Saga Launches 103.1 The Mountain In Keene

Saga Communications has relaunched Classic Rock “Keene Classics” 103.1 W276CB/WKNE-HD3 Keene NH as “103.1 The Mountain“. Repositioning as “The Rock Station For Grownups”, W276CB is dropping its syndicated airstaff for a jockless presentation.

AAA Battle In Keene

Saga Communications has shuffled the programming at its Keene, NH translators. Classic Rock “Keene Classics” 99.1 W256BJ/103.7 WKNE-HD2 Keene has moved to 103.1 W276CB/WKNE-HD3 replacing Oldies “Kool 103.1“. 99.1 is now simulcasting AAA 93.9 WRSI Turners Falls, MA/101.5 WRSY Marlboro, VT. The move, which took place in early March, gave Keene its second AAA along with the launch of Great Eastern Radio’s “101.9 The Peak” WKKN Westminster, VT.

AAA Peak Rising In Brattleboro/Keene

Great Eastern Radio will flip 101.9 WKKN Westminster, VT/Keene, NH and 100.7 WTHK Wilmington, VT from Country to AAA “The Peak” on Monday, March 16. The two stations currently simulcast sister “Kixx 100.5” WXXK Lebanon, NH, which will continue with its current Country format. The station describes its new format as “playing album cuts and rarities side by side with familiar hits from U2, Police, VanMorrison, R.E.M, & Cold Play, with a side of contemporary and Indie mix including the Black Keys, Ray Lamontagne, Spoon and Modest Mouse.” ‘John O’ Oliphant will host mornings and Tonia afternoons. On Monday, March 16, The Peak will launch on 101.9FM covering the Keene/Brattleboro listening area, and 100.7FM in the Bennington, Vermont valley. ...[Read More]

KIXX Expands In Vermont

Great Eastern Radio has added a third station to its “Kixx” Country simulcast in Northern New England. 100.7 WTHK Wilmington, VT is now running the programming of 100.5 WXXK Lebanon, NH and 101.9 WKKN Westminster, VT. The station had been simulcasting Classic Rock “101 The Fox” 101.5 WEXP Brandon, VT before the stations mutual ownership was split in the breakup of Nassau Broadcasting. WEXP has since been sold twice, first to Electromagnetic Company and then to Radio Vermont. 100.7 WTHK adds coverage in Southern Vermont in the Green Mountains to the existing 100.5/101.9 coverage along the I-91/Connecticut River corridor along the Vermont and New Hampshire state lines. 101.9 WKKN began its simulcast of 100.5 WXXK in October 2012.

WKKN Shifts To WXXK Simulcast

Great Eastern Radio Active Rock “101.9 K-Rock” WKKN Westminster VT/Keene NH has shifted to a simulcast of sister Country “Kixx 100.5” WXXK Lebanon NH. The move comes as Great Eastern owner Jeff Shapiro prepares to close on the acquisition of eleven stations as part of the Nassau Broadcasting bankruptcy auction. One of those, Rock “Q106” WHDQ Claremont NH serves much of the same areas as WKKN.

New WEEI Lineup

Entercom Sports 850 WEEI Boston and its six station regional network announced a new lineup as it continues to battle CBS’ crosstown “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM. Michael Holley, who had been co-hosting WEEI’s midday show since 2005 will join Glenn Ordway on the afternoon drive “Big Show” from 2pm to 6pm beginning February 28. His current co-host Dale Arnold will move to a fill-in spot with the station. While not announced today, the Boston Herald reports that the midday slot will be filled by weekender Mike Mutnansky and former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni.

K-Rocking in Keene

Great Eastern Radio will launch the first of its two move-ins to the Keene, NH market this week as 101.9 WKKN will launch as “101.9 K-Rock”. The station, formerly WVRR licensed to Newport, NH will be changing its COL to Westminister, VT to give the station coverage in Southwestern New Hampshire, Southeast Vermont including Brattleboro, and the northern most parts of Central Massachusetts. The station will air Greg & The Morning Buzz based at Clear Channel’s WGIR in Manchester. Sister station 93.5 WTSM Springfield, VT will be making the move into the Keene market later this year.