Withers Swaps WTAO & WVZA In Southern Illinois Again

As first reported in our 7/20 Domain Insight, Withers Broadcasting is reversing the frequency swap it made in the Marion/Carbondale IL market in 2009. Rock “92.7 TAO Rocks” WTAO-FM Herrin and AC “105.1 VZA” WVZA Murphysboro will exchange frequencies on Wednesday, August 1 at 12pm. The move brings the WTAO-FM Rock brand back to the 105.1 frequency it called home from 1970-2009. The original 2009 swap was made to give WVZA a stronger signal in Carbondale as it served as the flagship station for Southern Illinois University sports. The University announced earlier this month that it will move those broadcasts to Max Media CHR 101.5 WCIL-FM.

WINI To Drop Talk For Oldies

Southern Illinois Radio Group will flip News/Talk 1420 WINI Murphysboro/93.5 W228DC Carbondale IL to Oldies “Cool 93.5” on Monday, August 22. The new format will utilize Westwood One’s Good Time Oldies network, while retaining WINI’s extensive Sports coverage. WINI is the Carbondale affiliate for St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Blues hockey, University of Illinois football and basketball and Murphysboro High School football. Among the syndicated shows losing affiliates are Glenn Beck, Todd Schnitt, Alan Colmes, and Jim Bohannon.

Station Sales Week Of 5/1

Adelman Broadcasting is purchasing 98.5 KGIL-FM Johannesburg, CA from Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters for $110,000. KGIL-FM, which currently simulcasts “Go Country 105.1” KKGO-FM Los Angeles, will become Adelman’s seventh station in the Ridgecrest, CA market. Catholic station operator Real Presence Radio is acquiring 89.9 KQFR Rapid City, SD from Family Stations for $200,000. Real Presence currently owns six stations and two translators in North Dakota. The Julia Cherry Living Revocable Trust purchases silent 1590 WPUL South Daytona, FL for the assumption of debt. Cherry is the manager and 76% owner of Redemptive Strategies Broadcasting’s Regional Mexican “La Jefa 94.9” 1070 WCSZ Sans Sousi/Greenville, SC. The Zellmer Family Trust sells Talk/AC 1470 KVSL Sh...[Read More]