iHeartMedia has completed its first round of upgrades for Country “101.7 The Bull” WBWL Lynn/Boston and has applied for a second, bigger upgrade. The first series of moves saw WBWL eliminate its directional antenna at One Financial Center in Boston with 1.7kW at 191 meters, while sister 101.5 WWBB Providence, RI dropped from a Class B with 13.5kW at 290 meters to a directional Class A with 4.9kW at 110 meters and 101.9 WCIB downgraded from 50kw at 146 meters to 13kW at 145 meters with a directional notch away from Boston. With those changes now built out, iHeart is now proposing a bigger upgrade for WBWL. WBWL will relocate to the Medford, MA tower it abandoned nearly a decade ago, but upgrade to a Class B1 with 13.5kW at 138 meters. This move will strongly increase WBWL’...Read More
For our review of 2014 we decided to focus on what we know best. Let’s look back at the ten most influential format changes and rebrandings of 2014. 10 106.9 WCCC Hartford hasn’t been a powerhouse in quite some time. But it was one of the few remaining relics to a previous era. The longtime Rocker and its AM sister operated up against three big clusters, but couldn’t keep up in the end. It was quite appropriate in a way for its end to come with a sale to Educational Media Foundation and flip on August 1 to the Christian AC “K-Love” network. The first station to give Howard Stern a job in mornings back in 1979, was now at the opposite end of the programming spectrum. With no terrestrial signal to fill the void, a few former WCCC staffers launched a webcaster to...Read More
Clear Channel has applied to downgrade a pair of signals in New England to upgrade one in Boston. As first outlined by Northeast Radio Watch, Country “101.7 The Bull” WBWL Lynn/Boston will remain at its current location at One Financial Center in Boston with 1.7kW at 191 meters, but convert to a non-directional antenna to increase its coverage of the southern suburbs of Boston (Coverage Map). To make the upgrade of WBWL happen, two stations will make significant downgrades. Classic Hits “B101” 101.5 WWBB Providence will drop from a Class B with 13.5kW at 290 meters to a directional Class A with 4.9kW at 110 meters from the tower of sister News/Talk 920 WHJJ (Coverage Map). On Cape Cod, soon to be acquired Classic Hits “Cool 102” 101.9 WCIB Falmouth will ...Read More
Update 3:01pm: After three hours of stunting, WEDX launched its new identity as “101.7 The Bull” at 3pm today. Launching commercial-free for the rest of the summer, The Bull is launching with a current intensive Country format including core artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood. As is the norm for new Clear Channel Country launches, the station will be anchored by the syndicated Bobby Bones Show in mornings. Listen to the launch of 101.7 The Bull at FormatChange.com. Original Report 1:05pm: Clear Channel Dance “Evolution 101.7” WEDX Lynn/Boston has dropped the format and is currently stunting in preparation of a flip to Country “101.7 The Bull“. The station is currently airing a jockl...Read More
One week after the launch of Country “94.7 Nash-FM” New York the first thing we noticed were the amount of people that quickly began following the station on social media. Seven days into operation WNSH already has 8894 likes on Facebook and 2356 Twitter followers*. To put it into comparison, top rated AC “106.7 Lite-FM” WLTW has just 18,442 likes. The most liked New York radio station on Facebook belongs to “Hot 97” WQHT with 275,516. While we are unable to parse any demographic info from the amount of likes, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a younger skewing station has 10 times as many followers as an office friendly background station. We’ve selected eight stations that launched new formats in PPM markets over the past month. Some ...Read More
After just five months on the air, Clear Channel’s Variety Hits “101.7 The Harbor” WHBA Boston is no more. The station flipped to Electronic Dance “Evolution 101.7” at 6pm this evening. The station is utilizing programming produced for the “Evolution” IHeartRadio channel. That channel is programmed by Pete Tong, the former BBC DJ who was hired last month by Clear Channel. Instant Insight: Nobody saw that coming. Evolution1017.com and 1017TheRock.com were both registered yesterday by a Tom Kenilworth in Newark, OH as Clear Channel steps up their efforts on the registration front. Is this permanent or a stunt? We’re leaning towards the latter as this looks like a way to get Greater Media to reconsider their possible intentions to take 96.9 WTKK...Read More
Update 7/24: As expected “101.7 The Harbor” debuted with Variety Hits this afternoon. Just after 4:00pm, 101.7 cut out of Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out” and went silent as the station transferred operations to Clear Channel. After a three loops of Dirty Water by The Standells, The Harbor debuted just before 4:30 with Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” followed by Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” and Madonna’s “Into The Groove”. The station will be running commercial free through Labor Day weekend. Original Report 7/20: As 101.7 WFNX Boston gave its farewell earlier tonight in preparation of Clear Channel taking over the frequency following its purchase of the station, we now know the identity of the ...Read More
Update 7/20: WFNX bid adieu just after 7:00pm today. The station is still running automated Alternative Rock until Clear Channel begins operating the station. The final hour of WFNX’s live programming musically consisted of: Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye Frank Black – Los Angeles New Order – Blue Monday Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot Folk Implosion – Natural One Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye Human Sexual Response – What Does Sex Mean To Me? Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray Nirvana – Molly’s Lips O Positive – Talk About Love Offspring – Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) PJ Harvey – Down By The Water Pixies – Gigantic Patti Smith – Gloria David Bowie – Changes The Cure – Let’s Go T...Read More
The Boston market is abuzz today over the registration of Talk1017.com redirecting to Clear Channel’s “Talk 1200” WXKS. Only one problem. There is nothing to connect the domain to Clear Channel. The domain was registered anonymously using GoDaddy’s Domains By Proxy and is hosted on Godaddy’s server using a frame based redirect to display content from WXKS. That said it is possible that eventually the domain could be moved to Clear Channel’s servers, but for those outlets that have in-house reasons to gripe about Clear Channel’s purchase of their sister station and love nothing more than to give them negative publicity there is as much to connect the company to Talk1017.com as there is to Radio1017.com. Unfortunately, the latter domain was registere...Read More
The Boston Globe has announced that it will launch an online radio station featuring a group of former WFNX staffers. The station which will launch later this summer has hired former WFNX Program Director Paul Driscoll, Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer, and Adam 12 to round out the on-air team along with Promotions Director Mike Snow and Johnny L Lavasseur from the sales team. WFNX which was sold to Clear Channel in May will sign-off on July 22 before flipping to a yet to be announced format. Boston.com is the online home of The Boston Globe and is owned by the New York Times Company.
Following its sale to Clear Channel, 101.7 WFNX Boston has announced its final day of broadcasting. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/WFNX/status/209116723897577473″] This means that WFNX will cease broadcasting at some point on Sunday, July 22 with Clear Channel taking over operations of 101.7 on Monday, July 23.
Clear Channel has agreed to purchase Alternative 101.7 WFNX Boston for an undisclosed price. The station which had been co-owned with the Boston Phoenix newspaper has carried an Alternative Rock format since April 1983. It will now join a Clear Channel cluster of “Talk 1200” WXKS, Spanish AC “Mia 1430” WKOX, Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN, and CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM. Not included in the sale are the WFNX intellectual property and archives. The Boston Business Journal reports that 17 of 21 WFNX staffers have already been let go including middayer Julie Kramer and morning news anchor Henry Santoro. The Phoenix retains WFNX simulcaster 92.1 WFEX Peterborough, NH for now at least. Owner Stephen Mindich released the following memo to the Pho...Read More