Format Changes

Classic Hip-Hop Vibe Launches In Erie

Cumulus is continuing its rollout of Classic Hip-Hop as CHR “i104.3” W282BR/WXKC-HD2 is now “104.3 The Vibe“. There’s nowhere for W282BR to go but up as the station registered a 0.0 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings as one of three CHR’s in the market. Erie currently has no Urban or Urban AC stations making this an interesting example for the Classic Hip-Hop format’s drawing power.

KBEE Salt Lake City Returns To AC

Cumulus Adult CHR “B98.7” KBEE Salt Lake City has shifted to AC. The move comes with a new on-air lineup. Program Director Dain Craig moves from afternoons to mornings along with Mandi Hildt to replace the syndicated Bert Show. Bobbi Maxwell from sister “Warm 98” WRRM Cincinnati will host middays and the syndicated John Tesh is added for nights. KBEE has bounced from AC to Hot AC and back multiple times in its history. In the January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings it registered a 1.9 share of the Salt Lake audience. The new AC direction places KBEE closer to Bonneville’s market leading AC 100.3 KSFI and KLO Broadcasting’s Soft AC “Sunny 103.1” KSQN.

Virgin Radio Returns To Vancouver

Bell Media has returned the “Virgin Radio” CHR brand to Vancouver. “94.5 The Beat” CFBT rebranded as “Virgin Radio 94.5” just before 9:00 this morning. The move brings the branding previously used in the market by “Z95.3” CKZZ until it was spun-off to Newcap following Bell’s merger with Astral. CFBT becomes Bell’s seventh station across Canada utilizing the Virgin Radio branding. What’s in a name? Listeners across Vancouver can be assured that as Bell Media Radio raises the curtain on 94.5 Virgin Radio in the Vancouver market, announced today, the station is poised to deliver great music, the entertaining programs, and the same beloved personalities familiar to listeners of 94.5 The Beat Vancouver. Changing over station names, as ...Read More

SL100 Dyersburg Meets Jack

Burks Beverage & Broadcasting has flipped Rock “SL 100” 100.1 WASL Dyersburg, TN to Variety Hits “100 Jack FM“. Despite the format change, WASL will continue to air the syndicated John Boy & Billy in mornings from 5:00 to 9:00am and serve as the Dyersburg affiliate for Tennessee Titans football.

Locally Owned Radio Completes Twin Falls Rebuild With Country Move & Hot AC Launch

Locally Owned Radio has completed the restructuring of its Twin Falls cluster as Country “106.7 The Canyon” KYUN Hailey, ID has moved to the 102.1 frequency vacated by Rock “I-Rock 105.1” earlier this year. Following a call letter exchange that allowed the company to launch Hot AC “Q106.7” KIRQ. Positioned as “A Better Mix Of Music”, KIRQ is taking direct aim at Magic Valley Media Hot AC “Hot 100” 99.9 KBDX Burley. INSTANT INSIGHT: With “Q106.7” launching without a web presence despite being registered in October, Magic Valley Media has gone on the offensive with and hosting a promotional page for “Hot 100“. Original Report 1/27: Locally Owned Radio has launched two ne...Read More

ESPN Radio Debuts In Aggieland

Brazos Valley Communications has made its flip of “Rock 103.9” KJXJ Franklin/College Station, TX to Sports “ESPN Aggieland” on Monday evening. The station is running with the national ESPN lineup as well as the SEC focused Paul Finebaum show distributed by ESPN as well. Original Report 2/15: Brazos Valley Communications’ Active Rock “Rock 103.9” KJXJ Franklin/College Station, TX is on the verge of a format change that will soon see ESPN Radio return to the home of Texas A&M University. The station has been running jockless for the past few weeks leading up to the change and the station’s website has been taken offline. Brazos Valley owner Tommy Vascocu registered,,,, Maroo...Read More

WKII Flips To Sports

iHeartMedia Classic Country “Kix Classics” 1070 WKII Solana/Port Charlotte, FL has flipped to Sports “1070 NBC Sports“. WKII is running the NBC Sports Radio network programming around the clock and will be the local affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays (who hold Spring Training in Port Charlotte), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Florida State University play-by-play.

Nash Icon Launches In Harrisburg

1400 WHGB/95.3 W237DE Harrisburg, PA have dropped their simulcast of sister “Sports Radio 96.5” W243BR/WWKL-HD2 after a two month transition period moving the Sports format to the new signal to bring the Nash Icon brand to the market. “95.3 Nash Icon” becomes a flanker to sister “106.7 Nash-FM” WZCY Hershey. It joins a competitive Country market including iHeartMedia’s “Bob 94.9” WRBT and Radio Carlisle’s “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM.

B93 Returns To Modesto

iHeartMedia Hot AC “Radio 92.9” KOSO Patterson/Modesto, CA has returned to its heritage “B93” branding. KOSO had been known as “B93” from 1995 until 2009, when a move from 93.1 to 92.9 brought a “B92.9” moniker that lasted until the rebranding to “Radio 92.9” in October 2012. The new “B93” is positioning as “Modesto’s Hit Music Station”. No changes to the existing on-air lineup with the rebranding as Valentine remains in mornings, Angela Cortez in middays, and John Chimpo in afternoons.

SHE Comes To Chicago’s 100.3

Hubbard Radio has relaunched “Chicago’s 100.3” WILV as WSHE-FM. The rebranding gives the AC a solid branding position, which had been lacking since the then 80s centric station dropped its “Rewind” moniker in 2013. The SHE brand and WSHE-FM call letters had a long history at 103.5 in Miami and a brief run in the late 1990’s at 100.3 Orlando. WSHE-FM is currently running jockless to promote the new branding, but the existing airstaff will return. Chicago’s only true Adult Contemporary radio station targeted toward 25-54 year olds, WILV-FM, solidified its position today with a rebranding as Chicago’s 100.3 WSHE-FM. In rolling out the announcement this morning, Hubbard Radio Chicago VP/Market Manager, John Gallagher said, “WILV has enjoyed tremendous succes...Read More

Classic 105.3 Austin Update; Sandy McIlree Exits

“Classic 105.3” will make its debut on Monday with a format focusing on the 1960s through 80s. However it will do so without one half of of the JB & Sandy morning show. Sandy McIlree tweeted us that he submitted his resignation on Friday and is on the lookout for his next opportunity. @radioinsight I submitted my resignation Fri morning. I'm under no contractual obligation and looking for my next opportunity. Best to ARN. — SandyMcIlree (@SandyMcIlree) March 2, 2015 @radioinsight I can be reached at [email protected] — SandyMcIlree (@SandyMcIlree) March 2, 2015 JB Hager will continue in mornings solo with the new format. Update 3/1 5:00pm: In addition to the “The Hit” domains registered previously, Genuine Austin Radio has added AustinClassicFM...Read More

WGTZ Flys To Soft Rock

Alpha Media Variety Hits “Fly 92.9” WGTZ Eaton/Dayton, OH has flipped to AC “Soft Rock 92.9“. The Dayton market has been without an AC station since then Clear Channel flipped 94.5 WLQT to Country in July 2013. Taking a “More Music, Less Talk” direction, WGTZ is promising that many artists from the previous format will remain on the station. WGTZ was ninth in the Dayton market with a 3.1 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings. Alpha Media rebrands WGTZ-FM from “Fly 92.9” to “Soft Rock 92.9.” The former Adult Hits outlet will continue to play many artists from Fly 92.9’s library, from the 70’s and 80’s through today. Listeners can expect to hear artists such as The Eagles, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp, Ma...Read More

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