Format Changes

KONO Returns To Oldies

Cox Media Group flipped Sports “CBS Sports 860” KONO San Antonio to Oldies at 6pm tonight. The station will flank sister Classic Hits 101.1 KONO-FM Helotes with a 1960s and 70s based playlist. The new format is launching with a commercial-free weekend. KONO had been carrying the CBS Sports Radio network around the clock along with a ocal afternoon show hosted by Walter Pasacrita. 860 KONO was one of the heritage Top 40s in the San Antonio market in the 1960s and 70s. The station flipped to Oldies in the late 80s and added the 101.1 simulcast in 1991. 860 would break off the simulcast and flip to the now former Sports format in January 2014.

WXTG To End Talk/Classic Country LMA

Talk/Classic Country “1490 The Outlaw” WXTG Hampton/Norfolk VA will flip to a simulcast of AAA “102.1 The Tide” WXTG-FM Virginia Beach next week. The Daily Press reports that Chuck Hall is ending its LMA and scrapping its option to buy the station that operated from his Langley Speedway. WXTG featured Imus In The Morning, Classic Country, and Motor Racing programming to promote the racetrack, which suspended car races in 2016. Owner Davis Media will return the station to a simulcast of their WXTG-FM when the take over.

WFGM Flips To Classic Country

AJG Corporation Classic Hits “Classic Top 40 93.1” WFGM-FM Barrackville/Morgantown WV flipped to Classic Country “93.1 The River” at the start of 2017. Positioned as “True Country”, the station is centered musically on the 1990s with its playlist stretching from the 70s through 2010. The move comes as AJG is swapping Country 97.9 WKKW to sister company West Virginia Radio Corporation. West Virginia Radio Corporation had launched Classic Hits “Sky 106.5” WWLW Clarksburg in September 2016, with its signal sharing considerable overlap with WFGM-FM.

WNYY To Drop Liberal Talk For Oldies

5Saga Liberal Talk 1470 WNYY Ithaca NY will drop the format for Oldies on February 1. In an interview with the Ithaca Times, General Manager Chet Osadchey stated that the move is due to lack of programming to fill out a schedule as only Alan Colmes, Thom Hartmann, and Stephanie Miller remain as many others have left syndication. Osadchey made sure to emphasize that it wasn’t politically motivated decision. No word yet if Saga’s additional Liberal Talkers in Bellingham WA, Brattleboro VT, and Springfield MA will make similar moves away from the format. The move to Oldies at WNYY will coincide with the station moving to a new FM frequency. Its current translator 97.7 W249CD will be moving to 105.1 East Longmeadow MA as part of the 250 mile waiver period, while 95.3 W237DX East Li...Read More

KLMR Throws A Curve

Cherry Creek Media has flipped Oldies “Kool 93.5” KLMR-FM Lamar CO to Classic Rock “93.5 The Curve“. The change took place on January 3. Sister 920 KLMR retains its Full Service Classic Country format.

WCLT Launches AC Kate 98.7

WCLT Radio Inc. will flip Sports “1430 The Ticket” WCLT/W254CT Newark OH to AC “Kate 98.7” at 12pm today. The Newark Advocate reports the station will feature core artists including Elton John, Adele, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Celion Dion and Phil Collins. WCLT will continue to carry Ohio State University basketball and football and high school sports and add live concerts from the Thirty One West venue in Newark.

KXJM Quietly Segues To Classic Hip-Hop

iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 107.5” KXJM Banks/Portland OR quietly dropped all of its currents and recurrents and has flipped to Classic Hip-Hop. No changes to the name or on-air lineup accompany the change. KXJM had a Classic Hip-Hop component to its playlist since returning to the “Jam’n” name in 2014. KXJM gained a direct format competitor in August 2016 when Alpha Media debuted “We 96.3” KWEE West Linn as a current intensive Rhythmic CHR. KXJM’s 1.8 share in the December 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings was barely ahead of KWEE’s 1.7, however KXJM had nearly double the cume.

ESPN 1700 San Diego Adds Daytime Finance Block

Broadcast Company of Americas Sports “ESPN 1700” XEPE Tecate MX/San Diego added a seven hour block of business/finance programming from 9am to 4pm daily. Longtime San Diego based financial advisor Ray Lucia will host from 9am-11am. Lucia has previously hosted at XEPE as well as 760 KFMB and 1130 KSDO in the market. The syndicated Dave Ramsey show will follow from 11am-2pm. Former 600 KOGO afternoon host Bob “Sully” Sullivan will host “Sully’s Big Biz Show” from 2-4pm. XEPE will continue to carry ESPN Radio network programming at other times. ESPN 1700 introduces a brand new line up starting Tuesday January 3, 2017. In addition to being San Diego’s exclusive source for national ESPN programing the station will introduce a new seven hour programing block entitled, “Your Business,...Read More

WJIE Adds Louisville Simulcast

With Word Broadcasting Network taking control of Salem Media’s Louisville cluster on January 3, Christian Talk 900 WFIA and new translator 107.3 W297BV Louisville have flipped to a simulcast of Christian AC 88.5 WJIE-FM Okolona KY. WFIA previously simulcasted 94.7 WFIA-FM New Albany IN. The addition of 107.3 in particular to 88.5 fills a coverage hole for WJIE-FM in downtown Louisville and its adjacent Indiana suburbs. New WJIE call letters are pending for WFIA. Prior to the announcement that Word Broadcasting Network would LMA Salem’s Louisville cluster, Salem intended to launch its own Christian AC format on 900/107.3 as “107.3 The River“.

Salem Launches Health & Wellness “1380 The Pulse” St. Louis

Salem Media has launched its second Health & Wellness Talk station as it debuts “1380 The Pulse” KXFN St. Louis. Joining similarly formatted 1570 KDIZ Minneapolis, the KXFN lineup features syndicated hosts including Dr. Daliah, Dr Asa Andrew, and Katherine Albrecht. Salem acquired KXFN fromG rand Slam Sports bankruptcy receiver Detalus Consulting in August for $190,000.

Boom! Radio Now 92.1 Debuts In Houston

Radio One has brought a second CHR to Houston a week after CBS flipped “Hot 95.7” KKHH to Adult Hits. As we first reported in Wednesday’s Daily Domains, Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 92.1” KROI Seabrooke quietly segued to CHR at 5pm today as “Radio Now 92.1“. The station is quickly taking shots at Cumulus’ KRBE calling 104.1 old and hyping it as the home of new music. The former Boom 92.1 was the catalyst for the launch of the Classic Hip-Hop format when it debuted in October 2014. The station quickly surged from a 1.0 share in its final monthly as All-News to a 3.2 in its first month as Boom, however it was back down to a 1.4 share in the December 2016 PPMs. The first songs on the new Radio Now were: Calvin Harris/Rhianna – This Is What You Ca...Read More

Beasley Launches AC “B98.7” Tampa

After weeks of stunting with Christmas music and as “98.7 Donald-FM“, Beasley Media has launched AC “B98.7” WBRN-FM Holmes Beach/Tampa. The new “Today’s Hits, Yesterday’s Favorites” approach positions WBRN-FM between Cox Media AC “Magic 94.9” WWRM and Soft AC “105.5 The Dove” WDUV. The two stations combined for a 14.6 share in the December PPM monthly, while the Bubba The Love Sponge fronted “98.7 No Rules Rock” had a 1.2 share. Chadd and Kristi Thomas, who exited Cox’s “Magic 94.9” last week will host mornings at WBRN-FM. They will host the station’s 10,000 songs-in-a-row promo before taking over mornings on February 6. Tee Gentry, Beasley Tampa Operations Manager and PD of Country ...Read More

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