Just a couple months after flipping Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 105.3” WHPP Humboldt/Jackson TN to Talk as WTJK, Grace Broadcasting Services has moved the format to 93.1 WTJS (formerly WWGM) Alamo. With the move of WTJK’s programming to WTJS, 105.3 has flipped to Sports as “Fox Sports Jackson” running the network’s programming around the clock. The former Christian “Good News Radio” programming heard on 93.1 has in turn moved to 1190 WJPJ Humboldt/99.9 W260BA Clarksburg, 1500 WPOT Trenton, and 1250 WKBL Covington.
Grace Broadcasting Services has flipped Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 105.3” WHPP Humboldt/Jackson TN to Talk with new WTJK call letters. Positioned as “The Talk of Jackson”, the calls are a play off the former “TJ Network” name that Forever Media ran until flipping 1390 WTJJ/94.1 W231BU to Classic Country in January 2017. The station is being anchored by Steve Bowers’ “Blue Suede Forever” in mornings from 6-9am. The show broadcasts live from studios at the Dixie Cafe in the Old Country Store in Jackson. Bowers previously spent 22 years at The Wireless Group News/Talk 101.5 WNWS-FM Jackson. With the new WTJK call letters in place, Grace also made call letter changes at two of its other stations in the region hinting at possible future chan...[Read More]
After three and a half years as Classic Hits “U92” Forever South Communication’s 92.3 WYNU-FM Milan/Jackson TN has returned to Classic Rock. Now branded as “92.3 The Hog” and new WHHG call letters in place, the move returns Classic Rock to the market for the first time since WYNU-FM dropped its previous “Rock 92.3” identity in April 2014. No on-air staff changes accompanied the flip as the station retains John Boy & Billy in mornings, Jody Austin in middays, and Buzz Blackburn in afternoons. WYNU-FM had been one of three Classic Hits stations in the Jackson TN market. The format is still served by Gerald Hunt’s “Kool 103.1” WMXX and Grace Broadcasting’s 105.3 WHPP. The new Classic Rock format on WHGG places it between t...[Read More]
Forever South Communications has dropped the News/Talk “TJ Network” 1390 WTJS Jackson and 94.1 W231BU East Union TN in favor of Classic Country as “Willie 94” flanking sister Country “Froggy 104.1” WOGY. Under new WLLI call letters, the station has also restarted its simulcast on what was “Dyer County Country” 94.3 WDYE Dyer TN under new WLLI-FM call letters. WDYE had dropped its WTJS simulcast in March 2016.
Grace Broadcasting has flipped Christian AC “105.3 The Dove” WDVW Humboldt/Jackson, TN to Classic Hits “Hippie Radio 105.3” WHPP. The 60s/70s focused Hippie brand launches with Brad McCoy in mornings and Gregg Rivers in afternoons. McCoy had been working for Grace in sales, while Rivers was most recently in afternoons at Forever Communications now defunct “Rock 92.3” WYNU. Grace Broadcasting co-owner Lacy Ennis told the Jackson Sun, “If we broaden our format, it will help what we lose with The Dove,” Ennis said. “We’ll have a whole new listenership, and there has been a lot more positive comments than negative comments about the change.”
Forever Communications Classic Rock “Rock 92.3” WYNU Milan/Jackson, TN has shifted to Classic Hits “U92“. Positioned as “Classic Hits For You”, the flip took place back on April 1. The music sampler in their promotions include artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and The Eagles. With the flip at 92.3, Southern Stone Communication’s “102.3 The Rocket” WZDQ has the Rock genre to itself in the market.
It’s beginning to look and feel like that time of the year. The time when radio stations use the Christmas holiday and beginning of the new year to launch new formats. Completed Changes 1/3: Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting closed on its purchase of Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS-FM and Country “100.7 The Bull” WMUV Jacksonville and flipped both to Christian AC “The Promise“. 1/2: Townsquare Classic Hits “Oldiez 96” WODZ-FM Utica, NY relaunches as “96.1 The Eagle“. 1/2: Cumulus Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3” WZPW Peoria rebrands as “Peoria’s 92.3“. 1/1: Volusia Broadcasting flipped Oldies 1340 WROD/104.7 W284AV Daytona Beach to Classic Rock “The Rock of Daytona“. 1/1: 920 KKLS/104.7 K284BA Rapid City, SD flips to 80s ...[Read More]
Update 9/17: Forever Communications and Grace Broadcasting Services have completed their station trade in Jackson. Christian AC “97.7 The Dove” WTGP Trenton has moved to 105.3 with new WDVW calls in place. 105.3 had been simulcasting News/Talk 1390 WTJS/94.1 W231BU as WTJW. 97.7 has launched a new Urban AC format as “JJ 97.7” with the JJ standing for “Jammin’ Jackson”. The station has taken on WYJJ as its call letters. Original Report 5/11: Forever Communications and Grace Broadcasting Services are swapping stations in the Jackson, TN market. Forever will acquire what is currently Christian “The Dove” 97.7 WTGP Trenton, TN in exchange for News/Talk 105.3 WTJW Humboldt and $525,000. The deal give Forever the better signal as 97.7 is a 50...[Read More]