Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale ceased programming the Christian AC “Reach-FM” network across the state of Florida on March 30 and announced it is putting its broadcast properties up for sale. Through subsidiary Reach Communications, the group owns 90.5 WREH Cypress Quarters FL and 24 translators across Florida. Reach also leases four HD subchannels in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and West Palm Beach to feed those translators. In a statement on the station’s website, Reach-FM states that their remaining signals will air an automated music format until they are all sold off. The Reach-FM network debuted in 2004, but Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale states that the church “has made the decision to focus its ministry efforts and resources on other ways to advance i...Read More
iHeartMedia Country “Wave 92.7” WAVW Stuart/Port St. Lucie FL has added a Palm Beach area simulcast on 93.3 W227CX North Palm Beach. The move gives an in-market competitor to Digity’s 103.1 WIRK Indiantown while expanding WAVW’s presence into the larger market. The 132 watt translator covers the area in-between West Palm Beach and Jupiter, but not the entire West Palm Beach market (Coverage Map). INSTANT INSIGHT: It’l be interesting to see if JVC Media’s “93.5 The Bar” WBGF Belle Glade makes an attempt to have W227CX displaced as it will block out the rimshot signal on the adjacent channel. WBGF targets its programming at the West Palm Beach area despite not putting a 60dBu signal over the populated areas of the market (Coverage Map).
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.
Following the sale of Classical South Florida’s stations to Educational Media Foundation, 91.3 WLRN Miami has come to an agreement to retain the Public News/Talk programming on 101.9 W270AD/WFLV-HD2 West Palm Beach. Currently branded as “WPBI News“, the station will be relaunched as “101.9, NPR For The Palm Beaches” as WLRN leases the HD2 and translator from EMF. WLRN is owned by the School Board of Miami-Dade County and also operates WLRN-TV Miami, 91.5 WKWM Key West and three translators serving the remainder of the Florida Keys. Following the demise of Classical South Florida, WLRN launched a Classical programming service on its HD2 to serve the Miami market. WLRN will begin operating W270AD at a yet-to-be announced date in November.
Translator Sales Just north of Chicago, Cornerstone Community Radio is selling the CP for 92.1 W221DD Waukegan, IL to Frank Glass McCoy for $5000. McCoy is the Chief Engineer for Salem Media’s Chicago stations but it is unknown if they are involved in the purchase. Cornerstone also sells the CP for 101.5 W268CF West Palm Beach, FL to Educational Media Foundation for $25,000. EMF will rebroadcast its pending acquisition 90.7 WFLV West Palm Beach on the translator and will file a modification application before closing. With EMF adding a third signal in West Palm Beach, does this increase the chances for an NPR News/Talk station to remain in the market? Stewards of Sound, Inc. purchases the CP for 103.1 W276CP Bloomer, WI from Edgewater Broadcasting for $22,000. W276CP will rebroadcast...Read More
Translator Moves Educational Media Foundation’s 96.5 K243BN Laveen, AZ applies to open up its directional pattern to increase coverage to the east and west while remaining at its current 250 watts at 278.6 meters antenna on Phoenix’s North Mountain. K243BN will likely be heading towards a signal conflict with 1TV.com’s 97.3 KIKO-FM Claypool, which applied last month to upgrade to a Class C on 96.5. K243BN will change its originating station to an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 99.9 KESZ Phoenix (Coverage Map).
Educational Media Foundation has begun operating the three Classical programmed stations owned by Classical South Florida with their Christian AC “K-Love” programming. New call letters accompany the change at all three stations. 89.7 WKCP Miami is now WMLV, 90.7 WPBI West Palm Beach is WFLV, and 88.7 WNPS Fort Myers becomes WDLV. 93.5 in Butler, AL had previously held the WMLV call letters but switches to WMLG. The move gives Fort Myers two stations airing the “K-Love” programming for now as 98.5 WLVO San Carlos Park previously in existence, but one will likely switch over to the “Air 1” Christian CHR network in time. That same move will not be taking place in West Palm Beach for the time being. EMF will continue to run the Public News/Talk “WPBI N...Read More
Adib Eden’s Actualidad Media Group is initiating a game of musical towers in an attempt to upgrade its three AM’s in South Florida.
“Beatz 96.3” debuted as expected at 4pm today. The new station is launching with a sponsored commercial-free weekend and a social media based contest for Nicki Minaj concert tickets. Update 6/3:“ Beatz 96.3” W242CI Jupiter/West Palm Beach will launch on Friday, June 5 at 4:00pm. Positioned as “Hip-Hop For The Palm Beaches”, the station will fill the hole created by sister “X102.3” WMBX shifting to Urban AC in 2013. Meanwhile at WMBX, Don Chris “Dj Wrekk-1” Williams has been named PD/Afternoon Host. He recently worked as Music Director/Middayer at Radio-One Urban “Hot 96.3” WHHH Indianapolis where he worked under now Palm Beach Broadcasting OM Leo Baldwin. FRIDAY at 4PM! Get ready to turn on your radio to hear the HOTTEST HIP HOP! ...Read More
Station Moves Point Broadcasting Rhythmic Oldies “Old School 104.7” KQIE Redlands/San Bernardino, CA seeks to move about 11 miles west where it will operate with 6kW at 1 meter. The move will improve KQIE’s coverage in the western parts of the Riverside/San Bernardino market including Rancho Cumcamonga and Ontario (Coverage Map). Apex Broadcasting Variety Hits “SC 103.1” WVSC Parris Island, SC seeks to modify its CP to return to its current Class C3 status with 6.6kW at 149.4 meters (Coverage Map). Marion Williams’ Rhythmic CHR “Smokin 99.1” WSMK Buchanon, MI/South Bend, IN applies to move a few miles south to the tower of sister 1290 WNIL Niles while doubling its power to 6kW at 96.4 meters. The move will improve WSMK’s coverage within...Read More
Catholic Radio Network sells Silent 1570 KPIO Loveland/Denver, CO to Loveland Radio Partners for $10 and the cancellation of $569,000 worth of debt related to the 2009 acquisition of KPIO. Catholic Radio Network moved their programming to 1060 KRCN Longmont earlier this year. Youngers Colorado Broadcasting is swapping Silent 99.3 KPCR Fowler/Pueblo, CO to Way Media for the CP for 93.9 K230BO Westcreek, CO. Youngers will then sell K230BO to Mountain Community Translators for $25,000. Lamb of God Communications sells Catholic 91.7 WLGO Ashtabula, OH to the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago for $160,000. Mountain View Broadcast LLC is converting its Time Brokerage Agreement of “China Radio International” 1060 KDYL South Salt Lake, UT to a purchase as it pays Holiday Broadcasting Co...Read More