Following the FCC’s approval of its necessary divestments yesterday, iHeartMedia has begun operating the remainder of the stations it acquired from Entercom. Talk 680 WRKO Boston and Variety Hits 96.5 Jack-FM” KJAQ and Classic Rock 102.5 KZOK Seattle officially began being operated by iHeartMedia at 12:01am this morning. At the same time Talk 1430 WKOX Everett MA, Smooth Jazz 102.9 KFNY Centralia (formerly Alternative “Alt 102.9” KFOO) and Christian CHR 104.9 KTDD Eatonville WA (formerly Rhythmic CHR KUBE) are now being operated by the Jeanette Tully led Ocean States Trust until divested. iHeart dropped the former formats on the two Washington stations last week in order to retain the intellectual property. KUBE’s format is now housed on 93.3 KPWK-HD2 Seattle,...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has replaced the formats of Alternative “Alt 102.9” KFNY Centralia, and Urban “KUBE 104.9” KTDD Eatonville WA with a pair of filler music formats formats from what the company used to call its “Premium Choice” in-house networks. 102.9 KFNY is now running Smooth Jazz branded as “The South Sound’s Smooth Jazz Station”, while 104.9 KTDD is running Christian CHR branded simply as “Positive Hit Music”. The music on 104.9 matches the logs running on “Up 99.3” KZFS Spokane. The KUBE format and branding has partially moved back to its original home as it now airs on 93.3 KPWK-HD2. INSTANT INSIGHT: Why not just keep the previous formats running until the stations are sold off? This way iHeart can take them out...[Read More]
The four station format shuffle that iHeartMedia pulled off yesterday may have caught many off-guard but the pieces started coming together over six years ago. In 2009, then Clear Channel rounded out their Seattle cluster with the acquisition of CHR “Kiss 106.1” KBKS Tacoma/Seattle as part of a seven station swap with CBS Radio. That deal at the time gave Clear Channel full control of the younger demographics in the market as KBKS joined Rhythmic CHR 93.3 KUBE in their holdings. That monopoly ended up leading to the demise of both stations as they were known. In 2010, Sandusky (now part of Hubbard) flipped “Movin 92.5” KQMV to Rhythmic leaning CHR and the station quickly became not just the dominant CHR in the market, but the dominant station in the market. In the l...[Read More]
The flip of 102.9 KYNW Centralia was not the only move iHeartMedia has made to its Seattle cluster as the company makes changes to four of its Seattle/Tacoma area stations. The moves start as Rhythmic CHR 93.3 KUBE is downgraded to the 104.9 signal that was home to Rock “104.9 The Brew” KKBW Eatonville. With the move the format will be focused on the Tacoma area as “Tacoma’s Hits & Hip-Hop”. SupaSam remains in mornings on KUBE, while Tiffany Warner moves from middays to afternoons. That will clear 93.3 to become CHR “Power 93.3“. Positioned as “Seattle’s New Hit Music”, the new station will take direct aim at Hubbard’s market leading “Movin 92.5” KQMV. Carla Marie and Anthony, most recently of the syndicated...[Read More]
Update 1:05pm: The change took place at 10:00am local time. In explaining the loss of 102.9 to the KJR audience, the station wrote, “Sports Radio KJR is Seattle’s Sports Radio Station. Our strong local sports talk brand can touch our loyal listeners on 950am, I Heart Radio, SportsRadioKJR.com and on now on KJR-FM HD-2. Sports Radio KJR will no longer be heard on 102.9FM, now EXCLUSIVELY on 950AM. This is a business decision that will allow Sports Radio 950 KJR to continue to grow, while also adding an exciting new station to our family.” The first hour of 102.9 Now consisted of: Lady Gaga – Poker Face. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours Justin Timberlake – Mirrors Pink – Try Goo Goo Dolls – Iris Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble Maroon 5 ̵...[Read More]
Clear Channel Sports 950 KJR Seattle has begun simulcasting on what was formerly “Q Country 102.9” KNBQ Centralia, WA. KNBQ does not have much of a presence north of Seattle, but blankets the southern portions of the market and the Olympic Peninsula. The addition of 102.9 to KJR’s programming will attempt to give KJR a signal advantage over Bonneville’s “710 ESPN” KIRO. Both stations tied with a 3.5 share in the October PPM. KNBQ registered a 1.5. The move follows Clear Channel’s flip of 104.9 KSGX to Active Rock earlier this week.