As we first indicated in our 8/29 Domain Insight, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has announced that “Altitude Sports 950” KKSE Parker/Denver CO will move to 92.5 on Monday, September 17. The move to 92.5 will replace Country “92.5 The Wolf” KWOF Broomfield. New KKSE-FM call letters have already been reserved for the FM. With the move of the local programming to 92.5, 950 will pick up the national Fox Sports Radio network feed and serving as overflow outlet for play-by-play. KWOF was third ranked Country station with a 1.3 share in the August 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings released today trailing Bonneville’s 98.5 KYGO with a 6.2 and iHeartMedia’s “106.7 The Bull” KWBL’s 2.3 share. KKSE, which serves as the flagship station for the co-o...[Read More]
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has announced its on-air lineup for its launch of “Altitude Sports 950” KKSE Denver on Friday, April 8 to coincide with the home opener for the Colorado Rockies. The lineup will consist of Josh Dover hosting “The Morning Scoreboard” from 6-7am. Former Denver Nugget Scott Hastings, who had been co-hosting middays at “104.3 The Fan” KKFN until December, will join the KKSE morning show along with former Root Sports and KCNC-TV sportcaster Tom Helmer and Altitude TV reporter Lauren Gardner for mornings from 7-10am. Rich Eisen’s syndicated program will follow from 10am-1pm. Former KKFN morning host/KCNC-TV sportscaster and current Altitude TV studio anchor Vic Lombardi and fellow TV anchor Kyle Keefe will air from 1-4...[Read More]
If there’s one thing we know to expect every November most of the same stations that flipped to Christmas music last year and the year before that and the year before that will do so again this year. That is the primary reason we are no longer producing the list of all stations playing Christmas music. It is very predictable what station will play Christmas music in each market and that they will then return to their regular playlist as soon as the calendar changes to December 26. But there are still the stations that use the holiday music to clear out their previous audience and build attention for a format change after the holidays. Those are the stations we will be tracking. Completed Changes 12/28: American General Media Rhythmic CHR “Power 106.7” KAGM let go of its a...[Read More]
Kroenke will pay $3.8 million for KRWZ. Additionally the “Cruisin Oldies” intellectual property will remain with Entercom and move to 1430 KEZW Denver. Original Report 12/17: Stan Kroenke’s KSE Media Ventures is adding a fourth Denver station to its portfolio. Entercom will sell “Cruisin’ Oldies 950” KRWZ Parker CO to KSE for an undisclosed price. KSE is in the process of acquiring Country “92.5 The Wolf” KWOF, Hot AC “Mix 100.3” KIMN and Classic Hits “Kool 105.1” KXKL Denver from Wilks Broadcast Group for $54 million. KRWZ currently serves as the flagship station of Kroenke’s NBA Denver Nuggets and NHL Colorado Avalanche.
Entercom has announced that it will combine the formats of “Cruisin Oldies 950” KRWZ and Soft AC/Standards “Studio 1430” KEZW Denver on Sunday, December 27. The announcement comes following Entercom’s announcement earlier today that it will sell KRWZ to KSE Media Ventures. “Cruisin 1430” will focus on music from the 1950s and 60s with an airstaff made up of employees of both stations. Entercom announced today that on Sunday, December 27th, Entercom Denver will introduce the new Cruisin’ Oldies 1430 AM. The New Cruisin’ 1430 AM will be the best of Cruisin’ and KEZW and will deliver the best oldies music to an active and engaged audience in Denver. Crusin’ 1430 will play the Baby Boomer soundtrack, spinning the greatest music from the birth of Rock ‘...[Read More]
Entercom and Bonneville have announced they will begin operating their newly acquired stations on Friday, July 17 with Entercom closing on its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media. Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ETM) announced today that it has closed its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media Corporation (“LFM”) and will begin operating the LFM stations on Friday, July 17. Entercom also announces that effective the same date it will commence operations of KSWD-FM Los Angeles under a time brokerage agreement (“TBA”) with Bonneville International Corporation (“Bonneville”). At the same time, Bonneville will commence operations of Entercom’s Denver stations KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM and KEPN-AM under a TBA with Entercom. This follows the Company’s announ...[Read More]
The Entercom/Lincoln Financial Media deal has been filed with the FCC. To comply with market cap limits in Denver, Sports “104.3 The Fan” KKFN Longmont will be placed in the Pikes Peak Trust run by Elliot Evers for divestiture to a third party. The remainder of the Lincoln Financial Media stations will begin to be operated by Entercom via Time Brokerage Agreement on January 15 or two days after DOJ approval of the deal, whichever is the latter of the two. During the TBA and until the actual sales close, Entercom agrees to not change any formats on the to-be-acquired stations. The $105 million purchase price will consist of a $77 million cash payment to Lincoln Financial, with the remainder consisting of Entercom stock grants to Lincoln. Original Report 12/8: Entercom Communicat...[Read More]
This morning Entercom shocked the industry with their acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media for $105 million. Entercom acquired fifteen stations and a translator for less money than Steel City Media paid for Wilks four station in Kansas City earlier this year, a smaller market than any of the Lincoln stations. To show how much station prices have dropped, the price is nearly equal to the amount Greater Media paid for Lincoln’s three stations in Charlotte, NC in 2008. Denver This deal is all about establishing Entercom’s dominance in Denver. Entercom has yet to reveal which station will be divested to satisfy the ownership cap limits. Using the November 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings, Entercom’s four stations combined for a 14.1 share and Lincoln’s six combined for ...[Read More]
Lincoln Financial Media looks prepared to bring Comedy to FM in Denver. Update 10/18: “Comedy 103.1” debuted at 12pm with programming supplied by 24/7 Comedy. Update 10/17: 103.1 K276FK has begun stunting with a loop of canned laughter. As seen in the comments below, a clip of the audio can be heard here. The station will indeed become “Comedy 103.1“. Update 10/5: “Cruisin’ 950” has begun promoting that it will soon no-longer be heard on 103.1 and KYGO-HD2. The station is adding an HD2 simulcast on 104.3 KKFN-HD2. Original Report 9/19: The company has registered Comedy1031.com, 1031Comedy.com, Funny1031.com, and 1031Funny.com for 103.1 K276FK Denver. The translator currently simulcasts “Cruisin’ Oldies 950” KRWZ via 98.5 KYGO-HD2....[Read More]
Another Smooth Jazz outlet is gone as Lincoln Financial Media moved Sports “950 The Fan” KKFN Denver to the 104.3 signal that had been home to KJCD at 1pm. KKFN will simulcast on 950 and 104.3 until the end of March, when a new format will debut on 950. The Smooth Jazz format will continue on 98.5 KYGO-HD2 and SmoothJazzDenver.com.