Coming up on the ten year anniversary of “M99.5” KMRJ dropping Alternative, the format has finally returned to the market. Marker Broadcasting launched “Alt 101.5” K268AH Palm Springs via 95.9 KJJZ-HD2 Indian Wells on Saturday, January 28. Marker purchased K268AH from Educational Media Foundation last October for $200,000. The launch coincides with its upgrade from 10 watts to 250 watts.
Alpha Media has made some talent cuts at its Bakersfield CA and Biloxi MS clusters. In Bakersfield, Conservative Talk 1560 KNZR/97.7 KNZR-FM has parted ways with 12-3pm host Jaz McKay and 3-6pm host Inga Barks. McKay was in the news last week for racist comments he made on Facebook in regards to the number of Spanish language stations in Bakersfield. Sean Hannity has been added to fill the 12-3pm slot while the station’s website now lists Terry Maxwell in the 3-6pm slot. In Biloxi, afternoon host Riley Knight is out at Rock 97.9 WCPR while Valerie Kattz exits her early afternoon shift at CHR “107.1 The Monkey” WXYK and as afternoon traffic reporter at the cluster. Night host DJ 6’5″ exits Rhythmic CHR “U92.7” KKUU Indio/Palm Springs CA. Morning hos...[Read More]
Hearst News/Talk 1090 WBAL Baltimore has found its path to FM as the company purchases the CP for 101.5 W268BA Church Hill MD from Hope Christian Church of Marlton for $650,000. Educational Media Foundation sells 101.5 K268AH Palm Springs CA to Marker Broadcasting for $200,000 to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 95.9 KJJZ Indian Wells. The translator became redundant to EMF when it acquired what is now 105.1 KLXB Bermuda Dunes. EMF is also buying in multiple areas. It will pay Audion Communications $250,000 for the CP of 104.1 KRXC Murrieta/Temecula CA to join its Christian CHR “Air 1” network. EMF will also acquire “Christian 107.3” WCLN-FM Clinton/Fayetteville NC from Christian Listening Network for $1.2 million. WCLN-FM will join its Christian AC “K-LoveR...[Read More]
CBS Radio has promoted Scott Ward to Program Director of its five stations in its Riverside and Palm Springs clusters. Ward has been with Country “95.1 K-Frog” KFRG San Bernardino since 1995 as morning host and added Music Director duties in 2010. In his new role he will program KFRG and simulcaster 92.9 KXFG Meniffe, Classic Hits “103 The Route” 103.1 KVFG Victorville, Sports 910 KRAK Hesperia, and AC “Sunny 103.1” KEZN Palm Desert/Palm Springs, while continuing to host the KFRG/KXFG morning show. Ward succeeds Lee Douglas in the position. CBS RADIO Riverside and Palm Springs has promoted Scott Ward to program director of the clusters’ five radio stations across both markets, KFRG 95.1, KXFG 92.9, KVFG 103.1, KRAK-910 (AM), and KEZN 103.1. Ward will con...[Read More]
Desert Broadcasters launched its two new brands in Palm Springs at this afternoon as 920 KKGX Palm Springs became Conservative Talk “KGX Real Talk” while 1340 KWXY Cathedral City will return to its heritage Soft Oldies/Beautiful Music identity. KKGX’s all-syndicated programming lineup will include the Armstrong & Getty in mornings, Chris Plante from 10am-12pm, Todd Schnitt from 12-3pm, Palm Springs based Chad Benson from 3-6pm, America Now with Buck Sexton 6-9pm, Beyond Reality Radio 9-11pm, Kate Delaney 11pm-3am, and Doug Stephan 3-5am. KGX debuted atat 3:00pm after a two hour special on both frequencies that featured Station Manager Kevin Barrett, Chad Benson, a Southern California aircheck and jingle montage, and tributes and interviews with former station owners ...[Read More]
Educational Media Foundation continues its growth with the purchase of stations in Palm Springs and Richmond VA. In Palm Springs, EMF acquires Classic Hits “Valley 105.1” KVGH-FM Bermuda Dunes from S&H Broadcasting for $1.125 million. EMF intends to flip the station to its Christian AC “K-Love” network as a satellite of 91.9 KLVR Middletown CA. The Classic Hits format may survive as S&H sister company retains simulcaster 1270 KVGH Palm Desert, which holds a CP for a new translator 106.5 K293CL Spring Valley as well as Soft AC “CV 104.3” KHCV Mecca. In Richmond, EMF adds Delmarva Educational Association’s rimshot 100.5 WZEZ Goochland for $125,000. The station is currently operated by Red Zebra Broadcasting as “Sports FM 100.5” ...[Read More]
Station Sales Quicksilver Broadcasting sells Classic Rock “Z104” 104.1 WMZK and Classic Country “730 The Patriot” WJMT Merrill/Wausau WI to WRVM Inc. for $260,000. WRVM will convert both stations to non-commercial simulcasts of Christian 102.7 WRVM Suring WI. Broadway Media sells Silent 107.9 KAOX Shelley/Idaho Falls ID to Frandsen Media for $25,000. As part of the deal Frandsen will also assume Broadway’s obligations for the frequency changes required at 99.1 KNYN Fort Bridger WY (to 103.9), 103.9 KGNT Smithfield UT (to 99.1), and 95.9 KLZX Tremonton UT (to 99.9 Weston ID) as part of previous upgrades to allow Broadway’s predecesors to upgrade their signals in the Salt Lake City market. KAOX previously completed its move from 107.3 in Kemmerer WY. Deser...[Read More]
iHeartMedia currently has two translators from the AM Revitalization Waiver Period seeking identical facilities on 106.9 in Cleveland OH. On August 1, iHeart applied to move what was originally 94.7 W234BW Parkersburg WV to Cleveland rebroadcasting News/Talk 1100 WTAM with 195w vertical/213m. Over the course of the two waiver periods, iHeart had seven translators that it applied to move to different destinations in each. W293CW was one of those where it was granted a Construction Permit to relocate to Marion OH as 106.5 W293CW rebroadcasting 1490 WMRN. On top of that the translator was given a six month extension of its CP to extend the time it had to be built from expiring on March 15 to September 15.
Marker Broadcasting Soft AC “95.9 The Oasis” KJJZ Indian Wells/Palm Springs has rebranded as “Kool 95.9“. The station is now positioning itself as “True Variety from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Beyond”. 95.9 had assumed the call letters of then sister Smooth Jazz 102.3 KJJZ when it flipped to Classic Rock in February 2015 and tried to bring some of the displaced listeners over with it. Sunnylands Broadcasting’s since launched Smooth AC “CV 104.3” KHCV has since filled that void.
RR Broadcasting will take Conservative Talk 920 KPSI Palm Springs and Liberal Talk 1340 KWXY Cathedral City CA dark on August 12. Owned by Ric and Rozene Supple, the two stations are the final remnants of a one time five station cluster. 98.5 KDES, 100.5 KPSI-FM, and 107.3 K297BO were sold to Alpha Media in August 2015, while 1450 KPTR was donated to College of the Desert in March. The Desert Sun reports that the Supples will file Silent STAs for the stations while awaiting a suitable offer to sell. Both owners are in their 90’s and seeking to cut back on their businesses. Both stations feature all-syndicated lineups. KPSI’s programming includes Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage. KWXY assumed the Liberal Talk format from KPTR when it was sold and featur...[Read More]
Translator Sales The big deal of the week was Zoo Communications paying Reach Communications $410,000 for 93.5 W228BV Fort Lauderdale FL. W228BV is currently operated by iHeartMedia as Country “93.5 The Bull” but with Zoo operating Dance “Revolution” 93.5 W228BY Miami (owned by iHeart), 104.7 W284CS Miami, 93.5 WZFL Islamorada/Key Largo it will likely join that network. Station Sales Ed Stolz’ Playa del Sol Broadcasters is transferring CHR “Hot Hits 97.7” KRCK-FM Mecca/Palm Springs and translators 95.5 K238AK and 98.1 K251BX Palm Desert into co-owned Major Market Radio LLC. The big question is if Stolz changes his mind will he spend years filing objections and legal challenges to it to the FCC like he did in Sacramento following his sale of 106.5 K...[Read More]
Scott ‘Lugnut’ Dwyer is exiting his PD/Afternoon Host position at Alpha Media Rhythmic CHR “U92.7” KKUU Palm Springs CA to join Ohana Media Group Rhythmic CHR 92.9 KFAT Anchorage AK as PD/Morning Co-host. The Anchorage native joined KKUU in 2013 from mornings at “Hot 107.9” WPFM Panama City FL. He has previously programmed 107.1 WGMY Tallahassee, “96.3 Jamz” WAJZ Albany NY, and 97.7 KWIN/98.3 KWNN Modesto CA. He will replace Brad Erickson as morning co-host at KFAT. Erickson will depart mornings on June 9th and take time off to focus on his own live events business. Mike Lajoie will remain in mornings with Dwyer. Ohana Media Group, LLC’s KFAT Anchorage announces the appointment of Scott “Lugnut” Dwyer as the new program director. Dwyer, curre...[Read More]