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Another Charleston Flip: 1390 WXTC Goes Sports

Apex Broadcasting continues the shuffle of its signals in Charleston, SC as it flips Gospel 1390 WXTC to Sports. The new WSPO also adds an FM simulcast on a translator at 99.3. The WSPO calls had been parked at 95.9, which is now WIOP. The station’s lineup features: 6am to 9am – The Tony D. Morning Show (Tony Desiere, Neil Kirkpatirck, and Jennifer Burns) 9am to 12pm – Dan Patrick (Content Factory) 12pm to 3pm – Tim Brando (Sporting News Radio) 3pm to 7pm – Southern Sports Now with Seth Harp, Jonas Mount, and Nick Case 7pm to 10pm – Tim Montemayor (Sporting News Radio) 10pm to 1am – Tony Bruno (Content Factory) 1am to 6am – Sporting News Radio

Air America 1050 Washington DC Launches

Air America Radio will begin its LMA of Bonneville’s 1050 WTOP Silver Spring, MD/Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 17. The newly minted WZAA will carry the Air America network programming along with some local inserts. 1050 most recently simulcasted the WTOP News programming that continues at 103.5 FM as well as two suburban FM’s in the Washington market.

FM 95.9 Charleston Debuts

Over the past few years a number of moves have been made to move stations in and out of the Charleston, SC market. The final piece of that puzzle has been put into place as Apex Broadcasting’s WSPO Isle of Palms has signed on with Classic Hits as “FM 95.9“. The move-in required the following steps to occur: 107.5 WNKT moved into the Columbia market. 101.7 WMGL moved to 107.3. 96.1 WAVF and 101.7 WKZQ Myrtle Beach swapped frequencies.

Now Breezing in Salt Lake City

Capital Broadcasting Bright AC KBZN Ogden/Salt Lake City, UT has rebranded as “Now 97.9“. The station had shifted from Smooth Jazz to AC late in 2008, but had kept its “Breeze” moniker until recently. Musically the station is similar to CBS’ “Fresh” branded stations. Meanwhile, Clear Channel has rebranded crosstown AC KOSY as “Today’s 106.5” presumably to counter Now’s presentation.

More FM Sports in Grand Rapids

Just a few weeks following 107.3 WKLQ Grand Rapids dropping Rock for Sports, another Western Michigan FM looks to be making the same move. Clear Channel’s “Radio X 96.1” WMAX-FM looks to be dropping Alternative for ESPN Radio. Clear Channel has registered ESPN961.com and ESPNWestMichigan.com. Meanwhile, a Twitter account for the new station has appeared with the following statement heralding the new format “West Michigan, we’re coming to your radio this summer, ESPN RADIO 96.1 FM“.

KVTT Dallas Sold; To Go AAA

North Texas Public Broadcasting, owners of NPR News/Talk 90.1 KERA-FM Dallas, has announced the acquisition of Christian Talk 91.7 “The Truth” KVTT from Covenant Educational Media for $18 Million. Upon closure of the sale the station will flip to AAA.

River Runs Through Knoxville

New sign-on 106.1 WJRV Oliver Springs/Knoxville, TN has debuted bringing back a former station name back to the market. “106.1 The River” resurrects the branding that resided on 100.3 (and later 98.7) WOKI earlier this decade. The format lies in between AAA and Hot AC and includes many voicetracked jocks from Waitt Radio Networks.

WHFS Returns

CBS Radio has announced that legendary Alternative “WHFS” will return to Washington, DC on Wednesday at Noon via the HD2 subchannel of “94.7 Fresh FM” WTGBand online at HFS2.com. Longtime WHFS personality Cerphe will host the first two hours tomorrow, although it is unknown at this time whether he will continue to be a part of the new incarnation, which will also include HFStival performances and artist interviews much like CBS’s WNEW.com in New York. Since its debut on 102.3 in Bethesda, MD in the 70’s, WHFS has shifted from 99.1 Annapolis to its most recent incarnation on 105.7 in Baltimore. The calls are currently parked on Talk “1580 The Big Talker” in Morningside, MD.

93.1 Sacramento: Something Classic

Update 6/4/09: After a few days of signal testing and stunting as Talk, Soft AC, and Modern Rock, 93.1 debuted its official format as “Classic 93.1“. Using one of the Clear Channel “Premium Choice” formats, the music and jocks are identical to those at WOLZ Fort Myers and KQLL Tulsa. Update 6/1/09: The first step towards the launch of the new 93.1 in Sacramento will take place today as KOSO Patterson/Modesto shifts from 93.1 to 92.9. This will pave the way for the sign-on of the new signal in the Sacramento market. Additionally the above image has replaced the one below on the Clear Channel server. We think both are decoys and the new station will either be Rhythmic AC utilizing the 931FeelIt.com domain or a last minute audible will be called and the station will go...Read More

Power Out in San Antonio

Update 6/1/09: At 5:00pm, KPWT did become “FM Talk 106.7” with the following lineup: 5am – 8am: Mancow 8am – 11am: Neal Boortz 11am – 2pm: Laura Ingraham 2pm – 5pm: Clark Howard 5pm – 9pm: Michael Savage 9pm – 12am: Dr. Laura Schlessinger 12am – 3am: Phil Hendrie 3am – 5am: Jerry Doyle Update 5/28/09 1:30pm: At 12:00pm Central Time, KPWT segued from Urban to a stunt with Christmas Music. The station is hyping that “The Conversation Will Continue Monday At 5:00pm”. Original Post 5/27/09: Cox Radio’s Rhythmic CHR “Power 106.7” KPWT San Antonio will flip to Talk as “FM Talk 106.7“. The lineup will consist of all syndicated hosts including Mancow in morning drive.

Eagle Flying in Houston

Update 6/1/09: As expected, 107.5 relaunched as “107.5 The Eagle” with Dean & Rog’s debut this morning. Original Post 5/20/09: Cox Radio has changed the call letters of Classic Hits “K-Hits 107.5” KHTC Houston to KGLK. On June 1, Dean & Rog, the longtime morning team at crosstown Classic Rock KKRW “93.7 The Arrow” are to debut on the station following the expiration of their non-compete. Is a full rebranding of the station to accompany the debut of the new morning show? Looks like it, as 1075theeagle.com was registered in April by Cox’s registrar. Cox operates Classic Hits stations using “The Eagle” branding in Birmingham, Dayton, Jacksonville and Tampa. Thanks to @stelly on Twitter for bringing the scoop.

Beasley Sells Two In Las Vegas

Beasley Broadcasting has sold 790 KBET and 104.3 KCYE Las Vegas to Silver State Communications for $15.25 Million. As part of the deal, 104.3’s KCYE calls and “Coyote Country” branding will move to 102.7, currently the home of CHR KFRH “102.7 Now“. KBET has begun shifting from Classic Country to Sports as it has added a local midday talk show and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball.