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FCC Report 1/15: KROY Gets Deleted

The pending sale of Roy Henderson's 99.7 KROY Palacios TX to New Wavo II will not proceed as the FCC has dismissed its 2013 license renewal and deleted the station. The saga of KROY began in November of 2007 when it filed for a Silent STA after its tower site was dismantled. A 2009 CP to move to a new location was never filed for a license to cover in July 2012 and was Silent or operating without FCC authorization. In response to an FCC letter of inquiry, Henderson stated that KROY operated from March 1 through 9, 2013 and December 23, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at sites without a license or STA. That kept the station silent in the FCC's eyes from December 26, 2009 when its final STA expired and March 15, 2014 when it began Program Test Authority. The FCC determined that the station's...Read More

Mid-Century Radio Moves Across Lake Champlain

After a brief simulcast of Country “97.9 The Moose” WZXP Au Sable, A&J Radio has launched 50s/60s Oldies “Mid-Century Radio” on 1070 WPLB (formerly WTWK) and 103.7 W242BS Plattsburgh NY. The format moves from Northeast Broadcasting’s “Channel 98” 1390 WCAT/98.3 W252CJ Burlington and 1420 WRSA St. Albans VT which are now Silent. A&J Radio, headed by Aaron & Jessica Ishmael, purchased WTWK and W242BS from Northeast Broadcasting in July 2016 for $140,000. The company also leases 97.9 WZXP from Randy Michaels’ Radioactive LLC.

Wild Stunt In Redding

Mapleton Communications’ 99.3 KQMS-FM Shasta Lake City/Redding CA is stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing. The station had been simulcasting sister News/Talk 1670 KQMS Redding/105.7 K289BT Anderson CA. That station has added a second translator 104.9 K285FE Redding to fill in some coverage holes. KQMS had swapped frequencies with what is now Sports 1400 KNRO Redding. Mapleton has applied for new KWLZ call letters for KQMS-FM.

KONO Returns To Oldies

Cox Media Group flipped Sports “CBS Sports 860” KONO San Antonio to Oldies at 6pm tonight. The station will flank sister Classic Hits 101.1 KONO-FM Helotes with a 1960s and 70s based playlist. The new format is launching with a commercial-free weekend. KONO had been carrying the CBS Sports Radio network around the clock along with a ocal afternoon show hosted by Walter Pasacrita. 860 KONO was one of the heritage Top 40s in the San Antonio market in the 1960s and 70s. The station flipped to Oldies in the late 80s and added the 101.1 simulcast in 1991. 860 would break off the simulcast and flip to the now former Sports format in January 2014.

WXTG To End Talk/Classic Country LMA

Talk/Classic Country “1490 The Outlaw” WXTG Hampton/Norfolk VA will flip to a simulcast of AAA “102.1 The Tide” WXTG-FM Virginia Beach next week. The Daily Press reports that Chuck Hall is ending its LMA and scrapping its option to buy the station that operated from his Langley Speedway. WXTG featured Imus In The Morning, Classic Country, and Motor Racing programming to promote the racetrack, which suspended car races in 2016. Owner Davis Media will return the station to a simulcast of their WXTG-FM when the take over.

Charlie Sykes & Others To Host WNYC & Minnesota Public Radio Nightly Call-In Show

WNYC and Minnesota Public Radio are launching a nightly call-in show “Indivisible” on Monday, January 23. Politico reports that the show will air Monday through Thursday nights for fourteen weeks focusing on Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Each night will have a different theme and host. Mondays will be hosted by Kai Wright and The Economist writers John Prideaux and Anne McElvoy with a focus on “how the world is reacting to the changes that are coming to Washington.” Tuesdays will feature WNYC’s Brian Lehrer on “how and how quickly American norms are changing”. Former 620 WTMJ Milwaukee late morning host Charlie Sykes, who exited the station last month despite becoming one of the top Conservative critics of Trump will host on Wednesdays. ...Read More

SiriusXM Hits 1 Launches Hits 1 In Hollywood With Michael Yo, Tony Fly & Symon

Sirius XM’s Hits is launching a new live afternoon show from its studios in the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles with two well known radio personalities at the helm. “Hits 1 In Hollywood” will be hosted by Michael Yo, Tony Fly, and Symon weekdays from 7-10pm eastern/4-7pm pacific. Yo, who is currently a co-host of the syndicated television series The Insider and a stand-up comedian, previously spent 12 years at iHeartMedia CHR “Y100” WHYI Miami. Fly, best known for his long run at iHeartMedia CHR 101.3 KDWB Minneapolis, joins SiriusXM from afternoons at Cumulus Classic Hip-Hop “105 The Vibe” Minneapolis. Symon, the newcomer to radio, is a pop/R&B/house performer currently working on her debut album. SiriusXM announced today the launch o...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 1/13

Station Sales Public Broadcasting of Colorado purchases Regional Mexican 1490 KXRE/102.1 K271CK Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs CO from Latino Communications for $550,000. KXRE will simulcast the Public News/Talk programming of 90.1 KCFR Denver. Apex Broadcasting sells Gospel “Heaven 1390” WSPO Charleston SC and their translator CP 100.1 W261DG to John Cardillo’s Chatter Media for $375,000. Cardillo hosts a syndicated Conservative Talk show and mornings on Salem Media’s “880 The Biz” Sweetwater/Miami FL. Last Chance Public Radio Association donates their CP for 88.5 in Helena MT to Montana State University – Billings’ Yellowstone Public Radio. The new CP will rebroadcast the Public News/Talk/Classical programming originating at 91.7 KEMC Billings,...Read More

WFGM Flips To Classic Country

AJG Corporation Classic Hits “Classic Top 40 93.1” WFGM-FM Barrackville/Morgantown WV flipped to Classic Country “93.1 The River” at the start of 2017. Positioned as “True Country”, the station is centered musically on the 1990s with its playlist stretching from the 70s through 2010. The move comes as AJG is swapping Country 97.9 WKKW to sister company West Virginia Radio Corporation. West Virginia Radio Corporation had launched Classic Hits “Sky 106.5” WWLW Clarksburg in September 2016, with its signal sharing considerable overlap with WFGM-FM.

Dave & Mahoney Return To X107.5 Las Vegas

After leaving CBS Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX Houston, Dave Farra and Jason Mahoney are returning to sister Alternative “X107.5” KXTE Pahrump/Las Vegas. Farra, Mahoney, and Daena “DK” Kramer left KXTE for KHMX in September 2015 after six years at the station. Kramer will not remain with the show when it returns to Las Vegas on February 6. Farra and Mahoney will supplant Marc ‘Marco’ Orem in mornings at KXTE. Orem joined KXTE in February 2016 along with Joe ‘Jeetz’ Reeder. Jeetz quickly jumped to Hubbard “Rock 98.9” KVRQ Seattle in September, while Orem left in December and was just named as new morning host at Beasley Country 99.5 WQYK Tampa. KXTE X107.5 is thrilled to welcome back The Dave & Mahoney Morning Show to La...Read More

Daily Domains 1/12: FM News/Talk Coming To Detroit?

Is someone planning on launching a new Spoken Word FM in Detroit? Or are they trying to push CBS to make a move of WWJ to FM? Also domains for San Antonio, Springfield, Lafayette, and possibly Boston.

Debbie Mazella Upped To WMGQ Program Director

Beasley Media AC “Magic 98.3” WMGQ New Brunswick NJ has promoted APD/midday host Debbie Mazella to Program Director. Mazella succeeds Jeff Rafter, who departed to join Press Communications as VP/Programming in late 2016. Mazella has worked at WMGQ since 2007 after previously working Hot AC “94.3 The Point” WJLK Asbury Park and as a traffic reporter in the New York market. Additionally WMGQ moves John Lisk from nights to afternoons to replace Rafter. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has promoted Debbie Mazella to Program Director of WMGQ (Magic 98.3) in Central New Jersey. “Ever since my childhood, I wanted to be involved in radio and I’m extremely grateful to the mentors who have influenced, encouraged and helped...Read More

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