Following the reported sale of 103.7 KHJK La Porte/Houston to EMF Broadcasting in May there were no followup FCC filings. Finally today do we see action as EMF began operating 103.7 via LMA at 5:00 today. The move will displace AAA “Houston’s Adult Alternative” and replace it with EMF’s Christian CHR “Air1“. KHJK follows KZAR McQueeny/San Antonio as Air1 affiliates in Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports that two Houston market stations have been sold. Gow Communications, owner of Sports “1560 The Game” KGOW and the Yahoo! Sports Radio Network has signed a letter of intent to acquire “ESPN 97.5” KFNC, while EMF Broadcasting will purchase AAA 103.7 KHJK. Both stations had been owned by Cumulus Media but were spun off into a trust run by Larry Patrick as part of a pre-packaged bankruptcy. The Chronicle states that Gow will continue to operate KFNC as an ESPN affiliate and attempt to make a run for the radio rights of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. 103.7 will flip to one of EMF’s Christian networks: AC “K-Love” or Christian CHR “Air-1“. The AR Licensing Trust also possesses two Kansas City stations; CHR R...[Read More]
We’re two for two so far this week with our Net Gnome reports. On Sunday, we pondered whether Portland, OR would see the launch of Kool 105.9. At 1:05pm PDT, the change occurred as the station dropped Smooth Jazz for Classic Hits under the “Greatest Hits Of All Time” tagline. Following Tom Grant’s “Change”, the station segued to the new format with Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll”. We should note that in its short 6 years on the air, this is the fourth format for the station following Hot AC “Star”, Classic Hits “River”, and Smooth Jazz. Discuss the change at our Oregon board. Meanwhile in Houston, we have confirmation that KIOL will become KHJK “103.7 Jack-FM” tomorrow at 10:37am CDT. More at ...[Read More]
Update 8/30: Variety Hits reports that Cumulus parked the KHJK calls on a construction permit at 99.1 in Lennox, SD. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a large market station go Variety Hits. The format has shown its staying power in some while fizzling in others. Regardless expect to see Jack debut in Houston in the VERY near future at the current location of 103.7 KIOL. The station has been in a state of flux since losing its morning team Walton & Johnson to Clear Channel’s 950 KPRC. Cumulus has registered 10 domains for the new format: 1037jackfm.com, 1037jackfm.net, houstonsjack.com, houstonsjack.net, houstonsjackfm.com, houstonsjackfm.net, jack1037.com, jack1037.net, jackfmhouston.com, and jackfmhouston.net. All of which currently redirect to CumulusR...[Read More]