Clear Channel Launches 12 Comedy Stations
Update 10/29: Clear Channel has flipped 12 stations to Comedy today running the 24/7 Comedy service. The new Comedy affiliates are:
1420 WACT Tuscaloosa AL (Was News/Talk simulcasting 105.9 WRTR)
800 KBFP Baskersfield CA (Was simulcasting Spanish Oldies “La Presciosa 105.3” KBFP-FM)
92.3 W222AF Atlanta GA (Was simulcasting “ESPN Deportes 640” WGST)
1460 WHAL Columbus GA (Was Sports “Fox Sports 1460“)
1280 WIBB Macon GA (Was Gospel “Hallelujah 1280“)
1470 KWSL Sioux City IA (Was Classic Country “The Whistle“)
1580 WWTF Lexington KY (Was Urban AC “Groovin 1580” WGVN)
1210 WLRO Baton Rouge LA (Was Gosepl “Hallelujah 1210“)
1470 WJDY Salisbury MD (Was Sports “Fox Sports 1470“)
1370 WJIP Ellenville NY (Was simulcasting News/Talk 1450 WKIP Poughkeepsie)
107.1 WLRX Ironton OH (Was Rock simulcasting “X106.3” WAMX Huntington WV)
1400 WBBD Wheeling WV (Was Oldies “Real Oldies 1400“)
Going through the previous domain registrations we can lock down the following:
Comedy1045.com: 104.5 KKMY-HD2 Beaumont TX (Which is heard on 103.3 K277AG Beaumont)
Comedy1073.com: Country 107.3 KFXR-FM Gallup NM
Comedy850.com: Sports “South Sound Sports” KHHO Tacoma WA.
Comedy1440.com: The first affiliate of the network “Funny 1440” KFNY Riverside CA
We still don’t know the status of the following domains, with our thoughts on each:
Comedy930.com: WPKX Rochester NH which currently simulcasts 1380 WMYF Portsmouth or WFXJ Jacksonville whose programming is heard on 106.9 W295AZ in the market.
Comedy1210.com: Only one option here. WLRO Baton Rouge, which dropped Sports for Gospel earlier this year.
Comedy1280.com: Gospel WODT New Orleans, whose format is duplicated on sister 940 WYLD is likeliest of seven possible options.
Comedy1450.com: Five possibilities including KTZR Tucson, which dropped the format in a market shuffle last fall, WILM Wilmington DE, WHNK Parkersburg WV, WKIP Poughkeepsie NY, and WSDV Sarasota FL.
Comedy1590.com: WZRX Jackson MS and WSRW Chillicothe OH (which simulcasts its sister FM)
Comedy1600.com: KATZ St. Louis, KXEW Tucson, and the Aloha Trust’s WZZW Milton WV are the options there.
Original Report 8/12: Along with the registration of Comedy1200.com for use on the now stunting WXKS Boston, Clear Channel appears to be preparing as many as 20 stations total to flip to Comedy in the coming weeks.
As we first mentioned on Friday in out report about the coming flip in Boston, Donkey Comedy Network’s 247Comedy.com ownership was transferred to Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks. Clear Channel appears ready to go all-in with the format as it has registered domains for Comedy branded stations on 19 frequencies in addition to 1200 for Boston.
For some of these frequencies there are too many options in Clear Channel’s holdings to venture a guess, for others its fairly obvious.