FCC Report 8/6: WRAX Issued Hearing Designation For Lack Of Operation

The FCC has designated Radioactive LLC's 98.9 WRAX Lake Isabella MI for a license renewal hearing. WRAX, licensed to operate with 250w/15m, has operated on a series of Silent STA's for the past seven years and signing on for just parts of one day per year to keep the license active. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is using the WRAX case to initiate a streamlined procedure to evaluate license renewals for stations that have been off the air for long periods of time via a "paper hearing" as opposed to through an Administrative Law Judge. Instead Radioactive will have 60 days to file a written statement up to 25 pages why WRAX should have its license renewed.

WMZK Flips To Christian; WJMT To Go Oldies

WRVM Inc. has closed on its $260,000 acquisition of Classic Rock “Z104.1” WMZK and Classic Country “730 The Patriot” WJMT Merrill/Wausau WI from Quicksilver Broadcasting. While WMZK has temporarily gone Silent while preparing to flip to Christian Preaching as part of WRVM’s network based at 102.7 WRVM Suring, 730 WJMT will be resold to Steve Resnick’s Sunrise Broadcasting for an undisclosed amount. Sunrise, which owns “Sportsfan 100.5” WDTX Rothschild and “Cool Oldies 1230” WXCO Wausau, will begin operating WJMT as soon as Friday. They plan on flipping the station to Oldies as “Bluejay 730“. WJMT will retain all of its existing community elements including the daily “Swap Shop”, Saturday Polka Show, and hig...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 10/28

Station Sales Quicksilver Broadcasting sells Classic Rock “Z104” 104.1 WMZK and Classic Country “730 The Patriot” WJMT Merrill/Wausau WI to WRVM Inc. for $260,000. WRVM will convert both stations to non-commercial simulcasts of Christian 102.7 WRVM Suring WI. Broadway Media sells Silent 107.9 KAOX Shelley/Idaho Falls ID to Frandsen Media for $25,000. As part of the deal Frandsen will also assume Broadway’s obligations for the frequency changes required at 99.1 KNYN Fort Bridger WY (to 103.9), 103.9 KGNT Smithfield UT (to 99.1), and 95.9 KLZX Tremonton UT (to 99.9 Weston ID) as part of previous upgrades to allow Broadway’s predecesors to upgrade their signals in the Salt Lake City market. KAOX previously completed its move from 107.3 in Kemmerer WY. Deser...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 1/23

Ann Jones’ Peach Holdings is making a pair of acquisitions as it purchases Great South Wireless’ Classic Hits 97.7 WHPH Jemison, AL for $1.6 million and 99.1 W256CD Fultondale/Birmingham from Shelby Broadcast Associates for $300,000. Mary Guthrie is selling the CP for 96.7 K244EX Las Vegas to Windy City Broadcasting for $25,000. Guthrie will file an application to modify the currently licensed 4.5 watt signal within the next 30 days. Christopher Falletti sells his CP for 98.5 in Battle Mountain, NV to Fred Weinberg and Floyd Brown’s Nevada Radio LLC for $11,100. The Class C2 signal will serve the area west of Elko. Vic Michael’s Mountain Community Translators purchases 106.7 K294CH Divide/Colorado Springs from Timothy Cutforth for $10,000. Michael’s Kona Coast...[Read More]

WMZK Returns To Classic Rock

Just eight months after flipping from Classic Rock “Z104” to Hot AC “Magic 104.1“, 104.1 WMZK Merril, WI has reverted to its former name and format. As Northpine.com reported it is a little unclear who is currently operating the station. The original format change to Hot AC came when Michael Enfelt’s Radio One Communications agreed to acquire WMZK and sister Classic Country “Patriot 730” WJMT Merril//99.1 W256AG Wausau from Barracuda Broadcasting/Quicksilver Broadcasting for $595,000 and immediate Time Brokerage Agreement. The sale never closed, however as the stations were ordered into bankruptcy receivership in late November.

FCC Applications 5/28

After taking a week off for the Memorial Day holiday, we’re back with a roundup of the last two weeks worth of FCC filings. Station Moves Connoisseur Media’s Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX Norwalk, CT has applied to change its city-of-license to Southport, CT with no changes to its 3kW at 91 meters signal (Coverage Map). The move will shift WFOX’s home market from Stamford/Norwalk to Bridgeport where it will join sister Hot AC “Star 99.9” WEZN. Domestic Church Media’s Catholic 89.3 WFJS-FM Freehold, NJ proposes an increase from 3.8kW at 50 meters to 15.2kW from the same antenna. The directional pattern will point towards the southeast increasing the station’s coverage towards Brick and Toms River. Translator Moves Educational Media Fo...[Read More]

FCC Applications 5/15

Station Moves Mount Wilson FM’s 97.9 KMZT-FM Salinas, CA seeks to increase from a Class A with 2.9kW at 146 meters to a B1 with 4.5kW at 175 meters (Coverage Map). In the northwest corner of Washington State, “Twilight 96.7” KBDB-FM Forks (named after the book/movie series that takes place there) has applied to increase from a Class A with 6kW at -23 meters to a C3 with 930 watts at 492 meters (Coverage Map). Translator Moves Milwaukee Radio Alliance proposes to increase 100.3 W262CJ Milwaukee from 12 watts at 67.9 meters to 99 watts at 164 meters (Coverage Map). W262CJ will rebroadcast “Martini Radio” 1290 WZTI. First Ventures Capital Partners has applied to increase 105.9 W290AZ Marshfield, WI to 250 watts at 169 meters (Coverage Map). The move would come wi...[Read More]

Wausau Finds Its Magic

Radio One Communications has flipped Classic Rock “Z104” WMZK Merril, WI/99.1 W256AG Wausau to Hot AC “Magic 104.1“. The move took place on Tuesday, April 15 at 3:00pm. Positioning itself as “All Hit Radio”, the station gives Wausau a Hot AC for the first time since then 96.7 WLJY flipped to CHR “Hot 96.7” in December 2011. Northpine.com reports that WMZK is operated by Radio One Communications via Time Brokerage Agreement as it awaits approval for its purchase of the station from Quicksilver Broadcasting.

WLJY Returns To Wausau

Seehafer Broadcasting has returned the WLJY calls to the Wausau/Stevens Point market as part of a format change. Oldies “Kool Gold 105.5” WRCW Nekoosa/Wisconsin Rapids has flipped to AC “Y105.5” with the WLJY calls. The WLJY calls have a long history in the market on 106.5 from 1979 to 2006 and 96.7 from 2006 until December 2011 when the station flipped to as CHR WHTQ. The previous “Kool Gold” format moved to 1450 WDLB Marshfield. The new 105.5 WLJY rimshots the southern portions of the Wausau/Stevens Point market.

2011 Post Christmas Format Change Rundown

As Christmas music fades away for another 10 or 11 months, its time for another batch of mass format changes to get us into the new year. This list will be a handy all-in-one guide to all the changes taking place between Christmas and the time everyone goes back to work on January 3. To see the list of changes we’re expecting to happen check our Watchlist. 1/4: Still coming across some smaller market changes that occurred during the holidays. MTS Broadcasting’s “ESPN 1240” WCEM Cambridge, MD shifts to Standards running Music of Your Life. In the Ozarks, “Real Country 104.3” KBCN Harrison, AR shifts to ESPN Radio. Oldies 93.7 WKAD Cadillac and Standards 1340 WMBN Petoskey, MI have flipped to Sports as “The Ticket” using Fox Sports Radio. 1/4: ...[Read More]

Mix 96.7 Wausau Gets Hot

Update 12/27: After ending its Christmas music run at 10:30am with a 90 minute loop of Nelly’s “Hot In Here”, Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot” and Katy Perry’s “Hot ‘N Cold”, WLJY debuted its CHR incarnation of “Hot 96.7” at 12pm. The first hour of Hot 96.7 consisted of: Gym Class Heroes – Stereo Hearts Katy Perry – E.T. Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger David Guetta – Without You Bruno Mars – It Will Rain The Script – Nothing T-Pain – 5 O’Clock Pitbull – Give Me Everything Adele – Set Fire To Rain Chris Brown – Yeah 3X Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All Lady Antebellum – Just A Kiss Rhianna – We Found Love Hot Chelle Rae – I Like It Li...[Read More]