Format Changes

KZTL Flips To Country As Owners Take Back Control

Legacy Communications has ended its LMA of AC “Sunny 93.5” KZTL Paxton and Rock “Rock 100” 100.7 KRNP Sutherland NE to Armada Media and has resumed operating the stations which serve the North Platte and Ogallala markets. With the management change, Legacy immediately flipped KZTL to a gold based Country format branded as “Country 93.5“. The new format positions KZTL against Armada’s “KX 104” 103.5 KXNP North Platte. KRNP will remain Active Rock however the station used the management change to stunt by calling out Armada’s management with a loop attacking it as saying that “Western Nebraska radio had been ruled by faceless corporations for years” and with “DJs that couldn’t find North Platte on a map”. The...Read More

107.1 WLIR Flips To Classic Hits Real-FM

Update 4/20:After launching with a retrospective of the original 1980’s Alternative 92.7 WLIR-FM Garden City NY and its later incarnation in the late 90s/early 2000s, VMT Media’s 107.1 WLIR-FM Hampton Bays and 96.9 W245BA Manorville NY flipped to Classic Hits “107.1/96.9 Real FM“. Positioning as “Long Island’s Real Mix of Classic Hits”, the station is focusing on hits of the 1970s through 90s with an emphasis on the 1980s. The first songs played were Van Halen’s “Jump”, Huey Lewis & The News “Heart of Rock and Roll”, J Geils Band “Centerfold”, and Spin Doctors “Two Princes”. Listen to the launch of Real-FM at FormatChange.com. Original Report 4/17: After running a placeholder music format s...Read More

Grace Broadcasting Shuffles Formats In Jackson TN

Just a couple months after flipping Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 105.3” WHPP Humboldt/Jackson TN to Talk as WTJK, Grace Broadcasting Services has moved the format to 93.1 WTJS (formerly WWGM) Alamo. With the move of WTJK’s programming to WTJS, 105.3 has flipped to Sports as “Fox Sports Jackson” running the network’s programming around the clock. The former Christian “Good News Radio” programming heard on 93.1 has in turn moved to 1190 WJPJ Humboldt/99.9 W260BA Clarksburg, 1500 WPOT Trenton, and 1250 WKBL Covington.

Station Sales Week Of 4/20: EMF Expands In Palm Springs

Prairie Avenue Gospel Center sells Christian “Joy 92” 91.7 KHCS Palm Desert/Palm Springs to Educational Media Foundation for $450,000. As EMF already operates Christian AC “K-Love” on 105.1 KLXB Bermuda Dunes, the company has entered into a Network Affiliation Agreement for KHCS to join its Christian CHR “Air 1” network on or before April 25. Blue Sky Media sells 94.1 KBUG Waynoka OK to The Love Station for $26,063. KBUG will join one the buyer’s two statewide Christian networks as it converts to non-commercial. Translator Sales Edgewater Broadcasting sells 105.5 W288BT St. Clair MI to Liggett Communications for $20,000. W288BT has been operated by the buyer as Modern Rock “Rock 105.5” rebroadcasting 1450 WHLS Port Huron.

Power 92.3 Debuts In Atlanta (For Now At Least)

After iHeartMedia lost its LMA of Immanuel Broadcast Network’s 92.3 W222AF Marietta/Atlanta GA last week, the translator is now operating as Urban “Power 92.3 Jams” under the operation of Enoch Kirkwood and Larry Edwards’ Media One Broadcasting. The translator is now rebroadcasting Cox Media Group’s 97.1 WSRV-HD3 Gainesville, but operating via STA with 7.5w/256m from the tower utilized by 88.5 WRAS, 94.1 WSTR and multiple translators. The new “Power 92.3 Jams” takes on the programming that was recently heard on Cumulus Media’s 101.5 WKHX-HD2 as “Jams 101“. W222AF joins a crowded Hip-Hop landscape in Atlanta that already includes Urban One’s “Hot 107.9” WHTA, Entercom’s “V103” WVEE, iHeartMedia&#...Read More

WTBO Flips To Oldies

Forever Media has flipped Hot AC “Happy 105.7” 1450 WTBO/105.7 W289BR Cumberland MD to Oldies. Branding with its call letters and positioning as “The Best Oldies“, WTBO has also launched a second translator as 97.9 W250CM Cumberland signed on with the format change covering Cumberland proper. WTBO has also added Baltimore Orioles baseball, University of Maryland football and basketball, and Fort Hill High School football.

Eagle Radio Group To LMA Tupelo Pair

A pair of format changes are incoming to Tupelo MS as Eagle Radio Group will begin operating Alternative “I96” WXWX Marietta and CHR “Wild 102.9” WWMR Saltillo MS via LMA on May 1. WXWX will move from a simulcast of 96.1 WIVG Tunica MS/Memphis TN to one of Country “95.3 The Bee” WADI Corinth. WWMR will jettison the Rhythmic CHR format it just debuted last December in favor of adopting the Southern Gospel programming currently heard on “The Eagle” 1490 WBIP/99.7 W259CP Booneville MS. WBIP/W259CP intend to flip to Christian AC.

WYKE To Flip To Country Under LMA

Citrus County Association For Retarded Citizens has announced it will LMA “CBS Sports 104.3” WYKE Inglis FL to WGUL-FM Inc. starting Sunday, April 15. The Citrus County Chronicle reports that WYKE will be flipped to Country as 104.3 WXZC under a three year LMA with option to purchase for $340,000 by WGUL-FM Inc with the monthly LMA fees going to the purchase price. WYKE will join a cluster that includes AC “Citrus 95.3” WXCV Homosassa Springs, Classic Hits “96.7 The Fox” WXOF Yankeetown, Country “Z103.3” WXCZ Cedar Key, and Oldies “Hits 106” 106.3 WGHR Spring Hill FL serving the areas north of Tampa and west of Ocala. With the similar call letters to 103.3 WXCZ and barely overlapping contours, a simulcast would make sense as well.

Another Atlanta FM Loses Its Translator

iHeartMedia Urban “96.7 The Beat” WRDG Union City GA is the second Atlanta market station to lose its translator signal today as 92.3 W222AF Marietta was taken off the air. Unlike Cumulus’ W255CJ there was no FCC involvement at play, but rather Immanuel Broadcasting Network, which leased the translator to iHeartMedia, has found a new operator for it with the expiration of its current lease. W222AF is currently off the air and we have yet to confirm who will assume operation of W222AF. W222AF covers Atlanta and its northern suburbs with 99w/247m. It was most recently used to give the south suburban based WRDG a signal in Atlanta proper. Combined the two signals received a 0.7 share in the February 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings.

KEGY San Diego Makes Flip To Sports 97.3 The Fan

One tweet from yet-to-debut morning host Kevin Klein was enough to sink the entire strategy and brand of Entercom Hot Talk “97.3 The Machine” KEGY San Diego. Update 4/11: Entercom has announced that KEGY will become Sports “97.3 The Fan” on Thursday, April 12 at 5:00am. The move comes two weeks to the day that morning host Kevin Klein was set to debut and ends the Hot Talk/Rock format after just six weeks. Midday host Dan Sileo is the only holdover but he will move to mornings from 5-9am. CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome will follow from 9am-12pm and Fox Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb from 12-3pm. Current San Diego Padres pre and post-game host Chris Ello and Tony Gwynn Jr. will host afternoons from 3-7pm. In addition to serving as flagship station for the Padr...Read More

Hot 103.7 New Orleans Moves To 92.9

Entercom has completed the move of Urban Oldies “Hot 103.7” 1350 WWWL/W279DF New Orleans to 92.9. The move was caused by the upgrade and move of W279DF to 92.9 with a higher antenna height of 250w/197m to increase its coverage of the market. No programming changes accompanied the frequency change. Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced today the relaunch of New Orleans classic R&B station HOT 103.7 as The New HOT 92.9 FM (W225CZ). The station will debut on the new frequency, with new call letters, starting today. The signal will be simulcast on both frequencies until further notice. The classic R&B station will continue to be heard on 1350 AM. The new frequency will reach a broader fan base in the Northshore are...Read More

Que Buena Returns To Houston

Univision has rebranded Regional Mexican 102.9 KLTN Houston as “Qué Buena 102.9“. The longtime “Estereo Latino” and more recently branded by just its frequency now takes on the branding most recently used by sister 93.3 KQBU-FM Port Arthur. That station dropped the Regional Mexican format to simulcast sister Spanish CHR “Latino Mix 104.9” KAMA-FM Deer Park on December 1.