Format Changes

WDRC-FM Flips To Classic Rock The Whale

Connoisseur Media flipped Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM to Classic Rock “102.9 The Whale” around 10:30 this morning. The launch came after a brief loop of the Brass Bonanza theme song of the NHL’s defunct Hartford Whalers. The flip comes following the demise of Classic Rock 106.9 WCCC-FM last summer and Connoisseur’s shift of WDRC-FM from pop-leaning Classic Hits to Rock leaning, which alienated many former listeners while not doing anything to bring former WCCC-FM or other new listeners aboard. “The Whale” gives the station a fresh start without the now destroyed WDRC-FM branding. Chaz & AJ based at sister Rock 99.1 WPLR New Haven remain in mornings. Allan Lamberti moves from afternoons to middays, former WCCC PD Michael Picozzi joins for afternoons, ...Read More

Rig Drills Into Corpus Christi

Reina Broadcasting Country “My 94.7” KBSO Corpus Christi relaunched on Friday as Texas/Red Dirt Country “94.7 The Rig“. The move comes as Bogey Broadcasting assumed operations of the station. Bogey operates crosstown Alternative “106.5 The Shark” KYRK Taft. Bogey describes the new station as: “The Rig” will celebrate and embrace the true spirit of Texas. The pride, sense of independence, freedom, family, and the love of great outdoors. And of course–THE BEST IN TEXAS COUNTRY mixed in with a bit of Red Dirt. Real, authentic Country music that tell the stories about our lives. Songs from Reckless Kelly, Pat Green, Whiskey Myers, Robert Earl Keen, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Wade Bowen, Jason Boland, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers, and more. The ...Read More

Denver’s Classic Hip-Hop Now Has A Flo

Max Media has swiftly rebranded Classic Hip-Hop “Fly 107.1” KXDE Bennett/Denver as “FLO 107.1“. As these quick changes are normally associated with trademark infringement, did SiriusXM’s Classic Hip-Hop webcaster “SiriusXM Fly” lead to the rebranding? That company has “SiriusXM Fly” trademarked, but not “Fly” by itself. At least two terrestrial stations predate SiriusXM in using the moniker; Pamal CHR “Fly 92” WFLY Albany, NY and Alpha Media Variety Hits “Fly 92.9” WGTZ Dayton. Original Report 12/24: Max Media has flipped Classic Alternative “107X” 107.1 KXDE Bennett/Denver to the format du-jour of the season as it becomes Classic Hip-Hop “Fly 107.1“. The station is running com...Read More

La Gran D Moves In Boise; La Poderosa To Return

Another station is on the move in Boise. As Country “100.7 The Bull” KQBL prepares to relocate to 101.9 in Mid-February, JLD Media has cleared an opening by moving Regional Mexican “101.9 La Gran D” KDBI Emmett to 106.3 Homedale. That move eliminates Spanish AC “Latino 106.3” KQTA. With the KDBI call letters moved to the 106.3 allocation, 101.9 has temporarily claimed the KPDA call letters that belonged to 100.7 during a previous format. That Regional Mexican “La Poderosa” brand appears to be on its way back to Boise and 100.7 as JLD Media registered LaPoderosaIdaho.com concurrently with LaGranD1063.com.

Format Shuffle In Texarkana

Texarkana Radio Center contacted us to clarify that the new “107.1 The Fox” KTFS-FM is a “very” Hot AC rather than CHR. Texarkana Radio Center, owners of Texarkana’s #1 station KTOY, have now added a further format offering in the fast growing Texarkana TX/AR market. The new station KTFS-FM 107.1 has been broadcasting conservative talk and news with a simulcast on KTFS-AM and an FM metro wide translator on 98.5. Over the holidays Texarkana Radio Center moved to roll out a Hot AC format on the 107.1 frequency branding the station as THE FOX. Conservative talk remains on KTFS-AM and on 98.5 FM after a 6 week promotion to make the switch from 107.1. THE FOX is 100% locally programmed format consulted to by Tracy Johnson Media who consult to the group’s Texarkana cluste...Read More

KODJ Drops The Oldies

Yet another Classic Hits station has dropped the dreaded O-word. iHeartMedia’s “Oldies 94.1” KODJ Salt Lake City has removed the Oldies moniker in favor of its frequency and call letters: 94.1 KODJ. Accompanying the rebranding is the addition of addition 1980s songs to the playlist. KODJ previously dropped the “Oldies” name for the frequency and call letters in the mid 2000’s before returning to its heritage branding. In the December 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, KODJ was tied for third in the Salt Lake City market with a 5.7 share.

WMZK Returns To Classic Rock

Just eight months after flipping from Classic Rock “Z104” to Hot AC “Magic 104.1“, 104.1 WMZK Merril, WI has reverted to its former name and format. As Northpine.com reported it is a little unclear who is currently operating the station. The original format change to Hot AC came when Michael Enfelt’s Radio One Communications agreed to acquire WMZK and sister Classic Country “Patriot 730” WJMT Merril//99.1 W256AG Wausau from Barracuda Broadcasting/Quicksilver Broadcasting for $595,000 and immediate Time Brokerage Agreement. The sale never closed, however as the stations were ordered into bankruptcy receivership in late November.

iHeart Goes Wild With Country In Albany

The Capital District of New York has gained its third Country outlet as iHeartMedia launched “Wild Country 99.9” W260CH/WRVE-HD2 Albany. Launching with the usual 10,000 songs commercial-free, W260CH joins Townsquare’s market leading 107.7 WGNA and Pamal’s “100.9 The Cat” WKLI. The pair combined for an 11.4 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings. W260CH will add the Bobby Bones Show following the commercial-free stunt ending in Mid-February. The translator is a new sign-on owned by Educational Media Foundation. W260CH operates with 250 watts at 101 meters (Coverage Map). iHeartMedia Albany announced today the launch of a new station, Wild Country 99.9, The Capital District’s New Country, effective immediately. Wild Country 99.9 will be the home for ...Read More

Streetz Expands In North Georgia

Core Communicators Urban “Streetz 94.5” W233BF/WSTR-HD3 Atlanta has expanded its coverage to North Georgia as it has closed on its purchase of 94.5 WIPK Calhoun, GA. WIPK has dropped its Country “Kickin 94.5” format and flipped to a simulcast of the “Streetz” programming. Core Communicators North had purchased WIPK in January 2014 for $880,000. WIPK rimshots Rome, GA and covers the I-75 corridor between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Core Communicators North has just closed on WIPK-Calhoun, Georgia and will immediately simulcast the Streetz 94.5 brand. Listeners can now enjoy the Streetz 94.5 brand from Atlanta to Chattanooga Tennessee. “We are pleased to increase our coverage of the Streetz 94.5 brand for our listeners and advertisers. We look forward to serv...Read More

Las Vegas’ Bob Meets A Star

Beasley Broadcasting has flipped Variety Hits “107.9 Bob-FM” KVGS Meadview, AZ/Las Vegas to Hot AC “Star 107.9“. Branded as “Las Vegas’ Best Variety” focusing on the 90’s through 2010’s, the new format launched with Bob deciding to leave town and “sell the radio station” after selling the 80s portions of the music library to Beasley’s 96.3 KKLZ. The new format takes direct aim at CBS’ “Mix 94.1” KMXB. KMXB has been the market leader in Las Vegas in recent months, but morning-host Mark DiCiero exited last month after 18 years. DiCiero has hinted at a quick return to the air in Las Vegas. Beasley previously utilized the “Star” brand in Las Vegas on 102.7 first as All-80’s and then Hot ...Read More

Lite 96.9 Huntsville Gets Mixed

NCA, Inc AC “Lite 96.9” WRSA-FM Huntsville, AL is no more as the station rebranded as “Mix 96.9” on Sunday evening. Now positioning as “The Best Mix Of The 80s, 90s and More”, the station is positioning itself between Southern Stone AC “Star 99” WAHR and iHeartMedia Classic Hits “100.3 The River” WQRV. In explaining the change to AL.com, General Manager John Malone stated “When listeners hear the word ‘Lite,’ they think older music, music their mother or grandmother would listen to. But our music has evolved and the better descriptor is ‘Mix'”. WRSA will run jockless for two weeks before returning its current on-air lineup on January 26.

Nash Icon Gets Syndicated; Debuts In Ocean City

As expected when Cumulus Media announced the launch of the “Nash Icon” Country brand in May, Westwood One has begun making the brand available to non-Cumulus stations across the country. Describing the brand as “a current-based music mix with a superstar library based in the late ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s. It is produced on Westwood One’s WWO-Local platform, providing you with a flexible clock, and localized content. As a branded format, NASH Icon provides a host of merchandising and marketing elements, all designed to tie your station tightly to the host of high-profile events and media presence. Most importantly, NASH Icon is already winning, showing great success in Nashville, where it has become the most-listened-to country station.” The national Na...Read More

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