KHKN came out of Christmas music this morning with a format shift to Classic Hits “Big 94.9“. Now positioned as “Little Rock’s Greatest Hits”, the station is focusing on music from the 1970s and 1980s. Original Report 11/1: iHeartMedia has dropped the format of Variety Hits “94.9 Tom-FM” KHKN Maumelle/Little Rock AR and has begun stunting as “Christmas 94.9“. The “Tom-FM” identity had launched in March of 2008 on 106.7 and moved to 94.9 a year later. In the Summer 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings the station ranked 10th out of 14 listed stations in the market with a 3.3 share. With the “Tom-FM” moniker being retired we expect a new format will appear following Christmas.
Station Moves A week after the FCC issued a Show Cause Order to reclassify LKCM Radio’s “95.9 The Ranch” KFWR Jacksboro, TX as operating with a directional array, the station applies to have it switched back to non-directional with the installation of a stock antenna at the currently licensed power and height (Coverage Map). E-String Wireless Urban “Z93.9” KAGZ Burke/Lufkin, TX seeks to relocate to 97.7 with no changes to its 1.8kW at 184 meters licensed facilities (Coverage Map). An eight year quest to relocate Sacramento State University Classical 88.9 KXPR Sacramento, CA to a new location east of the city will continue. KXPR asked earlier this month to have its current CP cancelled before it was set to expire today and then reapplied for the same 50kW at 12...Read More
Signal Media of Arkansas has flipped Urban Oldies “Heartbeat 106.7” KHLR Benton/Little Rock to Country “106.7 The Ride“. Debuting with 10,000 songs in a row, the new Country format gives competition to iHeartMedia’s combo of Country “KSSN 96” 95.7 KSSN and Classic Country “105.1 The Wolf” KMJX. KHLR’s now former format placed tenth in the Little Rock market with a 3.4 share in the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings. Signal Media also owns Classic Rock “The Point 94.1” KKPT and Sports “103.7 The Buzz” KABZ in the Little Rock market.
Station Sales Educational Media Foundation is purchasing two stations and four translators from Family Stations. 89.5 KIFR Fort Dodge IA, 90.7 KEAF Fort Smith AR, 88.7 K204CL Smith River CA, 89.5 K208FV Ames IA, 91.3 K217BJ Banning CA, and 101.5 K268AH Palm Springs CA will go to EMF for $553,750. Cody West sells Country 1490 KZZN Littlefield, TX to Monte Spearman’s High Plains Radio Network for $100,000. Billy Hugh Williams transfers News/Talk 810 WCTA Alamo, TN to Alamo Media for $1 and the forgiveness of and forebearance of debt to prevent a foreclosure. Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center sells News/Talk 1540 KLKC and Variety Hits “93.5 Max-FM” KLKC-FM Parsons, KS to Parsons Media Group for $30,000 and five 30 second commercials per day for two years. S...Read More
Salem has agreed to purchase 93.3 KKSP from Capital City Broadcasting for $1.5 million. Salem is operating both KKSP and KHTE via Time Brokerage Agreements. Update 4/2: Salem has assumed operations of 93.3 KKSP Bryant and 96.5 KHTE-FM England, AR and relaunched both Little Rock market stations. As expected, 93.3 KKSP has flipped from Sports to Christian AC “93.3 The Fish” and relaunched Conservative Talk “96.5 The Voice” KHTE-FM as “96.5 The Answer“. The revamp at KHTE-FM brings some lineup changes as the local Morning Jam and Glenn Beck exit the lineup and are replaced by Salem’s Bill Bennett from 5-8am and Mike Gallagher from 8-11am. Dave Ramsey is extended an hour to 11am-2pm so that all three hours are carried. The local Dave Elswick Show remai...Read More
Translator Sales University of Northwestern-St. Paul is selling a pair of translators to Beasley Media Group for $200,000. $150,000 is allocated towards 106.5 W293CK Clearwater, FL which will rebroadcast Business “Moneytalk 1010” WHFS Seffner/Tampa. $50,000 goes towards 104.3 W282BY Fort Myers, which will be used to rebroadcast “ESPN Deportes 770” WJBX North Fort Myers. iHeartMedia purchases 96.3 W242BF Springfield, FL from Way Media for $75,000. W242BF will be used to rebroadcast “Fox Sports 590” WDIZ Panama City. Zimmer Radio purchases the CP for 106.5 K293BW Columbia, MO from Radio Assist Ministry for $50,000. Zimmer lists 106.9 KTXY Jefferson City as the originating station. First Ventures Capital Partners sells 94.1 K231BM Poplar Bluff, MO to Eagle ...Read More
Crain Media Sports “93.3 The Source” KKSP Bryant/Little Rock, AR has relaunched as “93.3 The Jock” with an expanded local lineup. Jim Brinson, most recently of iHeartMedia’s 1460 KXNO Des Moines joins the station as Operations Manager and Host of “Jimmy B and the Crew” from 6:00 to 9:00am. Big Jake & Jeff join the station for 9-11am. The remainder of the daytime lineup stays the same with Game On with Wess Moore and Michael Smith from 11am to 2pm and the regionally syndicated SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly from 2-7pm. Fox Sports Radio programming will be heard nights and weekends. The Jock’s programming is also being heard on a regional network of sister 1300 KRZS/106.5 K293CE Searcy and 1370 KAWW Heber Springs.
Cumulus News/Talk 102.9 KARN-FM Little Rock is adding new morning and afternoon shows. Kevin Miller, formerly of AC “B98.5” KURB and CHR “Alice 107.7” KLAL will take over the morning “First News” from 5:30-9:00am. Doc Washburn will join the station for afternoons from 2-6pm. Washburn most recently hosted an evening Talk show at Greater Media’s 1110/99.3 WBT Charlotte. Miller and Washburn fill holes in the KARN schedule created when the station dismissed morning host Bob Steel, afternoon host Dave Elswick, and News Director Jack Heinritz in April. Cumulus Media and Newsradio 102.9 KARN, Arkansas’ news, weather and traffic station, announce KARN’s new local programming lineup for mornings and afternoons. First News with Kevin Miller kicks off weekday...Read More
Salem Communications has returned 99.5 KDIS-FM Little Rock to the air. 99.5 has been off the air since last August when Disney began preparations to sell the former Radio Disney affiliate. Salem acquired KDIS-FM and 1160 KRDY San Antonio from Disney last October for $2 Million. The station now returns with Christian Preaching as “Faith Talk 99.5“. While off the air, Salem doubled the station’s power from 3kW to 6kW from the station’s existing 95 meter tower site.
NC Communications has flipped Regional Mexican “La Que Buena 1380” KDXE North Little Rock/105.5 K288EZ Little Rock to Urban AC “Hot 105.5“. Branded as “R&B And The Best Throwbacks”, the move positions the station against Last Bastion Station Trust’s 102.1 KOKY and Signal Media’s “Heartbeat 106.7” KHLR.
Update 12/8: When Salem returns 99.5 KDIS-FM Little Rock to the air, it will do so as Christian Preaching “Faith Talk 99.5” KSLR-FM. FaithTalk995.com, FaithTalkLittleRock.com, and KSLRFM.com were all registered by Salem on Friday. While awaiting FCC approval for the purchase of the station, Salem has also applied to boost the station’s facilities. KDIS-FM has applied to upgrade its Class A signal from 3kW at 95 meters to 6kW, while retaining the same tower height and location. Update 10/30: Disney has announced buyers for three of the now dark stations. 99.5 KDIS-FM Little Rock and 1160 KRDY San Antonio have been sold to Salem Communications for $2 Million. KDIS-FM will be Salem’s first station in Little Rock, while KRDY will join Christian Preaching 630 KSLR and Co...Read More