Washington DC

Air America 1050 Washington DC Launches

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.

WHFS Returns

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.

94.7 Fresh FM Washington, D.C. Debuts

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.

Getting Fresh in Washington?

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”.

More Fun With CBS Domains

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]

Talking Big in Washington

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]

WJZW Washington Becomes True Oldies 105.9

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.

Infinity To Launch Network Of FM Talkers Using FreeFM Brand

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]