The what goes around comes around cycle of programming is seeing the return of the all 1980’s format. Just weeks after iHeart VP Darren Davis mentioned at the NAB Show that the “iHeart 80s” channel was the most listened to on their streaming platform, Classic Hits 104.7 KABQ-FM Bosque Farms/Albuquerque has relaunched as “The 80s Station“. The station is currently running jockless with Mitch Craig voiceovers. KABQ-FM is licensed to the Aloha Station Trust for eventual divestment. KABQ-FM ranked 22nd in the Albuquerque market with a 1.5 share in the Winter 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings. INSTANT INSIGHT: The All-80s and “80s & More” formats had their time in the sun around the turn of the century, but with Classic Hits now completely centered in tha...[Read More]
Clear Channel is moving Classic Country to a new home in Albuquerque. On Friday, June 21, the format of “Classic Country 104.7” from KABQ-FM Bosque Farms to 98.1 K251AU Albuquerque. No word yet on what will replace it on 104.7. Clear Channel acquired K251AU from Maria Candelaria in April for $170,000. It has just filed a license to cover for its signal upgrade to 165 watts rebroadcasting 107.9 KBQI-HD2. That’s still a steep drop from the 100kW signal of 104.7. In the Winter 2012 Arbitron ratings KABQ-FM registered a 2.3 share of the Albuquerque market.
Update 5/2/09: KABQ wasn’t the only station that flipped in Albuquerque. While 104.7 became “Classic Country 104.7” at midnight, Urban AC “Hot 95.1” KSYU flipped to Rhythmic AC as “The New 95.1”. A new domain registration 951ABQ.com hints at the KABQ calls eventually moving from 104.7 to 95.1. The music log on 95.1 is identical to that of sisters WMIA-FM Miami and WZJZ Fort Myers, FL. Expect to see more of this nationwide as part of Clear Channel’s “Premium Choice” initiative. Update 5/1/09 11:00pm EDT: Another sign a flip is imminent: SmoothJazz1047.com now features a logo for the new “Classic Country 104.7”, yet the Smooth Jazz format continues for now. Original Entry 1:00am: The following logo appeared on the Clear ...[Read More]
Update 11/28: Clear Channel has begun promoting the switch on-air as KTEG is hyping that the switch will happen if the station gets One Million hits to its website on Thursday, November 29. Is Clear Channel planning a frequency swap in Albuquerque between Smooth Jazz 104.1 KABQ and Modern Rock 104.7 KTEG? Domains have been registered concurrently for 1041theedge.com and smoothjazz1047.com and the former already redirects to KTEG’s website. The 104.1 frequency rimshots Albuquerque from Santa Fe leaving leaving the signal weak in the southern part of the market. 104.7 is licensed to Bosque Farms, south of the city, leaving the signal weaker in the northern areas.