Month: August 2011

Will KYOT Phoenix Be Gone For Eva?

Update 8/31: KYOT has completed its rebranding as “Eva 95.5“. Former KZZP morning host Chino will take over mornings, presumably voicetracked from his current spot at KPTT Denver. Current morning host Melissa Sharpe shifts to middays. Sana G from KMEL San Francisco will voicetrack afternoons, while Sylvia Chacon from KISQ San Francisco will voicetrack nights. Listen to the debut of Eva 95.5 at FormatChange.com. Update 8/29: KYOT is promoting on-air that it will unveil its new name on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:00pm. We grabbed the new “Eva 95.5” logo seen here from Clear Channel’s logo server. Original Report 8/23: Over the course of 2011, 95.5 KYOT Phoenix has evolved from its longtime Smooth Jazz position to Rhythmic Oldies. Now the station is preparing to ta...Read More

Game Time In Nashville

Update 8/29: 102.5 The Game debuted this morning at 6:00am. The full lineup as of now includes “The First Quarter” with Darren McFarland and Brad Hopkins from 6am to 10am, Joe Dubin from 1pm to 3pm, Aaron Solomon from 3pm to 6pm, and the syndicated Robert Wuhl at night. The station is currently airing replays of Nashville Predators games from last season in the 10am to 1pm slot until it finds a temporary fill-in. On November 7, WPRT will assume the ESPN Radio affiliation in Nashville and will air Mike & Mike on delay in middays. Listen to the launch of 102.5 The Game at FormatChange.com. Update 8/15: Cromwell confirms WPRT will flip to sports as “102.5 The Game” in the next few weeks. Darren McFarland and former Tennessee Titan Brad Hopkins, who had been hostin...Read More

92.3 The Fan To Debut In Cleveland

Update 8/29: 92.3 The Fan launched on schedule today at 6am. I could write a detailed listing of the programming lineup, but Ohio Media Watch did that and more. Listen to the launch of 92.3 The Fan at FormatChange.com. Update 8/4: CBS finally makes it official. Modern Rock “Radio 92.3” WKRK Cleveland will shift to Sports “92.3 The Fan” on Monday, August 29. Andy Roth has been named Program Director. Roth most recently served in that role for Entercom’s 550 WGR Buffalo. Kevin Kiley and Chuck Booms will handle mornings. The duo hosted afternoons on Fox Sports Radio together a decade ago. Kiley most recently was co-hosting with Michael Irvin at WQAM Miami. Adam “The Bull” Gerstenhaber will shift from WFAN New York to host afternoons. The remainder of ...Read More

ESPN Moves To FM In Harrisburg

Cumulus has announced that 95.3 W237DE Harrisburg, PA will flip from Urban AC “The Touch” to a simulcast of ESPN Radio 1400 WHBG on Thursday, September 1. 95.3/1400 will carry the entire national ESPN Radio feed along with play-by-play of the Philadelphia Phillies, Notre Dame football, and Penn State men’s basketball. The translator will continue to be fed by 104.1 WNNK-HD2. Out with the shift will be the syndicated Tom Joyner morning show and Doug Banks afternoon show. With the demise of The Touch and Smooth Jazz 92.7 earlier in the month, the Harriburg/Lancaster/York market has lost both stations targeting black audiences.

Translator Report 8/28

The Clear Channel/EMF bulk translator move to the IDS Center in Minneapolis has hit a few hitches. The planned moves of 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, 97.7 K249ED Albertville, 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids, and 102.5 K273BH Fridley have been hit with informal objections to move by a Jeff Sibert. The move of 97.7 is also being objected by United Audio Corp., the owner of 97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN. Northpine.com has more details on the move, including a part of history repeating itself. These petitions impacted Clear Channel’s frequency swap of 1130 KFAN and 100.3 KTLK earlier this month. A similar Clear Channel/EMF move in Baton Rouge is being protested as well. EMF has applied to upgrade 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA from 13 watts to 250 watts where it will simulcast Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Gu...Read More

Birmingham Getting Into A Sports Zone

Update 8/25: Cox has announced that 97.3 WNCB will flip to Sports as “97.3 The Zone” on Tuesday, August 30. The station’s lineup will feature University of Alabama play-by-play man Eli Gold and Auburn University analyst Stan White in mornings from 6 to 9am. The syndicated Tim Brando show will follow from 9am to 12pm and former WJOX host Matt Coulter from 12pm to 3pm. No official word on afternoon drive, although BlazerTalk suggests the station will retain the replay of the Rick & Bubba show currently airing on the station. Yahoo Sports Radio will fill nights and weekends along with high school and Atlanta Falcons play-by-play. Cox has submitted a request for the WZNN calls earlier today. The afternoon drive hole could become clearer once the reasons for Paul Finebaum...Read More

105.1 The River Niagara Falls Is Now Ed-FM

Haliburton Broadcast Group’s Hot AC “105.1 The River” CFLZ Niagara Falls, ON has flipped to Variety Hits “105.1 Ed-FM“. The new station, positioned as “80’s, 90’s and Whatever Else” serves the eastern tip of the Niagara Peninsula as well as rimshotting portions of the neighboring Buffalo, NY market. The region is also served by the similarly formatted, albeit without the required Canadian content, programming of Townsquare Media’s “92.9 Jack-FM” WBUF Buffalo. Along with the flip at 105.1, sister CHR “Z101” CKEY has simultaneously shifted its focus from a younger-skewing sound to a broader mix designed to absorb the River listeners in Southern Ontario looking for current music. While 105.1 does not appear in...Read More

Is Rock About To Return To Portland?

As part of our report about the then upcoming launch of Hot AC “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland, we noted that Alpha Broadcasting had registered a few domains for the pending move of 97.9 KNRQ Eugene, OR into Portland. Those domains, 979TheVibe.com and Arrow979.com were registered in April for what is now Cumulus’ Active Rocker in Eugene. Since then a number of other domains have appeared. At first all of these had a splash page for “PDX Rock Fest“, but now redirect to GoDaddy’s site. These domains are 98RockPortland.com, 979ArrowFM.com, 979Rocks.com, 979SamFM.com, 979TheArrow.com, 979TheMix.com, 979TheSpot.com, 979YourFM.com, and 979KUFO.com. A number of these are similar to the decoys registered prior to 95.5’s format change. How does this PDX RockFest ...Read More

1270 WXYT Detroit Shifts To Talk

CBS Radio will break up its AM/FM Sports simulcast on Monday, September 12. 1270 WXYT will split from airing the programming of “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM and launch a Talk lineup as “TalkRadio 1270“. The new lineup will include: 6am – Charlie Langton (locally originating) 9am – Glenn Beck 12pm – Laura Ingraham 3pm – Todd Schnitt 6pm – Jason Lewis 9pm – Rusty Humphries The station will air a block of home improvement shows on the weekends and continue to air overflow play-by-play programming from The Ticket.

Smooth Jazz To Return To Orlando

Update 8/18: “Smooth Jazz 102.5” debuted on W273CA at noon today. It is still operating on its Winter Garden area transmitter and will remain there until the moved-in facility in Orlando is approved and built over the coming weeks. Original Report 8/17: Smooth Jazz will soon be returning to Orlando, Florida. The two translators that Central Florida Educational Foundation had leased to Cox to simulcast 580 WDBO have been returned to their owner as Cox moves its programming to 96.5. There are also applications on file to complete their moves from Winter Park, FL to Orlando itself. 102.5 W273CA (formerly W274AX) will now be leased to Clear Channel, who will use it to rebroadcast 107.7 WMGF-HD2. The station will pick up the Smooth Jazz format recently dropped by 103.1 WLOQ after it...Read More

Bangor, ME Bear Moves

On September 1, Blueberry Broadcasting will change programming on a pair of its properties in Bangor, ME. Country “104.7 The Bear” WBFB Belfast will move to the 97.1 slot currently held by Sports WAEI-FM Bangor. The Bear country format will continue to be heard on its simulcast partners 99.1 WLKE Bar Harbor and 103.3 WMCM Rockland/Augusta. No word on what will head to 104.7. “Fox Sports 97.1” WAEI-FM was recently replaced as co-flagship of University of Maine Hockey by sister CHR “Kiss 94.5” WKSQ. Regardless, WAEI-FM’s programming will remain on 910 WAEI.

An Eagle Flies Into State College

2510 Associates has flipped Soft AC “98.7 Wish-FM” WSSH Pleasant Gap/State College, PA to Active Rock “Eagle 98.7” WEMR today. The new format puts the station in direct competition with Magnum Broadcastings “Qwik Rock 105.9/106.9” WQCK/WQKK. The “Qwik Rock” brand aired on 98.7 from 2004 to 2006 before moving to 103.1. 2510 also operates CHR “B94.5” WBHV and Classic Hits “WOWY 97.1” in State College.

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