Santa Maria

More Secret Format Changes Of 2016

A couple weeks ago we rounded up a number of format changes that took place under the radar. Since that report we’ve been tipped off to a number of additional changes. Shortly after Point Broadcasting closed on its acquisition of Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA on August 31, the station dropped its format and is currently running a jockless/commercial-free version of the Rhythmic Oldies “Old School” format it operates on 104.7 KOCP Oxnard and 104.7 KQIE Redlands/Riverside and a few other stations in Southern California. Townsquare Media CHR “PopCrush 97.1” KKBR Billings MT relaunched in July as “97.1 Kiss-FM“. Mountain Broadcasting debuted Oldies “Boomer 106.3” K292GH/KMSO-HD3 Missoula MT. The station is focusing on the 1960s and promotin...[Read More]

El Dorado Continues Sell-Off With KXFM Divestment

El Dorado Broadcasters has been divesting its properties in the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo CA markets over the past few months. The most recent deal will see Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria go to John Hearne’s Point Broadcasting for $1.175 million. Point does not own any other stations in the Lompoc/Santa Maria market, but does have 2 AMs and 4 FMs in the adjacent Santa Barbara market operating as Rincon Broadcasting. KXFM applied last November to relocate to Montecito where it would moves its signal coverage to the Santa Barbara and adjacent Oxnard/Ventura markets. The application has yet to be approved by the FCC. Since the start of 2016, El Dorado has sold off four other stations in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria markets. “Sunny Country 102.5” KSNI-FM and News/Tal...[Read More]

Ownership Change Leads To Country Split On California Coast

With El Dorado Broadcasters selling half of their “Sunny Country” simulcast in San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria CA, the market finds itself with two competing stations. American General Media has closed on its purchase of 102.5 KSNI-FM and News/Talk 1240 KSMX Santa Maria from El Dorado. KSNI-FM retains the “Sunny Country” branding but the airstaff exits. Jay Turner, who served as PD/Morning Host at KSNI from 1999 through 2012 returns to the station as APD/Morning Host. He had been working as PD/Afternoon host at El Dorado’s Classic Rock 99.1 KXFM in the market. With El Dorado retaining 96.1 KSLY-FM San Luis Obispo, the station has become “96.1 SLO Country“. Group Production Director Scott Taylor and AC “Coast 101.3” KSTT midday host Jennifer...[Read More]

El Dorado Sells Again In Santa Maria

In addition to its pending sale of Country “Sunny Country 102.5” KSNI-FM and News/Talk 1240 KSMX Santa Maria to American General Media, El Dorado Broadcasters is selling Regional Mexican “106.7 El Compa” KSMY to Lazer Broadcasting for $400,000. Lazer owns Regional Mexican “La Mejor 1480″ KSBQ Santa Maria but no stations carrying its flagship “Radio Lazer” brand in the market. Original Report 2/26: American General Media is adding two more stations to its Santa Maria CA cluster. AGM is acquiring Country “Sunny Country 102.5” KSNI-FM and News/Talk 1240 KSMX Santa Maria from El Dorado Broadcasters for an undisclosed price. American General Media already owns Rhythmic CHR “95.7 The Beat” KPAT, Regional Mexican “La Le...[Read More]

FCC Report 11/15: KXFM Seeks Shift To Santa Barbara

[alert-note]This is a free preview of our weekly FCC Report available to Radioinsight Premium Subscribers. Click here for Subscription Info.[/alert-note] FM Changes El Dorado Broadcasters is seeking to move Rock 99.1 KXFM Santa Maria CA to Montecito where it would be placed in the Santa Barbara market, but also place coverage over the Oxnard/Ventura market. The station’s application proposes placing KXFM on an existing tower on Rincon Peak where it would downgrade from a Class B to B1 with 1.3kW at 427 meters (Coverage Map). El Dorado owns no other stations in either Oxnard/Ventura or Santa Barbara, but will continue to own 1 AM and 2 FM in the Lompoc/Santa Maria market following the move of KXFM. Further up the California coast, Hooten Broadcasting AAA “92.7 The Skunk” K...[Read More]

KXFM Rebuilds With Real Rock

After stunting over the weekend with construction sounds, El Dorado Broadcasters relaunched Classic Rock “99.1 The Fox” KXFM Santa Maria, CA as Mainstream Rock “Real Rock For The Central Coast“. Accompanying the change is a switch in syndicated morning shows as the Todd N Tyler Radio Empire gives way to Free Beer & Hot Wings. KXFM remains the only Rock oriented station in the Santa Maria/Lompoc market, registering a 3.3 share in the Fall 2013 Nielsen ratings.

Sunny Country Doubles In California

El Dorado Broadcasters has merged the programming at a pair of its Country stations on the Central California Coast. “Cat Country 96.1” KSLY San Luis Obispo is now simulcasting “Sunny Country 102.5” KSNI Santa Maria as “Sunny Country 102.5 & 96.1“. KSNI morning Jay & Nicki remain in place on the combined station. KSLY morning host Mark Mitchell takes middays, while KSNI’s Jennifer Grant remains in afternoons followed by the syndicated Big Time With Whitney Allen. KSLY morning co-host Becky Kingman will move to the same position at sister Hot AC “Coast 101.3” KSTT.