Lincoln Financial Media has completed the move-in of Sports “104.3 The Ticket” WAXY-FM West Palm Beach into the Miami market. Now licensed to Miramar, the station is now in a 100% simulcast of 790 WAXY as previously it had to break away at times due to contractual conflicts with Good Karma Broadcasting’s “ESPN 760/106.3” WEFL in the West Palm Beach market. The station can now air ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd and Miami Heat games on the FM in addition to the FM. WAXY-FM is now operating with 100kW at 283 meters giving it full market coverage of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. Lincoln Financial Media purchased the FM from CBS in August 2012 for $13 Million after CBS sold the remainder of its West Palm Beach cluster to Palm Beach Broadcasting.
The FCC has approved the move of Lincoln Financial Media’s “104.3 The Ticket” WAXY-FM West Palm Beach into the Miami market. Applied for last May when the station was still CBS AC “Sunny 104.3” WEAT, the move will see the station change its city-of-license to Miramar where it will operate with 100kW at 283 meters from a tower off of Hallandale Beach Boulevard. The move was originally contingent on the now approved move of the Construction Permit of 104.5 Islamorada, FL to 93.5 due to FAA compliance issues. It will also see a few other stations change locations. 104.3 WORZ-LP Key Largo will relocate to 107.9 while 93.5 WKEY-FM Key West moves to 93.7. The move had been held up due to objections from Clear Channel that have now been denied. Lincoln Financial Medi...[Read More]
Update 8/29: The launch of “104.3 The Ticket” took place at 5pm today. Until 104.3 completes its move to Miami it will be unable to carry the play-by-play of the Miami Marlins and Miami Heat as Good Karma Broadcasting’s “ESPN 760” WEFL has the rights to both teams in the West Palm Beach market. Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd will only air on 790 while Eric Reed and Brandon Guzio will host a local show on 104.3. The station has also announced that former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor will join the station every Monday at 4pm during the football season. Update 8/25: The Miami Herald reports that the 104.3 simulcast will begin on Wednesday, August 29. The Herald states that the 790/104.3 simulcast will last until the sale closes and 104.3 signal move...[Read More]
Update 6/1: The frequency swap took place at 12am as WIRK and Sunny moved to new frequencies and “Smooth FM 104.3” launched as a placeholder on 104.3 as it prepares to be sold and moved to Miami. The final song on “Now 103.1” was Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning. That happened to be the final song on WPBZ’s previous incarnation as “The Buzz” prior to it becoming “Now” last December. The first song on 103.1 WIRK was Lee Brice – A Woman Like You. 107.9 ended its 40+ year run as a Country station with Justin Moore – ‘Til My Last Day. That led into “Sunny 107.9” taking over with Kid Rock – All Summer Long. “Sunny 104.3” chose the Bee Gees – Staying Alive as its final song. That led ...[Read More]
The expected attempt to move 104.3 WEAT-FM West Palm Beach into the Miami market has hit the FCC. A group of applications have been filed that will see four stations move or change frequencies to make the addition of 104.3 into the Miami market a reality. What is now WEAT-FM will change city of license from West Palm Beach to Miramar where it would operate as a Class C1 with 100kW at 283 meters from a tower off of Hallandale Beach Boulevard that now serves as the auxiliary antenna for Clear Channel’s five FM’s in the market. To make the move happen a few other dominos will need to fall into place. Alex Media’s Construction Permit for a new station in Islamorada, FL has concurrently applied to shift from 104.5 to 93.5. That application asks for an involuntary move of 93.5 ...[Read More]
Update 4/11: The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and RadioInk report that pending FCC approval, Palm Beach Broadcasting will look to spin off 104.3 WEAT and 106.3 WHFS while retaining 102.3 WMBX, 103.1 WPBZ, 107.9 WEAT and the AC format of “Sunny 104.3“. That will require some format shuffling, presumably with Sunny displacing “103.1 Now” due to the overlap between it and WRMF. 104.3 has a city grade signal down into Fort Lauderdale and part of the reasoning in selling off that frequency is that it may be able to move further south into the larger Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. Original Report 4/10: CBS has agreed to sell its five West Palm Beach stations to Palm Beach Broadcasting for $50 Million. Palm Beach Broadcasting, run by CEO Dean Goodman already owns Hot AC 97....[Read More]