I’ve been doing some consulting work down in Amarillo TX the past couple of months and make a triumphant return to Tophour with a full market sweep. Good luck pinpointing the actual ID in the 93.1 KQIZ one.
It must be a good year when two Tophour Editors make separate trips to Las Vegas in January.
Following up on Lou’s update from earlier this month, we have some more additions from Las Vegas including a pair of HD2’s that have debuted new formats since Lou’s trip as CBS launched a new Dance format on 107.5 KXTE-HD2, while moving its 80’s Music “Rewind” to 94.1 KMXB-HD2.
We also have a pair of ID’s from the Barstow, CA market recorded off a Las Vegas translator and booster signal respectively.
Welcome to the newly designed Tophour.com. For the first time since 2007 we’ve put a new coat of paint on the site to bring it inline with the recently redesigned Fybush.com.
Included in this update are a few stations that also unveiled new looks towards the end of last year. We have the newly renamed More-FM and the debuting K-Love in Philadelphia, the rebranded Today’s 101.9 and a few HD subchannels in Baltimore, and half of a call-letter swap in Trenton.
Tonight’s post, for once, isn’t directly linked to a Tower Site of the Week installment, though most of it comes from the same 2011 trip that we’ve been mining for material for the last few months.
At the tail end of the three-day swing that brought me and Blaine down to Bloomington and Evansville and then back up through Danville, Illinois, we headed up the Lake Michigan shoreline for a late dinner one night in Muskegon, Michigan.
A few days later, I packed a couple of recorders (with timers already set) off to Detroit with young Ariel when she and her grandfather took a little trip up to Detroit, and so you can sort of credit a then-not-quite-8-year-old for a few newish IDs from the Motor City.
And for our final installment today, we zip back across Lake Michigan to its northwestern shore, where our friend Mark Heller just put WEMP (98.9 Two Rivers WI) on the air in the greater Sheboygan market.
The ID you hear is a rare one: WEMP operated for just 25 hours this past weekend in order to prevent its construction permit from expiring. Stymied by local politics that stood in the way of its planned tower location, WEMP took air on Saturday by borrowing the studio and transmitter of WLKN (98.1 Cleveland) – and Mark stayed on the air live all by himself for that entire 25-hour stretch to keep his new station running.