Format Changes

Boise Formats Shuffle Following Asset Swap

With the asset swap made this week by Impact Radio Group and Radio Rancho, a pair of formats have moved to new frequencies. Sports “ESPN Boise” has moved from 730 KNFL/96.5 K243BM Boise to 99.1 K256CZ Boise/101.9 KQBL-HD2 Emmett. The swap places the format on a stronger FM signal as it moves from the 99 watt/805m K256CZ to 250w/805m. 730 KNFL is currently running a loop redirecting listeners to the new 99.1 frequency for the format. With 96.5 vacant, Alternative “92.7 The Alternative” K224EP Boise/KQBL-HD2 has moved to that translator as “96.5 The Alternative“. Impact is acquiring 99.1 K256CZ and $35,000 from Radio Rancho for 730 KNFL, 92.7 K224EP, and the Construction Permit for 106.7 K294DC (which will rebroadcast 730).

Alternative Bridge Built In Paducah

Stratemeyer Media launched Alternative “103.3 The Bridge” W277CH Paducah KY in late January. Positioned as “Western Kentucky’s Only Alternative”, the new format flanks sister “Rock 98.3” WJLI-FM Metropolis IL. Reed Phillips, Operations Manager for Stratemeyer’s cluster and morning co-host at WJLI-FM, serves as Program Director for the station. The Paducah Sun reports states the station is bridging (pun intended) the gap between Alternative and AAA with deeper album cuts from artists such as Twenty One Pilots and emphasizing new artists.

107.3 The Bull Danbury Adds Second Signal

Berkshire Broadcasting Country “107.3 The Bull” W297AN/WDAQ-HD3 Danbury CT has added a second signal. 97.9 W250CH Brookfield has launched to cover the northern portions of the Danbury market including the towns of Bridgewater, Brookfield, and New Milford. The Bull launched in July 2016 under Program Director Dan Hopkins. Berkshire Broadcasting had purchased then 97.7 W249DO Danbury from Connecticut Public Broadcasting in December 2016 for $45,000.

Urban AC Vibe 105.3 Debuts In Columbus

As first mentioned in our 2/17 Daily Domains, iHeartMedia has flipped “Fox Sports 105.3” 1230 WYTS/W287CP Columbus OH to Urban AC “Vibe 105.3“. Positioned as “Columbus’ R&B And Throwbacks”, the new format takes on Radio-One Urban AC “Magic 95.5” WXMG Lancaster. Michael Eiland, APD/MD of sister Variety Hits “93.3 The Bus” WODC, will host mornings on The Vibe. The remainder of the day will feature Premium Choice hosts including “V103” WVAZ Chicago afternoon host Joe Soto in middays and “V101.5” WSOL-FM Jacksonville midday host middayer Jo-Jo in afternoons. The Sports format on 1230 WYTS/105.3 W287CP became redundant with the launch of “105.7 The Zone” WXZX in November 2016.

Frank Brings Standards To Elkhart

Federated Media has flipped 1340 WTRC Elkhart IN from a simulcast of News/Talk “95.3 MNC” WTRC-FM Niles MI/South Bend to Adult Standards “Frank 1340“. Indiana Radio Watch reports that the station is utilizing programming from Music of Your Life. WTRC-FM Program Director Jon Zimney is overseeing the new format.

Kevin Musselman Named Adams Fort Wayne VP/GM

Adams Radio Group has promoted Kevin Musselman from Director of Sales to Vice President/General Manager of its Fort Wayne IN cluster. He succeeds Chris Monk, who exited last month to become Regional Vice President of Cumulus’ Saginaw and Flint MI clusters. Musselman joined Adams in 2014 when it closed on its purchase of its Fort Wayne stations. He worked for Federated Media from 2007-2012 including time as GM of 102.7 WLEG Ligonier. Adams Radio Group has named Kevin Musselman VP & GM for it Fort Wayne, Indiana cluster. Kevin has been with Adams in Fort Wayne since it entered the market via acquisition of Oasis Radio and Summit Media Fort Wayne serving as Director of Sales. Adams owns and operated WBTU, WJFX, WXKE, WWFW, WGL AM, WLYV AM and Metro stations B-96, The Patriot 103.3 ...Read More

W-Bach Signs Off In Maine

Binnie Media is making changes at three of its Maine properties. The Classical format of “W-Bach” 106.9 WBQX Thomaston and 96.9 W245AA Portland was dropped on Saturday. WBQX is now Classic Hits “Frank-FM“, with the “Classic Hits for Mid-Coast Maine” programming that had been on sister 105.5 WBYA Islesboro. Most of WBQX’s programming originates on 107.5 WFNK Lewiston/Portland in addition to carrying Boston Red Sox baseball and local high school sports. WBYA is now running a loop directing listeners to 106.9 WBQX. Meanwhile 96.9 W245AA Portland has returned to simulcasting Country “99.9 The Wolf” WTHT Auburn/99.3 WBQQ Kennebunk. W245AA had simulcast WTHT until it flipped to the “W-Bach” programming in April 2013. This ends the...Read More

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

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.

KTSR Lake Charles Flips To Classic Rock

Townsquare Media CHR “92.1 Kiss-FM” KTSR DeQuincy/Lake Charles has flipped to Classic Rock “Classic Rock 92.1“. The station has picked up Walton & Johnson for mornings. Emily J remains in middays from the previous CHR format, while Lonesome George takes afternoons. KTSR was one of two CHRs in Lake Charles competing against Cumulus’ “Hot 103.3” KBIU. The new format takes KTSR up against Cumulus’ “Rock 101” 101.3 KKGB. Meanwhile, the Kidd Kraddick Show moved from KTSR to KBIU as of today. Cumulus Media announces that its Lake Charles Top 40 station, Hot 103.3/KBIU-FM is the new broadcast home for The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. The popular nationally syndicated program debuted on Hot 103.3 on Monday, February 13, 2017, and will...Read More

Carolina Country 93.9 Debuts In Myrtle Beach

After stunting all weekend with hourly format blocks, Colonial Media & Entertainment flipped 93.9 WJXY-FM Conway/Myrtle Beach SC to Country as “Carolina Country 93.9“. The new format will focus on Country hits from the 1980s through today and becomes the third Country outlet in the market. The new format goes up against Cumulus’ “Nash-FM 106.5” WLFF and iHeartMedia’s “Gator 107.9” WGTR. Christy ‘Sweet Tea’ Androlunis, wife of Colonial Media owner Jeff Androlunis, will program and host afternoons on WJXY in addition to sister “Bob 103.9” WBYB Eldred PA. The station will carry the syndicated Fitz In The Morning, while cluster Assistant OM Boz will host middays. WJXY will also carry NASCAR and University of South Car...Read More

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