Topeka

2017 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown

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]

98.5 Jack-FM Debuts In Topeka

Upon completion of its Christmas Music stunting, Alpha Media has launched Variety Hits “98.5 Jack-FM” KSAJ-FM Burlingame/Topeka KS. KSAJ-FM completed its move into Topeka from Abilene KS last month and becomes Alpha Media’s fourth station in the Topeka market joining “94 Country” 94.5 WIBW-FM, Classic Country “Country 106.9” KTPK, and News/Talk 580 WIBW. Alpha Media, Topeka, KS., announced the addition of 98.5 Jack FM. 98.5 Jack FM will play hits from iconic artists like Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and many, many more. No other radio station will play a bigger variety of songs and artists than 98.5 Jack FM. Alpha Media, Topeka Market Manager commented on the announcement, “This is an exciting addition to the Topeka market, ...[Read More]

Nic Merenda Joins Cumulus As Topeka VP/Market Manager

Cumulus Media has hired Nicola ‘Nic’ Merenda as VP/Market Manager for its Topeka KS operations. Merenda had most recently been working in ad sales for Pandora based in San Antonio. He has worked in sales at multiple Chicago stations and as General Sales Manager for Entercom Kansas City ad VP/Sales for iHeartMedia San Antonio during his career. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 20-year radio broadcasting executive Nicola (Nic) Merenda as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Topeka. Merenda joins Cumulus from Pandora Media, Inc. in San Antonio, TX, where he was also Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia. He was recognized as Entercom’s 2011 Sales Manager of the Year for his performance as General Sales Manager of KQRC-FM and KRBZ-FM in Mission, ...[Read More]

FCC Report 10/9

KTOP-FM Shifts From Nash To Nash Icon

Another Cumulus Country station is switching brands. 102.9 KTOP-FM St. Marys/Topeka KS shifted from the Nash brand to the Nash Icon brand on Monday as “102.9 Nash Icon“. Along with the brand change, KTOP-FM drops America’s Morning Show and Nash Nights Live in favor of the network Nash Icon hosts based at 95.5 WSM-FM Nashville. In the Spring 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings, KTOP-FM’s 3.1 share placed it well behind now-Alpha Media’s combo of market leading Country 94.5 WIBW and Classic Country “Country Legends 106.9” KTPK with an 8.1 and 7.2 share respectively. The shift of KTOP-FM follows identical moves made earlier this year in Columbia SC and Kingsport TN.

FCC Update 8/9: One Texas Station Forced To Modify; Another Deleted

In March, the FCC issued an Order To Show Cause to LKCM Country “95.9 the Ranch” KFWR Jacksboro/Fort Worth, TX over its use of a side-mounted antenna sending double the licensed power including in the direction of Lake Country Radio’s 95.9 KCKL Malakoff, TX. The agency sought for KFWR to give reasons why KFWR’s total power output shouldn’t be dropped from 25kW to 9.1kW to limit the radiation to 100kW in all directions, while reclassifying their antenna system as directional. A response from KFWR offered to remove the mounting pole and parasitics from the antenna. KFWR took great offense to the reclassification as directional as the agency had previously not established how much distortion is permitted while using a side-mounted non-directional antenna. After a few respons...[Read More]

Alpha Media Acquires Morris Radio

Alpha Media will be paying $38,250,000 for Morris Communications radio holdings. The purchase will consist of $18,250,000 in cash and the issuance of 8,196,722 shares in Alpha Holdings valued at $20 million and 8,196,722 shares in Alpha Holdings II valued at $6,585. The addition of Classic Rock “100.9 The Eagle” KXGL Amarillo and Classic Country “Country Legends 106.9” KTPK Topkea from JMJ Broadcasting will cost Morris $8,650,000 as the company exercises their option agreement to purchase the stations. Those stations will then be rolled into Alpha’s purchase of Morris. Additionally, Alpha began operating all of the Palm Springs/Victor Valley stations involved in the deal via LMA on May 15. Original Report 5/18: Morris Communications is selling its radio divisi...[Read More]

FCC Applications 4/26: Next Phase Of Salt Lake Shuffle Upcoming

Station Moves The long gestating frequency shuffle involving many Salt Lake City area frequencies is coming even closer to fruition. iHeartMedia’s 105.7 KNRS-FM Centerville and 106.5 KAAZ-FM Spanish Fork have applied to make their moves to 105.9 and 106.7 respectively. Neither station will make any other change to their facility. While 106.9 KEGH Brigham City to 107.1 Woodruff, 107.5 KKLV Orem to Kaysville, and 107.9 KUDD Roy to Randolph are built-out and awaiting the rest of the chain to be completed, after the two iHeart station moves, 105.3 KDWY Diamondville, WY to the Humpy site on 105.5 Oakley, UT, 106.1 KBMG Evanston, WY to 106.3, and other out of market moves will still need to be completed. Media-One Country “98.3 The Bull” WYBL Ashtabula, OH applies to relocate t...[Read More]

Nash Icon Launches In Chattanooga; Three More Stations Rebrand As Nash-FM

In addition to the launches of the Country “Nash Icon” brand in Lexington, KY and Worcester, MA today, Cumulus will also launch the brand in Chattanooga on what is currently Classic Hits “107.9 Big-FM” WOGT. The change will return the station to Country as it was previously “Duke-FM” from 2005 until 2010. Cumulus is also transitioning three of its existing Country stations to the flagship “Nash-FM” brand. “Cat Country 95.1” KATC-FM Colorado Springs, 98.1 KBUL Reno, and 102.9 KTOP-FM Topeka join the 37 other Nash branded stations across the country. Cumulus announces that three of its existing Country-formatted stations will rebrand today as NASH stations and three additional stations will launch today as NASH Icon stations. These ...[Read More]

FCC Applications 10/30

Station Moves Family Life Broadcasting’s 88.1 KJTY Topeka, KS is attempting to rimshot Kansas City a little more as it is applying to move its transmitter site eastward to near Lawrence where it will operate with 88kW at 176.9 meters (Coverage Map). Concurrently, Templo Apostoles y Prophetas Bethel’s 88.1 KZGC-FM Garden City, KS applies to upgrade to 1kW at 125 meters (Coverage Map). Liberman Broadcasting is reapplying for two of its expiring CP’s. In the Dallas suburbs, “FunAsia 104.9” KZMP-FM Pilot Point seeks 42kW at 606 meters (Coverage Map). In suburban Houston, “La Raza 103.3” KJOJ-FM Freeport wants 100kW at 595.8 meters (Coverage Map). In between Houston and San Antonio, Roy Henderson’s 92.3 KNRG New Ulm, TX seeks to increase from a Cl...[Read More]

Move To Cumulus Media Networks Brings Affiliation Changes For Bob & Tom

With their jump from Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Network to Cumulus Media Networks for syndication sales at the beginning of 2014, the Bob & Tom Show has been added at six Cumulus stations while losing one Clear Channel affiliate. Adding the Bob & Tom Show are: “102.3 The Wolf” WMOS New London, CT replacing local host Sean Tyler “Gulf 104” 104.1 WGLF Tallahassee, FL replacing John Boy & Billy “V100” 100.3 KDVV-FM Topeka, KS “Classic Hits 103.3” WRQQ-FM Baton Rouge, LA “Rock 101” 101.3 KKGB Lake Charles, LA replacing Todd N Tyler “I95” 95.5 WIXV Savannah, GA replacing John Boy & Billy The Bob & Tom Show is still based out of Clear Channel’s “Q95” 94.7 WFBQ Indianapolis...[Read More]

Cumulus Begins CBS Sports Radio Transitions

As CBS Sports Radio prepares to debut on January 2, Cumulus has begun the process of rebranding some of their stations away from the ESPN or Fox Sports monikers the stations had been using. Among the stations rebranding so-far: “ESPN 970” KESP Modesto, CA to “Sportsradio 970” “940 ESPN Radio” WINE Brookfield, CT/WPUT Brewster, NY to “Sportsradio 940/1510” “ESPN 95.9” WSJZ Sebastian/Melbourne, FL to “Sportsradio 95.9” “ESPN 102.1” WZAT Savannah, GA to “Sportsradio 102.1” “ESPN Radio 1490” KTOP Topeka, KS to “Sportsradio 1490” “Supertalk 1340” KRMD Shreveport/100.7 K264AS Mooringsport, LA to “Sportstalk 100.7” “ESPN 96.7” WLLF Mercer, PA/...[Read More]