The 2003 translator filing window has finally come to a close as the FCC completed Auction 83 netting $576,520 for thirty licenses. The highest winning bid went to Curtis Media's Carolina Radio Group as it outbid iHeartMedia for 92.9 in Raleigh NC for $301,000. iHeart did not go away empty handed though as it was the winning bidder for 95.9 Eden NC, 104.7 Florence AL, 102.7 Panama City FL, and the second highest winning bid of $92,000 for 97.3 Westfield/Springfield MA. Other winning bids of note were $48,000 for 107.9 Greenacres/Austin TX by Juan Alberto Ayala, $21,000 by Vermont Public Radio for 107.5 Burlington VT, $16,000 by University of Northwestern-St. Paul for 104.3 Dubuque IA, and $14,000 by Juan Alberto Ayala for 100.3 Muscatel/Fresno CA. The full list of winning bids can be se...[Read More]
Saga Communications Rock “Lazer 99.3” WLZX-FM Northampton/Springfield MA has begun simulcasting on 1600 WHNP/105.1 W286DB East Longmeadow. WHNP (Now under WLZX call letters) had been simulcasting Liberal Talk 1400 WHMP Northampton/1240 WHMQ Greenfield, while the translator completes its move from Ithaca NY. The switch to a WLZX-FM simulcast helps fill some coverage gaps for “Lazer” in the southern side of Springfield and in Enfield CT.
One of the few and longest running synchronous AM operations could be coming to an end.
With the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period set to expire at the end of this month, there has been a slight uptick in applications trying to get in before the deadline. In one such case, Saga Communications is cleverly extending the 250 mile limit to improve their status in two markets.
Over the past few weeks a new round of cuts has taken place at iHeartMedia as the new regional operating structure took effect. Here’s a rundown of some of the moves that have taken place recently and how they show what the company is doing in this round of cuts: Austin and San Antonio have seen multiple moves as staffers add duties in both markets. Zac ‘Mayhem’ Wellsandt was named Director of AC/CHR Operations giving him oversight of eight stations: HR “96.7 Kiss-FM” KHFI, “Pride Radio 97.5” K248CU, Urban “102.3 The Beat” KPEZ, and Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL in Austin and CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM, AC “Q101.9” KQXT, Rhythmic AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP, and Spanish AC “La Preciosa 1...[Read More]
Red Wolf Broadcasting’s three state “Kool Radio” trimulcast is temporarily losing one of its markets while adding FM translators in its other two. On April 1, 1490 WACM West Springfield MA will pick up the programming of sister Spanish CHR “Bomba 1270” WSPR Springfield while 1270 temporarily goes off the air for transmitter site upgrades. The Kool format will return to Springfield on or before May 1 on 1270. The move will also allow Bomba to gain an FM signal as WACM holds a CP to move 93.9 W230BH Montauk NY to Springfield on 104.5 as part of the AM Revitalization. Meanwhile each of Kool’s two other signals have signed on their new FM translators. 1180 WSKP Hope Valley RI is now heard on 104.3 W282CB and 990 WNTY Southington/Hartford CT is on 96.1 W241CG...[Read More]
With Red Wolf Broadcasting acquiring Davidson Media’s New England properties, the company is combining two Oldies brands into one trimulcast. The merger of programming takes the “Kool” branding of 1180 WSKP Hope Valley RI/106.5 WBMW-HD3 Pawcatuck CT and the airstaff of 990 WXCT Southington/Hartford CT and 1490 WACM Springfield MA. Northeast Radio Watch reports that the new “Kool Radio” is featuring WACM/WXCT’s Larry Kratka in mornings as previous morning host Fred King exits.
Davidson Media Group continues its sell-off with the divestment of their four New England stations to John Fuller’s Red Wolf Broadcasting for an undisclosed price. Red Wolf will be acquiring Spanish CHR “Latina 100.3” WKKB Middletown/Providence RI, Tropical “Power 1270” WSPR Springfield MA and Oldies simulcast 1490 WACM West Springfield MA/990 WXCT Southington CT. The company will begin operating the four stations immediately via LMA. Red Wolf Broadcasting owns Alternative “Radio 104.1” WMRQ Waterbury and Tropical “Bomba 97.1” W246CC Bolton in the Hartford market and a cluster of stations in the New London CT market. The deal was brokered by Richard Foreman & Associates. Red Wolf Broadcasting Corp. announced today that it has reach...[Read More]
Brian Walsh is purchasing “Oldies 101.1” WMYQ South Whitley, IN from the estate of Christopher Larko for $222,000. Walsh began operating the station via Time Brokerage Agreement in March when he moved the programming to WMYQ from 98.3 WIOE-LP Warsaw. The LPFM in now silent as it prepares to move to 93.9 with new WLQZ-LP call letters. Cantroair Communications is trading 102.9 W275AB Elmira, NY to GEOS Communications for 99.9 W260AN Troy, PA. WHGL will continue to rebroadcast Cantroair’s Country “Wiggle 100” WHGL-FM Canton, PA/Elmira, while W260AN will rebroadcast Cantroair’s Oldies 1310 WTZN Troy. Dennis Jackson sells 103.7 W279CI Georgetown, CT to Berkshire Broadcasting for $250,000. W279CI will rebroadcast Berkshire’s 98.3 WDAQ Danbury and holds a...[Read More]
Update 1/27: “97.9 ESPN” launched at 6am today. Currently running the national ESPN Radio lineup in full, 97.9 will soon add a local afternoon show. The station gives ESPN an FM signal audible at its Bristol, CT headquarters. Update 1/25: 97.9 and 100.9 have both applied for licenses for their new tower locations and have begun testing at half power. The new 97.9, licensed to Windsor Locks CT transmits from downtown Hartford and will operate with 3.4kW from 443 feet. 100.9, formerly AAA WRNX, has been simulcasting with 97.9 since Halloween. It will now operate with 870 watts from 860 feet, approximately 13 miles north of Springfield. Original Report 12/6: As 97.9 WPKX prepares to make its move from Springfield, MA to Hartford, Clear Channel has registered a number of domains gi...[Read More]
Clear Channel Country “Kix 97.9” WPKX Springfield, MA has begun simulcasting on 100.9 WRNX displacing the former AAA format. The long awaited move is the first step in the process of WPKX leaving the Springfield market for Hartford, CT where it will gain a new format and identity. With this move, the stations are beginning to emphasize the ne “Kix 100.9” identity. WRNX, licensed to Amherst, MA has a construction permit to improve its signal in Springfield proper. No word yet on how long the simulcast will last before 97.9 completely hands the format to 100.9.
Update 7:00pm: As we were compiling our report based on the call sign applications, The Boston Globe goes one step further verifying that WEEI will begin simulcasting on 93.7 this Monday, September 12 displacing “Mike-FM“. Original Report 6:55pm: Entercom Sports 850 WEEI Boston will make its move to the FM band in Boston proper. The station has scheduled a “Special Announcement” for the 8:00am hour on Thursday morning. At that time all signs point to the station announcing its move to the FM band. Entercom has begun the process by applying for some call sign changes for a pair of its owned affiliate stations. 103.7 WEEI-FM Westerly, RI has applied to take the WVEI-FM calls from 105.5 in Springfield, MA. That station has concurrently applied to become WWEI. These mov...[Read More]