Oak Ridge FM has flipped Conservative Talk “Knox Talk Radio” WNFZ Powell/Knoxville, TN to Adult Alternative “94Z“. The flip resurrects the “94Z” moniker used on the station in the 1990’s as an Alternative station. The Knoxville market has been without a younger skewing Rock station since Midwest Communications flipped “95.7 The X” WVRX to Classic Country “Duke-FM” in May. WNFZ will retain its current “Rude Awakening” morning show hosted by Mike Howard and Terry West with the format change. Losing their spots on the station are the syndicated Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Hermain Cain, and Alex Jones along with the local afternoon Sports show “The Drive with Russell Smith”. The Talk format on ...[Read More]
With its Talk format back on FM following multiple changes last year, Blount Broadcasting has taken back control of its 850 WKVL Knoxville and returned the station to Classic Country. WKVL dropped the format when it was leased to John Pirkle’s Oak Ridge FM in May 2013 to assume the Talk programming of 100.3 WNOX after that station was sold to Journal Communications. Later last year Oak Ridge FM regained operations of 94.3 WNFZ and flipped that station to Talk. With Blount regaining operations of WKVL, its previous Classic Country programming has returned as a simulcast with sister 1410 WLOD Loudon.
Update 11/3: As Oak Ridge FM reassumed operations of 94.3 WNFZ on Friday, the station flipped to News/Talk “Knox Talk Radio“. The station is sharing some content with 850 WKVL including the Rude Awakening morning show hosted by Mike Howard and David “Shyne” Thompson. BenMac.com reports the rest of the WNFZ lineup includes Glenn Beck, Dave Ramsey, The Drive with Russell Smith, Herman Cain, Alex Jones, and Coast To Coast AM. WNFZ will also add Sean Hannity when he departs Cumulus’ 98.7 WOKI at the end of the year. Original Report 10/25: When John Pirkle’s Oak Ridge FM reassumes programming control of 94.3 WNFZ Powell/Knoxville on Friday, November 1 at least some Talk content will be in tow. When Pirkle’s group completed the sale of then Talk 100.3 WN...[Read More]
Update 10/14: “94.3 The X” began simulcasting on 95.7 at 12am this morning. The 94.3 and 95.7 simulcast will continue until the end of the month at which time owner John Pirkle will reassume operation of the station. The WNFZ call letters will remain with 94.3, while 95.7 will change from WQJK to WVRX legally once the FCC reopens. Update 9/30: “The X” format will relocate from 94.3 WNFZ to 95.7 WQJK on Monday, October 14. Update 9/29: “94.3 The X” is promoting an “Important Announcement Regarding The Future Of The X” for Monday morning at 7, 8, and 9AM. With a graphic on the website hyping that the station is changing, WNFZ will be announcing its imminent move to 95.7. Original Report 9/13: Rumors are flying that South Central Media’s L...[Read More]