The Christmas stunting of “Santa 106.9” Chattanooga/WPLZ-HD2 Ooltewah TN has come to an end with the station flipping to Soft Oldies “Big Easy 106.9“. The new format extends the brand of sister Classic Hits “Big 95.3” WPLZ to a second station. The new format will focus on music from the late 1950’s through early 1980s. Original Report 11/2: After just seven months after moving Country “Cat Country” from 95.3 WPLZ Ooltewah TN to 106.9 W295BI Chattanooga/WPLZ-HD2, Brewer Media has flipped the station to Christmas music as “Santa 106.9“. We have been monitoring domain registrations made in late August for the station.
Classic Hits has returned to a full-powered signal in Chattanooga. With Classic Hits “Big 95.3” debuting on WPLZ Ooltewah, “Cat Country” shifted to 106.9 W295BI Chattanooga/WPLZ-HD2. The frequency swap restores Classic Hits to a full powered signal in Chattanooga for the first time since Cumulus flipped “107.9 Big-FM” WOGT to Nash Icon last October. W295BI had dropped its “Hippie Radio” branding in March. Sean McNally and Janice Colby’s “Mac & Cheez” morning show will remain on 95.3 WPLZ despite the format swap. Original Report 3/31: Brewer Media Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 106.9” W295BI Chattanooga/95.3 WPLZ-HD2 Oootewah, TN is undergoing an upheaval. The station is now identifying as “106.9 – Ch...Read More
Station Changes Sunrise Broadcasting AC “Sunny 104.5” WILT Wilmington, NC has applied to change its city-of-license to Carolina Beach as part of a proposal to increase from a Class A with 3.1kW at 120 meters to a C3 with 17kW at 120 meters (Coverage Map). Educational Media Foundation’s pending acquisition of 98.5 WDEO-FM San Carlos Park/Fort Myers, FL from Ava Maria University has applied to increase from a Class C3 with 18.5kW at 113 meters to a C2 with 50kW from the same antenna (Coverage Map). Delta Media Corporation applies to make 104.1 KLCJ Oak Grove, LA a rimshot into Lake Charles. After a previous application was dismissed earlier this year, Delta applies to upgrade the station to 6kW at 94 meters where its service contour will come just short of the city (Coverag...Read More
The gold-based Country marketplace is getting a tad bit crowded in Chattanooga. A couple weeks after Cumulus flipped Classic Hits 107.9 WOGT to their Nash Icon brand, iHeartMedia has dropped Urban “96.1 The Beat” W241AF Rossville, GA/100.7 WUSY-HD2 and replaced it with a 90s centric Classic Country format “US101 The Legend 96.1“. The move expands the dominant in the market “US101” 100.7 WUSY brand to a second frequency and gives the Chattanooga market its third gold-based Country signal along with WOGT and Bahakel Communications’ “Q97.3/99.3” WUUQ South Pittsburg/99.3 W257AZ Lookout Mountain. iHeartMedia states that the new Legend will focus on “80s, ’90s, and early 2000’s country that has gotten lost and forgotten by countr...Read More
In addition to the launches of the Country “Nash Icon” brand in Lexington, KY and Worcester, MA today, Cumulus will also launch the brand in Chattanooga on what is currently Classic Hits “107.9 Big-FM” WOGT. The change will return the station to Country as it was previously “Duke-FM” from 2005 until 2010. Cumulus is also transitioning three of its existing Country stations to the flagship “Nash-FM” brand. “Cat Country 95.1” KATC-FM Colorado Springs, 98.1 KBUL Reno, and 102.9 KTOP-FM Topeka join the 37 other Nash branded stations across the country. Cumulus announces that three of its existing Country-formatted stations will rebrand today as NASH stations and three additional stations will launch today as NASH Icon stations. These ...Read More
East Tennessee Radio Group has flipped Regional Mexican “La Caliente 93.9” WQMT Decatur/Chattanooga, TN to Country. Now branded as “Tennessee Country 93.9“, the move gives the station its fourth format in three years. It follows a similar move from Sports to Country at sister 106.3 WPFT Pigeon Forge last month. WQMT doesn’t cover Chattanooga proper, but the eastern portions of the market including Athens and Cleveland, TN.
Update 2/13: “Z107.7” KSLZ St. Louis will be the tenth of Bobby Bones’ former affiliates to pickup Elvis Duran as his replacement. Duran will debut on Monday, February 18 with a week of best-of episodes. “103.7 Kiss-FM” WKXJ Chattanooga will announce its new morning show on Monday, February 18 to debut on the 25th. Update 2/11: “96.7 Kiss-FM” Austin and 97.5 KWTX Waco have also announced the addition of Elvis Duran. Original Report 2/10: With the Bobby Bones Show making its move to Country next week, his former affiliates have begun revealing their replacement programs. Elvis Duran will acquire seven new stations beginning on Monday as 94.1 WZBQ Tuscaloosa, “Hot 96.7” KHTO Hot Springs AR, “107.3 Hit Music Now” WRGV Pensacola...Read More
Update 6/6: The FCC has dismissed WYAY’s applications to change city of license to Sandy Springs and to move to 106.5 at Cumulus’ request. Clear Channel had petitioned the FCC to dismiss the 106.5 application as well. Original Report 5/15: Cumulus has applied to move 106.7 WYAY Gainesville/Atlanta into Atlanta proper. With an application pending to change its city of license to Sandy Springs, Cumulus has applied to shift the station’s transmitter to Atlanta and a frequency adjustment to 106.5. The station would operate with 100kW at 299 meters with directional lobes to the northeast and southwest. The move will necessitate a frequency shift at Cumulus’ 106.5 WSKZ Chattanooga where an application is forthcoming and Clear Channel’s 106.3 WQBZ Fort Valley/Macon w...Read More
Update 4/2: The Beat debuted this morning as a Mainstream Urban positioned between Brewer Media’s “Power 94” WJTT and “Groove 93” WMPZ. The station becomes the Chattanooga affiliate for the Steve Harvey Morning Show and Keith Sweat Hotel in evenings. Update 4/1: 96.1 is now stunting with a loop of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. Original Report 3/4: Clear Channel will soon bring a second Urban into the Chattanooga market. The company registered TheBeatChattanooga.com in late February. The site currently features the company’s blank site template. We expect the new station will make use of Immanuel Broadcasting’s 96.1 W241AF Rossville, GA. That translator has a CP to increase from 10 to 250 watts and will rebroadcast Clear ChannelR...Read More
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
Over the next few weeks as the holiday season approaches, many radio stations will prepare for the the onslaught of changes that will take place between December 26 and January 2. This list will compile all the stations we at RadioInsight are monitoring for pending format changes. This is NOT a list of all stations currently airing Christmas music. For a list of all stations that have flipped to Christmas music for the season visit 100000watts.com. December 23 – Clear Channel Classic Hits “My 100.1 & 98.3” WSWR-FM and WXXR Mansfield, OH will begin simulcasting sister News/Talk 1400 WMAN as WMAN-FM and WWMM. December 21 – 90s Hits “Gen X Radio 97.3” WGEX Bainbridge/Albany, GA will become CHR “97.3 Hit Music Now“. December 20 – Clear...Read More
Clear Channel Hot AC “My 98.1” WLND Chattanooga, TN has shifted to its third format in the last 20 months, this time to Variety Hits “98.1 The Lake“. The stations is using Listener Driven Radio to allow listeners to choose the music 24/7. One year ago today the station dropped its Modern AC format “98.1 LND” for a poppier Hot AC playlist as “My 98.1”. The station previously had been Classic Country.