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Alice 93.7 Harrisonburg Rebrands Now

Clear Channel has rebranded CHR “Alice 93.7” WAZR Woodstock/Harrisonburg, VA as “93.7 Hit Music Now“. The station had previously been CHR as “93.7 Kiss-FM” from 2002 to 2010 when it shifted to Hot AC and rebranded as “Alice“. The station returned to CHR last fall but kept the Alice name until 12pm today. 93.7 Now’s lineup includes Elvis Duran in mornings, local host Randi White in middays, JJ in afternoons, and Billy The Kidd at night.

WQSC Charleston Flips To Talk

Kirkman Broadcasting Beach/Oldies 1340 WQSC Charleston flipped to News/Talk yesterday. Rocky D, most recently with Cumulus Talk 1250 WTMA is the anchor of the new format, hosting a local show from 3-6pm daily. The remainder of the lineup includes Imus In The Morning from 6-10am, Mike Gallagher from 10am-12pm, America’s Radio News Network from 12pm-1pm and 6-7pm, Laura Ingraham from 1-3pm, and Dennis Miller, Jim Bohannon and Overnight America in the evening. This may not be the only move Kirkman is making with its Charleston stations. In a video report by WCBD-TV, the station logo for WQSC includes 950 WJKB Moncks Corner as being a simulcast with 1340. That station remains Sports “The Zone” airing predominantly Yahoo! Sports Radio at this time. There have also been rumors ...Read More

The Coast Reaches Hilton Head

Partners Broadcast Group has flipped CHR “94.5 The Party” 1490 WVGB/94.5 W233AW Beaufort/Hilton Head, SC to Classic Hits as “The Coast“. Partners acquired the station and translator earlier this year from Vivian Broadcasting for $300,000. The station’s Facebook page describes the new format as “Beach, Soul and Rock-n-Roll”. The move places the station in direct competition with Low Country Radio’s “104.9 The Surf” WLHH. And that’s where this deal gets interesting. The three partners in Partners Broadcasting were also the three owners of WLHH until last week when Joel Garrett applied to acquire the 66 percent he did not own of 1490 and 94.5 from Joe Mule and C.J. Jones for $10.

CBS To Launch FM Sports In Atlanta

CBS will flip AAA “92.9 Dave-FM” WZGC Atlanta to Sports this fall. As first reported by Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, station GM Rick Caffrey told the station’s staffers that the move will occur in late September or early October. Terry Foxx, PD of sister “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh has been named PD for the Atlanta station. The new format will put the station in direct competition with Dickey Brothers’ “680 The Fan” WCNN/93.7 W229AG and Lincoln Financial Media’s “790 The Zone” WQXI. Will this move cause Dickey and Cumulus to blink and move The Fan to Cumulus’ 100.5 WNNX? Ho mentions in his column that CBS made an attempt at acquiring The Zone’s programming to move to 92.9. Most surprising ...Read More

Lake Debuts Near Columbia, SC

Correction: ESPN Radio has not moved to 1230 WOIC, rather 93.1’s brokered afternoon show “The Zone” has moved to 1230. The State reports that ESPN is currently searching for a new Columbia market affiliate. Update 7/30: 93.1 WZMJ dropped ESPN Radio for Variety Hits “Z93 The Lake” on Saturday as Lake Murray Communications began operating the station. Concurrently, new sister 107.9 WLXM-LP shifts to Christian programming. Original Report 7/26: As Lake Murray Communications prepares to close on its purchase of “ESPN 93.1” WZMJ Batesburg/Columbia SC from the remnants of Inner City Broadcasting, its successor YMF Media is making room for the Sports format elsewhere in its cluster. The company announced on its Facebook page earlier this week that the for...Read More

KMLE Sports Rumor Killer

Following yesterday’s dismissal of morning hosts Tim & Willy at CBS Country 107.9 KMLE Phoenix there have been reports that domain registrations were made for a potential flip to Sports. Originating from this messageboard post, claims have been made that CBS has registered 1079TheFan.com for the station. Problem is that domain is still available for registration by any interested party as are any domains with any combination of 1079, Fan, and Phoenix. On top of that, the Fan moniker is currently in use in the market at Sandusky’s 1060 KDUS. A Sports related domain registration was made yesterday but all signs point to it being the work of someone with no real connection to CBS. The registration of 1079TheScore.com was made by “nyny broadcasting” with a mailing ...Read More

Comedy Comes To Rockford

The Comedy format has made its way to Rockford, IL. Maverick Media’s 1330 WNTA Rockford, IL which began simulcasting its programming on 100.5 W263BJ Loves Park last November, flipped to Comedy “Funny 1330” on July 16. The “NTA-FM” News/Talk format remains on 100.5 which is now being fed by an HD subchannel of 104.9 WXRX. INSTANT INSIGHT: What does it say about the state of AM that a heritage station would choose to operate solely on a 230 watt FM translator than an AM?

Jack Returns To Jackson

Flinn Broadcasting’s 100.9 WJXN Utica/Jackson, MS has flipped to Variety Hits “100.9 JackFM“. The Jack format had been heard in the market on Backyard Broadcasting’s 94.7 WWJK until January when EMF Broadcasting closed on the acquisition of the station and flipped it to Christian AC “K-Love“. Until then EMF had been leasing 100.9 WJXN and airing K-Love there. Since January, 100.9 has been airing a filler AAA format and old time radio billed as “The Greatest Radio Of All Time”.

Hits Hit Huntington

In its first move since adding the former Connoisseur Media cluster to its own, Kindred Communications/Fifth Avenue Broadcasting has flipped Soft AC “Magic 97.9” WMGA Huntington WV to Hot AC “Hits 97.9“. The flip positions the station closer to Clear Channel’s market leading CHR “Kee 100” 100.5 WKEE while keeping its place as the only AC. The station’s press release describes the station as: Hits 97-9 is an Adult Contemporary radio station that will play a variety of popular hit music from the 80’s, 90’s, millennium, and today. Some of the many artists featured on the radio station are Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Train, Adele, Nickelback, John Mayer and Carly Rae Jepsen as well as favorites from artists like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, D...Read More

Midwest Communications Expands To Sioux Falls

Midwest Communications has agreed to acquire Backyard Broadcasting’s seven station cluster in Sioux Falls, SD for $13.35 Million. The stations going to Midwest are Sports 1230 KWSN, News/Talk 1320 KELO, AC “Lite 92.5” KELO-FM, Variety Hits “Q95.7” KSQB, Country 101.9 KTWB, Active Rock “Real Rock 103.7” KRRO, and Classic Hits “Kool 107.9” KXQL. Backyard Broadcasting retains its stations in Anderson/Muncie IN, Elmira and Olean NY, and Williamsport PA.

Clear Channel Reaches Boston’s Harbor

Update 7/24: As expected “101.7 The Harbor” debuted with Variety Hits this afternoon. Just after 4:00pm, 101.7 cut out of Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out” and went silent as the station transferred operations to Clear Channel. After a three loops of Dirty Water by The Standells, The Harbor debuted just before 4:30 with Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” followed by Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” and Madonna’s “Into The Groove”. The station will be running commercial free through Labor Day weekend. Original Report 7/20: As 101.7 WFNX Boston gave its farewell earlier tonight in preparation of Clear Channel taking over the frequency following its purchase of the station, we now know the identity of the ...Read More

104.9 WAXI Terre Haute Sold

Crossroads Investments has sold Oldies “104.9 The True Oldies Channel” WAXI Rockville/Terre Haute to DLC Media. DLC plans on moving the station’s studios out of Terre Haute and back to its city of license. The sale follows the station’s format change from Classic Rock to the satellite delivered Oldies in late June. DLC Media, owned by Dave Crooks owns a cluster of stations in Washington, IN. Crossroads Investments recently sold 1300 WBOW and 102.7 WBOW-FM in Terre Haute to Midwest Communications. The company still owns silent Sports “ESPN 92.7” WSDM/1130 WSDX in the market.