Newcap has flipped Adult Alternative “Radio 96.5” CKUL-FM Halifax to Hot AC “Mix 96.5“. Positioned as “The 90s To Now”, the company is considering the shift an evolution of the prior brand as opposed to an outright flip. The station’s Facebook page shouts it with an image proclaiming “Yup, The Music Is Better Now”. Dan Barton, who formerly programmed crosstown CHR “Z103.5” (now “Hot Country 103.5“) CKHZ, joined Newcap earlier this month to program CKUL.
As the summer is winding down, the focus switches to preparing for the fall book in diary markets and getting stations in position to thrive off of holiday season advertising. As with many long holiday weekends, stations are already getting a head start on the format changes. 9/2: Cumulus concludes its shakeup of its Salt Lake City cluster as it shifts KHTB to Alternative “Alt 94.9“. 9/2: News 1200 WINK and Spanish News 1460 WNPL Fort Myers flip to Spanish Adult Hits “Juan” 9/2: Genesee Media’s 1590 WASB Brockport/Rochester, NY will broke its simulcast of “Business 1310” WRSB and flipped to Sports “Team 1590“. 9/1: Active Rock “105.5 The Bone” WXBN Winchester, VA begins simulcasting sister Country “Z104.9” WZFC. ...[Read More]
Update 8/26: At noon today, CKUL dropped its Classic Hits format and flipped Adult Alternative as “Radio 96.5“. Positioned as “Music First”, the station is promoting itself as a current intensive music discovery station. Dominik Diamond, night host at “Q107” CILQ Toronto joins the station for mornings. Colin Sweets, most recently at “89.3 K-Rock” Kentville, NS will host afternoons. Meanwhile, the “Kool” format says goodbye with the following message on its Facebook page: There have been many comments and rumours about the future of 96.5 KOOL-FM and the morning team of Griff and Caroline. Over the past week we have been unable to comment out of respect for the individuals involved in this significant change. However, today we can c...[Read More]