Update 7/12: While logic to us pointed to the Gulf Coast, Clear Channel went a different route. The “98.9 Radio Now” moniker and domains were used to rebrand the former “98.9 Kiss-FM” WZKF in Louisville, KY.
Original Post 7/3: Clear Channel appears poised to bring CHR and the “Radio Now” moniker to Florida’s Gulf Coast. 989RadioNow.com and RadioNow989.com were registered by the company earlier this week. A rundown of Clear Channel markets where it owns stations on 98.9 eliminates any other possibility.
In Anchorage, Fresno, Louisville, Philadelphia, Salisbury, and Youngstown, Clear Channel already owns a CHR in the market. While in Spokane the “Now” moniker is already in use. This leaves Adult CHR “Beach 98.9” WBCG Charlotte Harbor, FL serving the Port Charlotte/Venice area in between Sarasota and Fort Myers.
Helping matters more is that sister 92.1 WLTQ segued from AC “Lite-FM” to Hot AC “92.1 MyFM” in April. There is currently a decent overlap between WLTQ and WBCG in formattics and signal. A shift to CHR on 98.9 would eliminate some of the musical overlap.