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News Archive: February 2007

February 5, 2007
Congrats to KPKX/Phoenix VP/Program Director Joel Grey, who, according to All Access, has signed a new two-year contract. Additionally, Grey consulted with Bonneville VP/Programming Greg Solk (as he did for 106.5 The Arch in St. Louis and 95.7 Max FM in San Francisco) in the launch of Bonneville's George 104 in Washington, DC.

Speaking of George 104, the station's 104.1 signal has switched call letters from WGMS to WXGG; the WGYS calls remain on the 103.9 simulcast of George 104 that is licensed to Braddock Heights, MD.

February 6, 2007 reports that C92 (WMPW) in Mullens, WV has flipped to Variety Hits as 92.7 Joe FM.

February 8, 2007
A report in All Access reveals that Jones Radio Networks plans to launch an "Adult Hits" format called Jayne FM, targeting the W25-49 demographic. The playlist will come from "a library of over 1,000 songs", with core artists including Madonna, Elton John, Matchbox 20, and Green Day. This is one of those genre within a genre moves, going expanded playlist toward the Hot AC side, but with Jill FM in Los Angeles and Kim FM in Memphis included on here, I think I'd be remiss to leave this out.

I've tried to exclude stations that are simply expanded playlists from a particular genre (e.g. The Drive in Indianapolis as an expanded playlist Classic Hits station, Nine FM in Chicago as an expanded playlist AAA/Modern Rock hybrid), but there is range involved if you're talking about going from Elton John to Green Day, enough so where I think it warrants listing here.

No word yet on if JRN has any affiliates lined up or when it will launch. Jayne FM was developed by Robin Marshall and Tony Florentino of JRN, with consulting by Mike McVay.

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