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WXYT Detroit Becomes 97.1 The Ticket

It was just on October 1, that CBS began simulcasting Sports 1270 WXYT Detroit’s programming to what was then 97.1 WKRK-FM. The stations were then rebranded as “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to listeners of a station that has rebranded from “Team 1270” to “1270 Sports” to “1270 XYT” that the station has yet a new moniker: “97.1 The Ticket“, just as our Net-Gnomes reported back on October 22.

WCKG Becomes Fresh 105.9

WCKG has made its shift to AC as “Fresh 105.9” launching at 5:00pm Central time with U2’s “Beautiful Day” followed by Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”. The station had spent the whole day simulcasting its CBS sister stations. Imaging and Presentation are identical to “Fresh 102.7” WWFS New York. Mike Peterson, PD of sister Country WUSN will program Fresh as well while Dave Robbins becomes VP/GM. Listen to the Format Change at the Format Change Archive.

New Generation in Charlottesville

Monticello Media continues the revamp of its recently acquired Charlottesville, VA cluster. Oldies 102.3 WSUH and its 94.1 translator have dropped its “Superhits” moniker for “Generations“. From the Press Release: Generations is a fresh look at “era based” programming incorporating the best music of the 70’s along with “evergreen” songs from the 60’s and compatible songs from the 80’s. The new generations 102.3 & 94.1 can be heard on 102.3 FM and 94.1 FM. “Once again we didn’t allow ourselves to be confined by the rigid standard industry formats. We didn’t ask area listeners what existing radio formats they wanted, we asked them what music they wanted to hear and what music they wanted to hear together. Our focus continues to be on what the ...Read More

Big Country in Northern Colorado

The growing areas north of Denver has a new country station as Clear Channel Variety Hits KQMY “My 97.9” flipped to “Big Country 97.9” on Friday. The station which targets the Fort Collins, CO and Cheyenne, WY areas will also carry Denver Broncos football from sister KOA Denver.

WGTZ Dayton To Flip Friday

Update 11/2 2:00pm: As expected, WGTZ flipped to Variety Hits as “Fly 92.9” at noon today launching with Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle” and Sugar Ray’s “Fly”. Main Line Broadcasting, which recently acquired its Dayton cluster from Radio-One has announced that CHR “Z93” 92.9 WGTZ will change formats Friday 11/2 at Noon. The station, known for its legendary “WGTZ Eaton Dayton Alive” top of the hour ID. Morning team Mallory and Campy, along with APD/MD/Middayer Frey have exited the station, while PD Scott Sharp takes on those duties at sister Urban WDHT “Hot 102.9” replacing Reggie Beas. WGTZ is currently one of two Mainstream CHR’s in Dayton along with Clear Channel’s WDKF “Channel ...Read More

WCKG Update

Now that we know that Steve Dahl will debut on 104.3 WJMK this coming Monday morning, what will happen on WCKG? The image above was uploaded today to WCKG’s webserver, however we’re not 100% willing to bet on All-Christmas debuting. Fresh1059.com is now pointing to the Intertech Media servers that hosts all of CBS Radio’s sites. Thanks to ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com for the tip.

Citadel Makes Imus Announcment

The signing that everyone in the radio industry has known is coming is official. Don Imus will debut on Citadel’s WABC New York on December 3rd. “We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio,” said 77 WABC President and General Manager Steve Borneman. “Don’s unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio.” More from the New York Daily News, New York Post, and Radio-Online.

KXRV Becomes “MyCountry 105.7”

As we hinted at on October 14, Clear Channel AAA KXRV “River 105.7” has indeed become “My Country 105.7” at midnight Mountain Time segueing from David Bowie’s “Changes” into Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly”. We should note that Clear Channel already has Hot AC KJMY in the market using the “My 99.5” branding. Will be interesting to see if the stations are promoted as a combo.

More Indianapolis Talk Changes

Just a couple weeks after Emmis announced plans to move 1070 WIBC to 93.1 FM, the rest of the market has begun reacting. Cumulus has announced that it will suspend its current talk programming in mid-November to join 93.1 with a Christmas Music format through the holidays. Chris Wheat, Indianapolis Market Manager for Cumulus told the Indianapolis Star: “We haven’t determined what we’re going to do with it yet. The options range from tweaking it to changing it.” “Sean Hannity can’t carry the radio station,” Wheat said. “One of the glaring things I noticed when I arrived is that there’s absolutely no local content from a news and information standpoint.” WWFT previously was Contemporary Christian WISG “93.9 The Song”. Meanwhile, crosstown 950 WXLW, which will ...Read More

WCKG Update: Steve Dahl & Bulls Find New Homes

In Sundays edition of the Chicago Tribune, Phil Rosenthal reports that Steve Dahl will make his move to mornings on WJMK “104.3 Jack-FM“. To promote Dahl’s move to so-called Jack FM, WCKG plans to pre-empt nearly its entire programming schedule with “Best of Steve Dahl” clips, beginning Monday night. Dahl also is set to continue to do his afternoon show on the station through Friday. Additionally, the Chicago Bulls will move their game broadcasts from WCKG to WMVP “ESPN Radio 1000” because of the pending flip. The Bulls had left WMVP for WCKG before the 2006-07 season, but after one year will move back.

WPHH Hartford Flips To Modern Rock

At 10:00am, Clear Channel Urban WPHH “Power 104.1” flipped to 90s-based Alternative as “FM 104-1“. The station’s first hour includes: Blur – Song 2 The Clash – This Is Radio Clash U2 – Elevation Violent Femmes – Gone Daddy Gone Smashing Pumpkins – Today Sponge – Plowed The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army Foo Fighters – This Is A Call Bob Marley & The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up Beck – Where It’s At The Killers – Read My Mind Social Distortion – I Was Wrong Stereo MC’s – Connected The Offspring – Come Out And Play Weezer – Hash Pipe Presentation and imaging is identical to sister WRFF “Radio 104.5” Philadelphia which was patterned after the ol...Read More

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

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