Update 9/19: WMAL has confirmed it will begin simulcasting at 105.9 today at 12pm. Instant Insight: The move is needed to give WMAL any chance at remaining competitive in the Washington market. Due to sprawl and being so close to neighboring markets, AM’s in Washington do not fully cover the entire metropolitan area. News WTOP added a suburban FM signal in 1997 and moved to FM completely in 2006, Sports WTEM added two suburban FM’s in 2008. That said, the 105.9 signal is not fully optimized in the market. In Maryland, 105.9 deals with adjacent channel interference from Baltimore’s 105.7 WJZ-FM. The Press Release Follows: Washington’s 630 WMAL AM Now Available on FM Cumulus Announces Simulcast on 105.9 WVRX FM First Platform Change Following Acquisition of Citadel St...[Read More]
CBS Radio returned Modern Rock and the venerable “WHFS” brand to Baltimore via 97.5 W248AO and 106.5 WWMX-HD2 at noon today. The station is launching with a full airstaff. Tim Virgin, most recently in afternoons at Q101 Chicago, will host mornings. He along with afternoon host Gina Crash and night host Neci are veterans of the original 99.1 WHFS. The syndicated Loveline will air from 10pm to midnight. Other Baltimore radio veterans Jenn Marino (who continues to co-host afternoons at Mix 106.5) and Chris Emry will also appear on the station. Since being displaced from its longtime home on 99.1 in Annapolis, MD in February 2005, the format was used on HD2 and part time on then FM Talk “Live 105.7” in Baltimore and up until now on 94.7 WIAD-HD2 Bethesda/Washington, DC....[Read More]
New World Radio’s 1200 WAGE Leesburg, VA is close to completing its 50kw upgrade and move to Washington, DC. With the new signal the station will have full daytime coverage of the entire Washington (and portions of Baltimore) market. The move required the move of the station to 1190 and the shutdown of 1190 WBIS Annapolis, MD. The station has changed its calls to WCRW and has registered 1190WCRW.com for the station. New World operates brokered 1120 WUST Washington and 1540 WNWR Philadelphia and we expect more of the same from WCRW.
Air America Radio will begin its LMA of Bonneville’s 1050 WTOP Silver Spring, MD/Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 17. The newly minted WZAA will carry the Air America network programming along with some local inserts. 1050 most recently simulcasted the WTOP News programming that continues at 103.5 FM as well as two suburban FM’s in the Washington market.
CBS Radio has announced that legendary Alternative “WHFS” will return to Washington, DC on Wednesday at Noon via the HD2 subchannel of “94.7 Fresh FM” WTGBand online at HFS2.com. Longtime WHFS personality Cerphe will host the first two hours tomorrow, although it is unknown at this time whether he will continue to be a part of the new incarnation, which will also include HFStival performances and artist interviews much like CBS’s WNEW.com in New York. Since its debut on 102.3 in Bethesda, MD in the 70’s, WHFS has shifted from 99.1 Annapolis to its most recent incarnation on 105.7 in Baltimore. The calls are currently parked on Talk “1580 The Big Talker” in Morningside, MD.
As announced last Monday, CBS Radio has flipped Classic Rock 94.7 WTGB Washington, D.C. to AC as “94.7 Fresh-FM” at midnight. Greg Dunkin, who developed the Fresh format as a consultant, will program the station. The first three songs played were Pink “Get The Party Started”, Corrine Bailey Rae “Put Your Records On”, and Jason Mraz “I’m Yours”. Original Post 3/30: “Classic Rock 94.7” WTGB Washington, DC is promoting the debut of AC “94.7 Fresh FM” at Noon on Monday, April 6.
On Wednesday we reported that CBS had registered 947NowFM.com, AmpRadio947.com, and Fresh947.com on March 6. Today DCRTV.com reported “rumblings that CBS Radio will flip 94.7, WTGB, from classic rock to adult contemporary – to battle Clear Channel’s WASH, 97.1, which soared to 2nd place in the latest Portable People Meter radio ratings. Possibly by next week.” We’ve found a few more domains that may lead to a Fresher outlook at WTGB. 947freshfm.com and freshfm947.com were registered by Intertech Media on March 17. Additionally, CBS registered 947fresh.com back in 2007 as a decoy prior to the launch of AAA “94.7 The Globe”.
Over the past few weeks a bunch of more domains, some even registered directly by CBS Radio and its web design partner Intertech Media, have appeared. These domains give a glimpse into where the next round of flips may be happening. First there’s this batch of 98.7’s which were registered by Intertech Media on March 11. 987AmpRadio.com, 987FreshFM.com, 987TheParty.com, Energy987.com, Fresh987.com, Now987.com, Now987FM.com, Play987.com, and 987NowFM.com. CBS owns four stations on 98.7. Three of them are fairly successful: KLUV Dallas, KUPL Portland, and WLLD Tampa. The fourth, WVMV Detroit, not so much. With Dom Theodore based in Detroit and his former station WKQI meeting the criteria of a CHR without any direct competition, Detroit seems like an easy choice for a potential fli...[Read More]
Update 11/2/08: Some snooping on the CBS Webserver has brought us the above image showcasing some of the hosts coming to WPGC. WPHT Philadelphia (which happens to use the same Big Talker branding) morning host Michael Smerconish is featured along with syndicated hosts Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, and Dr. Laura. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the new format launch in time for Tuesday’s election. Original Post 10/21/08: 1580 WPGC Morningside, MD/Washington, DC has always been the bastard child of the CBS cluster in the Washington market. Bouncing in and out of simulcasts with FM sister 95.5 WPGC-FM, the station had seen some success in recent years as a gospel outlet until Radio-One launched that format on 104.1 WPRS. That led WPGC to shift to Black Talk and last ...[Read More]
At 3pm, Citadel Smooth Jazz 105.9 WJZW dropped the format for Oldies as “True Oldies 105.9“. The first three songs were Aretha Franklin “Respect”, Doobie Brothers “Listen To The Music”, and Manfred Mann “Do Wah Diddy”. DCRTV expects current WJZW PD Steve Allan to stay on-board as PD for the new format, however the rest of the current airstaff is out. Allan was formerly PD of Clear Channel’s Oldies 100.3 WBIG and AC 97.1 WASH.
With all the hoopla surrounding the departure of Howard Stern to Sirius at the end of the year, many radio industry pundits have wondered what Infinity Broadcasting has planned to replace Stern. The pieces have been slowly coming together. Today, Infinity will take control of 106.9 KIFR San Francisco (formerly Family Radio KEAR-FM) and launch a stunt in preparation of the debut of “106.9 Free-FM”. San Francisco will merely be the first station to debut with the Free-FM branding. In late July, Infinity registered the following webdomains: (The stations the domains are for are still mere speculation based on Infinity’s existing properties) 923freefm.com (for WXRK New York – Stern’s current flagship) 925freefm.com (for KDJM Denver – currently Rhythmic Oldie...[Read More]