Format Changes

Spanish CHR Debuts In Waco

Prophecy Media Group has launched Spanish CHR “Latino 93.5” K228FK Waco/KWPW-HD2 Robinson TX. The 250w/131m signal covers Waco proper and creates a flanker to sister Regional Mexican “La Ley 104.1” KWOW Clifton and CHR “Power 108” 107.9 KWPW.

WNNH Drops Talk For True Oldies

Binnie Media flipped News/Talk “99.1 NH1 News” WNNH Henniker/Concord NH to Oldies using Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel this morning. The end of the NH1 Radio brand comes after Binnie sold the flagship of the “NH1” brand’s WBIN-TV spectrum in the FCC incentive auction and then the license to Univision. Additionally, Binnie has begun operating News/Talk 107.7 WTPL Hillsboro/Concord via LMA following the acquisition of the station and two others by Lakes Media. Lakes Media is run by Binnie VP/Engineering Dirk Nadon. The format change to Oldies is a return to the station’s heritage as WNNH carried Oldies programming from its sign-on in 1989 until 2007.

Townsquare Realigns Formats In Sioux Falls

Townsquare Media has revamped its Sioux Falls SD cluster as it moves two formats to new locations and eliminating one. News/Talk 1140 KSOO Sioux Falls moves to 1000 replacing Classic Country KXRB. The move shifts KSOO to the 10kW/5kW night signal of 1140 to the 10kW day/100w night 1000 signal. In addition to moving to 1140, KXRB also adds an FM signal as Soft AC “Easy & Fun 100.1” KDEZ Brandon SD flips to a simulcast of KXRB as KXRB-FM. Townsquare is attempting to redirect former KDEZ listeners to their Hot AC “Mix 97.3” KMXC as it competes against Midwest Communications AC 101.9 KELO-FM. Northpine.com reports that the changes took place at 6am this morning.

Curtis Media Launches 92.7 Jamz Goldsboro NC

Curtis Media Group has given up on Variety Hits “92.7 Jack-FM” 1300 WSSG/92.7 W224DD Goldsboro NC and has flipped the station to Urban “92.7 Jamz“. Positioned as “Goldsboro’s home for Hip Hop & R&B”, the flip fills a hole for the format as Goldsboro was only served by rimshot signals from Urban One’s “K97.5” WQOK Carrboro/Raliegh, Beasley’s “Foxy 99.1” WZFX Whiteville/Fayetteville, and Curtis’ “101.9 Kiss-FM” WIKS New Bern. The change at WSSG follows Curtis’ flip of News/Talk 1150 WGBR/98.3 W252CL Goldsboro to Classic Hits in June.

Majestic Shakes Up Roswell Cluster

Majestic Broadcasting has swapped format locations for two of its Roswell NM stations. Rock 100.5 KSFX Roswell has moved to the 1230/92.5 combination that had been home to Classic Hits “92.5 Kool-FM” KBCQ/K223BH. The “Kool” name moves from the AM/Translator combo to the 100kw Class C1 signal, but changes formats to Adult Contemporary “100.5 Kool-FM“. The KSFX call letters move from 100.5 to 1230, but 100.5 takes on new KZDB call letters as the KBCQ-FM call letters are in use by sister CHR “Hot 97“.

WTRG Roanoke Rapids Relaunches As Magic 97.9

After a few days stunting with Christmas Music, First Media Radio Classic Hits “The Great 98” 97.9 WTRG Gaston/Roanoke Rapids NC has relaunched as “Magic 97.9“. While remaining Classic Hits, the station is now promoting “Massive Variety”. A new, yet to be announced, morning show will debut on Monday, August 7. Original Report 7/31: First Media Radio Classic Hits “The Great 98” 97.9 WTRG Gaston/Roanoke Rapids NC is currently stunting with Christmas Music in preparation of a relaunch. In a Facebook post explaining the stunt, new General Manager Chuck Marsh stated, “The days to come will begin to reveal a return to hyper local radio for us here at First Media RR. A renewed commitment to everything local and listening to the community, allo...Read More

Bob Gives Way To The Drive In Tulsa

Another change we’ve been tracking for the past few weeks has come to fruition, as Scripps Classic Hits “92.9 Bob-FM” KBEZ Tulsa has rebranded as “92.9 The Drive“. The change completes the gradual shift of KBEZ from Variety Hits to focus on hits of the 1970s and 80s with a rock lean. The station also welcomes new midday host Jeanne Nass, who previously worked at Cox Media Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR. Andy Barber remains in mornings and Josh Holstead in afternoons. Drew McKenna slides from middays to nights. Bob-FM ranked eight in the Tulsa market during the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings with a 4.2 share, but well behind KJSR’s fourth ranked 6.2 share.

KBAI Bellingham Drops Liberal Talk For Classic Hits

Saga Communications flipped Liberal Talk 930 KBAI/98.9 K255DC Bellingham WA to Classic Hits “98.9 K-Bay” this morning. The move continues Saga’s move away from the format for what they described in Ithaca NY as “lack of programming to fill out a schedule”. The new format creates a flanker for sister AC 104.1 KAFE.

Bloomberg Acquires WNBP Newburyport MA

After leasing 1330 WRCA Watertown/106.1 W291CZ Boston MA from Beasley Media in July, Bloomberg LP is purchasing Port Broadcasting Oldies “The Legends” 1450 WNBP/106.1 W291CC Newburyport MA for $1 million. With an LMA starting at 12am this morning, the move is all about the translators as 106.1 W291CZ Boston currently has a null to the northeast to protect the pre-existing W291CC Newburyport with its 90w vertical/98m facilities. WNBP was the first station purchased by Carl Strube & Pete Falconi’s Port Brodcasting in 2009. The company will retain its other six stations in New Hampshire and Maine. The change brings an end to the Oldies format that had been heard on the station since it evolved from Adult Standards in 2013. Bloomberg programming currently airs in the Bos...Read More

Sunny 98.1 San Diego Shifts To Classic Hits

Entercom AC “Sunny 98.1” KXSN San Diego has shifted to Classic Hits. Now positioning itself as “San Diego’s Greatest Hits”, the station’s playlist is now focusing on the 1970s through 90s. The move places KXSN up against Broadcast Company of America’s Classic Hits “105.7 Max-FM” XHPRS-FM Tecate MX. This is the second time in a year that the station has changed directions despite being the most listened to station in the market. In April 2016 then Soft AC “Easy 98.1” KIFM flipped to AC with the “Sunny 98.1” branding. KXSN registered a 6.2 share in the June 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings. INSTANT INSIGHT: The move makes more sense when you take into account the upcoming merger of Entercom and CBS Radio. KXSN and CBS AC...Read More

Cumulus Launches Q103.1 Columbus-Starkville MS

Cumulus Media has flipped Sports “103.1 The Team” WNMQ Columbus/Starkville MS to CHR “Q103.1“. Launching with 5,000 songs in a row, WNMQ will add the syndicated Bert Show for mornings starting August 13. The move is a return to the past for the station, which was CHR “Q103” from 2008-2010 before its flip to Sports. The CBS Sports Radio programming that had been heard on WNMQ will continue to be heard on former simulcaster 1230 WSSO Starkville. Cumulus Media announces that WNMQ-FM in Columbus-Starkville, MS, debuted today at 9:00am as “Q103.1 FM, The Golden Triangle’s Hit Music”. The new station, formerly known as 103.1 The Team, moved to a Top 40 music format and launched with 5,000 commercial-free songs in a row. WNMQ-FM previously aired a simulcast of ...Read More

WBZT Flips To Sports

iHeartMedia has flipped Business/Talk 1230 WBZT West Palm Beach to Sports as “1230 The Zone“. With the format change WBZT will simulcast Jeff ‘Defo’ DeForrest’s morning show from sister 940 WINZ Miami from 6-10am. The remainder of the daily programming will come from the CBS Sports Radio network including Damon ‘DA’ Amendolara, Jim Rome, Tiki & Tierney, Reiter Than You, and Ferrall On The Bench. WBZT is the West Palm Beach affiliate for MLB’s Miami Marlins baseball and will carry Westwood One’s NFL coverage. WBZT becomes the third Sports station in the West Palm Beach market joining Good Karma Broadcasting’s “ESPN 106.3” WUUB Jupiter and Alpha Media’s recently relaunched “640 The Hurricane” WMEN ...Read More

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