WHBQ Expands To Tupelo

The station that first played Elvis Presley is now available in his hometown. After stunting with a loop of Frosty The Snowman for the past two months, Flinn Broadcasting’s 96.3 WXWX Marietta/Tupelo MS has flipped back to Sports with a simulcast of “Sports 56” 560 WHBQ/87.7 WPGF-LP Memphis. Prior to beginning its Frosty stunt, WXWX was operated via LMA by Telesouth Communications as “ESPN 96.3“. The end of the LMA on August 1 left the Tupelo market without a Sports station.

FCC Report 10/23: WALI heads to Hilton Head

Concurrent with Apex Media's purchase of Hot AC "i93.7" WALI Walterboro SC from Premiere Enterprises for $325,000, the station has filed to move to Burton SC while upgrading to a Class C3. The move will shift WALI into the Beaufort/Hilton Head Island market where it will operate with 11kW/150m. To keep first local service in Walterboro, Grace Baptist Church of Orangeburg has applied to change the city-of-license of 810 WWOS St. George to Walterboro.

WKWS Flips To Classic Country

After a week of stunting with nonstop Garth Brooks, West Virginia Radio Corporation Country “96.1 The Wolf” WKWS Charleston WV flipped to Classic Country “96.1 KWS” at 7:00 this morning. The newly positioned “Superstar Country” is focusing on Country hits from 1985-2005 while stretching a bit in both directions. WKWS’ 1pm hour today consisted of: Neal McCoy – The Shake James Otto – Just Got Started Lovin’ You The Judds – Mama She’s Crazy Eddie Rabbit – I Love A Rainy Night John Michael Montgomery – Sold Pam Tillis – Maybe It Was Memphis Keith Urban – Days Go By Randy Travis – Better Class of Losers Dixie Chicks – Landslide Jerry Reed – East Bound and Down George Strait – ...Read More

Daily Domains 10/21: iHeart Punching An FM Ticket?

Where is iHeartMedia planning to debut Sports "105.7 The Ticket"?

Station Sales Week Of 10/21

Station Sales Salem Media is converting its LMA of Conservative Talk “860 The Answer” KTRB San Francisco into a $5.125 million purchase from Susan Uecker, the bankruptcy court appointed receiver of Pappas Radio through an East Bay Broadcasting subsidiary. Salem began operating KTRB on July 1 after a previous attempt to sell the station to John Douglas’ US International Radio for $6.5 million in 2015 was cancelled. Apex Media agrees to purchase Hot AC “i93.7” WALI Walterboro SC from Premiere Enterprises for $325,000. The station has also filed an application to relocate to Burton SC where it will join Apex Media’s Variety Hits “SC103” 103.1 WVSC Port Royal and Classic Hits “104.9 The Surf” WLHH Ridgeland in targeting the Hilton Hea...Read More

LHTC Media Acquires Four In Morgantown WV

LHTC Media is acquiring Spectrum Radio Fairmont’s four stations in the Morgantown WV market. LHTC will add Classic Rock “94 Rock” 94.3 WRLF Fairmont, Hot AC “Variety 100.9” WZST Westover, News/Talk 920 WMMN Fairmont, and News/Talk 1490 WTCS Fairmont for $700,000 as long as the cluster 2016 revenue is that amount, otherwise the price drops to $650,000. WZST currently serves as the flagship station for the Morgantown based West Virginia University Mountaineers. LHTC owns “PA Talk” 910 WAVL Apollo, 1480 WCNS Latrobe and cable television systems in Western Pennsylvania. This is to announce that a contract has been signed and an application has been filed with the FCC for the transfer of radio stations WRLF-FM, WZST- FM, WMMN-AM, and WTCS-AM, Morgantown...Read More

WIP Sets New Midday Show With Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie

CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia will debut a new midday show on Monday, October 24 with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie. DeCamara joins WIP from Greater Media’s “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM where he was hosting nights. Ritchie spent seven years in the NFL as a fullback including two with the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently also serves as a fantasy football analyst for DirecTV after spending time at ESPN and NBC Sports Network and recently ran for the Pennsylvania state senate. DeCamara and Ritchie will replace Michael Barkann and Ike Reese in middays. Barkann exits the station, while Reese will be part of the reconstituted afternoon show to be announced in the coming weeks. CBS RADIO’S SportsRadio 94WIP today announced the team of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie as the s...Read More

The Last Days Of Disco … Rocked

Everybody knows what happens when you listen to Dark Side of the Moon and watch The Wizard of Oz. Now, try this one. Cue up the single version of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.” It’s the one that begins instrumentally, without the “Happiest Days of Our Lives” intro, and without the scream. Now, think of “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave, specifically the “boo-gie nights” chant that precedes, and continues through, the first verse. Now, play the thumping first three notes of “Another Brick in the Wall.” And sing “boo-gie nights.” It fits perfectly. “Boogie Nights” was about two years old by the time “The Wall” came out. Usually, the lag between a hit single and the song it vaguely sounds like is closer to a year. (This British hit by Carl Douglas of “Kung-Fu Fighting” fame was e...Read More

University of Nevada Launches Classical KNCJ Reno

University of Nevada-Reno launched Classical 89.5 KNCJ Reno on October 13. The station joins Public News/Talk 88.7 KUNR Reno in the school’s holdings. KNCJ is utilizing Public Radio International’s Classical 24 programming on weekdays and a mix of Classical, Jazz and Opera programming on weekends. The station is debuting a local monthly Jazz concert series “Sunday Jazz at RLT” on October 23 featuring local Jazz artists. The launch concludes an over twenty year attempt to bring the station to Reno. UNR first applied for the 89.5 allocation in 1995. It was granted a Construction Permit in October 2007 after being selected from a mutually-exclusive application pool. Original Report 11/12/2015: The University of Nevada has set plans for the launch of 89.5 KNCJ Reno. The...Read More

KBTK Moves To 97.1

Grenax Broadcasting Conservative Talk “105.1 The Big Talker” KBTK Kachina Village/Flagstaff AZ has completed its move to 97.1. The move of KBTK was mandated by Univison’s upgrade of 105.3 KHOV-FM Wickenburg AZ to as a Class C1 on 105.1 to improve its coverage of the Phoenix market. KBTK continues to operate as a C2 with 5kW/444m.

Classic Rock Wolf Debuts In College Station

Brazos Valley Communications has flipped Sports “ESPN Aggieland 103.9” KJXJ Franklin/College Station TX to Classic Rock “103.9 The Fox“. The flip returns Rock to the station a year and a half after it dropped its Active Rock “Rock 103.9” identity for Sports. The new format positions KJXJ directly against iHeartMedia’s “99.5 The Fox” KNFX-FM Bryan. KJXJ registered a 0.9 share in the Spring 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings. Its new target KNFX held a 6.4 share.

Nearly Instant Insight On Today’s Big Moves

There are plenty of days when there is little news to report which then gets balanced by days like today when you get flooded with big stories that have the potential to have repercussions for many months and years forward. Starting with Entercom’s purchase into Charlotte via the mandated Greater Media divestitures and WFNZ, you have to first start with noting how much was paid compared to what Greater Media acquired WBT AM/FM and WLNK in 2007. Entercom will pay less than a quarter of the $100 million Greater Media forked down for one less station nine years ago. The debt taken on just before the economic collapse eventually led to Beasley acquiring the company. With Entercom bulking up lately on sports play-by-play rights and Beasley shying away from the format (Selling WQAM Miami a...Read More

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