The Sun Rises On A New AC In Bakersfield

iHeartMedia has launched AC “Sunny 105.3” KBFP-FM Delano/Bakersfield CA. As first hinted in yesterday’s Daily Domains, the new format replaces Spanish AC “La Preciosa 105.3” with a competitor to American General Media’s Hot AC leaning 101.5 KGFM Bakersfield. The new format is being presented as as upbeat variety of hits from the 1980s through today as is being overseen at launch by iHeartMedia Central California SVP/Programming Steve Weed. The Spanish AC format will go out with the 0.9 share it registered in the Spring 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings. iHeartMedia Bakersfield announced today the debut of the new Sunny 105.3 FM, effective immediately. Sunny 105.3 will broadcast an upbeat variety of hits from the 80’s through today, from artists including Madonn...[Read More]

La Ley Enters Bakersfield

Lotus Communications has flipped Spanish AC “Concierto 96.5” KPSL-FM Bakersfield to Regional Mexican “La Ley 96.5“. The new format serves as a flanker to sister Regional Mexican “Radio Lobo 102.9” KIWI to protect it from competitors “96.9 La Caliente” KEBT, “La Campesina 92.5” KMYX, and “Radio Lazer 106.5” KEAL. KIWI is currently third in the market with a 7.1 share. KEBT, KMYX, and KEAL combined for a 5.3 in the same Spring 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings period. The now-former format on KPSL-FM ranked ninth in the market with a 3.5 share.

KRAB Bakersfield Rebrands As Alt 106.1

iHeartMedia continues to rebrand its Alternative stations with the “Alt” branding as 106.1 KRAB Greenacres/Bakersfield CA has become “Alt 106.1“. The move follows the addition of the syndicated Woody Show last month. Former iHeartMedia Bakersfield SVP/Programming and current Country 107.9 KUZZ afternoon host Kenn McCloud paid tribute to the former brand: End of an era. KRAB now called “Alt 106.1” to match IHeart’s other alternative stations. We always prided ourselves that… Posted by Kuzz Kenn McCloud on Monday, January 29, 2018

People Moves 1/24: Alpha Makes Cuts In A Few Markets

Alpha Media has made some talent cuts at its Bakersfield CA and Biloxi MS clusters. In Bakersfield, Conservative Talk 1560 KNZR/97.7 KNZR-FM has parted ways with 12-3pm host Jaz McKay and 3-6pm host Inga Barks. McKay was in the news last week for racist comments he made on Facebook in regards to the number of Spanish language stations in Bakersfield. Sean Hannity has been added to fill the 12-3pm slot while the station’s website now lists Terry Maxwell in the 3-6pm slot. In Biloxi, afternoon host Riley Knight is out at Rock 97.9 WCPR while Valerie Kattz exits her early afternoon shift at CHR “107.1 The Monkey” WXYK and as afternoon traffic reporter at the cluster. Night host DJ 6’5″ exits Rhythmic CHR “U92.7” KKUU Indio/Palm Springs CA. Morning hos...[Read More]

Woody Show Comes To Bakersfield

Another day and another affiliate for Premiere Radio Networks’ Woody Show. After announcing its launch in Des Moines yesterday, iHeartMedia Alternative 106.1 KRAB Greenacres/Bakersfield is today’s new affiliate starting Monday, December 11. KRAB becomes the show’s sixth affiliate. No word yet on the status of current morning host Robin Jones. iHeartMedia’s 106.1 KRAB Radio, Bakersfield’s Alternative, announced today the debut of The Woody Show, effective December 11, 2017. The top-rated morning show will broadcast Monday through Friday from 5 – 10 a.m. PT, and Saturdays from 6 – 10 a.m. PT. The Woody Show is highly-interactive, socially-engaging appointment radio.  Featuring Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas, The Woody Show is descr...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/3: A Class D Downgrade Attempt Near Bakersfield

FM Changes Kern Community Radio's "89.7 Savage Radio" KSVG Mettler CA is seeking a waiver to make a rare downgrade from a Class A to Class D with 99w/23m. Although new Class D licenses were eliminated in 1978 with the exception of Alaska, Kern Community Radio believes its eight point waiver request is the only way to keep the group from having to turn in KSVG's license. Among the rationale for seeking the downgrade is the coverage will be equivalent to a 100w LPFM, it is the only non-commercial station in the Bakersfield market with a local studio, and the downgrade is the only way for the station to preserve its current coverage contour.

Lazer Broadcasting Acquires Remainder Of Casa Media Properties

The bankruptcy sell-off of Casa Media Partners has come to an end as Lazer Broadcasting agrees to acquire its remaining seven radio stations and one translator for $1.7 million. Lazer will acquire the “La Maquina Musical” Regional Mexican network of 100.5 KMQA East Porterville/Visalia/Bakersfield, 100.5 KMEN Mendota, 103.1 KAAT Oakhurst/Fresno, 100.9 KAEH Beaumont/San Bernardino, 103.7 KIQQ-FM Newberry Springs/Barstow and 1310 KIQQ Barstow as well as Soft AC “Soft Hits 1060” KTNS Oakhurst/Fresno and 104.3 K282AE Oakhurst (with CP to move to 107.9 in Victorville rebroadcasting KIQQ). Lazer owns or is in the process of purchasing 32 stations in California and Nevada. Casa Media Partners has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since 2015. It sold its three stations in Washin...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/29: Call Sign Clash In Texas

Texas Public Radio has lost its current battle to force Sun Radio Foundation to change the call letters of 88.1 KCTI-FM Gonzales TX. Shortly before Sun Radio Foundation closed on the purchase of the station from Marantha Church of Laredo, the station changed its call letters from KITG to KCTI-FM. At the same time, Texas Public Radio was in the process of acquiring 1450 KCTI Gonzales from Gonzales Communications. 1450's General Manager at the time Steven Oakes granted Marantha the right to use those call letters despite Texas Public Radio's claims that Oakes did not have the right to do so at the time. However, because TPR's opposition was attached to a Sun Radio application for a Main Studio Waiver, the FCC has dismissed it as an untimely petition for reconsideration and denies the argu...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/15: WBBM On The Move

AM Changes CBS Radio News 780 WBBM Chicago has applied to vacate its tower site of the last 75 years and co-locate at the site of sister Sports "670 The Score" WSCR and SBS' "La Ley 107.9" WLEY-FM Aurora. From its new location WBBM will drop from 50kW day/night to 35kW day/42kW night but with the taller tower should come close to duplicating its current coverage. With WBBM's simulcast partner 105.9 WCFS Elmwood Park being the home to most of its in-market listening it is doubtful most WBBM listeners even notice the change. WBBM currently operates from a 55 acre site adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 290 and Illinois 390 in Itasca IL. Likely valued in the tens or hundreds of millions this is not the first time the station has sought a potential move. In 1988, the adjacent Ro...[Read More]

FCC Report 7/3: Big Upgrade Planned In Nashville

FM Changes Midwest Communications is seeking to upgrade CHR "i106.7" WNFN Millersville/Nashville TN from a Class C3 to a C2 licensed to Franklin TN. WNFN would operate with 15kW/278m from the tower of 97.9 WSIX south of Nashville. The upgrade will increase the amount of the Nashville urbanized area the station serves with a 70dBu signal from 56% to 90%.

Station Sales Week Of 6/16

Bustos Media is purchasing Casa Media Partners’ Regional Mexican “La Maquina 98.7” KMNA Mabton/Yakima, “La Vaquera” 101.7 KLES Prosser, and “Envisora 1310” KZXR Prosser WA for $800,000. Casa Media Partners is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. An ownership restructuring is taking place at South Asian station operator XL Media as “Radio Punjab” 1560 KZIZ Pacific/Tacoma, 100.5 K263BJ Richland WA and 660 KGSV Oildale/102.5 K273CB Bakersfield CA are transferred to Akal Broadcasting for no consideration. Akal Broadcasting owns 620 KIGS Hanford, 1210 KRPU Rocklin/Sacramento, and 1310 KMKY KMKY Oakland with 30% of its stake held by the owners of XL Media. Charlie Banta and Sandra Miller’s Universal Stations are acquiring Brok...[Read More]

99.3 Now-FM Fresno Launches As Jewel-FM Moves

One Putt Broadcasting moved AAA “99.3 Jewel-FM” KJWL Fresno to 105.5 KJZN San Joaquin on New Years Day to prepare for the launch of CHR “99.3 Now-FM“. The station launched at 7:20am on Monday following a day of looping Van Halen’s “Right Now”. It debuted with a full airstaff. Miggy Santos, PD of Alpha Media CHR “Energy 95.3” KLLY Bakersfield joins the station as PD/Morning Host. KLLY midday host DJ Jess comes aboard for afternoons, while Nicole Giordano in nights. Santos previously hosted mornings at “Y101” KWYE Fresno, while DJ Jess spent many years at “Q97” KSEQ. With KJWL’s move to 105.5, it takes on its former “K-Jewel” branding and shifts back to Soft AC. Classic Hip-Hop “Rewind 105.5...[Read More]