Beasley Modern Rock “107.9 The Alternative” KVGS Las Vegas dropped its format at 12am this morning and has flipped to Variety Hits as “107.9 Bob-FM“. The move returns the format to the Las Vegas market for the first time since CBS flipped “100.5 Jack-FM” KKJJ to News/Talk in August 2010. 107.9 has been Modern Rock since 2005, first as “Area 108” and “Area 107.9” before rebranding as “The Alternative” in 2009. The move takes it out of direct competition with CBS’ “X107.5” KXTE.
On top of today’s news of the FCC mandated shutdown of 104.7 W284BQ Detroit, a pair of other major translator moves have taken place. On Friday we reported on 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY’s attempt to move towards New York City. That is all moot. Following an informal opposition from Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton, NJ, Apple Community Broadcasting has withdrawn the application. Radio-One has completed its upgrade and move of 89.1 W206BI Hamtramck, MI to 99.9 in Detroit. The translator, which they acquired in December 2010 from Best Media for $120,000, has upgraded from 10 watts to 250. The translator is now simulcasting Talk 1200 WCHB.
The FCC has ordered Martz Communications’ Smooth Jazz “104.7 The Oasis” W284BQ Detroit off the air due to interference against Clear Channel’s WIOT Toledo, OH. The translator, which debuted in April, had claimed that it had resolved the interference by offering smartphones with Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio app to those who had complained to the FCC about the interference. Read the whole FCC order here. Clear Channel has been on the other side of the battle in the two other major translator interference battles this year. Apple 107.1’s 106.3 W292DV New York, which was planned to simulcast 106.7 WLTW-HD2 has been silent since May due to interference to Press Communications’ “Thunder 106” WKMK Eatontown, NJ and EMF Broadcasting’s atte...Read More
JVC Broadcasting’s Dance CHR “Party 105” WPTY Long Island has shifted to a gold based Rhythmic AC. The station had been using the moniker “Party FM” since its ill-fated simulcast on 87.7 WNYZ in New York, but has returned to its prior “Party 105” branding with the change from current intensive to no currents at all. Here’s a sample hour from 1:00pm today: Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) Robin S – Show Me Love Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance Pink – Get The Party Started Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough Laura Braniga...Read More
Mapleton Communications has dropped Classical Music on “K-Bach” 103.9 KBOQ Seaside/Monterey, CA. In its place the station has shifted to Soft AC/Oldies as “B103.9“. The new station is billed as “Songs You Remember” and is featuring John Tesh in mornings. Here is a sample hour of the station from 12pm today: Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me Toto – Africa The Beatles – We Can Work It Out Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World Luther Vandross – Always And Forever The Beach Boys – Kokomo Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You Frankie Valli – My Eyes Adored You Sugar Ray – Someday Wham! – Careless Whisper The Sup...Read More
Update 10/15: The new online channels have gone live this morning. Original Report 10/14: SiriusXM has begun to leak details of its upcoming “SiriusXM 2.0” programming initiative. With the release of its Lynx radio, that receives its online channels via WiFi or Bluetooth, the company is expanding its programming offerings for that radio and its existing SiriusXM Internet Radio. The Digital Radio Central discussion board has discovered listings for the new channels on SiriusXM’s staging server. The new channels are as follows: 300 – Party Mega Mix – Pop, Rock & Dance Party Songs 310 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio – Music By Rock Hall Inducted Artists 313 – Rockbar – Rock & Roll Jukebox Songs 316 – SiriusXM Comes Alive...Read More
Entercom will flip Classic Country 790 WMC Memphis, TN to Sports on Monday, October 17. The new “Sports 790” will assume the affiliation of Fox Sports Radio from 730 KQPN. As part of the changes, the Jim Rome show will move from Entercom sister “ESPN 92.9 & 680” WMFS. 92.9 will replace Rome in the 11am-2pm slot by running the final hour of ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, the first hour of The Scott Van Pelt Show, and expanding local afternoon host Eric Hasseltine into the 1:00 hour.
Update 10/14: Journal has confirmed that 106.3 will relaunch as “106.3 The Groove” branded as “Tucson’s Old School” on Monday, October 24. Journal applied for the KTGV call letters way back on August 31 for the station, which should take effect soon after the format change. Original Report 10/6: Changes are right around the corner at Journal Broadcasting’s Rhythmic Oldies “Mega 106.3” KGMG Tucson. On Wednesday the company let go of three staffers. PD/Morning and Afternoon host Ken Carr, middayer Rosemary Watson, and weekender Dino were all dismissed as the station prepares to move in another direction. A staff e-mail obtained by The Arizona Daily Star explains, “As many know, the company has invested in intensive technical upgrades and ...Read More
Apple Community Broadcasting is attempting to bring another translator closer to New York City. While its 106.3 W293BU remains in limbo, its 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY has applied to move its tower about 12 miles west on the Long Island Expressway. From its new tower, just over the border separating Queens from Nassau County, the translator will operate with 10 watts. Another translator will attempt to move to Austin, TX. Big Bend Broadcasting has applied to move 105.5 K288FJ from Bastrop, TX to Austin where it will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of Border Media’s 92.5 KXXS with 99 watts. Big Bend Broadcasting acquired 105.5 last year in a swap with Emmis for 102.7 K274AX after Emmis was unable to move 105.5 into Austin. The FCC has approved EMF’s application for 102.5 W273BL Akr...Read More
Elyria-Lorian Broadcasting has sold AAA “V107.3” WNWV Cleveland to Rubber City Radio Group for an undisclosed price. WNWV joins Akron, OH based Country 94.9 WQMX, Rock 97.5 WONE, and Full Service Oldies 1590 WAKR in Rubber City’s cluster. Elyria-Lorain retains a cluster of stations west of Cleveland: News/Talk 930 WEOL Elyria, “Kool Gold 1510” WLKR Norwalk, AAA 95.3 WLKR-FM Norwalk, and Country “K96” WKFM Huron. More from Ohio Media Watch who first broke news of the sale.
Update 2:05pm: Our earlier assumption was correct as KDRK relaunched as New Country “93.7 The Mountain” at 11:00am local time. The station describes the new branding on Facebook as “It’s new day in Radio – Welcome to The Mountain. We’ll give you the New Country you love…we’re just changing the way things are done! The Mountain is committed to serving YOU, the listener. After all, you have many choices, and we want you to know how vital you are to us. We live, work & play here, just like you. Stay with us for New Country on 93.7 The Mountain. Sybil & Jamie return after Halloween!”. Original Report 11:45am: Mapleton Communications “93.7 The Cat” KDRK Spokane, WA has dropped its format and is now stunting in preparati...Read More
Savannah, GA rimshot “92.3 The Point” WSGA Hinesville, GA has dropped its Hot AC format for Classic Country. The new “Classic Country 92.3” is using Dial Global’s syndicated programming along with local high school football coverage. The change comes as Straight Way Broadcasting finalizes the acquisition of the station from the receivership of the former Tama Broadcasting.