Month: November 2007

New York To Get New CHR

In a creative way to add a new commercial FM signal in the market, Mega Media Group will launch Rhythmic CHR “Pulse 87.7” in Early January on WNYZ-LP, which just happens to be a Television station. The audio portion of TV Channel 6 happens to fall right on the edge of the FM dial. The station has been programmed lately with a Russian language music format broadcasting illegally at 87.88. Additionally, Star & Buc Wild, former morning hosts at Hot 97 and Power 105.1 will join the station in mornings. Star was fired by Clear Channel on May 10, 2006, after making on-air threats against WQHTs D.J. Envy’s family. At the time the program was being syndicated to Hartford, Philadelphia, and Augusta, GA. Alex Shvarts, CEO of Mega Media, told Crain’s New York Business tha...Read More

WRLX West Palm Beach To Flip To Spanish

It’s not often that a market leading station changes format, but that will be the case in West Palm Beach next week when “Classy 92.1” WRLX drops Soft AC for Spanish Hot AC as “Mia 92.1” (My 92.1 when translated to English). As recently as this past Spring, WRLX was first in the market and in the most recent trend was .2 out of the top spot. The current format will continue online and on 92.1 HD2.

Frequency Swap in Albuquerque?

Update 11/28: Clear Channel has begun promoting the switch on-air as KTEG is hyping that the switch will happen if the station gets One Million hits to its website on Thursday, November 29. Is Clear Channel planning a frequency swap in Albuquerque between Smooth Jazz 104.1 KABQ and Modern Rock 104.7 KTEG? Domains have been registered concurrently for and and the former already redirects to KTEG’s website. The 104.1 frequency rimshots Albuquerque from Santa Fe leaving leaving the signal weak in the southern part of the market. 104.7 is licensed to Bosque Farms, south of the city, leaving the signal weaker in the northern areas.

Country Twist in Omaha

We haven’t seen any of the “trades” pick up on this one, but on Monday, Clear Channel Classic Country KHUS “US 93.3” flipped to a current based Country as “Twister 93.3“.

Will San Francisco Get Fresh?

Entercom seems to think so. The owners of AC 96.5 KOIT, the #1 FM in the market have registered a number of domains connected to CBS owned frequencies in the market. and connect to Modern Rocker KITS “Live 105“, the most successful of the four CBS FM’s in the market in 19th place at 1.7. points to Rhythmic AC KMVQ “Movin 99.7” at 22nd with a 1.4 in the summer book. relates to Classic Hits KFRC, which relaunched the heritage brand in May, but has been DOA with a 1.2 share, showing slight growth from the former Free-FM Talk format. With the recent changes in New York and Chicago, San Francisco is now CBS’ most struggling cluster. The topography makes some FM’s inaudible in areas, which does...Read More

Even More Indianapolis Talk Changes

The chain reaction triggered by 1070 WIBC’s impending move to 93.1 FM continues to shake up the Indianapolis market. In late October, Cumulus’ FM Talker 93.9 WWFT announced plans to drop its format in favor of Christmas music. That move occurred today. However, WWFT’s programming will continue on in the Indianapolis market as Pilgrim Communication’s southern rimshot “Gold 95.9” WIAU Franklin will drop its Oldies format on Monday to become WFDM “Freedom 95.9“. WFDM will feature all of the syndicated hosts that had been heard on WWFT: Mancow, Laura Ingraham, Dave Ramsey, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and Mark Levin. No word on what will appear on 93.9 after the holidays, however much speculation exists towards the return of Contemporary Christi...Read More

WNKT Columbia To Become “The Game”

We’ve been following the multi-faceted South Carolina frequency/programming shifts rather closely. Last month Citadel blew up AC WSUY Charleston in favor of Country “96.9 The Wolf” in preparation of sister WNKT’s “Cat Country 107.5” move into the Columbia market. That will occur on Monday, November 12 as the station will go Sports as “107.5 The Game”. The State reports that Bob Shields, the sports director at WLTX-TV will host mornings, Jay Phillips and former Philadelphia Eagle Duce Staley from 1 to 4pm, Brian Custar and University of South Carolina basketball and baseball play-by-play host Mike Morgan from 4-7pm. Citadel has the broadcast rights to USC sports, which should give the station a solid foundation to build upon.

WCPT Chicago To Move

Chicago’s Liberal Talker WCPT will move its programming on November 26 from the Northwest suburban 850 signal to the closer to the market 820. While both frequencies are daytime only, 820 (currently WAIT) has a 5kw signal centrally located in the market. The move is a chain reaction brought upon by Relevant Radio’s purchase of 950 WNTD and the pending move of its Catholic programming from 820 to 950. 850 will take the WAIT calls and brokered programming.

WROO Jacksonville Goes Christmas

It’s not major news this time of the year when a station goes all-Christmas. There are always exceptions to the rule and in this case with “Rooster Country 93.3” WROO in Jacksonville, FL dropping its Country format for “Continuous Christmas Classics”. WROO has become the #3 Country station in Jacksonville behind perennial powerhouse and Clear Channel sister 99.1 WQIK and Renda’s 99.9 WGNE. We’d expect a new format to ring in 2008 on 93.3.

WXYT Detroit Becomes 97.1 The Ticket

It was just on October 1, that CBS began simulcasting Sports 1270 WXYT Detroit’s programming to what was then 97.1 WKRK-FM. The stations were then rebranded as “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to listeners of a station that has rebranded from “Team 1270” to “1270 Sports” to “1270 XYT” that the station has yet a new moniker: “97.1 The Ticket“, just as our Net-Gnomes reported back on October 22.

WCKG Becomes Fresh 105.9

WCKG has made its shift to AC as “Fresh 105.9” launching at 5:00pm Central time with U2’s “Beautiful Day” followed by Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”. The station had spent the whole day simulcasting its CBS sister stations. Imaging and Presentation are identical to “Fresh 102.7” WWFS New York. Mike Peterson, PD of sister Country WUSN will program Fresh as well while Dave Robbins becomes VP/GM. Listen to the Format Change at the Format Change Archive.

New Generation in Charlottesville

Monticello Media continues the revamp of its recently acquired Charlottesville, VA cluster. Oldies 102.3 WSUH and its 94.1 translator have dropped its “Superhits” moniker for “Generations“. From the Press Release: Generations is a fresh look at “era based” programming incorporating the best music of the 70’s along with “evergreen” songs from the 60’s and compatible songs from the 80’s. The new generations 102.3 & 94.1 can be heard on 102.3 FM and 94.1 FM. “Once again we didn’t allow ourselves to be confined by the rigid standard industry formats. We didn’t ask area listeners what existing radio formats they wanted, we asked them what music they wanted to hear and what music they wanted to hear together. Our focus continues to be on what the ...Read More

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