Austin Radio Network has relaunched Classic Hits “Classic 105.3” K287FG Austin/KTXX-HD4 Bee Cave as “105.3 The Bat“. The move coincides with the completion of a shift to a Rock leaning playlist. “The Capital of Classic Hits” as it is being positioned, is promoting a three hour commercial-free block from 9am to 12pm weekdays. Kim Stewart, who currently hosts overnights for Cumulus’ “Nash Icon” brand, will also host afternoons for The Bat. Stewart is known in the Austin market for her time co-hosting mornings on Entercom AC “Majic 95.5” KKMJ from 2005 through 2010.
After two decades on iHeartMedia Sports “1300 The Zone” KVET and Country 98.1 KVET-FM Austin, the University of Texas is moving its sports broadcasts to Austin Radio Network’s cluster of stations. The entire cluster will air UT Football games including pre and post-game coverage. That includes Progressive Country 99.3 KOKE-FM Thorndale/98.5 K253AN Sunset Valley/1490 KTAE Austin, Sports “104.9 The Horn” KTXX Bee Cave, Classic Hits “Classic 105.3” K287FG Austin/KTXX-HD4, and “Comedy 1260” KLGO Elgin. KOKE-FM/KTAE will also carry Men’s Basketball, while “The Horn” will air Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and featured games from other sports. Texas Football will air in Spanish on Regional Mexi...[Read More]
“Classic 105.3” will make its debut on Monday with a format focusing on the 1960s through 80s. However it will do so without one half of of the JB & Sandy morning show. Sandy McIlree tweeted us that he submitted his resignation on Friday and is on the lookout for his next opportunity. @radioinsight I submitted my resignation Fri morning. I'm under no contractual obligation and looking for my next opportunity. Best to ARN. — SandyMcIlree (@SandyMcIlree) March 2, 2015 @radioinsight I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org — SandyMcIlree (@SandyMcIlree) March 2, 2015 JB Hager will continue in mornings solo with the new format. Update 3/1 5:00pm: In addition to the “The Hit” domains registered previously, Genuine Austin Radio has added AustinClassicFM...[Read More]
Update 4/19: After a few minutes of technical issues, Fringe launched around 10:15am with JB & Sandy introducing themselves and the station. Many of the sweepers heard on the station took shots at Entercom and Mix 94.7 for letting the duo go and branding the station as home of commercial radio exiles. Despite the shots at KAMX, the station musically is positioned closer to Emmis AAA 93.3 KGSR and The University of Texas’ 98.9 KUTX. While no website is live for the station yet, you can listen online here. The first hour of Fringe consisted of: The Clash – London Calling Mowglis – San Francisco Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry Pixies – Here Comes Your Man Black Keys – Fever White Stripes – My Doorbell Krayzie Bone f/ Pozition – Pop Life (Grand...[Read More]
A day after celebrating its first anniversary on air, Texas/Classic Country KOKE-FM Austin has added a third over the air signal for its programming. 98.5 K253AN Sunset Valley, TX has moved out of Austin’s West Lake Hills to serve South Austin and Hays County southwest of Austin. Replacing that translator in serving Austin itself is 105.3 K287FG Austin. The 75 watt translator covers Travis County and Austin proper. The two translators extend the reach of northeast Austin rimshot 99.3 KOKE-FM Thorndale into the Austin market. The station’s programming is also heard on 107.1 KLZT-HD4, which is the originating station for both translators. KOKE-FM has slowly made inroads in the market as it registered a 1.9 share in the May PPM monthly with its mix of Texas artists, Classic Countr...[Read More]
EMF Broadcasting is applying to bring another translator into Chicago proper. 101.5 W268AY Seward Township, IL has applied to relocate to the top of the Trump International Hotel where it would operate with 250 watts and rebroadcast Clear Channel’s 95.5 WNUA-HD3. In nearby Joliet, 94.3 W232BL looks to double from 5 to 10 watts with a shift to 99.1 due to interference from co-owned “K-Love” WJKL Glendale Heights. Over in Phoenix, EMF is seeking to relocate and upgrade its 96.5 K243BN Laveen from the South Mountain tower farm to the north side of the city. It will upgrade from 11 to 51 watts. The translator will continue to rebroadcast EMF’s “Air 1” 89.9 KZAI Superior, AZ EMF is also looking to upgrade its translator in St. Louis. 103.7 W279AQ Mascoutah se...[Read More]