WQTX Lansing To Drop Sports & Fuel Up

Midwest Communications will flip Sports “92.1 The Team” WQTX St. Johns/Lansing MI to 90s Hits “92.1 Fuel-FM” on Wednesday, September 5. The Lansing State Journal reports that the new format will be branded as “High Octane Fun”. New Midwest Communications VP/Market Manager Mark Jaycox told the paper that the Sports format was not profitable. The new format will utilize the “Fuel” format from Tom Kent Radio Network. The format is centered in the 1990s while stretching into the 80s and early 2000s. WQTX aired a combination of Fox Sports Radio and regional programming produced by Spotlight Communications. “Michigan’s Big Show” hosted by Michael Patrick Shiels will move across town to Townsquare Media’s 1240 WJIM in a delay...[Read More]

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]

Midwest To Launch CHR “i92.9” Lansing

Midwest Communications will flip Classic Hits 92.9 WLMI Lansing MI to CHR “i92.9” on Wednesday, April 26. The station will be positioned as “Lansing’s New Hits” and feature the syndicated Bert Show in mornings and Zach Sang at night. Nikki Landry, most recently PD of Cumulus CHR “98.9 Magic-FM” KKMG Colorado Springs will join the company as Brand Manager. The new format will go up against Townsquare Media’s market leading “97.5 Now-FM” WJIM. WJIM registered a 9.4 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WLMI held a 2.6. Ahead of the format change, Midwest Communications Lansing Operations Manager Mike Scott, who also programmed and hosted afternoons at WLMI, departed the company last week. Midwest Communications flips C...[Read More]

94.1 WVIC To Flip Monday; More Changes Coming To Lansing?

94.1 WVIC will make its flip to Classic Country “94.1 Duke-FM” on Monday, March 16. The changes in the Lansing market won’t stop there. Current WVIC afternoon host Parker and middayer Mars will slide over to mornings at sister Classic Hits 92.9 WLMI replacing Tim Barron. WLNS-TV reports that WLMI may be switching to AC in the process. Original Report 3/6: Midwest Communications is preparing to bring its Classic Country “Duke” brand to a fourth market. Midwest has registered for Alternative 94.1 WVIC Jackson/Lansing, MI. The brand, named for Midwest President Duke Wright, has been launched over the past year in Appleton/Green Bay, Evansville, and Terre Haute. This past January Midwest flipped Country 92.1 WQTX to Sports as “The Team“....[Read More]

92.1 The Ticket Lansing Rebrands As The Team

Shortly after the launch of the station as “92.1 The Ticket“, WQTX changed its branding to “The Team“. Why the change? CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Detroit has the Michigan trademark for the Ticket name. No changes to the new programming format with the change in name from Ticket to Team. Original Report 1/13: Midwest has officially announced the coming launch of “92.1 The Ticket” on Monday, January 19. WQTX will feature nine hours of local programming daily along with Dan Patrick and other Fox Sports Radio programming. The Ticket will also carry Lansing Lugnuts baseball, University of Michigan basketball and football, and high school sports. The Ticket’s daily lineup will feature: 6-9am: Michigan’s Big Show with Michael P...[Read More]

FCC Applications 11/16

Translator Changes Another translator will attempt to rimshot the Tampa/St. Petersburg market from New Port Richey, FL. 102.7 W274AP New Port Richey applies to move to 103.1 with 250 watts at 411 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 97.9 WXTB Clearwater (Coverage Map). Advance Ministries’ 103.9 K280DD Riviera, AZ already holds a CP to relocate to Searchlight, NV, but not it applies to make its next move to Las Vegas with 250 watts at 308 meters from the Stratosphere Casino on The Strip. K280DD will rebroadcast a subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 95.5 KWNR Henderson, NV (Coverage Map). Also in the Las Vegas market, Community Education Foundation’s 94.7 K234CL Dolan Springs, AZ applies to operate with 10 watts at 478 meters from a location near Boulder Ci...[Read More]

FCC Applications 7/31: More Power For NYC Translator

Translator Changes Bridgelight LLC is seeking to increase the power of its CP for 95.1 W236CH Fort Greene, NY from 10 to 99 watts. The translator will cover Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hudson County NJ from 4 Times Square via Cumulus’ 94.7 WNSH-HD4 (Coverage Map). Spring Arbor University seeks to relocate 98.3 W252CN Holt, MI to Lansing with an increase from 80 watts at 42.6 meters to 170 watts rebroadcasting 106.9 WSAE Spring Arbor (Coverage Map). Educational Media Foundation’s 102.9 W275CA Saginaw, MI applies to increase its CP from 2 watts at 112 meters to 13 watts at 121 meters with a move to 92.3 (Coverage Map). Ben F. Stinson’s 92.7 K224EN Hesperus, CO proposes to relocate to Durango on 92.3 with 250 watts at -269 meters (Coverage Map) rebroadcasting 92.5 KRWN Farmingt...[Read More]