Format Changes

Guess Where Guess-FM Moved In Memphis

As Mighty Media Group completes the sell-off of its Memphis TN properties, one of its formats will remain available on a new frequency. Classic Hits “Guess-FM“, which had been airing on 830 WUMY Memphis, 1180 WGUE Turrell AR, 99.3 W257CY Memphis, 100.1 W261CS Southaven MS, and 105.5 W288BJ Memphis TN moved last week to Flinn Broadcasting’s 1430 WOWW Germantown/97.7 W249BN Memphis. WOWW/W249BN had been simulcasting Mighty Media Group’s “95.3 The Rebel” WEBL Coldwater MS. Over the past few months, Ronald Unkefer’s Memphis First Ventures which owns Mighty Media Group sold 830 WUMY/105.5 W288BJ Memphis to GMF-Christian Media for $706,823, 1180 WGUE Turrell/99.3 W257CY Memphis and the CP for 101.5 K268DA Memphis to Butron Media Corporation for $799,000,...[Read More]

Z-Rock Debuts In Southwest Wisconsin

Dodge Point Broadcasting Company has used its new translator to flip 810 WDMP Dodgeville WI from a simulcast of Country “Outlaw Country D99.3” WDMP-FM to Active Rock “96.9 Z-Rock“. Now sporting new WZRK call letters, the new 250w horizontal/141m 96.9 W245DE Dodgeville signal will cover the Dodgeville/Mineral Point area halfway between Madison and Dubuque IA. Rock fans you can now add a new preset to your radio! Tune in to our new sister station 96.9 Z-Rock! Posted by Outlaw Country D99point3 on Thursday, August 9, 2018

iHeartMedia Launches Alt 107.7 Tupelo

iHeartMedia has debuted Alternative “Alt 107.7” 1490 WTUP/107.7 W299CS Tupelo MS. The station had been simulcasting Classic Hits “Big 99.3” WTUP-FM prior to the debut of the new translator. WTUP will feature the syndicated Woody Show in mornings. The Tupelo market lost the Alternative format when 96.3 WXWX flipped from a simulcast of “I96” WIVG Memphis TN in May.

Texas-FM Brings Red Dirt Battle To Lubbock

Ramar Communications has launched Texas/Red Dirt Country “93.1 Texas-FM” K226CH Lubbock/97.3 KTTU-HD4. Former “105.3 The Red Dirt Rebel” KJDL-FM Levelland Program Director David Wilde will serve as afternoon host for the station. KJDL-FM itself began simulcasting on what had been sister Classic Hits “105.7 King-FM” KRBL Idalou and rebranded as “105.7 The Red Dirt Rebel” earlier this year.

KPRO Signs-Off Following Land Sale

Impact Radio Christian 1570 KPRO Riverside CA has joined the list of AM stations going off the air as its land value exceeds that of the station’s. The Press-Enterprise reports that the station ceased broadcasting on Friday, August 3. Co-owner Ronnie Olenick told the newspaper, “We tried to sell the station but could not find a buyer for it, and that’s why it’s now dark. But the land the transmitter and studios are on was sold; the developer will be building new houses on the property.” Unlike other stations KPRO has not turned in its license, but has filed a silent STA to give a possibility for a buyer for the station assets to be found and to diplex with another local AM.

WPZR Completes Rebrand As Detroit Praise Network As EMF Closes On 102.7 Purchase

Urban One Gospel “Praise 102.7” WPZR Mount Clemens/Detroit is officially no more as the format has completed its move to a network of four translators. The “Detroit Praise Network” consists of three translators acquired by Urban One in the sale of WPZR to Educational Media Foundation: 93.5 W228CJ Detroit, 93.5 W228CU Riverview, 98.3 W252BX Detroit and the previously owned 99.9 W260CB Detroit. The four signals combine to cover most of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs. Programming will originate from 105.9 WDMK-HD2. One programming change accompanies the move as Mildred Gaddis’ talk show moves from 10am-12pm on WPZR to Sunday mornings on sister Urban AC “105.9 Kiss-FM” WDMK. Gaddis will also take on the additional role of Community Director for Ur...[Read More]

WBKE Extends New Country Battle To Morgantown

LHTC Media has launched a third current based Country outlet in Morgantown WV. 1490 WBKE Fairmont launched its 98.3 W252EF translator and flipped from Talk to Country “98.3 Blake-FM“. The 250w/78m signal is operating from the tower of sister “100.9 Jack-FM” WZST Westover/Morgantown. The station is running jockless and continues to serve as flagship for West Virginia Black Bears minor league baseball. The new format makes for the third Country outlet serving Morgantown alongside West Virginia Radio Company’s market leading 97.9 WKKW and Burbach Broadcasting’s “Froggy” trimulcast 92.7 WGIE Clarksburgh/102.7 WGYE Mannington/103.9 W280FF Morgantown.

Saga Brings Chuck To Spirit Lake

Saga Communications has flipped 98.9 K255CY Spirit Lake IA from a simulcast of Country “Big Country 107.7” KICD Spencer to Variety Hits “98.9 Chuck-FM“. Now being fed by 104.9 KMRR-HD3, the new format positions the translator between Community First Broadcasting’s combination of Classic Rock “Q102” KUQQ and AC “Campus Radio 104” 103.9 KUOO.

Old School 105.3 Charlotte Moves To Urban AC

Urban One has shifted Urban Oldies “Old School 105.3” WOSF Gaffney SC/Charlotte NC to Urban AC “105.3 Old School & R&B“. The move comes with a playlist change from focusing on R&B from the 1970s through 1990s to 1980s through now. No changes to the station’s airstaff which includes the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Chirl Girl in middays, and Eddie Owens in afternoons. Radio One, Inc. announced today that WOSF radio, formerly known as Old School 105.3, Charlotte’s Old School Station is now “105.3, Old School and R&B”. After an extensive research project with adult urban listeners in the Charlotte metro area, Radio One, Inc. recognized the strong demand for contemporary R&B music mixed with old school. Already the kind of station ...[Read More]

Joy-FM Comes To Jacksonville

Radio Training Network has launched its Christian AC “Joy-FM” network on Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting’s 88.1 WCRJ Jacksonville. Joy-FM replaces Educational Media Foundation’s Christian CHR “Air 1” on the 88.1 signal. That network is still available in the market on 89.5 W208AV San Jose and 90.9 WJKV-HD2. The station becomes the third Christian AC in the market along with EMF’s “K-Love” on 90.9 WJKV and Chesapeake-Portsmouth’s own “100.7 The Promise” WMUV.

La Ley Enters Bakersfield

Lotus Communications has flipped Spanish AC “Concierto 96.5” KPSL-FM Bakersfield to Regional Mexican “La Ley 96.5“. The new format serves as a flanker to sister Regional Mexican “Radio Lobo 102.9” KIWI to protect it from competitors “96.9 La Caliente” KEBT, “La Campesina 92.5” KMYX, and “Radio Lazer 106.5” KEAL. KIWI is currently third in the market with a 7.1 share. KEBT, KMYX, and KEAL combined for a 5.3 in the same Spring 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings period. The now-former format on KPSL-FM ranked ninth in the market with a 3.5 share.

Withers Swaps WTAO & WVZA In Southern Illinois Again

As first reported in our 7/20 Domain Insight, Withers Broadcasting is reversing the frequency swap it made in the Marion/Carbondale IL market in 2009. Rock “92.7 TAO Rocks” WTAO-FM Herrin and AC “105.1 VZA” WVZA Murphysboro will exchange frequencies on Wednesday, August 1 at 12pm. The move brings the WTAO-FM Rock brand back to the 105.1 frequency it called home from 1970-2009. The original 2009 swap was made to give WVZA a stronger signal in Carbondale as it served as the flagship station for Southern Illinois University sports. The University announced earlier this month that it will move those broadcasts to Max Media CHR 101.5 WCIL-FM.