Albuquerque

KTFM & KKSS Add Dana Cortez Show

The first two affiliates for ABC Radio/Skyview Networks’ newly syndicated Dana Cortez Show have been revealed. In her home market of San Antonio, the show will air from 3-7pm afternoons on Alpha Media Rhythmic CHR “Energy 94.1” KTFM Floresville. The show had been airing in mornings at Univision’s “98.5 The Beat” KBBT from October 2015 until exiting at the end of July. Prior to moving to KBBT, the show was based at “Kiss 97.3” KKSS Albuquerque and aired there until Univision sold the station to American General Media in 2017. KKSS will now add the show for the 10am-3pm slot. Starting Monday August 20, Alpha Media San Antonio will add The Dana Cortez Show to PM drive on Energy 94.1 (KTFM). The Dana Cortez Show, the #1 rated morning show in San ...[Read More]

Randy Fox Joins KAGM/KKSS Albuquerque As Program Director

American General Media has appointed Randy Fox as Program Director for Rhythmic CHR “Kiss 97.3” KKSS and Hot AC “Mix 105.1” KKRG Albuquerque NM. Fox most recently spent 16 years at 102.5 KSFM Sacramento and former sister Hot AC “Now 100.5” KZZO mostly as Creative Services Director and Assistant Program Director and was serving as Acting PD upon his exit in April. He also previously worked in Austin, El Paso, Las Cruces, Phoenix, and Saginaw in his career. American General Media Albuquerque has hired Randy Fox as Program Director of heritage Rhythmic KKSS-FM (KISS 97.3) and upstart Hot AC KKRG (MIX 105.1) effective Monday, July 23rd. Fox joins AGM from CBS Radio in Sacramento as PD of KSFM. Fox had held several positions with CBS Radio prior to the PD pos...[Read More]

Entravision Brings La Tricolor To Los Angeles; Suavecita To 11 Markets

Entravision made format changes in twelve markets Monday as it has eliminated the Spanish Adult Hits “José” brand from its portfolio along with its final Spanish CHR “Super Estrella” station. Two of the markets where José had operated have flipped to Regional Mexican “La Tricolor“. Those are the Los Angeles/Inland Empire trimulcast of 97.5 KLYY Riverside/103.1 KDLD Santa Monica/103.1 KDLE Newport Beach and 105.9 KRZY-FM Santa Fe/Albuquerque NM. The Los Angeles station will feature the Los Metiches Show in mornings. Formerly known as the LMShow, it had aired in afternoons on many of Entravision’s now former José stations. In the eleven other markets, Entravision is launching its “Suavecita” brand. Suavecita debuted in December 2016 in th...[Read More]

2017 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown

Completed Changes Sarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1) Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31) Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31) Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31) Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31) Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31) Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country &#...[Read More]

Mix 105.1 Debuts In Albuquerque

After stunting with Christmas Music since Halloween, American General Media flipped the former Classic Hip-Hop “Yo! 105.1” KKRG Santa Fe/Albuquerque to Hot AC “Mix 105.1” at midnight. Launching with the standard 10,000 songs commercial-free, the new format is taking dead aim at iHeartMedia’s market leading “100.3 The Peak” KPEK and creating a flanker to sister Rhythmic CHR “Kiss 97.3” KKSS. While no web or social presence is live for the station, it can be streamed here. Original Report 10/31: American General Media has made its second big change since closing on its acquisition of Univision’s Albuquerque properties as Classic Hip-Hop “Yo! 105.1” KKRG Santa Fe/Albuquerque has gone All-Christmas as “Santa 105.1...[Read More]

Cindy Brings Soft Hits To Albuquerque

As “La Jefa” moved to American General Media’s 840 KARS/102.9 K275AO last month, Vanguard Media (now doing business as Radio Center of New Mexico) has launched Soft AC “Cindy 101.3” on KJFA-FM Albuquerque. The station is marketing itself as “Soft rock hits from the 1980s to today” with core artists including Phil Collins, Journey, Madonna, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Adele, Hall & Oates, Selena, Starship, and REO Speedwagon. “Cindy” is presented as the host of the station and an Albuquerque native. The new format gives an AC competitor to Cumulus’ “99.5 Magic-FM” KMGA, which ranked fifth in the Albuquerque market with a 3.6 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings.

La Jefa Moves In Albuquerque

On the heels of the American General Media acquisition of Univision’s Albuquerque cluster and spin-offs of four stations, the company has made its first big programming move. Regional Mexican “La Jefa 101.3” KJFA-FM Albuquerque has moved its programming to 840 KARS Belen/102.9 K275AO Albuquerque replacing Active Rock “Area 102.9“. With 101.3 now operated by Vanguard Media, the move gives AGM a second Regional Mexican property to pair with “Radio Lobo 97.7” KLVO Belen. With the move of La Jefa to 102.9, American General Media has also switched 102.9 KSFE Pecos/Santa Fe from a simulcast of KLVO to KARS. KJFA-FM registered a 1.1 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, while the Active Rock format it replaced held a 1.2 share. The 101.3 signal ...[Read More]

Woody Show To Launch In Albuquerque

IHeartMedia has begun the full syndication roll-out of “Alt 98.7” KYSR Los Angeles’ “The Woody Show”. Alternative “104.1 The Edge” KTEG Santa Fe/Albuquerque will launch the program on Monday, August 25 replacing “The Morning Edge” hosted by Baxter, Janae, and Orio. Baxter, who has been with KTEG since 2009, will move to afternoons, while Orio (who had been hosting afternoons in addition to being part of the morning show) and Janae exit. iHeartMedia’s 104.1 The Edge, Albuquerque’s Alternative, has announced the addition of The Woody Show to the station’s weekday morning lineup. Effective August 25, the top-rated morning show will air in the Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 a.m. MT timeslot. Concurrently, morning personality Baxter will tra...[Read More]

More American General Media/Univision Albuquerque Sale Details

And the final piece of the puzzle has been revealed. BB Broadcasting will pay $750,000 for CHR “Z106.3” KDLW Los Lunas from American General Media. BB is led by Thomas Bozzuto who operates a Maryland based Real Estate Management company. BB will enter into a pair of agreements to operate the station. American General Media will provide back office services for the station and agree to a $66,000 deal over five years to utilize their equipment at the tower site. BB has also agreed to a Time Brokerage Agreement for Vanguard Media, who is purchasing 101.3 KJFA-FM, to provide programming and marketing services. Update 6/26: The first round of filings for the deal have been made with the FCC giving more details about its structure. American General Media will pay $5 million for Univi...[Read More]

Station Sales 5/5: $1.8 Million Deal For Phoenix Translator

Translator Sales Hubbard Broadcasting is purchasing 92.7 K224CJ Phoenix AZ from Happy Dog Communications for $1.8 million. Should the deal close it will set a record for highest price for a single translator as Elroy Smith’s $4.6 million deal for a Chicago translator and Big Apple Broadcasting’s $3.5 million deal in New York both collapsed prior to closing. Hubbard already operates K224CJ as “Oldies 92.7” rebroadcasting 1440 KAZG Scottsdale via 93.3 KDKB-HD2 Mesa. Jaemin and Hyunjoo Chang purchase 95.3 K237FL Woodlake CA from Rudex Broadcasting for $150,000. K237FL holds a CP to relocate to 106.3 in Los Angeles where it will rebroadcast HK Media Korean “Radio Seoul 1650” KFOX Torrence. SummitMedia is swapping 102.1 W271BN Birmingham AL to Educational Med...[Read More]

New PD & Morning Show For KMGA Albuquerque

Cumulus Media AC “99.5 Magic-FM” KMGA Albuquerque has revamped its staff with a new morning co-host and a new Program Director/afternoon host. Bryan Simmons took over the programming reigns at KMGA in January. Simmons is best known for the 28 years he spent at iHeartMedia AC 103.5 KOST Los Angeles and then 5 at CBS Radio Smooth AC “94.7 The Wave” KTWV. He had also been hosting for Cumulus’ Westwood One for the past four years, which will continue. Simmons’ first move was to bring in Doug Durocher as the new morning co-host for Merideth Dunkel. Durocher most recently hosted mornings at defunct Alternative “X103.9” KCXX Riverside CA and has also worked at 105.9 KPOI Honolulu. Durocher succeeds the role previously held by Chris Fox until his exi...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/16: AM Translator Waiver Period Closing With A Bang

With the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period set to expire at the end of this month, there has been a slight uptick in applications trying to get in before the deadline. In one such case, Saga Communications is cleverly extending the 250 mile limit to improve their status in two markets.

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