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Outlaw Ousts Abe In Springfield

101.1 The Outlaw Abe-FM Springfield SagaAs expected Saga flipped 101.1 W266BZ/103.7 WDBR-HD2 Springfield IL from Variety Hits “Abe-FM” to Classic Country “101.1 The Outlaw” at noon today.

Focusing on core artists Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire, “The Outlaw” creates a flanker for sister “101.9 The Wolf” WLFZ against Midwest Family Broadcasting’s “US 92.7” WUSW and Neuhoff Media’s 104.5 WFMB.

Original Report 1/25: Saga Communications Variety Hits “101.1 Abe-FM” W266BZ/103.7 WDBR-HD2 Springfield IL is promoting “A Big Change” for Friday, January 29.

While no domains have been registered yet, word in the market is that Saga is preparing to flip the station to the “Outlaw” Classic Country format the company has recently launched in Asheville and Des Moines.

The “Abe-FM” format debuted on then 93.9 WABZ in 2005 and then was transferred to the 101.1 translator as part of a three station shuffle in 2013.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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