MARC Radio has flipped Christian AC “106.9 The Pulse” WPLL Cross City/Gainesville to Classic Country “I Am Country” simulcasting 980 WDVH/94.1 W231DH Gainesville. WPLL was required to drop its format as part of a non-compete in the spinoff of 101.7 WDVH-FM Trenton. That station will drop out of the WDVH Classic Country format on Thursday, August 17 and join Radio Training Network’s non-commercial Christian AC “The Joy FM” network as its sale is finalized. The divestiture of WDVH-FM will enable MARC Radio to close on its acquisition of Classic Hits “Wow 100.9” WXJZ Gainesville from JVC Broadcasting. Original Report 5/24: MARC Radio is selling 101.7 WDVH-FM Trenton FL and acquiring 100.9 WXJZ Gainesville. MARC will pay $500,000 to purchas...[Read More]
JVC Media has moved Classic Hits “104.9 Wow-FM” WYGC High Springs FL to the 100.9 signal that had been home to Soft AC “Smooth-FM” WXJZ Gainesville. The move gets the Classic Hits format off the rimshot signal of 104.9 and to the stronger in Gainesville 100.9. Despite the poor signal in Gainesville and non-existent signal in the Ocala half of the market, Wow-FM’s 1.1 share in the Fall 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings over-performed WXJZ’s 0.8 share. WXJZ had returned to the “Smooth-FM” brand in September 2015 following a run as Dance CHR “Party-FM“. No word yet on what will come to 104.9 following the transitional period, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see WYGC return to the simulcast of sister “My Country 102.3” WTRS D...[Read More]
After a day of stunting with patriotic songs, JVC Media has flipped 100.9 WXJZ Gainesville back to its prior “100.9 Smooth-FM” identity, this time as a Soft AC. WXJZ previously utilized that format as Smooth Jazz from 2002 until it assumed the Dance CHR “Party” brand from then sister 99.5 WBXY in December 2013. The new incarnation of Smooth-FM will carry John Tesh’s “Intelligence For Your Life” in mornings. JVC Media, one of the leading independent, locally owned radio broadcast companies with over a dozen stations in New York and Florida announces the launch of Gainesville’s all new smooth and relaxing radio station. September 12th at 12:01AM Smooth 100.9. JVC Media has been in a rapid growth mode, recently expanding in Florida and Long Island wit...[Read More]
The start of the new calendar year is one of the busiest times of the year for format changes. Between December 21, 2012 and January 8, 2013 we logged 58 format changes and this year is already shaping up to be busy. Changes That Have Taken Place 1/6: Variety Hits “98.7 The Peak” KPKX Phoenix flips to Sports simulcasting “Arizona Sports 620” KTAR 1/6: “Rock 92.3” WRKN New Orleans flips to Country “Nash-FM 92.3” 1/6: 95.7 WXDJ Miami relaunches as Spanish Hot AC “I95” following move of previous format to 106.7. 1/6: Liberal Talk 1600 WWRL New York flips to Regional Mexican “La Invasora” 1/6: 1290 WPCF/93.9 W227CE Panama City flip to Dance “93.9 Play-FM“. 1/3: Soft AC/Oldies “1320/1450 The Dove” WD...[Read More]
JVC Broadcasting Dance CHR “Party 99.5” WBXY LaCrosse/Gainesville, FL will relocate to 100.9 on December 26. The move will replace Smooth Jazz “100.9 Smooth-FM” WXJZ Gainesville on the 100.9 frequency. WXJZ has been airing non-stop Christmas Music since November 15. The move will give “Party” a slightly stronger signal in Gainesville as it relocates to the 6kW at 91 meters Class A signal located in Gainesville proper from the 2.2kW at 144 meter signal based north of the city. No word yet what will replace Party on 99.5. “Party 99.5” debuted on June 1 of this year replacing News/Talk “99.5 The Star” following JVC’s acquisition of the station from Asterisk Communications.
JVC Media, owners of four radio stations on Long Island, have agreed to purchase Asterisk Communications five stations in the Gainesville and Ocala markets in Florida. The stations involved in the sale are Hot AC “92Q” 92.9 WMFQ Ocala, Talk “99.5 The Star” WBXY La Crosse, Smooth AC “100.9 Smooth FM” WXJZ Gainesville, “Thunder Country 102.3” WTRS Dunnellon, and Sports “105 The Game” 104.9 WYGC High Springs. Financial terms of the sale were not yet disclosed. JVC headed by John Caracciolo and Vic “The Latino” Canales own Country “My Country 96.1” WJVC, Spanish “98.5 La Fiesta” WBON, Classic Rock 103.9 WRCN, and Dance “Party 105.3” WPTY in the Long Island, NY market along with Long Isla...[Read More]