After closing on its purchase of Oldies 88.5 WMCE-FM Erie PA, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is acquiring Oldies “Hitland 106.9” 1220 WSRQ Sarasota and translators 95.9 W240DP Venice and 106.9 W295BH Sarasota FL from Jim Lampl’s Florida Talk Radio Inc. for $520,000. The University, which operates a second campus in Bradenton FL, will convert the station to non-commercial but retain the format. Two groups operating in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market have worked out a deal to transfer a station across the New York state line. Times-Shamrock sells 104.5 WQFM Hancock NY, which currently simulcasts Classic Rock “Rock 107” WEZX Scranton, to Bold Gold Media Group for a $73,821 tower rent credit over a ten year lease. The WQFM call letters, which hold hist...[Read More]
Jim Lampl’s Florida Talk Radio LLC will flip Talk 1220 WSRQ/106.9 W295BH Sarasota FL to Oldies on Friday, June 29 at 5:00pm. WSRQ will be rebranded as “Hitland SRQ” with a focus on 1960s and 70s music as the Hitland show that currently airs from 9pm-12am on the station becomes the full-time format. The station will retain its local “Suncoast Mornings” show from 7-9am hosted by Kaylene McCaw and David Wolfe. In a statement announcing the change, owner Jim Lampl explained, “The change is motivated by a desire to shut off the megaphone that talk radio provides to strident voices. For too long, some of the most popular national programs have also been the most divisive.”
Completed Changes Sarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1) Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31) Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31) Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31) Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31) Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31) Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country ...[Read More]
After two months of stunting with Christmas Music, “103.9 Kiss-FM” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota FL officially launched at midnight as a CHR. Positioned as “All The Hits”, WSDV will carry the “Johnny’s House” morning show based at sister “XL 106.7” WXXL Orlando along with voicetrackers in all other dayparts. Original Report 11/1: iHeartMedia will flip Talk/Business “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota FL to Hot AC “103.9 Kiss-FM” after the holiday season, but first the station will run two months of Christmas Music. WSDV fills the role that former sister AC 92.1 WLTQ-FM served in the market as a usual early entrant to the Christmas music ranks until its flip to Country in 2016. The previous mix...[Read More]
After eight years in the Transition Radio trust, Multicultural Broadcasting is reacquiring Brokered Ethnic 900 KALI West Covina/Los Angeles CA while putting Korean 1230 KYPA Los Angeles in its place. The exchange will keep Multicultural with 5 AMs and 1 FM in the Los Angeles market: KALI, 1300 KAZN Pasadena, 1580 KBLA Santa Monica, 1430 KMRB San Gabriel, 1600 KAHZ Pomona and 106.3 KALI-FM Santa Ana. Stu-Comm AAA 91.9 WNRN Charlottesville VA is expanding its presence in Richmond with the acquisition of Gospel 1590 WFTH Richmond from Tri-City Christian Radio for $300,000. Stu-Comm began operating WFTH via LMA on May 17. WNRN is also heard in the Richmond market on 103.1 W276BZ Midlothian. After Northern Star Broadcasting sold the remainder of their stations last week, we know now who acquire...[Read More]
iHeartMedia continued its total shake-up of its Sarasota FL cluster with the launch of News/Talk “Newsradio 1320” WFLG Venice (formerly WDDV). The station takes the place of half of the Soft Oldies “Sunny” simulcast that remains on 1450 WSDV Sarasota. Since the start of 2016, iHeart has changed over its entire Sarasota cluster. Active Rock “105.9 The Buzz” WTZB relaunched as Classic Rock “Z105“, AC “92.1 The Coast” WLTQ-FM was shut-down as Country 106.5 WCTQ moved to 92.1 and Spanish Tropical “Rumba 106.5” WRUB targeting Tampa was launched.
As expected, iHeartMedia has completed the move of Country 106.5 WCTQ Sarasota FL to 92.1 and debuted Spanish CHR “Rumba 106.5” WLTQ-FM at 9am today. While located in their Sarasota cluster, iHeart is marketing the station as a Tampa outlet to compete against Beasley Media’s “Maxima 92.5” WYUU which is the only commercial Spanish FM in a market that is 16% hispanic. As we reported in mid-February, a Tampa based marketing company, S3 Media, registered the domains being used by the new station: 1065Rumba.com, 106Rumba.com, Rumba106.com, Rumba1065.com, and RumbaTampaBay.com. The new “Rumba 106.5” is positioning itself as “#1 Para Exitos y Musica Variada” which translates to “#1 For Hits and Music Variety”.
iHeartMedia Country 106.5 WCTQ Sarasota FL has moved to 92.1 replacing AC “92.1 The Coast” WLTQ-FM Venice. While currently simulcasting on both frequencies, WCTQ will revert to the frequency it was located on from 1997 until 1999. The move increases the station’s coverage in the southern portions of of the Sarasota-Bradenton market although increasing overlap with sister “Kix Country 92.9” WIKX Charlotte Harbor. What’s next for 106.5? A few weeks ago we reported on domain registrations made by a Tampa based marketing company for a possible “Rumba” branded Spanish language station. With the Tampa focus on those domains, it will be interesting to see how iHeartMedia gets around the marketing and selling ads for 106.5 as a Tampa focused station ...[Read More]
105.9 WTZB Englewood/Sarasota added its simulcast on 105.1 W286CQ Sarasota and flipped to Classic Rock today as “Z105” after stunting all weekend with a loop of AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock”. Positioned as “Suncoast Classic Rock”, the station is focusing on Rock from the 60’s through the 90’s. Original Report 1/31: iHeartMedia Rock “105.9 The Buzz” WTZB Englewood/Sarasota FL is currently looping AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock” and promoting a “Bigger, Better, Badder Buzz” on Monday, February 1 at 12:00pm. At that time we expect the station will rebrand as “Z105” while adding 105.1 W286CQ Sarasota to cover the Bradenton/Holmes Beach area. W286CQ will operate with 250w/169m rebro...[Read More]
We apologize for the delay in posting as the FCC database was offline most of the weekend. Station Moves Community Media Group AAA “101.5 The Music Place” WVMP Vinton, VA applies to relocate to the top of Mill Mountain just outside Roanoke where it will operate with 1.2kW at 198 meters (Coverage Map).
Update 10/31: Salem will bring the “Answer” brand to two more of its Conservative Talk stations on Tuesday, November 4. Coinciding with Election Day, WWRC Washington D.C. will rebrand as “1260 The Answer“, while 930 KLUP San Antonio becomes “930 The Answer“. They will become the eleventh and twelfth of Salem’s 26 Conservative Talk stations to rebrand under the “Answer” name. Original Report 8/7: Over the past few years, Salem Communications has been consolidating its Conservative Talk stations under “The Answer” brand name. Stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland, Riverside, Sacramento, Orlando, and Columbus have all shifted to the brand since it was first launched in New York in March 2012. Based on domain regis...[Read More]
Translator Moves Steve Hedgwood’s Core Communicators recently launched Urban Oldies “Old School 99.3” on Edgewater Broadcasting’s W257DF Dallas, GA rebroadcasting 1010 WTZA Atlanta. Now the translator applies to move to downtown Atlanta with 99 watts at 263 meters (Coverage Map). Radio-One may be adding an additional FM signal in Baltimore. Hope Christian Church of Marlton is seeking to move 102.3 W272BJ Fairlee, MD across Chesapeake Bay where it would operate with 99 watts ant 335 meters rebroadcasting Radio-One’s 1010 WOLB Baltimore (Coverage Map). The translator won’t have to worry about interference complaints from co-channel 102.3 WWMJ Bethesda as it is owned by Radio-One. Community Education Foundation is inching 94.7 K234CL Dolan Springs, AZ towar...[Read More]