Over the past few weeks a new round of cuts has taken place at iHeartMedia as the new regional operating structure took effect. Here’s a rundown of some of the moves that have taken place recently and how they show what the company is doing in this round of cuts: Austin and San Antonio have seen multiple moves as staffers add duties in both markets. Zac ‘Mayhem’ Wellsandt was named Director of AC/CHR Operations giving him oversight of eight stations: HR “96.7 Kiss-FM” KHFI, “Pride Radio 97.5” K248CU, Urban “102.3 The Beat” KPEZ, and Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL in Austin and CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM, AC “Q101.9” KQXT, Rhythmic AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP, and Spanish AC “La Preciosa 1...Read More
[alert-note]This is a free preview of our weekly FCC Report available to Radioinsight Premium Subscribers. Click here for Subscription Info.[/alert-note] FM Changes El Dorado Broadcasters is seeking to move Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA to Montecito where it would be placed in the Santa Barbara market, but also place coverage over the Oxnard/Ventura market. The station’s application proposes placing KXFM on an existing tower on Rincon Peak where it would downgrade from a Class B to B1 with 1.3kW at 427 meters (Coverage Map). El Dorado owns no other stations in either Oxnard/Ventura or Santa Barbara, but will continue to own 1 AM and 2 FM in the Lompoc/Santa Maria market following the move of KXFM. Further up the California coast, Hooten Broadcasting AAA “92.7 The Skunk” K...Read More
Emmis Communications has expanded its Indianapolis cluster with the purchase of 93.5 W228CX Frankfort, IN from Kaspar Broadcasting for $512,000. W228CX holds a CP with a Mattoon Waiver to relocate into Indianapolis where it will rebroadcast Emmis’ Sports “1070 The Fan” WFNI Indianapolis. As we detailed last week in our subscriber exclusive Daily Domains, 107.5 W298BB Indianapolis will drop its partial simulcast of WFNI to go ESPN Radio 24/7 once W228CX signs-on. Station Sales An AM CP just outside Las Vegas is transferred from one company owned by Shubh Khanna to another for $1. Automated Business Services Incorporated transfers 1020 in Blue Diamond, NV to Management Accounting Services. The 1020 CP will operate with 5kW day and 250 watts night when built. Its CP is set t...Read More
iHeartMedia has dropped Classic Hits “Oldies 96.9” 680 WINR Binghamton/96.9 W245BV Endwell, NY and flipped the pair to Classic Country “US 96.9“. The new format will flank sister Country “B107.5” WBBI against Townsquare Media’s “98.1 The Hawk” WHWK. The Classic Hits format is still served in the Binghamton market by Equinox Broadcasting’s “Cool 106.7” WCDW Port Dickinson.
Equinox Broadcasting has launched Oldies “Solid Gold 104.5” W283AG Binghamton, NY. Northeast Radio Watch reports that the 50s/60s based format will flank sister Classic Hits “Cool 106.7” WCDW Port Dickinson as that focuses on 70s and 80s hits. W283AG was the home of Alternative “The Drive” until last August when the format moved to what is now 100.5 WDRE Susquehanna, PA. 104.5 continued to simulcast WDRE until recently to cover the western portions of the market. That role is now being served by 95.1 W236AP Binghamton. The move has been in the works for quite some time as Northeast Radio Watch’s Scott Fybush noted seeing “Gold 104.5” banners at Binghamton Senators hockey games this winter.
Station Moves Mount Wilson FM’s 97.9 KMZT-FM Salinas, CA seeks to increase from a Class A with 2.9kW at 146 meters to a B1 with 4.5kW at 175 meters (Coverage Map). In the northwest corner of Washington State, “Twilight 96.7” KBDB-FM Forks (named after the book/movie series that takes place there) has applied to increase from a Class A with 6kW at -23 meters to a C3 with 930 watts at 492 meters (Coverage Map). Translator Moves Milwaukee Radio Alliance proposes to increase 100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee from 12 watts at 67.9 meters to 99 watts at 164 meters (Coverage Map). W262CJ will rebroadcast “Martini Radio” 1290 WZTI. First Ventures Capital Partners has applied to increase 105.9 W290AZ Marshfield, WI to 250 watts at 169 meters (Coverage Map). The move would come wi...Read More
Equinox Broadcasting has promoted Alternative “104.5 The Drive” W283AG Binghamton, NY to a full powered signal. The station has begun simulcasting on the former 100.5 WCDW Susquehanna, PA, which is now WDRE. Following a brief simulcast period on both frequencies, the format will reside on 100.5 with a new format launching on the 104.5 translator. The Drive will also be heard on 95.1 W236AP Binghamton. 100.5’s Classic Hits format (and now call letters) relocated to the former 106.7 WRRQ Port Dickinson, NY in June.
Its getting hard to miss Oldies “Cool 100” when scanning the dial in Binghamton, NY. Equinox Broadcasting has flipped Hot AC “Q106.7” WRRQ Port Dickinson, NY to a simulcast of 100.5 WCDW Susquehanna, PA. The move gives the format a full powered signal covering Binghamton proper as the station had been heard on a rimshot from the east of the city and a string of translators to boost its signal in Binghamton and neighboring Endwell. Those translators, 99 watt 95.1 W236AP Binghamton, 14 watt 101.1 W266BK Endwell, and 57 watt W275BC Chenango Bridge continue to rebroadcast “Cool 100” at the current time. Equinox also operates a string of addition formats via translators rebroadcasting HD subchannels of WRRQ. Those are Rock “Z93” 92.9 W225BC Endico...Read More
With the move of its Classic Hits programming to the 96.9 translator last week, Clear Channel’s 107.5 WBBI Endwell/Binghamton, NY has returned to its original identity. At midnight WBBI shifted to Country as “New Country B107.5“. The station previously used the “B107.5” identity with a Country format from the time it signed-on in 1998 until 2003. The new format returns the station to direct competition with Townsquare Media’s “98.1 The Hawk” WHWK. WBBI is promoting at least 10 commercial free hours daily.
Update 4/15: At midnight, WBBI dropped the Classic Hits format and shifted to Country “B107.5” Update 4/11: The 96.9 translator has signed-on branded as “Oldies 96.9“. The translator is rebroadcasting the former “Real Oldies 680” WINR. “Big 107.5” WBBI is currently simulcasting the duo as well to begin the process of redirecting the audience to the new signal. While the new station website is not yet live, the “Oldies 96.9” Facebook page is promoting that they’re almost there with a graphic promoting Friday, April 12. Original Report 4/4: Clear Channel is preparing to move Classic Hits “Big 107.5” WBBI Endwell/Binghamton, NY to a new dial position. As first reported by Northeast Radio Watch, WBBI has begun tellin...Read More
Clear Channel CHR “Star 105.7” WMRV Binghamton, NY has rebranded as “Now 105.7” WBNW-FM. No other changes to the current product, which features Elvis Duran in mornings, Ryan Seacrest in middays, and PD Matt Gapske in afternoons. The change ends nearly 40 years of heritage for the WMRV calls, which come from former station owner Merv Griffin.
The Broome County Urban League has begun testing 93.3 WJOB-FM Susquehanna PA/Binghamton NY with a mix of Hip Hop, R&B Oldies, and Spanish pop. The station’s website is focusing mainly on current Hip-Hop artists perhaps indicating the direction the station will take once it fully launches. WJOB-FM is a new non-commercial allocation in the Binghamton market operating with 1.9kW at 170 meters from about 15 miles southeast of Binghamton.