Behind The Launch: The 330

Last month Akron Public Schools AAA “The Summit” 91.3 WAPS Akron/90.7 WKTL Struthers/Youngstown OH launched a brand extension focused on local artists and musicians with a connection to the station’s Northeast Ohio base. Available on streaming platforms and WAPS-HD2, “The 330” named after the area code of the market is the perfect example of the types of ancillary products radio can launch to expand its digital reach. We discussed the debut with WAPS Program Director Brad Savage. Savage joined WAPS/WKTL last Fall following an over two decade career in commercial radio. He’s worked on-air at defunct Alternative “Rev 105” and AAA “Cities 97” KTCZ Minneapolis and programmed in Columbia MO at Rock “100.1 The Buzz” KBBM, Alternative &#...Read More

WAPS Akron To Launch The 330

Akron Public Schools AAA “The Summit” 91.3 WAPS Akron/90.7 WKTL Struthers/Youngstown OH will launch local music channel “The 330” on Friday, April 22. The new channel will be heard online and on WAPS-HD2 and focus completely on artists from Northeast Ohio which is served by Area Code 330. The announcement comes on 3/30 at a local artist show presented by the station. The 330 will replace the 1980s based Summit Flashback 80s in WAPS’s HD and streaming portfolio, which also includes KidJam! and Rock & Recovery Radio. The Summit WAPS-FM is pleased to announce the April launch of its newest streaming audio channel, “The 330” The newest of the station’s community”centered brands, The 330 will devote an entire platform to “homegrown” music – the past, pre...Read More

Brad Savage Joins 91.3 The Summit

Akron Public Schools AAA “91.3 The Summit” WAPS Akron/90.7 WKTL Stuthers/Youngstown, OH will have a new Program Director for the first time in 30 years. Bill Gruber, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will be replaced by Brad Savage. Savage has been with Saga AAA “106.1 The Corner” WCNR Charlottesville, VA since its launch in 2006 and has previously programmed AAA 107.1 WQKL Ann Arbor, Alternative 96.3 WMAD Madison, and Active Rock 100.1 KBBM Columbia, MO. Brad Savage has been named PD of Akron Public Schools Noncomm AAA 91.3 The Summit, WAPS/Akron-Canton, OH and WKTL/Youngstown, OH. Savage has been with Saga AAA 106.1 The Corner WCNR/Charlottesville, VA since its inception in 2006. He succeeds PD Bill Gruber who retires after 30 years with WAPS. Savage...Read More

Translator Report 10/14

Apple Community Broadcasting is attempting to bring another translator closer to New York City. While its 106.3 W293BU remains in limbo, its 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY has applied to move its tower about 12 miles west on the Long Island Expressway. From its new tower, just over the border separating Queens from Nassau County, the translator will operate with 10 watts. Another translator will attempt to move to Austin, TX. Big Bend Broadcasting has applied to move 105.5 K288FJ from Bastrop, TX to Austin where it will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of Border Media’s 92.5 KXXS with 99 watts. Big Bend Broadcasting acquired 105.5 last year in a swap with Emmis for 102.7 K274AX after Emmis was unable to move 105.5 into Austin. The FCC has approved EMF’s application for 102.5 W273BL Akr...Read More

V107.3 WNWV Cleveland Sold

Elyria-Lorian Broadcasting has sold AAA “V107.3” WNWV Cleveland to Rubber City Radio Group for an undisclosed price. WNWV joins Akron, OH based Country 94.9 WQMX, Rock 97.5 WONE, and Full Service Oldies 1590 WAKR in Rubber City’s cluster. Elyria-Lorain retains a cluster of stations west of Cleveland: News/Talk 930 WEOL Elyria, “Kool Gold 1510” WLKR Norwalk, AAA 95.3 WLKR-FM Norwalk, and Country “K96” WKFM Huron. More from Ohio Media Watch who first broke news of the sale.

Translator Report 8/28

The Clear Channel/EMF bulk translator move to the IDS Center in Minneapolis has hit a few hitches. The planned moves of 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, 97.7 K249ED Albertville, 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids, and 102.5 K273BH Fridley have been hit with informal objections to move by a Jeff Sibert. The move of 97.7 is also being objected by United Audio Corp., the owner of 97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN. Northpine.com has more details on the move, including a part of history repeating itself. These petitions impacted Clear Channel’s frequency swap of 1130 KFAN and 100.3 KTLK earlier this month. A similar Clear Channel/EMF move in Baton Rouge is being protested as well. EMF has applied to upgrade 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA from 13 watts to 250 watts where it will simulcast Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Gu...Read More

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