KICE Bend Joins Parade Of AMs Going Dark

Sunriver Broadcasting Sports 940 KICE Bend OR will go dark at the end of the month following the sale of its tower site. The station’s “Fox Sports Central Oregon” programming will continue on 94.9 KCOE Terrebonne. Both stations have swapped call letters. Sunriver leased the station from Gross Communications’ Bend Radio Group which has sold the two towers and land, which is completely surrounded by residential development. Sunriver owner Chuck Wilkinson told the Bend Bulletin that he is looking for a new site, but a suitable property is hard to find. After 58 years, 940 AM is going off the air. The tower site at 15th and Butler Market was sold, and the towers and buildings are being removed soon. Thanks Central Oregon. Posted by FOX Sports 949 on Saturday, March...[Read More]

Ben Comes To Bend

Horizon Broadcast Group AC “95.7 My-FM” KLTW-FM Prineville/Bend OR flipped to Variety Hits “95.7 Ben-FM” today. Positioned as “Playing Whatever!”, the station states that the intent is to “focus on playing hit records that appeal to men 25-54” with a playlist focusing on 1980s and 1990s hits. KLTW also will become the local affiliate for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Horizon Broadcasting Group has amended the format of KLTW-FM to Adult Hits under the name 95.7 BEN FM… Playing Whatever!, effective at 12:00 pm on September 8, 2016. “We’re excited to create a radio station for Central Oregon that is focused on playing whatever Ben wants,” said Horizon Broadcasting Group Market Manager Jess Hanson. “The station is targeted to adults who...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/4: FAA Forces KCOE Shutdown

KWXS Bend Flips To Mainstream CHR

Combined Communications Rhythmic CHR “Wild 107.7” KWXS Prineville/Bend, OR has flipped to Mainstream CHR “107.7 The Beat“. The move places KWXS closer in competition to Gross Communications CHR “Power 94” KXIX Sunriver. It follows Combined hiring former KEHK Eugene PD Maverick as PD/Afternoon host for KWXS and PD of Country “99.7 The Bull” KMTK in November.

Lite 95.7 Bend Rebrands

Horizon Broadcast Group AC “Lite 95.7” KLTW Prineville/Bend, OR has rebranded as “95.7 MY FM“. While retaining its focus on women 35-54, KLTW joins the club of AC stations rebranding to eliminate the older and softer connotations of its long-established brand. INSTANT INSIGHT: As I write this, its been about 12 hours since the station relaunched yet there is nothing on the station’s website explaining the rebranding (nor a new logo). The station’s Facebook page merely has a new logo. Yet another station failing to establish its digital properties as a go-to source for station information and to establish a connection with the audience. Horizon Broadcasting Group rebranded KLTW-FM Bend, OR from Continuous LITE Rock LITE 95.7 to “95.7 MY FM – Bend’s Best V...[Read More]

KMTK Bends Into A Bull

Combined Communications Country “Mountain 99.7” KMTK Bend, OR has relaunched as “99.7 The Bull“. KMTK is taking a younger “New Country” approach with the rebranding. In the Spring ratings KMTK was second in the market with a 6.2 share, but well behind Gross Communications’ Country 102.9 KSJJ’s market leading 12.4 share. With the rebranding afternoon host Sabrina Sloan moves to join incumbent Russell Nute in mornings. She takes the spot previously held by former Program Director Donna James prior to her departure at the end of September. The press release announcing the relaunch follows: This re-launched station will feature, only the hottest New Country music from today’s most popular Country music stars, including Blake Shelton, Florida Geor...[Read More]

Frequency Changes In Bend

Horizon Broadcasting has completed the facility upgrade and move of AC “Lite 95.1” KLTW-FM Prineville/Bend OR to 95.7. The move boosts KLTW’s signal to 100kW at 182 meters giving it full market coverage of Bend. Concurrently, 104.5 K283BH Bend has dropped its simulcast of KLTW and is now simulcasting News/Talk 1340 KBNW. KBNW has been simulcasting on FM via 96.5 KWLZ-FM Warm Springs. That station has an application pending to move to the Portland market on 96.3 with a city of license change to West Linn.

Bend Gets Wild

This one went unnoticed for awhile. Combined Communications debuted Rhythmic CHR “Wild 107.7” KWXS Bend, OR on April 4 pitting the station against Gross Communications “Power 94” KXIX. Lonnie Chapin is hosting mornings from 6-10am and the station is currently jockless the remainder of the day. KWXS is a new sign-on operating with 800 watts at 570 meters. The station has already applied to increase power to 2.5kW from the same tower location. Wild 107.7 joins a cluster in Bend that already includes News/Talk 1110 KBND, Classic Rock “98.3 The Twins” KTWS, Country “99.7 The Mountain” KMTK, and AAA “Clear 101.7” KLRR.