Nielsen Audio and Flinn Broadcasting have filed lawsuits against each other over Flinn’s non-payment of their license for ratings data. Nielsen sued Flinn for $176,134 ($136,872.88 in past due fees, $16,287.12 in interest and $22,974 in attorney fees) claiming that Flinn hasn’t paid for its contracted PPM services in Memphis since February 2015. A request for a summary judgment was dismissed by Federal Judge Ellen Hollander this week. Flinn followed by counter-suing Nielsen this week claiming Nielsen was in breach of its contract. Flinn’s argument is that Nielsen’s methodology predictably undercounted listeners with an insufficient sample size and unrepresentative demographics and withheld that it was denied MRC accreditation for Memphis until after signing Flinn to...[Read More]
Update 11/19: Following the launch of two additional Christmas formats in Memphis, WMPS has added non-Christmas songs to its playlist. Branded as “Adult Classic Music”, the station is playing a mix of Adult Standards, Classic Country, and Oldies. The entire station is being sponsored by the medical practice of station owner Dr. George Flinn. Original Report 11/11: The AAA “Radio Superhero” format that launched on 1210 WMPS Bartlett/Memphis this summer has proven to be short lived. Flinn Broadcasting has flipped the station to Christmas Music (for now) with a new identity of “Sunny 1210“. A new format will launch after the holidays.
Flinn Broadcasting has flipped Conservative Talk “1210 The Point” WMPS Bartlett/Memphis to AAA “Radio Superhero“. The station had been LMA’d to Memphis Tea Party leader Mark Skoda. The new format is being programmed by Flinn itself replacing its former IPigRadio.com, which previously aired on other Memphis area stations owned by Flinn.
Flinn Broadcasting’s “Sports 56” WHBQ Memphis has simultaneously added an FM and TV simulcast as the station begins simulcasting on 87.7 WPGF-LP. The LPTV station had been rebroadcasting Flinn’s 1210 WMPS since February 2011 when both stations were leased to MPS Broadcasting. The move gives WHBQ and FM signal to match Entercom’s “ESPN 92.9” WMFS/680 WJCE. Flinn had recently purchased 97.7 W249BD Ellendale to simulcast WHBQ. With the addition of 87.7 to 560, the translator has modified its license to now simulcast Flinn’s Spanish “Radio Ambiente” 1030 WGSF when it completes its upgrade from 19 to 250 watts.