The new Alternative format is debuting with 5000 songs commercial-free. John O’Connell, who most recently PD at CBS’ defunct Sports “98.7 The Fan” WHFS-FM Tampa and previously programmed Alternative “103.1 the Buzz” WPBZ West Palm Beach, has been named Program Director.
The Sports format will remain on 790 WAXY Miami, which had simulcast on 104.3 since it was moved into the Miami market in August 2012. The format change is the first major move made by Entercom since closing on its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media last month.
At 11:00 AM Eastern Time today, Entercom launched a new alternative radio station in South Florida. 104.3 The Shark, South Florida’s new alternative will be heard on the 104.3 FM frequency, while legendary sports station 790 The Ticket will dominate on the AM dial.
104.3 The Shark introduces an exciting new format that is unique to the market. As the only alternative radio station in South Florida, 104.3 The Shark will play alternative music that is modern and mainstream, as well as some classic alternative hits.
“As the exclusive alternative station in South Florida, 104.3 The Shark will target an audience in the heaviest acquisition years of their lives and our station will be incredibly active in the South Florida community,” said Doug Abernethy, Vice President/Market Manager at Entercom South Florida.
Entercom has had tremendous success with alternative stations across the country, including The End in Seattle, The Buzz in Kansas City, and KRNK in Portland. It has drawn on that success to design 104.3 The Shark.
Abernethy also announced that John O’Connell will program 104.3 The Shark. “With a deep history in the South Florida radio and music scene, John brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will enable us to effectively launch and grow 104.3 The Shark,” Abernethy said.
“We conducted extensive local research in South Florida and listeners want an active and modern alternative radio station in South Florida,” said O’Connell. “104.3 The Shark will play the very best in modern alternative music from artists including Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Fall Out Boy, and legendary artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Green Day.”
At the same time, Abernethy announced a move to broadcast The Ticket exclusively on the 790 frequency. “790 The Ticket is the flagship station for South Florida sports and is the home of the Miami Heat. 790 The Ticket delivers the best in local content, personalities and events,” said Abernethy. “We are making a huge investment in more content featuring the biggest names in sports in South Florida.”
Find out more about 104.3 The Shark at http://www.1043theshark.com/ and 790 The Ticket at http://www.theticketmiami.com/