Ithaca

Alt 95.9 Launches In Ithaca

After stunting as “X-A Radio” with X Ambassadors music all weekend, Saga Communications launched Alternative “Alt 95.9” W240CB/WQNY-HD3 Ithaca NY at 5pm today. Brand Manager Mike Kerr states that the station will also try to associate the station with cuisine stating, “Our Alt 95.9 will be very popular with millennials. Two of their favorite activities are listening to music…followed closely by enjoying cooking and food. Our plan is to do some very creative associations of “food” with “audio”. Alt 95.9 is the first radio station to put these two drivers together.” The new format creates a competitor to Cornell Media Guild’s 93.5 WVBR. Cayuga Radio has launched a brand-new station into the Ithaca market, “Alt 95.9”. “We are very excited to bring this station to...[Read More]

WVBR Flips To Alternative

Cornell Media Guild has flipped Rock 93.5 WVBR Ithaca NY to Alternative. The Cornell Daily Sun reports that the change came “after increasing confusion as to what constitutes real rock” as the station “failed to focus its efforts on any particular decade or subgenre, leading to a lack of consistency within their sound”. The station is now focusing on Alternative hits from the 90s through now. The Cornell Media Guild is a non-profit not directly associated with Cornell University but staffed by university students. Much like the now departed 95.5 WBRU Providence, the station operates commercially but as a non-profit accepts donations and listener support. The Daily Sun adds that WVBR alumni Keith Olbermann and SiriusXM VP/Music Programming Steve Blatter have made major con...[Read More]

People Moves 1/17

Saga Communications has made a few programming moves the past few days. Crash Poteet joins Country 101.9 WPOR Portland ME as Brand Manager and afternoon host. Most recently in the same role at West Virginia Radio Corporation’s 96.1 WKWS Charleston WV, Poteet has also programmed 96.3 KSCS and “96.7 The Twister” KTYS Dallas, “101.9 The Twister” KTST Oklahoma City, and 98.5 KVOO Tulsa in his career. Gabe Carrillo leaves his roles as Program Director and Morning Host at CHR “Z95.5” WFIZ Odessa/Ithaca NY to join sister “Energy 106.9” WNRG-FM Brookfield/Milwaukee WI as Brand Manager. He succeeds Jeremy ‘Cousin Ed’ Schulz who remains with the station as afternoon host. Carrillo’s spot in Ithaca was quickly filled by Mike R...[Read More]

WNYY To Drop Liberal Talk For Oldies

Saga Liberal Talk 1470 WNYY Ithaca NY will drop the format for Oldies on February 1. In an interview with the Ithaca Times, General Manager Chet Osadchey stated that the move is due to lack of programming to fill out a schedule as only Alan Colmes, Thom Hartmann, and Stephanie Miller remain as many others have left syndication. Osadchey made sure to emphasize that it wasn’t politically motivated decision. No word yet if Saga’s additional Liberal Talkers in Bellingham WA, Brattleboro VT, and Springfield MA will make similar moves away from the format. The move to Oldies at WNYY will coincide with the station moving to a new FM frequency. Its current translator 97.7 W249CD will be moving to 105.1 East Longmeadow MA as part of the 250 mile waiver period, while 95.3 W237DX East Liv...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/16: AM Translator Waiver Period Closing With A Bang

With the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period set to expire at the end of this month, there has been a slight uptick in applications trying to get in before the deadline. In one such case, Saga Communications is cleverly extending the 250 mile limit to improve their status in two markets.

FCC Report 5/8: COL Swap In Western PA

Frank Iorio's Radio Partners Inc. seeks to swap city-of-license at two of his stations in Western Pennsylvania.

Ithaca’s Buzzer On The Move

Saga Communications Sports “98.7 The Buzzer” W254BF/WYXL-HD3 Ithaca NY is moving to 96.3 W242AB. The move serves two purposes. First, Saga is moving W254BF to Greenfield MA as part of the AM Translator Revitalization period to rebroadcast Progressive Talk 1240 WHMQ. Second it places The Buzzer on a stronger signal as W254BF currently operates with 54 watts, while 96.3 W242AB operates with 250 watts from the same 156 meter antenna. 96.3 currently rebroadcasts AC “Lite Rock 97.3” WYXL The Buzzer carries the CBS Sports Radio Network programming around the clock.

FCC Applications 5/31

Translator Changes The pieces continue to get put in place for the upcoming frequency shuffle in Salt Lake City. Wasatch Public Media’s 105.3 K287AE Holladay, UT applies to move to 105.5 with no changes to its 205 watt horizontal/82 watt vertical at 419 meters facilities. The frequency shift will enable the translator to keep its second-adjacent status to KNRS-FM Centerville after it moves from 105.7 to 105.9. K287AE will continue to rebroadcast Public News/Talk 88.3 KCPW-FM Salt Lake City (Coverage Map). Cherry Creek Radio’s 101.9 K270BV Hurricane, UT applies to relocate to St. George with 250 watts at 532 meters rebroadcasting 106.1 KXFF Colorado City, AZ. Edgewater Broadcasting’s CP for 95.3 W237DW Covington, KY/Cincinnati applies to increase power to 250 watts at 236 ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 5/22: Evolution Expanding To Florida Keys & Disney Sells Seattle

Alex Media sells the CP for 93.5 WZFL Islamorada/Key Largo, FL to Zoo Communications for $620,000. Marco Mazzoli, the principal in Zoo Communications is the new operator of iHeartMedia’s Dance “Evolution 93.5” W228BY Miami and will simulcast that format. Radio Disney continues its sell-off with the divestment of 1250 KKDZ Seattle to Universal Media Access for $500,000. The buyers Charlie Banta and Sandra Miller of Mercury Capital Partners also own Brokered stations in suburban Boston, Long Island, and San Jose. Beasley Media is subtracting one of its Fayetteville, NC stations as it sells 1160 WYDU Red Springs to WEDU Broadcasting for $75,000. The buyer operates Gospel/Talk formatted 1340 WAGR Lumberton, 1460 WEWO Laurinburg, and 1600 WIDU Fayetteville. Alex Media also sel...[Read More]

FCC Applications 4/30

Translator Moves Entercom has agreed to purchase the Construction Permit for 105.7 W289CB Milwaukee from Kevin Youngers for $300,000. As part of the sale, Entercom has applied to relocate the translator to the tower of 103.7 WXSS where it will operate with 240 watts at 284 meters rebroadcasting 103.7 WXSS-HD3 (Coverage Map). Apple 107.1 Inc. has made yet another modification to its application for 106.3 W292DV New York as it changes the originating station to Multicultural Broadcasting’s 1660 WWRU Jersey City. The translator will operate with 40 watts at 200 meters (Coverage Map). Alpine Broadcasting is attempting to move two of its translators into Kansas City, or in this case Kansas Cities. 92.7 K224ET Knob Noster, MO seeks to relocate to Kansas City, KS where it will rebroadcast C...[Read More]

Ithaca Goes In Rewind

Update 3/7: Saga has completed its Ithaca restructuring with the relaunch of “Classic Hits 107.7” W299BI Ithaca/WFIZ-HD2 Odessa as “Rewind 107.7“. Positioned as “Amazing Variety Of The 60s, 70s, and 80s”, the station has retained its format under the new name. With the rebranding of 107.7, Saga has completed its shuffling of its large cluster following the acquisition of WFIZ and three additional translators. The fully restructured cluster includes: CHR “Z95.5” WFIZ Odessa/94.9 W235BR Ithaca AAA “96.7 The Vine” WYXL-HD2/W244CZ Ithaca AC “Lite Rock 97.3” WYXL Ithaca/96.3 W242AB Ithaca Sports “98.7 The Buzzer” WYXL-HD3/W254BF Ithaca Classic Rock “I100” 99.9 WIII Cortland/100.3 W262AD Ithaca Countr...[Read More]

Saga Expands In Ithaca

Saga Communications is growing its Ithaca, NY cluster. The company has agreed to purchase CHR “Z95.5” WFIZ Odessa and three translators from the bankruptcy estate of George and Patricia Kimble’s ROI Broadcasting for $715,000. The three translators involved in the sale are 94.9 W235BR Ithaca which rebroadcasts WFIZ, 96.3 W242AB Ithaca which rebroadcasts Classic Rock 99.3 WLLW Seneca Falls, and 107.7 W299BI Ithaca which operates as “Classic Hits 107.7” via WFIZ-HD2. Saga already owns AC “Lite Rock 97.3” WYXL, Classic Rock “I100” 99.9 WIII/100.3 W262AD, Country “Q Country 103.7” WQNY, News/Talk 870 WHCU/95.9 W240CB, Progressive Talk 1470 WNYY/97.7 W249CD, AAA “96.7 The Vine” W244CZ/WYXL-HD3, and CHR “Hits 103....[Read More]

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