Alt Returns To Nashville

Alt 97.5 98.3 WNRQ-HD2 Nashville Wells Adams GabbyiHeartMedia made the move official and launched “Alt 97.5” W248BQ Nashville at noon today.

The entire airstaff that had been with the station in its previous iteration on 98.3 returns including Wells Adams in mornings, Program Director Rossi in middays, Gabby Sanderson afternoons, and Battle on weekend middays. The station will also serve as home for Nashville Sounds baseball starting with the season opener next week.

iHeartMedia Nashville announced today the debut of the new ALT 97.5, Nashville’s Alternative station, effective at noon on Friday, March 31.

ALT 97.5 will broadcast the best in Alternative music, including songs from artists like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, U2 and others. The station will also feature legendary local Alternative Rock on-air personalities Wells Adams, Gabby Sanderson and Battle. Additionally, ALT 97.5 will also serve as the new home for the Nashville Sounds baseball.

“We’re thrilled to bring ALT 97.5 to Nashville’s Alternative Rock fans,” said Rossi, Program Director for ALT 97.5. “ALT 97.5 is an alternative station with Nashville sensibilities. We’re excited to serve the community, which has such a loyal and passionate fan base.”

Full Programming Schedule

Weekdays
6 – 10 a.m. Wells Adams
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rossi
2 – 7 p.m. Gabby Sanderson

Weekends
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Battle

Original Report 3/28: Seven months after flipping Alternative “Alt 98.3” W252CM/WNRQ-HD2 Nashville to Classic Country “The Big Legend“, iHeartMedia will relaunch the Alternative brand on 97.5 W248BQ Nashville on Friday, March 31.

W248BQ had been simulcasting 98.3 W252CM to Nashville’s northern suburbs while awaiting the completion of its signal move to downtown Nashville. Had it not had to refile for a new tower location last spring, it is likely that the format would not have been sacrificed for the launch of Classic Country in September 2016.

All of the former “Alt 98.3” on-air staffers still remain in the iHeartMedia Nashville cluster including Morning host and former Bachelorette contestant Wells Adams who is APD/MD/Afternoon Host at sister Classic Rock “105.9 The Rock” WNRQ, Gabby Sanderson, and Battle. In preparation for the relaunch of “Alt“, the Classic Country format has moved from 105.9 WNRQ-HD2 to 97.9 WSIX-HD2.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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