The coming of a new year always seems to bring about changes aplenty on the radio landscape, and the new 2006 was no exception. Tonight’s updates reflects some of the major ones:
Washington: Bonneville shook up practically all of their properties, moving classical WGMS from its’ longtime home at 103.5 to 103.9 and 104.1, displacing the previous modern AC format. Bonneville then began simulcasting news 1500 WTOP on WGMS’ old frequency, in preparations to move the format there full time, clearing the way for a new long-form news product on 1500 and its’ simulcasts on 107.7 and 104.3. Bob Corbin and Michael have shared before and after IDs from WTOP and WWZZ/WWVZ.
New York: 92.3 FM featured various flavors of rock for the last 20 years, but Howard Stern’s departure led CBS Radio to flush the format in favor of their new Free FM brand of talk. Lance Venta sent before and after IDs.
Fresno: Infinit…er, CBS Radio’s country KSKS has been a dominant music station in Fresno for some time, leading Clear Channel to challenge that dominance. In preparation, CC moved the format and calls of Modern AC KALZ from 102.7 to 96.7 and sent the KEZL calls from 96.7 to 102.7 in preparation for the new country format. In the interim, the stations simulcasted, and Daniel Fuentz caught a simulcast ID for us.