Walnut Radio has closed on their purchase of Soft AC/Standards “Magic 1490” KOMJ Omaha from Cochise Radio Partners. With the sale closing, Walnut Radio has relaunched the station as “Boomer 1490“. The station describes its revamped format as “the greatest music ever made, from the 50’s to today’s crooners! From Elvis to Michael Buble, The Beatles to Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, the Beach Boys, Carpenters and many more of the artists you loved then and you love now!” Cochise had operated the station commercial-free, something that will change now. The station had its fair share of issues as Cochise was fined $17,000 by the FCC for not maintaining studio or public files. A sale to Kona Coast Radio in 2013 never closed.
As the clock struck midnight on December 26, iHeartMedia “Man’d Up” and launched “Rock 94.9/102.3“. Airing on both 94.9 K235CD Omaha and 102.3 K272FE Council Bluffs, the station is airing a mix of Rock hits from the 70s to early 2000s. Update 12/23: When the Christmas music ends on 94.9 K235CD Omaha, the translator will flip to Rock conveniently branded as “Rock 94.9“. Rock949Omaha.com was registered by iHeartMedia earlier this month and is already redirecting to 94.9’s site. A flip to Rock will place the translator in competition with Journal’s “Z92” KEZO. Original Report 11/12: Following the launch of “Christmas 102.3” K272FE Council Bluffs/Omaha on Halloween, iHeartMedia has debuted “Christmas 94.9”...Read More
We have what will be the first entrant in the 2014 Post-Christmas Format Change Watchlist as iHeartMedia has launched “Christmas 102.3” K272FE Council Bluffs/93.3 KFFF-HD2 Bennington in the Omaha market. In previous years iHeart has aired Christmas music on Classic Hits 99.9 KGOR, who will cede it this year to K272FE. Journal Communications AC “Star 104.5” KSRZ and Salem’s Christian AC “100.7 The Fish” KGBI usually program holiday music as well. K272FE is licensed with 99 watts at 181 meters with a signal that covers Omaha and Council Bluffs (Coverage Map).
Steve Seline’s Walnut Radio LLC. has purchased Soft AC/Standards “Magic 1490” KOMJ Omaha from Cochise Radio Partners. KOMJ becomes the fourth Nebraska station purchased by Walnut Radio this year joining “Country 97.3” KBLR-FM Blair, AC “Mix 105.5” KFMT-FM Fremont, and News/Talk 1340 KHUB Fremont. Before forming Walnut Radio LLC, Steve Seline was formerly Vice Chairman of Waitt Media.
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
Connoisseur Media is selling Regional Mexican “Radio Lobo 97.7” KBBX Nebraska City/Omaha to Flood Communications of Omaha for $4.7 million. Flood Communications of Omaha partners Michael Flood and Dennis Collins own stations in Norfolk and Nebraska City, NE. Flood is also now programming pending Omaha move-in 107.7 KIMI Malvern, IA via LMA. KBBX was a standalone operation in Omaha. Connoisseur at one point held a CP for 107.7 KGGG Pacific Junction, IA but it was never built due to FAA noting predicted interference with the Instrument Landing System frequencies at Offutt Air Force Base. KIMI later attempted to move into the Omaha market from Sydney, IA following the deletion of KGGG.
Update 8/13: NRG Media fulfilled the supposed wishes of Omaha listeners at 4pm today with the launch of 80s based Classic Rock “101.9 The Keg“. Featuring core artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Van Halen and Def Leopard, the flip places KOOO in competition with Journal’s duo of Active Rock “Z92” 92.3 KEZO and Classic Rock “CD 105.9” KKCD. The new format replicates Clear Channel’s former “96.1 The Brew” KQBW, which flipped to CHR in September 2012. Todd ‘Crash’ Davis moves from afternoons to mornings at KOOO, replacing Dave Wingert. Update 8/12: KOOO is running teasers between songs that “Your Wish Will Come True” at Wednesday at 4pm. 1019TheHog.com features a countdown...Read More
Sales Calvary Chapel of Omaha has sold the CP for 94.9 K235CD Omaha to Clear Channel for $225,000. Clear Channel intends to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 96.1 KISO on the translator. American General Media acquires 106.9 K295AZ Buttonwillow, CA from First Ventures Capital Partners for $40,000. The translator holds a CP to relocate to the tower of AGM’s News/Talk 1180 KERN Wasco-Greenacres and will rebroadcast that station, bringing it to FM in Bakersfield. The University of Central Oklahoma is purchasing 95.9 KZCU Woodward, OK from Cameron University for $50,000. Upon consummation of the sale, KZCU will flip from a simulcast of Public 89.3 KCCU Lawton to Classical 90.1 KUCO Edmond/Oklahoma City. Big Chief Broadcasting Company of Bristow is selling “Country 104.9” KREK B...Read More
Bridgelight LLC has resubmitted its proposed move of 94.3 W232AL Pomona, NY across the Hudson River. The move would bring the translator to the former tower of 103.9 WFAS-FM Bronxville in White Plains where it would operate with 250 watts at 197 meters rebroadcasting Cumulus’ 95.5 WPLJ New York (Coverage Map). Conveniently Cumulus moved WFAS-FM’s programming to WPLJ-HD2 when it launched “Radio 103.9” WNBM on July 3. Station Moves Shamrock Communications has proposed modifying its CP for 95.9 in Pahrump, NV to operate with 17kW at -103 meters (Coverage Map). Domestic Church Media’s Catholic 89.3 WFJS-FM Freehold, NJ has applied to increase from a Class A with 3.8kW at 50 meters to a B1 with 15.2kW (Coverage Map). Colorado Public Radio’s Classical 88.1 KVO...Read More
Salem Christian AC KGBI-FM Omaha rebranded today as “100.7 The Fish“. No other changes have been made to the station, which retains Salem’s trademarked “Safe For The Whole Family” positioning. The move is tied to a new Salem initiative cross-promoting its three primary formats: Christian Music, Christian Talk, and Conservative Talk. Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM) announced today an aggressive campaign to cross promote its various formats in a new and imaginative way. After recent research performed by Neilsen Audio and Edison Research showed Salem that when listeners of its Christian Teaching and Talk stations leave for another station, they are most likely to go to a News Talk station or a Contemporary Christian Music Station, it made sense t...Read More
The holiday season didn’t lead to a shutdown of activity at the FCC as many applications and sales continued to proceed through the Christmas break. Starting in New York City with a pair of AM’s seeking adjusted facilities. New York Public Radio’s 820 WNYC has proposed a new night operation where it will drop power from 1kW to 930 watts with a new directional array with no changes to its 10kW daytime signal. Radio Vision Cristiana’s 1330 WWRV is attempting to relocate to the tower of 1480 WZRC while remaining at 10kW daytime, but doubling from 5 to 10kW at night. Univision’s 1270 KFLC Fort Worth, TX has applied to change city of license to Benbrook. Benbrook is the current COL of sister 107.1 KESS. Is this a first step in a relocation of KESS? As part of a fre...Read More
It’s beginning to look and feel like that time of the year. The time when radio stations use the Christmas holiday and beginning of the new year to launch new formats. Completed Changes 1/3: Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting closed on its purchase of Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS-FM and Country “100.7 The Bull” WMUV Jacksonville and flipped both to Christian AC “The Promise“. 1/2: Townsquare Classic Hits “Oldiez 96” WODZ-FM Utica, NY relaunches as “96.1 The Eagle“. 1/2: Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3” WZPW Peoria rebrands as “Peoria’s 92.3“. 1/1: Volusia Broadcasting flipped Oldies 1340 WROD/104.7 W284AV Daytona Beach to Classic Rock “The Rock of Daytona“. 1/1: 920 KKLS/104.7 K284BA Rapid City, SD flips to 80s ...Read More