97.5 Baltimore

WHFS On The Move Yet Again

CBS Alternative “97.5 HFS” W248AO Baltimore/106.5 WWMX-HD2 is on the move to a new frequency. On Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00pm the WHFS brand will relocate to 104.9 W285EJ White Marsh. Both 97.5 W248AO and 104.9 W285EJ are owned by Hope Christian Church of Marlton, NJ. CBS currently programs W248AO and 106.1 W291BA as part of an arrangement with Hope Christian that allows that company to feed its other Baltimore area translators via 101.9 WLIF-HD4. While 97.5 operates with 250 watts at 225.8 meters from Television Hill in Baltimore City, 104.9 runs only 10 watts at 120.4 meters from a tower in suburban Towson. The new signal will be much more limited than the existing in areas south of Baltimore. The WHFS Alternative format and calls have been heard on multiple frequencies in th...[Read More]

WHFS Returns To Baltimore

CBS Radio returned Modern Rock and the venerable “WHFS” brand to Baltimore via 97.5 W248AO and 106.5 WWMX-HD2 at noon today. The station is launching with a full airstaff. Tim Virgin, most recently in afternoons at Q101 Chicago, will host mornings. He along with afternoon host Gina Crash and night host Neci are veterans of the original 99.1 WHFS. The syndicated Loveline will air from 10pm to midnight. Other Baltimore radio veterans Jenn Marino (who continues to co-host afternoons at Mix 106.5) and Chris Emry will also appear on the station. Since being displaced from its longtime home on 99.1 in Annapolis, MD in February 2005, the format was used on HD2 and part time on then FM Talk “Live 105.7” in Baltimore and up until now on 94.7 WIAD-HD2 Bethesda/Washington, DC....[Read More]

Translator Report 7/21

The FCC has begun to clear its large backlog of pending translator applications in order to ensure some frequencies remain available for LPFM’s in their respective markets. Over 2000 translators applications were wiped out en masse. Among the markets where the translator applications will still be processed are Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. This has no bearing on any existing translator on-air or with a construction permit in these given markets, but could result in a slow down of new move-ins. See the list of markets here. Elsewhere there was a ton of movement in the past 10 days, especially in the growing relationship between Clear Channel and EMF Broadcasting. A number of EMF owned tran...[Read More]

Translator Report 5/30

And now for this week’s rundown of some of the top stories from around the translator world. Broadcast Towers Inc. signed a consent decree with the FCC to shut down operations in Florida after the company used roadside locations to temporary operate its translators as it attempted to move them from the Florida Keys into the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Five translators have been deleted by the FCC: W224BW Key Largo, W237DK Leisure City, W237CI Miami Beach, W258AQ Homestead, and W296BP Coral Gables. A sixth translator, W285EH Key West must be sold by December 31. More details at RadioWorld. Spanish radio comes to the FM dial in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Beacon Broadcasting has leased 8 watt 99.5 W258BM Easton, PA to Matthew Braccili, owner of “Hola Radio” 1600 WHOL...[Read More]

Translator Report 5/22

A quiet week on the translator front this week. The top translator story this week is the return of the Urban format to Pittsburgh via 660 WPYT and 100.1 W261AX as we’ve been discussing for the past few weeks. About 60 miles east of Kansas City we see the debut of a new CHR. 1430 KAOL Carrollton, MO has dropped its Sports format and with the addition of 101.3 K267BN Bosworth, MO it has relaunched as “101.3 The Grenade“. A pair of translators are about to debut in Hilton Head Island, SC. 104.3 W282AT Hilton Head Island has been sold from Edgewater Broadcasting to Monterey Licenses’ Adventure Radio Group where it will bring Soft AC “1130 The Island” WHHW to FM. Across the Port Royal Sound in neighboring Beaufort, Edgewater’s 94.9 W235BD has a Constru...[Read More]

Translator Report 5/16

While much of the translator news had to do with 106.3 in New York last week there was lots more action elsewhere. Kansas City has more 250 watt translators in the commercial band than any other market and adds another one today. Alpine Broadcasting’s 102.9 K275BQ Richmond, MO signed on Friday afternoon rebroadcasting 1160 KCXL Liberty, MO. EMF Broadcasting’s 89.5 K208EO Sandia, NM has completed its move to 107.5 where it has begun airing Vanguard Media’s “Real Oldies 1600” KRKE Albuquerque as “Cool 107.5“. The translator covers the northeast portion of Albuquerque. Radio Power Inc.’s 100.1 W261AX Pittsburgh, PA, which will soon become Urban “WAMO 100” when paired with 660 WPYT has begun testing its signal with a simulcast of 90.5...[Read More]