Month: October 2011

Radio-One LMA’s WGPR, Shuffles Detroit Formats

Update 10/31: As expected, “Praise 102.7” debuted this morning. The station is operating with new WPZR calls already in place. Update 10/26: After two days of looping Boys II Men, WGPR took over the programming of “Hot 102.7” WHTD as “Hot 107.5” at 5:00pm today. Listen to the launch of Hot 107.5 and the end of WGPR at FormatChange.com. The new “Praise 102.7” Gospel format at 102.7 is scheduled to debut on Monday, October 31. Update 10/24: At midnight, Radio-One assumed operations of WGPR. The station is currently looping Boys II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” while telling listeners to move to Radio-One’s “Kiss 105.9” WDMK. “Hot 102.7” WHTD has begun promoting its move to...Read More

Kix Moves In Springfield, MA

Clear Channel Country “Kix 97.9” WPKX Springfield, MA has begun simulcasting on 100.9 WRNX displacing the former AAA format. The long awaited move is the first step in the process of WPKX leaving the Springfield market for Hartford, CT where it will gain a new format and identity. With this move, the stations are beginning to emphasize the ne “Kix 100.9” identity. WRNX, licensed to Amherst, MA has a construction permit to improve its signal in Springfield proper. No word yet on how long the simulcast will last before 97.9 completely hands the format to 100.9.

WSFR Flies Like An Eagle

Cox Media has shifted Classic Rock “107-7 SFR” WSFR Louisville, KY to Classic Hits as “107.7 The Eagle“. The station will continue to play Rock hits of the 60’s through 80’s, with a focus on 70’s hits. The Eagle is promoting Bob Seger, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band, Led Zeppelin as core artists. While it is temporarily jockless, Future Bob and Ric Owen will return to mornings and afternoons respectively on November 7. MJ Stevens will join the station for middays the same day.

Hits Moving In Des Moines

Update 10/27: “Hits 99.9” launched this morning. It appears the attacking on Kiss 107.5 will continue, as the station’s first Facebook status reads “We’re on the air! It feels so good to be further down the dial and further away from Kiss!!” Update 10/26: A commenter below tells us that 99.9 is now stunting with Kissing sounds, poking fun at Clear Channel’s “Kiss 107.5” KKDM which will be the primary competitor of the new translator. Original Report 10/25: The Rhythmic CHR format of “Hits 105.9” KZHZ Des Moines, IA will soon be sliding to a new frequency and company in the coming days. Connoisseur Media, which debuted the station in March sold the station and the Construction Permit for 96.3 KZHC in the Des Moines market to ...Read More

Clear Channel’s Programming Purge

Clear Channel has begun a major restructuring of its small market stations that will result in more of its Premium Choice programming being heard on more of its stations. Because we don’t normally cover people moves on a regular basis, we’re going to compile a rundown of detailed reports from elsewhere as well as comment on their lasting effects. For the most detailed list of who’s out, All Access is updating as they come in. Update: A second day list appears here. Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder explains why these cuts are happening. CNYRadio.com reports on the departure of a longtime Syracuse, NY host and of others in that cluster. There has been a format change due to the restructuring as 100.1 WXBT Columbia shifts from Urban to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 56...Read More

Did CBS Buy WKDN and WFSI From Family Radio?

Update 12/6: The Randy Michaels led Merlin Media, not CBS has acquired WKDN from Family Radio. Update 11/16: CBS has acquired 107.9 WFSI from Family Radio. No word yet on the status of WKDN. Original Report 10/26: Rumor Insight: Buried in a story about the retirement of Family Stations Inc. head Harold Camping after his two false rapture predictions and a stroke, The Christian Post is reporting that Family Radio has a tentative deal in place to sell 106.9 WKDN Camden, NJ and 107.9 WFSI Annapolis, MD to CBS. We’ve known that the two stations have been on the market since this summer when Family Stations applied to convert the two from non-commercial status back to commercial. There had been plenty of rumored suitors for the pair, but due to a history of deals between the companies dat...Read More

FM News/Talk Train Stops In Columbia

Update 1:00pm: The flip has been made. 100.1 WXBT is now simulcasting 560 WVOC. Original Report 11:45am: Clear Channel Urban “100.1 The Beat” WXBT will begin simulcasting sistern News/Talk 560 WVOC, bringing the AM’s News/Talk lineup to the FM band. The station’s website has begun to make the necessary modifications, showing off the new 100.1 WVOC logo shown above. In the recently released Summer book, WXBT ranked 6th in the market overall with a 5.0 share putting it well ahead of Inner City Broadcasting “Hot 103.9” WHXT’s 3.9. However, this move will help the more profitable WVOC with its demographics in the long run and potentially shift a few listeners towards Clear Channel’s CHR 104.7 WNOK.

New York Translator Applies For New Home

Apple 107.1 and Clear Channel have applied to move its silent W292DV New York from 106.3 to 104.7. The translator was forced off 106.3 after a few days on air due to interference with WKMK in Eatontown, NJ. The move to 104.7 will place the translator in between Clear Channel’s 104.3 WAXQ and 105.1 WWPR on the dial eliminating the possibility of a second adjacent interference claim. With the proposed move to 104.7, the translator will drop from 99 to 70 watts with a directional null away from “K104” WSPK Poughkeepsie to the north. Read the petition and reasoning behind the proposed move here.

Austin Gets Comedy

Emmis has flipped 102.7 K274AX Austin, TX from a simulcast of AAA 93.3 KGSR to all-Comedy. The new “Comedy 102.7” is using Donkey Comedy Network’s “24/7 Comedy“. The network has had success on Cumulus’ translator in Kansas City and on AM’s in a few other markets. Emmis prepared the following statement on KGSR’s website about the removal of the 102.7 simulcast: KGSR would have liked to have continued on 102.7, but our local management thought there was a unique opportunity to try something original on that frequency. They also discovered that 102.7 was not being used by very many people and that the overwhelming majority of KGSR listeners were/are using 93.3 Emmis Austin prides itself on delivering unique content and serving our communities. I...Read More

Oldies Go Downtown In Baton Rouge

The EMF Broadcasting/Clear Channel translator partnership will soon bring Oldies to Baton Rouge as 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA debuts as “Downtown Radio 97.7“. The EMF owned translator has completed its upgrade from 13 to 250 watts and is being fed by Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Programming is to be provided by Clear Channel’s Premium Choice Oldies feed. The station’s name comes from emphasizing the fact that the translator primarily covers downtown Baton Rouge.

Bob Happens In Las Vegas

Beasley Modern Rock “107.9 The Alternative” KVGS Las Vegas dropped its format at 12am this morning and has flipped to Variety Hits as “107.9 Bob-FM“. The move returns the format to the Las Vegas market for the first time since CBS flipped “100.5 Jack-FM” KKJJ to News/Talk in August 2010. 107.9 has been Modern Rock since 2005, first as “Area 108” and “Area 107.9” before rebranding as “The Alternative” in 2009. The move takes it out of direct competition with CBS’ “X107.5” KXTE.

Translator Report 10/18

On top of today’s news of the FCC mandated shutdown of 104.7 W284BQ Detroit, a pair of other major translator moves have taken place. On Friday we reported on 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY’s attempt to move towards New York City. That is all moot. Following an informal opposition from Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton, NJ, Apple Community Broadcasting has withdrawn the application. Radio-One has completed its upgrade and move of 89.1 W206BI Hamtramck, MI to 99.9 in Detroit. The translator, which they acquired in December 2010 from Best Media for $120,000, has upgraded from 10 watts to 250. The translator is now simulcasting Talk 1200 WCHB.

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