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There’s A Lake In Utah?

Update 1/3: Clear Channel was using KOSY to mask the planned usage of the domain at another city where they operate a 106.5 adjacent to a big lake. Today, 106.5 WMVX Cleveland assumed the “106.5 The Lake” moniker ending any possibility of a change at KOSY. Original Report 12/12: A post-holiday rebranding or flip could be taking place in Salt Lake City, where Clear Channel has registered 1065TheLake.com which is redirecting to the website of AC “Today’s 106.5” KOSY. The station currently competes with a number of other stations for the share of AC audience in Salt Lake City. These are Deseret Media’s Soft AC “FM100” KSFI, Citadel AC”B98.7” KBEE, Capital Broadcasting AC “Now 97.9” KBZN, and Clear Channel sister Hot AC &#...Read More

Post Christmas Format Change Watch List

With Thanksgiving behind us and over 200 stations in the United States and Canada rolling out nonstop Holiday Favorites, we know that some of the stations will use the Christmas music break to transition to a new format for 2011. We will continually update this list during the month of December as the Net Gnomes discover future identities for these stations and other stations make their intentions known. Confirmed Flips 93.1 WHDR Miami – Cox Media Group’s 93.1 WHDR, which has “>been stunting as with Christmas music since dropping its Active Rock format, has begun identifying itself on-air as “Easy 93.1” and promoting its upcoming Soft AC format. 102.5 KEZK St. Louis – CBS announced that the station will remain AC, but relaunch as “Fresh 102.5”...Read More

Live 105 San Francisco Shakeup

CBS Radio Modern Rock “Live 105” KITS San Francisco is tweaking its on-air lineup as we head towards the new year. The syndicated Kevin & Bean show will debut in mornings on January 3 displacing NoName to afternoons. Current afternoon host Jared and middayer Kat have been let go by the station. KITS has struggled in recent months, currently ranked 20th overall with a 1.8 share in the San Francisco market. With 92.3 KSJO being sold and likely to flip to a brokered foreign language format in 2011, Live 105 will have the ability to gain a bit of audience. If not, we would not be surprised to see a new format on the Oakland Raiders flagship station by this time next year.

Grand Rapids/Muskegon Signal Swap Makes Way For FM Talk

When Clear Channel AC “Star 105.7” WSRW-FM Grand Rapids, MI changed its calls from WOOD-FM last month expectations immediately arose that the move was to pave the way for sister Talk 1300 WOOD to add an FM simulcast. That move became official today as Clear Channel made clear its plans to shift the programming at a few of its outlets in the Muskegon and Grand Rapids markets. Country “107 MUS” WMUS Muskegon will relocate from 106.9 to 107.9 next week displacing AC “Star 108” WSHZ. After simulcasting for a few weeks, 106.9 will become Talk WOOD-FM simulcasting 1300 in Grand Rapids in early January. WMUS will retain its focus on the Muskegon area at 107.9. The 106.9 signal is more regional-based as it covers a majority of the Grand Rapids metro in addition ...Read More

96.1 The Beat Charlotte, NC Is Now Channel 96.1

Clear Channel Rhythmic CHR “96.1 The Beat” WIBT Charlotte, NC has gradually shifted to Mainstream CHR over the past few months. Today the station completed the evolution as it rebrands as “Channel 96.1“. WIBT has been struggling in recent months as it turns over its audience with the formatic shift, dropping from a 5.8 in the September PPM’s to 4.1 in November. The move firmly puts 96.1 in a head-to-head battle with CBS’ “Kiss 95.1” WNKS.

What’s New At KYOT Phoenix

One of the last remaining stations to proclaim themselves as “Smooth Jazz” is in the process of joining the multitude to shy away from the moniker. Clear Channel’s 95.5 KYOT Phoenix has shed its traditional saxophone logo and Coyote moniker as it steers the station towards Smooth AC as “The New 95.5 KYOT” What’s the difference? Much less instrumental music, more R&B from the likes of John Legend, Toni Braxton, and R. Kelly, and the AC gold that have been shunned from Mainstream AC as it got more current: Hall & Oates, Sting, and Michael Jackson. The format has seen a boost at KTWV Los Angeles and could help remake Smooth Jazz viable as an Older leaning AC.

CBS Gets Fresh In St. Louis

CBS Radio is rebranding AC 102.5 KEZK St. Louis, MO as “Fresh 102.5” on December 27 when it ends its Christmas music programming. KEZK, which has historically kept an older, softer lean will become a tad more current and upbeat as it names Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Chicago, Daughtry, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Bryan Adams, Faith Hill, and Lifehouse among its new core artists. KEZK has struggled in recent years amidst competition from Bonneville’s Variety Hits “106.5 The Arch” WARH, Clear Channel’s Classic Hits “Rewind 103.3” KLOU, and CBS Sister Adult CHR “Y98” KYKY battling 102.5 for the traditional AC audience. The CBS St. Louis cluster has been undergoing an upheaval recently as Jeff Kapugi, most recently at Tribune, be...Read More

Townsquare Media To Shuffle Signals in Yakima/Tri-Cities, WA

Last week Townsquare Media announced it would be acquiring 12 stations owned by New Northwest Broadcasters in the Yakima and Tri-Cities markets of Washington State. As Townsquare already owns 11 stations in those markets, it will need to spin-off 11 once the sale closes. To do so, Townsquare will pick and choose frequencies, while moving some formats and call signs to new locations. In Yakima, Townsquare will keep Active Rock “94.5 KATS” and News/Talk 1280 KIT intact while inheriting NNB’s Country 104.1 KXDD and Variety Hits “105.7 Bob-FM” KRSE. It will move Country “92.9 The Bull” KDBL to 107.3 and Sports “ESPN 1390” KJOX to 1460. The stations to be spun off will be NNB’s Classic Hits “100.9 Cherry-FM” KARY, Rhythmic ...Read More

WMOJ Cincinnati Gets Its Mojo Back

After stunting this weekend with short snippets of songs and asking its listeners what the station should play, Radio-One has shifted Urban AC “Mojo 100.3” WMOJ Cincinnati back to its original Jammin Oldies format. At first glance, the station is keeping an Urban lean as opposed to adding a Disco/Dance element seen at many Rhythmic Oldies stations. Station OM Steve Harris tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, “We’re returning to our jammin’ oldies roots, but in a way for 2010. It will be a lot more fun, more up-tempo, and songs people can sing along with.” The station will remain jockless for the foreseeable future as syndicated Tom Joyner moves his morning show to sister Talk “1230 The Buzz” WDBZ. Mojo began in Cincinnati when Susquehanna’s 9...Read More

97.5 The Blaze Salt Lake City Returns To Active Rock

In late January, Millcreek Broadcasting Active Rock “97.5 The Blaze” KZZQ Coalville and 105.1 KAUU Manti, UT flipped to Rock AC while keeping the Blaze moniker. After only 10 months the station reverted to its former format on December 1. Following a stunt in which morning host Rog supposedly flipped out regarding the music he had to play and was “arrested”, the station was “convinced” to bring back its previous format. The Millcreek cluster is in the process of being acquired by Simmons Media, resulting in KZZQ and KAUU being placed in trusts to be sold off along with 6 other stations owned by Millcreek, Simmons, and 3 Point Media.

The Spy Goes Undercover In Oklahoma City

Update 12/5: A few more details have come out regarding the failed sale. Ferris O’Brien tells The Oklahoman that the station was appraised for much less than the $2 Million purchase price. As The Last Bastion Station Trust’s purpose is to get the most value it can for the station it will place the station back on the market and attempt to find a new buyer. If none can be found willing to beat O’Brien’s valuation perhaps the sale can be rekindled down the road. Original Report 12/4: The “105.3 The Spy” Modern Rock format programmed by Ferris O’Brien on KINB Kingfisher/Oklahoma City is gone and replaced by “105.3 The Spy“. O’Brien had been leasing the station from Citadel’s Last Bastion Station Trust since November 2009 and th...Read More

Modern Rock Movement In Wilmington, NC

The repercussions of a three station swap announced in late September are beginning to be felt in Wilmington, NC as Sunrise Broadcasting announces a frequency shift and rebranding to keep one format in its cluster. On December 31, Modern Rock “Surf 98.3” WSFM will sign-off as that frequency has been sold to Sea-Comm Media for $825,000. Sea-Comm will move AAA “106.7 The Penguin” WUIN to the 98.3 frequency. 106.7 will flip to an undisclosed Christian format as Carolina Christian Radio acquired that frequency from Sea-Comm in exchange for 1180 WMYT and $150,000. To replace “Surf 98.3” on January 3rd, Sunrise will flip Regional Mexican “98.7 La Gran D‘ WLGD to “Modern Rock 98.7“. Sunrise GM Brian Schimmel tells the Wilmington Star-New...Read More

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