iHeartMedia has flipped Country “Tailgate 103.7” K279BO Portland/105.9 KFBW-HD3 Vancouver WA to Classic Country “103.7 The Legend“. K279BO had launched in October 2014 as a commercial-free competitor to Alpha Media’s “98.7 The Bull” KUPL and Entercom’s “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ to siphon some ratings shares from the full-powered competitors. Tailgate never generated any momentum as it registered a 0.3 share in its final PPM monthly. The flip to Classic Country fills an untapped void in the Portland market. The change follows the exit of K279BO and Sports “Rip City Radio” 620 KPOJ Executive Producer Bobby Corser last week.
iHeartMedia quietly launched “Tailgate Country 103.7” K279BO Portland/KFBW-HD3 Vancouver, WA last week. The new format gives Portland its third Country signal joining Alpha Media’s “98.7 The Bull” KUPL and Entercom’s “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ. With the 99 watt translator having nowhere near the signal of the two incumbents, it is launching with a new gimmick. The station will be commercial-free not just for the first 10,000 songs, but for the foreseeable future. Given that the two Country stations are all that prevents iHeartMedia’s Portland cluster from having the four most listened to commercial stations in the market it is obvious to see the purpose of the Tailgate format. K279BO is owned by Educational Media Foundation and was previously...[Read More]
As the FCC gets back to normal operations following the shutdown, the agency is working quickly to get through the remaining 2003 translator applications. A number of translators have been granted over the past week. Among the new translator CP granted are: Hope Christian Church of Marlton, NJ was granted 92.9 W225BT Glen Burnie, MD with 19 watts rebroadcasting Clear Channel’s 93.1 WPOC. Due to the closeness of the translator to WPOC, we would expect a further application for the translator. Hope also was granted 95.1 W235CE Gettysburg, PA with 7 watts rebroadcasting Clear Channel’s 94.9 WRBT Harrisburg. Mary Medicus gained quite a few new CP’s: 100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee with 12 watts rebroadcasting 105.3 WLVE Mukwanago, 101.5 K268CK Golden, CO with 2 watts rebroadcasting 91...[Read More]
As the FCC prepares to clear out the frozen 2003 Translator applications and open up the LPFM filing window later this year, many existing translators are hurrying to get their upgrades into the system. The past two weeks have been filled with dozens of upgrades applications. Starting in New York where 106.3 W292DV is trying once again to get relocated into the city. After discarding its hopes to operate in the city last year following interference claims the translator was unable to build out its CP on the Queens/Nassau county border. The translator has now applied for an STA to return to Long Island City, Queens with 4 watts to keep the license alive. EMF Broadcasting is seeking to move 100.7 K264AF Guasti, CA into parts of Los Angeles. The translator will operate with 235 watts from the...[Read More]
The Clear Channel/EMF bulk translator move to the IDS Center in Minneapolis has hit a few hitches. The planned moves of 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, 97.7 K249ED Albertville, 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids, and 102.5 K273BH Fridley have been hit with informal objections to move by a Jeff Sibert. The move of 97.7 is also being objected by United Audio Corp., the owner of 97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN. Northpine.com has more details on the move, including a part of history repeating itself. These petitions impacted Clear Channel’s frequency swap of 1130 KFAN and 100.3 KTLK earlier this month. A similar Clear Channel/EMF move in Baton Rouge is being protested as well. EMF has applied to upgrade 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA from 13 watts to 250 watts where it will simulcast Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Gu...[Read More]