Alt 92.1 Reno To Debut Tonight

Evans Broadcast Company will launch Alternative “Alt 92.1” KWFP Sparks/Reno at midnight tonight. The new format will debut with 5,000 songs commercial-free. The new format will replace Country “92.1 The Wolf“, which will be moving its programming to 95.1 K236CN Reno and 100.9 KRFN-HD2. The 99w horizontal 20w vertical/-191m 95.1 signal covers just parts of Reno proper. It currently rebroadcasts Classic Country “Cowboy Country 102.5” 1300 KCMY/102.5 K273AF Carson City. The Reno market has not had an Alternative station since 104.1 KRZQ was sold and flipped to Soft AC last year. The Wolf is moving to 95.1 soon. Please set your car radios to 95.1 where you can already hear The Wolf. You can also… Posted by 92.1 The Wolf on Thursday, August 23, 201...[Read More]

KPGF Reno Goes Crazy For The 80s

After the Variety Hits “Bob-FM” format and KZTQ call letters moved to 1270 KSGG Sparks/96.1 K241AK Reno following the end of its LMA in March, Flinn Broadcasting has resurrected 93.7 KPGF Sun Valley/Reno as “Reno’s Crazy 80s“. Focusing exclusively on 1980s hits, the station is being managed by Lee Adams. Adams is serving as Director of Programming and Sales for KPGF after previously working on-air at many stations in the southeast and hosting and working in sales for Lotus Communications Reno. He also runs and does local high school play-by-play.

FCC Report 6/10: Hubbard Surrenders Seattle Translator Applications

Dismissals Hubbard Radio has requested the dismissal of its applications for new translators on 92.9 Bellevue WA (rebroadcasting Standards 880 KIXI Mercer Island-Seattle) and 96.1 Bellevue WA (rebroadcasting Talk 1150 KKNW Seattle) following Petitions To Deny from Saga Communications' 92.9 KISM Bellingham and 3 Cities Inc's 96.1 KXXO Olympia respectively. The following 2003 translator applications have been dismissed prior to Auction 83 set to begin on June 21 due their applicants being deemed ineligible to participate in the auction: 94.3 Eagar AZ - KM Radio of St. Johns 105.7 Eagar AZ - KM Radio of St. Johns 105.1 Lake of the Woods AZ - KM Radio of St. Johns 94.7 Show Low AZ - KM Radio of St. Johns 98.3 Eagle CO - Cool Radio LLC 92.3 Charlotte NC - Cameron Cravey 98...[Read More]

Bob-FM On The Move In Reno

Reno Media Group is moving its Variety Hits “Bob-FM” format and KZTQ call letters to 1270 KSGG Sparks/96.1 K241AK Reno on Monday, March 26. 1270 and 96.1’s are currently Liberal Talk “The Buzz“. Its former KBZZ call letters were moved to Classic Hip-Hop “Power 92.5” 1230 KSGG/92.5 K223AL Reno. No word yet if any of the other stations or translators will be moved. KZTQ was operated via LMA from Flinn Broadcasting, which has changed 93.7’s call letters to KPGF. The company used to use similar WPGF call letters in Memphis for its AAA “The Pig” format.

Station Sales Week Of 3/2: Jazz Hall Of Fame Takes Birmingham Non-Comm

Samford University is selling its Jazz 91.1 WVSU-FM Birmingham AL to The Jazz Hall of Fame of Alabama for $50,000. The buyer, led by Bishop James Lowe has begun programming the station through a Programming Services Agreement. Samford will also receive up to 1200 minutes a year for ten years for marketing and event announcements and half of those minutes can be carried over into the next year. The buyer will change WVSU-FM’s call letters within six months of closing. Federated Media’s Talking Stick Communications sells Sports “ESPN 106.7” WFGA Hicksville OH to Swick Broadcasting for $300,000. WFGA will join Swick’s five other stations in northeastern Indiana and northwest Ohio. Divine Mercy Radio will purchase Spanish Christian 540 WETC Wendell-Zebulon/Raleigh...[Read More]

Lazer Broadcasting Acquires Three In Reno

Lazer has filed its acquisition of Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI Fallon Station, CHR “106.3 Pop-FM” KWNZ Lovelock, and Conservative Talk “107.3 K-News” KNEZ Hazen NV with the FCC. Lazer will pay $425,000 for the three stations and will begin operating the three stations via LMA today. Update 8/3: Bighorn Media has completed the flip of 104.1 KRZQ Fallon/Reno NV to Soft Oldies “Easy 104.1” KUEZ. Shamrock has parked the KRZQ call letters on the former 105.9 KZNV Amargosa Valley NV, which holds a CP to move to 106.1 where it will rimshot into Las Vegas. Shamrock has also announced the sale of the remainder of its Reno cluster to Lazer Broadcasting (and not Entravision as we incorrectly noted below). Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI Fallon Stati...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 7/21

Station Sales Shamrock Communications is selling Alternative 104.1 KRZQ Fallon/Reno NV to John Burkavage’s Big Horn Media for $200,000. Burkavage was the previous General Manager of Shamrock’s Reno cluster until retiring in 2015. He also spent a decade with Entercom as the Market Manager of its Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Greenville/Spartanburg clusters. He is currently operating the station via LMA, while Shamrock retains its other three FMs in the Reno market. After going silent rather than converting its satellite dish, Continental Broadcasting Corp. of Arizona sells 1480 KPHX Phoenix to Cedar Cove Broadcasting for $100,000. In the Atlanta suburbs, Multicultural Broadcasting sells Brokered Caribbean 1430 WGFS Covington GA to Light Media Holdings for $50,000. Jon Yinger’s...[Read More]

FCC Report 7/16: WLLH To Stay Synchronous

Gois Broadcasting’s Spanish Tropical “Mega 95.1” 1400 WLLH Lowell MA has requested and been granted a dismissal of its November 2016 application to end the use of its synchronous transmitters in Lowell and Lawrence MA. Hubbard Radio's application to move 94.9 K235BP Bemidji MN to 94.1 in Minneapolis has been dismissed following interference claims by "Frogtown Community Radio" 94.1 WFNU-LP St. Paul as the LPFM submitted documentation from listeners of their station within K235BP's proposed 60dBu contour. The translator was set to rebroadcast Sports "1500 ESPN" KSTP Minneapolis.

AAA NV89 Launches In Reno

Nevada Public Radio launched AAA “NV89” 89.1 KVNV Sun Valley/Reno NV today. Former Shamrock Communications Reno Operations Manager Willobee Carlan is serving as OM/PD for the new station. Malayna Joy, previously midday host at AAA “100.1 The X” KTHX Dayton/Reno, will host mornings. The station’s airstaff will also feature former KROQ & KDLD Los Angeles host Gia DeSantis in middays, Life is Beautiful music coordinator Jake Wagner, and former “Live 105” San Francisco host and MTV VJ Steve Masters. KVNV will also carry KNPR Las Vegas’ “State of Nevada” newsmagazine at 9am daily and The World Cafe in evenings. The station’s programming will be heard on the HD3 of KNPR Las Vegas as well as Nevada Public Radio’s other f...[Read More]

K-Rock Gives Way To AC Fun 101 In Reno

Evans Broadcasting flipped Rock “100.9 K-Rock” KURK Sparks/Reno NV to AC “Fun 101” on Tuesday, March 7. Cluster OM Doug Daniels adds PD and morning host duties for the new station. His wife Denise Daniels will host middays and Reno market veteran Rick Carter joins for afternoons from Shamrock Active Rock “Z105.3” KZTI. The syndicated John Tesh will be heard at night. New KRFN call letters are now in place. The new format goes after Reno Media Group’s “106.9 More-FM” KRNO. No web or social media presence exists yet for the new brand. KURK midday host Kathleen and afternoon host Jay Slater will segue to sister Country “92.1 The Wolf” KWFP.

FCC Report 1/15: KROY Gets Deleted

The pending sale of Roy Henderson's 99.7 KROY Palacios TX to New Wavo II will not proceed as the FCC has dismissed its 2013 license renewal and deleted the station. The saga of KROY began in November of 2007 when it filed for a Silent STA after its tower site was dismantled. A 2009 CP to move to a new location was never filed for a license to cover in July 2012 and was Silent or operating without FCC authorization. In response to an FCC letter of inquiry, Henderson stated that KROY operated from March 1 through 9, 2013 and December 23, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at sites without a license or STA. That kept the station silent in the FCC's eyes from December 26, 2009 when its final STA expired and March 15, 2014 when it began Program Test Authority. The FCC determined that the station's...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/18: Identity Theft Leads To LPFM Deletion

The FCC has deleted the license for Spanish Tropical "Zima 103.5" WZMA-LP New Britain CT after the group the station was licensed for says it has never had any association with the station. The Hispanic American Cultural Council states that Lincy Castillo and two others used their organization's name to secure the CP and license for WZMA-LP, which signed-on in May 2015. HACC filed an identity theft report with the New Britain police on October 29 stating that they first became aware of the station after receiving a property tax bill for it. The filing states that Castillo's apartment and another organization, The New Britain Museum of American Art (which also states it has never had any association with WZMA-LP) were the listed addresses for the station. Lincy Castillo reportedly passed...[Read More]

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