Mark Porter’s Globecom Media acquires Classic Hits “Happy Radio 92.5” KKHA Markham TX from Tomlinson-Leis Communications for $150,000. KKHA will create a duopoly with “96 Country” 96.1 KIOX-FM Edna along the Gulf Coast northeast of Victoria TX. Dan Dockstander’s Star Valley Media is purchasing a pair of stations in southwestern Wyoming. Country “105.3 The Diamond” KDWY Diamondville comes from the SLC Divestiture Trust I for $15,000, while Broadway Media sells Classic Hits “940 The Fossil” KMER Kemmerer and the CP for 92.5 K233DD Kemmerer for $47,000. Dockstander began operating both stations via LMA on June 1. Birach Broadcasting is donating Silent 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach VA to the Multicultural Media, Telec...[Read More]
Deletions Centro Cristiano de Vida Abundante's 90.9 KSIY San Simeon CA license was cancelled following KCBX Inc's Informal Objection in May 2013. The station was originally granted its License to Cover application on May 2, 2013 but it was rescinded immediately after KCBX alleged that the station was not timely constructed and the licensee had no authorization to use its granted site as it had not yet obtained a permit from San Luis Obispo County. Following an inquiry in 2014 that found multiple inconsistencies in the statements from CCVA, the agency has ordered the license cancelled.
Forever Media has flipped Country “Froggy 95” WWGY Grove City PA/Youngstown OH to Classic Country “Willie 95.1“. The change took place on Saturday morning as WWGY joins Forever sister stations in Pittsburgh and Wheeling utilizing the Willie branding. While taking WWGY out of a three way Country battle with Cumulus’ “K105” 105.1 WQXK and iHeartMedia’s “106.1 The Bull” WBBG in Youngstown, the move also eliminates overlap with Forever’s “Froggy 98.5/100.3” 98.5 WGYY Oil City/100.3 WGYY Meadville. New WYLE call letters are pending.
WWIZ flipped to Oldies at 12pm today as “Z104“. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s 1960s/1970s based “Good Time Oldies” satellite feed. Original Report 4/1 11:20am: Stunting has begun at Cumulus Active Rock “Rock 104” 103.9 WWIZ West Middlesex PA/Youngstown OH. Since Friday afternoon the station has been looping Moody Blues “Nights In White Satin” and Royal Guardsmen “Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron” with just a legal ID between the songs. The station’s social media accounts have been purged and the website redirects to OldiesZ104.com with a “Please Stand By” message. The domain was registered on Friday and points to bringing an Oldies/Classic Hits format back to Youngstown for the first time since iHeartMedi...[Read More]
For the second time this year, Cumulus Media has debuted a new format on 600 WSOM Youngstown OH. After first flipping from Conservative Talk to Adult Standards in May, WSOM switched after Christmas to Classic Country. “AM 600” is utilizing the Westwood One network feed.
Cumulus Media has announced that John Crenshaw will transfer from Grand Rapids MI to Youngstown OH as Operations Manager. Crenshaw currently serves as Program Director/Afternoon Host (on air as Johnboy) of Country “94.5 Nash-FM” WTNR and Regional Operations Manager for the company’s stations in Grand Rapids and northern Michigan. The move is a homecoming for the Edinburg OH native who joined Cumulus in August 2013. He has also previously programmed Clear Channel’s 92.3 WCOL Columbus Cumulus Media announced today that it has appointed John Crenshaw as Operations Manager for its station group in Youngstown, OH. Crenshaw moves to his home state of Ohio from Grand Rapids, MI, where he was Regional Operations Manager for 10 Cumulus stations in Grand Rapids and northern M...[Read More]
Last month Akron Public Schools AAA “The Summit” 91.3 WAPS Akron/90.7 WKTL Struthers/Youngstown OH launched a brand extension focused on local artists and musicians with a connection to the station’s Northeast Ohio base. Available on streaming platforms and WAPS-HD2, “The 330” named after the area code of the market is the perfect example of the types of ancillary products radio can launch to expand its digital reach. We discussed the debut with WAPS Program Director Brad Savage. Savage joined WAPS/WKTL last Fall following an over two decade career in commercial radio. He’s worked on-air at defunct Alternative “Rev 105” and AAA “Cities 97” KTCZ Minneapolis and programmed in Columbia MO at Rock “100.1 The Buzz” KBBM, Alternative ...[Read More]
iHeartMedia flipped Classic Hits “Big 106.1” WBBG Niles/Youngstown OH to Country “106.1 The Bull” on Monday. The new format goes up against Cumulus’ market leading “K105” 105.1 WQXK Salem. WQXK held a 10.6 share in the Fall 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WBBG was eighth in the market with a 4.2 share. The station is launching with multiple two-hour commercial-free blocks. Charley Connolly, Program Director/afternoon host of sister 99.5 WGAR Cleveland adds oversight of WBBG to his duties, while airstaffers from other iHeart stations will fill the on-air lineup. WGAR night host Kat Jackson will host 6am-12pm, WNCO Mansfield OH afternoon host Matt Appleby will air 12pm-6pm, and WKDD Canton morning co-host Tony McGinty from 6pm-12am.
Amazingly there were some moves this week that did not involve the 250 mile AM translator waiver. The agency acted quickly on many filings from right before the waiver period started so we should see quick action on the multitude of filings made when it started on January 29.
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Translator Moves Steve Hedgwood’s Core Communicators recently launched Urban Oldies “Old School 99.3” on Edgewater Broadcasting’s W257DF Dallas, GA rebroadcasting 1010 WTZA Atlanta. Now the translator applies to move to downtown Atlanta with 99 watts at 263 meters (Coverage Map). Radio-One may be adding an additional FM signal in Baltimore. Hope Christian Church of Marlton is seeking to move 102.3 W272BJ Fairlee, MD across Chesapeake Bay where it would operate with 99 watts ant 335 meters rebroadcasting Radio-One’s 1010 WOLB Baltimore (Coverage Map). The translator won’t have to worry about interference complaints from co-channel 102.3 WWMJ Bethesda as it is owned by Radio-One. Community Education Foundation is inching 94.7 K234CL Dolan Springs, AZ towar...[Read More]
Station Sales Kasa Radio Hogar is acquiring Spanish Christian 580 KSAZ Marana/Tucson from Owl Broadcasting & Development for $1.37 million. Kasa Radio Hogar has been operating KSAZ under a Time Brokerage Agreement. Harold and Eric Zwidler will acquire silent 960 WHYL Carlisle, PA out of bankruptcy from trustee Trustworthy Radio for $30,000. The Zwidlers own the other two commercial stations licensed to Carlisle: Classic Country 1000 WIOO and Country “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM. Easy Radio Inc. sells Standards “Stardust 105.7” WMXH Luray and Classic Country/Bluegrass 1330 WRAA Luray to Hayden Hamilton Media Strategies for $325,000 plus a non-compete agreement between the three members of the selling company. Selah Corporation sells 89.5 KFAA Horace, ND to Educational Med...[Read More]