A New Beat In Birmingham

Clear Channel has launched a new Urban in Birmingham. 104.1 W281AB Mountain Brook, AL has shifted from simulcasting Richardson Broadcasting’s 1400 WJLD to 96.5 WMJJ-HD2 as “104.1 The Beat“. This is the third translator Clear Channel has added in Birmingham, joining Active Rock “103.1 The Vulcan” W276BQ and last month’s debut of Gospel “Hallelujah 105.1” W286BK. Clear Channel also operates AC “Magic 96.5” WMJJ, Country “102.5 The Bull” WDXB, CHR “103.7 The Q” WQEN, and News/Talk 960/105.5 WERC in the Birmingham market.

SportsRadio 95.7 San Francisco Rebrands As The Game

Update 7/27: 957SportsRadio.com now features a countdown clock to the stations rebirth as “95.7 The Game” on Monday, August 1. Meanwhile 957TheGame.com was moved to Entercom’s servers yesterday. Update 7/21: Add one more set of domains to Entercom’s list of possible brands for 95.7. 957TheGame.com, TheGame957.com, 957TheGameSucks.com, and KNBRSucks.com were registered yesterday by Entercom. Original Report 7/13: As Entercom completes its staffing up of “SportsRadio 95.7” KBWF San Francisco for its August 1 relaunch, it looks as though the station will rebrand that day as well. Entercom registered domains for 957TheFan.com, 957KFAN.com, Fan957.com, 957ThePulse.com, Pulse957.com, 957TheSource.com, and Source957.com. Other than KBWF, the only other station ...Read More

100 – Z = Y in Fort Myers

Clear Channel Rhythmic AC “Z100” 100.1 WZJZ Port Charlotte/Fort Myers, FL flipped to CHR as “Y100“at 6am. The station had been stunting all weekend with artists performing at Clear Channel’s upcoming IHeartRadio Music Festival. This is the second attempt at CHR on this frequency. It was “100.1 Kiss-FM” WKFF in 2000-2001. The move puts the station back in direct competition with Beasley CHR “B103.9” WXKB and Fort Myers Broadcasting’s Adult CHR “96.9 WINK-FM“.

NewsRadio 730 KINF Debuts In Boise

Update 7/21: 730 KINF debuted its News/Talk format at 4pm today. The station will air all-news blocks in morning and afternoon drive featuring a mix of local reports and Talk Radio Network’s “America’s Radio News Network”. Rick Worthington has been named Program Director. Worthington previously served as news director at 780 KKOH Reno. Jay Howell is News Director. He formerly worked at WFLA Tampa, WSM Nashville, and KBOI Boise. The news blocks will be surrounded by the aforementioned Laura Ingraham, Rusty Humphries, and Phil Hendrie talk shows. Original Report 7/17: Impact Radio Group has closed on its purchase of 730 KBSU Boise from Boise State University. After stunting all weekend with a loop of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” the station will flip...Read More

Translator Report 7/21

The FCC has begun to clear its large backlog of pending translator applications in order to ensure some frequencies remain available for LPFM’s in their respective markets. Over 2000 translators applications were wiped out en masse. Among the markets where the translator applications will still be processed are Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. This has no bearing on any existing translator on-air or with a construction permit in these given markets, but could result in a slow down of new move-ins. See the list of markets here. Elsewhere there was a ton of movement in the past 10 days, especially in the growing relationship between Clear Channel and EMF Broadcasting. A number of EMF owned tran...Read More

Merlin Media Call Letter Changes

Merlin Media has changed the calls of its two stunting properties. 101.9 New York sheds the WRXP call letters for WEMP. The WEMP calls were used at 1250 in Milwaukee until 2004. 101.1 Chicago becomes WWWN. The WKQX have been transferred to Radioactive LLC’s silent 95.9 in Watseka, IL. Radioactive LLC just happens to be run by Randy Michaels. The final Legal ID’s of WKQX and WRXP and the first ID’s of WWWN and WEMP are archived at Tophour.com. Both stations now have Facebook presences as well. 101.1 WWWN here and 101.9 WEMP here. Twitter accounts for 101.1 and 101.9 are created, but both protected as of now.

Wild Launch In Lexington

Clear Channel launched a second Urban station in Lexington, KY at 1:00 today. Translator 103.9 W280DO has shifted from a simulcast of Christian AC “K-Love” 95.3 WVRB to 104.5 WLKT-HD2 as Urban “Wild 103.9“. W280DO operates at the maximum translator limit of 250 watts with city grade coverage of all of Lexington itself. The new station is designed to cut a few audience shares away from L.M. Communications’ “107.9 The Beat” WBTF by targetting that stations younger demos. WBTF has been the defacto Urban and Urban AC in the market and will now need to choose which side it wishes to superserve.

106.7 Little Rock Gets A Heartbeat

Update 7/19: Signal Media has closed on its purchase of 106.7 KHLR and flipped it to Rhythmic Oldies “Heartbeat 106.7” at 6pm tonight. The first hour consisted of: Chic – Good Times Prince & The Revolution – When Doves Cry George Benson – On Broadway Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life The Emotions – Best Of My Love Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater Lenny Kravitz – It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over Samantha Sang & Barry Gibb- Emotion Mary Jane Girls – In My House The Ohio Players – Fire Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On The Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There The Trammps ...Read More

WRXP Begins Stunting

Update 7/18: The first elements of “101.9 FM New” programming have begun appearing this morning. Host Paul Cavalconte (himself a holdover from the previous two formats at 101.9) is leading a music intensive morning show featuring traffic and weather reports from Jeff McKay. Northeast Radio Watch reported over the weekend that requests were made for new WEMP call letters. It should also be noted that 1019FMNew.com was anonymously registered on July 6 and is currently redirecting to DanPatrick.com, the site of syndicated Sports talk host Dan Patrick. Original Report 7/15: Merlin Media’s 101.9 WRXP New York has dropped the automated remains of its previous Rock format and began stunting at 5pm. Dubbed “101.9 FM New“, the station is featuring a mix of Pop Rock fro...Read More

Q101 And WRXP Say Goodbye

Merlin Media assumed control of “Q101” WKQX, 97.9 WLUP Chicago, and 101.9 WRXP New York at 12:00am. WRXP ended its local music programming at 10:00pm with the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” before segueing into the syndicated Loveline. The station has been running automated music and sweepers since 11:52pm. Q101 was supposed to sign off its local programming at 12am, but kept going for an extra hour with its “Local 101” local music show before ending with Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” and The Cure “Friday I’m In Love”. The latter of which was also the first song on Q101 when it debuted its Modern Rock format in 1992. It too is continuing on automated for now. Listen to the end of Q101 at FormatChange.com Time Ou...Read More

Merlin Media To Take Control July 15; More Domains Registered

Merlin Media LLC will begin its LMA of the three stations it is acquiring from Emmis on Friday, July 15. The existing formats of “Q101” WKQX Chicago and 101.9 WRXP New York will end sometime around Midnight on Friday morning. All signs continue to point to some form of News or Talk programming debuting soon after on the two stations. As we first reported on June 22, Merlin Media has registered 1011WIIN.com and 1019WYNY.com in place as potential branding for the stations. Other registrations we had previously noted include FMNews1011.com, 1011FMTalk.com, FMTalk1019.com, and 1019FMTalk.com. Walter Sabo, the COO of Merlin Media has also been accumulating domains for potential use with these stations over the past few months. Those domains are: FMAllNews.com, 1019TheFlow.com, 101Th...Read More

Translator Report 7/11

With the July 4 holiday, its been a quiet start to the month on the translator front. Here’s the rundown of the big moves since our last report. Maverick Media has acquired W262BR Beloit, WI from Edgewater Broadcasting for $45,000 and has begun the process of moving the station to Rockford, IL. The moves will bump the translator from 4 watts on 100.3 to 230 watts on 100.5 where it will move to the same tower as new sister Active Rock “104.9 The X” WXRX. As we mentioned in the Independence Day Format Change Rundown, Clear Channel has begun programming EMF Broadcasting’s 103.1 K276EL San Marcos, TX. The translator which is now simulcasting Sports “1300 The Zone” KVET Austin has a newly acquired Construction Permit to move to Austin with 250 watts. North of...Read More

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