Format Changes

WTMJ Launches FM Signal

Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee has signed on FM translator 103.3 W277CV Milwaukee. The 250w/244m signal operates from the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV/94.5 WKTI with a nearly Class A comparable signal. The translator is owned by Frank Glass McCoy as this completes its gradual move from Waukegan IL since being granted a Construction Permit in 2013. The translator’s original CP to move to Milwaukee was to have it rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. That station now has its own CP for a new translator on 101.7. The addition of WTMJ to FM will bring play-by-play of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks to FM in the market as well. WTMJ Radio is now broadcasting on FM in addition to its AM signal to expand the reach for Wisconsin’s most powerful ra...Read More

Salem Adds Second Conservative Talker In San Antonio

Salem Media launched a second Conservative Talk station in San Antonio TX earlier this month. Spanish Christian “Radio Luz 1160” KRDY San Antonio is now Conservative Talk “Freedom 1160” creating a flanker to “930 The Answer” KLUP Terrell Hills. While KLUP carries mostly Salem Radio Network programming, KRDY has added programming from additional syndicators. Freedom 1160’s lineup features America’s 1st News with Matt Ray from 4-7am, a simulcast of KSKY Dallas’ Mark Davis from 7-8am, Laura Ingraham from 8-11am, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes from 11am-2pm, Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade from 2-5pm, Westwood One’s Mark Levin from 5-8pm, Eric Metaxas from 8-10pm, Larry Elder 10pm-1am, and Joe Walsh 1-4am.

Classic Country 104.9 Debuts In Osage Beach

Viper Communications has flipped 104.9 K285ER Osage Beach MO from a simulcast of News/Talk 1150 KRMS to “Classic Country 104.9“. Positioned as “Bangin’ The Twang”, the new format is focusing on Country hits of the 1980s and 90s and is being fed by 93.5 KMYK-HD2 Osage Beach. KRMS’ programming is still heard on FM via its new 103.3 K277DJ Osage Beach translator. With the launch of HD on KMYK to feed the translator, Viper has also placed KRMS on HD3 and launched a mix of Smooth Jazz and “adult classics” on HD4 branded as “The Cove“

Jack-FM Debuts In Lexington

As we first indicated in our 2/9 Domain Insight, Cumulus Media flipped Country “101.5 Nash Icon” WVLK-FM Richmond/Lexington KY to Variety Hits “101.5 Jack-FM” this morning. WVLK-FM registered a 0.6 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings with the Nash Icon format straddling the lines between iHeartMedia’s market leading “98.1 The Bull” WBUL and Cumulus sister “Nash-FM 92.9” WLXX and LM Communications Classic Country “Hank 96.1” WLXO and iHeart’s “98.5 The Bull Icons” W253BK. The “Jack-FM” format places the station in more direct competition with Aloha Stations Trust Classic Hits “Rewind 105.5” WWRW.

Walton Doubles Country Options In Ruidoso

Walton Stations of New Mexico has doubled its Country output in Ruidoso NM. Walton first shifted Country “93.5 The West” KWES-FM Ruidoso to Classic Country focusing on music from the 1960s through 80s. To fill the newer hole Walton has flipped Spanish Adult Hits “Juan 94.7” 1450 KWES/94.7 K234AQ Ruidoso to “Bear Country 94.7“. Station Manager Juanita Jones told The Ruidoso News, “The decision to change formats came with plenty of research. We know that the average age demographic in Lincoln County is about 50 years, and we know that a very high percentage of radio listeners prefer country music in this market. KWES listeners hear country music ranging from the 1960s all the way to the ‘80s. And now Bear Country offers country music from the ‘80s al...Read More

San Diego Padres Make 97.3 KEGY Its New Home Ahead Of Flip

[membership level="2,3"] The San Diego Padres made the worst-kept secret in radio official on on Monday evening announcing that their games will air on 97.3 KEGY for the 2018 season. The first game broadcast will be on Saturday, March 3 as one of a dozen Spring Training games the station will carry. 97.3 will also carry all regular season games. Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr. will remain in place as game broadcasters and Chris Ello as pre and post-game host. Those will be expanded from the 15 minute length they were on Alternative "FM 94.9" KBZT last season to one hour in length. A full announcement on the flip of KEGY from CHR should be imminent. Original Report 2/16: A change at Entercom CHR "Energy 97.3" KEGY San Diego is coming closer and closer to fruition. M...Read More

Hot 102.5 Minneapolis Flips To Urban

iHeartMedia flipped Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 102.5” K273BH Fridley/97.1 KTCZ-HD3 Minneapolis to Urban on February 12. Now positioned as “Twin Cities’ Hip-Hop And R&B”, the move takes K273BH out of direct format competition with Cumulus’ Classic Hip-Hop trimulcast “105 The Vibe” 105.1 WGVX Lakeville, 105.3 WRXP Cambridge and 105.7 WWWM-FM Eden Prairie and into one with Go Media’s “Go 95.3” KZGO St. Paul. K273BH held a 1.2 share in the Holiday 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings while The Vibe held a 0.9. The move comes with the addition of the syndicated Breakfast Club for mornings. The remainder of the on-air lineup includes WHRK Memphis middayer Big Sue, WMIB Miami afternoon host Papa Keith, WJBT Jacksonville afternoon host Tee-Roy...Read More

Hot 103.7 New Orleans Shifts To Classic R&B

Nearly a year to the day after debuting as a younger skewing Urban AC, Entercom’s “Hot 103.7” 1350 WWWL/103.7 W279DF New Orleans relaunched with Classic R&B on Valentines Day at 12pm. Focusing on R&B from the 1970s and 80s, the station is now attacking iHeartMedia Urban AC 98.5 WYLD-FM and Cumulus Media’s “Old School 106.7” KMEZ from the older end as opposed to the younger. No airstaff changes were made as Big Abe remains in mornings and Suga Rae in middays. The first hour of the new version of Hot 103.7 consisted of: McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now New Edition – Cool It Now Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough El DeBarge – Love Me In a Special Way Eu – Doin D...Read More

WCVE To Take Over 93.1 WWLB/107.3 WBBT-FM Richmond On February 15

Commonwealth Public Broadcasting will begin operating Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM” WWLB Ettrik/Petersburg and 80s Hits 107.3 WBBT-FM Powhatan/Richmond VA on Thursday, February 15 at 1pm. The two stations will eventually assume all of the Classical and Jazz programming currently heard on 88.9 WCVE-FM Richmond, 89.1 WCNV Heathsville and 90.1 WMVE Chase City as those stations will move to Public News/Talk around the clock. WCVE-FM currently airs Classical music from 9am to 3pm and 10pm to 5am with Jazz from 7-10pm weekdays. For now they will be a direct simulcast of WCVE-FM with the programming split set to take place around June. Alpha Media sold WWLB and WBBT-FM to Commonwealth Public Broadcasting in December for $1.95 million. It completes Alpha’s exit from the market f...Read More

Big Country 97.5 Debuts In Wichita Falls

Falls Media completed its move and upgrade of Regional Mexican “96.3 La Ley” KXXN Iowa Park/Wichita Falls TX on February 1 and flipped it to Classic Country “Big Country 97.5“. Falls Media President Dan Balla tells us that the station is the first affiliate of Scott Shannon and Gary Reynolds’ new Classic Country network. Reynolds spent 18 years programming “Real Country” for ABC Radio/Citadel/Cumulus and Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel“. The station is focusing on Country hits of the 1970s through 90s. It can be heard via streaming here. The move also corresponded with the upgrade of the station back to its fully licensed 6kW/100m parameters after operating with multiple STA’s with lower power and periods of silence since 201...Read More

Viva Expands In Connecticut

Trignition Media has begun simulcasting Spanish Tropical “Viva 840/107.3” WRYM/W297BT New Britain CT on pending acquisition 1240 WWCO Waterbury. WWCO had been part of Connoisseur Media’s “Talk of Connecticut” network along with 610 WSNG Torrington, 1360 WDRC Hartford, and 1470 WMMW Meriden. Those three were sold to Red Wolf Broadcasting in January as part of a larger deal. Trignition is paying $260,000 for WWCO and its Construction Permit for 106.3 W292FI Waterbury.

88.3 Phoenix Stunting

As the Cesar Chavez Foundation moves off of the non-commercial band in Phoenix following its three acquisitions in the market last year, the now former 88.3 KNAI-FM (operating under new KCCF-FM call letters) has begun stunting with a loop redirecting listeners to the new home of its Regional Mexican “La Campesina” network. With the 88.3 allocation operating as a shared-time facility with Family Stations’ 88.3 KPHF Phoenix and the Campesina network operating commercially in its other markets outside of Phoenix and Visalia CA, the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Farmworker Educational Radio Network made three acquisitions in 2017 to allow them to operate 24/7 and commercially in Phoenix. First it purchased 860 KMVP (now KNAI) from Bonneville for $800,000. That was followed ...Read More