Format Changes

Alpha Reboots Entire Richmond Cluster

Update 10/20: Alpha Media has completed its revamp of its entire Richmond cluster. As previously expected, Country “93.1 The Wolf” WLFV moved its programming to 98.9 WWLB (replacing Variety Hits “98.9 Liberty“) and 100.3 WARV-FM Petersburg (replacing the simulcast of sister Classic Hits “Big Oldies 107.3” WBBT). Replacing “The Wolf” on 93.1 WLFV is Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM“. With the demise of the Variety Hits “Liberty” format, Classic Hits “Big Oldies 107.3” WBBT has relaunched as “107.3 BBT” with an increased 1980’s presence in its playlist. Alpha Media, owners of radio stations WLFV 93.1 the Wolf, Big Oldies 107.3, and Liberty 98.9 announced some format and frequency changes, effec...Read More

Less Variety, More Rock For KJOT

Journal Communications Classic Rock “Variety Rock 105.1” KJOT Boise has rebranded as just “Rock 105.1“. Prior to a Christmas Music stunt in 2012, KJOT’s format featured Rock hits from the 1960’s through 2000’s which explained the Variety part of its moniker. The rebranding comes with the station bringing back 90’s songs into its mostly 70’s/80’s based playlist. In the Spring 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings, KJOT’s 3.5 share trailed Cumulus Media’s Classic Rock “96.9 The Eagle” KKGL’s 5.6. KJOT is part of a Journal “Wall of Rock” in Boise along with Active Rock “100.3 The X” KQXR and AAA “94.9 The River” KRVB. The company also owns Classic Hits “107.1 K-Hits” ...Read More

Energy 102.3 Debuts In Peoria

Update 10/16: WDQX made the flip to CHR “Energy 102.3” as announced at 9:00am. The station is launching with a “10,000 songs in-a-row or $10,000” contest. Listen to the launch of Energy 102.3 at FormatChange.com. The first five songs on “Energy 102.3” were: Ariana Grande – Break Free Mr. Probz – Waves Eminem – Lose Yourself Calvin Harris – Summer Taylor Swift – Shake It Off Original Report 10/15: Alpha Media continues to be busy on the format change front this week. Active Rock “102.3 Max-FM” WDQX Morton/Peoria will flip to CHR “Energy 102.3” on Thursday, October 16 at 9:00am. The new format will give Peoria its third CHR as it joins Advanced Media Partners “98.5 Kiss-FM” WPIA and Cumulus&...Read More

92.1 Houston Goes Boom

Update 10/13: At 5pm today, the Beyonce stunt on KROI Seabrook/Houston gave way to Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 92“. The stations lists core artists as Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Geto Boys, and UGK. The name is meant to match with sister “97.9 The Box” KBXX as in “Boom Box” representing how the songs were played in the 80s/90s. Listen to the launch of “Boom 92” at FormatChange.com. The first song was Geto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”. On the eve of its announcement, Radio One of Texas II, LLC generated buzz and filled the airways with advertising free, 24-7 music from Beyonce. Today, Radio One announced its new permanent format, Boom 92.1 FM, a Classic Hip Hop station. It is the first major market throwback Hip Hop ...Read More

WESI Louisville Shifts To Classic Hits

Alpha Media has dropped the Soft AC “Easy Rock 105.1” format on WESI Shepherdsville/Louisville and flipped the station to Classic Hits. The station is now branded as “105.1 GHL” with new WGHL call letters pending. WGHL is launching with the usual 10,000 songs-in-a-row commercial free. It joins Summit Media’s Rock leaning Classic Hits “107.7 The Eagle” WSFR and W&B Broadcasting’s rimshot 103.5 WAKY in the format. In the Summer 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings, “Easy Rock 105.1” was the lowest rated FM station in the Louisville market with just a 1.6 share of the audience.

Rejoice! More Gospel On FM In Orlando

Orlando has gained its second FM Gospel signal in as many months as Q Broadcasting has launched “Rejoice 103.7” W279CO Eatonville. Rebroadcasting 1140 WRMQ Orlando, the translator joins Central Florida Educational Foundation’s “G106.3” W292DZ Orlando/88.3 WPOZ-HD3 in broadcasting Gospel programming on FM in the market. W292DZ launched in August.

WHIZ-FM Shifts To CHR

WHIZ Media Group Hot AC “Z92” 92.7 WHIZ-FM South Zanesville, OH has relaunched with a more current hit music direction. ZanesviThe move comes with new “Southeast Ohio’s Hit Music Station” positioning and imaging. The first hour of the new “Z92” consisted of: Mary Lambert f/ B.o.B. – Secrets Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me Cash Cash f/ Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home Calvin Harris f/ John Newman – Blame Flo Rida f/ Will.i.am – In The Ayer OneRepublic – Good Life Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass Fergie – L.A. Love (La La) Cobra Starship f/ Sabi – You Make Me Feel… Nico & Vinz – In Your Arms Maroon 5 – Maps Iggy Azalea f/ Rita Ora – Black W...Read More

Beasley Launches Sunny 94.3 Fayetteville

With the debut of an FM translator, Beasley Broadcasting has flipped Adult Standards 1490 WAZZ Fayetteville, NC to Soft AC “Sunny 94.3“. The move sees the station adjust its playlist from a focus on music from the 1950’s through 70’s to soft hits of the 70’s and 80’s. Beasley acquired 94.3 W232CI Fayetteville from Curtis Media’s Eastern Airwaves earlier this year for $75,000. Its 250 watt at 98 meter signal covers all of Fayetteville proper (Coverage Map).

Radio-One Pulls The Plug On News 92 Houston

Radio-One has pulled the plug on its All News “News 92” 92.1 KROI Seabrook/Houston. In a statement on the station’s website the company stated, News92, Houston’s first FM all-news radio station aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014. We’d like to thank the News92 staff for their outstanding service, our advertisers and each of you our listeners and web visitors for your support. This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested. Unfortunately, the market hasn’t shown a sustainable appetite for news radio, but each of you motivated us daily to produce a high-quality news program. Together, we made history. The Hou...Read More

Womens Radio Network To Broker WWWE Atlanta

Beasley Brokered 1100 WWWE Hapeville/Atlanta, GA will flip to Female Oriented Talk in January 2015 as “WRNW1“. WWWE currently airs a mix of brokered Talk and Ethnic programming branded as “Atlanta’s Sports & Entertainment Network“. The new programming will debut on January 5, 2015 under a five year agreement with Womens Radio Network. The company describes its station, which currently operates online only as: WRNW1 is committed to empower female professionals as they navigate through the pathways to success. Our unique brand of marketing and promotion will help women build their online presence and bring business women from diverse backgrounds together to build a strong network of successful individuals. WRNW1 hosts include Lisa Singer, former Howard Ster...Read More

Pure Country Debuts In Lafayette, LA

Acadia Broadcast Partners has flipped Cajun “Bayou 106.7” KSIG-FM Rayne/1450 KSIG Crowley, LA back to Classic Country “Pure Country 106.7“. This is a return to Classic Country for the station as it was “Country Legends 106.7” KLEJ from 2009 until it flipped to Cajun in January 2012.

WSVU Grows A Palm

JVC Media has flipped Standards “Seaview 960” WSVU North Palm Beach, FL to Soft AC “95.9 The Palm“. WSVU is rebroadcast on 95.9 W240CI North Palm Beach and 106.9 W295BI Jupiter. The revised format pushes the station away from Robinson Entertainment’s Standards “Legends 100.3” WLML Lake Park and closer to Digity Media AC “Sunny 107.9” WEAT West Palm Beach.

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