98.1 Branson

Paul Coates & Mike Huckabee Take Branson Into New Directions

Paul Coates & Mike Huckabee’s New Directions Media Group LLC have announced their acquisition of Earls Family Broadcasting’s Branson MO stations for an undisclosed amount. The group had launched in 2015 with the debut of four stations in Pine Bluff AR and then expanded to the Tyler TX market earlier this year with the purchase of Waller Broadcasting. The stations included in the deal are Hot AC “My 100.1” KOMC-FM Kimberling City, Country “102.9 The Z” KHBZ Harrison AR, Classic Country 106.3 KRZK Branson, Full Service AC 900 KHOZ/94.9 K235CE Harrison AR, and Classic Hits 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ Branson. Also included are local news site HometownDailyNews.com and cable channel “The Vacation Channel“. Tom Taylor Now adds that the company plan...[Read More]

Format Swap In The Ozarks

Earls Family Broadcasting swapped the formats on 106.3 KRZK and 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ Branson MO. 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ has assumed the Classic Hits format that had been heard on KRZK. That change comes after KCAX flipped from Southern Gospel to Classic Country with the addition of its translator late last year. That will mean a return to Classic Country for 106.3 KRZK. KRZK had been Classic Country until a flip to Talk in 2012. It moved to a mix of Talk from 6am-8pm weekdays and Classic Hits at other times in May 2016. The station’s two local talk shows, Ellis Island with Janet Ellis and At Your Service with Scott McCaulley will remain in place in the 6-10am timeslots but add some music to their shows. Earls Family Broadcasting (EFB), the parent company of five local radio stations ...[Read More]

KCAX Flips To Classic Country

The first station this season to go All-Christmas was also one of the last to end the holiday songs. Earls Family Broadcasting’s 1220 KCAX/98.1 K251BZ Branson launched its new format on January 1 as “Branson’s Classic Country“. The new format flanks sister Country “102.9 The Z” KHBZ Harrison AR. Listen to the launch of “Branson’s Classic Country” at FormatChange.com. Original Report 10/2/2016: The first Christmas Music flip of the year has taken place in Branson MO. Earls Family Broadcasting flipped Southern Gospel “Solid Gospel 1220” KOMC Branson to Christmas as soon as the calendar flipped to October with the addition of new translator 98.1 K251BZ Branson. The new “Branson’s Classic Christmas 98.1” is als...[Read More]

2016 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown/Watchlist

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