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News Archive: April 2007

April 1, 2007
Bob FM debuted on Friday (3/30/2007) in Boise, ID on 96.1 KSRV-FM, with the station's country format shifting to sister station 1380 KSRV according to All Access. On the new 961bobfm.com, the station's post-flip audio is online, which includes the claim that, "Bob is an anti-tight playlist, anti-corporate kind of guy."

Also, it was "grand opening, grand closing" for 106.5 the Q (WQLR) in Kalamazoo, MI, which shifted from AC to Variety Hits on August 27, 2006. But a little more than seven months later, on March 29, 2007, the station changed call letters to WVFM (with sister station 1660 WQSN picking up the displaced WQLR call letters) and relaunched with AC as FM 106.5.


April 4, 2007
Idaho Radio News reports that Peak Broadcasting, which just took over the Clear Channel owned cluster in Boise, ID via an LMA on 4/1/2007, was planning to flip KSAS (103.3 Kiss FM) to Variety Hits as 103.3 Bob FM. KSAS had gone so far as to begin playing liners saying that "Bob is coming" to the 103.3 frequency.

But, of course, radio can be a sneaky business sometimes. Crosstown rival Tester Broadcasting got the jump on Peak by flipping country 96.1 The Bull (KSRV-FM) to Variety Hits as 96.1 Bob FM in the early morning hours of Friday 3/30/2007, and Peak has nixed its plans to flip KSAS to Variety Hits.

Clear Channel's ownership of a Jack FM station will soon be history, as the company announced today that it is selling 98.7 Jack FM (KPRF) in Amarillo, TX (and the rest of the Amarillo cluster, along with clusters in nearly a dozen other markets in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma) to Gap Broadcasting.

KPRF, as you might remember, flipped to Variety Hits as Jack FM on 3/1/2007.


April 6, 2007
That was quick. As of noon EDT today, Radio One took control of the now-former lead half George 104 (104.1 WXGG) from Bonneville in Washington, DC and immediately took it dark (radio term meaning off the air.) DCRTV.com says to expect a relaunch of WXGG with a new format (Gospel perhaps?) at midnight EDT tonight.

The other half of George 104, 103.9 WGYS (licensed to Braddock Heights, MD) is now running a simulcast of Bonneville's News/Talk 103.5 WTOP.

George 104 isn't entirely gone, though, as it is now broadcasting as "George Radio" on HD Radio sub-channel 103.5-2. GeorgeRadio.com has (as of this writing) details on Bonneville giving away 103 HD radios as part of a promotion behind the move of the station to HD Radio.

George 104 debuted less than three months ago, though there was some speculation in radio circles (which proved to be accurate) that the format was merely a short-term place-holder until WXGG could be sold.


April 10, 2007
For the record, Radio One did flip 104.1 WXGG (formerly one-half of the short-lived George 104 simulcast in Washington, DC) to Gospel, as expected, this past weekend.

All Access reports that WCBS-FM/New York, NY (101.1 Jack FM) has renewed the contract of morning drive host Amy Scott by one year. Congrats to her on the extension.


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