Zone Out In Toledo

Update 5/5: Forget about 94.5 or 105.5 flipping to CHR as Cumulus made the move with 100.7 today at 10:07am as “100.7 The Vibe“. The new format is designed to take a few audience shares away from Clear Channel’s “92.5 Kiss-FM” WVKS. Original Report 5/3: Cumulus Alternative “100.7 The Zone” W264AK/WXKR-HD2 Toledo has shifted the format to 94.5 WXKR-HD3 and has begun stunting with what is being described as a wide mix of music and promoting a new format to debut Thursday, May 5. The Zone had previously existed on 106.5 WRWK from 2001 until June 2009 before that station flipped to a simulcast of sister Sports “1470 The Ticket” WLQR before being resuscitated on the HD2/Translator combo in early 2010. Cumulus may not be done in Toledo either...Read More

Spokane’s River Gets Hot

Update 5/4: KEZE made the flip to Rhythmic CHR “Hot 96.9” at 3:05pm today. The previous River format will remain online only. Pendleton Broadcasting’s “104.5 Jamz” KGZG Newport, WA has gone on the offensive against its new competitor, launching Not969.com to attack 96.9’s new format. KEZE will have a stronger signal in Spokane than 104.5, however its main target is Mapleton Broadcasting CHR “105.7 Now” as it flanks sister Adult CHR 92.9 KZZU against the mainstream competitor. The first hour of Hot 96.9 consisted of:

Translator Report 5/4

Welcome to the Translator Report. With all the move-ins and upgrades of translators to bring AM and HD2 formats to the FM dial, the impact of the translator has become more important for broadcasters. We’ll be bringing this report on a regular basis with a rundown of upgrades, sales, and programming changes coming to translators. Liberty University has sold 102.5 W273BU Ashland, VA to Fifth Estate Broadcasting to simulcast News/Talk 1430 WHAN Ashland. W273BU has also been granted a Construction Permit to jump to the translator maximum of 250 watts. World Radio Link has sold 104.3 W282AU Lewes, DE to Delmarva Broadcasting. W282AU has an application pending to upgrade from 18 watts to 145 watts. Following on the launch of its two new translators in Detroit, Radio Power Inc. is inching ...Read More

New SiriusXM Channel Lineup

Update 5/3: One last minute change as EnLighten gains a temporary reprieve from its move to Internet Only status. The channel will remain on the Channel 18 slot reserved for Limited Engagement channels. Original Report 4/25: SiriusXM has revealed its new channel lineup taking effect on Wednesday, May 4. The new lineup consolidates many of the channels on the same number on both systems. Among the changes are the merger of Willie’s Place and The Roadhouse into one channel, the addition of Sirius Hits 1 and 20 on 20 to both services, and the move of Enlighten to Internet Only on the music side. Formerly XM Only The Power gains a spot on the Sirius lineup, the traffic/weather channels are trimmed from 12 to 8, and consolidation of Sirius Left and America Left into SiriusXM Left on the s...Read More

Shine On Louisville

WayMedia has flipped 105.9 WSYI Louisville, KY from a simulcast of its flagship Christian CHR format of sister 93.9 WAYI to Christian AC as “Shine 105.9“. The station is running Salem Communications “Today’s Christian Music” network. Before selling to WayMedia, Salem owned and operated the station as Christian AC “105.9 The River“.

Cima 106.3 Debuts In Miami

Spanish Broadcasting System has shifted Regional Mexican “La Raza 106.3” WRAZ-FM Leisure City, FL to Columbian Cumbia and Vallenato music as “Cima 106.3“. Although the format and programming will be directed to Colombians, we are certain that we will also receive great acceptance from other communities who love this genre of music. Many of the interpreters of these rhythms, are also very popular throughout Latin America. This change reflects our desire to fill a musical void in the Colombian community. – SBS Executive VP/Programming Jesus Salas WRAZ rimshots the Miami market from Leisure City, FL at the north end of the Florida Keys covering Dade County. The previous format did not appear in the most recently monthly ratings. SBS also owns Spanish Oldies ̶...Read More

107.3 WKAZ Charleston, WV About To Rock

Update 4/25: WKAZ made the shift today to Classic Rock as “107.3 K-Rock“. Jeff Adams has joined the station and sister AC “V100” WVAF as PD from Centennial Broadcasting’s cluster in Winchester, VA. Original Report 4/14: West Virginia Radio Corp. is preparing to shift Classic Hits 107.3 WKAZ-FM Charleston, WV to Rock. The domain 1073KRock.com was registered on April 6 and is already pointing to Triton Media’s webservers. A shift to a rock based format will put the station in competition with LM Communications’ “Rock 105” WKLC-FM. Bristol Broadcasting Modern Rock “Z-Rock 94.5” WZJO segued to News/Talk in January 2010.

Rush Radio Comes To Florida

Update 4/25: WPHR made the move to Talk “Rush Radio 94.7” this morning after stunting for a few hours with nothing but music from the band “Rush”. None of the programming is originating in-house. The station’s schedule is: 5am – 9am: The Morning Rush with Jim Edwards and Brian Mudd simulcasted from sister 1290 WJNO West Palm Beach 9am – 12pm: Glenn Beck 12pm – 3pm: Rush Limbaugh 3pm – 6pm: Sean Hannity 6pm – 9pm: Mark Levin 9pm – 12am: Jason Lewis 12am – 5am: Coast to Coast Update 4/22: When we are wrong we’re not going to shy away from it. In running down the possibilities for Rush Radio 94.7 we forgot to mention Aloha Station Trust’s WPHR Gifford, FL. That station, currently Hot AC “Star 94.7”...Read More

Two New Translators Debut In Detroit

Update 4/20: Martz has launched the programming on its two Detroit translators exactly as we reported last month. 94.3 W232CA (The former W230BI) debuts as Modern Rock “94.3 The Bone” with programming originating at 107.5 WGPR-HD3. The new format is promising to be nothing but music without the Canadian content required by “89X” 88.7 CIMX. The station’s website includes a harsh attack on the Canadian content and the fact that the station is owned by the phone company. That being BellMedia, the former CTVglobemedia recently acquired by Bell Canada. The station is also taking potshots at Greater Media’s Rock 101.1 WRIF in sweepers. W284BQ returns Smooth Jazz to Detroit as “104.7 The Oasis” with the programming delivered by Broadcast Architectur...Read More

Next FM News/Talk Market: Billings

Update 4/20: KCHH began simulcasting 970 KBUL on Friday, April 15 billed as “NewsRadio 95“. Original Report 4/5: Townsquare Media is preparing to make Billings, MT the next stop on the ever growing News/Talk to FM movement. “NewsRadio 970” KBUL Billings will be adding one or both from the tandem of 90’s Hits “Channel 95” 95.5 KCHH Worden, MT and translator 95.1 K236AB Billings as they have registered NewsRadio955.com and NewsRadio95.com. KCHH has a construction permit to move 20 miles west to Billings proper making the need for the translator simulcast moot. Just like the recent shift of WBEN Buffalo, KBUL will not be able to duplicate its calls on FM due to KBUL Reno, NV.

Rick Dees Returns To Los Angeles

Rick Dees will make his return to morning radio in Los Angeles on Monday, May 4. Dees joins Clear Channel Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 92.3” KHHT replacing Victor Zaragosa who was let go earlier this week.