Update 3/31: Cromwell has confirmed that 830 WQZQ/93.3 W227DC will flip to Classic Hits “Classic Hits 93.3” at 12pm on Friday, April 1. The new station will focus on hits on the 1970s and 80s positioning it between rimshot “Hippie Radio 94.5” WHPY Bellevue and Variety Hits “96.3 Jack-FM” WCJK. Original Report 3/25: The Cromwell Group launched 93.3 W227DC Nashville TN with a non-stop loop of Los Del Rios’ “Macarena”. The former 96.1 W241BU Charleston IL is now paired with 830 WQZQ Goodlettsville via the AM Revitalization Waiver. The translator is operating with 250w/243m from the WSMV-TV tower just west of Nashville. As we reported in the 3/14 Daily Domains, Cromwell has registered multiple domains pointing to a Classic Hits format for W...Read More
Alexandra Communications applies for yet another upgrade for 100.1 KQFO Pasco WA.
Midwest Communications is expanding its holdings in Nashville with the purchase of CHR “I106.7” WNFN Millersville TN from the Joule Broadcasting Trust for $3.75 million. WNFN will become Midwest’s third station in the market joining AC “Mix 92.9” WJXA and Variety Hits “96.3 Jack-FM” WCJK. WNFN has been in the divestment trust since the 2011 merger with Citadel Broadcasting gave it seven FM’s in the Nashville market. As one of two CHR’s in the Nashville market, WNFN registered a 2.8 share in the Holiday 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings. That placed it well behind iHeartMedia’s “107.5 The River” WRVW’s 7.3 share. Midwest Communications, Inc. has agreed to purchase the assets of radio station WNFN (FM), licensed to Mi...Read More
AM Changes The long-dormant 1500 allocation in Los Angeles sees action as the Howard Levine/William Schwab partnership that won the bidding in the 2014 FCC Auction for the frequency modifies their application to operate with 120 watts daytime utilizing two towers and 150 watts night with four towers. 1500 would operate from the already in use towers of 1330 KWKW Los Angeles that will soon also become home to 790 KABC. The 1500 allocation in Los Angeles has been dormant since 1500 KRCK Burbank went Silent in 1985.
Station Sales iHeartMedia has not been an outright buyer of a station in quite some time. That changed this weeks as the company purchased Hot AC “92.9 The Boss” KOLT-FM Warren AFB/Cheyenne WY from Valley Bank And Trust for $500,000. The bank has owned KOLT-FM since former owner Joli Lofstedt’s Tracy Broadcasting Company defaulted on a loan in 2014. KOLT-FM will become iHeart’s third FM in the Cheyenne market joining “Big Country 97.9” KXBG Cheyenne and Country “100.7 KOLT-FM” KOLZ. The Moody Bible Institute is purchasing Classic Country 1200 WAMB Nashville TN and its two translators from Great Southern Broadcasting Company for $414,000. The two translators are 98.7 W254CK Nashville and 99.3 W257AR Donelson TN. The sale’s closing is con...Read More
iHeartMedia CHR 93.3 WFLZ Tampa has named John Mayer as its new Program Director effective May 1. Mayer comes to WFLZ from sister CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW Nashville and fills the vacancy created by the move of Tommy Chuck to “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC and Country 93.1 WPOC Baltimore in January. Mayer has programmed WRVW since July 2014 after moving up from Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Host. He previously worked at “KC 101” WKCI New Haven, CT. WFLZ FM 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay’s Hit Music Channel, announced today that John Mayer has been named Program Director, effective May 1. “This was an extremely important position to fill. WFLZ is the market’s leading radio station in ratings and revenue,” said Doug Hamand, Senior Vice ...Read More
On Friday subscribers of AT&T’s Uverse Cable service in many markets found their systems in “Emergency Alert” mode due to an erroneous triggering of EAS. Affected viewers had their televisions locked on a local network affiliate with a banner stating “This is an Emergency Action Notification. Your channel has been force tuned to receive the Emergency Alert Message”. The only thing supposed to trigger such an alert is a national emergency. And it was triggered once before during a national EAS test on November 9, 2011. Which bring us back to Friday and the Bobby Bones Show. During a segment discussing an EAS test that went off during Game 2 of the World Series somebody made the mistake of playing a YouTube clip of the 2011 national test over the air. That ...Read More
Translator Moves For the past several months we’ve watched Clear Channel take steps to move 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD down I-270 towards Washington, DC. Most recently it gained a Construction Permit to move to 104.9 licensed to Rockville with 250 watts at 112 meters. Now Clear Channel has applied for what will likely be the final move for the translator seeking to change city of license to Washington, DC itself on 104.7 with 75 watts at 229 meters rebroadcasting 101.1 WWDC-HD2. The directional signal will cover all of the District, and adjacent suburbs in Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax County, VA (Coverage Map). Woman’s World Broadcasting (LMA’d to Cox Media) Alternative “X107.1” W296BB Jonesboro, GA from the tower of 98.5 WSB-FM Atlanta to Stone Mountain w...Read More
Update 4:05pm: Travis’ co-hosts Blaine Bishop and Brent Dougherty began their show today announcing that Travis has exited his position with the station, obviously not giving him a chance to make a final on-air appearance. They quickly plugged his other positions and his social media accounts before moving on with the show. Original Report 8/26 3:15pm: Clay Travis is exiting Cumulus Sports “104.5 The Zone” WGFX Nashville’s afternoon “3 Hour Lunch” after his show on Thursday, August 28. Travis writes on his FoxSports.com blog that months after telling Cumulus with his contract expiring, he wished to stay at the station for a market competitive deal. After offering Travis a $5,000 raise, he has decided to exit the station. I thank Cumulus for one thing, th...Read More
Update 8/25: After nearly a week of testing/stunting, Clear Channel launched Alternative “Alt 98.3” W252CM/105.9 WNRQ-HD2 Nashville at 5pm today. Branded as “Nashville’s Alternative”, the stations launched with Jack White’s “Lazretto”. John Mayer, afternoon host of sister CHR “107.5 The River” WRVW will pull double duty in morning on 98.3. Em will host middays, Zeus & Slappy The Wonder Boy in afternoons, and Battle in nights. Update 8/21: The stunting/testing period of 98.3 W252CM Nashville continues with the loop now consisting of Cadillac Three’s “Tennessee Mojo“. Update 8/19: 98.3 W252CM Nashville has signed-on and is currently running a loop of Rick Astley’s “Never Give You Up”. The sta...Read More
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