Format Changes

Big Q Evolves To Killer Bee In Minneapolis Suburbs

Lakes Broadcasting has relaunched Oldies “The Big Q” 95.9 WLKX-FM Forest Lake, 1300 WQPM Princeton, 107.5 W298CE Big Lake, 106.1 KLCI-HD3 Elk River and 105.5 KDDG-HD3 Albany MN as Rock leaning Classic Hits “The Killer Bee“. The station will feature Pat McKay in mornings and run jockless the rest of the day. Northpine.com reports that the station will feature no more than one commercial break per hour. The stations serve the northern suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.

Double Flip In Ponca City

Sterling Broadcasting has shuffled programming at its two stations in Ponca City OK. AC “Sunny 104.7” KQSN has flipped to Country as “104.7 The Bull“. KQSN will add Premiere Network’s Bobby Bones Show for mornings. The AC format previously on KQSN has moved to what was Talk/Sports 1230 WBBZ as “Sunny 1230“. The station will continue to air the syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi in mornings and Delilah at night. Owner/General Manager Lymon James hosts middays and Deb Woodruff in afternoons.

CBS Sports 94.1 To Launch In Waco

Edwards Media will launch “CBS Sports 94.1” K231CG/KWBT-HD2 Waco TX on October 1. Rich Richardson, General Manager of K231CG and Edwards’ Urban “94.5 The Beat” KWBT, will host “Go Big or Go Home” from 6-9am weekdays, with Lark Smith’s “Order in the Court” following from 9-11am. The remainder of the station’s schedule will come from CBS Sports Radio including Jim Rome from 11am-2pm and Tiki & Tierney from 2-5pm. The station will also carry La Vega High School sports and the NBA’s Houston Rockets. The 10w/35m facility will become Waco’s third Sports station joining M&M Broadcasters’ “ESPN Central Texas” 1660 KRZI/92.3 K222DC and “Fox Sports 1590” KLRK.

Michigan Radio Expands To Port Huron

The University of Michigan’s Public News/Talk “Michigan Radio” has expanded its coverage with the addition of a simulcast on 91.3 WRSX Port Huron. WRSX is the former WSGR-FM, which was donated by St. Clair County Community College to St. Clair Regional Educational Service Agency after the station first requested to have its license deleted. The Port Huron Times Herald reports that RESA intends to have its digital media technology students become on-air hosts in the future with the Michigan Radio programming filling out its schedule. Michigan Radio is based at 91.7 WUOM Ann Arbor and is also heard on 91.1 WFUM Flint and 104.1 WVGR Grand Rapids. Michigan Radio can now be heard in the Port Huron region on 91.3 FM, WRSX. In a unique partnership with the St. Clair County Regio...[Read More]

Cannonball 101 Explodes Into East Idaho

Riverbend Communications has flipped Mormon “Sunny AM” 690 KEII Blackfoot/1260 KEIR Pocatello ID to Variety Hits “Cannonball 101“. Each station has a translator at 101.1 with K266BY Pocatello and K266AF covering Idaho Falls. 1260 KEIR also has new KNBL call letters to match the new format. EastIdahoNews.com reports that the station is featuring a broad playlist stretching from the 1950s through now. Jade Davis is serving as Program Director and the station will feature a rotating group of guest DJs from sister stations and those formerly in the market in mornings.

New NYC Translator Stunting

Geo Broadcast Solutions has announced that Rahul Walia’s 104.7 W284BW Perth Amboy NJ has completed its move to One World Trade Center in New York City. Northeast Radio Watch reports that the translator is stunting with a two hour long loop of New York City themed songs being fed from Spanish Broadcasting Systems’ 93.1 WPAT-HD2 Paterson NJ. While many television stations have made the move to the new World Trade Center antenna, the translator is the first licensed FM there. The translator does have a very directional signal to protect Pamal Broadcasting CHR “K104.7” WSPK Poughkeepsie NY. It puts little signal north into the rest of Manhattan, but covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and parts of New Jersey with 99w/418m. With an increasing number of FM translator l...[Read More]

Yo! Classic Hip-Hop Comes To West Palm Beach

Black Media Works today launched Classic Hip-Hop “Yo! 107.1” W296AW Magnolia Park/West Palm Beach fed by 99.5 WLLY-HD3 Palm Beach Gardens. The format fits right in-between Alpha Media’s Urban “Beatz 96.3” and Urban AC “X102.3” WMBX. The 250w/156m translator signal covers all of West Palm Beach and adjacent cities.

92.9 The Wave Norfolk Moves To AC

A musical shift has taken place at Max Media Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW Suffolk/Norfolk VA as the station has moved to Adult Contemporary. Now positioning as “The 80s To Now”, the move comes with the dropping of the bulk of its 1970s music and addition of 2000s and recurrents. It also returns the station to its former musical identity as WVBW launched as an AC in 2005 before shifting to Classic Hits in 2011. The move pits the station directly against Entercom’s “2WD” 101.3 WWDE.

KGSR To Become Austin City Limits Radio

Emmis Austin and Austin City Limits Enterprises have announced multi-year licensing agreement upon which 93.3 KGSR Cedar Park and 97.1 K246BD Austin will relaunch today at 5pm as “Austin City Limits Radio“. The brand will tie-in with the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Austin City Limits weekly PBS series, while featuring a broad range of music from artists like Willie Nelson, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, Radiohead, and Gary Clark Jr. In the press release KGSR Program Director Emily Parker described the new brand, “The concept of basing a radio format on the rich history of the ACL TV show, the tastemakers at ACL Festival and ACL Live, and the curators of KGSR’s iconic radio station are what allowed us to develop this one-of-a-kind authentic Aus...[Read More]

Wolf Out; Altitude Sports Incoming For 92.5 Denver

As we first indicated in our 8/29 Domain Insight, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has announced that “Altitude Sports 950” KKSE Parker/Denver CO will move to 92.5 on Monday, September 17. The move to 92.5 will replace Country “92.5 The Wolf” KWOF Broomfield. New KKSE-FM call letters have already been reserved for the FM. With the move of the local programming to 92.5, 950 will pick up the national Fox Sports Radio network feed and serving as overflow outlet for play-by-play. KWOF was third ranked Country station with a 1.3 share in the August 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings released today trailing Bonneville’s 98.5 KYGO with a 6.2 and iHeartMedia’s “106.7 The Bull” KWBL’s 2.3 share. KKSE, which serves as the flagship station for the co-o...[Read More]

Rejoice As Gospel Replaces Streetz In Little Rock

Just five months after moving from 101.1 to 1380/105.5, Core Communicators Urban “Streetz 105.5” 1380 KZTS North Little Rock/105.5 K288EZ Little Rock has folded. The station flipped to Gospel “Rejoice 105.5” on Saturday, September 1. The move comes as owner Salem Media takes management of the station back from Core Communicators. The new format places the station up against Cumulus Media’s “Praise 102.5” KPZK-FM Cabot. The Streetz format received extra competition last month when General Manager Joel ‘DJ NoName’ Ratliff exited to launch “96.5 The Box” KHTE-FM.

WFXJ Rebrands As 930 The Game

iHeartMedia Sports “Sports Radio 930” WFXJ Jacksonville FL has rebranded as “930 The Game“. The move comes as WFXJ adds “Open Mike with Mike Bianchi” for mornings from 6-9am. That show originates at iHeart’s “96.9 The Game” 740 WYGM Orlando. Bianchi, who also serves as a sports columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, previously wrote for Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union. Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd remain in place as does local host Seth Harp in afternoons. WFXJ carries a mix of Fox Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio programming in nights and weekends. iHeartMedia Jacksonville announced today the debut of the new 930 The Game, Jacksonville’s Sports Leader, effective immediately. 930 The Game will serve as th...[Read More]