Format Changes

El Booty Stunt Leads Into Launch Of Salsa “Playa 106.9” Tampa

As expected the “El Booty” stunt on 106.9 W295CF Clearwater/92.5 WYUU-HD2 Safety Harbor FL led into the launch of Classic Salsa “Playa 106.9“. The older skewing format will flank sister Spanish CHR “92.5 Maxima” WYUU with “Salsa y Más” from artists such as Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Luis Enrique. WYUU Program Director Nio Fernandez adds those duties for W295CF. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) proudly introduces the newest radio station in Tampa Bay Florida. Playa 106.9 (WYUU-HD2) will feature Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more, by artists such as Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique – Y MUCHOS MAS!!!!. “Tampa Bay is now danci...Read More

ESPN Upstate Shifts Frequencies In Greenville

Entercom Sports “ESPN Upstate” has changed translator frequencies in Greenville SC to better cover that side of the market. The brand is now being heard on newly launched 97.7 W249DL Greenville as opposed to 105.9 W290BW in addition to 1330 WYRD and 93.7 WFBC-HD3 Greenville. W249DL operates with 250w/328m from Paris Mountain north of Greenville. 105.9 W290BW operates with 250w/106m from the Entercom studios east of Greenville. The move was part of a multi-facility change that saw Entercom move its 97.1 W246BU Spartanburg to 97.7 Greenville, while replacing that facility with the move of 97.1 W246CV Greenwood SC to Spartanburg as part of the AM Revitalization using the same facilities as the moved translator. W246CV rebroadcasts 950 WORD Spartanburg to bring the ESPN programming...Read More

iHeart Throws Back To Classic Hip-Hop In New Orleans

iHeartMedia flipped Rock “Rock 96.3” K242CE Meraux/99.5 WRNO-HD2 New Orleans LA to Classic Hip-Hop “Throwback 96.3” today. The new format flanks sister Urban AC 98.5 WYLD-FM and Urban “Q93” WQUE which currently hold the top two spots in the market. With rumors of Entercom preparing to make a format change of their own in the market, it appears this change like that done by iHeart in Tampa last month was to potentially fill the hole they think would hurt their top two stations. The Rock format registered a 0.7 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings.

Seattle High School Station Building A Bridge To New Identity

Mercer Island High School’s Rhythmic CHR “Hot Jamz 88.9” KMIH Mercer Island/Seattle WA is stunting with a broad mix of music as it prepares to relaunch as “88.9 The Bridge“. The new identity will launch at 12pm on Tuesday, January 31. KMIH is also currently heard on 94.5 K233BU, which covers downtown Seattle, however it was sold to Bonneville in November for $300,000 and will soon begin rebroadcasting Conservative Talk 770 KTTH. KMIH is run by General Manager/Instructor Joe Bryant. Bryant is best known as as the longtime producer/co-host of The Bob Rivers Show on 99.9 KISW, 102.5 KZOK, and 95.7 KJR-FM.

101.3 The Brew Grand Rapids Adds Rover’s Morning Glory

iHeartMedia Classic Rock “101.3 The Brew” WBFX Grand Rapids has added the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory for mornings. Rover replaces local host LT. 101.3 The Brew, The Brew Rocks Grand Rapids, announced today the debut of the Rover’s Morning Glory show, effective January 23, 2017. Rover’s Morning Glory will air weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. Rover’s Morning Glory features on-air personalities Rover, Duji, Dieter, Charlie and Jeffrey, who focus on pop culture, topical humor and the biggest guests in the world of music, movies, sports and entertainment. The morning show features a variety of popular daily and weekly segments including The Shizzy, The Thursday Hook-Up and Tech Tuesday. The show plans to broadcast from Grand Rapids throughout the year with appearances at some o...Read More

Erie Non-Comm Classic Hits Station To Move To Commercial Operation

Mercyhurst University will transfer the format of Classic Hits 88.5 WMCE-FM Erie PA to Erie Radio Company to place on their new 100.9 CP when it launches. The transfer will be part of a multi-step multi-frequency move over the next 12-18 months. The first step will see Connoisseur Media Rock “Rocket 101” WRKT North East build out its CP to relocate to 104.9 with 4.5kW/160.5m from the tower utilized by WMCE-FM and 103.7 WRTS. Next Erie Radio Company will need to build its CP for their new allocation on 100.9 licensed to Westfield NY with 4.6kW/237m. After launching, the new 100.9 and WMCE-FM will simulcast for multiple weeks to transfer the audience to the new signal. The Erie Times-News reports that WMCE-FM intends to switch from the professionally run operation to student base...Read More

iHeart Launches Rumba 106.9 Jacksonville

iHeartMedia has launched Spanish CHR “Rumba 106.9” W295AZ Jacksonville Beach/WQIK-HD2 Jacksonville FL at midnight tonight. The new format will replace Alternative “Project 106.9“, which had debuted in January 2016. The station will feature the syndicated Enrique Santos Show based at sister “Tu 94.9” WZTU Miami in mornings from 6-10am following its 10,000 songs commercial-free launch. W295AZ registered a 0.2 share in the December 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings with its commercial-free Alternative format and the Elliot In The Morning show designed to chip away at Cox Media Group’s “X102.9” WXXJ. With sister “Rumba 100” WRUM Orlando leading the market with a 12.1 share, iHeart is looking to partially duplicate that in the nearby Jacksonville market. We first re...Read More

Wild 99.3 Debuts In Redding

After five days of stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing, Mapleton Communications has launched Rhythmic CHR “Wild 99.3” KWLZ Shasta Lake City/Redding CA. Launching jockless with the usual 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free, the new “Wild 99.3” is being programmed by Mapleton’s Regional PD Tommy Del Rio. Del Rio, based at “101.7 The Beach” KCDU Monterey, also programs the company’s CHRs in Chico and Spokane. The station gives an in-market competitor to Results Radio’s “Power 94” 94.7 KEWB Shasta Lake. Original Report 1/15: Mapleton Communications’ 99.3 KQMS-FM Shasta Lake City/Redding CA is stunting with a loop of Tone Loc’s Wild Thing. The station had been simulcasting sister News/Talk 1670 KQMS ...Read More

KMED Expands To Grants Pass

Bicoastal Media flipped Classic Hits 99.3 KCMD Grants Pass OR to a simulcast of News/Talk 1440 KMED Medford/106.7 K294AS Ashland on Friday, January 13. Bicoastal is in the process of acquiring KCMD from Three Rivers Broadcasting for $225,000 and is currently operating via LMA.

WTJS Drops News/Talk For Classic Country

Forever South Communications has dropped the News/Talk “TJ Network” 1390 WTJS Jackson and 94.1 W231BU East Union TN in favor of Classic Country as “Willie 94” flanking sister Country “Froggy 104.1” WOGY. Under new WLLI call letters, the station has also restarted its simulcast on what was “Dyer County Country” 94.3 WDYE Dyer TN under new WLLI-FM call letters. WDYE had dropped its WTJS simulcast in March 2016.

KVIL Rebrands As Amp 103.7

For the second time in less than a year, CBS Radio’s 103.7 KVIL Dallas will debut a new brand name. The station will take on the identity of “Amp 103.7” at 7:00am on Wednesday after taking the name “More Hits 103.7” in August 2016 when it completed its two year evolution from AC to Hot AC to CHR. The “Amp” identity launch comes following the addition of new morning host Nathan Fast, who debuted last week. KVIL is one of three CHRs in the Dallas market along with iHeartMedia’s market leading “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS and Cumulus’ “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM. KVIL has trended downward in recent months from a 3.7 share in the October 2016 monthly to 2.7 in November to 2.3 in December.

Mid-Century Radio Moves Across Lake Champlain

After a brief simulcast of Country “97.9 The Moose” WZXP Au Sable, A&J Radio has launched 50s/60s Oldies “Mid-Century Radio” on 1070 WPLB (formerly WTWK) and 103.7 W242BS Plattsburgh NY. The format moves from Northeast Broadcasting’s “Channel 98” 1390 WCAT/98.3 W252CJ Burlington and 1420 WRSA St. Albans VT which are now Silent. A&J Radio, headed by Aaron & Jessica Ishmael, purchased WTWK and W242BS from Northeast Broadcasting in July 2016 for $140,000. The company also leases 97.9 WZXP from Randy Michaels’ Radioactive LLC.

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