Bob-FM Bismarck Hits A Rig

Radio Bismarck Mandan has closed on its purchase of Variety Hits “105.9 Bob-FM” KKBO and flipped the station to Country “105.9 The Rig“. KKBO becomes the fourth Country station in the Bismarck market joining Clear Channel’s combo of market leading 1130 KBMR and “KQ 94.5” KQDY along with Townsquare Media’s “US 103.3” KUSB. The Bob-FM audience is being directed to new sister Classic Hits “Mojo 107.5” KXRV.

WFMZ/WZPR Shift To Classic Rock

On the heels of East Carolina Radio’s 95.3 WOBR shifting from Classic Rock to Mainstream Rock, Max Media has quickly acted to fill the Classic Rock niche in the Outer Banks. “Classic Hits 104.9/92.3” WFMZ Hertford/WZPR Nags Head have tweaked their playlist and branding to “Classic Rock 104.9/92.3“. The change took place Friday at 12:00am. In a press release posted on VARTV.com, VP/GM Mike “Moose” Smith commented that “We had wanted to make this format shift for a while. The majority of our music was Classic Rock anyway so this adjustment at this time just seemed to make sense. Pure Classic Rock is a great format and we are happy to provide it for all of North East North Carolina and The Outer Banks.”

KMKO Returns To Rock

Just 10 months after flipping from Active Rock “95.7 The Blaze” to News/Talk KMKO-FM, Three Eagles Communications has reverted the station to its previous format. This time around the station is branded as “95.7 The Rock Station“.

WXOF Moves To 96.7

WGUL-FM, Inc. has completed its upgrade of 96.3 WXOF Yankeetown, FL. The station has upped its facilities from a Class A operating with 3.5kW at 132 meters on 96.3 to a Class C3 running with 14.5kW from the same tower. The station retains its Classic Rock format as “96.7 The Fox“.

Clear Channel Makes Its Annual Layoff Blitz

Clear Channel has begun what has seemingly become its annual reduction-in-force cuts to its employees in many markets today, following murky details about its financial future. Detroit market manager Nick Gnau summed up the cuts to the Detroit Free-Press as: Taking advantage of the latest cutting-edge technology and organizational structure so we can continue to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. Like every successful business, our strategy continues to evolve. As we move forward as a company this creates some new jobs and unfortunately eliminates others. These are never easy decisions to make. Among the confirmed departures: Atlanta – Tim Michaels, middayer at Country “94.9 The Bull” WUBL (via @CountryAircheck) as is Regional Mexican “105.3 El Patr...[Read More]

WOBR Nags Head Relaunches As The Pirate

Update 12/6: WOBR has relaunched as “Pirate 95.3“. The station is broadening its Classic Rock playlist to include more current Rock tracks from the 80’s through today. The station’s tagline is now “Rock Without Rules”. Original Report 12/5: VARTV.com reports via Twitter that East Carolina Radio’s Classic Rock “95.3 The Rock” WOBR Wanchese/Nags Head NC is stunting. The station is currently running loops of lounge music with liners stating, “Don’t Fear Change” since 10:00 this morning. In addition to WOBR, East Carolina Radio owns Urban “96.7 The Block“, News/Talk 98.1 WOBX-FM, Classic Hits “102.5 The Shark” WERX, Country “Dixie 105.7” WRSF, Classic Country 1240 WCNC/1260 WZBO, and Chr...[Read More]

Memphis To Get Kissin?

Update 12/5: The new Country format will be located on 1430 WOWW and translator 97.7 W249BN. The 250 watt translator serves the eastern portions of Memphis and the suburban communities of Bartlett, Germantown, and Millington. Original Report 12/3: Is a Country battle about to take shape in Memphis? Domain registrations made by Flinn Broadcasting point in that direction. The company registered MemphisKissinCountry.com, MemphisKISNCountry.com, and MemphisKSSNCountry.com on Friday, November 30. But which station would make the shift? Flinn owns Sports 560 WHBQ/87.7 WPGF-LP, Spanish 1030 WGSF, Conservative Talk 1210 WMPS, News 1430 WOWW/97.7 W249BN, Urban “Hot 107.1” WHXT, and CHR “Q107.5” WHBQ-FM/96.1 WIVG in the Memphis market. WHBQ-FM sticks out right now as three on...[Read More]

Portland Indie Rocker In Development

Common Frequency Inc.’s 97.9 KRRC Portland, which has been silent for much of the past year since the group acquired the station from Reed College, has found a new frequency to return to the air. The low powered Class D, which was to be displaced by the imminent move of Cumulus’ KNRQ from the Eugene market into Portland, has applied for a move to 91.1. On its new frequency the station will operate with 60 watts at -25.8 meters above average terrain. Reed College shut down operations of the station in November 2011, and after first planning to turn in the license of the station to the FCC later donated it to Common Frequency. When the station returns to the air, it will be a new locally focused Indie Rocker led by former Portland Mercury editor Phil Busse. Busse, the Executive D...[Read More]

Multiple Changes In Branson

Earls Family Broadcasting is changing-up the programming at all three of its FMs serving Branson, MO. First up, the company is consolidating the Country music programming heard on 106.3 KRZK Branson and 102.9 KHOZ-FM Harrison, AR on the 102.9 signal, which rebrands as “102.9 The Z” KHBZ. That opens up 106.3 KRZK to flip to News/Talk. The station will feature six hours of local programming daily along with the syndicated Dennis Miller and Dave Ramsey in the daytime lineup. The final change will take place on December 26, as Adult Standards 100.1 KOMC-FM will shift to AC. The current “Timeless Favorites” format featuring music from the 50’s through the 90’s will give way to a more current 80’s to now mix. The press release with more details follows: ...[Read More]

Jack Returns To Denver

After stunting all weekend as marijuana-themed “Pot 107.1“, Max Media’s former Dance KDHT Bennett/Denver has relaunched as Variety Hits “107.1 Jack-FM“. The 3:00pm launch returns the Jack branding and format to the market three months after departing. The format had been heard on 105.5 KJAC Tinmath until that station flipped to a simulcast of sister Sports “ESPN 102.3” KDSP in September. Listen to the launch of “107.1 Jack-FM“ at FormatChange.com.

Connoisseur To Acquire Nassau’s New Jersey & Pennsylvania Stations

Update 12/3: Connoisseur has gained approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross to assume operations of the Nassau stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has begun operating the stations via LMA. Original Report 11/21: Connoisseur Media has agreed to acquire the remaining Nassau Broadcasting stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the $38.7 Million credit bid made by Goldman Sachs, Fortress Capital and P.E. Capital plus $1,633,890 in administrative costs. Should the deal be approved by the bankruptcy court next week, Connoisseur will begin operating the stations immediately via LMA. Connoisseur would pay $200,000 for the first two monts, $100,000 the following two months, and $500,000 each additional month it leases the stations until the sale is approved by the FCC and ...[Read More]

Playlist 92.7 Sold To Air1

Update 12/3: EMF has announced it has agreed to purchase the 92.7 trimulcast. No terms have been disclosed. As we’ve reported below, EMF began programming the stations via LMA on December 1. Original Report 12/1: EMF Broadcasting has begun programming Amaturo Group’s three stations in Southern California. The stations which all circle around Los Angeles on 92.7 had aired a Variety Hits format as “Playlist 92.7” and have flipped to EMF’s Christian CHR “Air1” network. The three stations are KLST-FM Fountain Valley which covers portions of Orange County, KLSI Thousand Oaks which covers the westermost portions of the San Fernando Valley northwest of Los Angeles, and KLSN Adelanto serving the Victor Valley.