An application is pending to move the two stations into the Ocean States divestment trust along with “Talk 1430” WKOX Boston in order for iHeartMedia to complete its acquisitions of Entercom divestments in both markets. While iHeart has begun operating 1030 WBZ, 97.7 WKAF, and 100.7 WZLX in the Boston market and Sports “1090 The Fan” KFNQ Seattle via LMA, the company cannot operate 680 WRKO Boston, Variety Hits “96.5 Jack-FM” KJAQ, or Classic Rock 102.5 KZOK until the divestment into the trust is approved by the FCC and the deal closes in early 2018.
By flipping on Monday it appears that iHeart has found a buyer for KFNY and KTDD ready to begin operating via LMA.
Original Report 12/7: As iHeartMedia prepares to place Alternative “Alt 102.9” KFNY (formerly KFOO) Centralia/Tacoma WA into a divestiture trust in order to close on its acquisition of additional Seattle stations, the station will be dropping its current format on Monday, December 11.
The flip will become the third to take place in the Seattle/Tacoma market this month following 94.1 KMPS’s flip to Soft AC and 98.9 KVRQ’s retaliatory move to Country. KFNY registered a 0.6 share in the November Nielsen Audio ratings. The station debuted its current format in January 2016 as part of a four station format shuffle.