As part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan Cumulus Media will be forced to divest four stations as it loses its grandfathered status. Cumulus did not disclose any new details of its restructuring plan with the FCC, rather using it to try to gain pre-approval from the commission to eliminate any delay as it attempts to get out of bankruptcy as quickly as possible. The company states that outside of its officers and directors only one party will have attributable interest in the company with one unnamed company having the right to vote nearly 11% of the Class A Common Stock of the restructured company. The four stations that will be placed into the Cumulus Reorganization Divestiture Trust for a future sale are: Oldies “Cool 97.5” KJMO Linn/Jefferson City MO, Country “102....[Read More]
Cumulus Media has promoted Bill Dollar to Operations Manager of its six station cluster in Albany GA. Dollar comes to Albany from Montgomery AL where he as programmed Country 92.3 WLWI for the past eight years. He has also served as OM/PD for “South 107” WTSH Rome GA. In addition to his Operations Manager duties, Dollar will host 10am-2pm on Country “104.5 Nash-FM” WKAK and 2-6pm on Classic Rock “Rock 103.5” WJAD. Cumulus’ other stations in the Albany GA market are: Urban AC “Q101.7” WQVE, Country “102.1 Nash Icon” WNUQ, AC “Mix 107.7” WEGC, and News/Talk 1590 WALG. Cumulus Media announces that it has named radio broadcasting veteran Bill Dollar as Operations Manager for its six radio stations in Albany, GA. Doll...[Read More]
Cumulus Media is turning in the license of 1450 WGPC Albany GA. WGPC went dark earlier this year after its tower was snapped in half by a wind storm on January 2. A Cumulus official told WALB-TV that the company was surrendering the license for WGPC rather than rebuild. Prior to going dark the station was operating as Sports “1450 The Fan” with the national CBS Sports Radio lineup around the clock. WGPC was the first radio station in Albany and had been operating from the same tower site since 1940.
iHeartMedia has rebranded CHR “97.3 Hit Music Now” WGEX Bainbridge/Albany GA as “Power 97.3“. No lineup changes accompanied the rebranding as the station retains the syndicated Elvis Duran for mornings, local host Jazzmine Phoenix in middays, and Premium Choice hosts Billy The Kidd, Romeo, Jo Jo Wright and Sisanie rounding out the daily schedule. INSTANT INSIGHT: Last month following the registration of the Power973.com, we had multiple sources tell us the domain was for WRNW Milwaukee. Obviously we were either played or plans changed.
Alexandra Communications applies for yet another upgrade for 100.1 KQFO Pasco WA.
Steve Hedgwood’s Core Communicators is spreading its “Streetz” Hip-Hop brand to another market. 93.5 WMRG Morgan as signed-on as “Streetz 93.5” serving the Albany, GA market. Albany becomes the fourth market where Core is operating the Streetz brand joining Atlanta, Charlotte, and Little Rock. The new station will give competition to iHeartMedia’s 96.3 WJIZ, which led the Albany market in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings with a dominant 21.7 share. Core Communicators purchased the Construction Permit for WMRG in the fall of 2013 from Alex Media for $270,000.
Update 12:10pm: Each station will make the shift to the “Nash FM” brand at 12:00pm local time with WLXX and WKAK already doing so at 12pm Eastern. Original Report 5:00am:Phase Two of the “NashFM” launch is officially underway. Cumulus has flipped five of its Country stations to the Nash brand as of this morning. The stations making the move are: 92.9 WLXX Lexington, KY now “Nash FM 92.9“ “97.3 The Hawk” KHKI Des Moines now “Nash FM 97.3“ 97.9 KQFC Boise now “Nash FM 97.9“ “99.5 & 104.9 The Wolf” WPKR Omro & WPCK Denmark/Green Bay now “Nash FM 99.5 & 104.9“ “K Country 104.5” WKAK Albany, GA now “Nash FM 104.5“ These are the first stations to take on the Nash...[Read More]
As Christmas music fades away for another 10 or 11 months, its time for another batch of mass format changes to get us into the new year. This list will be a handy all-in-one guide to all the changes taking place between Christmas and the time everyone goes back to work on January 3. To see the list of changes we’re expecting to happen check our Watchlist. 1/4: Still coming across some smaller market changes that occurred during the holidays. MTS Broadcasting’s “ESPN 1240” WCEM Cambridge, MD shifts to Standards running Music of Your Life. In the Ozarks, “Real Country 104.3” KBCN Harrison, AR shifts to ESPN Radio. Oldies 93.7 WKAD Cadillac and Standards 1340 WMBN Petoskey, MI have flipped to Sports as “The Ticket” using Fox Sports Radio. 1/4: ...[Read More]
Update 12/26: WGEX flipped to CHR as “97.3 Hit Music Now” at 12am. The station is running Clear Channel’s Premium Choice “Hit Nation” feed. Original Report 12/21: Another of Clear Channel’s 90s oriented Gen X branded stations appears to be on the way out. A logo for “97.3 Hit Music Now” has appeared on Clear Channel’s logo server attached to WGEX Bainbridge/Albany, GA. A move to CHR would pit the station against Cumulus Adult CHR “Q102” WNUQ. WGEX has been running Christmas music since mid-November. 973HitMusicNow.com has been registered by Clear Channel and a Twitter account has appeared at @973HitMusicNow. WGEX shares a significant amount of overlap with 107.1 WGMY Thomasville, GA/Tallahasse, FL, which rebranded as “...[Read More]
Over the next few weeks as the holiday season approaches, many radio stations will prepare for the the onslaught of changes that will take place between December 26 and January 2. This list will compile all the stations we at RadioInsight are monitoring for pending format changes. This is NOT a list of all stations currently airing Christmas music. For a list of all stations that have flipped to Christmas music for the season visit 100000watts.com. December 23 – Clear Channel Classic Hits “My 100.1 & 98.3” WSWR-FM and WXXR Mansfield, OH will begin simulcasting sister News/Talk 1400 WMAN as WMAN-FM and WWMM. December 21 – 90s Hits “Gen X Radio 97.3” WGEX Bainbridge/Albany, GA will become CHR “97.3 Hit Music Now“. December 20 – Clear...[Read More]