iHeart Rebrands Urbans in Lexington & Louisville

iHeartMedia’s Urban stations in Lexington and Louisville KY both rebranded under the “Real” moniker today. “93.1 The Beat” WTFX-FM Clarksville IN/Louisville KY is now “Real 93.1” while “Wild 103.9” W280DO/WLKT-HD2 Lexington KY becomes “Real 103.9“. No other changes accompanied the rebranding as the stations retained their current airstaff led by the syndicated Breakfast Club. Both stations are overseen by iHeartMedia Kentucky/Indiana Region Director of Urban Programming Bo Money along with “Real 98.3” WZRL Plainfield/Indianapolis. WTFX registered a 1.7 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings placing it behind Alpha Media’s “B96.5” WGZB’s 6.8 share. W280DO also registered a 1.4 share i...[Read More]

Jack-FM Debuts In Lexington

As we first indicated in our 2/9 Domain Insight, Cumulus Media flipped Country “101.5 Nash Icon” WVLK-FM Richmond/Lexington KY to Variety Hits “101.5 Jack-FM” this morning. WVLK-FM registered a 0.6 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings with the Nash Icon format straddling the lines between iHeartMedia’s market leading “98.1 The Bull” WBUL and Cumulus sister “Nash-FM 92.9” WLXX and LM Communications Classic Country “Hank 96.1” WLXO and iHeart’s “98.5 The Bull Icons” W253BK. The “Jack-FM” format places the station in more direct competition with Aloha Stations Trust Classic Hits “Rewind 105.5” WWRW.

Roger McCoy Joins WLXX Lexington As PD/Afternoon Host

Cumulus Media Country “Nash-FM 92.9” WLXX Lexington KY has appointed Roger McCoy as Program Director. McCoy most recently served as APD/MD/Afternoon host at iHeartMedia’s “99.9 Kiss Country” WKSF Asheville NC and night host at 92.5 WESC Greenville SC until his exit in August. He previously served as Operations Manager for Media One Group’s cluster in Ashtabula OH and PD/Morning Host at “98.3 The Bull” WYBL there. He fills the opening created by the departure of Kenny Wall in October. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio programming professional Roger McCoy as Program Director for Country radio station NASH FM 92.9/WLXX-FM in Lexington, KY. McCoy will also be on-air host on NASH FM 92.9 weekdays from 3PM-7PM. McCoy was most rece...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 8/11

Ohio Midland Newsgroup agrees to purchase Sports “OV Sports” 1430 WEIR Weirton WV/Steubenville OH and 94.9 W235BX Colliers WV, Classic Hits “106.3 The River” WCDK Cadiz OH/Wheeling WV, and the CP to move 94.7 W234AV Punxsatawney PA to 102.1 Weirton from Priority Communications for $700,000. After acquiring News/Talk “107.7 The Pulse” WTPL Hillsboro/Concord NH along with two other stations from Great Eastern Radio for $2.6 million, Dirk Nadon’s Lakes Media turns around and sells WTPL to Binnie Media for $1.3 million. Binnie has also begun operating WTPL via LMA. Richard Brabandt sells Oldies 1550 WOCC Corydon IN to Dawn Fowler and Timothy Jackson’s Two Hawks Communications for $115,000. St. Francis Mission sells Variety 96.1 KINI Crookston NE ...[Read More]

Third Time On FM The Charm For WVLK?

Cumulus News/Talk 590 WVLK Lexington KY is back on FM for the third time. WVLK launched its new translator, 97.3 W247CT Lexington on Monday with 250w/242m. W247CT is the former 101.1 W266AN that was forced off the air last June after Mountain Broadcasting Service’s Country 101.1 WSGS Hazard submitted 51 interference claims against the translator. WVLK originally simulcasted on 101.5 WVLK-FM Richmond KY until that station flipped to Country “101.5 Nash Icon” in October 2014.

WTF Is Rocking Lexington

As first reported in our 2/10 Daily Domains, iHeartMedia has flipped “Fox Sports 1580” WWTF Georgetown/97.7 W249DJ Lexington KY to Rock “WTF 97.7“. Running with the usual commercial-free launch pattern, the new format flanks sister Classic Rock “100.1 Double Q” WKQQ against Cumulus Active Rock “Z-Rock 103” WXZZ. Audrey, who currently voicetracks overnights at WKQQ, will also host nights at WTF. No additional staffing has been announced.

FCC Report 2/11: Riviera Seeks STA To Accelerate Phoenix Translator Move

The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix' South Mountain prior to the granting of its Construction Permit by denying it. The FCC states that "K27OBZ's problems do not justify STA for K241BQ. Nor does the STA request supersede the need for a construction permit before such changes can be made. Finally, we do not consider STA requests made for the convenience of the applicant." K241BQ cannot move to South Mountain until the application is granted. Original Report 2/12: Riviera Broadcasting is seeking Special Temporary Authority to expedite its relocation of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to the South Mountain Tower Farm just south of Phoenix. Riviera is in the process of acquiring K241BQ...[Read More]

WVLK Translator Forced Off

Cumulus News/Talk 590 WVLK Lexington has lost its FM signal for the second time. The FCC has ordered Cumulus to take 101.1 W266AN Lexington dark following the 51 interference claims brought upon it by Mountain Broadcasting Service’s Country 101.1 WSGS Hazard. In April the FCC gave Cumulus thirty days to resolve the interference complaints or suspend operations. Cumulus followed in May with an Application For Review asking whether an interference claim can be brought upon by a station operating via STA from an auxiliary site for prolonged period of time, whether the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 requires a translator to remedy interference claims from a station over 100 miles away, and whether the LCRA required the FCC to assess translator interference equally to how LPFM’s ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 6/17

Station Sales Starboard Media Foundation acquires Catholic “RealLife Radio” 1380 WMJR Nicholasville and 94.9 W235AK Lexington KY from Thy Kingdom Come Network for $350,000. Starboard has already flipped WMJR/W235AK to their “Relevant Radio” network. Eight months after closing on their purchase of Rock “99.1 U-Rock” KSEK-FM Girard/Pittsburg KS and relaunching it as “Classic Rock 99.1“, Mika and Jessica Nugent is selling the station to American Media Investments for $60,000 and the assumption of the obligation to provide $11,432 in advertising time to former owner Southeast Kansas Independent Resource Living Center. American Media Investments began operating KSEK-FM via LMA in May as it becomes the fourth station in a cluster that includes Coun...[Read More]

Looking At iHeart’s Recent Regional Consolidation Cuts

Over the past few weeks a new round of cuts has taken place at iHeartMedia as the new regional operating structure took effect. Here’s a rundown of some of the moves that have taken place recently and how they show what the company is doing in this round of cuts: Austin and San Antonio have seen multiple moves as staffers add duties in both markets. Zac ‘Mayhem’ Wellsandt was named Director of AC/CHR Operations giving him oversight of eight stations: HR “96.7 Kiss-FM” KHFI, “Pride Radio 97.5” K248CU, Urban “102.3 The Beat” KPEZ, and Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL in Austin and CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM, AC “Q101.9” KQXT, Rhythmic AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP, and Spanish AC “La Preciosa 1...[Read More]

WVLK Lexington Returns To FM

Just shy of the one year anniversary of Cumulus flipping 101.5 WVLK-FM Richmond/Lexington, KY from a simulcast of 590 WVLK Lexington to Country “101.5 Nash Icon“, the News/Talker has returned to the FM band. 101.1 W266AN Lawrenceburg operates with 250 watts at 243 meters (Coverage Map). Cumulus Media announces that it will bring News/Talk 590 WVLK to Lexington’s FM dial today with the addition of a new FM translator. At 10:00 a.m. CST, Cumulus Lexington launched the FM simulcast of its existing News/Talk station WVLK-AM on the 101.1 frequency. Jim Mahanay, Corporate Program Director for Cumulus said: “We are extremely pleased to announce that our audience in Lexington can now enjoy WVLK’s exceptional News/Talk programming—including Larry Kudlow, John Batchelor, Mark Levin and T...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 1/30

Cumulus Media purchases 101.1 W266AN Lawrenceburg, KY from Finley Willis for $5000. Cumulus intends to file an application to relocate the translator closer to Lexington where it will rebroadcast News/Talk 590 WVLK Lexington. CBL Investments is selling Classic Hits 98.9 KRQX-FM Hurricane/St. George, UT to Craig Hanson’s Redrock Broadcasting for $250,000. Hanson, the former President of Simmons Media currently operates KRQX via LMA and owns Hot AC “Mix 103.1” KURR Hildale in the St. George market. Richard Witkovski’s North Texas Radio Group is acquiring Classic Country 1550 KMAD Madill, OK from Keystone Broadcasting for $40,000. The Benett Kessler Trust transfers AC “Sierra Wave Radio” 92.5 KSRW Independence, CA and sister LPTV KSRW-LP Mammoth Lakes to Sc...[Read More]

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