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Frequency Swap in Albuquerque?

Update 11/28: Clear Channel has begun promoting the switch on-air as KTEG is hyping that the switch will happen if the station gets One Million hits to its website on Thursday, November 29. Is Clear Channel planning a frequency swap in Albuquerque between Smooth Jazz 104.1 KABQ and Modern Rock 104.7 KTEG? Domains have been registered concurrently for 1041theedge.com and smoothjazz1047.com and the former already redirects to KTEG’s website. The 104.1 frequency rimshots Albuquerque from Santa Fe leaving leaving the signal weak in the southern part of the market. 104.7 is licensed to Bosque Farms, south of the city, leaving the signal weaker in the northern areas.

Will San Francisco Get Fresh?

Entercom seems to think so. The owners of AC 96.5 KOIT, the #1 FM in the market have registered a number of domains connected to CBS owned frequencies in the market. Fresh1053.com and Fresh1053fm.com connect to Modern Rocker KITS “Live 105“, the most successful of the four CBS FM’s in the market in 19th place at 1.7. Fresh997fm.com points to Rhythmic AC KMVQ “Movin 99.7” at 22nd with a 1.4 in the summer book. Fresh1069fm.com relates to Classic Hits KFRC, which relaunched the heritage brand in May, but has been DOA with a 1.2 share, showing slight growth from the former Free-FM Talk format. With the recent changes in New York and Chicago, San Francisco is now CBS’ most struggling cluster. The topography makes some FM’s inaudible in areas, which does...Read More

WNKT Columbia To Become “The Game”

We’ve been following the multi-faceted South Carolina frequency/programming shifts rather closely. Last month Citadel blew up AC WSUY Charleston in favor of Country “96.9 The Wolf” in preparation of sister WNKT’s “Cat Country 107.5” move into the Columbia market. That will occur on Monday, November 12 as the station will go Sports as “107.5 The Game”. The State reports that Bob Shields, the sports director at WLTX-TV will host mornings, Jay Phillips and former Philadelphia Eagle Duce Staley from 1 to 4pm, Brian Custar and University of South Carolina basketball and baseball play-by-play host Mike Morgan from 4-7pm. Citadel has the broadcast rights to USC sports, which should give the station a solid foundation to build upon.

Salt Lake & Detroit Follow-Ups

We reported last week on the pending change at AAA KXRV Salt Lake City to Country. As you can see above, the new format’s website now has a logo to go along with it. A station insider has told RadioInsight that the change to Country will occur within the next two weeks. We will note that Clear Channel also registered “MyRock1057.com” last week which forwards to the Country website. In Detroit, earlier this month CBS launched a simulcast of Sports 1270 WXYT on now 97.1 WXYT-FM. At the time the plan was to brand the stations as “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. Now it looks as though another repackaging could be in order. CBS has registered the following domains for the stations, none of which are active yet: 1270AMTHETICKET.COM 1270THETICKET.COM 971AMTHETICK...Read More

Could WCKG Be Rocking?

We’ve previously discussed the rumored changes coming to CBS FM Talker 105.9 WCKG in Chicago. Unlike the previous domains, CBS Radio itself has registered a pair of domains related to past rock stations in the market: 1059wmet.com – 95.5 WMET was Metromedia’s AOR in Chicago from 1976 until 1986, much like then sisters WMMS Cleveland, WMMR Philadelphia, KMET Los Angeles, and WNEW New York. The WMET calls are currently located at 1160 in Gaithersburg, MD, but attaching an -FM suffix is feasible. 1059theblaze.com – WWBZ, 103.5 The Blaze was a short-lived Rocker from its launch in April 1991 until its sale to Evergreen Media in 1994 when it was relaunched as WRCX “Rock 103.5” What both stations had in common was their primary competitor: 97.9 The Loop. In it...Read More

River Runs Dry in Salt Lake City

Struggling AAA “105.7 The River” KXRV Salt Lake City may be on its last legs. Clear Channel has registered MyCountry1057.com and has tied it to KXRV’s calls. How do we tie this to Salt Lake City and not Clear Channel stations in other markets?The site can also be accessed at KXRV-IP.clearchannel.com and its weather page points to Salt Lake City. KXRV’s is located at the bottom of the ratings pack lately; registering a 1.1 in the Spring book. Interestingly, Clear Channel sister Hot AC 99.5 KJMY already uses the “My” branding in the Salt Lake market. Salt Lake City is currently home to four other Country stations. Citadel’s 93.3 KUBL “The Bull” is tied for 2nd in the market at 5.5 12+, Citadel Classic Country 107.5 KKAT was at a 2.2, and ...Read More

Wolf Howling Into Charleston?

Charleston, SC is going to see a shakeup of its radio dial that hasn’t been seen anywhere in quite some time. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes: Citadel’s “Cat Country” 107.5 WNKT moves into the Columbia market. Citadel’s Urban AC 101.7 WMGL (currently in a trust until WNKT moves) moves to 107.3 with a stronger city grade signal. Apex’s Variety Hits “Chuck-FM” 96.1 WAVF moves to 101.7 (via a swap of licences with Next Media’s 101.7 WKZQ Myrtle Beach moving to 96.1) by taking each others intellectual property. Apex acquires 95.7 WWBD in Bamburg, SC which moves into the Charleston market while moving to 95.9 in Isle of Palms and increasing from a Class A to Class C2. The programming shifts may not stop there. With WNKT’s m...Read More

WCKG Rumor Killer

Over the past couple of days a rumor has been going around that an anonymous registration of Fresh1059.com was associated with a possible change at WCKG in Chicago. The domains were registered using a Network Solutions feature that allows a registrant to hide their contact information. All that appears is the name of the registrant, a Susan Hepburn. If I were Susan Hepburn and I were registering domains for a radio station in Chicago why would I also register fresh1019.com, fresh1029.com, fresh1039.com, fresh1049.com, fresh1069.com, and fresh1079.com? This is a case of cyber-squatting and nothing more. No connection to WCKG whatsoever. Just like a company in Las Vegas has registered every domain that begins with “Movin” and a commercial FM frequency after it. We’re not de...Read More

CBS Drops Two More FM-Talkers

Dan Mason’s reboot of the changes made during Joel Hollander’s reign as CBS Radio President continues to pick up steam as two more FM Talk stations went by the wayside today. In Detroit, 97.1 WKRK changes its calls to WXYT-FM and began a full simulcast with “1270 Sports” under the name “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. The new lineup features former WKRK afternoon drive hosts Jeff Deminski & Bill Doyle in mornings, Scott Anderson & Doug Karsch 10am-2pm, Mike Valenti & Terry Foster 2-6pm, Pat Caputo 6-10pm, and Dennis Fithian 10pm-2am in addition to live broadcast rights for Tigers Baseball, Lions Football, Red Wings Hockey, and University of Michigan sports. Dropped as part of the changes are ESPN’s Mike & Mike, and most of W...Read More

92.9 WBOS Boston To Go All-Sports?

Update 9/20/07 4:45pm: Not surprisingly, the link to the page with the Ticket logo has been edited to remove the logo and the backdoor we used was closed. The site is still up, but completely behind a login now. It’s been quite an eventful month in the Boston talk radio wars between Entercom and Greater Media. While WRKO and WTKK battle over the contract of Howie Carr, the companies may about to be going head-to-head in the Sports Radio field dominated by Entercom’s WEEI. Earlier this month, WEEI morning team John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were involved in a contract battle of their own. Just yesterday, Boston Sports Media Watch reported that WBOS was indeed the primary suitor with plans to go up against WEEI. This brought out the Net-Gnomes which discovered 4 domains registere...Read More

Clearing The Channel at 104.3 Los Angeles

Last week we reported on a potential flip at 104.3 WSMJ in Baltimore. While we hear that changes may still be coming to WSMJ, it looks as though our source was trying to throw us off the scent of where these ALL or SOME of these domains are intended. If you’ll notice above, 104.3 KBIG Los Angeles modified its logo this week to emphasize the frequency as opposed to the call letters. We’re hearing that this is the first phase of a formatic evolution towards a new positioner or complete flip. Following the previously registered my1043.com, fresh1043.com, and 1043fresh.com, Clear Channel has continued registering a number of new domains this past week. 1043myfm.com fm1043.org 1043fm.org fm1043online.com 1043fmonline.com The rumor mill has hinted at the possibility of a young-skewin...Read More

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