Emmis has flipped 102.7 K274AX Austin, TX from a simulcast of AAA 93.3 KGSR to all-Comedy. The new “Comedy 102.7” is using Donkey Comedy Network’s “24/7 Comedy“. The network has had success on Cumulus’ translator in Kansas City and on AM’s in a few other markets. Emmis prepared the following statement on KGSR’s website about the removal of the 102.7 simulcast: KGSR would have liked to have continued on 102.7, but our local management thought there was a unique opportunity to try something original on that frequency. They also discovered that 102.7 was not being used by very many people and that the overwhelming majority of KGSR listeners were/are using 93.3 Emmis Austin prides itself on delivering unique content and serving our communities. I...Read More
The EMF Broadcasting/Clear Channel translator partnership will soon bring Oldies to Baton Rouge as 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA debuts as “Downtown Radio 97.7“. The EMF owned translator has completed its upgrade from 13 to 250 watts and is being fed by Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Programming is to be provided by Clear Channel’s Premium Choice Oldies feed. The station’s name comes from emphasizing the fact that the translator primarily covers downtown Baton Rouge.
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an informal opposition from Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton, NJ, Apple Community Broadcasting has withdrawn the application.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
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
The Clear Channel/EMF bulk translator move to the IDS Center in Minneapolis has hit a few hitches. The planned moves of 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, 97.7 K249ED Albertville, 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids, and 102.5 K273BH Fridley have been hit with informal objections to move by a Jeff Sibert. The move of 97.7 is also being objected by United Audio Corp., the owner of 97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN. Northpine.com has more details on the move, including a part of history repeating itself. These petitions impacted Clear Channel’s frequency swap of 1130 KFAN and 100.3 KTLK earlier this month. A similar Clear Channel/EMF move in Baton Rouge is being protested as well. EMF has applied to upgrade 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA from 13 watts to 250 watts where it will simulcast Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Gu...Read More
Bluewater Broadcasting has launched a pair of new stations in Montgomery, AL via HD2 to translator. 96.1 WQKS-HD2 is home to Soft AC “Lite 100.5” W263BX. Billed as “Montgomery’s Lite & Easy Favorites” the station is billing Madonna, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, The Beatles, Bryan Adams and Chicago as core artists. The station launched on August 6. Today brought Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 107.1” W296AI fed by WQKS-HD3. That stations lists Salt N Pepa, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, TLC, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, and Tupac as core artists. Bluewater also operates Classic Hits “Q96.1” WQKS, Urban “97.9 Jamz” WJWZ, Country “BamaCountry 98.9” WBAM, Modern Rock “...Read More
The FCC has begun to clear its large backlog of pending translator applications in order to ensure some frequencies remain available for LPFM’s in their respective markets. Over 2000 translators applications were wiped out en masse. Among the markets where the translator applications will still be processed are Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. This has no bearing on any existing translator on-air or with a construction permit in these given markets, but could result in a slow down of new move-ins. See the list of markets here. Elsewhere there was a ton of movement in the past 10 days, especially in the growing relationship between Clear Channel and EMF Broadcasting. A number of EMF owned tran...Read More
Clear Channel launched a second Urban station in Lexington, KY at 1:00 today. Translator 103.9 W280DO has shifted from a simulcast of Christian AC “K-Love” 95.3 WVRB to 104.5 WLKT-HD2 as Urban “Wild 103.9“. W280DO operates at the maximum translator limit of 250 watts with city grade coverage of all of Lexington itself. The new station is designed to cut a few audience shares away from L.M. Communications’ “107.9 The Beat” WBTF by targetting that stations younger demos. WBTF has been the defacto Urban and Urban AC in the market and will now need to choose which side it wishes to superserve.
With the July 4 holiday, its been a quiet start to the month on the translator front. Here’s the rundown of the big moves since our last report. Maverick Media has acquired W262BR Beloit, WI from Edgewater Broadcasting for $45,000 and has begun the process of moving the station to Rockford, IL. The moves will bump the translator from 4 watts on 100.3 to 230 watts on 100.5 where it will move to the same tower as new sister Active Rock “104.9 The X” WXRX. As we mentioned in the Independence Day Format Change Rundown, Clear Channel has begun programming EMF Broadcasting’s 103.1 K276EL San Marcos, TX. The translator which is now simulcasting Sports “1300 The Zone” KVET Austin has a newly acquired Construction Permit to move to Austin with 250 watts. North of...Read More
This past week has seen a lot of moves for translators with Clear Channel making moves to add new programming options in two major markets. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, Clear Channel is teaming with EMF Broadcasting to bring two translators to the top of the IDS Center in Minneapolis. Northpine.com reports 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, MN will upgrade from 10 to 99 watts and rebroadcast 97.1 KTCZ-HD2, while 102.5 K273BH Fridley, MN will jump from 41 to 250 watts rebroadcasting 101.3 KDWB-HD2. Clear Channel purchased 103.5 K278BP Cottage Grove, MN from EMF last year. It is used to rebroadcast Sports 1130 KFAN via 100.3 KTLK-HD2. Clear Channel and EMF are also working in tandem in Detroit. As part of the deal that gave Clear Channel access to 103.5 in Minneapolis last year, EMF gained programming contr...Read More
The top story this week was Atlanta’s 97.9 W250BC debuting its new format as “Journey 97.9“. Clear Channel has signed on 105.1 W286BK Birmingham, AL. The 99 watt translator is owned by Way FM Media, but simulcasting 105.5 WERC-HD2. While currently airing Smooth Jazz, we expect the station to soon flip to Gospel as “Hallelujah 105.1“. Hallelujah1051.com was registered by Clear Channel on June 16. That would put the station in direct competition with Cox Media Group’s “Heaven 610” WAGG. KGVY Inc., owners of 1080 KGVY Green Valley/Tucson, AZ and Edgewater Broadcasting are swapping translators. Edgewater gets 102.3 K272DC Oro Valley, AZ in exchange for the Construction Permit to 100.7 K264BB Green Valley. Lakes Media’s 103.7 W279AO Danville...Read More