Update 2/17/08: As we reported on January 30, 96.5 KBKO and 98.5 KDFO swapped frequencies on Friday, February 15 at 7:00pm. Original Net Gnome Report 1/30/08: As Clear Channel continues to prepare for its pending privatization it has done a number of programming swaps to keep the formats it wants on the stations it intends to keep. We’ve seen this occur recently in Roanoke and Jacksonville, and expect to see more (Hello Cleveland?) as some of these spinoffs are finalized. Which leads us to Bakersfield, where Clear Channel has registered 965thefox.net. KDFO “The Fox” currently located at 98.5 is on the list of stations being sent into the Aloha Trust in order to be sold off. 96.5 is currently the home of Country KBKO, where we note the registration of KBKOnation.com as a n...Read More
With Q100 moving to 99.7 this week, the speculation in Atlanta centers on what will end up on 100.5. Based on domain registrations made this week, we’re fully expecting “Rock 100.5” to be the new station. Cumulus has registered Rock1005.com, Rock100Atlanta.com, Rock100Atl.com, and 1005Rock.com along with .net variations of all. All of those domains are pointing to the site of sister “Warm 98” WRRM Cincinnati. This is a similar tactic to that done by sister WWFT Indianapolis a few weeks ago prior to its change to AC. Crosstown 96.1 WKLS was known as “96 Rock” from 1974 until November 2006, when it relaunched as “Project 9-6-1“. This helps verify the rumors that former WKLS morning team “The Regular Guys” will do mornings on 1...Read More
Update 1/14/08 – At 6:00am today, WUBB became “Kiss 95.3” simulcasting sister “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM Boston along with local traffic and weather breaks. Update 1/10/08 – As the following logo now appears on Clear Channel’s server, the existing site for WUBB now redirects to a page claiming that Sports Radio is coming soon with a link to FoxSports.com. We should expect some action in the Seacoast shortly. Original Entry 12/30/07 -Clear Channel has registered kiss953.com, which is pointing to wubb-ip.clearchannel.com. WUBB is currently Country “B95.3“, secondary in the region to Citadel Country powerhouse 97.5 WOKQ. Based on the fact that Clear Channel already operates Adult CHR 107.1 WERZ in the market, we’re expecting Kiss 95.3 to be ...Read More
If it hasn’t already, 92.7 WROO (after swapping calls with now 93.3 WJBT) Jacksonville will flip to Gospel as “Hallelujah 92.7”. 92.7 and 93.3 have been simulcasting since Christmas Day when WJBT moved to the 93.3 signal.
Cumulus has registered warm939.com, 939warm.com, and many derivatives. Both are currently redirecting to the website of sister WJXY-FM “93.9 The Team” in Myrtle Beach, SC . We find it highly unlikely that Cumulus would use a Domain Protection Service to register a dozen domains for a station in Myrtle Beach when they have a high-profile stunt going on in Indianapolis. Cumulus runs fellow “Warm” AC’s in Cincinnati and York, PA. Those stations, along with WWFT were acquired from Susquehanna Radio.
Update 12/25: Here’s a domain we missed. Sunny1059.com was registered by Intertech Media (the company that runs CBS Radio’s sites) the same day as the first batch of domains were registered. Paired with the odd cloudy1059.com registration made by CBS, we’re thinking this is the likely winner of the new format debate. In order to protect sister Hot AC WOMX, we would expect a gold leaning AC or Classic Hits. Update 12/18: The Orlando Sentinel has picked up our report and gets a noncommittal response of speculation from local CBS executive Earnest James. The NetGnomes sometimes know more than management does. Original Post 12/13: As Dan Mason continues his restructuring of CBS Radio, it looks as though the next change may be coming in Orlando. Modern Rocker WOCL “O-Roc...Read More
Our NetGnome speculation yesterday over the potential destination of the recently registered my925radio.com and myfm925.com was a little too far south and east. It’s not KZPS Dallas that’ll become “My 92.5”, but KGBY Sacramento, which will jettison its AC format for what looks to be Adult Hits much similar to what Clear Channel launched earlier this year on KBIG Los Angeles. The logo, which wasn’t created by us in Windows Paint, currently appears on the domains listed above with the following statement: “My925 is Sacramento’s newest radio station, playing YOUR music for YOUR life!”, while the Top 20 On-Demand listing includes many of the top current Hot AC hits. KGBY finished 16th in the Summer Book, well behind crosstown CBS AC KYMX “M...Read More
Active Rock returned to Dallas/Fort Worth this morning as 97.1 KEGL dropped its all-Christmas stunting and brought back its former “97.1 The Eagle” moniker. Vince Richards, Director of Rock Programming for Clear Channel in Houston, has been named OM of Clear Channel’s Dallas cluster and PD of KEGL and sister Alternative KDGE “102.1 The Edge“. The first five songs on the relaunched Eagle: Ozzy Osbourne – Flying High Again Linkin Park – Bleed It Out Metallica – Enter Sandman AC/DC – For Those About To Rock Three Days Grace – Never Too Late
Update 12/14: VARTV.com confirms our report and expands on it. Classic Country WZBL “The Bull” will move from 104.9 to 106.1 as we reported yesterday. Additionally, CHR WJJS/WJJX will move from 106.1 and 101.7 to 104.9 and 102.7 and AC WSNV “Sunny 93.5” shifts its Lynchburg simulcast from 102.7 WSNZ to 101.7. Clear Channel has placed 93.5, 101.7, and 106.1 into a trust and will need to spin those frequencies off as part of its privatization plan. Original Post 12/13: Is Clear Channel planning a signal swap in Southwest Virginia? A recent domain registration 1061thebull.com redirects users to 1049thebull.com, the website of Classic Country WZBL. 106.1 is currently CHR “Jammin JJS” WJJS Vinton which simulcasts on 101.7 WJJX Lynchburg, however the Class C2 ...Read More
Update 12/13: As we expected last month, adult leaning Modern Rocker “Radio 106.7” debuted at 12pm with Elvis Costello’s “Radio Radio”. Update 12/6: Add one more domain to the list: sportstalk1067.com. We’ve also heard that the official format will launch Thursday, December 13 at 12pm. Update 11/21: All of the domains that were pointing to the staging site now have an “Under Construction” image appearing with one little caveat. The two spanish domains have the image stating “En Construccion”. All the domains are still pointing to the same server and either image can be accessed on any of the active domains. Original Post 11/12: Columbus, OH should see a new city-grade FM launch this week as 106.9 WMRN-FM Marion moves to 106.7 in D...Read More
Atlanta southern rimshot 96.7 WLTM Peachtree City, which picked up its current “Lite-FM” AC format when sister 94.9 dropped it in favor of Country last December looks to be following in its footsteps. Clear Channel has registered 967thelegend.com which points to wltm2-ip.clearchannel.com. WLTM is currently airing all-Christmas music so a flip should happen right after the holidays (or before like 94.9 last year).
A pair of changes taking place in New Orleans: 106.1 WMTI has dropped its “Martini” name and Modern Standards in favor of Scott Shannon’s True Oldies format. 106.7 KKND could be next in line. The station flipped from a Rock based Country format to New Country earlier this year. Next could be a rebranding as Citadel has registered 1067thewolfnola.com and a few similar domains. Citadel launched “96.9 The Wolf” in Charleston in October as the moniker continues to explode nationwide.