iHeartMedia flipped CHR “99.3 Kiss-FM” WHKF Harrisburg PA to Alternative “Alt 99.3” at 10am today. Positioned as “Central PA’s Alternative Rock”, the station is taking direct aim at Cumulus Media’s “105.7 The X” WQXA-FM York. Since the demise of 92.1 WTPA earlier this year, WQXA-FM moved from Modern Rock to a more gold based Mainstream Rock position as the only game in town. WHKF continues to run sweepers redirecting its former CHR audience to sister CHR “FM 97” 96.9 WLAN-FM Lancaster. iHeartMedia Harrisburg announced today the debut of the new ALT 99.3, Central PA’s Alternative Rock, effective immediately. Alt 99.3 will broadcast the latest and greatest in Alternative Rock including songs from artists including Blink ...[Read More]
Cumulus Media completed its format swap of CHR “Hot 93.5” WWKL Mechanicsburg and Country “Nash-FM 106.7” WZCY Hershey/Harrisburg PA at 2pm today. They also utilized the swap to revamp the new “93.5 Nash-FM” to a gold based presentation focusing on 1990s and 2000s artists along the lines of the Nash Icon brand. The station has dropped the syndicated Ty, Kelly & Chuck morning show in place of PD/afternoon host Chachi Angelo and Jenna Clay. That duo hosted mornings on WZCY until it was replaced by the show formerly known as America’s Morning Show in February 2014. Clay had remained in the Cumulus cluster as News Director. Original Report 3/2: Cumulus Media will swap frequencies for two of its Harrisburg PA stations on Thursday, March 15. CHR R...[Read More]
Patrick Sickafus has sold Rock 92.1 WTPA Palmyra/Harrisburg PA to Educational Media Foundation for $750,000. The station will become part of EMF’s “K-Love” Christian AC network which is currently heard in Harrisburg on 101.7 W269AS Carlisle. Sickafus purchased the station from Cumulus’ Potential Broadcasting Trust in 2012 for $530,000. Cumulus moved the Rock format from 93.5 to 92.1 as part of its mandated spin-offs to complete its then acquisition of Citadel. The station has featured a Rock format dating back to its launch on 104.1 in 1980. It then moved to 93.5 in 1985 and 92.1 in 2011. The seller is a touring Country artist under the name Pat Garrett who owns a sheepskin store and Classic Country 1510 WWSM Annvile-Cleona.
iHeartMedia has promoted Mike Miller to Program Director of CHR “Z104.3” WZFT Baltimore. Miller has programmed “99.3 Kiss-FM” WHKF Harrisburg PA since 2011 as well as hosting afternoons. His entire career has been spent with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia between “FM 97” WLAN-FM Lancaster, two runs at WHKF, and two years at “Z100” KKRZ Portland. Miller fills the vacancy created by Rob Kruz’s transfer to 93.3 WFLZ Tampa last month. iHeartMedia announced today that Mike Miller has been named Program Director and afternoon drive host for Z 104.3, Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective December 12, 2016. Z 104.3 has a strong cross-platform presence and broadcasts several popular personalities including the Kane Show. iHeartMedia has massive...[Read More]
Two Salt Lake City area rimshots are applying to downgrade and a Kansas City translator application is dismissed for spacing violations.
TBLC Media is applying to consolidate its two Kansas City AM's on the same tower.
1400 WHGB/95.3 W237DE Harrisburg, PA have dropped their simulcast of sister “Sports Radio 96.5” W243BR/WWKL-HD2 after a two month transition period moving the Sports format to the new signal to bring the Nash Icon brand to the market. “95.3 Nash Icon” becomes a flanker to sister “106.7 Nash-FM” WZCY Hershey. It joins a competitive Country market including iHeartMedia’s “Bob 94.9” WRBT and Radio Carlisle’s “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM.
Cumulus Sports “SportsRadio 1400/95.3” WHBG/W237DE Harrisburg is on the move to a stronger FM signal. The format has moved to Hope Christian Church’s 96.5 W243BR Harrisburg as “SportsRadio 96.5” via 104.1 WNNK-HD2. W243BR operates with 200 watts at 222 meters from south of Harrisburg covering much more of the market than the 60 watt at 193 meter from northwest of town that 95.3 operates with. The move comes with news that the station and sister 1440 WGLD York will drop play-by-play coverage of the Philadelphia Phillies in favor of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals (and predecessor Montreal Expos) have had their AA affiliate in Harrisburg since 1991. The Phillies in turn will affiliate with Hall’s “ESPN Radio 92.7” WLPA-FM Starview.
Station Moves Beasley (Soon to be CBS) Sports 560 WQAM Miami has applied to relocate to the tower of Salem’s 1450 WOCN. The owners of the station’s tower site on Virginia Key notified WQAM and co-tenant 1360 WKAT earlier this year that their leases will not be renewed. At the new site where WQAM will join WKAT and WOCN it will drop its daytime power from its current 5kW to 4.1kW. Nighttime power will remain at 1kW. Cumulus AC “Sunny 97.5” WWSN Whitehall/Muskegon, MI applies to increase from 1.7kW at 130 meters to 3kW at 134.2 meters (Coverage Map). Charles Crawford applies for a major change for his CP for 95.9 in Sonora, TX. The station seeks to increase from a Class A to C3 in Cristoval where it will serve the San Angelo market with 25kW at 48 meters (Coverage Map...[Read More]
Update 9/3: Hall Communications made the flip from Classic Rock 92.7 WKZF to Sports “ESPN 92.7” WLPA-FM at midnight. The new format will not be a complete simulcast of 1490 WLPA Lancaster as play-by-play of the Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State University will only be heard on the AM as other stations have their rights in Harrisburg and York. Update 9/2: In preparation of its flip to Sports, Hall has changed the call letters of 92.7 WKZF to WLPA-FM to match sister 1490 WLPA Lancaster. Original Report 8/28: Hall Communications is preparing to bring ESPN Radio back to FM in the Harrisburg and York, PA markets. The company has registered ESPNRadio927.com for what is now Classic Rock “92.7 KZF” WKZF Starview. The markets have been without an ESPN affiliate since Cumu...[Read More]