Author: Lance Venta

Billings’ Pop Crush 97.1 Debuts

Update 7/3: At 10:00am, KKBR Billings launched its new CHR format as “Pop Crush 97.1“. The station will feature the syndicated Elvis Duran in the morning and Billy Bush in evenings along with locally staffed middays and afternoons. Tara Nicole will host middays with the afternoon slot yet to be filled. Update 7/2: Instead of Kiss, it appears the new format will be branded as “Pop...Read More

Rogers Launches Canadian Country Brand

Update 7/3: Rogers completed the rebranding of the remainder of their FM Country stations to the “Country” moniker. “Y101” CKBY Smiths Falls/Ottawa is now “Country 101.1“, “Kix 93.5” CKXC Kingston is now “Country 93.5“, and “Q104” CJQM Sault Ste. Marie is now “Country 104.3“. The changes bring identical logos and i...Read More

Planet Radio Returns To Jacksonville

Clear Channel has relaunched the “Planet Radio” Rock brand in Jacksonville. The new incarnation of the station comes via translator 106.9 W295AZ and 97.9 WNWW-HD2. The 99 watt translator had been rebroadcasting Clear Channel’s “Sportsradio 930” WFXJ. The Active Rocker is being branded as “Jacksonville’s Real Rock” and promoting being commercial free ...Read More

Birmingham Mountain Radio Comes To FM

AAA will return to the FM dial in Birmingham today as webcaster “Birmingham Mountain Radio” begins simulcasting its programming on 107.3 W297BF Birmingham via Summit Media’s WZNN-HD2. The change, which will take place at noon today, will displace the national ESPN programming feed which had been carried on the translator and 1320 WENN. Birmingham Mountain Radio is a fully staffed...Read More

KHTK Sacramento Resets; Don Geronimo Back To Middays

“CBS Sports 1140” KHTK Sacramento is shuffling its lineup and resetting back to its previous “Sports 1140 KHTK” moniker. Starting July 8, morning host Don Geronimo will shift back to middays from 12-3pm along with co-hosts Drew Hoffar and Little Joe Pittman. The rest of Geronimo’s team, Joe Ardinger, Mark “Phantom” Lowe, and Craig Harless are departing the...Read More

Las Vegas Sports Affiliation Swap

Kemp Broadcasting’s 670 KMZQ and Lotus Communications’ 920 KBAD Las Vegas are changing Sports network affiliations. Kemp’s “670 The Q” drops Yahoo! Sports Radio for Fox Sports Radio and rebrands as “Fox Sports 670“. The station retains Mancow in the morning and adds Premiere Radio Networks Artie Lange Show for nights. The rest of the lineup will come from ...Read More

Two Bridges Crossing Louisiana

Two Christian AC’s branded “The Bridge” are launching in Louisiana. Opus Broadcasting debuted “104.3 The Bridge” KEZP Bunkie/Alexandria on June 21. The station had been running Christian programming as “EZ Praise 104.3” since earlier this year when it dropped its Conservative Talk format. On the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, New Horizon Christian Fell...Read More

Cumulus Launches Nights Live With Adam Bomb

Perez Hilton is departing Cumulus Media Network’s “Perez Nights Live” syndicated nightly program. Co-Host Adam Bomb will take the reigns of the program as it gets rebranded as “Nights Live with Adam Bomb“. Hilton will continue to produces his “Radio Perez” gossip features for the network, which will also be featured on the nightly program. Nights Live with...Read More

Breeze Blows Into Tulsa

As expected with Stephens Media’s acquisition of Shamrock’s Tulsa stations, Classic Hits “94.1 The Sound” KTSO has debuted a new format. At 6am this morning, KTSO flipped to AC as “94.1 The Breeze“. The Tulsa market had been without a Mainstream AC since 2010 when 92.9 KBEZ flipped to Variety Hits. Domain registrations pointing to an AC flip have dated back to A...Read More

KTAR Shuffles Schedule As Dan Bickley Joins

Bonneville’s “Arizona Sports” 620 KTAR Phoenix is shuffling its schedule on July 29. Dan Bickley, who had been co-hosting afternoons with Mike “MJ” Jurecki on Clear Channel’s recently rebranded “Fox Sports 910” KGME, will join KTAR to co-host a 12-2pm show with Vince Marotta. Bickley will also be expanding his duties with Gannett’s Arizona Repu...Read More

The Beach To Debut In Hilo

Resonate Hawaii LLC Alternative “102.7 The Beach” KTBH-FM Kurtistown/Hilo will debut on July 4 at 12pm. The launch comes as the former AC on 102.1 completes its signal upgrade to a Class C3 with 21kW horizontal from Mauna Kea giving the station coverage over most of the island of Hawaii. The new format will be branded as “True Alternative” with what the station calls a R...Read More

WGN Continues Changes

The wheel of changes continues at Tribune News/Talk 720 WGN Chicago. Just six months after it last revamped its lineup, the station is resetting some of the additions made then. Late night host Turi Ryder and “Noon Show” host Carol Roth have departed the station. Mike McConnell, who had been hosting a split 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm shift will regain the noon hour. The bigger change comes ...Read More