While many stations nationally are flipping to Classic Hip-Hop, in Montgomery Bluewater Broadcasting is returning to the format. 100.5 W263BX Montgomery/WQKS-HD2 has dropped its Soft AC “Lite 100.5” and relaunched as “Yo 100.5“. The move resurrects the Classic Hip-Hop and Yo branding Bluewater utilized on 107.1 W296AI from August 2011 until it flipped to Classic Rock in September 2013. W263BX is promoting itself has the new local home for the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which currently airs on sister Urban “97.9 Jamz” WJWZ.
Bluewater Broadcasting has launched a pair of new stations in Montgomery, AL via HD2 to translator. 96.1 WQKS-HD2 is home to Soft AC “Lite 100.5” W263BX. Billed as “Montgomery’s Lite & Easy Favorites” the station is billing Madonna, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, The Beatles, Bryan Adams and Chicago as core artists. The station launched on August 6. Today brought Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 107.1” W296AI fed by WQKS-HD3. That stations lists Salt N Pepa, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, TLC, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, and Tupac as core artists. Bluewater also operates Classic Hits “Q96.1” WQKS, Urban “97.9 Jamz” WJWZ, Country “BamaCountry 98.9” WBAM, Modern Rock “...[Read More]
This past week has seen a lot of moves for translators with Clear Channel making moves to add new programming options in two major markets. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, Clear Channel is teaming with EMF Broadcasting to bring two translators to the top of the IDS Center in Minneapolis. Northpine.com reports 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, MN will upgrade from 10 to 99 watts and rebroadcast 97.1 KTCZ-HD2, while 102.5 K273BH Fridley, MN will jump from 41 to 250 watts rebroadcasting 101.3 KDWB-HD2. Clear Channel purchased 103.5 K278BP Cottage Grove, MN from EMF last year. It is used to rebroadcast Sports 1130 KFAN via 100.3 KTLK-HD2. Clear Channel and EMF are also working in tandem in Detroit. As part of the deal that gave Clear Channel access to 103.5 in Minneapolis last year, EMF gained programming contr...[Read More]