2017 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown

Completed Changes

103.9 Kiss-FM WSDV Sarasota NewsRadio 1320 1450 WDDVSarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1)

Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31)

Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31)

Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31)

Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31)

97.3 The Rock Channel Roanoke WXLK-HD2Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31)

Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country “Cool Country 940” WGFP flips to Classic Hits “The Lake 940“. (12/29)

Up 98.7 W254BZ CharlotteCharlotte – iHeartMedia’s 98.7 W254AZ Belmont/WRFX-HD2 Kannapolis flips to to Christian AC “Up! 98.7“. (12/29)

Wichita – Rocking M Media’s former Classic Country “100.5 Hank-FM” KVWF flips to AAA “Flight 100.5“. (12/28)

Greenville/Spartanburg – SummitMedia Variety Hits “99.5 Chuck-FM” W258CB rebrands as “99.5 Jack-FM“. (12/27)

Mix 100.9 Star KQSR YumaYuma – El Dorado Broadcasting AC “Star 100.9” KQSR relaunched as Hot AC “Mix 100.9“. (12/26)

Beaumont – Cumulus Country “Nash-FM 101.7” KAYD-FM returned to its previous branding but with a shift to the Nash Icon programming. (12/26)

Boston – Westport Communications Full Service Oldies “North Shore 104.9” WBOQ Gloucester flipped to AC. (12/26)

Wilmington DE – Beasley Media AC 99.5 WJBR-FM relaunched as “Mix 99.5“. (12/26)

Big 106.1 Classic Hits KALE Richland Kennewick PascoKennewick/Richland/Pasco WA – Ingstad Radio Washington’s “Classic Hits 106.1” 960 KALE/106.1 K291BS relaunched as “Big 106.1“. (12/26)

Albuquerque – After stunting as stunting as “Santa 105.1“, American General Media’s former Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 105.1” KKRG-FM has flipped to Hot AC “Mix 105.1“. (12/26)

Chincoteague VA – GSB Broadcasting’s stunting “Christmas 101.5” WVES flipped to Rhythmic AC “101.5 The Mix“. (12/26)

Energy 93.9 The Beat WYRG IndianapolisIndianapolis – Cumulus’ former Classic Hip-Hop “93.9 The Beat” WRWM became CHR “Energy 93.9” WYRG. (12/26).

Memphis – Cumulus former Classic Hip-Hop “98.9 The Vibe” WKIM Munford flipped to AC “98.9 The Bridge” (12/26).

Topeka – Alpha Media Oldies “True Oldies 98.5” KSAJ-FM Abilene KS completed its move into the Topeka market and flipped to Variety Hits “98.5 Jack-FM“. (12/26)

Q102.7 WDWQ B102.7 102.7 WBOW Terre HauteTerre Haute – Midwest Communications Country “Q102.7” WDWQ flipped to Classic Hits 102.7 WBOW. (12/26)

Green Bay – Cumulus launched Classic Rock “106.7 The Big Dog” on the former Adult Alternative “KRUZ @ 106.7” WKRU Allouez after a month and a half as “Christmas @ 106.7“. (12/25)

Norfolk – Core Communicators launched Urban “Streetz 87.7” WMTO-LP. (12/24)

San Francisco – Entercom Alternative “Live 105” KITS San Francisco relaunches as “Alt 105.3“. (12/22)

Classix Classics 102.9 W275BK Atlanta Tom JoynerAtlanta Urban One Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 102.9” W275BK Decatur flips to R&B Oldies “Classix 102.9“. (12/22)

Cleveland – iHeartMedia Alternative “99X” W256BT Cleveland relaunches as “Alt 99.1“. (12/20)

Tuscaloosa – Townsquare Media launches Classic Hits “Nick 97.5” W248BO. (12/20)

Denver – iHeartMedia’s 106.7 KYWY flipped to Country “106.7 The Bull” after Rock KBPI moved to 107.9 K300CP Denver, 107.9 KDZA-FM Pueblo/Colorado Springs, and 107.9 KBPI (formerly KPAW) Fort Collins. (12/18)

Potential Changes

Erie – Connoisseur Media’s new 95.9 WJRK Mina NY launched as “Christmas 95.9” and has since changed call letters to WLTM. (Domain Insight)

Eugene – Cumulus Media Regional Mexican 1320 KSCR/98.1 K251BN will debut a new format after the holidays.

Latrobe PA – Laurel Highlands Total Communications’ former News/Talk 1480 WCNS is promoting a flip to AC in tandem with its new translator. (Domain Insight)

Mobile – iHeartMedia’s 100.3 W262BL will debut a new format as its former Urban identity has moved to 107.3 WRGV Pensacola FL. (Domain Insight)

Rocky Mount NC – First Media Radio Classic Rock “99.3 Rock City” WZAX Nashville has been stunting with Christmas Music and planning a new format.

5 Comments
  1. Aaron says


    I’ve always seen Rhythmic AC as an under utilized format. Not sure why anyone would try it on Virginia’s Eastern Shore though. That signal doesn’t hit Salisbury/OC or the Hampton Roads (which has its own Rhythmic AC… for now) at all and the Eastern Shore has very different demographics from where Rhythmic AC generally works.

  2. borderblaster says


    Cheyenne, WY, KOLT-HD2/K246CI drops Real Oldies for Hot A/C as “Star 97.1” after a Christmas format.

  3. johndavis says


    KAYD has resumed its Nash branding and has added Rowdy Yates to afternoons. I haven’t heard any currents. About the newest song I’ve heard them play is from 2001.

    1. johndavis says


      Okay, now they’re playing Dierks song from last year. Still centered more in the 90’s sound than bro-country.

  4. localradioguy says


    Add WGFP Webster, MA to the format change list. Happened Friday night December 30th at 6pm from country to classic hits as The Lake 940, new on air talent line up coming soon

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