Format Changes

iHeartMedia Rocks Omaha On Two Frequencies

As the clock struck midnight on December 26, iHeartMedia “Man’d Up” and launched “Rock 94.9/102.3“. Airing on both 94.9 K235CD Omaha and 102.3 K272FE Council Bluffs, the station is airing a mix of Rock hits from the 70s to early 2000s. Update 12/23: When the Christmas music ends on 94.9 K235CD Omaha, the translator will flip to Rock conveniently branded as “Rock 94.9“. Rock949Omaha.com was registered by iHeartMedia earlier this month and is already redirecting to 94.9’s site. A flip to Rock will place the translator in competition with Journal’s “Z92” KEZO. Original Report 11/12: Following the launch of “Christmas 102.3” K272FE Council Bluffs/Omaha on Halloween, iHeartMedia has debuted “Christmas 94.9”...Read More

WNLS Tallahassee Becomes 94.3 MyFM

WNLS/W232BO has flipped to AC “94.3 MyFM“. Branded as “Tallahassee’s Best Mix of The 80s, 90s And 2000s”, the station launched with John Parr’s “St. Elmos Fire” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”. Original Report 11/26: iHeartMedia Sports “1270 The Team” WNLS Tallahassee has dropped its format and is now airing Christmas Music. The station is now using its translator 94.3 W232BO Tallahassee as the primary frequency in its branding as “Christmas 94.3“. The 99 watt translator covers the northern portions of Tallahassee.

A Rhythmic Oldies Party For Milwaukee

At 5pm on Christmas Day, WZTI flipped to Rhythmic Oldies “The Party“. Launching with Prince’s 1999, the stations are focusing on Rhythmic hits from the 1970s and 1980s. Update 12/24: When 1290 WZTI Greenfield/100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee debuts its new format at 5pm on Christmas it will do so as “The Party“. MilwaukeesParty.com and 1003TheParty.com are now live. Update 12/21: The Martini branding will not be returning to Milwaukee after Christmas. As it continues to stunt with Christmas Music as “100.3 The Elf“, 1290 WZTI Greenfield/100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee is running promos stating it will launch a new format on Thursday, December 25 at 5:00pm. The promos state that “Something Big Is About To Start On 100.3 and 1290”. No domains have been regi...Read More

98.1 The Bull Icons Debuts In Lexington

iHeartMedia has launched Classic Country “98.1 The Bull Icons” on 98.5 W253BK/WBUL-HD2 Lexington. As reported below the station takes direct aim at Cumulus’ “101.5 Nash Icon” WVLK-FM. W253BK will feature the syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and Classic Country from the late 80’s through early 2000’s. Update 12/17: iHeartMedia has registered 981TheBullIcons.com for 98.5 W253BK/WBUL-HD2 for use after the Country Christmas programming ends. A Twitter account is already live with the new logo. Launching a Classic Country station branded as “The Bull Icons” will place the translator right up against Cumulus’ “101.5 Nash Icon” WVLK-FM. The move will create the first Icon versus Icons branding battle in the country. Origin...Read More

KMBZ To Break Simulcast; Split Talk Formats

Entercom News/Talk 980 KMBZ/98.1 KMBZ-FM Kansas City will split into two brands on Monday, January 5, 2015. Current KMBZ evening host Darla Jaye will shift to 5-9 in the morning on “Talk 980AM“, where she will anchor a Conservative Talk lineup including Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. The rest of the 980 lineup will include America Now from 5-8pm, Herman Cain 8-10pm, Laura Ingraham 10-12am, and Coast to Coast AM overnights. With Limbaugh and Jaye leaving the 98.1 lineup, Kansas City’s Morning News expands to 5-10am followed by “Trend KC” with Zac Burns & Jayme Monacelli from 10am-2pm. Current afternoon hosts Scott Wright and Dana Parks remain in place, while late morning host Jonathan Weir moves to 6-9pm. Syndicated Ground Zero from 9pm-12am,...Read More

WVLZ Returning To Sports

Just four months after dropping Sports for Oldies, 1180 WVLZ Knoxville will flip back to Sports on Monday, January 5. To be branded as “1180 The VLZ” the station will feature local programs including Jayson Swain and Program Director Seth Stokes in mornings from 7-10am, “4 Quarters” with Jon Reed and Kyle Tasman 10-11am, and Dave Hooker from 11am-1pm. The remainder of the lineup will feature programming from Yahoo! Sports Radio.

A New Mix For Peoria

Alpha Media AC “Lite Rock 107” 106.9 WSWT Peoria is promoting on-air that it will relaunch as “Mix 106.9” after Christmas. Teasing a “New Name For The New Year”, the move will see the station drop the moniker it has used since the late 1980’s as its non-Christmas music playlist has shifted closer to Hot AC. In the Spring 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings the station was tied for second with a 7.3 share, however down sharply from its market-leading 9.6 share the year before.

X Returns To St. George

Two months after Media Advisors flipped Alternative “X98.9” KRQX Hurricane/St. George, UT to Classic Hits, Canyon Media has returned the X brand to the market. 96.3 K242BV St. George has launched Active Rock “96X“, positioned as “Rock St. George”. The new format flanks sister Classic Rock “95.9 The Hawk” KZHK. Canyon Media acquired K242BV along with two other translators in October for $144,000. Another one of those, 101.5 K268BT Shivwits has applied to complete its move to 104.1 with 250 watts at 1038 meters where it will shortly debut as Spanish Adult Hits “Juan 104.1“. Juan1041.com was registered concurrently with 96XStGeorge.com and RockStGeorge.com. Both translators will be rebroadcasting HD subchannels of Canyon Media’...Read More

I94 Indianapolis Makes Classic Hip-Hop Move Permanent

After running their Classic Hip-Hop Weekend (and forcing Radio-One Urban “Hot 96.3” WHHH to do the same), WRWM is making the move permanent. The station will retain the “I94” branding with the move but has gone jockless for now. Jay Michaels remains in place as Program Director of WRWM and sister Classic Hits 104.5 WJJK. Original Report 12/19: Here’s a pairing you don’t see every day… After hyping a major announcement for 3pm today, Cumulus Hot AC “I94” 93.9 WRWM Lawrence/Indianapolis launched a “Classic Hip-Hop Holiday Weekend”. The station is promoting its regular format is returning on Monday morning. https://twitter.com/indysi94/status/546033161013321728 INSTANT INSIGHT: Interesting that this move comes the day after Rad...Read More

Univision Launches Yo 95.1 San Antonio

Classic Hip-Hop has spread to San Antonio, TX as Univision flips Spanish CHR “95.1 Latino Mix” KGSX Comfort, TX to “Yo 95.1” KMYO. The move enables Univision to have 95.1 flank sister “98.5 The Beat” KBBT against iHeartMedia Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP. KZEP debuted its current format in August and surged to second in the market in the September Nielsen Audio PPM ratings with a 6.9 share but has been on a downward trend since. KZEP and KBBT were tied in the November monthlies with a 5.1 share. The new format and brand duplicates Univision’s “Yo 101.3” KKRG Albuquerque, the first station this year to launch the Classic Hip-Hop format.

Z95 Debuts In Waco

iHeartMedia has launched Rhythmic CHR “Z95.1” K236BR/KBGO-HD2 Waco, TX. The new format will compete against a pair of Rhythmic CHR’s in the market: Edwards Media’s “94.5 The Beat” KWBT and M&M Broadcasters “Hot 104.9” KBHT. The new format duplicates the Z branding used at sister “Z92.3” KIIZ in the adjacent Killeen/Temple market. Z95Live.com was registered by iHeart for the station but is not yet live.

WARM Returns With CBS Sports Radio

After being off-the-air for a few months Cumulus has relaunched 590 WARM Scranton, PA as an affiliate of CBS Sports Radio. WARM had suffered with sporadic outages for the past few years due to multiple transmitter and tower issues. It applied last month for a permanent solution which will see the station dismantle two of its five towers and drop power from its previously licensed 5kW to 1.8kW days and 430 watts at night. The station is currently operating under Special Temporary Authority with 1250 watts until the permanent application is approved and built. Prior to go dark WARM was airing an Oldies format utilizing Cumulus’ Good Time Oldies network (and True Oldies Channel before that). The move to CBS Sports gives the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market its fourth Sports formatted statio...Read More

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