iHeartMedia and The University of South Alabama are partnering to launch Sports “99.5 The Jag” W258AY Mobile AL on Saturday, April 2. The new station will simulcast the Uncle Henry morning show from sister Conservative Talk 710 WNTM from 5-9am and Fox Sports Radio the rest of the day. USA’s Jaguar Sports Properties will have the right to program their own shows at any time as well as serve as flagship of the school’s football, mens and womens basketball, baseball, softball and select other sports play-by-play coverage. As part of the deal the school’s football coverage will move from iHeart AC 99.9 WMXC to Classic Rock “96.1 The Rocket” WRKH. The new format will give a direct FM Sports competitor to Dot Com Plus’ 105.5 WNSP Bay Minette. Intro...Read More
Station Sales While Save KPLU attempts to raise the money to purchase the station, The University of Washington has filed its application to purchase 88.5 KPLU Tacoma, its three simulcasts, and eight translators from Pacific Lutheran University for $8 million following the sale’s announcement in November. As part of the deal, all current employees will be terminated prior to closing and the KPLU call letters are excluded. The other facilities involved in the deal are 88.9 KPLK Sedro-Woodley, 89.3 KVIX Port Angeles, 90.1 KPLI Olympia, 88.7 K204BI Bellingham, 90.1 K211AP Centralia, 90.3 K212AG Raymond, 92.1 K221FR West Seattle, 96.7 K244EV Arial, 100.9 K265DP Aberdeen, 104.7 K284BM Longview and 105.5 K288GG Mount Vernon. Marianne Barton’s Mid-Utah Radio will merge into husband Do...Read More
With the 250 mile Translator Waiver period starting on Friday, the week leading up to it featured many licensees rushing to get their applications in first. Expecting hundreds of applications to flood the FCC with their waiver applications, we will be featuring daily updates next week with all the translator applications as they are added to the CDBS. To get this information and much more please consider subscribing to RadioInsight Premium today! FM Changes As we reported earlier in the week, Radio Wahpeton Breckenridge is purchasing Classic Hits “92.7 The Drive” KZDR Kindred ND and moving it out of the Fargo market. KZDR applies to relocate to Wahpeton MN with 6kw/46m. To make the move of KZDR possible, Radio Fargo-Moorhead’s 107.9 KPFX Fargo applies to change city-of-li...Read More
iHeartMedia AC “Lite Mix 99.9” WMXC Mobile has rebranded as simply “Mix 99.9“. No other changes were made to the station’s sound or lineup outside of the new name and logo. WMXC continues to air the syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi in mornings.
Station Sales Alexandra Communications has sold AC “Star 95.5” KUJJ McCall ID to Inspirational Family Radio for $85,000. The buyer has been operating KUJJ under LMA where it will join Country 98.3 KDZY in a duopoly. Radio Two, LLC acquires Gospel 1110 KTTP Pineville/Alexandria LA from Benajmin-Dane LLC for $100,000. Radio Two began operating KTTP via Time Brokerage Agreement on June 1. Translator Sales Alpha Media has purchased SSR Communications’ 96.9 W245AH Ridgeland MS for $113,000. W245AH holds a CP to upgrade to move to Jackson with 250 watts where it will rebroadcast Alpha News/Talk 1180 WJNT Pearl. Wood Broadcasting Company purchases 106.7 W294AT Macon MS from Max One Communications for $20,000. Wood specifies that during the upcoming translator waiver period it wi...Read More
Cumulus Media has flipped 660 WXQW Fairhope/Mobile, AL from a simulcast of Gospel 900 WGOK Mobile to Talk. The station is running all syndicated content including Doug Stephan’s “Good Day”, Chris Plante, Phil Valentine, Mark Levin, Red Eye Radio, America In The Morning, and CBS Sports Radio. All except Doug Stephan are distributed by Cumulus’ Westwood One. WXQW becomes the third Talk station in the Mobile market joining iHeartMedia’s 710 WNTM and Bigler Broadcasting’s “FM Talk 106.5” WAVH.
After weeks of stunting with multiple iHeartRadio streams, iHeartMedia has launched Urban “100.3 The Beat” W262BL/99.9 WMXC-HD2 Mobile. Launching with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free, the new format takes on Cumulus’ market leading 92.9 WBLX.
Station Moves The long gestating frequency shuffle involving many Salt Lake City area frequencies is coming even closer to fruition. iHeartMedia’s 105.7 KNRS-FM Centerville and 106.5 KAAZ-FM Spanish Fork have applied to make their moves to 105.9 and 106.7 respectively. Neither station will make any other change to their facility. While 106.9 KEGH Brigham City to 107.1 Woodruff, 107.5 KKLV Orem to Kaysville, and 107.9 KUDD Roy to Randolph are built-out and awaiting the rest of the chain to be completed, after the two iHeart station moves, 105.3 KDWY Diamondville, WY to the Humpy site on 105.5 Oakley, UT, 106.1 KBMG Evanston, WY to 106.3, and other out of market moves will still need to be completed. Media-One Country “98.3 The Bull” WYBL Ashtabula, OH applies to relocate t...Read More
Translator Moves Orlando has been one of the biggest hotbeds of translator activity and this week sees three more moves. The bigger of the moves have already been granted and will see Salem basically swap frequencies of two translators in the market. The CP for 94.9 W235CI Oviedo becomes 105.5 W288CJ with 250 watts at 65 meters rebroadcasting Conservative Talk “660 The Answer” WORL Orlando (Coverage Map). That move will enable 105.5 W288BI Deltona to move to 94.9 in Orlando with 250 watts at 134 meters rebroadcasting Christian Preaching 950 WTLN Orlando (Coverage Map). Also in Orlando, Central Florida Educational Association files to modify its recently acquired 93.3 W227CP Orlando. W227CP seeks to operate with 217 watts at 45 meters rebroadcasting Gospel “G106.3” 8...Read More
Update 8/29: Omni Broadcasting has agreed to purchase 1480 WABB outright for $106,000. Omni has and will continue to operate the station via a Time Brokerage Agreement until the sale closes. Not included in the sale are the WABB call letters and intellectual property. By the time the sale closes 1480 will take on new call letters. Will the Dittman’s finally sell the WABB IP to Cumulus to allow 97.5 WABD to be whole again? Original Report 8/18: Dittman Broadcasting’s 1480 WABB Mobile will join Omni Broadcasting’s “Ticket Sports Network“. It is unknown at this time if Omni is leasing or purchasing the station, which has been running on autopilot since its sister 97.5 WABB-FM was sold in February. WABB currently programs an all syndicated News/Talk format when it...Read More
Update 7/10: The deal includes two parts. Cumulus is trading 97.1 WRQQ Nashville to EMF for 97.5 WLVM. EMF will then pay Cumulus $1.6 Million for the license of WDLT. Original Report 7/9: Cumulus CHR 104.1 WABD Mobile announced this morning that it will relocate back to its “original home” of 97.5 on Sunday, July 15 at 12pm. WABD launched on March 1 picking up the format and airstaff of 97.5 WABB-FM following that station’s sale and format change to Christian AC “K-Love” WLVM. This move will be a three-way swap as WABD shift from 104.1 to 97.5, Urban AC 98.3 WDLT goes to 104.1, and “K-Love” from 97.5 to 98.3. All three moves will take place concurrently Sunday at 12:00pm. Since the launch of WABD, Cumulus has acquired two additional stations that c...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