Magnum Broadcasting has flipped Hot AC “Y106.9” WQKK Renovo PA to 1980s Hits “Q106.9“. Positioned as “Totally Awesome 80s”, the station rimshots into the State College market from the north.
Seven Mountains Media will flip Rock “Eagle 98.7” WEMR to Adult Alternative on Friday, July 3. The newly minted “98.7 The Freq” (pronounced “Freak“) will be positioned as “College Radio… All Grown Up”. New WFEQ call letters have been requested. The Centre Daily Times reports that The Freq plans to promote local artists and is taking submissions already. Seven Mountains Media acquired WEMR as part of two cluster acquisitions it made last September. The Active Rock format and “Eagle” branding have been in place on the station since August 2011.
Forever Media has flipped a pair of stations in State College, PA. News/Talk 103.1 WRSC-FM has moved back to its historical home at 1390 AM after nearly six years on FM. 1390 had most recently been airing CBS Sports Radio programming as “1390 The Fanatic“. The move of WRSC back to AM clears way for the launch of Classic Hits “Happy 103“. Billed as “Music That Makes You Happy”, the name comes from the region’s nickname of The Happy Valley. Pat Urban, who had been hosting middays at sister Rock “93.7 The Bus” WBUS Boalsburg, will take the morning show slot on “Happy 103.1“.
Three of Kerby Confer and Donald Alt’s broadcast holding companies are merging. Forever of PA, LLC, Keymarket Licenses, and Forever Broadcasting LLC will merge into FM Radio Licenses, LLC. The combined company will own 45 stations and 1 translator in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia including Forever’s stations in Altoona, Johnstown, Meadville/Franklin, New Castle, State College and Keymarket’s stations in Pittsburgh and Uniontown, PA and Wheeling, WV. The FCC filing states estate planning as the reason for the merger. Following the closing of the transaction on December 31, ownership of FM Radio Licenses will be split as such: 34% – Judy Alt Irrevocable Trust (Donald Alt, Trustee) 22% – Kerby Confer Granted Annuity Trust (Kerby Confer, Trustee) 18% ̵...[Read More]
Update 9/15: In addition to the four stations being acquired from First Media, Seven Mountains Media is also acquiring the three FM’s owned by Nicholas Galli’s 2510 Licenses. In both deals the license assets of the stations will be acquired by Judith Confer’s Southern Belle LLC while Seven Mountains Media will receive the property and equipment. The companies are paying $2,075,000 for the First Media stations. In the second deal with 2510 Licenses, Seven Mountains and Southern Belle will pay $2,050,000 for CHR “B94.5” WBHV-FM State College, Classic Hits 97.1 WOWY University Park, and Rock “Eagle 98.7” WEMR Pleasant Gap. Original Report 9/8: Kristin Cantrell’s Seven Mountains Media is acquiring stations near State College, PA from First Media ...[Read More]
In November 2011, while State College rioted as Joe Paterno was fired due to the Jerry Sandusky rape allegations State College radio was nowhere to be heard on the subject. Tonight, Sandusky’s allegations became convictions and yet again radio was nowhere to be seen. The following Tweets sum up how we found the State College radio stations on the internet as the verdict came in. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/radioinsight/status/216355279326035971″] [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/radioinsight/status/216355863554834433″] [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/radioinsight/status/216357125247606785″] [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/radioinsight/status/216358909777158146″] [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com...[Read More]
2510 Associates has flipped Soft AC “98.7 Wish-FM” WSSH Pleasant Gap/State College, PA to Active Rock “Eagle 98.7” WEMR today. The new format puts the station in direct competition with Magnum Broadcastings “Qwik Rock 105.9/106.9” WQCK/WQKK. The “Qwik Rock” brand aired on 98.7 from 2004 to 2006 before moving to 103.1. 2510 also operates CHR “B94.5” WBHV and Classic Hits “WOWY 97.1” in State College.