At 12pm today, Townsquare Media flipped Country “104.9 The Hawk” KQCS Dewitt/Quad Cities IA to Classic Hits “Kick 104.9“. Jeff Lynn, Operations Manager of the Townsquare Quad Cities cluster is serving as Program Director. The format change comes one day before Regional Media Classic Hits “Rewind 93.9” WYEC will flip to Variety Hits “Jack-FM“. INSTANT INSIGHT: For a company like Townsquare that describes itself as a “Media, Entertainment and Digital Marketing Solutions Company” you would think they would understand the importance of having some form of web and social media presence ready for the new station at launch. You know, for digital marketing purposes. Yet as I write this only the now-defunct Hawk website exits to promote th...Read More
While Townsquare Media’s 104.9 KQCS Dewitt IA/Quad Cities is currently stunting in preparation of a format change, Regional Media’s Classic Hits “Rewind 93.9” WYEC Cambridge IL has announced a flip of its own. WYEC will flip to Variety Hits “93.9 Jack-FM” on Thursday, September 1 with new KQCJ call letters in place. The flip to Jack will leave the Quad Cities market without a Classic Hits station pending whatever happens at KQCS. Regional Media will switch its signal in the Quad City market to bring the highly popular “JACK” radio format beginning on September 1, 2016. WYEC, which will become KQCJ, at 93.9 on the FM dial, serves Peoria to Eldridge with its majority listenership in the Quad Cities region has been planning a major change for months! JACK F...Read More
Station Sales Oklahoma City based Perry Broadcasting is expanding to Fayetteville AR via a pair of acquisitions. Perry will acquire 1340 KFMD Bethel Heights from Hog Radio for $350,000 and 105.3 K287AN Fayetteville from Don Campbell for $50,000. The two stations currently air a Christian AC format as “105.3 The Voice” but will likely flip to Perry’s specialty within the Urban realm. In the southeast suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Religious Information Network sells Christian AC “The Remnant” 88.1 WAJC Newport MN to Maranatha Assembly of God Church for $52,000. Susan Nilon sells her 50% stake and 100% voting interest in Florida Talk Radio, owner of Talk 1220 WSRQ/106.9 W295BH Sarasota FL to partner Jim Lampl for $10,000. Larry Fuss’ Delta Radio and Delt...Read More
iHeartMedia will launch Alternative “Alt 104.5” K283BV Davenport, IA at 1:04 this afternoon. The newly debuted 250 watt signal will debut jockless fed by 103.7 WLLR-HD2 (Coverage Map). Core artists listed include Twenty One Pilots, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys and Kings of Leon. iHeartMedia – Quad Cities today announces an exciting new radio format is coming to the market: ALT 104.5: the Quad Cities Alternative. The station officially debuts at 1:04pm today. ALT104.5, The Quad Cities Alternative, is a new adult rock station merging New Music and Alternative, including such artists as Twenty One Pilots, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys and Kings of Leon. ALT 104.5 debuts with 100% music, no personalities. “We wanted to create a new radio station totally unlike anything...Read More
Educational Media Foundation is preparing signal upgrades for properties in the San Francisco Bay Area and Cleveland. EMF’s 107.3 KLVS Livermore, CA seeks to relocate about 15 miles west of its current location to a new tower site in the Diablo Mountains east of Oakland. KLVS would operate with 4.1kW at 481 meters increasing its coverage into San Francisco and San Jose (Coverage Map) at the expense of its coverage in Stockton and Modesto. In Cleveland, an application filed by iHeartMedia will see EMF’s 106.1 W291BV Solon, OH move to the current auxiliary antenna of CBS’ 102.1 WDOK where it will operate with 200 watts at 264 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeart’s 96.5 WAKS Akron. The new location will give W291BV coverage of all of Cleveland and its nearb...Read More
Townsquare Media has flipped Sports “ESPN 1170” KBOB Davenport, IA/Quad Cities to Classic Country. Utilizing Westwood One’s “Real Country” network, this is the third format for KBOB this year. Then utilizing the KJOC calls, the station flipped from the now defunct True Oldies Channel to Sports on May 1. In June the Sports format began simulcasting on 93.5 KQCS, which has since taken the KJOC call letters from 1170. The new Classic Country format on KBOB will flank recently launched Country “104.9 The Hawk” KQCS.
Update 7/9: “104.9 The Hawk” made its debut at 12pm today following six hours of stunting with Christmas music. The new format is launching its “Commercial Free Summer” with the normal 10,000 songs in a row. Listen to the launch of The Hawk at FormatChange.com. Update 7/8: KBOB-FM will make the flip to Country “104.9 The Hawk” on Wednesday, July 9. GM Bruce Law told the Quad Cities Business Journal that the station will begin stunting with Christmas Music at 6am on Wednesday before launching the new format in the midday. KBOB-FM Morning hosts Dave Levora and Darren Pitra are exiting with the flip. Original Report 7/6: A flip to Country is imminent at Townsquare Media Active Rock “Rock 104.9” KBOB-FM De Witt, IA. Townsquare has registered 1049...Read More
Just six weeks after flipping 1170 KJOC Davenport, IA from Oldies to ESPN Radio, Townsquare Media is giving the station an FM simulcast. Hot AC “Star 93.5” KQCS Bettendorf, IA will drop its format and flip to a simulcast of KJOC as “ESPN 93.5FM“. KQCS registered a 1.5 share in the Fall 2013 Nielsen Audio ratings. For the first time in the Quad Cities market FM radio will have a 24-hour sports station. The worldwide leader in sports ESPN begins airing on Townsquare Media’s 93.5 FM signal as of Monday morning June 16th with the popular “Mike & Mike Morning Show”. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Mike Greenberg and former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Golic form the backbone of the nation’s hottest sports radio show in the morning. Play...Read More
The upcoming demise of Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel has led to a format change in the Quad Cities as Townsquare Media flipped “True Oldies 1170” KJOC Davenport, IA to Sports as “ESPN 1170” today. KJOC will air the national ESPN programming lineup in its entirety while remaining the local affiliate for Chicago Cubs baseball and Iowa State University sports. This is the second run for Sports with the ESPN affiliation for KJOC. The station previously carried the network from 1993 to 2003 before flipping to News/Talk and then Oldies.
A CHR war is on in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. Clear Channel Classic Hits “Kool 101.3” KUUL shifted to Top 40 this morning as “101.3 Kiss-FM” putting the station in direct competition with Cumulus’ “B100” KBEA. The new station will be primarily fed from out of town with Elvis Duran in the Morning, Ryan Seacrest middays, and Premium Choice at night. Local host Todd Alan shifts from sister AC “Mix 96” KMXG for afternoons. In the fall 2011 ratings, KUUL was 6th in the market overall with a 6.8 share, just behind KBEA’s 7.6 share. The Quad Cities Business Journal reports that KUUL morning hosts Mark Manuel and Steve Ketelaar moved to mornings at sister News/Talk 1420 WOC.