iHeartMedia Conservative Talk “NewsRadio 102.5 WFLA” 540 WFLF Pine Hills/Orlando FL has moved its FM signal off of 102.5 W273CA Orlando to 93.1 W226BT Orlando. The move comes as iHeartMedia will end its lease of W273CA from Central Florida Educational Association after eight years. The translator originally was programmed as Smooth Jazz “WLOQ” before assuming WFLF’s simulcast in February 2014. No word yet on what will replace WFLF on 102.5. 93.1 W226BT had been rebroadcasting Star Over Orlando’s co-owned Brazilian 810 WRSO Orlovista. That station will continue to be heard on 97.9 W250CE Kissimmee in the southern part of the Orlando market. iHeart has also started an LMA with option to purchase WRSO and the two translators from Star Over Orlando. INSTANT ...[Read More]
Clear Channel didn’t wait long following yesterday’s revamp of 101.9 WJHM to CHR “Amp Radio 101.9” to take advantage. 104.5 W283AN Altamonte Springs has changed from rebroadcasting News/Talk 540 WFLF to Urban “104.5 The Beat” via 104.1 WTKS-HD2. Promoting 5000 “joints” in a row, the 221 watt translator covers Orlando and its northwest suburbs. The Beat will pick up Clear Channel’s syndicated “Breakfast Club” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlmagne Tha God for mornings beginning Monday, February 24. The Beat is being programmed by CHR “XL 106.7” WXXL PD Brian Mack. The News/Talk simulcast of WFLF has been moved over 102.5 W273CA Orlando where it replaces Smooth Jazz “102.5 WLOQ“. The move to the 250 w...[Read More]
Update 6/3: The something new being teased by WLOQ was the addition of a locally originating morning show hosted by Erica Lee. Lee is known in the Orlando market for the nineteen years she spent at Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX prior to departing in early 2010. She is also founder/CEO of the Aircheck.us podcast network. Original Report 5/29: Clear Channel Smooth Jazz “102.5 WLOQ” W273CA Windmere/Orlando, FL is teasing “Something New Is Coming To 102.5 WLOQ“. The station’s website features a countdown clock pointing to 6:00am on Monday, June 3. 102.5 currently airs programming from the Smooth Jazz Network around the clock including Kenny G & Sandy Kovach in mornings. No domains registrations have come across yet for the station, which has aired Smoot...[Read More]
Update 8/18: “Smooth Jazz 102.5” debuted on W273CA at noon today. It is still operating on its Winter Garden area transmitter and will remain there until the moved-in facility in Orlando is approved and built over the coming weeks. Original Report 8/17: Smooth Jazz will soon be returning to Orlando, Florida. The two translators that Central Florida Educational Foundation had leased to Cox to simulcast 580 WDBO have been returned to their owner as Cox moves its programming to 96.5. There are also applications on file to complete their moves from Winter Park, FL to Orlando itself. 102.5 W273CA (formerly W274AX) will now be leased to Clear Channel, who will use it to rebroadcast 107.7 WMGF-HD2. The station will pick up the Smooth Jazz format recently dropped by 103.1 WLOQ after it...[Read More]
Cox Media Group has announced that News/Talk 580 WDBO Orlando will begin simulcasting on 96.5 WHTQ on Friday, August 19 at 5:00am. WHTQ had just shifted in February from Classic Rock to a broader Rock format as “96 Rock“. The station dropped to a 3 share in the July ratings. Among the shows out as part of the change is the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge. WDBO had recently added an FM translator on the western side of the Orlando market, but that wasn’t enough to keep Cox from needing a full-powered FM to rebroadcast WDBO.
The FCC has begun to clear its large backlog of pending translator applications in order to ensure some frequencies remain available for LPFM’s in their respective markets. Over 2000 translators applications were wiped out en masse. Among the markets where the translator applications will still be processed are Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. This has no bearing on any existing translator on-air or with a construction permit in these given markets, but could result in a slow down of new move-ins. See the list of markets here. Elsewhere there was a ton of movement in the past 10 days, especially in the growing relationship between Clear Channel and EMF Broadcasting. A number of EMF owned tran...[Read More]