As first reported in yesterday’s FCC Report, JYH Broadcasting’s 96.7 KNOB Healdsburg/Santa Rosa CA will soon return to Sinclair Communications’ Wine Country Radio group. Sinclair operated KNOB from its launch in 2002 until April 2017 when its LMA came to an end without agreeing on new terms. The station has been mostly Silent since then. Its Alternative format would return a few months later on Sinclair’s 100.9 KSXY as “The 101“. As part of a new Time Brokerage Agreement filed with the FCC as part of a modification application to move KNOB to KSXY’s tower, Sinclair subsidiary Commonwealth Broadcasting will pay $5000 per month for a five year period. At the end of the five year period Sinclair will forgive JYH $200,000 in debt owed. The TBA took effect on Septe...[Read More]
While Dave Rickards and Cookie ‘Chainsaw’ Randolph are still negotiating their future, The S in the DSC Morning Show at TEGNA Rock “100.7 KFM-BFM” KFMB-FM San Diego is calling it a career. Shelly Dunn will exit the show on Friday, July 27 after 28 years with the show. Dunn began her career at KATT Oklahoma City and also worked in Dallas and Phoenix where she met Randolph and went with him to San Diego. She also voicetracks middays at Alpha Media Rock 93.7 KCLB Palm Springs. Mike Kruz is moving from middays at Cox Media Group CHR “Hits 97.3” WFLC Miami to afternoons at sister AC “Easy 93.1” WFEZ. Jeanne Ashley, who has served as Music Director and afternoon host since 2012 has exited the station. Carey Edwards has been named Program Director and Morning Host at Redwo...[Read More]
After joining the afternoon show at “710 ESPN” KSPN Los Angeles at the beginning of the year, Sean Farnham has quietly exited the station. Farnham was set to be paired with Marcellus Wiley and Eric Davis, but Davis was quickly let go following sexual harassment allegations while working at NFL Network. No official announcement has been made over Farnham’s exit, but the station has renamed the afternoon show as “Afternoons with Marcellus & Travis” as Travis Rodgers has been filling in on the afternoon show. Farnham will continue to serve as a college basketball analyst for ESPN but has not commented on his exit outside of this vague tweet: Today… pic.twitter.com/u8Hpqe707L — Sean Farnham (@SeanFarnham) February 23, 2018 While Farnham exited KSP...[Read More]
It has been a busy month for changes in Santa Rosa CA. Earlier this month Sinclair Communications flipped CHR “Y100.9” KSXY to an Alternative/CHR hybird as “The 101“. Then Amaturo Sonoma Media relaunched Hot AC “Mix 104.9” KMXH as Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.9“. In between there was another change that slid in under the radar. Redwood Empire Stereocasters moved the Smooth Jazz programming of 93.7 KJZY Sebastopol to newly launched 99.1 K256DA Santa Rosa/KJZY-HD2 as “Smooth Jazz 99.1” on September 11. The shift cleared KJZY to flip to Soft AC as “Smooth-FM 93.7“. The new format squeezes between the company’s AC 100.1 KZST and Classic Hits “102.7 The Wolf” KWVF. Redwood Empire owner/President Gordon Zlot wi...[Read More]
Amaturo Sonoma Media flipped Hot AC “Mix 104.9” KMHX Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa CA to 80s based Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.9” at 5pm today. The station will run jockless for now under Program Director Danny Wright. Positioned as “Sonoma County’s Greatest Hits”, the station will be centered on 1980s hits while stretching into the late 70s and early 90s. The new format will compete with Redwood Empire Stereocasters’ 60s/70s based “102.7 The Wolf” KVWF. In the Spring 2017 Eastlan ratings, KMHX registered a 1.2 share of the Santa Rosa market, while KVWF held a 3.7. Amaturo Sonoma Media Group introduced a Classic Hits format on former Hot AC KMHX on Thursday at 5PM. The station is branded as K-Hits 104.9, Sonoma County’s Greatest Hits. In a...[Read More]
Five months after Sinclair Communications pulled the plug on Alternative “96X” 96.7 KNOB Healdsburg/Santa Rosa CA after losing its lease of the station, the company has returned the format to the market. Sinclair flipped CHR “Y100.9” KSXY Forestville to Alternative “The 101” on Friday, September 8. Positioned as “Modern Alternative”, KSXY is focusing mostly on currents and recurrents with a few pop crossovers. The previous on-air lineup remains in place with Dray Lopez in mornings, Ashlee Sleek hosting middays, Natalie in afternoons, and Will Styles at night. Here’s how The 101 sounded in the 8pm hour on Monday: Echosmith – Cool Kids Sir Sly – High Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life Capital Cities – Safe and Sound M...[Read More]
Station Sales After bouncing around multiple stations and translators for a few years, 4-K’s LLLP Sports “Mile High Sports Radio” will gain some stability as it acquires 1340 KDCO Denver and translators 92.9 K225BS Longmont and 104.7 K284CI Denver CO from Vic Michael’s Kona Coast Radio for $464,000. 4-K’s previously has twice sold off the home of the station in the past three years forcing it to move to another frequency. It has operated off of 1340 KDCO since June 2015. Township Media will purchase 1490 KTAE Austin TX from Genuine Austin Radio for $750,000. Township owns two translators and two CPs that will all carry the programming of Americana “Sun Radio” that originates on 103.1 KDRP-LP Dripping Springs. Wilfred & Julissa Marcencia’...[Read More]
After operating JYH Broadcasting’s 96.7 KNOB Healdsburg/Santa Rosa CA since its sign-on in 2002, Sinclair Communications’ Wine Country Radio has lost control of the station. The end of the LMA signals the end of Rock “96X“, which had quietly segued from Alternative earlier this year. Sinclair will continue to operate Spanish CHR “Latino 95.5” K238AR/KSXY-HD2, AAA “95.9 The Krush” KRSH, Spanish AC “Exitos 98.7” KXTS, and CHR “Y100.9” KSXY in the Santa Rosa market. KNOB is currently Silent while awaiting a new operator and format. We're sorry to announce the loss of our lease to broadcast 96X. After 15 years Wine Country Radio in Santa Rosa was… Posted by 96X on Sunday, April 9, 2017
The two waiver periods to move a translator up to 250 miles have come to an end. The RadioInsight AM Translator Tracker currently shows the following statistics for the two filing windows: Total Applications: 1047 CPs Granted: 860 Dismissals: 35 Applications Replaced With Another Station: 7 Pending Applications: 145 Among those 145 pending applications are five pairs of mutually exclusive filings (107.5 Austin TX, 107.5 Minneapolis, 106.3 Portland OR, 103.3 San Diego, and 95.9 St. Louis). Coming up in 2017 will be an open filing window for AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver window. These stations will be offered available frequencies on a first-come first-served basis. The FCC has not yet announced the full specifics of this filing window or when it...[Read More]
Sinclair Telecable’s Wine Country Radio flipped “Classical 95.5” K238AF Santa Rosa CA/KSXY-HD2 to Spanish CHR “Latino 95.5” on Friday, September 2. The new station clones the branding and format of Emmis’ “Latino 102.7” K274AX Austin TX (of which Sinclair is 49% owner) and creates a flanker for sister Regional Mexican “Exitos 98.7” KXTS Geyserville. KXTS Program Director Eric Dullaart adds those duties for K238AF. The previous Classical format had debuted in October 2015 in place of Soft Oldies “Vintage 95.5“.
Sinclair Telecable’s Wine Country Radio has flipped Soft Oldies “Vintage 95.5” K238AF Santa Rosa/100.9 KSXY-HD2 Forestville to Classical. “Classical 95.5” joins the rather limited ranks of commercial Classical Music stations around the country. It becomes the second station in the format in the Santa Rosa market joining University of Southern California’s 89.9 KDFC Angwin, although that station focuses its programming on the adjacent San Francisco market.
KTRY relaunched as “106.3 The Bull” at 5:00pm on Friday. Now branded as “New Hot Country”, KTRY is taking a younger skewing approach to compete against Sonoma Media’s market leading “Froggy 92.9” KFGY. Update 4/27: KTRY is promoting that it will relaunch as “106.3 The Bull” on Friday, May 1. Original Report 4/14: Redwood Empire Stereocasters Country 106.3 KTRY Cazadero/Santa Rosa, CA is teasing “Something Big Is Coming” to the station. 1063TheBull.com was registered for KTRY on March 30. A rebranding to a younger targeted Country format would enable KTRY to better take on Sonoma Media’s market leading “Froggy 92.9” KFGY.