Format Changes

Wild Willie Brings Classic Country To Panama City

The Christmas music on WWLY Panama City gave way to its new identity of Classic Country “Wild Willie 100” at 8am this morning. Promoting “Real! Country! Legends!” such as George Strait, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, the new format creates an older skewing in-market competitor for iHeartMedia’s market leading 92.5 WPAP and Powell Broadcasting’s “Kick’n 103.5” WKNK. Gulf South Communications Classic Country “96.9 The Legend” WDJR Hartford AL, which primarily serves the Dothan market, is also heard throughout much of the Panama City market. Marc Summers, Operations Manager for Magic Broadcasting Panama City will serve as Program Director for WWLY. Original Report 3/20: With Rock “97X” WYYX relocating...Read More

WFML To Return To Vincennes University Operation

After ten years under the auspices of DLC Media, Vincennes University Foundation will resume operations of its 96.7 WFML Vincennes IN on April 1. DLC Media has operated WFML under multiple formats including Country, Rock, and since 2014 as Variety Hits “96.7 Jack-FM“. The station will be placed under the VU Broadcasting umbrella that operates student run Hot AC “Blazer 91.1” WVUB and PBS affiliate WVUT-TV. WFML will debut its new format on Sunday, April 2 under new Program Director Dane Foley. Foley most recently hosted at Original Company Country “106.5 The Bullet” WWBL Washington IN. The station will continue to operate as a commercial facility. DLC Media also announced that it will break 910 WAKO Lawrenceville IL off of its simulcast of sister AC R...Read More

Alpha Shakes Up Richmond Cluster

With the sale of Country “98.9 The Wolf” 98.9 WLFV Midlothian/100.3 WARV-FM Petersburg to Educational Media Foundation about to close, Alpha Media has made changes at its two remaining Richmond VA market stations. Classic Hits “107.3 BBT” WBBT-FM Powhatan has flipped to 1980s Hits positioning as “The 80s Station”. WLFV middayer Jason Paige has moved to mornings at WBBT-FM replacing now former Program Director Jim Conlee, who exits. WLFV/WARV-FM are currently running music beds and imaging redirecting listeners to sister Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM” WWLB Ettrick. With “The Wolf” reaching its end, WWLB has added some more recent artists such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert to its now-mostly 80s/90s Country play...Read More

Mapleton Launches 94.1 The Bear Spokane

Mapleton Communications flipped Adult Standards “Magic 790” KJRB Spokane WA to Classic Rock “94.1 The Bear” at 7am on Tuesday as it signed on its new FM translator. Launching with the normal 10,000 songs in a row commercial free, the new format is positioning as “The Rock You Know”. The new format goes up against iHeartMedia’s market leading 98.9 KKZX and QueenB Radio “Rock 94.5” KHTQ. Mapleton Spokane OM Greg Tillotson will add programming duties for KJRB. 94.1 K231CU Spokane operates with 99w/408m giving nearly full market coverage.

K-Surf Goes Fulltime Oldies On KBOQ

The neverending quest for younger demographics has reached Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters Standards “Unforgettable 1260” KBOQ Beverly Hills/Los Angeles as it flipped to 50s/60s Oldies “K-Surf“. The move comes just a week after Mount Wilson launched the “K-Surf” brand as a full-time format on 105.1 KKGO-HD2 Los Angeles and as a weekend block on KBOQ. The station previous held a similar format and brand in the mid-2000s. The full-time switch to Oldies “due to overwhelming demand” too place on Friday, March 17. The most recent iteration of the Adult Standards format, which had debuted in August 2016, will remain available online.

WQEZ Traverse City Flips To Rock

Black Diamond Broadcasting has flipped Soft AC “Easy 95.5” WQEZ Glen Arbor/Traverse City MI to a simulcast of Rock “Rock 105” WGFM Cheboygan. 95.5 takes on new WGFE call letters as it returns to the simulcast it previously held from September 2009 until April 2013. The new format on 95.5 gives a direct format competitor in Traverse City to Northern Broadcast Rock “97.5 KLT” WKLT Kalkaska/98.9 WKLZ Petoskey. WKLT/WKLZ is set to flip to a broader music mix when Blarney Stone Broadcasting completes its purchase of Northern Broadcast. The former WQEZ call letters move to “Easy 106.3” WOEZ Onaway/Cheboygan, which previously ran the same music as 95.5 with separate imaging and commercials.

95.9 Jamz Debuts In Eau Claire

Midwest Family Broadcasting has flipped “Oldies 1150” WEAQ Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire WI to Rhythmic CHR “95.9 Jamz” with the launch of 95.9 W240DC Chippewa Falls. Running jockless, the station is promoting itself as “non-stop music without all the talk” with core artists including Bruno Mars, Drake, The Weeknd, Rihanna, The Chainsmokers, and Ariana Grande. The new Jamz format will flank sister Hot AC “I94” 94.1 WIAL against iHeartMedia CHR “Z100” 100.7 WBIZ-FM. It will also intend to protect Midwest Family Country 104.5 WAXX‘s overall market lead against second ranked WBIZ-FM.

96.3 RnB Austin To Move To 95.9

Entercom Urban AC “96.3 RnB” K242CC/95.5 KKMJ-HD2 Austin will move to 95.9 at 9:59am on Friday, March 24. The move to 96.3 is due to the recent sign-on of RF Services’ 96.3 KGID Giddings TX displacing K242CC. While Entercom has filed a petition for reconsideration with the FCC disputing that KGID had not been built prior to its filing of a license to cover in late January, its own CP for K242CC to move to 95.9 is set to expire on March 25. The move to 95.9 will come with a power downgrade from 250 watts to 99 watts, while retaining its current 341 meter antenna height. K242CC is usually one of the highest rated translators averaging around a 3 share. Entercom Austin today announced that 96.3 FM RnB will move to a new position on the dial at 95.9 FM. The station will be li...Read More

Easy 95.3 Debuts On Mount Washington

Mount Washington Radio & Gramophone LLC has launched Soft AC “Easy 95.3” 1340 WBNC Conway/95.3 W237BX North Conway NH. The new format replaces the previous Travelers Information programming that had aired on the station. The new format is positioned as “Easy Listening Favorites” from the 1950s through today and lists Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Nora Jones, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Air Supply, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Lionel Ritchie and Hall and Oates as core artists. Karen E. Williams, who previously worked at sister AAA 93.5 WMWV, will host daily from 9am-5pm. Mount Washington Radio & Gramophone L.L.C., a locally owned and operated radio group located in North Conway, New Hampshire, has announced a format chan...Read More

The Big Talker Returns To Wilmington NC

Chad Adams’ Red Wolf Broadcasting (unrelated to the Connecticut based company of the same name) will take over the LMA of Carolina Christian Radio’s 106.7 WMYT Carolina Beach/Wilmington NC on Monday, March 20. Red Wolf will relaunch the station as “106.7 The Big Talker” WFBT resurrecting the brand that was previously heard on 93.7 WNTB/106.3 WLTT until its flip to News “Port City Radio” in 2013. The format change at those stations were timed to Adams’ retirement from the station. Adams will host from 9-11am while Pam & John Dismukes will join for mornings. The rest of the station’s lineup will include Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Mike Gallagher, Dana Loesch, and Coast To Coast AM. The Big Talker FM will return to the airwaves of coastal No...Read More

920 KGX & 1340 KWXY Palm Springs Unveil New Identities

Desert Broadcasters launched its two new brands in Palm Springs at this afternoon as 920 KKGX Palm Springs became Conservative Talk “KGX Real Talk” while 1340 KWXY Cathedral City will return to its heritage Soft Oldies/Beautiful Music identity. KKGX’s all-syndicated programming lineup will include the Armstrong & Getty in mornings, Chris Plante from 10am-12pm, Todd Schnitt from 12-3pm, Palm Springs based Chad Benson from 3-6pm, America Now with Buck Sexton 6-9pm, Beyond Reality Radio 9-11pm, Kate Delaney 11pm-3am, and Doug Stephan 3-5am. KGX debuted atat 3:00pm after a two hour special on both frequencies that featured Station Manager Kevin Barrett, Chad Benson, a Southern California aircheck and jingle montage, and tributes and interviews with former station owners ...Read More

97X Panama City Moves Home After Seven Months On 100.1

After seven months on 100.1, Magic Broadcasting Rock “97X” WYYX has returned to its primary home on 97.7 Bonifay FL following the repair of its antenna. The antenna for 97.7 was destroyed by a lightning strike in on July 31, 2016. Once it was known that the repairs would take awhile, the Rock format was moved to what was then Rhythmic Oldies “Groove 100.1” WVVE. The 12kW/123m Class C3 signal covered Panama City and adjacent towns, but not as much of the region as the 100kW/253m Class C1 97.7. For ratings purposes, WVVE and WYYX swapped call letters in November, but now with 97X back on 97.7 Magic Broadcasting has applied to move the WYYX calls back to 97.7. However, WVVE will be retired in favor of WWLY. We reported last month on the likely new format and brand name...Read More

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