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KZMG Boise Becomes 93.1 The Ticket

Citadel CHR “93.1 Hit Music Now” KZMG Boise has flipped to Sports simulcasting 1350 KTIK. The new “93.1 The Ticket” has assumed the KTIK-FM call letters. KTIK airs the bulk of the ESPN Radio lineup in addition to a local afternoon show, “Idaho Sports Talk” hosted by Jeff Caves and Mike Prater. KZMG had been the heritage CHR in the market before being dethroned by Peak Broadcasting’s “103.3 Kiss-FM” KSAS and Impact Radio Group’s “Wild 101” KWYD. The former “Magic 93.1” relaunched as “Hit Music Now” in October 2009. In the Fall 2010 Arbitrons, KZMG registered a 1.9 share, while KTIK was at a 4.4.

NetGnomes: Is Keith Olbermann Launching FOKNewsChannel.com Next?

Non radio industry (for now) related: Keith Olbermann has launched a new Twitter account @FOKNewsChannel where the FOK stands for Friends of Keith in addition to being an play on his competition at Fox News. But is there a web presence on the way as well? Our NetGnomes have quickly observed that FOKNewsChannel.com was registered anonymously earlier today. Much of the speculation since Olbermann’s departure from MSNBC last Friday has centered around Olbermann launching a web presence while sitting out his non-compete clause. It appears likely that FOKNewsChannel.com could be playing a key role. RadioInsight.com’s NetGnomes specialize in identifying web domains registered by broadcasting companies prior to making programming changes.

San Francisco Format Shuffle: KDFC to 90.3, KUFX to 102.1

Update 1/24: KDFC bid farewell to 102.1 at noon today and began its new simulcast with 98.5 KUFX. 102.1 will assume the KUZX call letters when 90.3 officially becomes KDFC. The new on-air lineup at “98.5/102.1 KFOX” will include Greg Kihn remaining in mornings, Tim Jeffries moving to middays from afternoon drive, Big Rick Stuart (most recently at AAA KFOG) in afternoon drive, while Laura Steele moves from middays to nights. The station also retains San Jose Sharks hockey on both frequencies. Larry Sharp, who programmed KUFX in the early 90’s and crosstown “107.7 The Bone” KSAN from 2000 to 2008 has been named Program Director. Listen to how the addition sounded on 98.5 here. Update 6:30pm: There’s a few other pieces to the purchase of KUSF. Classical Pub...Read More

TSN Takes The Next Steps Towards Its Radio Network

The next few steps in the coming Canadian Sports Wars have been taken by CTVglobemedia and TSN. Mike Richards, who had been morning host at Rogers’ “Fan 960” in Calgary is crossing over to TSN to host mornings on the planned relaunch of 1050 CHUM Toronto as the flagship of TSN Radio. Domains have been registered to coincide with the rebranding of CTV’s Sports stations under the TSN Radio branding. TSNRadio990.com for “Team 990” CKGM Montreal, TSNRadio1040.com for CKST Vancouver, TSNRadio1050.com for the aforementioned CHUM in Toronto, TSNRadio1200 for “Team 1200” CFGO Ottawa, TSNRadio1290.com for “Sports Radio 1290” CFRW Winnipeg, and TSNRadio1410.com for “Team 1410” CFTE Vancouver. The .ca variants of all those domain...Read More

OMG! KDLW Albuquerque Moving To 106.7

American General Media is moving CHR “OMG! Radio 97.7” KDLW Albuquerque to 106.7 on January 31 displacing Regional Mexican “Radio Lobo” KLVO. The move gives OMG! coverage over Santa Fe and other areas north of Albuquerque where 97.7 is currently a non-factor at the expense of Los Lunas and other areas south of Albuquerque. In the just released Fall ratings, the CHR format received a 2.0 share, while Radio Lobo registered a 1.1. No word yet on what programming will appear at 97.7 following the move.

Adam Carolla Takes Podcast To New Outlets

The demise of CBS’ “97.1 Free-FM” KLSX Los Angeles in February 2009 has led to some of the most innovative attempts at online broadcasting. While Tom Leykis has used his remaining time on his CBS contract to build a network of podcasts and unique music streams and Heidi Hamilton & Frank Kramer, part of KLSX’s midday show are getting some publicity for their site, it’s been former morning host Adam Carolla making the biggest inroads in using his daily podcast to bring himself to new mediums. Carolla, picked in 2005 as one of the regional replacements for Howard Stern, will be getting a one-week tryout on Stern’s “Howard 101” channel on SiriusXM the week of January 24. His daily podcast will be simulcasted live with the addition of live co...Read More

Omaha Sports Swap

Journal Broadcasting’s “Big Sports 590” KXSP and NRG Media’s “1620 The Zone” KOZN Omaha will swap network affiliations on February 1. KXSP will assume the ESPN affiliation and rebrand as “AM 590 – Omaha’s ESPN Radio“. Journal has registered AM590ESPNRadio.com as the station’s new web domain. While there are no local programs currently on the schedule, the station tells Omaha.com that it will look to add a local show in the near future. KXSP features play-by-play of Creighton University Basketball, University of Iowa Football, and Kansas City Royals Baseball. Across town, “1620 The Zone” will add Premiere Radio Network’s Fox Sports Radio and Jim Rome. Schick & Nick will start one hour earlier, running f...Read More

Northern Kentucky University Building Regional Public Radio Network In Kentucky & Ohio

Northern Kentucky University in purchasing two stations to spread its AAA programming beyond the Cincinnati area into a broad area of Kentucky and Southern Ohio. Country “Rebel 105.9” WPFB-FM Middletown, OH which covers the northern portions of Cincinnati along with Dayton and “Power Country 104.1” WPAY-FM Portsmouth, OH, which can also be heard in Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV will flip to a simulcast of 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights, KY on February 1 following the purchase of the two stations for $6.75 Million. 910 WPFB Middletown and 94.5 W233BG Port Union, OH will be spun-off by WNKU once a new owner can be located.

Bonneville Sells Chicago, Washington, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Stations To Hubbard Broadcasting

As first reported by Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder Bonneville International has sold its stations in Chicago and three other markets to Hubbard Broadcasting for $505 Million. The stations involved in the deal are as follows: Chicago: Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV and its simulcast 96.9 WWDV Zion, IL, Classic Hits “Rewind 100.3” WILV, and Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX. Cincinnati: Classic Hits “Rewind 94.9” WREW, Country “97.3 The Wolf” WYGY, Hot AC “Q102” 101.9 WKRQ, and Country “B105” WUBE. St. Louis: Country 92.3 WIL, Sports “101.1 ESPN” WXOS, and Variety Hits “106.5 The Arch” WARH. Washington, DC: News 103.5 WTOP Washington and simulcasters 103.9 WTLP-FM Braddock Height...Read More

My Country Coming To Long Island

Update 1/19: 96.1 made its flip to “My Country 96.1” WJVC at 12am this morning. The airstaff will include former 94.3 WMJC morning team Phathead and Cande Roth in mornings, Jay Letterman in middays, and “Party” Marty Mitchell in afternoons. Phathead is also the new Program Director of the station, while Mitchell is APD/MD. Update 1/13: JVC Broadcasting has announced it will flip 96.1 WKJI to Country as “My Country 96.1” on Tuesday, January 18. The Facebook event page says the station will debut with the semi-standard 10,000 songs in a row. This will give Long Island its first Country outlet since 94.3 WMJC flipped to 80’s in 2004. As reported by Northeast Radio Watch earlier today, the station has applied for new WJVC calls as well. Original Report...Read More

94.9 KYNF KRUZing Into Fayetteville, AR

Cumulus looks to be bringing its “KRUZ” Adult Alternative format into its third market. The longtime Santa Barbara, CA outlet was joined a last month by “KRUZ 106.7” WKRU in Green Bay, WI and now is on its way to Fayetteville, AR. Domain registrations were made for 949KRUZ.com, KRUZ949.com, KRUZat949.com, and KRUZFayetteville.com last Friday. 94.9 is currently Hot AC “Y94.9” KYNF. The format should do well in a college town like Fayetteville, home of The University of Arkansas.

Tom Leaves Charlottesville; WCHV Now On 107.5

Monticello Media has flipped Variety Hits “Tom @ 107.5” WWTJ Charlottesville, VA to a simulcast of News/Talk 1260 WCHV with new WCHV-FM calls in place. The station is branding itself as “News Talk 107.5 FM & 1260 AM”. 94.1 W231AD that had been simulcasting WCHV will now simulcast Classic Hits “Generations 102.3” WZGN.