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Radio News and Notes

This page contains news concerning radio stations, mainly (but not exclusively) within the ten states on which this site focuses (IL IN IA MI MN MO ND OH SD WI). We do not claim any degree of comprehensiveness here; I read various outside sources and also include news passed to me by hobbyists as well as items from my own listening. I cite my sources and always appreciate news tips from readers, but cannot guarantee that the information I receive is always correct and typo-free. News concerning station ownership and personnel, television, FM translators and low-power FMs, as well as changes of power and antenna height, are normally omitted from this page. The date (which changes at midnight central time) indicates when I typed the item, not necessarily when the change took or will take place, and a day's entry may be updated a few times during the course of that day. All times are central, unless otherwise specified. The newest items appear at the top, and old items are removed after one month.

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January 13
* MN St. Paul KSTP 1500 will adopt the slogan "SKOR North" tomorrow, dropping "ESPN 1500" but keeping the sports format with both local and ESPN programming (RadioInsight)

January 11
* MI Grand Rapids WJRW 1340 flips to sports "The Ticket," ex-talk ( in simulcast with WKLQ 1490 Whitehall, also ex-talk (RadioInsight)
* WI Ephraim WSBW 105.1, still classic country, now uses "105.1 The Viking" (

January 10
* IN Auburn (Fort Wayne market) WGBJ 102.3 drops regional Mexican in favor of alternative as "Alt 99.5" (RadioInsight)
* IA Centerville KCOG 1400 flips to AC, ex-oldies ( initially mis-typed calls--thanks to Doug Beard

January 5
* MI Greenville (Grand Rapids market) WBBL 107.3 flips to country "Thunder," ex-sports, in simulcast with WTNR 94.5 Holland, which adopts the "Thunder" slogan (RadioInsight)
* OH Bellaire WYLY 1290 becomes WLIE (
* WI Balsam Lake WZAZ 104.9 switches to soft AC "Easy 104.9," ex-adult hits (

January 3
* MI Ironwood WUPM 106.9, still hot AC, now uses "Mix 106.9" (Upper Midwest Broadcasting)
* WI Balsam Lake WLMX-FM 104.9 becomes WZAZ (anonymous)
* WI Hurley WHRY 1450 is now "Oldies 102.9" (Upper Midwest Broadcasting)

January 1
* IN Orleans WPHZ 102.5 flips to AC "102.5 Lite FM," dropping rock (RadioInsight)

December 31
* MO Lowry City KXEA 104.9, still classic rock, now IDs as "Rock 104.9," replacing "104.9 The Eagle" (RadioInsight)

December 28
* OH Montpelier WLZZ 104.5 flips to classic rock "Z104," ex-country (RadioInsight)

December 26
* MN St. James (Mankato market) KXAC 100.5 is now classic hits "Magic 100.5," ex-oldies (RadioInsight)
* OH North Canton WHOF 101.7 flips to AC, ex-adult hits, as "Sunny 101.7" (RadioInsight)

December 24
* MI Zeeland (Grand Rapids market) WJQK 99.3 now uses "Joy 99," replacing "JQ99.3" (
* MN Babbitt KZJZ 106.7 will flip to Catholic/Real Presence Radio, ex-adult alternative (Upper Midwest Broadcasting)

December 20
* IL Chicago WLIT 93.9, now carrying Christmas music, will flip to soft AC, ex-hot AC, thereafter (Peter Atkinson)

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