ESPN Returns To Asheville As Revolution Moves To FM

iHeartMedia is shuffling programming in Asheville NC. Liberal Talk “880 The Revolution” WPEK Fairview/Asheville has moved to 101.1 W266CP Candler/WKSF-HD3 Old Fort. The move places the Liberal Talk format on a new 250w vertical/351m FM signal. Replacing The Revolution on 880 WPEK will be Sports “ESPN Asheville“. The new format will also be heard on 1400 WMXF Waynesville (replacing a simulcast of News/Talk 570 WWNC) and 92.9 W225CJ Asheville. The station’s schedule will feature the national ESPN Radio lineup as well as the regionally syndicated David Glenn Show from 12-3pm and Paul Finebaum from 5-7pm. WPEK/WMXF will also carry University of North Carolina sports. ESPN Radio programming was previously heard on Saga Communications’ 1310 WISE Asheville/970 ...[Read More]

Saga Launches Pure Oldies In Asheville

Saga Communications Sports “WISE Sports Radio” 1310 WISE Asheville/970 WYSE Canton NC has moved its translator simulcast to the newly launched 102.9 W275CP Canton. That has cleared 97.3 W247BV Asheville to switch to Oldies “Pure Oldies 97.3” via 96.5 WOXL-HD3. Focusing completely on hits of the 1950s and 60s, with core artists listed as including Elvis, Chuck Berry, the Supremes, Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Beach Boys, the Shirelles, Little Richard, and Bill Haley and the Comets. Western North Carolina’s newest radio station, Asheville’s Pure Oldies 97.3, is on the air. “We’re playing songs from Elvis, Chuck Berry, the Supremes, Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Beach Boys, the Shirelles, Little Richard, and Bill Haley and the Comets,” says Neal Sharpe, Pure Oldies 97.3 Ope...[Read More]

What’s Going On At iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region?

Over the past couple weeks a round of staff downsizing and transfers out of the region took place in iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region. While normally layoffs being made at iHeartMedia are considered to be “business as usual” for many in the industry, multiple sources have indicated to us that there may be something else at play here. iHeart’s Virginia-Carolina Region was created in 2016 and includes eleven markets in three states: Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, and Winchester VA, Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh NC, and Greenville SC. Layoffs have been reported in many of those markets the past couple of weeks including “103 Jamz” WOWI Norfolk APD/Afternoon Host DJ Fountz, CHR 104.9 WJJS Roanoke/102.7 WJJX Appomat...[Read More]

Saga Launches Fourth Asheville Translator

Saga Communications Sports “ESPN Asheville” 1310 WISE Asheville/970 WYSE Canton NC is now airing on 97.3 W247BV Asheville bringing the station’s programming to FM. The new signal operates with 99 watts vertical at 316 meters from the same tower as recently launched 105.5 W288CQ (Coverage Map). The station is Saga’s third translator (or metro signal as the company calls them) to sign-on this year and fourth overall joining AAA “98.1 The River” W251AO, Classic Hits “Rewind 100.3” W262CO, and Country “105.5 The Outlaw” W288CQ. In addition to the two AM’s that will now be heard on 97.3, Saga also owns AC “Mix 96.5” WOXL and Rock “105.9 The Mountain” WTMT in the Asheville market.

Saga Launches Asheville Outlaw

Saga Communications launched Country “105.5 The Outlaw” W288CQ Asheville/WTMT-HD3 Weaverville NC on Friday, November 20. The translator becomes Saga’s second “Outlaw” branded Country following its debut in Des Moines in September. The station is positioned as “Legends & The Young Guns” featuring a mix of current and classic artists as well as a splash of Southern Rock. The format gives Asheville an in-market competitor to IHeart’s market leading “99.9 Kiss Country” WKSF.

Saga Rewinds In Asheville

Saga Communications has launched Classic Hits “Rewind 100.3” W262CO Asheville, NC. Rebroadcasting 105.9 WTMT-HD2, the launch of “Rewind 100.3” brings the Classic Hits format back to Asheville for the first time since Saga flipped 96.5 WOXL to AC “Mix 96.5” in December 2008. W262CO is positioning as “Upbeat, Fun Music” and launching with the usual 10,000 songs in a row. Saga Asheville OM/Brand Manager Neal Sharpe will add programming duties for Rewind to his daily itinerary. Saga purchased W262CO from Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting earlier this month for $125,000. The translator had been moved from 105.5 in Cashiers to Asheville. The translator is now operating from Asheville with 250 watts at 337 meters (Coverage Map).

Station Sales Week Of 6/12

Station Sales Towers Investment Trust is selling Active Rock “103.7 The Eagle” KZGL Flagstaff, AZ to Rick Murphy’s Murphy Air LLC for $850,000. Murphy owns a cluster of stations serving the Laughlin, NV/Lake Havasu City, AZ, but this will be his entrance into Flagstaff. Towers Investment Trust purchased KZGL out of receivership in 2010 for $350,000. Family Stations is selling Silent 1460 KARR Kirkland/Seattle to engineer James Dalke for $3000. KARR has been operating from a temporary tower site under an STA since its previous site was sold to become a housing development and did not renew its lease with the station. Hawkeye Communications sells Country 1360 KLYR Clarksville, AR to Ozark Communications for $100. Both the buyer and seller are owned by husband and wife Jerry...[Read More]

FCC Applications 3/22: New Translator For Indianapolis

Translator Moves Kaspar Broadcasting has completed its move of 94.1 W231CB Frankfort, IN to 93.5 and now seeks a Mattoon Waiver to relocate it to Indianapolis. W231CB would operate with 250 watts at 211 meters from the WFBQ/WOLT tower in the northern part of the city rebroadcasting Radio One’s Gospel “1310 The Light” WTLC Indianapolis (Coverage Map). Positive Alternative Radio’s 102.7 W274AB Petersburg, VA applies to move to 103.3 with an increase to 250 watts at 101 meters rebroadcasting Richmond Christian Radio’s 1290 WDZY Colonial Heights (Coverage Map). iHeartMedia’s CP 105.5 W288CX Columbia, SC seeks to move to a new tower site where it will operate with 250 watts at 186 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of 100.1 WXBT West Columbia (Coverage Ma...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 3/20

Jesse Portillo’s Big Radio Pro is acquiring five California stations in a distress sale. For $2.7 million Big Radio Pro purchases Standards 103.3 KZPO Lindsay/Visalia from the Estate of Linda Ware, the CP for 100.1 KNGS Coalinga from William Zawila, the CP for 106.9 KAAX Avenal from Avenal Educational Services, the CP for 94.7 KYAF Firebaugh from Central Valley Educational Services, and the CP for 102.1 KZPE Ford City/Bakersfield from the Estate of H.L. Charles. The buyer is a Bakersfield based Spanish language programmer and consultant. Not yet filed with the FCC, Redrock Broadcasting has agreed to purchase Silent 102.3 KCDC La Verkin/St. George, UT from Ted Tucker’s Cochise Broadcasting. Headed by Craig Hanson, Redrock recently purchased Classic Hits 98.9 KRQX and also owns H...[Read More]

Former NFL GM To Operate ESPN 730 Charlotte

Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney is going into radio management. The Charlotte Observer reports that Hurney and Lanny Ford, current GM of HRN Broadcasting’s “ESPN 730” WZGV Cramerton/Charlotte, NC will lease it and sister Talk “Independent Asheville Radio” 1350 WZGM Black Mountain. Hurney and Ford currently co-host “Inside The Lines With Marty Hurney” from 1-3pm on WZGV.

FCC Applications 10/23: Philly Translator Move-In Denied

The FCC has denied Hope Christian Church of Marlton’s attempt to move 105.7 W289AZ Trenton, NJ to the tower site of Davidson Media’s “Mega 1310” WEMG Camden, NJ/Philadelphia, which would’ve become the originating station for the translator. The move would’ve required W289AZ to move approximately 25km to a location with zero overlap with the currently approved signal contours for the translator utilizing the “Mattoon Waiver”. The FCC ruled that because a previous application by Hope to modify the translator was to enable it to qualify for the waiver by making it mutually exclusive to the final move to Camden. “Therefore, the evident purpose of the April Modification was to manipulate the Commission’s modification and waiver policies in a...[Read More]

FCC Applications 9/25

Note To Readers: Starting this week we will be breaking the FCC Applications column into two parts. This part will continue to include station modifications and call letter changes. The second part to be published on Fridays will be a rundown of all station sales. The big story this week was the FCC denying Way Media’s application to relocate 91.5 W218CR Central City, KY to 103.7 in Tell City, IN where it would’ve rebroadcasted Hancock Communications’ 1230 WTCJ Tell City. The “Tell City Waiver” would’ve enabled Way Media to not go through multiple hops to relocate W218CR to its intended destination. The FCC decided that any sweeping change to its policy would better be served via a rulemaking. More details at Station Moves After com...[Read More]

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