Format Changes

Neon 90.7 Brings 90s Hits To Suburban Phoenix

East Valley Institute of Technology flipped Classic Country “90.7 The Goldmine” to 1990s based Classic Hits “Neon 90.7” last month. The station, which serves the eastern suburbs of the Phoenix market, is playing a broad mix of music from the 80s through early 2000s with an emphasis on 90’s rhythmic titles. Artists heard in our brief samplings include En Vouge, Digital Underground, Michelle Branch, Crystal Waters, and Quiet Riot. KVIT is one of two stations operated by the high school along with CHR “Pulse 88.7” KPNG Mesa.

Three Way Format Shuffle In Steamboat Springs

Blizzard Broadcasting is swapping frequencies at three of its five stations in Steamboat Springs CO on Monday, June 18. The moves will see Sports “Sports on FM” 98.9 KTYV Steamboat Springs move from its current Class A signal to the comparable Class A signal on 105.7. News/Talk 105.7 KKSB will shift to 1230 AM and 100.5 K263AC Canyon Valley. The final move will see Classic Rock “100.5 The River” 1230 KCOQ move to 98.9 (which also holds a CP to upgrade from Class A to a C2). All of the call letters have already been moved to the new homes of the three formats. Nat affected by the changes are Soft AC “Easy 94.1” KEZZ Phippsburg and Country “Big Country 96.9” KBCR-FM Steamboat Springs.

Northwest Wisconsin Gets New Ink

Zoe Communications flipped Conservative Talk 940 WCSW Shell Lake WI to Active Rock over Memorial Day Weekend. Branded as “Ink 92.7” in tandem with its new translator 92.7 W224DN Shell Lake, the move was accompanied by the change of call letters to WXNK. Just in time for the long weekenda new station is born in the Northwoods, Hot Rockin’ INK 92.7commercial free all weekend. Get out your air guitars and crank it up. Posted by INK 927 on Saturday, May 26, 2018

WTSL Stunting With Rappers Delight

Great Eastern Radio’s 1400 WTSL Hanover NH is stunting with a loop of The Sugarhill Gang’s Rappers Delight as it prepares to launch a new translator. WTSL had been running ESPN Radio programming as “94.5 ESPN” W233CC White River Junction VT/106.1 WHDQ-HD3 and 1230 WTSV/94.3 W232DN Claremont NH. With its new 97.5 W248DA Hanover about to launch it appears that a move to a new format (Classic Hip-Hop?) is on the way for WTSL while the others continue with the Sports format.

Double Flip In Lamar CO

Aaron Leiker’s 25-7 Media has flipped both of his newly acquired stations in Lamar CO to new formats. Classic Country 920 KLMR has flipped to News/Talk/Sports. The new KLMR lineup will feature eight hours of local content during the day mixed with some syndication and CBS Sports Radio programming at night and most of the weekend. The lineup will feature local shows “AG on the High Plains” with Ty Harmon from 5-7am, High Plains Morning News with Anne Boswell and Ben Catley from 7-9am, AgriTalk from 9-10am, High Plains Focus with Boswell and Ethan Denton from 10-11am, the syndicated Clark Howard from 11am-12pm, High Plains News At Noon, Salem Media’s syndicated Michael Medved from 1-4pm, and a yet to be named Sports show hosted by Ethan Denton and Ben Catley from 4-6p...[Read More]

WUZZ Gets Rocky

Forever Media has rebranded Classic Rock 94.3 WUZZ Saegertown/Meadville and 107.7 WUUZ Cooperstown PA as “Rocky 94/107“. The change comes with a switch to the Westwood One Classic Rock X network that was developed in tandem with Forever Media that focuses on harder leaning titles mostly from the 1980s and 90s with core artists including AC/DC, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Rose, Nirvana, and Alice In Chains. PD/Morning Host ‘Rockin Rich’ Anton and APD/Afternoon Host Reno remain in place as does the syndicated “Nights with Alice Cooper”.

Liberal Talk Returns To San Francisco

iHeartMedia has flipped “ESPN Deportes 910” KKSF Oakland/San Francisco to Liberal Talk “Real Talk 910“. The station will carry a syndicated lineup of Stephanie Miller from 6-9am, Thom Hartmann 9am-12pm, advice host Clark Howard 12-3pm, and Norman Goldman from 3-6pm. iHeartRadio’s “Daily Dive” news podcast will make its terrestrial radio debut at 5:40am weekdays. The company previously ran the format on as “960 The Quake” KQKE and “Green 960” KKGN from 2004-2012. iHeartMedia San Francisco today announced the launch of the progressive talk station, “Real Talk 910” featuring forward-thinking political talk and opinions that embrace the values of social, economic and environmental justice, along with human rights, democracy and ...[Read More]

ESPN Returns To Asheville As Revolution Moves To FM

iHeartMedia is shuffling programming in Asheville NC. Liberal Talk “880 The Revolution” WPEK Fairview/Asheville has moved to 101.1 W266CP Candler/WKSF-HD3 Old Fort. The move places the Liberal Talk format on a new 250w vertical/351m FM signal. Replacing The Revolution on 880 WPEK will be Sports “ESPN Asheville“. The new format will also be heard on 1400 WMXF Waynesville (replacing a simulcast of News/Talk 570 WWNC) and 92.9 W225CJ Asheville. The station’s schedule will feature the national ESPN Radio lineup as well as the regionally syndicated David Glenn Show from 12-3pm and Paul Finebaum from 5-7pm. WPEK/WMXF will also carry University of North Carolina sports. ESPN Radio programming was previously heard on Saga Communications’ 1310 WISE Asheville/970 ...[Read More]

Rocket Blasts Off In Melbourne

Cumulus Media has rebranded Classic Rock “95 Rock” 95.9 WROK-FM Sebastian/Melbourne FL as “95.9 The Rocket“. Outside of changing the positioning to “Space Coast’s Classic Rock Station”, no major changes accompanied the rebranding. WROK-FM continues to be one of the remaining affiliates for the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings. Covering the southern half of the Melbourne-Titusville-Cocoa market, WROK-FM registered a 0.9 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings.

Forever Flips WFRB To Classic Country

Forever Media flipped Conservative Talk “Talk 560” WFRB Frostburg/Cumberland MD to Classic Country “Willie 106.7/560” on June 1. Positioned as “The Best Country of the 80s, 90s and More”, the flip creates a flanker for sister Country “Big Froggy 105.3” WFRB-FM. The station is directing its former Talk audience to sister 990 WNTI Somerset PA.

ESPN Boise Flips To I-Rock

Impact Radio Group flipped Sports “ESPN Boise 99.1” K256CZ Boise/KQBL-HD2 to Active Rock “99.1 I-Rock” at 5pm today. The new format creates a direct format competitor to Scripps’ “100.3 The X” KQXR and flanker to sister Alternative “96.5 The Alternative” K243BM. The station’s branding and format are identical to sister “105.1 I-Rock” K286CH/KYUN-HD2 Twin Falls ID. The Sports format on K256CZ garnered a 0.6 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings placing it behind Cumulus Media’s “93.1 The Ticket” KTIK-FM with a 2.0 share and Townsquare Media’s “630 The Fan” KFXD and its 0.7 share. Program Director/Afternoon co-host Joey Jenkins will remain with the company in a yet to be announc...[Read More]

WBJZ To Flip To WZOR Simulcast

As WBJZ winds down its 1,047 hours of continuous Rock music stunt, the station announced today it will flip to Rock on Tuesday, June 12 at 3:00 as a simulcast of “Razor 94.7” WZOR Mishicot/Green Bay. The addition of WBJZ will add coverage of Oshkosh and Fond du Lac but both frequencies will be nothing better than rimshots in Appleton which is covered by sister 105.7 WAPL. WBJZ will compete directly against Radio Plus’ “95.1/96.1 The Rock” 96.1 WTCX Ripon/95.1 W236AG Fond du Lac. Original Report 5/8: As Woodward Communications prepares to acquire 104.7 WBJZ Berlin WI from Caxambas Corporation, the station has begun stunting with commercial-free Rock. WBJZ is promoting 1,047 hours of music leading up to the closing of the $720,000 sale. The station had previousl...[Read More]