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KDHT Denver Gets High

Max Media has dropped the Dance format at Denver rimshot “Hot 107.1” KDHT Bennett, CO. In its place its “Amendment 64 Radio” better known as “Pot 107.1“, celebrating Colorado legalization of marijuana. The format is the brainchild of Promotions expert Paige Nienaber, who for Max Media was responsible for stunts such as Stripper Radio “101.5 The Pole” in Denver and Chinese Hits “Kung Pao 100.5” in Norfolk. KDHT shifted from CHR to Dance in March, but has seen its ratings drop off after an early rise. It was down to a 0.6 share in the November monthly after being as high as 1.1 in September. Word is that there have been quite a few staffers let go from KDHT and sister Rhythmic Oldies “Jammin 101.5” KJHM today.

Larry Wilson Acquires Triad Broadcasting

Larry Wilson, the former founder and CRO of Citadel Broadcasting who operates Alpha Broadcasting in Portland, has acquired Triad Broadcasting for $21 Million. Triad operates with different operational names in the markets it serves, such as Go Radio Fargo, JMP Radio in Peoria, and Adventure Radio in Bluefield and Savannah/Hilton Head The company will be operated under the name L&L Radio, standing for “Live & Local”. The 32 stations involved in the deal serve five markets: Biloxi MS – Sports “96.7 The Champ” WUJM, Rock 97.9 WCPR, Variety Hits “105.9 Bob-FM” WQBB, CHR “107.1 The Monkey” WXYK, and Sports simulcast “The Team” 1490 WXBD/1640 WTNI. Bluefield WV – Classic Rock “Eagle 100.1/100.9” WKQY/WK...[Read More]

FCC Sets Rules For LPFM Expansion

The FCC has unanimously approved new rules for Low Power FM and establishing an application window to open on October 15, 2013. The new rules allow the establishment of LPFM’s within third adjacent frequencies of full powered stations. Some waivers will be allowed for second adjacent LPFM’s under certain criteria. A channel finder is already available on the FCC website. While we await the full specifics we do know that the FCC will award more points towards license grantings to stations that promise at least eight hours of of locally produced programming a day and those with a publicly available, staffed studio in the local neighborhood the station is operating in. A cap on the pending translator applications will be set at 70 per licensee, with 50 of those in the top 150 mark...[Read More]

WTDY Madison Dismisses Staff; Flips To Christmas

Update 11/30: Midwest Family has applied to change the calls of WTDY and WTDY-FM to WOZN and WOZN-FM respectively. Concurrently the following domains have been registered pretty much confirming the stations will flip to Sports after the holidays: 1067WOZN.com, 1670WOZN.com, 1670TheZone.com, and MadCitySportsZone.com. Original Report 11/21: Midwest Family Broadcasting’s 1670 WTDY/106.7 WTDY-FM Madison has dropped its News/Talk format and is stunting with Christmas music. WISC-TV reports that the entire local airstaff for the station has been dismissed including morning host John “Sly” Sylvester and 7 or 8 others. The stations will debut a new format after the holidays, which will likely be the new CBS Sports Radio network. 1670 WTDY added the FM simulcast on what was 106.7...[Read More]

WJEZ Shifts To Classic Hits

Just about halfway between Bloomington and Chicago on I-55, AC “Lite Rock 98.9” WJEZ-FM Dwight, IL has changed formats and rebranded as “Classic Hits 98.9“. The new format is quite similar playlist-wise to new sister 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago. Cumulus acquired the station, which is operated out of its Bloomington cluster from Townsquare Media earlier this year as part of the 65 station swap between the two companies.

Milner Shifting Programming In Kankakee

Milner Broadcasting is shuffling the formats at three of its stations in Kankakee, IL. CHR 103.7 WFAV will move to 95.1, which had been the home of Oldies “The Valley” WVLI-FM.. 92.7 WKIF, which was acquired by Milner earlier this year will become the home of “The Valley“. WKIF and WVLI-FM have been simulcasting since August. 103.7 will debut a new, as yet announced format in January. No timetable for the move of WFAV has been announced yet. In addition to the three aforementioned stations, Milner also owns “River Country 101.7” WIVR.

Townsquare Media Brings Another Website To Air

Townsquare Media will bring the brand of one of its online properties to the airwaves on Monday, December 3. Classic Hits “94.3 Max-FM” KMAX-FM Wellington/Fort Collins, CO will shift to Rock as “94.3 Loudwire” utilizing the branding of its Loudwire.com. The move follows Townsquare’s launch of Adult CHR “Pop Crush 105.7” in September. KMAX will add the syndicated Free Beer & Hot Wings for mornings. That show is based out of sister 97.9 WGRD Grand Rapids. The station rimshots the Fort Collins and Cheyenne WY markets, but had been focusing its programming on the Fort Collins market.

Lazer Broadcasting Gains Approval For Riverside Move-In

After a five year battle, Lazer Broadcasting has gained zoning approval to construct a new tower in Yucaipa CA in order to proceed with its move-in of 105.7 KXRS Hemet into the Riverside/San Bernardino market. The long-standing CP will allow the station to rimshot Riverside and San Bernardino from the east with 6kW from 85 meters above average terrain off of the to-be-constructed 43 foot tower. The move will also see the station shift to 105.5. Lazer Broadcasting predominantly runs Regional Mexican formats with the name “Radio Lazer” on its stations.

WBUR Boston Expands To Martha’s Vineyard With WMVY Purchase

Boston University’s NPR News/Talk 90.9 WBUR-FM Boston has announced it will acquire AAA 92.7 WMVY Tisdale to expand its reach onto Martha’s Vineyard. The acquisition of WMVY from Aritaur Communications helps fill the signal void between the primary 90.9 signal in Boston and 1240 WBUR West Yarmouth which covers portions of Cape Cod. The programming change will take place in early 2013 following FCC approval of the sale. Following the sale, the MVYRadio programming will continue online as a listener supported webcaster if it can raise $600,000 by the end of January. At that time the programming, equipment and staff of the station will be transferred to a non-profit Friends of mvyradio. That group will attempt to find a non-commercial signal to return the station to FM. The Press ...[Read More]

CBS Sports Radio Names Morning Show

CBS Sports Radio has named the trio of Dana Jacobson, Tiki Barber, and Brandon Tierney for mornings when the network launches on Wednesday, January 2. All three are known names in sports media. Jacobson comes to CBS from ESPN where she most recently co-anchored First Take on ESPN2. Barber is the former New York Giants Running Back who also spent time working at NBC on the Today Show and Football Night In America. Tierney is currently the afternoon co-host at Entercom’s “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco and previously spent nine years at ESPN Radio in New York. Word of the trio’s imminent hire was first reported on Twitter by @SportsByBrooks on Novemeber 16. The CBS Press Release follows: CBS Sports Radio today announced it will launch on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 wit...[Read More]

Exitos 93.9 Los Angeles Is Bilingual

Grupo Radio Centro Spanish CHR “Exitos 93.9” KXOS Los Angeles relaunched at midnight tonight as it shifted its music completely to English, while all other elements remain in Spanish. Toño Esquinca, morning host at sister “Alfa 91.3” XHFAJ Mexico City will add the same duties at KXOS. The music mix at Exitos is similar to that of Alfa, with a mix of current CHR hits from the United States and England and 90s/2000s gold. Here’s a sample hour of the new Exitos 93.9 from 3:00 this morning: Ke$ha – Die Young Katy Perry – Hot N Cold Jennifer Lopez f/ Pitbull – Dance Again Corona – Rhythm Of The Night Jay-Z f/ Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind The Wanted – Glad You Came David Guetta f/ Sia – Titanium Natalie Imbruglia ̵...[Read More]

Montgomery Move-In Proposed Via Four Station Shuffle

Gulf South Communications and Southeast Alabama Broadcasters have applied for a series of mutually exclusive upgrades for some of their stations in the Dothan AL market. The first move will see Southeast Alabama’s “Rock 104” 103.9 WJRL-FM Fort Rucker increase from a Class C3 operating with 25kW at 89 meters to a C2 with 26kW at 208.1 meters. To enable the upgrade of WJRL-FM, “Country 103.7” WAAO-FM Andalusia will be shifted to 93.7 with the same facilities. The next step will see Gulf South’s News/Talk 93.7 WDBT Hartford downgrade from a Class C1 running 100kW at 260 meters to a Class A on 93.5 with 5kW at 109.3 meters. The station will also change city of license to Hope Hull where it will rimshot Montgomery by putting a 60 dBu signal over the city. A m...[Read More]