96.3 Des Moines

Classical Comes To Des Moines and Wilmington, NC

A pair of format changes have brought Classical music to FM on a 24/7 basis in Des Moines and Wilmington, NC. Davis Media, which announced the acquisition of Sea-Comm Media’s cluster in Wilmington, NC last week wastes no time making its first move as it flips 1180 WSFM and its translator at 95.9 W240AS from Regional Mexican to Classical as “Bach FM“. Davis operates a second “Bach FM” in Williamsburg, VA on 107.9 WBQK. In Des Moines, Iowa Public Radio has returned the former 105.9 KZHC and 96.3 KZHC to the air. Now operating under the calls KICP and KICL respectively, the stations join Iowa Public Radio’s growing Classical service. Northpine.com reports that the addition of 105.9/96.3 will allow its flagship 90.1 WOI-FM to increase the amount of News or A...[Read More]

Hits Moving In Des Moines

Update 10/27: “Hits 99.9” launched this morning. It appears the attacking on Kiss 107.5 will continue, as the station’s first Facebook status reads “We’re on the air! It feels so good to be further down the dial and further away from Kiss!!” Update 10/26: A commenter below tells us that 99.9 is now stunting with Kissing sounds, poking fun at Clear Channel’s “Kiss 107.5” KKDM which will be the primary competitor of the new translator. Original Report 10/25: The Rhythmic CHR format of “Hits 105.9” KZHZ Des Moines, IA will soon be sliding to a new frequency and company in the coming days. Connoisseur Media, which debuted the station in March sold the station and the Construction Permit for 96.3 KZHC in the Des Moines market to ...[Read More]