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Red Rock Sales Lead to Multiple Flips In Northern Minnesota

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 01:00 PM PST

With the sale closings or LMAs starting across the stations being sold by
Red Rock Radio in multiple Minnesota markets, many stations have debuted
new formats under their new ownership.

Midwest Communications purchase of Country Z96.1 KGPZ Coleraine/Grand
Rapids leads to a flip of the station to Classic Country 96.1 Duke-FM. The
new format takes KGPZ out of direct competition of new sister 99.9 Radio
USA WUSZ Virginia and instead turns it into a flanker.

Midwest was forced to divest Classic Rock 102.9 KMFG Nashwauk/Hibbing MN,
which has now flipped to Christian AC Refuge Radio as part of new owner
Refuge Media Groups network based at 89.5 WJRF Duluth. Classic Rock
remained in the Hibbing market as Midwests Classic Hits 106.3 WMFG-FM
Hibbing flipped to a simulcast of Classic Rock 95 KQDS 94.9 KQDS-FM Duluth.

The KQDS-FM simulcast had been heard in the Hibbing/Grand Rapids area on
Red Rocks 105.5 KBAJ Deer River. Under new owner Lamke Broadcasting, KBAJ
is now producing a locally originating Classic Rock format branded as J105
The Thunder. KBAJ also adds the syndicated Bob Tom for mornings. also adds that RJ Radios newly acquired Variety Hits 101.5
Jack-FM KFGI Crosby/Brainerd shifted to a locally produced format as
Skeeter 101.5 and a playlist spanning from the 1950s through 2000s earlier
in December. That followed KQDS-FM simulcaster 95.9 WWWI Pillager flipping
to Classic Country/Classic Hits as Cash 95 in November.

Variety Hits Dave-FM Replaces Classic Country In Helena & St. George

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 11:14 AM PST

Cherry Creek Radio flipped their Classic Country stations in two markets to
Variety Hits Dave-FM.

The new Variety Hits format takes the place of Helenas Gold Country KHGC
Montana City/Helena MT as 98.5 Dave-FM, while replacing Big Classic Country
on 106.1 KXFF Colorado City/99.1 K256CD Cedar City/101.9 K270BV St. George

Both stations are using the same music logs.

West Palm Beach's Bar Gives Way To True Oldies

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 08:31 AM PST

As we first reported in our December 20 Daily Domains, JVC Broadcasting has
dropped Active Rock 93.5 The Bar WBGF Belle Glade/West Palm Beach FL as the
station flipped to True Oldies 93.5 at the stroke of midnight on New Years

Utilizing the syndicated network created by Scott Shannon and currently
distributed by United Stations Radio Networks. The West Palm Beach market
had been without an Oldies or Classic Hits station, with JVC Soft AC 95.9
The Palm 960 WSVU filling the void by default.

The Bubba The Love Sponge fronted Active Rock format did not register in
the three most recent Nielsen Audio ratings monthlies. The WBGF signal
rimshots the West Palm Beach market from near the southern edge of Lake
Okeechobee with a Construction Permit to move a little closer to the market.

2016 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown/Watchlist

Posted: 31 Dec 2016 03:00 PM PST

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We once again reach the time of the year when many stations prepare to come
out of the Christmas season. This year the addition of many new translators
from the AM Revitalization Period will potentially increase the amount of
stations making changes after Christmas or New Years.
Completed Changes

12/30 CBS CHR Hot 95.7 KKHH Houston flipped to Adult Hits 95.7 The Spot.

12/30 iHeartMedia Country B92.5 KBEB Sacramento rebranded as 92.5 The Bull.

12/30 Saga News/Talk 1240 WTAX Springfield IL moved its FM translator to
93.5 W228DL. 107.5 W298AP will debut a new format at the end of January.

12/28 Rochelle Broadcasting News/Talk 1060 WRHL Rochelle IL flipped to
Oldies Good Time Oldies 1060.

12/28 Leighton Broadcasting flipped Sports 1220 The Game KJJK to CHR
Channel 97.7 following addition of new translator.

12/27 Alpha Media launched Rock Rock 99.7 W259CL Columbia SC

12/27 Brewer Media Soft Oldies Big Easy 106.9 W295BI Chattanooga
relaunches after Christmas Music as Soft AC Easy 106.9.

12/26 Cumulus Standards 600 WSOM Youngstown OH flips to Classic Country.

12/26 William McCutcheons 103.5 KBJX Mertzon/San Angelo TX launched its
permanent identity as AC Majic 103.5.

12/26 LHTC Media AC Variety 100.9 WZST Fairmont/Morgantown WV flips to
Variety Hits 100.9 Jack-FM.

12/26 Iris Medias 98.3 KDVC Columbia MO debuts its permanent identity as
Soft AC 98.3 The Dove

12/26 Bold Broadcasting completes stunting on 104.7 WELJ Montauk NY and
launches its new Soft AC format.

12/26 iHeartMedias 102.1 KDGE Dallas debuted its new AC Star 102.1 format.

12/26 Flagler Broadcasting Soft Oldies “Easy Oldies 100.9” W265CF Palm
Coast FL relaunched as Oldies Kool 100.9.

12/26 Townsquare Media 105.3 WJLT Evansville IN debuted its new AC My
105.3 identity after dropping Sports in November.

12/26 Adams Radio AC Soft Rock 103.9 WWFW Fort Wayne IN rebranded as 103.9

12/25 Alpha Media AC 94.5 KBAY flipped to Classic Hits 94.5 Bay-FM.

12/25 Corus Radio Hot AC 99.1 Fresh Radio CJGV Winnipeg MB flips to AC
Peggy @ 99.1 with mix of 1980s and recurrents.

12/20 Commonwealth Broadcasting Sports ESPN 1310 WTTL Madisonville KY
flipped to Classic Hits Classic Hits 103.5 with addition of translator.

12/19 Saga Communications flipped Classic Hits 92.7 WKVT-FM Brattleboro VT
to Classic Rock and Classic Rock 103.1 The Mountain W276CB Keene NH to
Classic Country WINK Country Classics.
Upcoming Changes

Bloomington IN *Mid America Radio Groups The Christmas Station 101.1 WDCK
Bloomfield will flip to Classic Country on Tuesday, January 3.

Columbia SC Conservative Talk 95.9 The Point 1470 WQXL will move its FM
translator to 100.7 W264DF on January 1.

Norfolk Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Gospel 1270 WTJY Newport News
will relaunch as Praise 104.9 on January 3.

Redding CA Hella Media Group will take over management of Classic Country
87.7 Hank-FM KNNN-LP and flip it to Alternative Hella 87.7 on January 1.
Stations Stunting

Astoria OR Radio Beams 93.3 KEUB Gearhart has been running Christmas Music
since signing on in October.

Bellefontaine OH V-Teck Communications*107.3 W297BP is running Christmas
Music until debuting its permanent identity (Domain Insight).

Branson *Earls Family Broadcasting will flip 1220 KOMC/98.1 K251BZ to a new
format on January 1 after stunting as Christmas 98.1 since October 1.

Roanoke iHeartMedia Classic Hits Sunny 93.5 WSNV is running a Wheel of
Formats type stunt until debuting new format on January 3 at 10am.

San Francisco iHeartMedias new sign-on 104.1*K281BU is stunting as Santa

Tampa Beasley Media Rock 98.7 No Rules Rock WBRN-FM which was running
commercial-free Christmas Music as Santa 98.7 continues stunting with a
Donald Trump themed 98.7 Donald-FM.
Other Potential Changes

Boston Beasley Medias Silent 1330 WRCA will return to the air with a new
format and translator*106.1 W291CZ.

Terre Haute The three-way Emmis/DLC Media/Midwest Communications deal will
close in early 2017 leading to Classic Rock 105.5 The River WWVR West Terre
Haute moving to one of Midwests frequencies*and a new format for WWVR and
potentially others.

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