a format it had prior to “Recuerdo”.
Update 7/3: The flip took place as announced following an audio simulcast of the annual fireworks display on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk. Listen to the sign-on at FormatChange.com. Update 7/1: Wild 102.7 will launch on Friday, July 2 at 9:55pm with new WWAC calls in place. Original Report 6/30/2010 7:25pm: The upcoming Fourth of July Weekend appears to be fairly active on the format change front. Our first confirmed flip will be in Atlantic City, where Modern Rock 102.7 WJSE will flip to Rhythmic CHR “Wild 102.7“. Wild1027.com was registered in Mid-May around the same time that this Twitter feed appeared. This week the domain was transferred to the name servers of owner Atlantic Broadcasting awaiting action. WJSE recently upgraded from 3300 watts at 295 feet above sea level...Read More
Update 7/12: Citadel appears to be on the verge of launching “Rock 92.3” to fill the void left by the demise of KYRK. Original Entry 7/1: Clear Channel has flipped “The Rock Of New Orleans” 104.1 KYRK to 80s based Classic Rock “104-1 The Brew” at 3pm local time today leaving New Orleans without a current based Rock outlet. KYRK had acquired the Rock format when sister 99.5 WRNO flipped to News/Talk in 2006. KYRK rimshots New Orleans, but covers much of Southern Louisiana including Baton Rouge. After bidding the old format adieu with Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life” and REM’s “End Of The World As We Know It”, the first hour of 104.1 The Brew consisted of: AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long U2 –...Read More
Update 6/30/10: “CD101” will begin simulcasting on 102.5 tonight at midnight as it begins its move to its new permanent home. WOSU Public Media, the broadcasting arm of The Ohio State University, has acquired the 101.1 signal from Fun With Radio, LLC for $4.8 Million. Following the closing of the sale in September or October, 101.1 will flip to non-commercial Classical while 89.7 WOSU-FM will flip to all NPR News/Talk in a simulcast with 820 WOSU. 102.5 will gain the WWCD calls and all of CD101’s intellectual property, including its status as flagship for Columbus Blue Jackets hockey. The station will at least initially be branded as “CD101 at 102.5“. More info at the Columbus Dispatch. Original Post 6/26/10: A move of Columbus, OH’s Alternative “C...Read More
Update 6/25/10: The changes took place as expected at midnight. Listen to KPEL move to 96.5 and KFTE move to 105.1 at FormatChange.com. Update 6/22/10: The frequency swap we reported a month ago will take place on Friday, June 25. Modern Rock KFTE will become “105.1 The Planet”, while News/Talk KPEL moves to 96.5. Original Report 5/22/10: It’s not quite Austin, TX but a number of change have or will be taking place in Lafayette, LA this month: Pitman Broadcasting’s Hot AC “106.3 The Monkey” KYMK flipped to a simulcast of Urban AC “Z105.9” KFXZ-FM while Pitman’s Talk 1520 KFXZ flipped to Gospel. Delta Media signed on 103.7 KLWB as Classic Hits “Snap 103.7“. Townsquare Media (formerly Regent Broadcasting) will soon swap the fr...Read More
Univision Spanish CHR “La Kalle 98.3” WRTO-FM Miami will become “Mix 98.3” WURM tomorrow at 6am. Mix983.com was registered anonymously in May and is already pointing to “La Kalle’s” website. The WURM calls were applied for by Univision on June 15. Facebook and Twitter accounts for the new station are already active. WRTO has been running commercial-free and jockless for the past few weeks in preparation of tomorrow’s flip.
Update 6/23/10: Sometimes it takes a little while for our NetGnome reports to come to pass. Today Astral announced that “Vibe 98.5” will relaunch as “98.5 Virgin Radio” on Wednesday, June 30 at 12pm. Our friends at Airchecker have audio of the announcement this morning. Original Report: 4/27/10: Following up on a report from our friends @airchecker, it appears as though Astral Media will be adding a fifth market to its group of “Virgin Radio” branded stations in Canada. On April 1, Astral registered Virgin985.com, VirginRadio985.com, and VirginCalgary.com for use on CHR “Vibe 98.5” CIBK. A flip to the Virgin branding would not necessitate a format change, as the Canadian Virgin stations run the gamut of formats. There’s Rock in Ottawa, ...Read More
Original Entry 6/22 4:05pm: CBS Radio has relaunched Hot AC “100.5 The Zone” KZZO Sacramento as Adult CHR “Now 100.5” playing “Today’s Best Hits Without The Rap” at noon today. The pop music spectrum in Sacramento is pretty crowded between CBS sister Rhythmic 102.5 KSFM and AC “Mix 96” KYMX, Entercom’s CHR “107.9 The End” KDND and 90’s “106.5 The Buzz” KBZC, Clear Channel Hot AC “My 92.5” KGBY and Entravision’s Rhythmic CHR “Hot 103.5” KBMB. The first hour consisted of: Daughtry – What About Now Nickelback – This Afternoon Lady Gaga – Bad Romance The Script – Breakeven Train – Calling All Angels Pink – Who Knew Bon Jovi – Who Says...Read More
Update 2:05pm: KBEZ flipped at 12pm to Variety Hits “92.9 Bob FM“. The final song as KBEZ was Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”. Bob’s first hour consisted of: Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad To The Bone Prince & The Revolution – Kiss Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me Sister Hazel – All For You Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall The Commodores – Brick House Daughtry – Home The Steve Miller Band – Rock ‘N Me The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason The Eagles – Hotel California Original Report 11:37am: A format change appears imminent at...Read More
Rockford and Champaign, IL will both be gaining new Urban stations in the near future. In Rockford, Crawford Broadcasting will flip “Soul 106.3” WYRB from a simulcast of sister WSRB Chicago to a locally originated Urban format as “Power 106.3” at noon on Wednesday. WYRB will continue to air Tom Joyner in the mornings. Down in Champaign-Urbana, SJ Broadcasting will soon be flipping Classic Alternative “93.5 The Source” WEBX. SJ Broadcasting recently announced the purchase of WEBX and its sister stations from RadioStar, Inc. SJ has registered 935Beat.com.
Update 6/7: As we first reported on May 23, WILV has rebranded as “Rewind 100.3“. The format stays the same as 80s based Classic Hits with a sprinkling of 70’s and 90’s. Original Report 5/23: Bonneville appears poised to bring the “Rewind” moniker it birthed in Cincinnati to its unnamed sister in Chicago. Like its sibling in Cincinnati”Chicago’s 100.3” WILV features a Gold Based AC format billed as “Feel Good Favorites”. The past two weekends have featured “Rewind Weekends” featuring mainly 70s and 80s hits. Suspiciously, Rewind1003.com and ChicagosRewind1003.com were registered earlier this month. The Rewind branding has taken off this month as Clear Channel relaunched its Classic Hits stations in St. Louis and ...Read More