Just a little over seven months after debuting Christian AC “Shine 97.7” KLVO, American General Media has flipped the station again to Regional Mexican “La Invasora“. Prior to the debut of “Shine 97.7”, KLVO had been Regional Mexican “Radio Lobo” on 106.7. The calls shifted to 97.7 when CHR “OMG Radio” was moved to the stronger 106.7 signal on January 31.
Apex Broadcasting’s 105.1 WALJ Northport, AL has signed-on serving the Tuscaloosa market. The station has been leased to Cox Media, who is using it to expand its “Jamz” brand based out of 95.7 WBHJ Birmingham. The new “105.1 Jamz” is simulcasting WBHJ’s Roy Wood, Jr. morning show but is separately programmed the rest of the day. In order to allow WALJ to sign-on, AC “1230 The River” WTBC has moved its translator from 105.1 to 100.1. We’ll be interested in seeing if WALJ attempts to force Clear Channel to move its “Hallelujah 105.1” W286BK Birmingham off that frequency as it competes with Cox’s 610 WAGG.
CBS Country 103.7 WSOC Charlotte, NC has rebranded as “The New 103.7“. In recent months WSOC has fallen behind Clear Channel’s “96.9 The Kat” WKKT for the lead in the market. With the change the station is now branding as “Country’s Hottest Hits”.
Buck Owens Broadcasting will soon be debuting a new signal in the Bakersfield, CA market. 97.3 KRJK Lamont, CA will soon sign-on as a Class A targeting Bakersfield from southeast of the market. With the registration of 973JackFM.com in late August and the assignment of the KRJK calls this week all signs point to the station debuting as Variety Hits. The format had been tried on American General Media’s 93.1 KKXX as “Pirate Radio” from 2005 to 2009. Buck Owens Broadcasting also operates Country 550/107.9 KUZZ and Classic Country “Real Country 107.1” KCWR in the Bakersfield market.
Update 9/19: 104.9 WZFC has flipped to Country as “Z104.9” billed as “The Shenandoah Valley’s Fresh Country”. The Bone continues on 105.5 WXBN. Original Report 9/13: Centennial Broadcasting is breaking up its Rock “104.9/105.5 The Bone” simulcast in Winchester, VA. VARTV.com first reported last week that 104.9 had begun disappearing from station logos followed by call sign changes at the pair. 104.9 Strasburg, VA is now WZFC, while 105.5 WXNB acquired 104.9’s former WXBN calls. WZFC matches Centennial’s recent registration of Z1049Country.com. 104.9 covers areas southwest of Winchester, while 105.5 serves Winchester and points east.
101.1 WQMR Snow Hill and 1590 WAMS Ocean City, Maryland have traded call letters and formats. 101.1 had been airing a mix of Classic Hits and Talk programming as “Q101“. The talk portions have shifted to 1590 and its translator 104.3 W282AW Ocean Pines as “Hot Talk WQMR“. 101.1 becomes WAMS-FM and joins a network of stations and translators airing an 80’s Hits format as “The 80’s Channel“. Other stations in the network include 1600 WMHZ Dover, DE and translators on 98.3 in Dover, 105.1 in Ocean City, and 105.1 in Milford, DE. “Hitman” JJ McKay joins the stations for mornings.
Longport Media has completed the first phase of its reconstruction of its cluster. After acquiring the stations out of bankruptcy this summer, the company has retooled every station in its cluster. Classic Hits “Kool 98.3” WTKU gained a new airstaff, Classic Rock “103.7 The Shark” flipped to Mainstream Rock as “103.7 WMGM Rocks“, and Spanish Hits “La Fiesta 1490” WBSS shifted to a simulcast of Philadelphia Sports WIP-FM. Now Dance CHR “Wild 102.7” has rebranded as “AC 102.7“. Musically the station sounds identical to what it had been doing, but without the overtly party-centric imaging the station launched with in July 2010. In a quick sampling of the station we heard a promo for Ryan Seacrest’s daily syndicated ...Read More
Update 9/19: WMAL has confirmed it will begin simulcasting at 105.9 today at 12pm. Instant Insight: The move is needed to give WMAL any chance at remaining competitive in the Washington market. Due to sprawl and being so close to neighboring markets, AM’s in Washington do not fully cover the entire metropolitan area. News WTOP added a suburban FM signal in 1997 and moved to FM completely in 2006, Sports WTEM added two suburban FM’s in 2008. That said, the 105.9 signal is not fully optimized in the market. In Maryland, 105.9 deals with adjacent channel interference from Baltimore’s 105.7 WJZ-FM. The Press Release Follows: Washington’s 630 WMAL AM Now Available on FM Cumulus Announces Simulcast on 105.9 WVRX FM First Platform Change Following Acquisition of Citadel St...Read More
Radio-One has moved Urban AC “Magic 98.9” WXMG Columbus, OH to 106.3 displacing Gospel “Joy 106.3” WJYD. 98.9 has flipped to Variety Hits “Jack-FM“. The move transfers the Urban AC format to a weaker signal targeting Columbus from 23 miles to the west, while 98.9 is located directly in Columbus. The move follows Clear Channel’s flip of 93.3 WLZT from AC to Oldies on September 6. In addition to WXMG and WJYD, Radio-One also operates Urban “Power 107.5” WCKX in the Columbus market.
Clear Channel Hot AC “My 107.1” WGMY Tallahassee, FL has flipped to CHR “107.1 Hit Music Now“. The station retains syndicated Elvis Duran in mornings and adds JJ from Z100 New York in afternoons and Billy The Kidd from KHKS Dallas at night. The move puts the station in direct competition with Opus Media’s “Hot 104.9” WHTF.
Update 9/15: The Harrisburg frequency swap will take place tonight in front of the closing of the merger. CHR “Hot 92” WWKL will become “Hot 93.5”, while Classic Rock WTPA goes in reverse to 92.1. 92.1 WTPA and Country “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM will operated by a trust separate from the rest of the Cumulus spinoffs. Update 9/12: We now know the identities of the additional station(s) required to be spun-off by Cumulus to satisfy the DOJ. The Flint Journal identified Classic Rock “103.9 The Fox” WRSR as the Flint station. In Harrisburg, the already planned spin-offs of 92.1 WWKL and 102.3 WCAT-FM will satisfy the DOJ with one caveat. Northeast Radio Watch reports that 92.1 will acquire the intellectual property of Rock 93.5 WTPA, while “Hot 92...Read More
Update 9/15: KSCA has rebranded as “LA 101.9“. The format remains Regional Mexican, albeit with a broader playlist and less currents. Outside of Eddie Piolin in mornings the station is currently jockless. Original Report 9/13: Univison Regional Mexican “La Nueva 101.9” KSCA Los Angeles is teasing something to happen on Friday, September 15. Teaser videos, such as this one, are airing on Univision sister KMEX-TV as well as being featured on KSCA’s website and social media accounts. Is it an outright format change or just a tweak? We’re not quite sure yet, although LA1019.com was registered by Univision in August and already is redirecting to KSCA’s website. A blank twitter account is also alive for @LA1019. We should also point out that Univision re...Read More