One thing I’ve noticed over the course of this year, I’ve noticed more and more format changes and station rebrandings happening under the radar. Some we’ve heard about from one source but were never able to verify for weeks or months as they took place with no announcements from the station and a lacking online presence. Once again, how do you expect listeners to find you if you don’t let them know you exist. Here’s a rundown of changes from this year we have not seen reported here or anywhere else: Liberman Broadcasting rebranded Regional Mexican “La Bonita 106.7” KZZA Muenster/Dallas TX as “La Ranchera 106.7” and began simulcasting on what was “ESPN Deportes 1540” KZMP University Park in early September. Radio WEBS flippe...[Read More]
Translator Moves Happy Dog Communications applies to increase power of 92.7 K224CJ Phoenix from 10 to 250 watts from its current 447 meter antenna on South Mountain. The move will come with a change in originating station from East Valley Institute of Technology’s CHR “90.7 The Pulse” KVIT Apache Junction to Hubbard’s 93.3 KDKB-HD2 Mesa, which currently simulcasts Oldies “AZ Gold 1440” KAZG Scottsdale (Coverage Map). Kaspar Broadcasting of Missouri is proposing to relocate 101.5 K268CT Saint Peters, MO to the Crestwood Master FM Tower in St. Louis. K268CT would operate with 250 watts at 268 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of Radio-One’s “Hot 104.1” WHHL Hazlewood (Coverage Map). Pamal Broadcasting, which last week purchased the C...[Read More]
Translator Moves Hope Christian Church of Marlton is making another attempt at relocating its CP for 105.7 W289AZ Trenton, NJ into the Philadelphia market. After its previous attempt at a Mattoon Waiver to relocate to Camden was denied, W289AZ has amended its application and been granted a Construction Permit to relocate to Palmyra, NJ with 250 watts vertical at 48 meters. With the overlap between its originally licensed contour and the newly granted one, W289AZ should be in position to then make its originally proposed move to the tower of Davidson Media’s Spanish CHR “Mega 1310” WEMG, which will be the station to be rebroadcast (Coverage Map). Edgewater Broadcasting’s CP for 102.7 W274BT Williston, FL applies to relocate to 92.1 with 250 watts at 257 meters from t...[Read More]
Sales Virginia Tech Foundation sells the CP for 92.1 W221CF Harrisonburg, VA to Verstanding Broadcasting for $62,500. Verstandig has applied to upgrade W221CF from 6 watts at 482.9 meters to 250 watts at 130 meters rebroadcasting News/Talk 550 WSVA Harrisonburg (Coverage Map). MCC Radio acquires 104.1 K281BN Yucca Valley, CA from Advance Ministries for $25,000. K281BN concurrently applies to upgrade from 10 watts at 385.3 meters to 250 watts at -64 meters rebroadcasting News/Talk 1250 KNWH Yucca Valley (Coverage Map). Seehafer Broadcasting is restructuring its ownership as Donald Seehafer is giving his 100% share of the company to his four children. Son Mark Seehafer is then acquiring the shares of his three sisters Sandra Halverson, Karen Stevenson, and Debra Seehafer for promissory notes...[Read More]
As ownership of the station prepares to change, 103.9 WJRL-FM Fort Rucker/Dothan, AL has gone dark. WJRL-FM was sold by Southeast Alabama Broadcasters to Gulf South Communications in December for $260,000. It will replace 93.7 WDBT Hartford in the Gulf South cluster after that station moves into the Montgomery market and completes its sale to Brantley Broadcast Associates. The remainder of the Southeast Alabama Broadcasters cluster was leased to Jones and Mulé Communications in mid-December. With 103.9 WJRL-FM going dark for financial reasons as specified in its STA application, the programming of “Rock 104 Dothan” has moved to 100.5 WLDA Slocomb. The move replaces the Urban “100.5 The Beat” programming the station had featured.
Jones And Mulé Communications have begun operating four Dothan, AL stations via LMA with an option to buy. The stations involved are Urban AC “Magic 93.1” WBBK, Urban “100.5 The Beat” WLDA, Classic Hits “102.5 The Q” WESP, and Country “B105.3” WECB. Jones and Mulé also own Classic Hits “104.9 The Surf” WLHH Hilton Head, SC under the name Low Country Radio. The duo began operating the Dothan stations on December 5
Gulf South Communications and Southeast Alabama Broadcasters have applied for a series of mutually exclusive upgrades for some of their stations in the Dothan AL market. The first move will see Southeast Alabama’s “Rock 104” 103.9 WJRL-FM Fort Rucker increase from a Class C3 operating with 25kW at 89 meters to a C2 with 26kW at 208.1 meters. To enable the upgrade of WJRL-FM, “Country 103.7” WAAO-FM Andalusia will be shifted to 93.7 with the same facilities. The next step will see Gulf South’s News/Talk 93.7 WDBT Hartford downgrade from a Class C1 running 100kW at 260 meters to a Class A on 93.5 with 5kW at 109.3 meters. The station will also change city of license to Hope Hull where it will rimshot Montgomery by putting a 60 dBu signal over the city. A m...[Read More]
Over the next few weeks as the holiday season approaches, many radio stations will prepare for the the onslaught of changes that will take place between December 26 and January 2. This list will compile all the stations we at RadioInsight are monitoring for pending format changes. This is NOT a list of all stations currently airing Christmas music. For a list of all stations that have flipped to Christmas music for the season visit 100000watts.com. December 23 – Clear Channel Classic Hits “My 100.1 & 98.3” WSWR-FM and WXXR Mansfield, OH will begin simulcasting sister News/Talk 1400 WMAN as WMAN-FM and WWMM. December 21 – 90s Hits “Gen X Radio 97.3” WGEX Bainbridge/Albany, GA will become CHR “97.3 Hit Music Now“. December 20 – Clear...[Read More]