Format Changes

Smart Talk Debuts In Sheridan WY

Lovcom’s Sheridan Media has launched “Smart Talk 106.3” K292DZ/94.9 KZWY-HD4 Sheridan WY. The station is emphasizing its lack of political talk shows as a differential from sister News/Talk 930 KROE. The K292DZ lineup includes a repeat of KROE’s newshour from 8-9am, Dr. Dalia Wachs from 10am-11am, Dave Ramsey 12-2pm, Clark Howard from 3-5pm, Dr. Asa On Call 6-10pm, and America Tonight 10pm-2am.

Arizona Diamondbacks Extend Rights Deal With 98.7 KMVP-FM

Bonneville Sports “Arizona Sports 98.7” KMVP-FM Phoenix will remain the flagship station for the Arizona Diamondbacks through at least the 2022 season. KMVP and/or sister “ESPN 620” KTAR Phoenix, which has carried the franchise’s games since its inaugural 1998 season, will carry all regular season games. Greg Schulte, Tom Candiotti and Mike Ferrin remain the broadcast team for the games. Schulte has been the radio voice of the Diamondbacks since the beginning, while Candiotti will be entering his 12th season as analyst and Ferrin his second as pre and post-game show host and fill-in play-by-play voice. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Sports 98.7 have agreed to a five-year extension that will keep Arizona Sports 98.7 as the official radio home of the D-bac...Read More

Hot 103.7 New Orleans Debuts As Younger Skewing Urban AC

Entercom launched Urban AC “Hot 103.7” 1350 WWWL/103.7 W279DF New Orleans at 12pm today. The new format directly attacks iHeartMedia market leading Urban AC 98.5 WYLD-FM and Cumulus’ “Old School 106.7” KMEZ with a younger skewing take on the format. WWWL is focusing solely on R&B hits from the 1990s through now as opposed to the 1970s through now playlists of its two competitors. The first hour of Hot 103.7 consisted of: Rhianna – Rude Boy Solange – Cranes In The Sky Nelly – Dilemma Faith Evans – Love Like This Trey Songz – Push It On Me Jamie Foxx – Blame It Sparkle – Be Careful Cee-lo/Melanie Fiona – Fool For You Ghost Town DJs – My Boo Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me Tamia – So Into You Jahe...Read More

WIBT Greenville MS Moves To 97.9; Gospel Returns To 104.7

Delta Radio Networks ended its LMA of Mondy-Burke Broadcasting’s 104.7 Greenville MS at the start of 2017 leading to the return of its previous Gospel format. The Urban “104.7 The Beat” WIBT format and call letters became “97.9 The Beat” replacing AC “Lite 97.9” WLTM. This marks the third frequency for WIBT, as it aired on 105.5 Indianola MS until moving to 104.7 in July 2014. With the LMA over, Mondy-Burke flipped 104.7 back to the Gospel format it held prior to the LMA start and its former WJIW call letters.

Lazer 99.3 Adds Second Signal

Saga Communications Rock “Lazer 99.3” WLZX-FM Northampton/Springfield MA has begun simulcasting on 1600 WHNP/105.1 W286DB East Longmeadow. WHNP (Now under WLZX call letters) had been simulcasting Liberal Talk 1400 WHMP Northampton/1240 WHMQ Greenfield, while the translator completes its move from Ithaca NY. The switch to a WLZX-FM simulcast helps fill some coverage gaps for “Lazer” in the southern side of Springfield and in Enfield CT.

WLOR Brings Classic Hip-Hop To Huntsville

Southern Stone Communications Urban Oldies “Sunny 98.1” 1550 WLOR Huntsville/98.1 W251AC Capshaw AL flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “98.1 The Beat” at 12pm today. The station stunted for two hours with television theme songs following the conclusion of the Steve Harvey show this morning. Program Director/Midday host Ed Gaines and afternoon host Rick Lee remain in place with the format change. The new format positions WLOR between Cumulus Urban AC 94.1 WHRP and Broadcast One rimshot Urban 103.1 WEUP-FM. WLOR held a 2.2 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings.

Saga Brings Outlaw To New Hampshire

Saga Communications has broken up its “Hot Hits New Hampshire” simulcast 94.1 W231BR Manchester/103.1 W276BJ Concord NH to launch Country “103.1 The Outlaw“. Joining its similar gold based Outlaws in Asheville, Clarksville TN, Des Moines, and Springfield IL, the station is using the same “Legends & Young Guns” positioning. It joins Townsquare Media’s 97.5 WOKQ and Binnie Media’s “93.3 The Wolf” WNHW in the Concord market in the Country arena. The CHR format remains on W231BR/95.7 WZID-HD2 Manchester, while the Outlaw is fed by WZID-HD3.

Saga Launches Pure Oldies 107.5 Springfield IL

After moving the News/Talk rebroadcast of 1240 WTAX Springfield IL from 107.5 W298AP to 93.5 W228DL, Saga Communications has launched “Pure Oldies 107.5” on W298BP/103.7 WDBR-HD3. The new format is focusing on the older end of the Oldies spectrum with a core library of 1950s/1960s music. The format will flank sister Classic Hits “Cool 93.9” WQQL. W298AP operates with 250w/84m covering Springfield and adjacent towns. W298AP is the first of two “Pure Oldies” stations Saga will launch this week. 1470 WNYY Ithaca NY will drop Liberal Talk on February 1 to become “Pure Oldies 94.1“.

96.9 The Bull Launches In Des Moines

iHeartMedia Country “96.5 Country” K243CA Millman/100.3 KDRB-HD2 Des Moines has completed its power increase to 250 watts and move to 96.9. With the change in frequency, iHeart has relaunched the station as “96.9 The Bull“. The Bull features The Bobby Bones Show in mornings, Billy Greenwood in middays, local host Nick Bruns in afternoons, and Michael J in evenings. K243CA competes against Cumulus’ combo of “92.5 Nash Icon” KJJY and “97.3 Nash-FM” KHKI. The station was not listed publicly in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings.

WIL Rebrands As New Country 92.3

Hubbard Country 92.3 WIL-FM St. Louis has removed its heritage call letters from its imaging in favor of just “New Country 92.3“. No airstaff changes accompany the rebranding. WIL-FM’s lineup continues to feature Bud & Broadway in mornings, Danny Montana middays, Bo Matthews afternoons, and JT in nights under Program Director Scott Roddy. WIL-FM currently leads the two-way Country battle in St. Louis against iHeartMedia’s “93.7 The Bull” KSD-FM. 92.3 held a 4.7 share in the Holiday 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings to 93.7’s 3.3.

1580 The Fanatic To Launch In Phoenix

CRC Broadcasting will launch Sports “1580 The Fanatic” KQFN Tempe/Phoenix on Monday, February 13. The new format will feature content from CBS Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio along with 8-10 hours of local weekday programming. The station’s daytime lineup includes The Morning Fanatics with K-Ray and Bauer from 6-9am, Fouhy on The Fanatic from 9-10am, CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome from 10am-12pm, The Daily Blender with Jeffry O’Brien from 12-2pm, The Dean’s List with Jeff Dean from 2-3pm, Mike ‘Roc’ Muraco and Dan ‘Manuch’ Manucci with Shawn Crespin from 3-6pm. Additional local shows not yet listed will air from 6-9pm and network programming from 9pm-6am and weekends. Roc & Manuch currently air on Hubbard Sports “NBC Sports 1060̶...Read More

DLC Media Sets Plans For New Terre Haute Stations

When the three way Terre Haute move closes on Monday we now know what DLC Media will do with their newly acquired stations. Once WWVR vacates 105.5 for 98.5, the newly minted WZJK West Terre Haute will become Variety Hits “105.5 Jack-FM“. The Bob & Tom Show will move from new sister “True Oldies 104.9” WAXI-FM Rockville to WZJK. WZJK will also carry Indiana University football and basketball starting this fall. “95.9 Duke-FM” WDKE Seelyville will remain Classic Country, but rebrand as “95.9 The Legend” WVIG. Barry Kent, Operations Manager for WAXI-FM, will become Program Director and Morning host at WVIG. Until the company’s new studios are completed in March, CHR “B92.7” WFNB Brazil will simulcast WAXI-FM. Afterwards i...Read More

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