Format Changes

WJXN Returns As Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 100.9”

Flinn Broadcasting has relaunched 100.9 WJXN-FM Utica/Jackson MS as Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 100.9“. WJXN-FM had been silent since New South Radio ended its LMA of the station on July 31 when it moved Classic Country “100.9 The Legend” to its newly acquired 93.5 WHJT Kearney Park. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s network including Tony Zazza in mornings from 5-11am, Ms. Eklass from 11am-5pm, and Marcus from 5-11pm.

Classic Country Comes To Nebraska City

Flood Communications flipped News/Talk “Big Apple News Radio” 1600 KNCY/105.5 K288GS Nebraska City NE to Classic Country “Otoe County Country” on Monday. The station is emphasizing that it won’t be playing anything post 1989 as it creates a flanker to sister “B103.1” KBIE Auburn. The previous News/Talk format had been paired with sister LPTV “News Channel Nebraska“.

Rochester To Gain First Commercial Spanish Station

Genesee Media will flip Sports “97.5 The Team” 1590 WRSB Brockport/97.5 W258BH Rochester NY to Spanish CHR “Mi 97.5” on Monday, October 16. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports the station will focus on “hit music from Latin America, talk radio, community programming and syndicated news, including reports from Puerto Rico.” William Santiago, President of local Spanish-language marketing agency Uno Communication, will join Genesee as General Manager of WRSB. Santiago has hosted the “Dimension Latina” program in the market for the past several decades. It most recently aired on Rochester Institute of Technology’s 89.7 WITR Henrietta. The new format will compete with Ibero American Action League’s “Poder 97.1” ...Read More

Fox Sports Moves In Fort Smith

Pharis Broadcasting has moved the programming of “Fox Sports 103.1” KHGG-FM Waldron AR to 1580 KHGG/101.1 K266BS Van Buren/Fort Smith replacing Country “101.1 The Judge“. 103.1 KHGG-FM has been taken silent for what Pharis states is “Maintenance and Repairs” in its STA filing with the FCC. The 101.1 translator puts a stronger signal over Fort Smith than the 103.1 rimshot whose 60dBu signal does not reach Fort Smith itself. InsideFortSmith.com reports that Alma High School sports will move to sister “96.7 The Marshall” 1230 KFPW/96.7 K244FJ, while KHGG will continue to be the home of Van Buren High School and University of Arkansas-Fort Smith sports.

The 90s Return To Southern Wisconsin

Big Radio will flip Full Service Oldies “1380 The Big AM” WBEL South Beloit IL to 90s Hits “The Beat 92.3/98.9” on Monday, October 9. The station will be heard on newly launched 92.3 W222AU Beloit and 98.9 W255CZ Janesville WI to cover the two primary population centers in the market. Positioned as “Mostly ‘90s. Totally Awesome”, core artists include Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Sugar Ray, No Doubt, TLC, Boys II Men, Gin Blossoms, Nirvana. The station’s on-air lineup will feature Micki Morgret mornings from 6-10am, Paul Michaels 10am-2pm, Liz Rudolph 2-7pm, and Wayne ‘Grizzly’ Adams from 7pm-12am. Michaels, Rudolph, and Adams will pull double-duty in addition to their duties at sister Rock “105.9 The Hog” WWHG Evansvi...Read More

Cat Drags Jazz Into Santa Fe

Hutton Broadcasting flipped Talk “101.5 The Voice” KVSF-FM Pecos/Santa Fe NM to Jazz “101.5 The Cat” on September 15. Positioned as “Santa Fe’s Community Jazz Station”, the station is featuring a mix of modern and classic Jazz tracks from the past century. “The Cat” name was previously utilized in the market by then Clear Channel owned 101.1 KSFQ during its run as a Smooth Jazz station from 2005-2007. Richard Eeds, who had hosted mornings on “The Voice”, stays in mornings for “The Cat”, but adds a new talk show from 1-5pm on sister Liberal Talk 1260 KTRC/103.7 K279CX. Nacha Mendez will host middays from 11am-3pm and Ira G afternoons from 3-7pm on KVSF-FM.

Cindy Brings Soft Hits To Albuquerque

As “La Jefa” moved to American General Media’s 840 KARS/102.9 K275AO last month, Vanguard Media (now doing business as Radio Center of New Mexico) has launched Soft AC “Cindy 101.3” on KJFA-FM Albuquerque. The station is marketing itself as “Soft rock hits from the 1980s to today” with core artists including Phil Collins, Journey, Madonna, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Adele, Hall & Oates, Selena, Starship, and REO Speedwagon. “Cindy” is presented as the host of the station and an Albuquerque native. The new format gives an AC competitor to Cumulus’ “99.5 Magic-FM” KMGA, which ranked fifth in the Albuquerque market with a 3.6 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings.

Bob Lays Off The Boss In Springfield IL

Neuhoff Media Classic Rock “Boss 96.7” WCVS-FM Virden/Springfield IL flipped on Monday to Variety Hits “96.7 Bob-FM“. Utilizing the syndicated network distributed by Kroeger Media and Envision Networks, the move shifts WCVS away from a direct battle with Saga Classic Rock 100.5 WYMG and closer to their Classic Hits “Cool 93.9” WQQL. The market had been without a Variety Hits outlet since Saga flipped 101.1 W266BZ from “Abe-FM” to Classic Country in January 2016. The entire WCVS airstaff is out with the change as is the syndicated Bob & Tom show. This is the second format change at Neuhoff Springfield this year following CHR “99.7 Kiss-FM” WXAJ becoming Hot AC “99.7 The Mix” in March. Envision Networks® and Kroeger...Read More

KXT Dallas Relaunches As “The Republic Of Music”

North Texas Public Broadcasting AAA “91.7 KXT” KKXT Dallas has relaunched with a greater emphasis on locally produced content. Under a new “Republic of Music” positioning statement, KXT has revamped its on-air lineup. Assistant Program Director Brad Dolbeer moves from afternoons to mornings from 5-10am. Program Director Amy Miller moves up an hour from 11am-3pm to 10am-2pm, and will also host a local music show on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Dave Emmert slides up from 8-10pm to afternoons from 2-7pm. Former morning host Gini Mascorro will host nights from 7-11pm including a new music show on Mondays from 7-8pm. The World Cafe moves back an hour to 11pm-1am, while overnights will be jockless. KKXT also adds an airing of A Prairie Home Companion on sunday mornings.

KOSY Cedar Rapids Relaunches As Hot 95.7

iHeartMedia CHR “Y95.7” KOSY-FM Anamosa/Cedar Rapids IA relaunched this morning as “Hot 95.7“. With the new name KOSY-FM has tweaked its on-air lineup. The syndicated Elvis Duran Show remains in mornings, while On Air with Ryan Seacrest is added to the lineup for middays. Program Director Sean Strife moves to afternoons. Prior to joining KOSY-FM in February, Strife served as Seacrest’s producer at flagship 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles. “103.5 Kiss-FM” WKSC-FM Chicago afternoon host Brady takes nights.

99X Atlanta To Reunite The Morning X For 25th Anniversary

Cumulus Alternative “99X” 98.9 W255CJ Atlanta/WWWQ-HD2 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of the brand on October 26 by bringing back former “The Morning X” staffers for the day. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron will reunite for the morning show on the 26th from 6-10am. Fram served as APD and then Program Director and morning co-host for the entire run of the original 99X. She then spent time programming AAA 101.9 WRXP New York and is currently SVP/Music Strategy & Talent for CMT. Barnes was part of the morning show from 1992-2003 and later worked at AAA “92.9 Dave-FM” WZGC. He currently runs a video production company. Baron was part of the morning show from 1993-2006 and then also...Read More

WNKN Joins Classic Country Simulcast With WNKR

Grant County Broadcasters has relaunched 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH as a simulcast of their Classic Country 106.7 WNKR Williamstown KY. The new “Classic Country 105.9 & 106.7” will focus on Country hits from the 1960s up until 2007. The move brings back the format that was heard on then “Rebel 105.9” WPFB-FM prior to its acquisition by Northern Kentucky University in 2011. The existing WNKR lineup of Larry B in mornings, Gina Matthews in middays, and Program Director Peter Z in afternoons remains in place. Former “B105” WUBE Cincinnati Program Director Tim Closson will join the station for weekends. WNKN joins a crowded Country battle in both the Cincinnati and Dayton markets. In Cincinnati the station will compete directly with Hubbard’s “...Read More