Forever Media Sports/Active Rock “Rocky 96.5” WRQY Moundsville/Wheeling WV has flipped to Classic Rock. The move comes with the station dropping ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo morning show and replacing it with Free Beer & Hot Wings. WRQY continues to serve as the Wheeling affiliate for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. WRQY registered a 3.4 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings. The move to mostly music places the station closer to iHeartMedia Rock “Eagle 107.5” WEGW which held a 10.1 share in the fall.
Ohio Midland Newsgroup agrees to purchase Sports “OV Sports” 1430 WEIR Weirton WV/Steubenville OH and 94.9 W235BX Colliers WV, Classic Hits “106.3 The River” WCDK Cadiz OH/Wheeling WV, and the CP to move 94.7 W234AV Punxsatawney PA to 102.1 Weirton from Priority Communications for $700,000. After acquiring News/Talk “107.7 The Pulse” WTPL Hillsboro/Concord NH along with two other stations from Great Eastern Radio for $2.6 million, Dirk Nadon’s Lakes Media turns around and sells WTPL to Binnie Media for $1.3 million. Binnie has also begun operating WTPL via LMA. Richard Brabandt sells Oldies 1550 WOCC Corydon IN to Dawn Fowler and Timothy Jackson’s Two Hawks Communications for $115,000. St. Francis Mission sells Variety 96.1 KINI Crookston NE ...[Read More]
Forever Media has launched a second Classic Country brand that serves Wheeling WV. Sports “ESPN 1290” WOMP Bellaire OH flipped last week to Classic Country “Lejends 100.1/1290” under new WLEJ call letters. 100.1 is recently launched translator 100.1 W261DH Wheeling. WLEJ is branding itself as “Best Country Of The 80s & 90s”, a positioner that is also used by Forever Media’s recently launched “Willie 103.5” WLYI Burgettstown PA that . While WLEJ is targeting the Wheeling market directly, WLYI is focusing its programming and ad sales on the nearby Pittsburgh market.
Three of Kerby Confer and Donald Alt’s broadcast holding companies are merging. Forever of PA, LLC, Keymarket Licenses, and Forever Broadcasting LLC will merge into FM Radio Licenses, LLC. The combined company will own 45 stations and 1 translator in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia including Forever’s stations in Altoona, Johnstown, Meadville/Franklin, New Castle, State College and Keymarket’s stations in Pittsburgh and Uniontown, PA and Wheeling, WV. The FCC filing states estate planning as the reason for the merger. Following the closing of the transaction on December 31, ownership of FM Radio Licenses will be split as such: 34% – Judy Alt Irrevocable Trust (Donald Alt, Trustee) 22% – Kerby Confer Granted Annuity Trust (Kerby Confer, Trustee) 18% ̵...[Read More]
Is it Sports? Is it Rock? If it’s Keymarket Communications’ 96.5 WYJK-FM Moundsville/Wheeling, WV it’s both. WYJK-FM dropped its prior Variety Hits “96.5 Jack-FM” identity on Monday for a Sports/Active Rock hybrid branded as “Rocky 96.5” WRQY. The new format features ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike In The Morning followed by Westwood One’s Rock 2.0 programming. WRQY’s previous format had plunged from a 5.6 share in the Spring 2013 Nielsen Audio ratings to a 1.3 in 2014. The new format positions the station against Clear Channel’s duo of Rock “Eagle 107.5” WEGW and “Fox Sports 1400” WBBD.
Clear Channel’s 1400 WBBD Wheeling, WV has dropped the 24/7 Comedy network and flipped to Sports as “Fox Sports 1400“. WBBD is running the Fox Sports network lineup around the clock and is the second 24/7 Comedy affiliate to switch to Sports in recent weeks following sister 1580 WWTF Lexington, KY. WBBD was one of 12 Clear Channel stations to switch to Comedy in October 2012. The stations registered a 0.0 share of the Wheeling audience in the Fall 2013 Nielsen Audio ratings.
Pittsburgh Public Media launched Jazz 88.1 WYZR Bethany, WV on Saturday, August 31 at 1:15pm. The station, which technically serves the Wheeling WV/Steubenville OH market, will rimshot the southern and western suburbs of Pittsburgh. The station’s purpose is to restore Jazz programming to the market following the sale of 90.5 WDUQ, which was sold and flipped to NPR News/Talk in July 2011 as WESA. Pittsburgh Public Media acquired what was then 88.1 WVBC from Bethany College in March for $110,000. The new WYZR is launching with programming from PGHJazzChannel.net, which features programming from former WDUQ staffers and is co-owned with the station.
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]
After just nine months on the air, Keymarket Country “Biggie 96.5” WBGI-FM Wheeling is getting upgraded. On September 10, “Biggie” will relocate from 96.5 to 100.5, while Variety Hits “100.5 Jack-FM” WYJK-FM will take the 96.5 slot. The move gives the Country format a boost to the Class B signal licensed to Bellaire OH that operates with 48kW at 152 meters. Jack will slide to the Class A signal licensed to Moundsville WV operating with 2.5kW at 138 meters. “Biggie 96.5” debuted on December 27, 2011 on a brand new signal to the market.
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]
Update 12/27: Keymarket launched the Country format on “Biggie 96.5” WBGI-FM this morning. The switch to Country puts the station in competition with Clear Channel’s 98.7 WOVK, which rules the market with over a 20 share, and sister “Froggy” 103.5 WOGH, which targets the Pittsburgh market as a suburban trimulcast. Update 12/20: 96.5 has begun stunting with Construction Sounds in preparation of the launch of “Biggie 96.5“. The WBGI-FM calls went into effect on December 15. Original Report 10/3: When Keymarket Communications closes on its purchase of Christian AC “K-Love” 96.5 WLVW Moundsville/Wheeling, WV from EMF Broadcasting, a new Country format will debut. Keymarket announced the purchase of the station in April for $550,000 and is c...[Read More]
Over the next few weeks as the holiday season approaches, many radio stations will prepare for the the onslaught of changes that will take place between December 26 and January 2. This list will compile all the stations we at RadioInsight are monitoring for pending format changes. This is NOT a list of all stations currently airing Christmas music. For a list of all stations that have flipped to Christmas music for the season visit 100000watts.com. December 23 – Clear Channel Classic Hits “My 100.1 & 98.3” WSWR-FM and WXXR Mansfield, OH will begin simulcasting sister News/Talk 1400 WMAN as WMAN-FM and WWMM. December 21 – 90s Hits “Gen X Radio 97.3” WGEX Bainbridge/Albany, GA will become CHR “97.3 Hit Music Now“. December 20 – Clear...[Read More]