As predicted on Monday, iHeartMedia flipped the stunting “Santa 100” WGSY Phenix City AL/Columbus GA to Urban today as “Hot 100“. The new format goes up against soon to be former sister station “98.3 The Beat” WBFA, which led the market with a 8.9 share in the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, Davis Broadcasting’s “Foxie 105” 104.9 WFXE, and PMB Broadcasting’s “Hip Hop 106.5” W293BV/WKCN-HD3. In an interesting turn of events, WGSY (which has applied to change call letters to WHTY) has taken over the social media accounts and followers of WBFA. That station’s $1.1 million sale from iHeart’s Aloha Stations Trust to RCG Media was just granted by the FCC and should close shortly. Meanwhile the Columbus Ledger-...[Read More]
iHeartMedia’s Aloha Stations Trust sells Urban “98.3 The Beat” WBFA Fort Mitchell AL/Columbus GA to RCG Media for $1.1 million. J. Christopher Martin, the sole owner of RCG Media, is the son of PMB Broadcasting (which owns or operates six stations in the Columbus market) co-owner James R. Martin. Both James Martin and partner Lynn Page have put personal guarantees on the loan for WBFA’s purchase but will have no connection to the operation of the station. The younger Martin has worked in sales for PMB since 2009 but will exit that position to operate WBFA. Roberto Medina seeks to sell his 75% stake in Deportes y Musica Comunicaciones’ Silent 99.5 KRPH Morristown/Wickenburg AZ and “Que Buena 105.7” KQMX Lost Hills/Bakersfield CA to 25% holders SMG-M...[Read More]
Cumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles is applying to modify its facilities at its future tower sites as its current one is soon to be demolished.
PMB Broadcasting has flipped Southern Gospel 1420 WRCG Columbus GA to Urban AC along with the addition 92.1 W221DP to bring the station’s programming to FM. The new “R&B 92.1” takes on iHeartMedia’s market leading “Magic 101.3” WAGH Smiths AL and Davis Broadcasting’s “K92.7” WKZJ Eufaula AL with a more current based playlist.
PMB Broadcasting is swapping frequencies for two of its Columbus GA stations. Classic Hits “Boomer 95.3” WRLD Valley AL and Classic Country “102.5 Kissin’ Country Legends” 1270 WBOJ/102.5 W273CW Columbus exchanged frequency locations on Friday morning. The move places the Classic Country format on the Class C3 rimshot and Classic Hits on the in-town AM/Translator combo. The “Kissin’ Country Legends” format debuted in April of this year as a brand extension of Country “Kissin’ 99.3” WKCN Fort Benning South.
PMB Broadcasting has joined the ranks of operators launching a Classic Country brand extension for their Country stations. PMB flipped “Fox Sports 1270” WBOJ Columbus GA to Classic Country “Kissin’ Country Legends” with the addition of 102.5 W273CW Columbus. The translator was moved in from Dawson GA via an AM Translator Revitalization Waiver and is operating with 250w/226m. “Kissin’ Country Legends” launches as a brand extension of Country “Kissin’ 99.3” WKCN Fort Benning South and is positioning as “Legends Done Right”.
iHeartMedia has expanded the brand of Country “South 106.1” WSTH-FM Alexander City AL/Columbus GA to a second signal. The new “South 94.7 The Legend” is a rebranding of “Classic Country 1460” WHAL Phenix City-Columbus with the addition of 94.7 W234BX Highland Pines GA. The 220 watts at 144 meter translator covers all of greater Columbus (Coverage Map). The Legend is running iHeart’s Premium Choice Classic Country lineup around the clock.
The vacated 88.5 WCUG Lumpkin has been taken over by Columbus State University as “Cougar Radio 88.5“. The new student-run station will fully-ramp up programming once the fall semester starts as well as adding news and sports programming. Columbus State University went live today with its first radio station, thanks to a local contribution. Just after midnight, 88.5 WCUG-FM Cougar Radio signed on and inaugurated a new era in student broadcasting opportunities for CSU. Housed in CSU’s Department of Communication on the RiverPark campus and operated by students under the direction of department faculty and staff, WCUG-FM enables university faculty and students to produce and broadcast original content over the 22,000-watt station, 24 hours a day. In addition to original content, ...[Read More]
iHeartMedia Country “South 106.1” WSTH-FM Alexander City, AL has begun airing its programming on 101.7 W269CT Columbus, GA to increase its coverage in the city. The new to air translator operates with 220 watts at 133 meters (Coverage Map). WSTH-FM is one of two Country stations in the Columbus market. Its 2.2 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings trailed PMB Broadcasting’s “Kissin 99.3” WKCN’s 6.6 share.
PMB Broadcasting Urban “Hip-Hop 106.5” W293BV Columbus/WKCN-HD3 Fort Benning South, GA moved to Classic Hip-Hop earlier this month. W293BV was one of three Urban formatted stations in the market along with iHeartMedia’s “98.3 The Beat” WBFA and Davis Broadcasting’s “Foxie 105” WFXE. The new music mix positions the translator between those two and their Urban AC sisters: iHeartMedia’s market leading “Magic 101.3” WAGH and Davis’ “K92.7” WKZJ. Post by Hip Hop 106.5.
PMB Broadcasting will drop the format on Spanish CHR “Unidos 107.7” W299AX Columbus, GA/103.7 WLTC-HD3 at the end of 2014. Co-Owner Jim Martin told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, “the community hasn’t really embraced the station. If you put something out there and the community wants it, they kind of adhere to it. But from a ratings standpoint it has been disappointing.” A new format for the station has not been disclosed yet, though the newspaper reports an announcement will be made in a couple weeks. In addition to W299AX, PMB Broadcasting operates five full powered stations and three additional HD fed translators in the Columbus market. The stations are: Classic Hits “Boomer 95.3” WRLD Valley AL, Country “Kissin’ 99.3” WKCN Fort...[Read More]
The end of syndication distribution of the 24/7 Comedy network by Clear Channel has led to multiple format changes across the country. Tyler Media’s 1560 KEBC Del City/92.9 K225BN Oklahoma City has shifted to Sports as “The Franchise 2” utilizing NBC Sports Radio and expanding the brand of sister 107.7 KRXO. “Funny 1440” KFNY Riverside, CA is now more as the station shifts to News/Talk “IE 1440“. 1370 WJIP Ellenville, NY reverts to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 1450 WKIP Poughkeepsie. In Salisbury, MD, Clear Channel is moving the Sports “Fox Sports 1470” programming from 1470 WJDY to 960 WTGM. This returns the Sports format to the frequency it appeared on until the launch of 24/7 Comedy in 2012. 1470 WJDY is now airing Bloomberg Busin...[Read More]