Format Changes

KLTD Flips To Classic Rock; Adds Walton & Johnson

Townsquare Media Classic Hits “K101.7” KLTD Temple/Killeen TX has shifted to Classic Rock with the addition of the syndicated Walton & Johnson morning show. The addition marks a return to the market and frequency for the show as it aired on then “Eagle 101.7” through its flip to Sports in 2010. With the move, KLTD is now branding itself as “K-Rock 101.7” and also adds Townsquare’s Ultimate Classic Rock with Zach Martin for nights.

KOUL Flips To CHR Power 103.3

Lerma Communications and Easton-Mark Media have flipped Country “Young Country 107.7/93.5” KOUL Agua Dulce TX to CHR “Power 103.3“. The move comes with a change in translators as KOUL ends its rebroadcast on 93.5 K228XM Corpus Christi and adds 103.3 K277BL Corpus Christi. The new format goes up against ICA Broadcasting CHR “Planet 102.3” KKPN and Malkan Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “Z95” KZFM. The “Power 103.3” format briefly appeared in April on K277BL and 93.3 KNPI-LP Padre Island.

WGHT To Sign-Off This Summer

Another AM will go silent rather attempt to “revitalize” as Mariana Broadcasting’s Full Service Oldies “North Jersey 1500” WGHT Pompton Lakes NJ has announced its intent to sign-off at the end of this summer. An AM daytimer operating with 1kW in the shadows of New York City, WGHT was unable to keep competing with the plethora of media options available in the area. Owner/GM/Midday Host John Silliman intends to attempt to donate the license to a local school or non-profit. WGHT has been in its current format since 1993 when Mariana purchased then WKER from the estate of station founder Robert Kerr. The station’s most famous alumnus is current Fox Sports studio host and NFL play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, who started his career at WGHT out of college.

WOWB Expands To Pensacola

Agape Educational Media Christian AC “Wow 90.9” WOWB Jay FL/Evergreen AL has expanded to the adjacent Pensacola market on Easy Media’s 1450 WBSR/101.1 W266AL Pensacola. WBSR/W266AL had been operating as Sports “ESPN Pensacola” until the abrupt end of that format on June 1. WOWB staffers mentioned on-air that they are currently leasing the new signals, but intend to purchase the stations.

Cumulus Moves Alternative & Country In New Orleans

Cumulus Media has moved Alternative “106.1 The Underground” WZRH Picayune MS to 92.3 WRKN Laplace LA as “Alt 92.3“, while Country “92.3 Nash-FM” moves in reverse to 106.1. The move places the Alternative format on the stronger signal in the market as well as allowing it to serve Baton Rouge and Houma. This is a return to a Rock based format for the signal as it was “Rock 92.3” from 2010-2014. The Country format on WRKN had been placing a greater emphasis on the Baton Rouge market the past year with the addition of well-known Baton Rouge personality Scott Innes in April 2016. In the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings trends, “92.3 Nash-FM” registered a 1.6 share of the New Orleans market well behind iHeartMedia’s 101.1 WNOE...Read More

The River Returns To Southern West Virginia

Shilo Communications has flipped Southern Gospel 1130 WRRL Rainelle/107.7 W299CF Fayetteville WV to Classic Rock “107.7 The River“. The launch resurrects the brand and format previously used by 102.3 WMTD-FM Hinton until its flip to Sports “102.3 The Ticket” in 2010. WRRL/W299CF rimshots the Beckley WV market.

Beasley Brings Southern Rock Smoke To Charlotte

Beasley Media has flipped Conservative Talk “America’s Pulse 1660” WBCN Charlotte to Southern Rock “94.7 Smoke” with the addition of W234BY Charlotte. Overseen by 103.7 WSOC Program Director DJ Stout, the new station is built around all-things Southern. The station lists hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, pick-up trucks, cold beer, horseshoes, great BBQ, Myrtle Beach, The Smokies, and NASCAR as among the topics the station will highlight. Music will include artists such as Classic Rock staples The Allman Brothers Band, Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet and new and local artists Cadillac Three, A Thousand Horses, Simplified, and Preacher Stone. The Smoke Is Coming… #947Smoke — 947Smoke (@947Smoke...Read More

WCCY Flips To CHR “99.3 The Lift”

Houghton Community Broadcasting flipped Adult Standards 1400 WCCY/99.3 W257CZ Houghton MI to CHR “99.3 The Lift” at 3pm today. Located near the northern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the station’s name comes from the Portage Canal Lift Bridge connecting Houghton and Hancock and launches along with the annual Bridgefest in the communities. WCCY will have a local morning show hosted by Rick Allen and also carry Finlandia University sports.

WVTF To Shuffle Frequencies Of Music & Radio IQ Outlets Across Virginia

Virginia Tech Foundation is planning a revamp of its two public radio services on Monday, July 10. Its primary WVTF service will be relaunched as “WVTF Music” as it hands all News programming to “Radio IQ“. Concurrently, the Radio IQ service will be upgraded to the full-powered 89.1 WVTF Roanoke, while the music service moves to WVTF-HD2 and 89.5 W208BX Roanoke. The networks will also swap frequencies in other markets across Virginia. 1260 WWVT Christiansburg/95.5 W238BN Blacksburg will switch from Radio IQ to WVTF Music. 91.9 WVTR Marion VA will switch to Radio IQ. The networks will not change locations in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Lexington, and Richmond. WVTF Music’s new lineup will feature Classical Music from 12am to 8pm weekdays with Jazz programm...Read More

Hip-Hop Fly 98.5 Launches In Fort Myers

After nearly two years of waiting for the FCC to approve their acquisition of Spanish Christian “Radio Nueva Vida” 98.5 WLVO San Carlos Park/Fort Myers FL, Sun Broadcasting has closed on the purchase from Educational Media Foundation. As tipped in this morning’s Daily Domains, Sun wasted no time and has flipped the station to Urban “Fly 98.5” with new WFFY calls in place. Positioned as “Non-Stop Hip-Hop” the station is being led by veteran programmer Scrap Jackson. Jackson previously spent a decade programming iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “105.5 The Beat” WBTT and CHR “Z100” WZJZ in the Fort Myers market and also helped launch “B96” KTTB Minneapolis and “Radio Now 93.1” WNOU Indianapolis during his career...Read More

Forever Brings Classic Country Lejends To Wheeling

Forever Media has launched a second Classic Country brand that serves Wheeling WV. Sports “ESPN 1290” WOMP Bellaire OH flipped last week to Classic Country “Lejends 100.1/1290” under new WLEJ call letters. 100.1 is recently launched translator 100.1 W261DH Wheeling. WLEJ is branding itself as “Best Country Of The 80s & 90s”, a positioner that is also used by Forever Media’s recently launched “Willie 103.5” WLYI Burgettstown PA that . While WLEJ is targeting the Wheeling market directly, WLYI is focusing its programming and ad sales on the nearby Pittsburgh market.

Third Time On FM The Charm For WVLK?

Cumulus News/Talk 590 WVLK Lexington KY is back on FM for the third time. WVLK launched its new translator, 97.3 W247CT Lexington on Monday with 250w/242m. W247CT is the former 101.1 W266AN that was forced off the air last June after Mountain Broadcasting Service’s Country 101.1 WSGS Hazard submitted 51 interference claims against the translator. WVLK originally simulcasted on 101.5 WVLK-FM Richmond KY until that station flipped to Country “101.5 Nash Icon” in October 2014.

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