Pulse 102 Debuts In Raleigh/Durham

Update 10/31: Curtis Media officially launched “Pulse 102” at 5:00pm today with a Rhythmic leaning CHR format targeting Clear Channel CHR “G105“. Listen to the launch here. The first hour consisted of:

98X Charleston Returns To Its Roots

LM Communications’ Active Rock “98X” WYBB Folly Beach/Charleston, SC returned to its heritage “98 Rock” name today. The station had previously used the 98 Rock moniker from its debut on July 4, 1988 until January 2, 2004. Additionally, the station has picked up Cox Media’s syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge for mornings.

WRUF Breeding A Gator

Update 10/15: “Rock 104” made its flip to “103.7 The Gator” at 11am today. Listen to the changeover at FormatChange.com. The first hour of music consisted of: Easton Corbin – Roll With It Toby Keith – As Good As I Once Was Luke Bryan – Do I Zac Brown Band – Toes Trace Adkins – This Ain’t No Love Song Brad Paisley – Online Rascal Flatts – Why Wait Blake Shelton – All About Tonight David Lee Murphy – Dust On The Bottle George Strait – The Breath You Take Craig Morgan – Bonfire Justin Moore – How I Got To Be This Way Zac Brown – Highway 20 Ride Eric Church – Smoke A Little Smoke Meanwhile, syndicated morning hosts Lex & Terry will slide across town from WRUF to Pamal’s ...Read More

The Truth Is In Fort Wayne

Oasis Radio Group has flipped Variety Hits “106.3 Joe-FM” WJOE Fort Wayne, IN to News/Talk “106.3 The Truth“. The station’s all syndicated lineup features Mancow from 6am to 10am, Neal Boortz from 10am to 12pm, Dennis Miller 12pm to 3pm, Todd Schnitt from 3pm to 6pm, Michael Savage 6pm to 9pm, Rusty Humphries 9pm to 12am, Jerry Doyle 12am to 3am, and Phil Hendrie 3am to 6am. The flip will put the station in direct competition with Federated Media’s 1190 WOWO.

Three Way Format Change In Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Update 10/11: At noon today, Clear Channel pulled off a three station format swap in the Hampton Roads. The Classic Hits format of “Cool 92.1” WCDG Moyock, NC becomes “Magic 105.3” displacing Urban AC “105.3 Kiss-FM“. The Kiss format moves to 92.1 and 107.7 WJCD, which displaces Smooth Jazz as well. The move places Classic Hits on the stronger 105.3 frequency, while moving the Urban AC format back to 107.7 where it resided until 2001 as “Vibe 107.7“. 92.1 and 107.7 had simulcasted as AC “Lite-FM” from March 2004 until August 2005. Original Report 7/27: Clear Channel Urban AC “105.3 Kiss” WKUS Norfolk/Virginia Beach appears to be on the verge of a rebranding or outright flip. Two new domains have appeared on Clear Chann...Read More

Bob Goes Into Biloxi

After stunting for a week with a countdown clock, Triad Broadcasting’s “Classic Rock 105.9” WHGO Pascagoula/Biloxi, MS flipped to Variety Hits “105.9 Bob-FM” at 3pm today. The stunt worked in generating local attention as listeners believed that the station was counting down to a potential terrorist attack on local oil refineries.

Midwest Changes Coming To Lansing

Since September 1 Midwest Communications has flipped 6 of its 47 stations to new formats. It appears its next move will be in Lansing, Michigan where “Smooth Jazz 92.9” WJZL changed calls to WLMI on October 1. 929WLMI.com was registered on September 24. Tim Barron, morning host at sister Classic Hits “92X” WQTX has been simulcasting on 92.9 since August. Midwest acquired its Lansing cluster from Rubber City Radio earlier this year.

Max Knows Spanish In Cincinnati

First Broadcasting has agreed to LMA with an option to buy Variety Hits “97.7 Max-FM” WOXY Mason/Cincinnati to TSJ Radio LLC. The stations will flip to an undisclosed Spanish format on November 1. TSJ Radio is associated with The Spanish Journal, a group of weekly newspapers serving Cincinnati and other midwestern markets. No word yet on the status of simulcast partner 99.5 WAOL Ripley, OH. WOXY is best known from its 1983-2005 run as Modern Rock “97X”.

“Mix 102.1” WZAT Savannah Now ESPN Radio

Update 10/4: WZAT debuted its new format as “102.1 ESPN Radio” at 3:00pm today. Original Report 10/2: Cumulus Hot AC “Mix 102.1” WZAT shed its format yesterday and began stunting with a loop of Sports Highlights. The station will be flipping to Sports on Monday. As we reported on Twitter, Cumulus has registered ESPN1021.com and 1021TheFan.com in recent weeks. Cumulus already operates “900 The Ticket” WJLG in the market which runs Fox Sports Radio 24/7.

Pair of Louisville Changes

A pair of stations have found new life in Louisville, KY. “Radio Disney 680” WDRD, which was expected to go dark on September 30 has instead been taken over by Kansas City based Union Broadcasting. Union, owners of Sports 810 WHB and “Hot Talk 1510” KCTE in that city have instead flipped WDRD to Sports running ESPN Radio. Across town, WAY-FM Media Group has taken over operations of Cumulus’ silent 93.9 WLCL. Way-FM, which currently airs on 105.9 WAYI in the market seems to be indicating that the programming will be moving to 93.9. Both 93.9 and 105.9 are Class A’s. 105.9, licensed to Valley Station, KY southwest of Louisville operates with 640 watts at 719 feet but with a CP to upgrade to 1270 watts at 509 feet. 93.9, licensed to Sellersburg, IN is licen...Read More

Tower 98.3 Becomes My 98.3 WMIM

Cumulus has flipped CHR “Tower 98” WTWR Monroe, MI/Toledo, OH to AC as “My 98.3” WMIM. Unlike its previous CHR format which targeted both Toledo and Monroe for advertisers and listeners, the new format is directly aimed at Monroe. The station is positioned as “Monroe’s Best Mix of Yesterday & Today” and duplicates the AC format of sister “Star 105.5” WWWM in Toledo.

Radio Disney & ESPN AM Cutbacks

Update 10/1: Chesapeake-Portsmouth has purchased WBWL from Disney for $650,000 and began an immediate LMA to move WBOB’s programming to 600 as reported below. Update 9/28: Disney confirmed plans for WEAE Pittsburgh to drop ESPN Radio for Radio Disney on 1/1/11. All local programming has been eliminated as of yesterday with the exception of some specialty programs. Meanwhile one of the stations pegged for shutdown may have a new format lined-up. Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting, which happened to purchase the former Radio Disney outlet in Norfolk, VA earlier this year, looks poised to do the same in Jacksonville. Conservative Talker 1530 WBOB, registered 600WBOB.com on September 20. WBOB just moved in June from its previous perch of 1320 (and a translator on 103.7) after those signa...Read More