Update 1/2: WFNL-FM returned to the air on New Years Day as “Country Superstars 102.3“. Update 12/2: The sale of Classic Hits “Kix 102.9” WKIX-FM Raleigh and 98.7 W254AS Louisburg from McClatchey Broadcadcasting Company to Curtis Media and the accompanying divestiture of 102.3 WFNL-FM (Formerly WWPL) Smithfield to Richard Heilmann Sr.’s Triangle Marketing Associates have closed. Curtis states it intends to retain the current format on WKIX-FM. Meanwhile, WFNL-FM has dropped the Bluegrass format it has run as a placeholder since September. 102.3 is currently dark, while TMA moves the station into new studios. It is expected to relaunch within thirty days. When the sale was first announced in February we reported that Heilmann had registered Country1023FM.com fo...[Read More]
Curtis Media has flipped 102.3 WFNL-FM (formerly WWPL) Smithfield/Raleigh, NC to “Bluegrass 102.3“. The launch of the station coincides with the start of the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Raleigh this coming Monday and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival next weekend. Curtis Media Group Executive Vice President, Trip Savery stated in the press release, “Our commitment to Bluegrass started when WPTF hired Flatt & Scruggs in 1952. We are very proud to bring a part of our heritage back to the airwaves.” Earlier this month 102.3 WWPL moved its “Pulse” CHR format and call letters to sister 96.9 WBZJ Goldsboro. INSTANT INSIGHT: Everything about this screams stunt or placeholder format. There is a pending sale of WFNL-FM to Triangle ...[Read More]
Curtis Media has flipped 96.9 WBZJ Goldsboro, NC to CHR “Pulse FM“. The move comes as 102.3 WWPL Smithfield, NC is about to be spun-off necessitating a need for a new signal to cover the Raleigh half of the market. The format will continue to air on 102.5 WPLW Hillsborough/Durham. WBZJ dropped its Urban AC format and temporarily returned to its previous Regional Mexican “La Ley” format in March when 101.1 WYMY Burlington was off the air due to an ice storm. The 96.9 signal increases the format’s coverage in Eastern North Carolina as well as Raleigh proper with its 100kW at 300 meter signal.
It’s beginning to look and feel like that time of the year. The time when radio stations use the Christmas holiday and beginning of the new year to launch new formats. Completed Changes 1/3: Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting closed on its purchase of Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS-FM and Country “100.7 The Bull” WMUV Jacksonville and flipped both to Christian AC “The Promise“. 1/2: Townsquare Classic Hits “Oldiez 96” WODZ-FM Utica, NY relaunches as “96.1 The Eagle“. 1/2: Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3” WZPW Peoria rebrands as “Peoria’s 92.3“. 1/1: Volusia Broadcasting flipped Oldies 1340 WROD/104.7 W284AV Daytona Beach to Classic Rock “The Rock of Daytona“. 1/1: 920 KKLS/104.7 K284BA Rapid City, SD flips to 80s ...[Read More]