Format Changes

Saga Brings Pure Oldies To Des Moines

Saga Communications continues the roll-out of its “Pure Oldies” brand to what it likes to call metro signals as 104.5 K283CC Des Moines/103.3 KAZR-HD2 Pella IA drops Conservative Talk for 1950s/60s Hits. Des Moines becomes the third market to debut the new brand following Ithaca NY and Springfield IL at the start of February. Like Springfield, K283CC’s 1950s/1960s format will flank Saga’s existing Classic Hits station in the market: 93.3 KIOA.

Cherry Blossom Radio Blooms On 104.7 Washington DC

iHeartMedia has launched “Cherry Blossom Radio” on 104.7 W284CQ/WWDC-HD2 Washington DC. The new micro-format is featuring a mix of 1980s Hits, promotions for events connected to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and traffic/weather reports. The Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 15 through April 16. 104.7 had been running a mix of Active Rock and Washington Capitals hockey since ending a rebroadcast of CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT in January.

103.7 The Legend Brings Classic Country To Portland

iHeartMedia has flipped Country “Tailgate 103.7” K279BO Portland/105.9 KFBW-HD3 Vancouver WA to Classic Country “103.7 The Legend“. K279BO had launched in October 2014 as a commercial-free competitor to Alpha Media’s “98.7 The Bull” KUPL and Entercom’s “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ to siphon some ratings shares from the full-powered competitors. Tailgate never generated any momentum as it registered a 0.3 share in its final PPM monthly. The flip to Classic Country fills an untapped void in the Portland market. The change follows the exit of K279BO and Sports “Rip City Radio” 620 KPOJ Executive Producer Bobby Corser last week.

WKAZ Flips To Business As Part Of WCHS News Network

West Virginia Radio Corporation launched the WCHS News Network in Charleston WV earlier this week. The network’s launch coincided with News/Talk 580 WCHS Charleston launching its FM translator 96.5 W243DR Charleston. It also meant the end of Oldies on 680 WKAZ/95.3 W237AZ Charleston as that station has flipped to Business News utilizing Bloomberg Radio programming. The third station comprising the WCHS News Network is Sports “ESPN Charleston” 1490 WSWW Charleston/104.5 W283AQ Cross Lanes.

SBS Syndicates El Terrible From Chicago To Los Angeles & San Francisco

Spanish Broadcasting System has begun syndicating “La Ley 107.9” WLEY Aurora/Chicago morning hosts Terry ‘El Terrible’ Cortez, Kristel ‘La Kristy’ Yañez, and Johnny ‘El Perro’ Orta on their co-owned stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The show has relocated to “La Raza 97.9” KLAX-FM East Los Angeles where it replaces “El Vacilon de la Mañana” hosted by Ramon “El Monchies” Moran, Felix Castillo, and El Compadre Pop in the 6-10am daypart. It also will be airing on “La Raza 93.3” KRZZ San Francisco. Both Cortez and Yañez joined WLEY in 2014 from Univision’s 101.9 KSCA Los Angeles where they were parts of the syndicated Piolin show from 2001-2013. Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (OTCQX: SBSAA) (SB...Read More

K-Rock Gives Way To AC Fun 101 In Reno

Evans Broadcasting flipped Rock “100.9 K-Rock” KURK Sparks/Reno NV to AC “Fun 101” on Tuesday, March 7. Cluster OM Doug Daniels adds PD and morning host duties for the new station. His wife Denise Daniels will host middays and Reno market veteran Rick Carter joins for afternoons from Shamrock Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI. The syndicated John Tesh will be heard at night. New KRFN call letters are now in place. The new format goes after Reno Media Group’s “106.9 More-FM” KRNO. No web or social media presence exists yet for the new brand. KURK midday host Kathleen and afternoon host Jay Slater will segue to sister Country “92.1 The Wolf” KWFP.

Huth Flips Chico Duo

Huth Broadcasting flipped both of its stations in Chico CA last week. On Tuesday, February 28 Alternative “X101.7” KVXX Hamilton City dropped its format for Conservative Talk as “Super Talk 101.7“. The new format places the station in competition with Deer Creek Broadcasting’s News/Talk 1290 KPAY/98.1 K251AV. Later in the week Variety Hits “100.3 Jack-FM” KBJK Concow flipped to Classic Country “100.3 The Outlaw” KHEX utilizing programming from Westwood One’s “Real Country” network. The Variety Hits format is still available in the market on Results Radio’s “92.7 Bob-FM” KBQB Chico.

KKFR Moves Simulcast To 96.1

After failing to accelerate the move of its east side simulcast of Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer/Phoenix AZ, Riviera Broadcasting completed the construction of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ from Phoenix’ South Mountain and has shut down 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix. Due to the existence of Sewanee Phoenix’ 96.1 K241CS Phoenix rebroadcasting Christian “1280 The Trumpet” on the west side of Phoenix, the move to 96.1 creates some coverage holes from the station. 96.1 K241BQ operates with a directional 120w vertical/426m as opposed to the 250w/426m that K270BZ was running. Update 2/13: The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix’ South Mountain prior to the gr...Read More

WFNI Programming Adds New Translator

Emmis Sports “1070 The Fan” WFNI/93.5 W228CX Indianapolis will add a second FM simulcast on 107.5 W298BB Indianapolis on March 30. The addition of WFNI programming on 107.5 will replace the ESPN national lineup and is caused by a power reduction of 93.5 W228CX to 2w/296m due to interference the translator was causing to Woof Boom Radio’s Classic Rock “Max 93.5” WMXQ Hartford City/Muncie. In the January 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, WFNI/W228CX registered a 2.8 share of the audience, while W298BB fed via 93.1 WIBC-HD2 added an additional 0.4 share. WFNI carries ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in mornings and NBC Sports Radio programming in nights and weekends. When the 107.5 ESPN lineup is eliminated, ESPN programming will replace NBC in those dayparts. Emmis...Read More

WXAJ Springfield Gets Mixed

Neuhoff Media flipped CHR “99.7 Kiss-FM” WXAJ Hillsboro/Springfield IL to Hot AC “99.7 The Mix” this morning. The current airstaff led by PD/Morning host Bondsy remains in place with the shift to the new “90s, 2K, and Today” positioning. The new format takes WXAJ out of direct competition with Saga Communications CHR 103.7 WDBR and instead places it between WDBR and Midwest Family Broadcasting AC 98.7 WNNS. The station’s playlist is broad with many gold titles no longer heard in many places including Fatboy Slim “Rockefeller Skank”, 311 “Down”, and Daft Punk “Around The World” among the songs heard this morning.

107.1 The Boss Launches On Jersey Shore

As first reported yesterday, Press Communications flipped Hot AC “Fun 107.1” WWZY Long Branch NJ to Classic Rock “107.1 The Boss” at 5pm today. Positioned as “Classic Rock of the 70s, 80s, and More”, the new format launched with Queen “We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions” and Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. It is currently running jockless. The name of course comes from hometown hero Bruce Springsteen.

KDEY Breaks KDAY Simulcast For Urban “Wild 93.5”

Nearly a year after we first reported on the domain registration, Meruelo Media has broken apart the simulcast of Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Rendondo Beach and 93.5 KDEY-FM Ontario CA. After a day of stunting with a loop of Guns ‘N Roses “Welcome To The Jungle”, KDEY flipped to Urban “Wild 93.5” at 9:30am. Positioned as “The IE’s #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B”, the new format goes up against iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR 99.1 KGGI. The “Wild” branding and Hip-Hop format was previously utilized in the Riverside/San Bernardino market by what its now 96.1 KRQB San Jacinto from 2004-2007. Update 3/23/2016: Meruelo has been granted an STA for 93.5 KDEY-FM Ontario that partially gives away their plans. KDEY-FM filed an STA to operate at reduced...Read More

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