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KEXX Phoenix Becomes “My 103.9”

Update 1/12: KEXX made its flip to what they are calling “Gen X Music” but looks a lot like 80s Rock “My 103.9” at 5:30am with the beginning of Dave Pratt’s morning show. Listen to the debut of My 103.9 at FormatChange.com. The first hour consisted of: Talk Talk – It’s My Life Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love Blondie – Heart Of Glass The Tubes – She’s A Beauty Boston – More Than A Feeling Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself The Press Release consists of much of the usual hyperbole we hear nowadays about interactivity and the station being custom designed...Read More

K95.5 Returns To Columbus

Wilks Broadcasting Classic Country “95.5 The Hawk” WHOK-FM Columbus, OH will revert to its former “K95.5” moniker on Monday, January 16. Along with the name change the station will revamp its music in a more mainstream direction. Afternoon host Jocephus will shift to mornings where he will be paired with Lex McAlister. Current morning co-host/middayer Miss Lisa will slide to a daypart to be announced. WHOK used the K95.5 moniker until January 2007, when Wilks acquired the station from CBS. The station is the second ranked of four Country stations in the Columbus market with a 3.0 share in December. Clear Channel’s 92.3 WCOL led the market with a 10.5. “T100” 100.3 WCLT Newark, OH follows with a 2.0 and WHOK’s sister “Wink 107.1” W...Read More

Translator Report 1/9

Martz Communications’ Radio Power Inc. is preparing to relaunch its “104.7 The Oasis” Detroit on 92.7 following being forced off the air in October. All references on the station’s website have been changed to 92.7. The translator to be used is the former 97.5 W248AQ Harrison, MI which is awaiting approval to move to 92.7 in Detroit with 250 watts. Martz has almost gotten one of its translators into Memphis. 103.1 W276BH Byhalia, MS. Its has now applied to make the final move where it will operate with 250 watts from a site east of the city. The translator is currently licensed to rebroadcast 90.1 WKNO, but that will shift to a commercial outlet when ready to launch. Anchor Radio Gospel 1350 WLOU Louisville, KY adds a pair of translators on each side of the city. 10...Read More

What’s New At WDOK Cleveland?

Update 1/9: WDOK has rebranded this morning as “New 102” following a week of teases. Longtime morning host Trapper Jack returned this morning after being kept off last week during the stunt period, although it was announced during the show that co-host Terry Moir would be leaving the show at the end of this week to focus on her primary job as Director of Programming & Sales Marketing at WKYC-TV. The station is still promoting more changes to come this week including a new local night show to replace Delilah. Meanwhile at sister Adult CHR “Q104” WQAL, afternoon host Heather Blackman is leaving to return to Montreal as morning co-host at Astral Rock 97.7 CHOM. Original Report 1/4: Changes are afoot at CBS AC 102.1 WDOK Cleveland. As Ohio Media Watch reports, midd...Read More

WFME Applies To Go Commercial, Prepares For Sale

Last summer following the failed apocalypse predictions that led to the downfall of Family Stations head Harold Camping, the ministry applied to convert its 106.9 WKDN Camden, NJ and 107.9 WFSI Annapolis, MD from non-commercial to commercial status. That was the first step necessary to facilitate the sales of those stations which were purchased by Merlin Media and CBS respectively. The last of Family Radio’s major market Commercial band FM’s has now applied to do the same. 94.7 WFME Newark, NJ is the only Class B FM in the New York market to not transmit from Manhattan itself, but still serves much of the market. It is the only Family Radio station to encode for the PPM, where it usually garners a ratings share in the 1.2 range. A possible sale of the station should produce man...Read More

105.9 The Rebel Debuts In Syracuse

Update 2pm: WXTL shifted to Classic Rock “105.9 The Rebel” at 1:05pm. The move pits 105.9 directly against Galaxy Communications’ “TK 99” WTKW Hunter Scott, PD of sister Active Rock “95X” WAQX will also program The Rebel. The station retains Bob & Tom for mornings from 5 to 10am with an additional airstaff to be named soon. The first hour of The Rebel featured (and you may notice a theme): Billy Idol – Rebel Yell Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll AC/DC – Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It) Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite Van Halen – And The Cradle Will Rock Neil Young – Rockin’ In Th...Read More

Halifax Gets Energy Boost

Update 1/6: Z103 in Halifax will be the one revamping as “Energy 103” at 1:03pm today. Four staffers are out with the move, including afternoon host Josh McClellan. The revamp will bring along a Dance leaning CHR along the lines of its sister in Winnipeg as described below. Original Report 12/19: A reboot of sorts is on its way to Evanov Radio CHR “Z 103.5” CIDC Orangeville/Toronto or similarly named “Z103” CKHZ Halifax. Registrations have been made for Energy1035.com, Energy1035.ca, and Energy103.ca. Both stations are currently also rans in their markets. In Halifax, 103.5 trails Bell Media’s “101.3 The Bounce” CJCH. Toronto is a slightly more complex story. The CHR battle right now is crowded with CIDC trailing 104.5 CHUM-FM, 99.9 Vir...Read More

Hot 100.9 Richmond Relaunches

Cox Media Rhythmic CHR “Hot 100.9” WHTI Richmond hit the reset button at midnight. Taking a page out of sister “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa’s playbook, WHTI has shifted from Rhythmic to Mainstream CHR, launching an all out attack on Clear Channel’s “Q94” WRVQ, attacking the station for too much talk in the morning, Elvis Duran’s age and amount of commercials. You can see their launch hype package on YouTube. WHTI dropped from a 3.0 share in the Summer to a station low 1.8 in the Fall book released. The former format was positioned between Q94 and the pair of Urban’s in the market: Clear Channel’s “106.5 The Beat” WBTJ and Radio-One’s “iPower 92.1” WCDX.

KTFW Fort Worth Becomes Hank-FM

Just west of the Dallas/Fort Worth market, LKCM Radio Group Country 92.1 KTFW-FM Glen Rose, TX will relaunch as “92.1 Hank-FM” on Friday, January 6 at 6:00am. Earlier this week KTFW released its entire airstaff amidst rumors of a format change. PD/Afternoon host Sam Lee, morning hosts Brian Christopher and Gwen Summer, and middayer Debi Diaz were dismissed. The revised “Hank” format is a broad Country variety format along the lines of the Variety Hits “Jack” and “Bob” brands.

ESPN Radio Launches New Night Show

As first reported by SportsByBrooks.com, ESPN Radio has announced that Sports Center anchor Mike Hill and former NFL lineman Mark Schlereth will take over the 7pm to 10pm Eastern (4pm to 7pm Pacific) timeslot on Tuesday, January 10. The show fills the void left when Brian Kenny departed ESPN for MLB Network in September. In addition to his duties on ESPN, Schlereth had been co-hosting afternoons at Lincoln Financial Media’s “104.3 The Fan” KKFN Denver until the station lost its ESPN affiliation at the end of 2011. The Press Release from ESPN follows: ESPN Radio will present Hill & Schlereth, a new prime time show debuting January 10, 2012, featuring co-hosts Mark Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl champion, and SportsCenter anchor Mike Hill. Hill & Schlereth wil...Read More

The Oasis Movin Into Anchorage

In mid-November Rhythmic AC “Movin 104.9” KMVV Anchorage dropped its format for Christmas Music as “Rudolph Radio“. That lasted until New Years Eve when the old format returned, at least until midnight when the station went dark. The station, owned by World Radio Link had been operated by Alaska Integrated Media. While still dark as of this writing, it appears the station will soon return to air under the management of Christian Broadcasting Inc. featuring a Smooth Jazz format. CBI, which owns Christian CHR “Z93.7” KAFC and Christian Talk 89.3 KATB in Anchorage, has registered Smooth1049.com and Oasis1049.com for the new format. A partially completed website is live at both domains.

Fox Sports Radio Lineup Changes

Fox Sports Radio has made a pair of lineup changes to kick off the new year. The network has launched its fourth morning show in two years as “Fox Sports Daybreak” with Andy Furman and Artrell Hawkins replaces Zakk and Jack. In evenings “Fox Sports Tonight” gains a new co-host as former KUBE Seattle Rob “T-Man” Tepper joins Rob Dibble in the 10pm to 1am Eastern timeslot. Some affiliates carry Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange in that slot. Fox Sports Radio is also debuting a new Saturday show on January 7 featuring “96.7 Kiss-FM” Austin morning host Bobby Bones and tennis star Andy Roddick.