I’ve been in a lot of Facebook and e-mail group discussions about KQV Pittsburgh. A month after going dark, KQV has been sold and will likely return to the air, but from a new transmitter site, which will make it essentially a suburban AM in its own market. That led to a recent group discussion about how few AMs have the footprint within a sprawling market to be anything more than a rimshotter. Then we started talking about the possible demise of the aircheck site ReelRadio.com, and the unlikelihood that anybody younger than us would care about the demise of ‘60s/’70s top 40 culture. It was not a cheerful discussion. But don’t get all existential yet. A few hours later, news broke that WZON Bangor, Maine, the liberal talk station owned by author Stephen King, had gone into one of its regul...[Read More]
Stephen King’s (yes that one) 620 WZON Bangor ME has dropped its Liberal Talk “The Pulse” format for Oldies “Z62“. The move marks a return to the branding the station used in its Top 40 and Rock eras in the 1970s and 80s. The new format will focus on hits of the 60s and 70s, just as WZON has been running on its “Z62 Throwback Weekends”. Local morning host Don Cookson will move to sister Classic Rock 100.3WKIT-FM for middays, while the afternoon show “Downtown with Rich Kimball” remains in place from 4-6pm as will the WABI-TV newscast simulcasts from 430-6am and 6-630pm. Out with the change are the syndicated Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartmann shows in daytime and Leslie Marshall, Devils Advocates and Clark Howard at night.
A very brief rundown this week with just a few applications made: We start in Milwaukee, where two AM’s appear headed for the FM band. The Milwaukee Radio Alliance has agreed to purchase 100.3 W289CB Milwaukee from Mary Medicus for $150,000. The translator CP, currently licensed to operate with 12 watts at 67.9 meters, will be used to rebroadcast Standards “1290 Martini Radio” WZTI. Meanwhile Kevin J. Youngers’ 105.7 W289CB Milwaukee has applied to relocate to 105.1 where it will operate with 10 watts. The application specifies Entercom’s “SportsRadio 1250” WSSP as the originating station. Reach Communications has proposed relocating 107.3 W297BB De Bary, FL into Orlando operating with 250 watts at 129 meters. The translator will rebroadcast an HD ...[Read More]
Update 12/26: 103.1 WZLO debuted its new format as AAA “103.1 The Loft” at midnight. The move marks a return of AAA to the 103.1 frequency, as it ran the format as WDME until 2009. Original Report 11/25: The Zone Corporation, owned by author Stephen King, has broken the Liberal Talk/Sports simulcast of “The Pulse” 620 WZON Bangor and 103.1 WZON-FM Dover-Foxcroft, ME. The FM side has flipped to Christmas Music and is promising “a BIG surprise for after the holidays”. The station has changed call letters from WZON-FM to WZLO. The existing programming remains unchanged on 620. The two stations have simulcast since January 2010, when 103.1 dropped its AAA format to simulcast what was then an All-Sports format on 620. The pair flipped to Liberal Talk in Novem...[Read More]