After stunting yesterday as “Trash Pandas Radio” with baseball songs promoting the upcoming move of the Mobile Bay Bears minor league baseball team to the area as the Rocket City Trash Pandas, iHeartMedia has launched Alternative “Alt 92.9” W225AH/WQRV-HD3 Huntsville AL. The new format launched at 9:29am this morning and will run commercial-free through the rest of September. The launch of Huntsville's New Alternative 92.9! Ever wonder what it's like for a new station to go on the air?! Well here's what it looked like at 9:29am as #TrashPanda turned into Huntsville's New Alternative 92.9! Like, share, and help us get the word about your new favorite station in the Tennessee Valley! Posted by ALT 929 Huntsville on Thursday, September 13, 2018
Southern Stone Communications Urban Oldies “Sunny 98.1” 1550 WLOR Huntsville/98.1 W251AC Capshaw AL flipped to Classic Hip-Hop “98.1 The Beat” at 12pm today. The station stunted for two hours with television theme songs following the conclusion of the Steve Harvey show this morning. Program Director/Midday host Ed Gaines and afternoon host Rick Lee remain in place with the format change. The new format positions WLOR between Cumulus Urban AC 94.1 WHRP and Broadcast One rimshot Urban 103.1 WEUP-FM. WLOR held a 2.2 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings.
One of the few and longest running synchronous AM operations could be coming to an end.
Anchor Radio and Ryan Media have come to a settlement to resolve one of the mutually exclusive conflicts created on the first day of the AM Translator Waiver Period. Anchor Radio is taking a $25,000 cash settlement from Ryan Media to withdraw its application for 104.7 W284AD New Albany IN to move to 96.1 with 250w/115m from its existing tower site. W284AD will continue to operate on 104.7, albeit with a directional 99 watts rebroadcasting Gospel "1240 Love" WLLV Louisville.
Back in 2009, Radio Training Network's "93.3 The Joy-FM" WVFJ-FM Manchester GA, Rome Radio Partners' 93.5 WSRM Coosa GA and Cox Media Urban AC "Kiss 104.1" WALR-FM Greenville GA filed contingent applications to modify their facilities. The moves would see WVFJ-FM change city-of-license to Greenville while upgrading from a Class C1 to C0, WSRM move to a new tower site with a directional antenna to protect WVFJ-FM, and WALR-FM downgrade from a C0 to C1 while changing city-of-license to Palmetto. After a series of application modifications and objections the FCC has finally ruled on what can proceed.
NCA, Inc AC “Lite 96.9” WRSA-FM Huntsville, AL is no more as the station rebranded as “Mix 96.9” on Sunday evening. Now positioning as “The Best Mix Of The 80s, 90s and More”, the station is positioning itself between Southern Stone AC “Star 99” WAHR and iHeartMedia Classic Hits “100.3 The River” WQRV. In explaining the change to AL.com, General Manager John Malone stated “When listeners hear the word ‘Lite,’ they think older music, music their mother or grandmother would listen to. But our music has evolved and the better descriptor is ‘Mix'”. WRSA will run jockless for two weeks before returning its current on-air lineup on January 26.
After airing a few hours of Christmas Music, the journey has come to an end for Cumulus AC “Journey 93.3” WWFF New Market/Huntsville, AL as it becomes the 21st “Nash Icon” branded Country station. The move returns the frequency to the Country format is previously held from 2008 until 2011 as “The Wolf“. The move will place the station up against iHeartMedia’s market-leading Country 102.1 WDRM. Cumulus announces that WWFF-FM launched today as 93.3 NASH Icon. The station previously operated under the brand Journey 93-3. NASH Icon is a new Country music and lifestyle brand featuring Country music’s most iconic artists, driven by Country music fans’ desire for more exposure to their all-time favorite artists from the last 25 years, and Country music fr...[Read More]
Station Moves Family Life Broadcasting’s 88.1 KJTY Topeka, KS is attempting to rimshot Kansas City a little more as it is applying to move its transmitter site eastward to near Lawrence where it will operate with 88kW at 176.9 meters (Coverage Map). Concurrently, Templo Apostoles y Prophetas Bethel’s 88.1 KZGC-FM Garden City, KS applies to upgrade to 1kW at 125 meters (Coverage Map). Liberman Broadcasting is reapplying for two of its expiring CP’s. In the Dallas suburbs, “FunAsia 104.9” KZMP-FM Pilot Point seeks 42kW at 606 meters (Coverage Map). In suburban Houston, “La Raza 103.3” KJOJ-FM Freeport wants 100kW at 595.8 meters (Coverage Map). In between Houston and San Antonio, Roy Henderson’s 92.3 KNRG New Ulm, TX seeks to increase from a Cl...[Read More]
Translator Moves Steve Hedgwood’s Core Communicators recently launched Urban Oldies “Old School 99.3” on Edgewater Broadcasting’s W257DF Dallas, GA rebroadcasting 1010 WTZA Atlanta. Now the translator applies to move to downtown Atlanta with 99 watts at 263 meters (Coverage Map). Radio-One may be adding an additional FM signal in Baltimore. Hope Christian Church of Marlton is seeking to move 102.3 W272BJ Fairlee, MD across Chesapeake Bay where it would operate with 99 watts ant 335 meters rebroadcasting Radio-One’s 1010 WOLB Baltimore (Coverage Map). The translator won’t have to worry about interference complaints from co-channel 102.3 WWMJ Bethesda as it is owned by Radio-One. Community Education Foundation is inching 94.7 K234CL Dolan Springs, AZ towar...[Read More]
The Steve Harvey Morning Show has quickly found a new Huntsville affiliate following the demise of Urban “Hot 103.5” WHWT. Southern Stone Communications flipped Classic Hits “Sunny 98.1” 1550 WLOR Huntsville/98.1 W251AC Capshaw to Rhythmic Oldies on Monday, while retaining its previous identity. The new format is focusing on R&B from the 70s through 90s with some pop crossover from the likes of Madonna positioned as “The Valley’s Old School”. With the addition of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Program Director Ed Gaines slides to middays.
Update 3/23/14: EMF has closed on its acquisition of WHWT and taken the station temporarily off the air as it prepares to relaunch it with one of its non-commercial Christian networks. The former management had some harsh words for the Huntsville business community following the departure of the “Hot 103.5” format. Thanks to everyone in the Huntsville area who have supported Hot 103.5 over the past 6-years….sadly within hours we will say Goodbye! — Karen Porter Mktg (@karenportermark) March 20, 2014 https://twitter.com/HOT1035HUNTS/status/447782298117623808 Original Report 12/6/13: Stroh Comm has sold Rhythmic CHR “Hot 103.5” WHWT New Hope/Huntsville, AL to Educational Media Foundation. The $850,000 purchase will see EMF convert the station to non-commer...[Read More]
Cumulus’ 97.9 KNRQ-FM Eugene, OR has filed a request for expedited approval to shift its pending move into Aloha in the Portland market to a new tower site. Claiming that it needs to be built before August 1 in order to close on its swap with EMF Broadcasting of 97.5 KYGA (was KRUZ-FM) Goleta CA and 103.7 KXPC-FM Harrisburg OR before the California license renewal deadline. If approved, KNRQ will now be built as a C1 with 9.7kW at 472 meters from the KGW-TV owned tower (instead of 50kw at 387 meters from a different location). Cumulus states it can build the new facility quickly, but if the new application is not approved before the August 1 deadline it will delay construction until at least December. Bible Broadcasting has applied to move 103.3 W277AM Biddeford, ME north into the or...[Read More]