iHeartMedia Launches Alt 107.7 Tupelo

iHeartMedia has debuted Alternative “Alt 107.7” 1490 WTUP/107.7 W299CS Tupelo MS. The station had been simulcasting Classic Hits “Big 99.3” WTUP-FM prior to the debut of the new translator. WTUP will feature the syndicated Woody Show in mornings. The Tupelo market lost the Alternative format when 96.3 WXWX flipped from a simulcast of “I96” WIVG Memphis TN in May.

Eagle Radio Group To LMA Tupelo Pair

A pair of format changes are incoming to Tupelo MS as Eagle Radio Group will begin operating Alternative “I96” WXWX Marietta and CHR “Wild 102.9” WWMR Saltillo MS via LMA on May 1. WXWX will move from a simulcast of 96.1 WIVG Tunica MS/Memphis TN to one of Country “95.3 The Bee” WADI Corinth. WWMR will jettison the Rhythmic CHR format it just debuted last December in favor of adopting the Southern Gospel programming currently heard on “The Eagle” 1490 WBIP/99.7 W259CP Booneville MS. WBIP/W259CP intend to flip to Christian AC.

Tupelo Goes Wild For WWMR

Mike Brandt’s Southern Broadcasting Corporation flipped Country “Outlaw 102.9” WWMR Saltillo/Tupelo MS to CHR “Wild 102.9” on Christmas Day. Mo Jo Wilson, Program Director of sister stations “102.7 Kiss-FM” WWFA St. Florian/Florence AL and “Hot 100” 100.3 WYDL Middleton TN/Corinth MS will add those duties at WWMR. The station will also add the “Tik Tak & Nuts” morning show hosted by Brandt and Wilson. The new format creates a direct format competitor to iHeartMedia’s “KZ103” 103.9 WWKZ Okolana.

FCC Report 3/12: Beasley Loses Challenge Against Tampa LPFM

Beasley Media's "Interference Complaint" against 100.1 WVVF-LP Town N' Country/Tampa FL filed in July 2015 for operating as a de-facto commercial station by running a Spanish Classic Hits format and not the "educational" programming it claimed in its application was dismissed by the FCC. The FCC struck down Beasley's argument that WVVF-LP "through a predominantly music format, has failed to advance an educational program" as "The Commission has previously accepted all-music formats as advancing an educational program". "Viva 100.1" did not get off the hook completely as it entered into a Consent Decree and $2000 fine for violating the Underwriting Announcement Rule on at least one occasion.

WHBQ Expands To Tupelo

The station that first played Elvis Presley is now available in his hometown. After stunting with a loop of Frosty The Snowman for the past two months, Flinn Broadcasting’s 96.3 WXWX Marietta/Tupelo MS has flipped back to Sports with a simulcast of “Sports 56” 560 WHBQ/87.7 WPGF-LP Memphis. Prior to beginning its Frosty stunt, WXWX was operated via LMA by Telesouth Communications as “ESPN 96.3“. The end of the LMA on August 1 left the Tupelo market without a Sports station.

Outlaw 102.9 Debuts In Tupelo

MD Broadcasting launched the first of its two new Tupelo formats on Labor Day as 102.9 WWMR Saltillo ended its stunt loop of Alan Jackson’s Gone Country and went Country as “Outlaw 102.9” The new format is running jockless with 20,000 songs commercial free. Meanwhile sister 96.3 WXWX Marrieta continues to loop Kimberly Locke’s cover of Frosty The Snowman. Original Report 8/31: The last two pieces of the massive Tupelo market shakeup that took place earlier this month will soon fall into place. Mike Brandt’s MD Broadcasting has begun operating Flinn Broadcasting’s 96.3 WXWX Marrieta with a loop of Frosty The Snowman and 102.9 WWMR Saltillo with a loop of Alan Jackson’s Gone Country. Both stations had been operated by Telesouth Communications until the end...[Read More]

Massive Tupelo Market Shakeup Takes Place

The Tupelo MS market has seen a dramatic shakeup over the past few weeks. The changes started on July 29 with iHeartMedia’s flip of 99.3 WBVV to Classic Hits “Big 99.3“. Then Telesouth Communications closed on its acquisitions of Variety Hits “Max 95.9” WCNA and AC “Power 101.9” WFTA and ceased their LMA’s of Flinn Broadcasting’s 96.3 WXWX and 102.9 WWMR leading to new formats on all four of those frequencies. WCNA has assumed Telesouth’s “SuperTalk Mississippi” programming from WWMR, while WFTA has shifted from AC to Classic Hits while retaining the “Power 101.9” branding. 96.3 WXWX has dropped its ESPN Radio programming, while it and 102.9 WWMR will soon be operated by Mike Brandt’s MD Broadcasting ...[Read More]

WBVV Tupelo Flips To Classic Hits

iHeartMedia has flipped Southern Gospel 99.3 WBVV Tupelo MS to Classic Hits as “Big 99.3“. WBVV is assuming the format from sister “Cool Oldies 1490” WTUP which is now simulcasting with 99.3.

Station Sales Week Of 3/18

Station Sales Gregory Shinn’s Central Arkansas Radio Group is buying Noalmark Broadcasting’s Hot Springs AR cluster for $1.6 million. The stations involved are Rock simulcast “Real Rock 93.5” KYRC Bismarck/101.5 KHRK Malvern, CHR 105.9 KLAZ Hot Springs, and Southern Gospel 1420 KBHS/105.5 K288FP Hot Springs. Noalmark retains its clusters in El Dorado and Magnolia AR and Hobbs and Roswell NM. Adams Radio Group trades Variety Hits 1280 WSUX/96.3 W242AV Seaford DE to Vincent Klepac’s Bayshore Media for Alternative “104.3 The Ryde” 1590 WIJK/104.3 W282AW Ocean City and 105.1 W286BB Ocean Pines MD. Liberman Broadcasting sells 1230 KCOH Houston to Roberta Rose Ramirez’ Pueblo de Galilea for $1.8 million. KCOH currently simulcasts Liberman Regional ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 11/6

Station Sales Roberto Gonzalez’s MBM Radio sells Variety Hits “104.9 Jack-FM” KJAV Alamo and Spanish News/Talk 840 KVJY Pharr in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to Andrés Bichara’s Bi-Media License for $2.2 million. These are Bi-Media’s first stations, while MBM as R Communications will still retain 3 FMs and 1 AM in the McAllen/Edinburg/Brownsville market. In addition to beginning to operate WJSJ Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville FL as “CBS Sports 105.3“, Neal Ardman’s NIA Broadcasting will purchase the station from Tama Broadcasting’s bankruptcy receiver Scott Savage for $800,000. Lazer Broadcasting is acquiring the Construction Permit for a Monterey/Salinas market rimshot on 98.7 in Greenfield CA from Lotus Communications for $250,000. Th...[Read More]

FCC Applications 6/24

Saga Communications has won a pair of Petitions for Reconsideration regarding translators in Columbus, OH and Ithaca, NY. In Columbus, Wilks Communications license for 102.3 W272AT has been deleted. The translator had been silent since March 12, 2010 when it was displaced by the move-in of what is now 102.5 WWCD Baltimore, OH. The translator had a CP to relocate to 94.1, but Saga argued there would be interference to its 94.7 WSNY-FM. Because the translator stayed silent until November 10, 2011 without an STA, the FCC has ruled in Saga’s favor that W272AT’s license expired on March 13, 2011 and has been deleted. Over in Ithaca, the grant of a modification of Lake Country Broadcasting’s 96.9 W245BL Branchport, NY to Dundee with a boost from 10 to 250 watts has been overtur...[Read More]