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News Archive: January 2006

January 3, 2006
Happy New Year everyone. It's been a busy start to 2006 for the format. Today in San Antonio, K-Rock 102.7 (KSRX) flipped to Variety Hits as 102.7 Jack FM. Yesterday in Sudbury, Canada, CHNO flipped from CHR (as Z103) to Variety Hits as Big Daddy 103.9.

One station that appears to have flown under the radar is KFTT, better known as 103.1 K-Fat, licensed to Bagdad, AZ (with a translator on 96.7 in Kingman, AZ.) 100000watts.com lists it as an AC station (going with that format as of August 27, 2005) but from the looks of this site (with the phrase "Playin' What We Want... When We Want") the station looks to actually be Variety Hits.

There was a station that dropped the Variety Hits format: Clear Channel's Max FM in Chattanooga. Remember when they switched their WMAX-FM calls with the Max FM in Grand Rapids a month and a half ago and they picked up those strange WNGA calls? Well, that proved to be a sign that something was up, as at midnight on New Year's Day 2006, the station flipped to a simulcast of classic country 101.9 The Legend (WTUN). See, paying attention to call letters can pay off sometimes.

January 28, 2006
It's about time that I update this site, don't you think?

12/1/05: AC formatted KLKC-FM in Parsons, KS flipped to Variety Hits as 93.5 Max FM (note that this station flipped in December 2005.)

1/4/06: WWRZ in Lakeland, FL flipped from Soft AC to Variety Hits as 98.3 Max FM.

1/11/06: CBS Radio's Jack FM in San Antonio changed calls from KSRX to KJXK.

1/19/06: Oldies WKAZ in Charleston, WV flipped to Variety Hits as 107.3 Jack FM; the Oldies format moved to sister station 680 WCAW.

Also, according to Jack.fm, a newcomer to the JACK-FM format is former Blues format "Sly 104.9" WSLY in York, AL, though I don't know the switch date on that yet. And just yesterday, Variety Hits returned to Chattanooga, as 95.3 (WALV), the former Alive 95 (which moved to 104.9 as Alive 105, displacing the Classic Hits format that once lived there) became 95.3 Jack FM. Details of that can be read here.

Finally, WRRK (96.9 Bob FM) in Pittsburgh has applied for new call letters WBZB.

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