More Classic Hits Coming to Columbus

Update 12/21/09: At 12:00pm WTDA made the expected flip to “Classic Hits 103.9” using Dial Global’s “Classic Hits” satellite delivered format. Original Post 12/19: The Columbus, OH market will soon be home to a second Classic Hits station thanks to them impending flip of “FM Talk 103.9” WTDA to the format. NABCO’s recently registered ClassicHits1039.com and ClassicHits1039WTDA.com for use with the new format. While WTDA rimshots Columbus from 12 miles northeast of the city, it is closer to the market than Saga’s “Big Hits B104.3” WODB, which is 28 miles northwest of downtown.

ESPN Making Moves in New England?

When ESPN dropped 890 WAMG/1400 WLLH Boston from its affiliate roster it set-off a chain of events that brought the ESPN affiliation to Entercom’s 850 WEEI amid rumors that 850 would eventually become a full-time ESPN outlet while WEEI’s local programming shifted to FM. BostonSportsMedia.com’s Bruce Allen Tweeted that one of WEEI’s hosts has been dropping many hints about that move today. Meanwhile, a few neighboring markets could also be involved. Citadel Communications recently registered ESPNRadio1001.com and ESPNRadio997.com. Classic Hits “100.1 The Pike” WWFX Worcester, MA is one of two Citadel owned stations on 100.1, the other WVIB Muskegon, MI which has an all-Sports sister already. 99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield-Peacedale, RI is a 24/7 simulcast of sist...Read More

More Magic On Jersey Shore

Update 12/26: WJRZ made the flip to Hot AC “Magic 100.1” at 12:00am with Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”. Original Entry 12/16: Greater Media’s Classic Hits 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin, NJ has announced it will flip to Adult Contemporary after its run with Christmas Music ends after the holidays. The new “Magic 100.1” will share many of its on-air personalities with sister “Magic 98.3” WMGQ New Brunswick, NJ. It has yet been confirmed whether there will be a complete simulcast or voice tracks unique to each station. WJRZ joins competitors 107.1 WWZY/99.7 WBHX “The Breeze” and 92.7 WOBM in the crowded AC field in the Monmouth/Ocean market.

Nick Cannon Joins WXRK “92.3 Now” New York For Mornings

Buried in the middle of an article about his other ventures The Hollywood Reporter has broken open the news that Comedian/Musician/Actor Nick Cannon has been hired as the morning host at CBS’ CHR “92.3 Now” WXRK New York starting January 19, 2010. Cannon aka. Mr. Mariah Carey, is also the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent as well as producer for a number of shows in development at MTV, Nickelodeon, and Adult Swim. Thanks to @NewBernsKevinG to breaking this story to the radio industry.

More Austin Changes: KDHT Gone, KGSR Moves

Earlier this month, 7 frequencies were involved in programming changes as Emmis, Simmons, and Border Media tweaked their offerings in Austin, TX. Emmis continues with the changes as it counterprograms the moves made by the others. At 5:00pm on Friday, November 20, Rhythmic “Hot 93.3” KDHT will drop its format in favor of AAA as 107.1 KGSR begins its shift to the 93.3 frequency. After simulcasting for 10 days, 107.1 will flip to Regional Mexican on Monday, November 30.

I100 Debuts in Pensacola/Mobile

After a few days stunting with a wheel of formats as “Storm 100” hinting at Classic Country and Urban AC, Cumulus Hot AC WJLQ “Q100” relaunched as CHR “I100” at 12pm today. The station joins its Cumulus brethren in Nashville, Indianapolis, and Dallas as “I” branded CHR’s.

Channel 104.3 Baltimore Becomes CHR Z104.3

At 10:00am, Modern Rock “Channel 104.3” WCHH Baltimore dropped the format and began stunting as Urban AC “Charm 104.3 – Baltimore’s Best R&B”. At 12pm, the station segued to CHR as “Z104.3“. Out with the flip is the “Elliot in the Morning” show, which can still be heard in parts of the market on flagship “DC101” Washington, D.C. Instant Insight: This returns the CHR format to Baltimore for the first time since 2001, when CBS’ WXYV dropped out of the format. CBS’ “Mix 106.5” WWMX has straddled the line between Hot AC and CHR to fill both niches, but still left a hole for CHR in the market. This also returns the format to the frequency of its greatest triumph. In the 80’s, “B104&#...Read More

Clear Channel To Launch Pair Of North Carolina FM News/Talk Stations

Update 11/2 Clear Channel has confirmed that 94.5 WGBT and 106.1 WRDU will flip to talk in January. In addition to carrying Limbaugh from 12pm to 3pm daily, both stations will carry Glenn Beck from 9am to 12pm, Sean Hannity from 3pm to 6pm, and Coast to Coast AM in overnights. Other dayparts have yet to be announced, but will reportedly feature local hosts. Original Report 10/31: Premiere Radio Networks, the syndication arm of Clear Channel has announced it will not be renewing its affiliation agreements for Rush Limbaugh with Curtis Media’s 680 WPTF Raliegh/Durham and 600 WSJS/1200 WSML in Greensboro/Winston-Salem after December 31. Clear Channel appears to be using Limbaugh as the cornerstone of new FM News/Talk stations in both markets, similar to “Rush Radio 99.5” WRN...Read More

Party 105.3 Long Island To LMA 87.7 New York

Following yesterday’s demise of “Pulse 87” WNYZ-LP New York, it hasn’t taken long for another party to step in to keep the format alive. JVC Media, owners of Long Island’s Dance “Party 105.3” WPTY and Spanish “La Fiesta 98.5” WBON will take over operations of the 87.7 signal on Monday, November 2 bringing a simulcast of WPTY along with it.

Austin Shakeup Ahead

Update 11/2: Although not mentioned anywhere on their site, 92.5 KXXS is continuing to simulcast the new Sports “104.9 The Horn” as that station made its debut along with the new “Big Talker” 98.9 KXBT. Update 10/31: Updated the info about 1490, 92.5, and 98.9 based on info from The Austin American-Stateman. Update 10/30: The shakeup of the Austin Radio landscape continues to expand. Border Media has confirmed that all 4 of its stations will flip from Spanish to a variety of English formats on Monday, November 2. Meanwhile Emmis gets involved by making a preemptive strike. Here’s a rundown of all frequencies involved and what has or will happen. 590 KLBJ – Emmis’ News/Talk station has made a preemptive strike by adding an FM simulcast on 99.7. The ...Read More

Pulse 87 New York Signs-Off

Update 6:00pm: After 10 minutes of silence, the WNYZ returned to the air with an automated Dance format. Meanwhile, Pulse 87’s webstream has continued with its own jockless Dance format. Original Entry 5:05pm: After a roller coaster of a year, which saw planned expansion to Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. halted to having to beg listeners to donate money to keep the commercial station afloat, “Pulse 87” signed-off today at 5:00pm. Operator Mega Media Group had filed for Bankruptcy in August, reportedly owing over $500K to Island Broadcasting, the owner of the TV Channel 6 that was re-purposed into the 87.75 FM frequency that Pulse called home. The station signed-off with George Lamond’s cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and...Read More

CBS Taking Stations National Via HD Radio

Update 10/31/09: Following our original report, CBS Radio has issued a release hyping all of the HD simulcasts we mentioned with the exception of KROQ potentially airing in New York. WFAN will air beginning today on 105.9 WOCL-HD3 Orlando, 94.1 WLLD-HD3 Tampa, and 104.3 WEAT-HD3 West Palm Beach. Additionally, “98.5 The Sports Hub” Boston will air on 96.5 WTIC-FM-HD3 Hartford in a few weeks. Original Entry 10/29/09: CBS Radio has begun simulcasting a number of stations from other markets on its HD subchannels. In Los Angeles, Country 95.1 KFRG Riverside is now available on 94.7 KTWV-HD3 and Hot AC “Sophie 103.7” KSCF San Diego is heard on 97.1 KAMP-HD2. This has drawn the ire of Saul Levine, owner of “Go Country 105” KKGO Los Angeles as he has filed a com...Read More

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