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Charleston Flip Imminent

A week ago we reported that Citadel Communications registered 21 domains related to a potential format change at “Sunny 96.9” WSUY in Charleston, SC. The station is currently running promos for sister CHR “95SX” WSSX’s morning show announcing that Sunny is changing formats Friday at 7:00am and to tune over to 95SX. Sunny’s website has been replaced with a splash page promoting 95SX as well. We fully expect 96.9 to flip to Country as “The Wolf”. All 21 Wolf related domains are now pointing to an under construction page. We’ll probably see a simulcast on fellow sister “Cat Country” 107.5 WNKT to move its listeners over before WNKT completes its pending move into the Columbia market.

RadioNow Returns To Indianapolis

Two days after flipping CHR WNOU to All-Christmas in preparation for the move of WIBC from AM to FM in January, Emmis Broadcasting has sold the intellectual property for the “Radio Now” CHR format to Radio-One. RadioNow’s website says the format is now available on 100.9. That’s the former “Smooth Jazz 100.9” WYJZ. At 4:30pm, WYJZ signed off with Jeff Lorber’s “Anthem For A New America”. Following a half-hour of looping a sweeper “Radio Now, NOW at 100.9”, the station segued into Akon’s “Bartender”. The Press Release follows below:

WIBC To Move To FM, Radio Now To HD

At noon today, Emmis Broadcasting dropped the CHR format at “Radio Now 93.1” WNOU and became the first station in the country to go all Christmas through the holiday season. On January 7, 2008 the News/Talk format on 1070 WIBC will move to the 93.1 frequency with 1070 going all-sports as “ESPN 1070” while keeping its status as flagship station for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, the Indy Racing League, and University of Indiana Football. “Our research shows that we can best grow and serve our audiences by splitting and extending our programming,” Tom Severino, vice president and market manager of Emmis’ Indianapolis radio properties, in a prepared statement. “WIBC is still going to have the biggest radio news team in the state and the best talk lineu...Read More

New York Radio Notes

New Lineup At WOR With all of the talk radio buzz currently focused on Don Imus’ rumored return at WABC, 710 WOR has unveiled a new lineup debuting this Monday, October 8. Bill O’Reilly’s syndicated show moves from 2-4pm to a live clearance from 12pm to 2pm. Westwood One’s Dennis Miller show is added from 2-4pm. Steve Malzberg moves from nights to 4 to 6pm replacing the now departed Hennican & White. Michael Savage stays in at 6 to 9pm, while Dr. Joy Browne is moved from 12-2 to 9 to 11pm. The morning portion of the lineup remains the same with Joe Bartlett and Donna Hanover from 5-9am, Joan Hamburg from 9-11am, and Food Talk with Mike Colamenco from 11am to noon. New Middayers at WBLS and WQHT Jasmine Sanders joins 107.5 WBLS for middays replacing Guy Black. S...Read More

Wolf Howling Into Charleston?

Charleston, SC is going to see a shakeup of its radio dial that hasn’t been seen anywhere in quite some time. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes: Citadel’s “Cat Country” 107.5 WNKT moves into the Columbia market. Citadel’s Urban AC 101.7 WMGL (currently in a trust until WNKT moves) moves to 107.3 with a stronger city grade signal. Apex’s Variety Hits “Chuck-FM” 96.1 WAVF moves to 101.7 (via a swap of licences with Next Media’s 101.7 WKZQ Myrtle Beach moving to 96.1) by taking each others intellectual property. Apex acquires 95.7 WWBD in Bamburg, SC which moves into the Charleston market while moving to 95.9 in Isle of Palms and increasing from a Class A to Class C2. The programming shifts may not stop there. With WNKT’s m...Read More

WCKG Rumor Killer

Over the past couple of days a rumor has been going around that an anonymous registration of Fresh1059.com was associated with a possible change at WCKG in Chicago. The domains were registered using a Network Solutions feature that allows a registrant to hide their contact information. All that appears is the name of the registrant, a Susan Hepburn. If I were Susan Hepburn and I were registering domains for a radio station in Chicago why would I also register fresh1019.com, fresh1029.com, fresh1039.com, fresh1049.com, fresh1069.com, and fresh1079.com? This is a case of cyber-squatting and nothing more. No connection to WCKG whatsoever. Just like a company in Las Vegas has registered every domain that begins with “Movin” and a commercial FM frequency after it. We’re not de...Read More

Don Imus On Verge Of Return To Radio

Neil Best of Newsday reports that Citadel Broadcasting is close to finalizing a contract with Don Imus to launch a syndicated show to be based at WABC or WPLJ in New York. It is unknown at this time whether Imus would be in his familiar morning timeslot, but Best reports that newscaster Charles McCord will once again be part of the show, but the role of producer Bernard McGuirk is still being determined.

CBS Drops Two More FM-Talkers

Dan Mason’s reboot of the changes made during Joel Hollander’s reign as CBS Radio President continues to pick up steam as two more FM Talk stations went by the wayside today. In Detroit, 97.1 WKRK changes its calls to WXYT-FM and began a full simulcast with “1270 Sports” under the name “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. The new lineup features former WKRK afternoon drive hosts Jeff Deminski & Bill Doyle in mornings, Scott Anderson & Doug Karsch 10am-2pm, Mike Valenti & Terry Foster 2-6pm, Pat Caputo 6-10pm, and Dennis Fithian 10pm-2am in addition to live broadcast rights for Tigers Baseball, Lions Football, Red Wings Hockey, and University of Michigan sports. Dropped as part of the changes are ESPN’s Mike & Mike, and most of W...Read More

92.9 WBOS Boston To Go All-Sports?

Update 9/20/07 4:45pm: Not surprisingly, the link to the page with the Ticket logo has been edited to remove the logo and the backdoor we used was closed. The site is still up, but completely behind a login now. It’s been quite an eventful month in the Boston talk radio wars between Entercom and Greater Media. While WRKO and WTKK battle over the contract of Howie Carr, the companies may about to be going head-to-head in the Sports Radio field dominated by Entercom’s WEEI. Earlier this month, WEEI morning team John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were involved in a contract battle of their own. Just yesterday, Boston Sports Media Watch reported that WBOS was indeed the primary suitor with plans to go up against WEEI. This brought out the Net-Gnomes which discovered 4 domains registere...Read More

KBIG Los Angeles is now “104.3 My-FM”

We first reported on plans to flip 104.3 KBIG Los Angeles on September 9, and today those plans became a reality as KBIG becomes “104.3 My-FM” launching with Plain White T’s”Hey There Delilah” and Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer”. The remainder of the first hour included: Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On Faith Hill – This Kiss Rob Thomas – Little Wonders Alanis Morissette – Ironic Mat Kearney – Nothing Left To Lose Michelle Branch – Everywhere The Fray – How To Save A Life UB40 – Can’t Help Falling In Love KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn Nickelback – Far Away Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me Kelly Clarkson – Walk Away Pi...Read More

Fresh 102.7 Las Vegas

At 3:00pm PDT, Beasley Hot AC 102.7 KSTJ “Star 102.7” relaunched as KFRH “Fresh 102.7” using the same “Today’s Soft Music” positioner as WWFS New York. The final song on Star 102.7 was “Come On Feel The Noise” by Quiet Riot, a nod to the station’s tenure as All 80’s. The first hour of Fresh 102.7 was: Straight From The Heart – Bryan Adams Take Me As I Am – Mary J. Blige Home – Daughtry Thank You – Dido Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls First Time – Lifehouse Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams Lullaby – Shawn Mullins Inside Out – Eve 6 Clocks – Coldplay Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

The Rock Is Back At WYSP

It’s been discussed at length here the last couple of days, and now 94.1 WYSP Philadelphia has officially returned to its former Active Rock format. You can listen to the entire flip at the Format Change Archive. More info from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Radio-Online, and FMQB. Blog Commentary on the flip so far includes: Mel “Toxic” Taylor, Hugetinymistake, Phillyburbs.com, and Carnyfeet, in addition to our Philadelphia Board. The first hour of music was: Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle AC/DC – Back In Black Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit Metallica – Enter Sandman The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California The Beastie Boys – Sabotage Kid Rock – So Hott Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train Bus...Read More

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