98.7 Charlotte

2017 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown

Completed Changes Sarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1) Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31) Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31) Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31) Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31) Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31) Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country &#...[Read More]

iHeart Goes Up With Christian AC In Charlotte

As we first reported as expected to happen in Daily Domains earlier today, iHeartMedia launched Christian AC “Up 98.7” W254AZ Belmont/Charlotte via 99.7 WRFX-HD2 at 3pm today. W254AZ had been stunting as “Christmas 98.7” since November 1 following the end of Marta Media’s lease of the translator. The new Christian AC format becomes the third format option in the market joining EMF’s “K-Love” on 91.9 WRCM Wingate and Radio Training Network’s “Joy-FM” 96.5 W243BY Charlotte/98.3 W252BU Gastonia. Original Report 11/1: iHeartMedia has launched “Christmas 98.7” W254AZ Belmont/Charlotte NC via 99.7 WRFX-HD2. Positioned as “Charlotte’s Commercial-Free Christmas”, the translator will serve to chip away a...[Read More]

Ke Buena 98.7 Debuting In Charlotte

iHeartMedia is leasing Sports “Fox Sports 98.7” W254AZ Belmont/WRFX-HD2 Kannapolis NC to Martz Media who will flip the station to Spanish CHR “Ke Buena 98.7” on August 1. Martz is run by Greenville SC based Roger ‘El Comandante’ Martinez, who also operates “Poder 102.9” W275BJ/WGTK-HD2 Greenville. The new format will create a competitor to Norsan Media rimshot “Latina 102.3” WGSP-FM Pageland SC. iHeartMedia/Charlotte inks a multi-year agreement with Martz Media Inc. and will introduce the new Contemporary Latin on W254AZ-FM as “Ke Buena 98.7 FM. ” Featuring a mix of local and national on-air personalities include Roger “El Comandante” Martinez, the latest news, gossip and Latin music favorites, The New Ke B...[Read More]

Fox Sports 98.7 Charlotte Debuts

Update 8/27: Clear Channel launched “Fox Sports FM 98.7” W254AZ Belmont/99.7 WRFX-HD2 Charlotte this morning. Launching with the national Fox Sports Radio in its entirety, rumors are spreading that the translator could be in the running to become the new flagship for Charlotte Hornets basketball play-by-play for the upcoming season. Update 8/12: Clear Channel has announced that “Fox Sports 98.7” will launch on W254AZ and 99.7 WRFX-HD2 by the end of the month. The station will debut with the complete national Fox Sports Radio lineup including Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, and Steve Gorman. Original Report 7/30: Sports Talk appears to be on its way to the FM band in Charlotte thanks to a soon to launch Clear Channel translator. Clear Channel has registered FoxSports987.com, ...[Read More]

FCC Applications 11/25

Communications attorney John Garziglia has applied to increase his CP for 97.7 W249CO Reston, VA from 73 to 250 watts. Serving Washington DC’s western suburbs, the translator is licensed to rebroadcast American University’s 88.5 WAMU. With 100.3 WLML Lake Park/West Palm Beach close to launching, Reach Communications has filed a displacement application to relocate 100.3 W262AN Tamarac, FL to 101.1 with no facility changes. The translator simulcasts Clear Channel News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami. Clear Channel’s recently acquired 98.7 W254AZ Belmont, NC has applied to relocate its tower into the Charlotte city limits where it will operate with 180 watts. Clear Channel has acquired 105.1 W286BK Birmingham from Way Media for no financial compensation. Way gains the right to continue...[Read More]

Clear Channel Acquires Charlotte Translator

Positive Alternative Radio has sold 98.7 W254AZ Belmont, NC to Clear Channel. In exchange for the translator, Clear Channel will lease its HD3 subchannels of 106.5 WBTJ Richmond, VA and 106.5 WEND Salisbury/Charlotte, NC to Positive Alternative Radio to feed its other translators in those markets. W254AZ currently holds a CP to upgrade to 130 watts with a coverage of the city of Charlotte. The translator will be used to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 102.9 WLKO.