Midwest Communications Appoints New Market Managers In Lansing & Kalamazoo

Midwest Communications has appointed new Vice Presidents/Market Managers in Kalamazoo and Lansing MI. Mark Jaycox joins the company from Lansing based Adams Outdoor Advertising to oversee the company’s stations in that market. He previously spent eleven years as General Manager at Salem Media’s stations in Cleveland and Milwaukee and also worked for Rubber City Radio Cleveland. Kurt Luchs, who exited as NRG Media Omaha General Manager in July after just four months, will join Midwest to oversee their five stations in Kalamazoo. Luchs has also managed NRG Media’s Wausau WI, New Northwest Broadcasters’ Tri-Cities WA, and served as President/CEO of Pacific Empire Radio Corp. Michael Klein will continue to manage the company’s stations in Battle Creek and Coldwater MI. ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 1/19: A Pair Of Boston AMs Sold

After agreeing in December to purchase Silent 1510 WMEX Boston from Daly XXL Communications for $125,000, the contract by Ed Perry’s Marshfield Broadcasting Company has been filed with the FCC. Not included in the deal are the current call letters as the license to use them from 105.9 WMEX-LP Rochester NH was non-transferrable. Also the contract states that the current tower site owner Duffy Associates, LLC has filed a lawsuit against Daly XXL Communications, Ed Perry, and former WMEX owner Blackstrap Broadcasting. International Church of the Grace of God will pay $685,000 to Salem Media for 1260 WBIX Boston. The group began operating the station via LMA on January 8 upon which it dropped the station’s Conservative Talk lineup for Portuguese language programming targeted at Bra...[Read More]

Townsquare Launches K102.5 Kalamazoo

Townsquare Media has flipped “Kalamazoo Country 102.5” W273AR Paw Paw/103.3 WKFR-HD2 Battle Creek MI to Classic Hits “K102.5“. The move gives Kalamazoo an in-market Classic Hits station to go up against Forum Communications rimshot “Cool 101” 100.9 WQXC-FM Allegan. W273AR had a 0.9 share of the Kalamazoo market in the Fall 2016 Nielsen ratings down from a 1.7 in the Spring and as high as a 2.9 in Fall 2014.

FCC Applications 5/31

Curtis Media Group’s Eastern Airwaves has acquired a pair of translator CP’s in North Carolina. From Community Public Radio, Eastern Airwaves added 97.7 W249CN Fairfield, NC for $125,000. The 250 watt translator will put a city grade signal over Greensboro where it will be used to rebroadcast Curtis’ “Triad Sports” 1320 WCOG. From Bible Broadcasting Network, Eastern Airwaves acquired 94.3 W232CI Fayetteville for $47,500. The 30 watt translator is currently licensed to rebroadcast Bible Broadcasting’s 91.1 WYBH Fayetteville. Saga Communications has purchased 96.7 W244CZ Ithaca, NY from Calvary Chapel Of The Finger Lakes for $60,000. The 250 watt translator will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 103.7 WQNY Ithaca. Golden Corners Broadcasting’s 104.9 WC...[Read More]

Z96.5 Brings Alternative To Kalamazoo

Update 5/13: Midwest did indeed break-up its WKZO simulcast this afternoon to launch Alternative “Z96.5 WZXO”. The station is launching with the usual 10,000 songs in a row. The station will remain as the radio flagship for Western Michigan University sports. The Press Release announcing “Z96.5” follows: Z96.5 Kalamazoo’s Alternative launched Monday May 13th playing 10,000 songs in a row. The brand new station will feature alternative artists such as AWOLNATION, Fun., and Imagine Dragons. Upon reviewing key research that showed a demand for alternative music in Kalamazoo, Midwest Communications made the decision to change its 96.5 WKZO news talk station to the alternative music format. The sound of Z96.5 will be similar to that of Midwest’s alternative radio station...[Read More]

Great Country Comes To Kalamazoo

Cumulus extends its new 90’s to now “Great Country” brand to Kalamazoo, MI as translator 102.5 W273AR Paw Paw signs on as “Great Country 102.5” with 10,000 songs in a row. W273AR operates with 250 watts and is fed by 103.3 WKFR-HD2. Its projected coverage covers all of greater Kalamazoo. Strategically the station will serve two goals. WKFR currently leads the market with a 13.7 share. Second ranked is Clear Channel Country “B93” WBCT Grand Rapids with its massive 320kW signal. There are two country stations serving the Kalamazoo market, however neither superserves the town. The aforementioned WBCT is primarily targeted towards Grand Rapids. Midwest Communications’ “Win 98.5” WNWN-FM Coldwater has a fringe signal on the western end...[Read More]

96.5 WFAT Kalamazoo Becomes Country Y96.5 WYZO

Michiguide.com reports that Classic Rocker 96.5 WFAT Kalamazoo has flipped to Country as Y96.5 WYZO.