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WBOW Terre Haute To Flip Sunday

Update 6/30: When WBOW-FM is transferred to Midwest Communications tomorrow, the new “Q102.7” branding will be accompanied by a Country format and WDWQ call letters. Original Report 6/28: While awaiting the closing of its purchase of 1300 WBOW and 102.7 WBOW-FM Terre Haute, IN, Midwest Communications will begin LMA’ing the stations on Sunday, July 1 at 12:00am. While 1300 will shift from ESPN Radio to Fox Sports Radio, it is unclear exactly what format will replace AC on the FM although we do know it will be branded as “Q102.7” as Q1027.com was moved to Midwest’s servers this week. WBOW-FM Morning Host Kyle West has blogged that the existing 102.7 staff will be departing after Friday.

Two Columbia, SC Stations Planning Revamps

< strong>Update 6/29: “92.1 The Palm” debuted today at 5:00pm with The Lumineers “Hey Ho” into The Cure “Friday I’m In Love”. Listen to the debut of 92.1 The Palm at FormatChange.com. Update 6/27: Mike “Doc” Allen has been named OM/MD and morning host of “92.1 The Palm“. He comes in from “105.5 The Bridge” WCOO and “98 Rock” WYBB Charleston where he was OM. Hootie and the Blowfish member Mark Bryan will be official spokesman of the station. Update 6/25: We can confirm that 92.1 WWNU will flip to AAA. 921ThePalm.com and ThePalmFM.com have appeared using the template of sister “92.3 The Tide” WTYD Williamsburg, VA. Among the core artists spotlighted on the site are U2, REM, Dave Matthews, Bo...Read More

99.3X Monroe, LA To Flip Back To Classic Hits

After about 18 months as Gen X Hits “99.3X“, KPCH Ruston/Monroe, LA will revert to its previous 60s/70s Classic Hits format as “The Peach 99.3” on Sunday, July 1. The outgoing format will remain online and the station promises to be more active on social media and a broader playlist of songs from the 80’s through 2000’s.

850 WRUF Gainesville Adds ESPN; Ocala Simulcast

The University of Florida’s “SportsRadio 850” WRUF Gainesville and SportsTalk LLC’s “ESPN Radio Ocala” 900 WMOP/100.1 W261BA Ocala have announced a partnership that will see the two stations merge their programming effective Friday, June 29. The new “ESPN 850/900” lineup will consist of: 6am-10am: Mike & Mike 10am-12pm: Adam Reardon (Was 8-10am on WMOP) 12pm-2pm: Sportscene With Steve Russell (Was 7-9am on WRUF) 2pm-4pm: Scott Van Pelt 4pm-6pm: Larry Vettel (Was 3-6pm on WRUF) 6pm-7pm: The Cheap Seats (Was 6-7pm on WRUF) All other times: ESPN Radio programming or University of Florida/High School Play-By-Play WMOP programming had been heard in Gainesville on 1230 WGGG. No word yet on what will air there.

Univision Launches “Radio H2O” 107.9 Dallas

Univision has flipped Spanish Oldies “Recuerdo 107.9” KESS Lewisville/Dallas has flipped to Hispanic CHR “Radio H2O“. The flip looks like it took place at 12:30pm local time. The music so far is predominantly English with a few Spanish songs mixed in. The station is branding itself with H20 standing for “Hispanic 2.0”. Univision recently ran an “H20 Music Festival” in Dallas featuring a mix of English and Spanish artists including Juanes, Snoop Dogg, Gym Class Heroes, Weezer, Paulina Rubio, Tiesto and Damian Marley. A similar festival will be held in Los Angeles in August. Is this the first of many similar Radio H20’s? Univision has registered domains for every market is currently operates stations such as: RadioH20Chicago.com, RadioH20...Read More

CBS To Launch AMP Radio 103.3 Boston

CBS flipped Classic Hits 103.3 WODS Boston to CHR “Amp Radio 103.3” on Thursday, June 28 at 12:00pm. Update 6/28: Amp Radio debuted at 11:55am with a launch package leading into its start at noon. You can listen to the launch at FormatChange.com. WODS’ personalities said farewell at 11:20 with Beach Boys’ “Fun Fun Fun”, which was the first song the station played as “Oldies 103.3” in 1987. The final song overall was Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” leading into the launch package. The first few songs on Amp Radio 103.3 consisted of: Rhianna – Where Have You Been Calvin Harris f/ Ne-Yo – Let’s Go LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It Cher Lloyd – Want You Back Maroon 5 – Payphone Original Report 6/27: The ...Read More

KOKO Fresno Shifts To Classic Hits

Art Laboe’s 94.3 KOKO-FM Kerman/Fresno has shifted from Rhythmic Oldies to Classic Hits. The station had been doing a format described by new PD Joe Collins to the Fresno Bee as “What they were playing on KOKO before was called oldies, but you would hear older songs and then works by Usher, Beyoncé or Rhianna.” The new format will focus strictly on hits from the 60’s through 80’s. Collins will also host mornings on the station.

While Music Radio Worries About Pandora…

While music radio worries about Pandora a number of deals in recent days have gone un-noticed about the coming war for spoken word audiences between terrestrial radio and digital providers. TuneIn, which has positioned itself as the largest streaming aggregator next to Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio has been on a content acquisition spree over the past few weeks. On the terrestrial side, they’ve added streams from Beasley, Midwest Communications, and Federated Media along with national programming from Fox News and Bloomberg. Today the company added on-demand streams of podcasts from Adam Carolla’s network. Also today, Slacker has announced a partnership with ABC Radio to create Men’s and Women’s Lifestyle content. And the 10,000 foot gorilla in the room, Apple h...Read More

Portland Spanish Shift

Bustos Media has shifted programming on its Portland translator. 93.5 K228EU has moved its simulcast from Spanish AC “Exitos 93.5” 1150 KXET to Regional Mexican “La Gran D” 1520 KGDD. The 1150 signal is currently dark.

KWBT Waco Adds Killeen Simulcast

M&M Broadcasters’ Urban “104.9 The Beat” KWBT Mexia/Waco, TX has begun simulcasting on 106.9 KHLE Kempner/Killeen. The Urban format replaces as simulcast of “ESPN Central Texas” 1660 KRZI on 106.9. KRZI will continue to be heard on 100.9 K265DV in Temple.

Sports 56 Memphis Adds FM/TV Simulcast

Flinn Broadcasting’s “Sports 56” WHBQ Memphis has simultaneously added an FM and TV simulcast as the station begins simulcasting on 87.7 WPGF-LP. The LPTV station had been rebroadcasting Flinn’s 1210 WMPS since February 2011 when both stations were leased to MPS Broadcasting. The move gives WHBQ and FM signal to match Entercom’s “ESPN 92.9” WMFS/680 WJCE. Flinn had recently purchased 97.7 W249BD Ellendale to simulcast WHBQ. With the addition of 87.7 to 560, the translator has modified its license to now simulcast Flinn’s Spanish “Radio Ambiente” 1030 WGSF when it completes its upgrade from 19 to 250 watts.

87.7 WLFM Cleveland To Launch With Rock Format

Crains Cleveland Business revealed today that 87.7 WLFM-LP Cleveland will debut in late July with a locally operated Rock format. Tom Wilson, who at one time owned 850 WRMR and 102.1 WDOK in the market will operate the station under the name Murray Hill Broadcasting. Crains describes Wilson’s plan format as “a rock and entertainment talk format driven by a team of about a dozen people who will take to the streets of Cleveland and put Clevelanders on the air.” No specifics of the programming have been revealed though he is planning a late July debut for his locally originated programming. Owned by Venture Technologies Group, WLFM-LP recently began operating on TV Channel 6 following a move from Channel 65. The WLFM calls were moved there following the lease of their TV 6/F...Read More