As “La Jefa” moved to American General Media’s 840 KARS/102.9 K275AO last month, Vanguard Media (now doing business as Radio Center of New Mexico) has launched Soft AC “Cindy 101.3” on KJFA-FM Albuquerque. The station is marketing itself as “Soft rock hits from the 1980s to today” with core artists including Phil Collins, Journey, Madonna, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Adele, Hall & Oates, Selena, Starship, and REO Speedwagon. “Cindy” is presented as the host of the station and an Albuquerque native. The new format gives an AC competitor to Cumulus’ “99.5 Magic-FM” KMGA, which ranked fifth in the Albuquerque market with a 3.6 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings.
On the heels of the American General Media acquisition of Univision’s Albuquerque cluster and spin-offs of four stations, the company has made its first big programming move. Regional Mexican “La Jefa 101.3” KJFA-FM Albuquerque has moved its programming to 840 KARS Belen/102.9 K275AO Albuquerque replacing Active Rock “Area 102.9“. With 101.3 now operated by Vanguard Media, the move gives AGM a second Regional Mexican property to pair with “Radio Lobo 97.7” KLVO Belen. With the move of La Jefa to 102.9, American General Media has also switched 102.9 KSFE Pecos/Santa Fe from a simulcast of KLVO to KARS. KJFA-FM registered a 1.1 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while the Active Rock format it replaced held a 1.2 share. The 101.3 signal ...[Read More]
And the final piece of the puzzle has been revealed. BB Broadcasting will pay $750,000 for CHR “Z106.3” KDLW Los Lunas from American General Media. BB is led by Thomas Bozzuto who operates a Maryland based Real Estate Management company. BB will enter into a pair of agreements to operate the station. American General Media will provide back office services for the station and agree to a $66,000 deal over five years to utilize their equipment at the tower site. BB has also agreed to a Time Brokerage Agreement for Vanguard Media, who is purchasing 101.3 KJFA-FM, to provide programming and marketing services. Update 6/26: The first round of filings for the deal have been made with the FCC giving more details about its structure. American General Media will pay $5 million for Univi...[Read More]
Univision Radio has swapped format locations for two of its Albuquerque market stations. Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 101.3” KKRG Albuquerque moves to the 105.1 frequency formerly held by Regional Mexican “105.1 Nuevo Mexico” KJFA Santa Fe, while the latter format goes in reverse. The move upgrades the Classic Hip-Hop format from the Class A signal on 101.3 to the Class C signal of 105.1. Both stations have already exchanged call letters. “Yo 101.3” was the first launch of the Classic Hip-Hop boom in February 2014. It was up to a 2.0 share in the Spring Phase 2 Nielsen Audio ratings. KJFA’s Regional Mexican format on the other hand registered a 1.1 share.
For our review of 2014 we decided to focus on what we know best. Let’s look back at the ten most influential format changes and rebrandings of 2014. 10 106.9 WCCC Hartford hasn’t been a powerhouse in quite some time. But it was one of the few remaining relics to a previous era. The longtime Rocker and its AM sister operated up against three big clusters, but couldn’t keep up in the end. It was quite appropriate in a way for its end to come with a sale to Educational Media Foundation and flip on August 1 to the Christian AC “K-Love” network. The first station to give Howard Stern a job in mornings back in 1979, was now at the opposite end of the programming spectrum. With no terrestrial signal to fill the void, a few former WCCC staffers launched a webcaster to...[Read More]
Update 2/25 6:15pm: 101.3 KKRG launched its new identity at 4:00pm as it flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 101.3“. Branded as “Classic Jams”, the station is focusing mainly on Rap hits of the 90s and early 2000s. The move allows the station to flank sister Rhythmic CHR “Kiss 97.3” KKSS. Update 2/25 5:00pm: After four plus days of nothing but “New York, New York”, the stunting on KKRG gave way to a mix of mostly obscure Oldies centered in the 1960s. The music includes nothing but cold segues between songs. Still no word when the stunting will end or what’s next for the station. Original Report 2/21: A change is on the way to Univision Spanish Rhythmic “La Kalle 101.3” KKRG Albuquerque. The station is stunting with a loop of Fran...[Read More]