Bonneville Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX San Jose has hired ‘Joey V’ Vlazny-Smith as morning host starting Monday, April 16. Vlazny exited his position at Entercom Classic Hip-Hop “Q102.1” KRBQ in January where he served as Assistant Program Director, Imaging Director and Morning co-host. He has worked in the San Francisco market since 2005 with stops at Dance “Energy 92.7” KNGY, “Oldies 103.7” KOSF, and Country “95.7 The Wolf” KBWF. Current morning host Chris Jackson will move to afternoons, the daypart he originally hosted at when he joined the station in 1991. After hosting mornings from 1996-2010, he returned to the station in the morning slot in 2013. Bonneville International – San Francisco / Bay Area based KUFX-FM (98.5 KFOX) The Sout...[Read More]
Stephens Media will pay $10.725 million for Ingstads’ twelve stations and two translators in Kennewick/Richland/Pasco and Yakima WA. Original Report 4/2: Stephens Media Group has agreed to purchase fourteen stations in the Kennewick/Richland/Pasco and Yakima markets from Ingstad Radio Washington for an undisclosed price. The deal will bring the Tulsa based Stephens up to 41 stations nationally including their home market and Rochester and Watertown NY. Stephens began operating the stations via LMA on Sunday, April 1. The stations involved in the deal are: Kennewick/Richland/Pasco: Country “94.9 The Wolf” KIOK Richland, AC “95.7 More-FM” KKSR Walla Walla, CHR “Power 99.1” KUJ-FM Burbank, Classic Rock “Eagle 106.5” KEGX Richland, Classic ...[Read More]
Bustos Media will purchase 104.9 KYXE Union Gap/Yakima WA from Centro Familiar Cristiano for $215,000. KYXE has been operated by Bustos via LMA since early 2016 as Regional Mexican “La Z 104.9“. James Su’ EDI Media is acquiring Brokered Ethnic 1370 KWRM Corona/Riverside CA from Richard Vosper’s Major Market Stations for $1. EDI operates a network of Chinese language stations in markets including Atlanta, Boston, Portland, and San Francisco. Barnwell Community Radio donates 99.1 WHBJ Barnwell SC to Augusta Radio Fellowship for zero consideration. WHBJ already airs ARF’s Christian “Good News Network” programming.
Townsquare Media Country “92.9 The Bull” KDBL Yakima spent this past weekend stunting with Christmas Music to lead into the the return of Gunner Jackson as co-host of “The Morning Bullpen”. Jackson, who had been producing the Bender & Molly show at iHeartMedia Hot AC “106.1 Kiss-FM” KBKS Seattle, had previously been part of KDBL’s morning show from 2011-2013. He is now reteamed with former partner Michele Mathews. With the return of Jackson, John Riggs will return to focusing on afternoons at CHR 107.3 KFFM.
Cumulus Country “Kat Country 103” 103.3 KATM Modesto CA has named Andy Winford as its new Program Director. Winford joins KATM from the Brand Manager position at Townsquare Media Rock 94.5 KATS-FM and News/Talk 1280 KIT Yakima WA. He has also programmed for Townsquare Billings, Rogers Media Edmonton, and iHeartMedia in Fresno and San Luis Obispo. He fills the opening created by Nikki Thomas’ move to Cumulus’ 107.7 WIVK Knoxville in August, Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Andy Winford to Program Director of KAT Country/KATM-FM in Modesto/Stockton, CA. Winford joins Cumulus Media from Townsquare Media-Yakima, WA, where he was Brand Manager of KIT-AM and KATS-FM. Prior to that, he was Brand Manager for Townsquare Media’s Billings, MT, station group. Winfo...[Read More]
Townsquare Media pulled the plug on the AM/FM simulcast of KIT Yakima on Friday. While the News/Talk format remains on 1280 KIT Yakima, the three and a half year old simulcast on 99.3 KIT-FM Naches has given way to Rhythmic Oldies “Mega 99.3” KMGW. Rik Mikals, Brand Manager at sister Country “92.9 The Bull” KDBL and CHR 107.3 KFFM adds those duties at KMGW.
Ingstad Radio Washington has launched Alternative “106.9 XFM” K295BT Wapato/KHHK-HD3 Yakima, WA. Launching with 10,000 songs in a row, the new station becomes a flanker for sister Classic Rock “105.7 The Hawk” KRSE against Townsquare Media’s Active Rock 94.5 KATS and CHR 107.3 KFFM. KRSE Program Director Brian Henderson will add the same duties for XFM. The 106.9 signal signed-on earlier this summer simulcasting “ESPN Deportes 980” KTCR after that station dropped its Classic Country “Tractor” identity. K295BT is the second translator Ingstad has launched in Yakima this year following Hot AC “Big 106.1” K291BV in May.
Ingstad Radio Washington has launched Hot AC “Big 106.1” K291BV Wapato/99.7 KHHK-HD2 Yakima. Launching with the usual 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free, the new format flanks sister Rhythmic CHR “Hot 99.7” KHHK against Townsquare Media’s market leading CHR 107.3 KFFM. Ingstad purchased K291BV and two other Yakima area translators earlier this year for $275,000. A new format should be launching soon on another one of them as Ingstad registered 1069XFM.com along with GoBig1061.com.
Ingstad Radio Washington has flipped Conservative Talk “1390 KUSA” KBBO Yakima, WA to Sports “1390 The Fan“. The new lineup will include a simulcast of programming from Bonneville’s “710 ESPN” KIRO Seattle from 7am to 7pm weekdays and Fox Sports Radio at night and weekends. KBBO will remain the local affiliate for Seattle Mariners baseball. The flip brings Sports programming back to 1390 after a three year hiatus as it was previously the market’s ESPN Radio affiliate as KJOX. KBBO becomes the third affiliate of KIRO across the state of Washington joining sister “ESPN 1340” KJOX Kennewick and Mapleton’s 1510 KGA Spokane.
Station Moves Following the approval in September of the move of “Truth” 99.3 KTIA-FM Boone, IA to Huxley, Positive Impact Media has made its mandated application to relocate Christian CHR “Pulse 99.5” KPUL Winterset to 101.7. No changes will be made to its 6kW at 100 meter facility that rimshots Des Moines from the southwest (Coverage Map). Altus FM “Cruisin To The Oldies 92.5” KKRE Hollis, OK seeks to shift from a Class A to a C2 with a power increase from 6kW at 79 meters to 50kW (Coverage Map). Cornerstone Church of Wheeler seeks to relocate 102.1 KSNZ Shamrock, TX to 92.9 with no changes to its 200 watts at 14 meters facility (Coverage Map). Translator Moves In the western suburbs of Detroit, Family Life Broadcasting’s 94.3 W232BH Holly, MI ap...[Read More]
Station Moves Emmis Alternative “101X” 101.5 KROX-FM Buda/Austin, TX has applied to make a significant upgrade to its signal. KROX-FM seeks to increase from a Class C2 with 12.5kW at 258.1 meters to a C1 with 86kW at 320 meters from the tower of sister 103.5 KBPA San Marcos (Coverage Map). From the new location KROX-FM’s 60dbu signal will reach into parts of San Antonio. While still awaiting its license after its CP was set to expire in September, Hispanic Target Media now seeks to increase 102.9 KHMQ King City, CA to 6kW at 17 meters (Coverage Map). The group had filed for two STA’s to remain silence that were dismissed by the FCC following Informal Objections from King City Communications stating that the station did not in fact build its facility before the CP ex...[Read More]
William Blevins’ Signal Hill Media Partners is acquiring “Country Legends 550” WAME Statesville, NC from the George H. Buck, Jr. Trust for $280,000. As part of the deal the trust will transfer 92.9 W225BD Statesville to its WHVN Inc. Once Blevins pays off the note for the acquisition he will acquire the translator for $10. Until then he will lease it for $1 per year to continue rebroadcasting WAME. Southern Belle and Seven Mountains Media continue their growth in Central Pennsylvania with the purchase of “Country 92.5” WJUN-FM Mexico and Classic Hits “Wheels 106.1” WLZS Beaver Springs from Radio Starview for $650,000. Seven Mountains will begin operating the stations via Time Brokerage Agreement in January. Alexandria Communications is selling Regi...[Read More]