FM Changes Way Media’s recently acquired 89.7 KAWA Sanger TX seeks to increase its coverage in Dallas by upgrading from a Class C1 to C0. KAWA will increase power from 14 to 45 watts from its current 518 meter antenna (Coverage Map).
Translator Sales Radio.com LLC acquires the CP for 93.7 W229CG Cleveland from Kevin Youngers for $90,000. The translator will rebroadcast Radio Advantage One’s Liberal Talk 1460 WABQ Painesville, which has applied to convert from commercial to non-commercial status. Alpha Media acquires SSR Communication’s 103.5 K278CF Tallulah, LA for $200,000. K278CF holds a CP to relocate to Jackson, MS as W278BW and will be utilized by Alpha to rebroadcast Gospel 1300 WOAD Jackson. Progressive Broadcasting System sells 99.7 W259BJ Warsaw, IN to Federated Media’s Talking Stick Communications for $60,000. W259BJ will rebroadcast News/Talk “1480 News Now” WRSW Warsaw. Mega Media LLC donates 94.1 K231CL McAllen, TX to Organizacion LLC for no consideration. Station Sales Key Pl...Read More
WDOK began utilizing its new “Star 102” identity this morning. No other changes accompanied the new name, which brings an end to the “New 102” moniker after over three years. Start spreading the news – we're not "new" anymore! We've settled on a name – #Star102! Tweet to let us know what you think @Star102CLE! — Cleveland's Star 102 (@Star102CLE) April 3, 2015 Original Report 4/1: A rebranding is on its way to CBS AC “New 102” WDOK Cleveland. As the station currently runs a “$102 Star of the Day” contest, WDOK is preparing to relaunch as “Star 102“. Star102Cleveland.com was registered last week and the station’s Facebook page has already been changed to Facebook.com/star102. WDOK rebra...Read More
Station Moves One of only two facilities licensed to operate on 87.9 is seeking to move. Mountain View Public Broadcasting’s pending acquisition of 87.9 KSFH Mountain View, CA seeks to move to 100.7 due to “operational challenges faced on this channel, which is outside the normally used FM broadcast band”. The Class D signal intends to operate with 10 watts at -44 meters (Coverage Map). KSFH originally operated on 90.5 and 88.1 prior to moving to 87.9 in 1999. If granted, the move will leave Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls’ K200AA Sun Valley/Reno, NV as the only broadcast facility licensed on 87.9. New Translator Grants Kevin Youngers has been granted a CP for 93.7 W229CG Cleveland, OH. W229CG will operate with 27 watts at 51 meters rebroadcasting EMF Broadcasting̵...Read More
Longtime Cleveland based programmer and consultant John Gorman is launching AAA “OWow Cleveland“. Gorman, best known as the PD of Rock 100.7 WMMS during its 70s and 80s heyday and later Oldies 105.7 WMJI, will operate the webcaster much like a traditional station complete with a full local airstaff, sales department, and a performance space. FreshwaterCleveland.com reports OWow will operate from the 78th Street Studios art complex. The station will include a lineup of locally known personalities including former “Q92” WDJQ Canton morning co-host Charlotte DiFranco, Ravenna Miceli of defunct AAA “V107.3” WNWV and WMJI, Steve Pappas, and Susie Fraser. Jim Marchyshyn, who was Director of Marketing at WMMS under Gorman will serve as Director of Sales and Mar...Read More
Educational Media Foundation is preparing signal upgrades for properties in the San Francisco Bay Area and Cleveland. EMF’s 107.3 KLVS Livermore, CA seeks to relocate about 15 miles west of its current location to a new tower site in the Diablo Mountains east of Oakland. KLVS would operate with 4.1kW at 481 meters increasing its coverage into San Francisco and San Jose (Coverage Map) at the expense of its coverage in Stockton and Modesto. In Cleveland, an application filed by iHeartMedia will see EMF’s 106.1 W291BV Solon, OH move to the current auxiliary antenna of CBS’ 102.1 WDOK where it will operate with 200 watts at 264 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeart’s 96.5 WAKS Akron. The new location will give W291BV coverage of all of Cleveland and its nearb...Read More
Radio Disney continues its selloff with the divestiture of 1260 WWMK Cleveland to St. Peter The Rock Media for $895,000. St. Peter The Rock will flip WWMK to Catholic programming as “1260 The Rock“. There is some common ownership with “St. Gabriel Radio” 820 WVSG Columbus. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications served as media broker for the buyer. Bill Schutz of Schutz & Company represented the seller.
Translator Moves Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa has amended its application for 96.9 K245AI San Pasqual, CA to relocate to San Diego with 250 watts at 560 meters rebroadcasting Univision’s 102.9 KLQV (Coverage Map). Reach Communications 92.1 W221CE Wesley Chapel South, FL applies to shift to 102.9 with 250 watts at 58 meters. Rebroadcasting a subchannel of Clear Channel’s 100.7 WMTX, W221CE will cover parts of Tampa and South Tampa (Coverage Map). Edgewater Broadcasting’s 100.1 W261BX Birmingham seeks a modification to 35 watts at 347 meters rebroadcasting Summit Media’s 104.7 WZZK (Coverage Map). Clear Channel’s CP for 96.5 K243CA Millman, IA proposes a modification to 102 watts at 110 meters from downtown Des Moines rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of sister 10...Read More
With the retirement of John Lanigan coming this Monday, Clear Channel Classic Hits “Majic 105.7” WMJI Cleveland has announced its new morning show. Mark Nolan will join incumbent co-hosts Jimmy Malone, Chip Kullik and Tracey Carroll for “The Nolan, Malone & Kullik Morning Show” beginning on Tuesday, April 1. Nolan, a longtime weather forecaster and news anchor at WKYC-TV, joined WMJI for middays in early 2012. Malone has co-hosted the WMJI morning show for almost 30 years. Chup Kullik is WMJI’s News Director and serves as newscaster during the morning show. Tracey Carroll serves as morning show producer and traffic reporter. Kat Jackson, who currently hosts nights on sister Country 99.5 WGAR, will add WMJI middays to her duties. WMJI has put up a tribute ...Read More
John Lanigan will end his long run in mornings at Clear Channel Classic Hits 105.7 WMJI Cleveland on March 29. Lanigan first came to Cleveland in 1970 to replace Don Imus at 1220 WGAR where he remained until 1983. Following a two year stint in Tampa he returned to Cleveland in September 1985 at WMJI where he has remained since. Since the 1990’s WMJI has been at or near the top of the Cleveland ratings thanks to Lanigan’s morning show with comedian Jimmy Malone and since retired newsman John Webster. Lanigan was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013. Lanigan’s retirement will coincide with WMJI’s annual “Majic Moondog Coronation Ball” concert.
Update 1/1: WLFM made its flip to Spanish CHR “La Mega 87.7” at midnight. Ohio Media Watch has all the details regarding the flip. Original Report 12/11: Cleveland Scene reports that Murray Hill Broadcasting has leased AAA “87.7 The Sound” WLFM-LP Cleveland. The station will be leased to Cincinnati based TSJ Media, who will flip the station to Spanish CHR “La Mega 87.7“. TSJ owns a group of Spanish language newspapers and radio stations in the midwest including “La Mega 97.7” WOXY Mason/Cincinnati and “La Mega 103.1” WVKO-FM Johnstown/Columbus. By now most of you have heard the news… We have been sold and will be changing to a Latin format beginning with the New Year… — 877cleveland (@877cleveland) December 11, 2...Read More