99.5 Gainesville

Gold 99 Expands To Gainesville

Update 6/4: RDA Broadcast Holdings has closed on its purchase of 99.5 WBXY LaCrosse/Gainesville and begun simulcasting Adult Standards “Gold 99” 99.7 WGMA Silver Springs Shores/Ocala. The former “Party” Dance format remains on 100.9 WXJZ. Original Report 3/19: RDA Broadcast Holdings has launched Adult Standards “Gold 99” 99.7 WGMA Silver Springs Shores/Ocala, FL. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s America’s Best Music programming feed. When RDA closes on its purchase of 99.5 WBXY La Crosse/Gainesville from JVC Broadcasting, the station will begin simulcasting WGMA. While no application for the call letters has been made, the station’s website identifies 99.5 as WGMW.

Post Christmas Format Change Rundown

The start of the new calendar year is one of the busiest times of the year for format changes. Between December 21, 2012 and January 8, 2013 we logged 58 format changes and this year is already shaping up to be busy. Changes That Have Taken Place 1/6: Variety Hits “98.7 The Peak” KPKX Phoenix flips to Sports simulcasting “Arizona Sports 620” KTAR 1/6: “Rock 92.3” WRKN New Orleans flips to Country “Nash-FM 92.3” 1/6: 95.7 WXDJ Miami relaunches as Spanish Hot AC “I95” following move of previous format to 106.7. 1/6: Liberal Talk 1600 WWRL New York flips to Regional Mexican “La Invasora” 1/6: 1290 WPCF/93.9 W227CE Panama City flip to Dance “93.9 Play-FM“. 1/3: Soft AC/Oldies “1320/1450 The Dove” WD...[Read More]

Gainesville’s Party On The Move

JVC Broadcasting Dance CHR “Party 99.5” WBXY LaCrosse/Gainesville, FL will relocate to 100.9 on December 26. The move will replace Smooth Jazz “100.9 Smooth-FM” WXJZ Gainesville on the 100.9 frequency. WXJZ has been airing non-stop Christmas Music since November 15. The move will give “Party” a slightly stronger signal in Gainesville as it relocates to the 6kW at 91 meters Class A signal located in Gainesville proper from the 2.2kW at 144 meter signal based north of the city. No word yet what will replace Party on 99.5. “Party 99.5” debuted on June 1 of this year replacing News/Talk “99.5 The Star” following JVC’s acquisition of the station from Asterisk Communications.

JVC Media Acquires Gainesville/Ocala Cluster

JVC Media, owners of four radio stations on Long Island, have agreed to purchase Asterisk Communications five stations in the Gainesville and Ocala markets in Florida. The stations involved in the sale are Hot AC “92Q” 92.9 WMFQ Ocala, Talk “99.5 The Star” WBXY La Crosse, Smooth AC “100.9 Smooth FM” WXJZ Gainesville, “Thunder Country 102.3” WTRS Dunnellon, and Sports “105 The Game” 104.9 WYGC High Springs. Financial terms of the sale were not yet disclosed. JVC headed by John Caracciolo and Vic “The Latino” Canales own Country “My Country 96.1” WJVC, Spanish “98.5 La Fiesta” WBON, Classic Rock 103.9 WRCN, and Dance “Party 105.3” WPTY in the Long Island, NY market along with Long Isla...[Read More]