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WNEW-FM Call Letters Return To 102.7 New York

As first hinted in this morning’s Tom Taylor Now, CBS Radio has moved the WNEW-FM call letters back home to 102.7 in New York. The WNEW call letters heritage in New York dates back to their use on 1130, 102.7 and TV Channel 5. WNEW-TV became WNYW upon its sale to Fox in 1986 and then 1130 became WBBR when sold to Bloomberg in 1992 and the FM adjusted from WNEW-FM to WNEW until its change to WWFS to match its then-new “Fresh 102.7” identity in January 2007. The calls were then parked on then CBS owned 106.3 in Jupiter FL until moved to 99.1 Bowie MD/Washington DC for its launch of “All News 99.1” in December 2011. With CBS now leasing 99.1 Bowie to Bloomberg, the company is now moving the WNEW-FM call letters home to New York, while that station becomes WDCH-FM...[Read More]

DC All News Battle Comes To End As CBS Leases 99.1 WNEW To Bloomberg

The nearly four year attempt by CBS to create a competitor to Hubbard’s market-leading News 103.5 WTOP Washington has come to an end as the company has leased 99.1 WNEW Bowie MD to Bloomberg Radio. Bloomberg abruptly took over WNEW’s programming at 10:00am this morning as “Bloomberg 99.1 & 105.7-HD2“. The 105.7 WJZ-HD2 signal is for enhanced Baltimore coverage. This becomes Bloomberg’s fourth over-the-air market. The company owns 1130 WBBR New York and leases iHeartMedia’s 960 KNEW San Francisco and 1200 WXKS Boston. Most of the previous local news staff will exit with the lease of WNEW as well as a handful of staffers at CBS’ other stations in the Washington market. WNEW will have local inserts around the New York based programming and contin...[Read More]

WNEW Adds Dave Ramsey

Six FM’s in major markets flipped to All News in 2011 & 2012. Come next week only one will still be airing news content around the clock. As first reported last week by DCRTV.com, CBS’ 99.1 WNEW Bowie, MD/Washington, DC will add the syndicated Dave Ramsey talker from 8-11pm daily. While WNEW will retain news blocks in other dayparts, the addition of Ramsey and Washington Wizards play-by-play last fall ends the “All News 99.1” moniker the station launched with three years ago. Of course the move comes as the station recorded format highs in the Nielsen Audio PPM ratings in January: a 1.7 share in Washington and 1.8 in Baltimore. Of course that has done nothing to chip away at the dominance of Hubbard’s 103.5 WTOP, which led the Washington market with a 9.2 ...[Read More]

WNEW Extends Focus To Include Baltimore

CBS’ “All News 99.1” WNEW Bowie MD/Washington DC will expand its coverage to include Baltimore and the rest of Maryland between the Beltways. The expansion will take place on Monday, March 3 at 5:00am. The Baltimore Sun reports that the move will entail adding Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties to the station’s traffic reports and the opening of a seven person news bureau based at sister WJZ-TV Baltimore and one reporter at the Maryland State Capital in Annapolis. WNEW will also include staffers from Adult CHR “Mix 106.5” WWMX and Sports “105.7 The Fan” WJZ-FM. WNEW has struggled to gain a foothold in the Washington market since launching in January 2012. The station has held steady with a 0.8 share in ...[Read More]

CBS Acquires WFSI, To Launch All-News On 99.1

Update 1/22: 99.1 WNEW went live with its News programming with a soft launch at 12pm today. INSTANT INSIGHT: CBS handled the launch of WNEW perfectly. They didn’t think they were ready for their original Thursday debut, so held off until ready. Now by launching ahead of their announced 5am debut, they have 17 hours to iron out any kinks before the publicized launch. The first anchor heard on-air was Cheryl Simone, a veteran of the format from sister WINS New York who knows exactly how the new programming should sound. Unlike recent launches by Merlin Media and Radio-One, CBS has experience with the all-news format and should come out firing on all cylinders right out of the gate against Hubbard’s WTOP. Update 1/17: Due to some last minute engineering issues, CBS has postponed ...[Read More]