A couple weeks ago we rounded up a number of format changes that took place under the radar. Since that report we’ve been tipped off to a number of additional changes. Shortly after Point Broadcasting closed on its acquisition of Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA on August 31, the station dropped its format and is currently running a jockless/commercial-free version of the Rhythmic Oldies “Old School” format it operates on 104.7 KOCP Oxnard and 104.7 KQIE Redlands/Riverside and a few other stations in Southern California. Townsquare Media CHR “PopCrush 97.1” KKBR Billings MT relaunched in July as “97.1 Kiss-FM“. Mountain Broadcasting debuted Oldies “Boomer 106.3” K292GH/KMSO-HD3 Missoula MT. The station is focusing on the 1960s and promotin...[Read More]
El Dorado Broadcasters has been divesting its properties in the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo CA markets over the past few months. The most recent deal will see Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria go to John Hearne’s Point Broadcasting for $1.175 million. Point does not own any other stations in the Lompoc/Santa Maria market, but does have 2 AMs and 4 FMs in the adjacent Santa Barbara market operating as Rincon Broadcasting. KXFM applied last November to relocate to Montecito where it would moves its signal coverage to the Santa Barbara and adjacent Oxnard/Ventura markets. The application has yet to be approved by the FCC. Since the start of 2016, El Dorado has sold off four other stations in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria markets. “Sunny Country 102.5” KSNI-FM and News/Tal...[Read More]
[alert-note]This is a free preview of our weekly FCC Report available to Radioinsight Premium Subscribers. Click here for Subscription Info.[/alert-note] FM Changes El Dorado Broadcasters is seeking to move Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA to Montecito where it would be placed in the Santa Barbara market, but also place coverage over the Oxnard/Ventura market. The station’s application proposes placing KXFM on an existing tower on Rincon Peak where it would downgrade from a Class B to B1 with 1.3kW at 427 meters (Coverage Map). El Dorado owns no other stations in either Oxnard/Ventura or Santa Barbara, but will continue to own 1 AM and 2 FM in the Lompoc/Santa Maria market following the move of KXFM. Further up the California coast, Hooten Broadcasting AAA “92.7 The Skunk” K...[Read More]
After stunting over the weekend with construction sounds, El Dorado Broadcasters relaunched Classic Rock “99.1 The Fox” KXFM Santa Maria, CA as Mainstream Rock “Real Rock For The Central Coast“. Accompanying the change is a switch in syndicated morning shows as the Todd N Tyler Radio Empire gives way to Free Beer & Hot Wings. KXFM remains the only Rock oriented station in the Santa Maria/Lompoc market, registering a 3.3 share in the Fall 2013 Nielsen ratings.