Johnson City/Kingsport

Classic Country Possum Debuts In Kingsport/Johnson City

Information Communications relaunched Country/Bluegrass “Top Gun Radio” 870 WPWT/96.3 W242CQ Colonial Heights and 100.7 W264BY Kingsport TN as “96.3 The Possum” earlier this month. Jennifer Hayes, news anchor at Bristol Broadcasting’s Tri-Cities cluster, joins WPWT as morning host alongside Cody Jennings. George West, who formerly hosted at WPWT sister Christian AC “Love 97.3” 1090 WHGG/97.3 W247CH Kingsport, will host afternoons on The Possum.

Station Sales Week Of 8/28

Translator Sales Just north of Chicago, Cornerstone Community Radio is selling the CP for 92.1 W221DD Waukegan, IL to Frank Glass McCoy for $5000. McCoy is the Chief Engineer for Salem Media’s Chicago stations but it is unknown if they are involved in the purchase. Cornerstone also sells the CP for 101.5 W268CF West Palm Beach, FL to Educational Media Foundation for $25,000. EMF will rebroadcast its pending acquisition 90.7 WFLV West Palm Beach on the translator and will file a modification application before closing. With EMF adding a third signal in West Palm Beach, does this increase the chances for an NPR News/Talk station to remain in the market? Stewards of Sound, Inc. purchases the CP for 103.1 W276CP Bloomer, WI from Edgewater Broadcasting for $22,000. W276CP will rebroadcast...[Read More]

WKOS Shifts From Nash To Nash Icon

Cumulus Country “104.9 Nash-FM” WKOS Kingsport, TN has moved over to the Nash Icon brand. “104.9 NashIcon” will feature the national on-air programming originating from Cumulus’ Nash Campus in Nashville as heard on 95.5 WSM-FM Nashville. WKOS has held steady at a 0.8 share in the last few Nielsen Audio ratings periods; well behind Bristol Broadcasting’s market leading 96.9 WXBQ’s 19.9 share. Cumulus Media announces that radio station WKOS in Tri-Cities, TN (Johnson City-Bristol-Kingsport) launched this week as the all-new NASH Icon station, 104.9 NASH Icon. WKOS was previously programmed as NASH FM 104.9. Program Director J.B. Stone will continue to program WKOS. Nash Icon is a new format playing the best Country hits from Country music’s most icon...[Read More]

FCC Applications 3/15: WDTW Seeks To Rebuild What Was Taken Away

Station Moves Pedro Zamora’s silent 1310 WDTW Dearborn/Detroit, MI applies to rebuild the six tower array that had been

WTZR Flips To Alternative

Bristol Broadcasting has flipped Active Rock “Z-Rock 99.3” WTZR Elizabethton, TN to Alternative “99.3 The X“. The move takes WTZR out of the head to head Active Rock battle with Holston Valley Broadcasting’s “95.9 The Hog” WRZK Colonial Heights in the Tri-Cities market of Johnson City/Kingsport, TN/Bristol, VA. Both stations were tied with a 2.4 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings. Bristol has applied for new WEXX call letters for The X.

Station Sales Week Of November 7

Station Sales 4-K’s LLLP is converting their lease of 1550 KDCO/94.1 K231BQ Golden, CO for “Mile High Sports Radio” into an outright buy. Vic Michael’s Advanced Modulation Broadcasting will receive $550,000 for the station and translator. Bristol Broadcasting is acquiring Silent 1350 WNVA and 106.3 WNVA-FM Norton, VA from Radio Wise, Inc. for $35,000. The stations have been off the air due financial and health hardships of the owners. The equipment and studio/transmitter sites of both stations were sold at public auction. Bristol intends to apply to relocate WNVA-FM to a new location within 90 days in order to expedite its return to the air. North Face Broadcasting is trading Classic Hits “106.5 The Fox” KCIJ Atlanta, LA to Educational Media Foundation f...[Read More]

Cumulus’ NashFM Expansion Continues

Cumulus’ NashFM Country brand continues to expand across the nation on the eve of Independence Day as more stations become “America’s Country Station”. The five new stations to pickup the Nash branding are: “Nash FM 93.7” WSJR Dallas/Scranton, PA (formerly “Great Country 93.7“) “Nash FM 100.5” WHLZ Marion/Florence, SC (formerly “Wheelz 100.5“) “Nash FM 101.7” KAYD Beaumont, TX (formerly “KD 101“) “Nash FM 102.7” WHKR Rockledge/Melbourne, FL (formerly “The Hitkicker“) “Nash FM 104.9” WKOS Kingsport, TN (formerly “Great Country 104.9“) The five stations join the five stations that relaunched over Memorial Day weekend and the original “Nash FM 9...[Read More]

WXBQ Planning Bull Relaunch?

Update 2/6: Multiple Bristol staffers are issuing denials to us that the Bull domain has any connection to WXBQ. Meanwhile the site and social media accounts for the Bull brand have quickly disappeared. Either somebody didn’t expect these to be found early or some strange gamesmanship is at play here. Original Report 2/5: Bristol Broadcasting Country 96.9 WXBQ-FM Bristol, VA/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN looks to be on the verge of a relaunch as “96.9 The Bull“. It’s not often you see a station dominating its market with nearly a 20 share completely revamp its image. is already live with a splash page and social media profiles. Embedded in the code are keywords for WXBQ and the Tri-Cities market. The Bull is quickly becoming the brandname of choice for y...[Read More]

WEYE Kingsport Flips To Christian AC

Positive Alternative Radio has acquired Classic Country “104.3 The Eagle” WEYE Surgoinsville/Kingsport, TN and has flipped it to a simulcast of Christian AC 88.3 WCQR. Positive Alternative Radio purchased WEYE from ASRadio LLC last week for $275,000 last week and has begun operating the station via a time brokerage agreement. With the addition of 104.3, WCQR adds better coverage in Kingsport and parts west as 88.3’s signal is strongest in the Johnson City and Bristol portions of the Tri-Cities. WCQR also operates on translators 93.7 W229BA Greeneville TN, 96.1 W241AL Marion VA, and 104.7 W284BB Wise VA.

Great Country Comes To Kingsport

On the heels of the launch of “Great Country 93.7” WSJR Wilkes-Barre, PA this morning, Cumulus flipped CHR “Channel 104.9” WKOS Kingsport, TN to “Great Country 104.9” at 1:04pm today. WKOS has seen a number of formats over the past few years; Variety Hits “104.9 The Peak“, Hot AC “104-9 KOS“, and most recently CHR “Channel 104.9“. Cumulus’ stations are embargoed from release of their ratings due to not subscribing to the local book, however WKOS is now up against Bristol Broadcasting’s market dominating 96.9 WXBQ, which registered a 22.4 share in the Fall 2011 ratings. Working against WKOS is its in-market signal. The 2.75kW signal is not strong in the Johnson City portion of the Tri-Cities while WXBQ is a ...[Read More]