Cumulus To Syndicate Mike Huckabee Against Limbaugh

The New York Times reports that Cumulus Media Networks will launch a new syndicated talk show hosted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to debut on April 2. The show will air live weekdays from 12pm to 3pm in the timeslot that is also home to Rush Limbaugh. The move gives Cumulus an in-house option to take on incumbent Talk stations in that timeslot or to have another choice in place should a situation similar to what happened in San Francisco earlier this year where Clear Channel moved Limbaugh off of Cumulus’ 560 KSFO and onto their own 910 KKSF.

Digital Moves In Laredo

MBM Radio Laredo has moved Spanish CHR “Digital 107.3” XHGTS-FM Nuevo Laredo, MX to 94.9 KQUR Laredo displacing Rock “94.9 The Works“. The staff of “The Works” were promoting that station would be moving to 107.3, however the frequency has gone silent. The station is now promoting itself as “The Works On The Web“. MBM Radio Laredo acquired its cluster of Sports “1490 The Zone” KLNT, Regional Mexican “La Ley 100.5” KBDR, Rhythmic CHR “Hot 106.1” KNEX, and its LMA of 94.9 from Border Media in January for $2.7 Million and began operating under an immediate LMA. Border Media had been programming 107.3 but that does not appear to have moved to the new owners causing the displacement of The Works.

Kiss Chico Returns To Sports

A few weeks shy of its first anniversary as CHR “101.7 Kiss-FM“, Deer Creek Broadcasting’s KCKS Chico, CA has reverted to its previous Sports format simulcasting sister 1340 KEWE as “Fox Sports 101.7“. The change took place in time for 101.7 to broadcast Sunday’s Super Bowl. KCKS was one of three stations to flip to CHR in early 2011 as the market went from having zero CHR’s to three.

CHR I97.5 Launches In Tucson

Update 2/3: As we predicted, KSZR shifted to CHR as “I 97.5” at noon today with 10,000 songs commercial free. The first hour of I97.5 consisted of: LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem Flo Rida – Good Feeling Rhianna – We Found Love Hot Chelle Rae – Tonight Tonight Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like A Love Song Lupe Fiasco – The Show Must Go On Gym Class Heroes – Ass Back Home Gavin Degraw – Not Over You Cee Lo Green – F**K You Katy Perry – The One That Got Away The Fray – Heartbeat Ke$ha – Blow Bruno Mars – It Will Rain David Guetta w/ Nicki Minaj – Turn Me On Adele – Set Fire To The Rain Jessie J – Domino Original Report 2/1: Cumulus Variety Hits “97.5 Bob-FM” Oro Valle...Read More

Shore 104.3 Vancouver Getting Blown Up?

Astral Media has closed on its acquisition of AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Vancouver from Shore Media Group and is preparing to get ready to change formats. The entire airstaff was dismissed today. The station’s website currently features the following message: We’re making changes to make Shore FM a better radio station. We appreciate your patience. For now, we’re playing even more of your favourite Shore music. If you have suggestions or ideas on what you’d like to hear on Shore FM let us know using the form below. We reported in December that Astral had registered Boom1043.com for potential use at CHHR.

Detroit’s Bone & Oasis Go Dark

Martz Communications has ceased operations of its pair of HD fed translators in Detroit. While Smooth Jazz “The Oasis” had been operating on HD only while awaiting its move to 92.7, Modern Rock “94.3 The Bone” had just added the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge for mornings. Both station’s Facebook pages feature the same statement: “All good things must come to an end. We’re sorry to say that The Oasis has ceased operations today. Thanks for your support Detroit. You’re the best.” Bone PD Holly Hutton added, “Hey – Just wanted to say Thank you to everyone who listened and supported us. I know we had signal issues…but my personal experience at this station was a positive one. This company really celebrated true radio pr...Read More

ESPN Deportes Comes To 97.5 Chicago

Update 1/31: Clear Channel and ESPN have announced that “ESPN Deportes 97.5” will debut on Wednesday, February 1. ESPN describes the 97.5 translator as serving downtown Chicago and nearby Hispanic/Latino neighborhood communities, including Cicero, Berwyn and Pilsen. Next Media’s 1220 WKRS Waukegan, IL will also be flipping to ESPN Deportes tomorrow in order to cover Chicago’s Northern suburbs. 97.5 will continue to be fed by 95.5 WNUA-HD2 and will be overseen by “Mega 95.5” PD Ricardo Otero. Update 1/20: 97.5 is on the air as Country “97.5 The Bull” being fed by 95.5 WNUA-HD2. The website has removed the countdown clock ticking down to February 1. Is this the final format? We doubt it, since the launch of a new Chicago FM would likely have a ...Read More

Comedy Comes To Dallas, Raleigh & “Phoenix”

Update 1/30: The Raleigh/Durham affiliate of 24/7 Comedy will be Curtis Media’s 570 WQDR. WQDR has been of the air since a tornado destroyed its tower last April. Funny570.com was registered on January 17 and Facebook and Twitter pages is currently active with the Curtis Media logo. The former “Country Legends 570” is going to de diplexed on the tower of sister 680 WPTF when it returns to the air as “Funny 570” with 1kW daytime and 40 watts at night. An application to extend its allowed period of silence was filed on January 12 with the expectation that the station will be back on the air within 60 days. Original Report 1/27: Three more stations are preparing to flip to Donkey Comedy Network’s “24/7 Comedy“. Volt Radio’s Dallas market 1...Read More

WFLA Continues Move To FM In Tampa Bay & Orlando

Two weeks ago, we reported on Clear Channel’s 970 WFLA Tampa process of adding a translator on 95.3 in Tampa. Additionally, Radio Training Network’s 94.5 W233AV Gulfport, FL has had its originating station changed to WFLA which will give the station FM coverage in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Additionally, sister station “540 WFLA” WFLF Pine Hills/Orlando will gain a translator. Reach Communications’ 104.5 W283AN Altamonte Springs, which has a CP to increase from 10 to 221 watts, will rebroadcast 540 once the upgrade is complete. 1045WFLA.com was registered on Friday and is already redirecting to WFLF’s website. Clear Channel also uses the WFLA brand on 94.5 WFLF-FM Parker/Panama City and 100.7 WFLA-FM Midway/Tallahassee.

97.9 ESPN Debuts In Hartford

Update 1/27: “97.9 ESPN” launched at 6am today. Currently running the national ESPN Radio lineup in full, 97.9 will soon add a local afternoon show. The station gives ESPN an FM signal audible at its Bristol, CT headquarters. Update 1/25: 97.9 and 100.9 have both applied for licenses for their new tower locations and have begun testing at half power. The new 97.9, licensed to Windsor Locks CT transmits from downtown Hartford and will operate with 3.4kW from 443 feet. 100.9, formerly AAA WRNX, has been simulcasting with 97.9 since Halloween. It will now operate with 870 watts from 860 feet, approximately 13 miles north of Springfield. Original Report 12/6: As 97.9 WPKX prepares to make its move from Springfield, MA to Hartford, Clear Channel has registered a number of domains gi...Read More

Majic 102.5 Milwaukee Goes Dark

Update 1/25: While no FCC filings have been made, 860 WNOV has gone silent as well. As a correction, 102.5 had been using the name “102.5 The Beat” recently after a complaint from Clear Channel, which used the Majic name on 100.7 WKKV-HD2. Original Report 1/24: Due to interference claims from Northwestern College’s WNWC-FM Madison, “Majic 102.5” 860 WNOV Milwaukee has taken its translator silent. W273AT Mequon, which had been operating with 99 watts, had been causing interference to WNWC-FM’s reception in the Milwaukee area. While WNWC-FM has no protection from full powered stations in the disputed area, translators cannot cause interference to existing stations. While awaiting the FCC to approve the translator application to move to 93.9, they have appl...Read More

Clear Channel Hints At Future Non Radio Events

On the heels of the renaming of Clear Channel’s Radio division as Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, the company has registered a trio of domains hinting at the first initiatives the company will take as it begins its diversification. The first moves all look to be award ceremonies that can be promoted via the radio stations and sold to a television distributor for airing. The domains are IHeartMusicAwards.com, IHeartMovieAwards.com, and IHeartHallofFame.com. All three, much like the existing IHeartRadio Music Festival and Z100 Jingle Ball, which airs nationally on Fuse can fuse live events, radio promotion, and television (and online) distribution models.

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