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92.9 WBOS Boston To Go All-Sports?

Update 9/20/07 4:45pm: Not surprisingly, the link to the page with the Ticket logo has been edited to remove the logo and the backdoor we used was closed. The site is still up, but completely behind a login now. It’s been quite an eventful month in the Boston talk radio wars between Entercom and Greater Media. While WRKO and WTKK battle over the contract of Howie Carr, the companies may about to be going head-to-head in the Sports Radio field dominated by Entercom’s WEEI. Earlier this month, WEEI morning team John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were involved in a contract battle of their own. Just yesterday, Boston Sports Media Watch reported that WBOS was indeed the primary suitor with plans to go up against WEEI. This brought out the Net-Gnomes which discovered 4 domains registere...Read More

KBIG Los Angeles is now “104.3 My-FM”

We first reported on plans to flip 104.3 KBIG Los Angeles on September 9, and today those plans became a reality as KBIG becomes “104.3 My-FM” launching with Plain White T’s”Hey There Delilah” and Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer”. The remainder of the first hour included: Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On Faith Hill – This Kiss Rob Thomas – Little Wonders Alanis Morissette – Ironic Mat Kearney – Nothing Left To Lose Michelle Branch – Everywhere The Fray – How To Save A Life UB40 – Can’t Help Falling In Love KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn Nickelback – Far Away Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me Kelly Clarkson – Walk Away Pi...Read More

Fresh 102.7 Las Vegas

At 3:00pm PDT, Beasley Hot AC 102.7 KSTJ “Star 102.7” relaunched as KFRH “Fresh 102.7” using the same “Today’s Soft Music” positioner as WWFS New York. The final song on Star 102.7 was “Come On Feel The Noise” by Quiet Riot, a nod to the station’s tenure as All 80’s. The first hour of Fresh 102.7 was: Straight From The Heart – Bryan Adams Take Me As I Am – Mary J. Blige Home – Daughtry Thank You – Dido Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls First Time – Lifehouse Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams Lullaby – Shawn Mullins Inside Out – Eve 6 Clocks – Coldplay Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

The Rock Is Back At WYSP

It’s been discussed at length here the last couple of days, and now 94.1 WYSP Philadelphia has officially returned to its former Active Rock format. You can listen to the entire flip at the Format Change Archive. More info from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Radio-Online, and FMQB. Blog Commentary on the flip so far includes: Mel “Toxic” Taylor, Hugetinymistake, Phillyburbs.com, and Carnyfeet, in addition to our Philadelphia Board. The first hour of music was: Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle AC/DC – Back In Black Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit Metallica – Enter Sandman The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California The Beastie Boys – Sabotage Kid Rock – So Hott Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train Bus...Read More

WVMX Cincinnati Becomes “Radio 94.1”

Just as we pondered on August 29, WVMX Cincinnati has dropped the “Mix” moniker in favor of “Radio 94.1” at noon today. A quick glance of the playlist shows a shift towards Modern AC. The first hour of music: Sarah MacLachlan – Possession Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah Cracker – Low Train – Calling All Angels The Fray – Over My Head Cars – Let’s Go Incubus – Drive Santana w/ Alex Band – Why Don’t You And I Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – What I Am Dave Matthews Band – Eh Hee Natalie Merchant – Carnival Goo Goo Dolls – Stay With You Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

Clearing The Channel at 104.3 Los Angeles

Last week we reported on a potential flip at 104.3 WSMJ in Baltimore. While we hear that changes may still be coming to WSMJ, it looks as though our source was trying to throw us off the scent of where these ALL or SOME of these domains are intended. If you’ll notice above, 104.3 KBIG Los Angeles modified its logo this week to emphasize the frequency as opposed to the call letters. We’re hearing that this is the first phase of a formatic evolution towards a new positioner or complete flip. Following the previously registered my1043.com, fresh1043.com, and 1043fresh.com, Clear Channel has continued registering a number of new domains this past week. 1043myfm.com fm1043.org 1043fm.org fm1043online.com 1043fmonline.com The rumor mill has hinted at the possibility of a young-skewin...Read More

Two In The Books

We’re two for two so far this week with our Net Gnome reports. On Sunday, we pondered whether Portland, OR would see the launch of Kool 105.9. At 1:05pm PDT, the change occurred as the station dropped Smooth Jazz for Classic Hits under the “Greatest Hits Of All Time” tagline. Following Tom Grant’s “Change”, the station segued to the new format with Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll”. We should note that in its short 6 years on the air, this is the fourth format for the station following Hot AC “Star”, Classic Hits “River”, and Smooth Jazz. Discuss the change at our Oregon board. Meanwhile in Houston, we have confirmation that KIOL will become KHJK “103.7 Jack-FM” tomorrow at 10:37am CDT. More at ...Read More

Jack Taking Off in Houston

Update 8/30: Variety Hits reports that Cumulus parked the KHJK calls on a construction permit at 99.1 in Lennox, SD. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a large market station go Variety Hits. The format has shown its staying power in some while fizzling in others. Regardless expect to see Jack debut in Houston in the VERY near future at the current location of 103.7 KIOL. The station has been in a state of flux since losing its morning team Walton & Johnson to Clear Channel’s 950 KPRC. Cumulus has registered 10 domains for the new format: 1037jackfm.com, 1037jackfm.net, houstonsjack.com, houstonsjack.net, houstonsjackfm.com, houstonsjackfm.net, jack1037.com, jack1037.net, jackfmhouston.com, and jackfmhouston.net. All of which currently redirect to CumulusR...Read More

Random Labor Day Ponderings

We’ve been sitting on a few of these domains wondering what use they may have. Maybe you can assist us: We’ll start with an easy one. Cumulus has registered 971eagle.com. Currently pointing to the corporate site, we’ve also noticed that WRQQ Nashville’s site is “Under Construction”. Looks like an easy match. What’s CBS Radio doing with hearphilly.com and herephilly.com? Is Clear Channel planning something in Cincinnati? radio941.net is redirecting to WVMX’s website. CC also has registered 925fmthebeat.com with a matching logo. The site currently doesn’t respond and we don’t know where this one could be headed. Going to try something new on this post and the Houston one below, as we’re allowing comments here in addition to th...Read More

Kooling Off In Portland

Update 8/29/07: Clear Channel’s IT department seems to be having fun with the audience on this one. Since our original report, there’s been a change in template to one used by the “La Preciosa” Spanish AC format used by the company elsewhere and now to a blank page with the following text “Hola! 😉 Go Away. I am very busy right now.” As we approach the end of the summer, radio operators are beginning to ramp up their plans for the fall book. In Portland, Oregon, it looks as though Clear Channel will be launching a new format at 105.9 KIJZ. Currently Smooth Jazz, expect a flip to Classic Hits in the coming days. Clear Channel has registered three domains for the new station: kool1059.com, koolportland.com, portlandkool.com. All are currently active pointin...Read More

Clear Channel Goes Green in Bay Area

Update 8/22: Clear Channel confirms our report and announces KQKE will become “Green 960” on Monday, August 27. More at Liberal Talk Radio. As many corporations find ways to become more environmentally friendly, it was only a matter of time for a radio station to take the presentation. And what better place than San Francisco, where Clear Channel liberal talker KQKE “The Quake” has changed its call letters to KKGN. Additionally, a number of domains along the lines of green960.com and 960green.com have been registered by Clear Channel this week.

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