Update 12/29/09: Clear Channel made the expected flip at KHBZ to 80’s heavy Classic Rock “94.7 The Brew” at 10:00am today. Original Post 12/19/09: As Active Rock “94.7 The Buzz” KHBZ Oklahoma City continues to struggle against Citadel’s heritage Rock 100.5 KATT and Renda’s Classic Rock “107.7 KRXO“, Clear Channel appears ready to attack the pair from a different angle. 947TheBrew.com, registered this week and pointing to KHBZ’s current site (except for the homepage redirect to Yahoo) hints that the station will shift to the 80s based Classic Rock brand that the company has launched in quite a few other markets (Milwaukee, Portland, and Omaha among others).
Woodward Communications’ “104.3 The Breeze” WECB Appleton/Green Bay, WI is teasing a new format to debut on 12/31 at 3:00pm. Equity Communications’ 93.1 WEZW Wildwood Crest, NJ flipped Monday to Soft AC “Easy 93.1” featuring among core artists Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Carole King, and Michael Bolton. Prior to stunting with Christmas music, the station had simulcast sister Urban AC “96.1 The Touch” WTTH Atlantic City. New Northwest Broadcasting’s AC “95.7 Star-FM” KKSR Walla Walla, WA flipped to Classic Hits “95.7 Fun-FM“.
Update 12/28: As expected, “Gen X Radio” launched on 106.1 at 12:00pm today. Sporting new KTGX calls, the station features 90’s hits with a sprinkling of late 80’s and early 2000’s. First song was Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Original Post 12/17/09: The former “Kool 106.1” will shift from 60’s/70’s Classic Hits to 90’s Hits as “Gen X Radio Tulsa”, following in the footsteps of sister WLGX Louisville, KY. GenXTulsa.com was registered by Clear Channel in November, and while the site currently redirects to Yahoo any subpage will point to KQLL’s site.
Update 12/28/09: WNTR relaunched as “My 107.9” at 12:28pm. Still Variety Hits, but it appears at first glance to be more Pop leaning than the previous Rock leaning “The Track” First Five Songs: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ George Michael – Freedom 90 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t Not Stopping Us Now Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife Richard Marx – Satisfied Update 12/17/09: A few weeks ago a pair of domains were registered by WNTR Operations Manager Scott Sands: LightRock1079.com and 1079TheWolf.com. These had all the trappings of being decoys as Entercom registers all its domains using its corporate registrar. Today, three domains were registered by Entercom for future use at the former “Track”: My1079...Read More
Update 12/28: After stunting with a ticking clock for 12 hours, WNWV flipped to AAA “107.3 Boom!” at Noon today. First five songs: Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere Coldplay – Clocks Sarah McLachlan – Possession Train – Hey Soul Sister Original Post 12/23: Yet another Smooth Jazz station will bite the dust fairly soon. Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting’s “107.3 The Wave” WNWV Cleveland will flip to AAA “107.3 Boom!” by January 4. That format is currently available on 107.3-HD2, which will become home to “The Wave” following the flip.
Update 12/26: At 12:00am, the holiday music stunting came to an end leading into the debut of “100.3 The Sound – St. Louis’ Modern Music” and new WSDD call letters. The station’s first hour consisted of: Owl City – Fireflies Gin Blossoms – Follow You Down Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher Daughtry – No Surprise Jimmy Eat World – The Middle Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell Sugar Ray – Someday Plain White T’s – 1,2,3,4 Nickelback – Never Gonna Be Alone The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See Blues Traveler – Run-Around Five For Fighting – 100 Years Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
On January 1, Spokane Television’s “Coyote Country” 96.9 KEZE and AAA “99.9 The River” KXLY-FM will swap formats. The swap places the Country format on a signal that reaches more of the rural and outlying areas in the Spokane market while placing AAA on the slightly weaker signal.
Update 12/21/09: At 12:00pm WTDA made the expected flip to “Classic Hits 103.9” using Dial Global’s “Classic Hits” satellite delivered format. Original Post 12/19: The Columbus, OH market will soon be home to a second Classic Hits station thanks to them impending flip of “FM Talk 103.9” WTDA to the format. NABCO’s recently registered ClassicHits1039.com and ClassicHits1039WTDA.com for use with the new format. While WTDA rimshots Columbus from 12 miles northeast of the city, it is closer to the market than Saga’s “Big Hits B104.3” WODB, which is 28 miles northwest of downtown.
When ESPN dropped 890 WAMG/1400 WLLH Boston from its affiliate roster it set-off a chain of events that brought the ESPN affiliation to Entercom’s 850 WEEI amid rumors that 850 would eventually become a full-time ESPN outlet while WEEI’s local programming shifted to FM. BostonSportsMedia.com’s Bruce Allen Tweeted that one of WEEI’s hosts has been dropping many hints about that move today. Meanwhile, a few neighboring markets could also be involved. Citadel Communications recently registered ESPNRadio1001.com and ESPNRadio997.com. Classic Hits “100.1 The Pike” WWFX Worcester, MA is one of two Citadel owned stations on 100.1, the other WVIB Muskegon, MI which has an all-Sports sister already. 99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield-Peacedale, RI is a 24/7 simulcast of sist...Read More
Update 12/26: WJRZ made the flip to Hot AC “Magic 100.1” at 12:00am with Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”. Original Entry 12/16: Greater Media’s Classic Hits 100.1 WJRZ Manahawkin, NJ has announced it will flip to Adult Contemporary after its run with Christmas Music ends after the holidays. The new “Magic 100.1” will share many of its on-air personalities with sister “Magic 98.3” WMGQ New Brunswick, NJ. It has yet been confirmed whether there will be a complete simulcast or voice tracks unique to each station. WJRZ joins competitors 107.1 WWZY/99.7 WBHX “The Breeze” and 92.7 WOBM in the crowded AC field in the Monmouth/Ocean market.
Buried in the middle of an article about his other ventures The Hollywood Reporter has broken open the news that Comedian/Musician/Actor Nick Cannon has been hired as the morning host at CBS’ CHR “92.3 Now” WXRK New York starting January 19, 2010. Cannon aka. Mr. Mariah Carey, is also the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent as well as producer for a number of shows in development at MTV, Nickelodeon, and Adult Swim. Thanks to @NewBernsKevinG to breaking this story to the radio industry.
Earlier this month, 7 frequencies were involved in programming changes as Emmis, Simmons, and Border Media tweaked their offerings in Austin, TX. Emmis continues with the changes as it counterprograms the moves made by the others. At 5:00pm on Friday, November 20, Rhythmic “Hot 93.3” KDHT will drop its format in favor of AAA as 107.1 KGSR begins its shift to the 93.3 frequency. After simulcasting for 10 days, 107.1 will flip to Regional Mexican on Monday, November 30.