On Wednesday we reported that CBS had registered 947NowFM.com, AmpRadio947.com, and Fresh947.com on March 6. Today DCRTV.com reported “rumblings that CBS Radio will flip 94.7, WTGB, from classic rock to adult contemporary – to battle Clear Channel’s WASH, 97.1, which soared to 2nd place in the latest Portable People Meter radio ratings. Possibly by next week.” We’ve found a few more domains that may lead to a Fresher outlook at WTGB. 947freshfm.com and freshfm947.com were registered by Intertech Media on March 17. Additionally, CBS registered 947fresh.com back in 2007 as a decoy prior to the launch of AAA “94.7 The Globe”.
Over the past few weeks a bunch of more domains, some even registered directly by CBS Radio and its web design partner Intertech Media, have appeared. These domains give a glimpse into where the next round of flips may be happening. First there’s this batch of 98.7’s which were registered by Intertech Media on March 11. 987AmpRadio.com, 987FreshFM.com, 987TheParty.com, Energy987.com, Fresh987.com, Now987.com, Now987FM.com, Play987.com, and 987NowFM.com. CBS owns four stations on 98.7. Three of them are fairly successful: KLUV Dallas, KUPL Portland, and WLLD Tampa. The fourth, WVMV Detroit, not so much. With Dom Theodore based in Detroit and his former station WKQI meeting the criteria of a CHR without any direct competition, Detroit seems like an easy choice for a potential fli...[Read More]
Last week we mentioned a number of possible decoys being registered in regards to a possible format change at CBS’ “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK New York. Here’s some of the domains that were registered anonymously with our thoughts: 923ampradio.com – Obvious Amp Decoy 923new.com – 92.3 WNEW? 923nowfm.com – See * Below 923theparty.com – Nice CHR name energy923.com – Play into the Dance fanatics on the boards. now923.com – See * Below radio923newyork.com – 92.3 in Cleveland flipped from K-Rock to jockless Alternative Radio 92.3 last year. * We quickly noticed that two domains were registered for “Now”, a branding that seems to be picking up steam. First was Indianapolis’ “Radio Now” which debuted in 2000. T...[Read More]
The radio industry has been buzzing with possible future locations for CBS’ “Amp Radio” now that KLSX in Los Angeles has flipped. So far, there’s a lot of decoys out there (especially thanks to celebrity blogger trampradio.com) and a number of other people squatting on domains they think may be in the future. However, CBS Radio has registered one other domain that points to a possible future Amp location not on anybody’s radar: Orlando. AmpRadio1051.com was registered yesterday by CBS Radio. The only 105.1’s in CBS’ portfolio are struggling Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX Orlando and more successful Country KNCI Sacramento. WOMX has dropped steadily in the ratings over the course of 2008 and a flip to CHR could help CBS cut down two competitors...[Read More]
Over the past 36 hours rumors have been flying regarding CBS making a number of format flips in multiple markets. The first of which came true today as Rhythmic AC KMVK “Movin 107.5” Dallas flipped to Spanish Hot AC as “Mega 107.5“. We have found a number of domains that could hint at a possible flip in Los Angeles. AmpRadioLA.com, Amp971.com, and Amp971fm.com were all registered anonymously on February 9. Back on January 16, AmpRadio971.com and 971AmpRadio.com were registered by programming consultant Anthony Acampora. CBS launched the “AmpRadio” brand in Los Angeles as a Teen-oriented webcaster/HD2 simulcast last February on 93.1 KCBS-HD2. We haven’t found any domains that point to any other markets, yet… However, WXRK New York Morning Host...[Read More]
Update 1/28/09: As expected, WJZZ became Urban AC “Magic 107.5” today at 12am. Net-Gnome Update 1/19/09:Over the weekend Radio-One registered a trio of domains that hint towards their plans in the Atlanta market. Praise1025.com seems to hint at Gospel “Praise 97.5” WPZE moving to the 102.5 frequency now hosting Talk/Urban Oldies “Grown Folks Radio” WAMJ. MagicATL.com and MajicATL.com hints at WAMJ reclaiming one of its former monikers “Magic”. We’re going to have to assume that WAMJ’s format will move to a simulcast on 97.5 (which rimshots Atlanta from the southwest) and 107.5 (which rimshots Atlanta from the northeast). Original Entry 1/14/09: Another exodus from Smooth Jazz is coming as Radio-One is planning to flip 107.5 WJZZ A...[Read More]
Update 1/17/09 3:00pm: As expected, KDLD/KDLE flipped to Regional Mexican as “El Gato” at midnight. Update 2:30pm: At 10:00am PST, Indie 103.1 signed-off with Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. The station is now stunting with a 5 song loop interspersed with announcements that the station is moving to an internet-only operation. This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 Radio Audience – Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option R...[Read More]
Update 12/25: At 10:00am Christmas morning, “Love 94” did indeed drop its former Smooth Jazz imaging for Rhythmic AC as “93.9 MIA”. The station’s first hour included: Will Smith – Miami K.C. & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight Madonna – Holiday Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now Rihanna – Disturbia Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch (w/ Loleatta Holloway) – Good Vibrations Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove Expose’ – Come Go With Me Justin Timberlake – SexyBack Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Prince & The Revolution – When Doves Cry Marc Anthony – I Need To ...[Read More]
Update 4:00pm: As predicted earlier today, KLLI has become All-Sports “105.3 The Fan” following a few hours of stunting with college fight songs. KLLI Morning Host Jagger will continue in mornings, while middayers Ben & Skin move to Afternoon Drive replacing Russ Martin. Original Post 12/8/08 2:15am: Over the weekend CBS has registered 1053thefan.com. The site is already active on their servers pointing to the normal “website coming soon” note that their provider uses before activating a site. In recent months CBS has flipped FM Talkers in Detroit and Baltimore to Sports with both flips occurring on Mondays. We’ll see how this plays out in a market with two existing Sports stations.
Is CBS getting ready to move its sports talker in Baltimore from AM to FM? A few new domain registrations seem to point in that direction as the company registered sportsradio1057.com, sportsradio1057thefan.com, and 1057thefan.com last week. 105.7 is currently FM Talker WHFS, which has attempted to reinvent itself a few times from its beginnings as a local outlet for Howard Stern and Don & Mike to its current mix of locally based Hot Talk and Issues talk and Sports. 105.7 is currently the Flagship station for Baltimore Orioles baseball and University of Maryland Football and Basketball along with local sports talk at night. CBS currently operates “ESPN 1300” WJFK in Baltimore with local midday and afternoon hosts flanking the ESPN network programming. Combining all the loc...[Read More]
Update 11/2/08: Some snooping on the CBS Webserver has brought us the above image showcasing some of the hosts coming to WPGC. WPHT Philadelphia (which happens to use the same Big Talker branding) morning host Michael Smerconish is featured along with syndicated hosts Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, and Dr. Laura. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the new format launch in time for Tuesday’s election. Original Post 10/21/08: 1580 WPGC Morningside, MD/Washington, DC has always been the bastard child of the CBS cluster in the Washington market. Bouncing in and out of simulcasts with FM sister 95.5 WPGC-FM, the station had seen some success in recent years as a gospel outlet until Radio-One launched that format on 104.1 WPRS. That led WPGC to shift to Black Talk and last ...[Read More]
Sierra H Broadcasting has announced that it will pull the plug on Dance “Energy 92.7/101.1” KNRJ Payson/Phoenix, AZ at 5pm on 10/31. Following a weekend of stunting, a new format will debut on Monday, November 3 at 9:27am. We’ve discovered a domain registration that seems to point to a new format for the station. 927TheBeatAZ.com was registered anonymously last Friday. Now, we’ll go into speculation mode. “Krazy” Kid and Ruben, longtime Phoenix area personalities were let go earlier this month from CBS’ KZON “101.5 Jamz” in a budget cutting move. Sierra H quickly gave the pair a chance to do a “farewell” show on sister 104.3 KAJM. Bringing them to KNRJ would give the station a big publicity boom in the market. Whether this w...[Read More]