FCC Report 11/6: The End Of The 250 Mile Translator Waiver

The two waiver periods to move a translator up to 250 miles have come to an end. The RadioInsight AM Translator Tracker currently shows the following statistics for the two filing windows: Total Applications: 1047 CPs Granted: 860 Dismissals: 35 Applications Replaced With Another Station: 7 Pending Applications: 145 Among those 145 pending applications are five pairs of mutually exclusive filings (107.5 Austin TX, 107.5 Minneapolis, 106.3 Portland OR, 103.3 San Diego, and 95.9 St. Louis). Coming up in 2017 will be an open filing window for AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver window. These stations will be offered available frequencies on a first-come first-served basis. The FCC has not yet announced the full specifics of this filing window or when it...[Read More]

My 101.7 Canton Shifts To 80s & More

The “Something Different” at iHeartMedia’s “My 101.7” WHOF turned out to be a shift of the station to Variety Hits while retaining its current identity. The playlist is now 1980s centric while stretching from the 70s through 2000s. All currents and recurrents are gone. Original Report 9/6: iHeartMedia AC “My 101.7” WHOF North Canton, OH is promoting “Something Different” coming to the station on Tuesday, September 8 at 9:00am. The station is currently running an all 80’s weekend and has purged all members of its on-air staff from its website. With no domains registered yet for the station we’re wondering if iHeart is planning to promote “New Country 99.7” W259BW Canton/WHOF-HD2 to the full powered signal of 101.7? The Canton market’s Country audience is curren...[Read More]

99.7 Canton’s New Country Launches

Clear Channel launched “99.7 Canton’s New Country” W259BW at 2pm today. The station becomes the only Country station targeting Canton specifically, although the format can be heard on multiple stations in the area including 94.9 WQMX Akron and 104.5 WQKT Wooster. W259BW is launching commercial-free until June and featuring a Premium Choice lineup that includes Billy Greenwood, Joe Boxer and Michael J. Mornings are listed as coming soon and will likely feature the syndicated Bobby Bones. W259BW will cover Canton with 250 watts at 65 meters rebroadcasting 101.7 WHOF-HD2.

Digity Acquires NextMedia

Update 10/28: The sale application for the NextMedia stations has been filed with the FCC. Digity will pay $84,972,500 for the 33 stations owned by NextMedia, while an additional $5,527,500 will go to the Mile High Station Trust for WFXF and WZSR. The latter two will be owned by Matrix Broadcasting run by Peter Handy, CEO of media broker Star Media Group and majority owner of Cohan Radio Group, which owns five stations in Sebring, FL. The two stations will have a shared services agreement with Digity in which Digity will supply technical, promotional, back office management, and other services related to the operation of the two stations. We also learned from the filing that Digity intends on completely folding GoodRadio.TV and Palm Beach Broadcasting into the new holding company. Original...[Read More]

PD Shuffle Leading To More Canton Changes?

A Program Director crossing town could be the opening salvo in a coming CHR war in Canton, OH. NextMedia Hot AC “Mix 94.1” WHBC-FM dismissed Shawn Powers as PD/Afternoon Host earlier this week and has replaced him with John Stewart, who spent the last ten years programming at crosstown “Q92” 92.5 WDJQ Alliance. Stewart will hold the Operations Manager/Program Director title at WHBC-FM and sister News/Talk 1480 WHBC as well as host afternoons on 94.1. But there is more to the story. Former WDJQ morning host Pat Deluca registered on November 26. Deluca and co-host Charlotte DiFranco left Q92 in a contract dispute last Februrary that ended with a legal settlement after the duo launched a webcaster that station owner Don Peterson deemed was in violation of thei...[Read More]