Format Changes

KICD Moves As Saga Launches Pure Oldies In Spencer IA

Saga News/Talk 1240 KICD Spencer IA has moved its translator programming from 98.3 K252EX to the newly launched 102.5 K273DD Spencer. The new AM Revitalization translator for KICD allows K252EX to flip to Oldies “Pure Oldies 98.3” via 104.9 KMRR-HD2. That makes Spencer the ninth market that Saga has launched the brand and format in.

Flo 107.1 Denver Completes Shift To Rhythmic CHR

Max Media has completed its evolution of “Flo 107.1” KFCO Bennett/Denver CO from Classic Hip-Hop to Rhythmic CHR. The move pivots KFCO directly up against Entercom’s “KS 107.5” KQKS as the station added KS 107.5’s longtime morning show hosted by Larry Ulibarri and Kathie J last month. In the May 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings prior to the morning show change, KFCO registered a 0.8 share while KQKS was at a 3.8 share. Max Media Denver’s FLO 107.1 (KFCO) continues its year of exciting growth as it announced it has completed its evolution to a contemporary music position. “Over the past several months, FLO 107.1 has been spinning the top 10 rhythmic charting songs each week,” states Jeff Norman, President/General Manager, “now while listeners will n...[Read More]

WSRQ Sarasota To Flip To Oldies

Jim Lampl’s Florida Talk Radio LLC will flip Talk 1220 WSRQ/106.9 W295BH Sarasota FL to Oldies on Friday, June 29 at 5:00pm. WSRQ will be rebranded as “Hitland SRQ” with a focus on 1960s and 70s music as the Hitland show that currently airs from 9pm-12am on the station becomes the full-time format. The station will retain its local “Suncoast Mornings” show from 7-9am hosted by Kaylene McCaw and David Wolfe. In a statement announcing the change, owner Jim Lampl explained, “The change is motivated by a desire to shut off the megaphone that talk radio provides to strident voices. For too long, some of the most popular national programs have also been the most divisive.”

KRAP Moves To The Westplex

Brad Hildebrand’s Computraffic Inc. has completed the move of 107.1 K296HA Washington MO to a new tower site in O’Fallon MO leading to a flip to Hot AC. K296HA, which is fed by 1350 KRAP Washington, used the move to flip from Sports to Hot AC as “Westplex 107.1“. The new format is meant to be a hyperlocal station for the western suburbs of St. Louis including Dardenne Prairie, Lake Saint Louis, St. Peters, and Wentzville. The station is being paired with local directory website Westplex.com. The format meshes with sister Hot AC 104.5 KSLQ Washington, which serves the area south and west of KRAP/K296HA. INSTANT INSIGHT: The format change brings an end to one of the most distinctive station brands. With its previous Sports format, 1350 was branded as “Sports KRA...[Read More]

Hot 97 Brings Classic Hip-Hop To Upper Connecticut Valley

After stunting with a loop of Rappers Delight, Great Eastern Radio used the first day of summer to launch Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 97” 1400 WTSL/97.5 W248DA Hanover NH. The new format serves the Hanover/Lebanon NH/White River Junction VT market as a flanker to sister CHR 92.3 WGXL under the oversight of Great Eastern Radio VP/Programming Matt ‘House’ Houseman. Original Report 6/13: 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 ...[Read More]

101.5 Lite-FM Las Vegas Flips To KDWN Simulcast

Beasley Media has flipped Soft AC “101.5 Lite-FM” K268CS Las Vegas/KCYE-HD2 to a simulcast of Conservative Talk 720 KDWN. The move brings Conservative Talk programming to FM in Las Vegas for the first time since CBS Radio ended the simulcast of 840 KXNT and 100.5 KXNT-FM in 2015. KDWN registered a 1.1 share in the May 2018 Nielsen Audio Ratings, placing it behind KXNT’s 2.0 share. The Soft AC format of 101.5 was unlisted in the publicly available Nielsen Audio ratings. Beasley also announced that the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, whose games have been heard on KDWN, will also be heard this upcoming year on Country “102.7 The Coyote” KCYE as the franchise prepares for its upcoming move to Las Vegas. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Gr...[Read More]

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

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]