Format Changes

WOWO Moves FM Simulcast To 107.5

Federated Media News/Talk 1190 WOWO/92.3 WOWO-FM Fort Wayne has launched 107.5 W298BJ Fort Wayne has the new FM home for the station. The 75 watts vertical at 188 meters signal (Coverage Map) debuted at 3:40pm today. Federated had purchased the translator from iHeartMedia earlier this year for $100,000. WOWO will also remain on 92.3 through the end of they year before a new format launches on that signal. We reported back in August in our Premium Daily Domains that Federated had registered Big923.com and social media profiles were already live with the logo for “Fort Wayne’s Greatest Hits”. In early November Federated changed the call letters for WOWO-FM back to its previous WFWI, but has yet to use those new calls on-air.

Salem Launches 1380 The Biz Tampa

Salem Media has closed on its $750,000 acquisition of 1380 WWMI St. Petersburg FL from Disney and launched Business Talk “1380 The Biz“. The flip gives the Tampa market its second all-Business Talk station to launch this year along with Beasley’s “MoneyTalk 1010” WHFS Seffner. WWMI is the eleventh full-time affiliate of Salem’s “Wall Street Business Network” with a couple more on the way. WWMI is Salem’s fifth station in the Tampa market along with Christian Preaching “Faith Talk 570/910” 570 WTBN Pinellas Park/910 WTWD Plant City, Spanish Christian “Radio Luz 760” WLCC Brandon and Conservative Talk “860 The Answer” WGUL Dunedin.

WLTY Columbia Returns To Steve Branding

After over a month teasing a new brand name, iHeartMedia Variety Hits 96.7 WLTY Cayce/Columbia SC has returned to its prior “96.7 Steve-FM” identity. WLTY originally took the “Steve” moniker in 2005 soon after Steve Spurrier was named head coach of the University of South Carolina football team. When Spurrier retired in November, WLTY dropped the name stating that “Steve” was resigning. Listen to the audio of “Steve” returning here. Original Report 12/8: Following the retirement of namesake Steve Spurrier as head coach of The University of South Carolina football team last month, iHeartMedia Variety Hits “96.7 Steve-FM” WLTY Cayce/Columbia SC will announce its new name on Monday, December 14. WLTY has been running an online poll t...Read More

KCYE Las Vegas Becomes 102.7 Santa-FM

Following the conclusion of the National Finals Rodeo, Beasley is launching another microformat on 102.7 KCYE Boulder City/Las Vegas NV. KCYE is now airing Christmas music as “102.7 Santa FM“. The station is mixing Christmas songs from Country artists along with the traditional songs. The station dropped its Country “102.7 The Coyote” moniker on November 30 for the Rodeo Radio programming. With the programming and on-air staff still in place, we’d expect a return to Country perhaps with a rebranding after the holiday season. 102.7 The Coyote KCYE-FM, a Beasley Media Group, Inc. radio station, has changed its moniker, with a nod to the holidays! Listeners have begun to hear holiday music on “102.7 Santa FM” after the switchover, which began on Sunday, December ...Read More

Shine Returns To Flagstaff & Prescott

Following the sale and flip of 90.9 KGCB Prescott AZ and its three translators to Educational Media Foundation’s “K-Love” network, the locally programmed “Arizona Shine” Christian AC format has returned to Flagstaff and Prescott via Great Circle Media. Great Circle flipped 1450 KNOT Prescott from Oldies “Fun Oldies” in mid-October paired with 103.9 K265CI Prescott (just moved from 100.9) with the former staff of Grand Canyon Broadcasting’s KGCB operating the station. Now the station has added a new signal in Flagstaff as 99.3 K257FI Parks has signed-on with 132 watts at 589 meters (Coverage Map).

WBRN-FM Tampa Drops Bubba 98.7 Branding

With all the controversy surrounding namesake Bubba The Love Sponge, Beasley Media has made the first move towards potentially separating themselves from the embattled morning host. The former “Bubba 98.7” WBRN-FM Holmes Beach/Tampa FL has rebranded as “98.7 No Rules Rock” with the station’s website showing it as “Under Construction”. Bubba The Love Sponge remains in mornings at this point despite the renaming. Bubba The Love Sponge is currently embattled in a lawsuit with Nielsen Audio claiming that the host attempted to to distort WBRN’s ratings by bribing PPM panelists. WBRN-FM debuted in February of this year following a month-long stunt looping Bubba’s show. It previously was Sports “98.7 The Fan” WHFS-FM under CBS owne...Read More

Pair of Flips Coming To SW Minnesota

Community First Broadcasting is making programming changes to both of its recently acquired stations in Jackson MN/Spirit Lake IA. Community First purchased Country 1190 KKOJ and Classic Hits 105.7 KRAQ Jackson from Kleven Broadcasting in October for $735,000. The company has announced that both station will swap formats on January 4. 105.7 KRAQ will become “Xtreme Country 105.7” KUXX. KKOJ will add a translator on 97.7 K249EO Sprit Lake IA and assume the Classic Hits format of KRAQ. Both stations will feature local news, farm information, and high school sports.

KORN Country Launching In Mitchell SD

Riverfront Broadcasting will launch “Korn Country 92.1” KZKK Parkston/Mitchell SD on Monday, December 21 at 4:00pm. KZKK was granted a CP last month to move from Huron SD to Parkston as a Class C1 with 100kW at 106 meters (Coverage Map). KZKK will join a Riverfront cluster including News/Talk 1490 KORN and Hot AC “Q107.3” KQRN. The Country format will give an in-market competitor to Saga’s 105.9 KMIT. Clint Greenway, who currently serves as PD of KORN and afternoon host at KQRN will become morning host at KZKK. Earlier this year Riverfront Broadcasting sued Main Street Broadcasting’s 92.1 KKOR Waseca/Owatonna MN over the use of the “Korn Country 92.1” moniker it was using. The suit accused KKOR of false designation, dilution, cybersquatting a...Read More

Radio One Brings Praise To Cincinnati

Radio-One has flipped Urban Talk “1230 The Buzz” WDBZ Cincinnati to Gospel “Praise 1230“. WVXU’s John Kiesewetter reports that PD/Afternoon Host Jeri Toliver, Morning Host Nathan Ivey and weekend host Ken Anderson were let go with the flip. Midday talk host Lincoln Ware will remain with the station from 10am-2pm as will Reverend Al Sharpton’s syndicated talk show from 2-4pm. WDBZ will add the syndicated Yolanda Adams morning show distributed by co-owned Reach Media. WDBZ had previously flipped to a Gospel format surrounded by Ware’s talk show in 2008 before returning to a Talk format soon after. It now becomes the third Gospel station in the market joining CBSL’s “Inspiration 1050” WGRI and Great Lakes Radio’s “Gospel ...Read More

Salem Launches Talk 1640 Portland

Salem Communications has begun closing on the final round of stations it acquired from Disney. 1640 KDZR Lake Oswego/Portland OR has flipped to a mix of Business and Conservative Talk as “Talk 1640“. The new lineup includes conservative talkers Mike Gallagher from 6-9am, Dennis Prager 9am-12pm, Hugh Hewitt 3-6pm, Steve Deace 7-10pm, Eric Metaxes 10pm-1am and Bill Bennett 3-6am. Business programs will include Bill Gunderson 12-apm (repeated at 1am), Del Walmsley 1-2pm (repeated at 2am), Ray Lucia 2-3pm, and Moe Ansari 6-7pm.

Power 98.3 Phoenix Launches East Side 101.9 Translator

Riviera Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer/Phoenix AZ launched 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix to serve the eastern side of the market this morning. Now branding the station as “Power 98.3 & 101.9“, the station is launching the new signal with a free concert on Monday that requires listeners to share the station’s new logo on social media to get in. Original Report 11/30: Riviera Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer/Phoenix AZ will add a second signal to cover the eastern side of the market. 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix will bring KKFR’s programming to Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and southern parts of Scottsdale via 103.9 KEXX-HD3. The translator will operate with a directional 250 watts at 426 meters from South Mountain (Coverage Map...Read More

WJCL Savannah Drops Nash Branding To Return To Kix

When Mary Berner was named CEO of Cumulus Media she promised more decision making would be made at the local level. One of the first stations to make a branding change locally is 96.5 WJCL Savannah GA, which has reverted to its prior “Kix 96” moniker. WJCL had been one of the early converts to the corporate “Nash-FM” branding in September 2013 as Cumulus was beginning to roll-out the moniker. “Kix 96” is retaining all the ancillary Nash programming including America’s Morning Show, Nash Nights Live, and Kix Brooks overnights. As with most of Cumulus’ country stations, the only locally originating dayparts are middays and afternoons. The last time the Savannah market ratings were made public was in Fall 2014 when WJCL trailed Alpha Media’...Read More