A couple weeks ago we rounded up a number of format changes that took place under the radar. Since that report we’ve been tipped off to a number of additional changes. Shortly after Point Broadcasting closed on its acquisition of Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA on August 31, the station dropped its format and is currently running a jockless/commercial-free version of the Rhythmic Oldies “Old School” format it operates on 104.7 KOCP Oxnard and 104.7 KQIE Redlands/Riverside and a few other stations in Southern California. Townsquare Media CHR “PopCrush 97.1” KKBR Billings MT relaunched in July as “97.1 Kiss-FM“. Mountain Broadcasting debuted Oldies “Boomer 106.3” K292GH/KMSO-HD3 Missoula MT. The station is focusing on the 1960s and promotin...Read More
Eversole Media Group has rebranded its Rhythmic CHR’s in Missoula and Kalispell MT. “Heat 104.1” K281CH/KMSO-HD4 Missoula and “Heat 97.9” 1340 KYWL Evergreen/97.9 K258BW Shelby/Kalispell have relaunched as “Wild 104“. With the relaunch comes a move to mostly syndicated programming. Local PD/Morning Host Greg ‘Air’ Jordan is out and replaced in mornings by the syndicated Big Boy. Middays remain voicetracked by Mellie Mel, while the syndicated Nessa On Air is now at night. The station is also carrying Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Explicitly Old School” at 12pm and promoting Rick Dees’ “Daily Dees” on its website.
Over the past week we have become aware of a few format changes that have taken place over recent months that have not been reported anywhere. Starting in Lubbock TX, Walker Broadcasting & Communications gave 1420 KJDL its third format of the calendar year. Originally CHR “Z98.5” paired with K253BD Lubbock, the station assumed the Alternative format and “Edge” branding from 105.7 KRBL Idalou in February. After the translator moved to 98.7 as K254CI, the format was flipped at some point in August to Classic Country “Raider 98.7“. Considering the station’s website is still 1057Edge.com, it’s not really a surprise the station isn’t up on letting the world know about the new format. Salem Communications quietly launched Soft AC “...Read More
Station Sales Catholic Radio Network is adding a third signal in Kansas City as Mortenson Broadcasting sells Silent 890 KGGN Gladstone, MO for $10 with the remainder of the fair market value of the station being considered a charitable donation. The 960 watt daytimer will join Catholic 1090 KEXS Excelsior Springs and Spanish Catholic 1190 KDMR Kansas City. Sheila Callahan & Friends, Inc. is swapping Silent 107.7 KMTZ Three Forks/Bozeman, MT to JLD Media for 104.1 K281BK Missoula. Callahan, which operates as Mountain Broadcasting will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 102.5 KMSO Missoula on K281BK. JLD Media is operated by Kevin Terry, who also owns stations in Helena and Great Falls as Montana Radio Company. River Radio Ministries is transferring Christian AC “104.9 The River̶...Read More
Station Moves Lazer Broadcasting Regional Mexican “Radio Lazer 93.1” KXSM Hollister/Salinas, CA applies to change city-of-license to Chualar from a new tower site. From the new location KXSM would operate with 8kW at 100 meters. It would be short-spaced, but not overlap with iHeartMedia’s 92.7 KTOM Marina and American General Media’s 93.5 KZOZ San Luis Obispo. Lazer also has a pending 2013 application to relocate 105.9 KMLY Carmel Valley to the same tower on 95.1 licensed to Gonzales, CA (Coverage Map). Family Life Ministries’ 107.7 WCIG Dallas/Wilkes-Barre, PA applies to shift northeast to a new tower site where it will operate with 2.45kW at 158 meters (Coverage Map). Actualidad Media Group’s Spanish News/Talk 107.1 WURN-FM Key Largo, FL applies to inc...Read More
Roger and Nancy Anderson’s Southwest Media is converting its LMA of CHR “Hits 106” KFSZ Munds Park/Flagstaff, AZ from LKCM Radio Group into a purchase for $491,000. Operating as Great Circle Media, the buyers own five other stations in the Flagstaff market. Mark Jorgenson’s ACM Dallas is purchasing 700 KHSE Wylie and 990 KFCD Farmersville, TX in the Dallas/Fort Worth market from Barnard Dallas for $475,000. Jorgenson also is adding James Crystal Radio’s 1480 KBXD Dallas to his holdings in the market as part of his $5.5 million purchase of that company’s stations out of bankruptcy. He began operating KHSE and KFCD via LMA at the beginning of March. Vail Radio Partners sells AAA “104.7 The Mile” KKVM Vail, CO to AlwaysMountainTime for $299,250....Read More
Simmons Media is acquiring the three stations and two translators in Missoula, MT owned by Spanish Peaks Broadcasting. AAA “Trail 103.3” KDTR Florence, Hot AC “U104.5” KKVU Stevensville, Variety Hits “105.9 Jack-FM” KYJK Missoula, “ESPN Montana” 102.9 K275BS Missoula/KKVU-HD4 and 105.3 K287AW Hamilton will be transferred to Simmons affiliate Missoula Broadcasting for the absolution of loans owed by Spanish Peaks to Simmons. Simmons will begin operating via Time Brokerage Agreement on December 1. Simmons had operated the stations via LMA with option to buy from 2005 until 2010, but had not exercised their option due to the recession. Spanish Peaks operator Kevin Terry will continue to own stations in Great Falls and Helena via his Montana Radi...Read More
Arlington Capital Partners is walking away from its investment in Cherry Creek Radio. The investment firm is abandoning its stake in the company, which owns 58 station in the western half of the country, for no cash value. Full ownership of Cherry Creek will return to President/CEO Joseph Schwartz and CFO/Treasurer Kirk Warshaw, each of whom will hold 50% interest in the company. Cherry Creek Radio operates stations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington including clusters in Great Falls, Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Missoula, and St. George. The company recently sold 96.1 KSIQ San Diego to EMF Broadcasting for $1 Million. Arlington Capital also owns a stake in Main Line Broadcasting, which operates stations in Dayton, Hagerstown, Louisville, and ...Read More
Townsquare Media News/Talk 1290 KGVO Missoula, MT will add a simulcast on 101.5 on March 1. The move will displace AC “101.5 The View” KVWE. In a post to the station website, Brand Manager/Morning Host Dan DeWitt explains the reasoning behind the move.