With Pope Francis set to visit Philadelphia later this month, iHeartMedia is launching a temporary “Pope Info Radio“. Starting on Saturday, September 19, Smooth Jazz “1480 JJZ” 1480 WDAS/106.1 WISX-HD2 will devote its programming to information related to the Papal including his speeches in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia between September 24 and September 27. The station will also focus on the traffic issues created by the multiple road closures in the city during the visit. CBS Radio has also dedicated programming to the visit, however KYW’s “Popecast” is only available on 96.5 WZMP-HD3.
Clear Channel will shift Urban Oldies 1480 WDAS Philadelphia to Smooth Jazz on Monday, June 10 at 12:00pm. The new format, which will also be heard on 106.1 WISX-HD2 and WJJZ.com, will resurrect the WJJZ branding used by 106.1 from 1993 to August 2006 and 97.5 from November 2006 to September 2008. Michael Tozzi, who programmed both incarnations of the station will be involved in the newest version. Tozzi currently operates IJazzGlobal.com.
As Christmas music fades away for another 10 or 11 months, its time for another batch of mass format changes to get us into the new year. This list will be a handy all-in-one guide to all the changes taking place between Christmas and the time everyone goes back to work on January 3. To see the list of changes we’re expecting to happen check our Watchlist. 1/4: Still coming across some smaller market changes that occurred during the holidays. MTS Broadcasting’s “ESPN 1240” WCEM Cambridge, MD shifts to Standards running Music of Your Life. In the Ozarks, “Real Country 104.3” KBCN Harrison, AR shifts to ESPN Radio. Oldies 93.7 WKAD Cadillac and Standards 1340 WMBN Petoskey, MI have flipped to Sports as “The Ticket” using Fox Sports Radio. 1/4: ...Read More
Clear Channel is dropping the Spanish CHR format of “Rumba 1480” WUBA Philadelphia and resurrecting the heritage WDAS calls with an Urban Oldies format. WUBA is already redirecting its listeners to Aztec Capital Partner’s “El Zol 1340” WHAT. The new format will debut on Wednesday, November 23 with R&B Christmas music through the holidays before shifting to R&B hits of the 50’s through 70’s. This marks the end of a chapter involving “Rumba”, which launched on 104.5 amidst much fanfare in August 2006. By May 2007, the format was moved to 1480 as 104.5 flipped to Alternative Rock as “Radio 104.5“.