102.1 Birmingham

Station Sales 5/5: $1.8 Million Deal For Phoenix Translator

Translator Sales Hubbard Broadcasting is purchasing 92.7 K224CJ Phoenix AZ from Happy Dog Communications for $1.8 million. Should the deal close it will set a record for highest price for a single translator as Elroy Smith’s $4.6 million deal for a Chicago translator and Big Apple Broadcasting’s $3.5 million deal in New York both collapsed prior to closing. Hubbard already operates K224CJ as “Oldies 92.7” rebroadcasting 1440 KAZG Scottsdale via 93.3 KDKB-HD2 Mesa. Jaemin and Hyunjoo Chang purchase 95.3 K237FL Woodlake CA from Rudex Broadcasting for $150,000. K237FL holds a CP to relocate to 106.3 in Los Angeles where it will rebroadcast HK Media Korean “Radio Seoul 1650” KFOX Torrence. SummitMedia is swapping 102.1 W271BN Birmingham AL to Educational Med...[Read More]

Easy 102.1 Birmingham Signs-Off

With the sale of its translator to Educational Media Foundation, SummitMedia has pulled the plug on Soft AC “Easy 102.1” W271BN Birmingham AL. Originating station 1320 WENN has gone silent while W271BN has flipped to EMF’s Christian CHR “Air 1” network via SummitMedia’s 104.7 WZZK-HD2. This brings an end to the Soft AC brand that debuted on 97.3 in November 2013 and moved to 102.1 last March.

The Christmas Music Blitz Begins

While there were a few early stragglers to Christmas Music this year (starting with 1220/98.1 KOMC Branson MO on October 1), all of them were stations preparing to debut new formats or brand new signals signing on for the first time. Today we had the first stations to make their annual move to the format: SummitMedia Soft AC “Easy 102.1” 1320 WENN/W271BN Birmingham AL, iHeartMedia AC “105.3 My-FM” 1270 WTLY/105.3 W287CO Tallahassee FL, and iHeartMedia Classic Country “96.1 The Legend” W241AF/WUSY-HD2 Chattanooga TN. While there’s usually a group of stations to flip to Christmas music in October, most of the seasonal flips will take place once the calendar switches to November next week. INSTANT INSIGHT: In past years we’ve created a list of s...[Read More]

Easy & WAGG Move In Birmingham As Summit Launches 97.3 Play

As we first reported on Thursday, SummitMedia has pulled a three-way format flip in Birmingham. The big move is at 97.3 where Soft AC “Easy 97.3” WEZZ-FM Gardendale gives way to Hot AC “97.3 Play” WPYA. Launching with 10,000 songs commercial-free, the new format fills the music vacancy in the market between iHeartMedia CHR “103.7 The Q” WQEN and AC “Magic 96.5” WMJJ. To make way for the new Play, the “Easy” Soft AC format moves to 1320 WENN/102.1 W271BN Birmingham and Gospel 610 WAGG moves its FM rebroadcast from 102.1 to 100.1 W261BX. The changes all took place simultaneously at 3:00 this afternoon. Birmingham has a new radio station, 97.3 PLAY owned and operated by SummitMedia LLC. The music format, new to Birmingham, is known a...[Read More]

102.1 Y’all Birmingham Goes To Heaven

Summit Media has pulled the plug on Variety Hits “102.1 Y’all” 1320 WENN/102.1 W271BN Birmingham. The 102.1 translator is now rebroadcasting sister Gospel “Heaven 610” WAGG, while the 1320 signal is currently silent. The move puts WAGG on even FM ground with iHeartMedia’s “Hallelujah 105.1” WERC-HD2/W286BK. The Y’all format debuted on 97.3 WZNN in July 2013 as a placeholder following the demise of its previous Sports format. In November it moved to the 1320/102.1 duo following the launch of Soft AC “Easy 97.3“.

Easy 97.3 Launches In Birmingham

Update 11/21: Summit launched Soft AC “Easy 97.3” this morning. Former “Magic 96.5” WMJJ midday host Ericka Woode is hosting mornings. The station is promoting “No-Repeat Workdays” from 9am to 6pm daily. New WEZZ call letters are in place. Original Report 11/15: Summit Media Variety Hits “97.3 Y’all” WZNN Gardendale/Birmingham is on the move. The format, which has been heard as a placeholder on 97.3 since July, is now simulcasting on 1320 WENN/102.1 W271BN Birmingham and promoting that it will be moving to 102.1 on-air. Those station had been running a Classic Hip-Hop format branded as “Power 102.1“. It appears the permanent format on 97.3 WZNN will be Soft AC branded as “Easy 97.3“. Easy973.com is now parked on ...[Read More]