As first tipped off in our 3/23 Domain Insight, Townsquare Media has flipped Hot AC “Star 101.7” WBEI Reform/Tuscaloosa AL to Alternative “Alt 101.7” today. The new format fills the Alternative opening in the market created by the loss of AAA “Birmingham Mountain Radio” on 97.5 W248BO Tuscaloosa until Townsquare took over operation of the trqnslator in December 2017 and flipped it to Classic Hits “Nick 97.5“. Brand Manager Meg Summers remains in place overseeing Alt 101.7. The syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is dropped with the change. New WQRR call letters are pending.
Townsquare Media has launched Classic Hits “Nick 97.5” W248BO Tuscaloosa/92.9 WTUG-HD3 Northport AL. Named for University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, the station fills the format hole in-between TTI Inc.’s Oldies 1150 WJRD/102.1 W271AM and Classic Rock “Rock 106.3” 1150 WMHZ/106.3 W292DU. W248BO had been carrying the AAA programming of “Birmingham Mountain Radio” that can still be heard on 107.3 W297BF Birmingham/97.3 WPYA-HD2 Gardendale. Launching with 10,000 songs commercial-free, the station is positioning itself as “Tuscaloosa’s Greatest Hits” focusing on songs of the 1960s through 80s. Dean Severance, Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa is serving as Brand Manager for the new station. The station laun...[Read More]
The second half of the Tuscaloosa deal has been filed. Townsquare will divest 99.1 WDGM Greensboro AL to Educational Media Foundation for 100.9 W265CG Tuscaloosa and $100,000. EMF will flip WDGM to its Christian AC “K-Love” network as a satellite rebroadcaster of 91.9 KLVR Middletown CA. Townsquare will use their new translator to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 92.9 WTUG-FM Northport. Original Report 5/3: Townsquare Media is purchasing Classic Country simulcast “Catfish Country” 102.9 WNPT-FM Marion and 1230 WTBC/100.1 W261BT Tuscaloosa AL from John Sisty Enterprises for $550,000. To stay under the ownership limits for the market Townsquare will divest Sports “Tide 99.1” WDGM Greensboro AL to a currently unknown buyer. WTBC and WNPT-FM will join a Towns...[Read More]
TTI Inc. has launched Southern Gospel “96.1 The Blessing” W241BT Tuscaloosa AL. Originating on iHeartMedia’s 98.1 WTXT-HD2, the new station is utilizing Salem Media’s “Singing News Radio” network. W241BT operates with 250w/192m.
Translator Sales Zoo Communications is acquiring Silent 94.1 W231CU Miami from Charles Crawford for $650,000. Zoo, operated by Marco Mazzoli, runs iHeartMedia owned Dance “Evolution 93.5” W228BY Miami/WHYI-HD2 and is in the process of purchasing 93.5 WZFL Islamorada. W231CU holds a Construction Permit to move to 104.7 with 99 watts at 230 meters where it will also rebroadcast WHYI-HD2 extending the 93.5 coverage to include North Miami and Hollywood, FL areas (Coverage Map). Liberty University is selling two Virginia translators to national broadcasters. 104.1 W281AW Petersburg will go to Radio-One for $75,000. A concurrent application will increase its power from 6 to 250 watts rebroadcasting Urban Talk 1240 WTPS Petersburg. Saga Communications will expand its newly acquired Ha...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has launched AC “96.9 MyFM” 1420 WACT/W245BR Tuscaloosa, AL. The 205 watt translator joins an iHeart cluster consisting of CHR 94.1 WZBQ, Country 98.1 WTXT, and News/Talk 105.9 WRTR. The new format replaces Gospel “Hallelujah 1420” on WACT. Owned by TTI, Inc., W245BR most recently was licensed to rebroadcast The University of Alabama’s 91.5 WAUL-FM Tuscaloosa after former lessee 1280 WMXB moved its rebroadcast to TTI’s 107.3 W297BJ Tuscaloosa as Urban AC “Mix 107.3“.
Translator Moves Hope Christian Church of Marlton has proposed relocating 105.7 W289AZ Trenton, NJ to the tower site of Davidson Media’s Spanish CHR “Mega 1310” WEMG Camden where it will operate with 250 watts at 43 meters. The translator would rebroadcast WEMG with coverage of downtown Philadelphia (Coverage Map). The FCC has quickly dismissed Dennis Jackson’s application to shift 103.1 W276BV Greenwich, CT to New Rochelle, NY with 250 watts at 136 meters due to potential interference complaints from listeners of Bridgelight LLC’s 103.1 W276AQ Fort Lee, NJ. W276BV has reapplied to make the move to New Rchelle with just 3 watts (Coverage Map). Red Wolf Broadcasting has filed to modify two of its Construction Permits. 99.5 W258AL Clinton, CT will move to a towe...[Read More]
As we reported at earlier this month, Townsquare Media Sports “99.1 The Deuce” WDGM Tuscaloosa has rebranded as “Tide 99.1“. The branding comes as the station drops its simulcasts of programming from former sister 94.5 WJOX-FM Birmingham as Cumulus added “ESPN 100.5” WJQX, whose signal also gets into Tuscaloosa. WDGM claims it will also allow it to focus more on the hometown Alabama Crimson Tide. The station’s new lineup will feature Martin Houston and Baron Huber from 6-8am, Dan Patrick from 8-11am, Chris Stewart from 11am-1pm, Paul Finebaum from 1-5pm, “The Game” with Ryan Fowler from 5-8pm, and ESPN Radio at night.
Update 8/1: As it prepares to flip to ESPN Radio, 100.5 WAPI-FM has changed call letters to WJQX. The station will officially be branded as “JOX 2: 100.5 ESPN” to tie into the branding of sister 94.5 WJOX-FM. That move could lead to ramifications for Townsquare Media’s 99.1 WDGM Tuscaloosa. The station, branded as “99.1 The Deuce“, airs some programming from WJOX dating back to when it was also owned by Cumulus. Townsquare has registered a number of domains related to the hometown Alabama Crimson Tide for the station: 991TheTide.com, 991RollTide.com, 991Tide.com, BamaSports991.com, RollTide991.com, TheTide991.com, Tide991.com, TideRadio991.com, and TideSports991.com. Original Report 7/24: Cumulus Conservative Talk “100 WAPI” will break its AM/FM si...[Read More]
Update 10/29: Clear Channel has flipped 12 stations to Comedy today running the 24/7 Comedy service. The new Comedy affiliates are: 1420 WACT Tuscaloosa AL (Was News/Talk simulcasting 105.9 WRTR) 800 KBFP Baskersfield CA (Was simulcasting Spanish Oldies “La Presciosa 105.3” KBFP-FM) 92.3 W222AF Atlanta GA (Was simulcasting “ESPN Deportes 640” WGST) 1460 WHAL Columbus GA (Was Sports “Fox Sports 1460“) 1280 WIBB Macon GA (Was Gospel “Hallelujah 1280“) 1470 KWSL Sioux City IA (Was Classic Country “The Whistle“) 1580 WWTF Lexington KY (Was Urban AC “Groovin 1580” WGVN) 1210 WLRO Baton Rouge LA (Was Gosepl “Hallelujah 1210“) 1470 WJDY Salisbury MD (Was Sports “Fox Sports 1470“) 1370 WJIP Ellenville N...[Read More]
As part of a corporate restructuring to focus on larger markets and cross-media collaboration, Cox Media has announced that it is placing its stations in six markets up for sale. The markets and stations up for sale include: Birmingham – Urban “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ, Sports “97.3 The Zone” WZNN, Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” WBHK, Country 104.7 WZZK, Classic Hits “106.9 The Eagle” WBPT, Gospel “Heaven 610” WAGG, Classic Hip-Hop “Power 102.1” 1320 WENN/102.1 W270BW and programming rights to Urban “105.1 Jamz” WALJ Tuscaloosa. Connecticut – Rock 99.1 WPLR in New Haven and Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX and AC “Star 99.9” WEZN in Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk. Cox also operates Urban AC...[Read More]
Looking back at the rest of the big translator moves from April. Hope Christian Church has been granted a CP for 106.1 W291BA Baltimore to the Television Hill towers where it will operate with 250 watts directionally. The signal will cover all of Baltimore proper and most of the northern and western suburbs of the city while protecting 106.1 WISX Philadelphia and 105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge, VA. Programming will come from CBS’ 105.7 WJZ-HD3. EMF’s 91.9 W220DM Parma, OH has been granted a move to 92.7 in downtown Cleveland with 250 watts pointing to the southeast. It will rebroadcast EMF’s K-Love or Air1 programming via an HD subchannel of Clear Channel’s 98.1 WKDD. Radio Power Inc. has applied to make the final move of 103.1 W276BH into Memphis where it will operate wi...[Read More]