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WTF Is Rocking Lexington

As first reported in our 2/10 Daily Domains, iHeartMedia has flipped “Fox Sports 1580” WWTF Georgetown/97.7 W249DJ Lexington KY to Rock “WTF 97.7“. Running with the usual commercial-free launch pattern, the new format flanks sister Classic Rock “100.1 Double Q” WKQQ against Cumulus Active Rock “Z-Rock 103” WXZZ. Audrey, who currently voicetracks overnights at WKQQ, will also host nights at WTF. No additional staffing has been announced.

Winnipeg Gets Hot For 90s Hits

Evanov Radio Group has flipped Soft AC “Jewel 101” 100.5 CFJL-FM Winnipeg to 90s Hits “Hot 100.5“. Positioned as “90s & More”, the station is stretching to play compatible songs from the early 2000s. Adam West, Program Director of sister CHR “Energy 106” CHWE-FM adds those duties at CFJL. The new format positions Hot 100.5 between Corus’ recently launched Adult Hits “Peggy @ 99.1” CJGV, Bell Media’s 80s/90s based “99.9 Bob-FM” CFWM-FM, and Rogers Media Hot AC “Kiss 102.3” CKY-FM. INSTANT INSIGHT: While we saw attempts at 90s Hits several years ago all fade. Canada seems to be a breeding ground for new takes on gold based formats. The aforementioned CFWM was the first Variety Hits station wh...Read More

Multiple St. Louis Talk Comings & Goings

After exiting overnights at KMOX, Jon Grayson too is joining CH Radio Holdings’ News/Talk 550 KTRS. Grayson will take the 10am-12pm slot on KTRS previously held Martin Kilcoyne and Randi Naughton starting March 13. Doug McElvein, who we noted below was taking that shift, is actually only filling in next week and then on an as needed basis. Original Report 7:30am: Jon Grayson is out, Doug McElvein is back, and both Tom Ackerman and Michael Calhoun have increased roles as News/Talkers 550 KTRS and 1120 KMOX St. Louis make on-air changes. At KMOX, Tom Ackerman is promoted to co-host of the station’s “Total Information AM” morning show in addition to his current role as Sports Director for the station. He joins Michael Calhoun and Debbie Monterrey on the morning show. W...Read More

Daily Domains 2/17: A New Vibe For Columbus

iHeartMedia is preparing to launch a new "Vibe" in Columbus. Plus potential changes coming in Panama City and Oklahoma.

The Best Positioning of Yesterday…

There have been two very different moves on station positioning in the U.K. this month. One was British group broadcaster Bauer going from the broad—“Your Music, Your Life”—to the more mundane with “The Biggest Hits, All Day Long.” But a week later, the U.K.’s Heart FM dropped its “More Music Variety” slogan. While it’s still unclear the extent to which it’s being used on the air, what replaced it is “Turn Up the Feel Good.” Judging by comments from readers and Facebook friends since last week’s question “Is Radio Famous for Boring Things?” there are a number of programmers who would be comfortable if radio moved away from station slogans altogether. Some felt that the right listener comments said more than any slug line. “Perception of the brand is the positioning statement,” writes veter...Read More

Station Sales Week Of 2/17

Station Sales Rothschild Broadcasting is selling Country “Cat Country 97.5” WKTT Salisbury MD to Joseph Morris and Ron Banks’ RoJo Broadcasting for $305,000. The buyers will begin operating WKTT via Time Brokerage Agreement on March 1. Banks recently served as MD/Nights at Urban “Power 101.7” WZEB Ocean View DE. Rothschild had purchased WKTT and News/Talk 1320 WICO Salisbury from Delmarva Broadcasting in November 2015 for $300,000. The Guel Family Trust’s Mekaddesh Group Corporation purchases Regional Mexican “La Mejor 98.7” KZAM Pleasant Valley/Wichita Falls TX from South Texas FM Investments for $122,000. Radio Dalhart donates Country 93.1 KHJQ Concan TX to Houston Christian Broadcasters. Real Presence Radio acquires 89.5 KBPG Montevideo MN...Read More

Danni Starr Joins WKYS’ Fam In The Morning

Radio-One Urban 93.9 WKYS Washington DC has tabbed Danni Starr as the new co-host of their “Fam In The Morning”. Starr, who previously co-hosted the syndicated Kane Show at iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington and mornings/middays at defunct CHR “96.3 Now” KHTC Minneapolis, replaces singer Lil’ Mo who was let go earlier this month. DJ Quicksilver remains in place as lead host.

Where To Hear The ‘60s Online

They were the webcasters most vulnerable to changing performance royalty rates—the boutique stations specializing in ‘60s and ‘70s gold that you didn’t regularly hear on large-market broadcast radio. A year ago, there was legitimate cause for concern about the future of the individual Webcaster. So as we wrap up our look at where to hear the ‘60s on the radio, it’s gratifying that, whatever their travails over the last year, there’s still an incredibly wide array of choices. Pop Gold Radio — Veteran New Jersey radio personality Don Tandler’s labor of love got the most mentions here, including from Joseph McCombs, Tim Marini, and Rich Appel. Pop Gold’s centerpiece is its Saturday afternoon Time Machine countdown—not just the chart from this day in history but from a different legendar...Read More

WMAL Joins Washington Redskins Radio Network

The Washington Redskins are adding Cumulus News/Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC/105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge VA to its network. The additions of WMAL and WMAL-FM will fill coverage holes on the team owned “ESPN 980” 980 WTEM Washington/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA. WMAL will carry all game broadcasts plus one hour of pre and post-game coverage starting with the 2017 season. 630 WMAL was the team’s longtime flagship carrying games as early as 1942 and then for 44 years straight until the team moved to 106.7 WJFK for the 1992 season. The Washington Redskins announced today that WMAL will carry Redskins Radio Network broadcasts in the Washington, D.C. metro area on game days, beginning with the 2017 NFL season. The distribution on WMAL’s 105.9 FM and 630 AM wi...Read More

Kwame Dankwa Joins Star 104 Erie As Program Director

Connoisseur Media CHR “Star 104” 103.7 WRTS Erie has appointed Kwame Dankwa as Program Director. Dankwa, who most recently was APD/Afternoon host as iHeartMedia’s “Power 93.3” KPWK Seattle until his position was eliminated at the end of 2016. He has also spent two tours as PD at Pamal CHR “Z97” WZRT Rutland VT and has worked on-air at “101.9 Radio Now” KWNW Memphis and “Amp Radio 103.3” WODS Boston. He succeeds Chris Ryan who exited in October to join Neuhoff Media’s “Y103” 102.9 WSOY-FM Decatur IL as PD. Connoisseur Media appoints Kwame Dankwa as Program Director for WRTS-FM (Star 104) Erie, PA, effective February 27. Dankwa, originally from Windsor, CT, was most recently heard on KPWK-FM (Power 933) Seatt...Read More

Bible Broadcasting To Acquire WNKU Cincinnati

Nearly a year after stating they plan to explore selling AAA 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights KY/Cincinnati and its two simulcasters, Northern Kentucky University has announced it has agreed to sell two of the signals to religious operators. 89.7 WNKU will be sold to Bible Broadcasting Network for $1.9 million. Simulcast 104.1 WNKE New Boston OH, which serves the Huntington WV/Ashland KY/Portsmouth OH market will go to Educational Media Foundation for $700,000 plus 75% of the proceeds from EMF divesting 94.9 WEKV South Webster OH. The university has yet to accept an offer for its third station, 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH, which serves the northern half of the Cincinnati market and Dayton. WCPO-TV reports that WNKU has been running a $1 million plus deficit in recent years. Northern Kentucky Univer...Read More

WIDL Switches To Classic Rock

Edwards Communications flipped Hot AC “Mix 92.1” WIDL Cass City MI to Classic Rock “I92” on February 3. The move corresponded with WIDL and sister Oldies 1360 WKYO Caro’s move to a new downtown Caro facility.

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