830 KLAA Orange, CA is in the process of dropping its mix of syndicated talk and brokered programming to become the Los Angeles market’s third all-sports radio station. Dave Smith and Roger Lodge will host mornings from 6 to 9am, while Tony Bruno will host a new syndicated program from 9am to noon. The station, owned by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has become the flagship station for the team after a five year run on 710 KSPN as well as Anaheim Ducks hockey.
On Friday, March 28, at 3pm, “Big Earl 96.3” CKRA Edmonton dropped Country for Classic Hits as “96.3 Capital-FM“.
Here’s a quick rundown of the format flips to take place last week while we were away: 97.1 WRQQ Nashville segues from Classic Hits “97.1 The Tower” to Classic Rock as “97.1 RQQ“. Jacksonville Smooth Jazz combo 105.3 WSJF and 105.5 WJSJ flips to Rhythmic AC as “Coast 105.3/105.5”. The Smooth Jazz format continues online at smoothjazz1053.com. Vox Communications Classic Hits WBOP “Magic 95.5” Staunton, VA shifts to Country as “Rebel 95.5” paired with sister Classic Country 96.9 WSIG. 107.5 KHYT Tucson makes the opposite shift as “Rock 107.5” brings back its heritage “K-Hit 107.5” branding with its shift to Classic Hits. KKSJ Lafayette, LA drops Smooth Jazz for Hot AC as KYMK “106.3 The MonkeyR...Read More
Steel City Media AC “Lite Rock 92.9” WLTJ Pittsburgh relaunched on Easter Sunday as “Q92.9“.
Will Portland see an All-Sports FM? Rose City Radio could soon be shifting Rhythmic CHR “Jammin 95.5” KXJM in that direction. Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, who owns Rose City Radio also owns the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, which would give instant content for the new station in tandem with sister News/Talk 750 KXL. The domain 955TheGame.com, was registered on Tuesday by KXL Sports Director Jay Allen. We’re not sure if there is any relation between Jay and Paul Allen. Also curious is the timing of this registration following the incident on Friday, March 14, where a disgruntled KXJM listener drove his car in to the lobby of the station’s offices.
Update 3/21/08: It took a little longer than we thought, but the Macon flip occurred earlier this week. “The Peach” AC format is now on the to be spun-off 102.5 frequency, while Country “The Bull” has relocated to 96.5. Original Post 2/6/08: As we noted last week in our report about a pending frequency swap in Bakersfield, if Clear Channel is going to go through with its privatization plan there are going to be frequency swaps in order to keep the formats it wants in the markets it must spin-off some stations. Next up seems to be Macon, GA where Clear Channel looks to be swapping Country WEBL “102.5 The Bull” to 96.5 and Classic Hits “Peach 96.5” WPCH to the 102.5 frequency it will be disposing of. Towards that goal, peach1025.com and 965theb...Read More
Update 3/20/08: The full lineup at “950 ESPN” is set. WPEN will air the first three hours of Mike & Mike from 6 to 9am. Current afternoon driver Jody MacDonald moves to 9am to 1pm. ESPN’s Mike Tirico Show will air from 1pm to 3pm. Mike Missanelli (formerly of crosstown 610 WIP and most recently co-hosting Stephen A. Smith’s national program based out of 1050 WEPN New York) will do 3pm to 7pm. Current midday co-host Harry Mayes shifts to 7pm to 11pm along with new co-host Dan Schwartzman, who was previously doing afternoons on 920 WPHY Trenton before they dropped ESPN in January. Original Report 3/19/08: Greater Media Sports Talker “SportsRadio 950” WPEN will relaunch on April 1 as “950 ESPN” with the addition of the Mike & Mike morn...Read More
Update 3/13/08 5:00pm: Hot 95.7 debuted at 3:00pm CDT as expected. The station has a Rhythmic lean, but will most likely be classified as Mainstream CHR. The first hour on the station consisted of: Nelly – Hot In Herre Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music Miley Cyrus – See You Again T-Pain – Buy You A Drink Mariah Carey – Touch My Body Webbie – Independent Fergie – Clumsy Soulja Boy – Crank Dat Chris Brown – With You Cascada – What Hurts The Most Flo-Rida – Low Kanye West – Stronger Jordin Sparks – No Air Sean Kingston – Take You There Sara Bareilles – Love Song Update 3/12/08 7:00pm: At 5:37pm CDT, KHJZ began stunting with a loop of Freestyler’s “Don’t Stop” and Rhianna’...Read More
A double format flip in Providence as Citadel blows up Sports talk simulcast “790/99.7 The Score” WSKO. 99.7 will flip to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 630 WPRO on Tuesday 3/11, while 790 will retain Imus in The Morning, but join its sisters in Washington and Atlanta by flipping to True Oldies on Monday, March 18. For the rest of this week, 790 will air ESPN Radio programming. What should be interesting is how ratings for 630/99.7 WPRO and sister CHR 92 Pro-FM WPRO-FM are calculated. Will the News/Talker lose ratings if a listener writes down WPRO-FM in their diary?
As many have predicted this week, “Eagle 106.7” WYAY Atlanta will flip from Country to Oldies as “True Oldies 106.7” following Sunday’s broadcast of the NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Just like sister WJZW in Washington, WYAY will carry Imus in the Morning.
On Monday, March 18, Citadel will swap the formats of two of its stations in the New London/Norwich region of Connecticut. Classic Rock “104.7 The Wolf” which originates from the Mohegan Sun casino resort will move to 102.3, while News/Talker WXLM will shift to the 104.7 signal that originates across the Long Island Sound in Montauk, NY but booms across the water to Connecticut.
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.