Following the addition of eleven more Nash-FM branded stations this week, Cumulus is beginning the national roll-out of the Blair Garner led “America’s Morning Show”. As first reported by Fybush.com, America’s Morning Show will begin airing on 19 additional Nash branded stations on Monday, February 10. The stations adding the program are: 92.3 WRKN New Orleans 92.9 WLXX Lexington 93.1 WDRQ Detroit 94.1 WNNF Cincinnati 94.5 WTNR Grand Rapids 94.9 WKOR-FM Columbus MS 95.1 WFBE Flint 96.9 WIWF Charleston 97.9 KQFC Boise 97.9 WXTA Erie 101.1 KRMD-FM Shreveport 102.7 WHKR Melbourne FL 102.7 WXBM Pensacola 103.3 WKDF Nashville 104.9 WKOS Johnson City 105.5 WNZB Fort Walton Beach 106.5 WLFF Myrtle Beach 106.7 WZCY Harrisburg 107.1 WPSK Pulaski, VA The nineteen stations joi...Read More
While many companies have given up on launching unique programming on HD subchannels, CBS Radio has launched two new subchannels this week. 104.3 WOMC-HD3 Detroit is now “The Blvd. Detroit” replacing Psychic Talk “The Sky“. The new format focuses on musicians from Detroit including current bands like Mayor Hawthorn, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Ready Set, Blue October, Mike Posner as well as Kid Rock, Eminem, Madonna, Jack White, Marvin Gaye, and new unsigned artists. The Blvd. can be streamed here. Over in Las Vegas, 107.5 KXTE-HD2 is dropping 80’s hits “Rewind” for Electronic Dance Music as “Sin 107.5“. Featuring artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto, the station will target the throngs of nightclub goers on the Strip as well ...Read More
At 9:31am, Cumulus flipped Variety Hits “93.1 Doug-FM” WDRQ Detroit to Country “Nash-FM 93.1“. Currently playing non-stop Country Christmas music, the long rumored move gives direct format competition to CBS’ 99.5 WYCD. The station will play Christmas music through the holidays before launching its Country format. WDRQ ranked 18th in the Detroit market with a 2.5 share in the November Nielsen PPM ratings. WYCD led the Detroit market with a 7.9 share.
As it segued to Christmas music this morning, Clear Channel AC 100.3 WNIC Detroit is no longer branding itself as “Fresh“. Once again going by just its frequency and call letters, 100.3 WNIC had begun using the “Fresh 100” in December 2010. With Greater Media’s 105.1 WMGC no longer in the AC format, WNIC is returning to its heritage branding. Following the demise of “Magic 105.1“, WNIC rose from a 3.1 share in the August PPM’s to 4.2 in September. That number held steady in the October ratings.
While it has been an unstated fact for the past several weeks, Premiere Radio Networks and Sean Hannity have confirmed they will not be reupping with their current Cumulus owned affiliates at the end of the year. Telling InsideRadio that, “We fired them weeks ago,” the move coincides with Cumulus resigning Rush Limbaugh for all their affiliates except in New York. Hannity will make the move to Clear Channel’s 710 WOR along with Limbaugh and could easily make the same move to 910 KKSF San Francisco from Cumulus’ 560 KSFO that Rush made in January 2012. Among the other stations that will be losing Hannity are 790 KABC Los Angeles, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Michael Savage has comme...Read More
Update 8/16:On his program Thursday night, Michael Savage told his listeners that he is the heir apparent to Hannity’s timeslot on Cumulus’ stations and predicted he will move to afternoons by the end of the year. Politico.com claims that while Cumulus is likely to drop Sean Hannity from its stations, it was likely to come to terms to continue airing Rush Limbaugh on “virtually” all of his current affiliates. Update 7/29: Mediaite.com has followed up on the original Politico report stating that Premiere has “48 hours to stop Cumulus from dropping them.” There’s no word if the end of July drop-dead date for negotiations comes from Cumulus, Premiere, or both. Limbaugh commented on the reports on his show today. I want to get something out of the way ...Read More
Update 8/12: Greater Media has confirmed “Detroit Sports 105.1” will launch at 3pm this afternoon with Drew Lane. The station’s lineup will feature ESPN’s Mike & Mike in mornings and Colin Cowherd from 10am to 12pm. Rico Beard and WJBK-TV reporter Ryan Ermanni will host a local show from 12pm to 3pm until a permanent show is named leading into Lane from 3 to 7. ESPN Radio programming will air at night. Listen to the launch of Detroit Sports 105.1 at FormatChange.com. The full Press Release from Greater Media follows: Greater Media unveiled the brand new Detroit Sports 105.1 in the Motor City with new afternoon drive personality Drew Lane at 3pm today. Powered by ESPN, the new station will feature America’s top sports morning show, “Mike & Mike” each weekda...Read More
Update 7/13: With the growing expectation that Greater Media will flip 105.1 WMGC to Sports with an ESPN affiliation, one of the first shoes has dropped. Birach Broadcasting’s “ESPN Detroit” 1090 WCAR has given up the affiliation with the Worldwide Leader and signed on with NBC Sports Radio as of 10pm last night. That will clear the way for WMGC to pick up the ESPN affiliation. Original Report 7/7: With CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM regularly leading the market’s overall ratings, it has been a question of when but not if the station would gain an additional FM competitor in the format. It appeared Greater Media was about to make the move back in 2011 when Brian Figula registered 1051Sports.com for use on WMGC, but CBS locked up the rights to the U...Read More
Update 5/20: WRIF has officially announced that Dave & Chuck The Freak will debut on the station on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00am. The duo will be joined by their CIMX co-host Lisa Way. Original Report 5/8: A morning show change is about to take place at Greater Media Rock 101.1 WRIF Detroit. As first reported on Twitter by Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Bill Shea, Drew Lane and Mike Clark will depart the station on Friday, May 17 and reportedly be replaced by former “89X” 88.7 CIMX morning hosts Dave Hunter and Chuck “The Freak” Urquhart. Drew Lane joined WRIF for mornings in 1991 and with the exception of a break from September 2007 to June 2009 as been there since. Mike Clark joined him in 1994. Co-host Trudi Daniels will depart the station with them. D...Read More
As the FCC prepares to clear out the frozen 2003 Translator applications and open up the LPFM filing window later this year, many existing translators are hurrying to get their upgrades into the system. The past two weeks have been filled with dozens of upgrades applications. Starting in New York where 106.3 W292DV is trying once again to get relocated into the city. After discarding its hopes to operate in the city last year following interference claims the translator was unable to build out its CP on the Queens/Nassau county border. The translator has now applied for an STA to return to Long Island City, Queens with 4 watts to keep the license alive. EMF Broadcasting is seeking to move 100.7 K264AF Guasti, CA into parts of Los Angeles. The translator will operate with 235 watts from the...Read More
We start our semi-regular look at FCC applications in Boston where Horizon Christian Fellowship is looking to relocate 103.7 W279BQ Gloucester, MA to the John Hancock Tower in downtown Boston. If approved, the translator will operate with 10 watts. It is currently licensed to rebroadcast Christian “Renew-FM” 90.1 WRYP Wellfleet, MA. Translators have had a hard time completing upgrades in Detroit due to its proximity to the Canadian border and tight spacing to nearby markets. That isn’t stopping EMF from making an attempt to increase the signal at its 98.3 W252BX. The translator has applied to upgrade to a directional 250 watts pointed directly towards downtown Detroit from its current 170 watt license. With the change, the translator will shift from rebroadcasting a subch...Read More