iHeartMedia has flipped CHR “Channel 95.1” KLQT Corrales/Albuquerque to Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 95.1“. The Rhythmic Oldies had been heard in the market on sister “Hot 100.9” K265CA/94.1 KZRR-HD2 since the beginning of this year. Despite operating with 250 watts compared to KLQT’s 100 kilowatts both stations were tied in the Summer 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings with a 1.5 share of the Albuquerque market. The new format will temporarily simulcast on both signals for a few weeks until debuting a new format on 100.9. KLQT led into the format change by looping N’Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” for much of Sunday.
Clear Channel AC “Lite 95.1” KLQT Albuquerque has flipped to CHR as “Channel 95.1“. The station joins a crowded CHR market that already includes Cumulus’ 93.3 KKOB and American General Media’s “OMG 106.7” KDLW on the Mainstream end and Univision’s “Kiss 97.3” KKSS and American General Media’s “Power 106.3” KAGM on the Rhythmic side.
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]