For the third time in its history Alternative “99X” has been removed from its analog signal in Atlanta. Unlike its removal from 99.7 WNNX in 2008 or its flip to Active Rock in 2012, the removal of the format from 98.9 W255CJ Atlanta comes from the FCC. W255CJ has been subject to interference complaints from Gradick Communications’ “Great Classics 98.9” WWGA Tallapoosa GA since March 28, 2014 and had been operating with 200w as opposed to its licensed 250w sine June 2017 in an attempt to rectify the situation. While both sides dispute the origination of the interference and validity of the listener complaints, the FCC ruled on Tuesday that: Section 74.1203(a) provides, in pertinent part, that an FM translator station “will not be permitted to continue to ...[Read More]
Cumulus Alternative “99X” 98.9 W255CJ Atlanta/WWWQ-HD2 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of the brand on October 26 by bringing back former “The Morning X” staffers for the day. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron will reunite for the morning show on the 26th from 6-10am. Fram served as APD and then Program Director and morning co-host for the entire run of the original 99X. She then spent time programming AAA 101.9 WRXP New York and is currently SVP/Music Strategy & Talent for CMT. Barnes was part of the morning show from 1992-2003 and later worked at AAA “92.9 Dave-FM” WZGC. He currently runs a video production company. Baron was part of the morning show from 1993-2006 and then also...[Read More]
As the ball dropped on 2016, Cumulus has relaunched the venerable “99X” brand in Atlanta. 98.9 W255CJ/99.7 WWWQ-HD2 dropped their decoy AC “Warm 98.9” format after a week to bring “99X” back. Greg Ausham, PD of sister Classic Rock “Rock 100.5” WNNX, will add those duties at 99X as well. The newly resurrected format debuted with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” cut off in the middle leading into Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats’ “S.O.B.” and Cold War Kids “First”. Listen to the return of 99X at FormatChange.com. In the three plus years since dropping the Alternative format, iHeartMedia has established “Radio 105.7” as the Alternative station in the Atlanta market, while...[Read More]
With the end of the holiday season, Cumulus’ newly minted “Warm 98.9” W255CJ/99.7 WWWQ-HD Atlanta has flipped to AC. The Warm playlist is featuring a broader mix than Cox Media’s incumbent “B98.5” WSB-FM, while emphasizing softer artists such as Bee Gees, Cher, Michael Bolton and Norah Jones. W255CJ is utilizing Westwood One’s AC network. Original Report 11/24: Cumulus Media has dropped the “Nash Icon” brand from the first station to launch it. 98.9 W255CJ/99.7 WWWQ-HD2 Atlanta has begun stunting with Christmas music as “Warm 98.9“. As the “Warm” moniker does have some heritage in the market as sister WWWQ was Soft AC “Warm 99” in the 1980s, a return to a similar format to attack Cox Media’s nei...[Read More]
If there’s one thing we know to expect every November most of the same stations that flipped to Christmas music last year and the year before that and the year before that will do so again this year. That is the primary reason we are no longer producing the list of all stations playing Christmas music. It is very predictable what station will play Christmas music in each market and that they will then return to their regular playlist as soon as the calendar changes to December 26. But there are still the stations that use the holiday music to clear out their previous audience and build attention for a format change after the holidays. Those are the stations we will be tracking. Completed Changes 12/28: American General Media Rhythmic CHR “Power 106.7” KAGM let go of its a...[Read More]
Update 8/15: Cumulus has debuted the “Nash Icon” Country brand on fourteen stations across the nation. 98.9 W255CJ Atlanta and 102.1 WZAT Savannah were the first to make the flip at 12pm Eastern. Five more followed at 3pm Central and the rest scattered across the remainder of the afternoon. The stations making the move to Nash Icon are: Country 92.5 KJJY Des Moines Classic Country “92.5 The Outlaw” Newaygo/Muskegon MI News/Talk 93.7 WJBC-FM Pontiac/Bloomington IL AC “Warm 94.9” KRMW Cedarville/Fayetteville AR Country 95.5 WSM-FM Nashville Classic Rock “96.3 The Mountain” KBZU Albuquerque CHR “Hot 97.9” KQLK De Ridder/Lake Charles Classic Hits “Good Time Oldies 98.9” W255CJ Atlanta CHR “99.5 The Vibe” WZRR B...[Read More]
Cumulus launched the first Nash Icon branded Country station in Atlanta at 12pm today flipping Classic Hits “Oldies 98.9” W255CJ Atlanta/99.7 WWWQ-HD2 to “98.9 Nash Icon“. The move gives Cumulus’ “Kicks 101.5” WKHX an older skewing flanker to assist in its format battle against Clear Channel’s “94.9 The Bull” WUBL. The station is differentiating itself as featuring music from the late 80s through today with artists including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, The Judds, Faith Hill, and Toby Keith. 98.9 is promoting itself as being Commercial Free 24/7.
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: After stunting for an hour with Oldies songs featuring the word Walk to bridge the formats, W255CJ flipped to “Oldies 98.9” at 12pm today. The station launched with programming from Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel with the Rolling Stones “Jumping Jack Flash”. Original Report 8/25: One year ago this week, the Atlanta market was shaken-up as Clear Channel and Cumulus combined on multiple format changes. Now, Cumulus’ 98.9 W255CJ looks to be headed to its third format in a calendar year. After going from Alternative to Active Rock last Labor Day Weekend, and then to a mix of Christian AC and Country in February, the station is preparing to make another move. Over the past few days, Cumulus has registered 989TrueOldiesChannel.com, TrueOldies...[Read More]
Following the programming merge of Active Rock “98.9 The Bone” W255CJ and “Rock 100.5” WNNX on Friday, Cumulus has debuted Christian Country “98.9 The Walk” at noon today. The station debuted with Keith Urban’s “For The Grace Of God” following a two hour stunt of song clips featuring the word “Walk” in it.
Update 2/1: 98.9 and 100.5 began simulcasting at 12am leading into the relaunch of the “Bigger, Better Rock 100.5” at 10am. The two frequencies will simulcast until Monday at 12pm when 98.9 will debut its new format. The new “Rock 100.5” will continue to feature The Regular Guys in mornings and Lyndsey Marie in middays. Axel Lowe and Lewis will move from 98.9 to 100.5 for afternoons and nights respectively. Lowe, who was Program Director of “The Bone” now assumes those duties for WNNX. Update 1/30: Cumulus has begun promoting the first part of the changes we first reported on Monday. “Rock 100.5” WNNX and “98.9 The Bone” W255CJ will merge their programming on 100.5 at 10am on Friday to “Create One BIG Rock Station”. WN...[Read More]
On the heels of Clear Channel flipping Active Rock “Project 9-6-1” WKLS Atlanta to CHR, Cumulus has dropped the heritage Alternative “99X” brand in the market. Listen to the launch of 98.9 The Bone at FormatChange.com. Update 9/1: After running the stunt loop for 18 hours, 98.9 debuted its new Active Rock “98.9 The Bone” format at 12pm. The first five songs on the Bone were: Volbeat “Warrior’s Call”, Foo Fighters “Rope”, Shinedown “Unity”, Metallica “King Nothing”, and Chevelle “Hats Off To The Bull”. Original Report 8/31: At 6pm, 98.9 W255CJ/99.7 WWWQ-HD2 dropped the “99X” Alternative format and began stunting with a teaser of the new Active Rock format that will debut on R...[Read More]