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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.

October 24 3:45 p.m.
* IL Irondale WWHN-FM 88.9 signs on with urban gospel "The Gospel Station," simulcasting with WWHN 1510 Joliet (DX-midAMerica.com)

October 23
* MI Traverse City WLDR 101.9 flips to AC "101.9 The Bay," ex-country (Chris Bubb, RadioInsight) in simulcast with WARD 750 Petoskey and WBNZ 92.3 Frankfort (Michiguide.com)

October 22
* IN Wabash WKUZ 95.9 goes country, ex-AC, still as "95.9 Kiss FM" (RadioInsight)
* IA Muscatine KWPC 860 flips to classic country, ex-oldies (Upper Midwest Broadcasting)

October 20
* MI Rockford (Grand Rapid market) WMJH 810 flips to regional Mexican, ex-classic hits (Michiguide.com) noted IDing as "La Poderosa 640," simulcasting with WMFN 640 Zeeland; WMFN, however, gave a dual legal ID with WOAP 1080 Owosso, with no mention of WMJH
* MI Traverse City WLDR 101.9 remains country, in simulcast with WARD 750 Petoskey; the earlier report was in error (Chris Bubb, DX-midAMerica.com) cf. October 23 entry

October 17
* IA Oskaloosa KBOE 740 becomes KMZN (RadioInsight)
* MI Inkster (Detroit market) WDRJ 1440 becomes WMKM (RadioInsight()

October 16
* Station totals as of September 30: AM 4715, FM 10,718 (FCC)
* IL Morrison WZZT 102.7 switches to classic country "Willie 102.7," dropping classic hits (DX-midAMerica.com)
* IL Morton (Peoria market) WDQX 102.3 flips to CHR "Energy 102.3," ex-active rock (anonymous)
* IN Boonville (Evansville market) WEJK 107.1 becomes WJPS (DX-midAMerica.com)
* MI Sturgis WBET 1230 is now sports/Fox, ex-ESPN (DX-midAMerica.com)
* MI Traverse City WLDR 101.9 flips to AC "101.9 The Bay," ex-country, and no longer in simulcast with WARD 750 Petoskey, which remains country "Sunny Country" (DX-midAMerica.com) but cf. October 20 entry
* OH Enon (Dayton market) WCLI-FM 101.5 is now classic country "101.5 Hank FM" (RadioInsight)

October 14
* IL South Beloit WTJK 1380 becomes WBEL (anonymous)
* OH Enon (Dayton market) WCLI-FM 101.5 drops modern AC, now stunting with Christmas music (RadioInsight)

October 13
* IA Decorah KDEC 1240 flips to oldies "Good Time Oldies 1240" (DX-midAMerica.com)
* WI Sturgeon Bay WNLI 88.5, formerly Christian rock/Air 1, is silent, and will return as an affiliate of WRVM 102.7 Suring (Upper Midwest Broadcasting)

October 10
* OH South Zanesville WHIZ-FM 92.7 flips to CHR "Z92," ex-hot AC (RadioInsight)

October 8
* ND Williston KXWI 98.5 uses "Coyote Country 98.5" (DX-midAMerica.com)

October 6
* OH Dublin (Columbus market) WCGX 106.7 becomes WZCB (RadioInsight)

October 5
* MI Mio WAVC 93.9 returns to the air with religious/Strong Tower Radio (DX-midAMerica.com)
* MN Willmar KDJS 1590 flips to classic country "Gold Country," ex-oldies (DX-midAMerica.com)

October 2
* MN Hawley KNNZ 89.1 returns to the air with modern rock "Ken's FM" (DX-midAMerica.com)
* WI Milwaukee WSSP 1250: the on-air ID is "Sportsradio 105-7 FM The Fan." The legal ID I noted at :04 did not mention the translator

October 1
* WI Milwaukee WSSP 1250 now IDs as "105.7 The Fan," dropping "Sportsradio 1250," referring to translator W289CB 105.7 Milwaukee (RadioInsight) cf. October 2 entry

September 30
* MI Luna Pier (Toledo market) WMIM 98.3 will flip to country "98.3 Nash Icon" as of October 3 at 5 p.m. eastern time, dropping AC (RadioInsight)

September 29
* IL Lemont (Chicago market) WVIX 93.5 and simulcast WVIV 103.1 Highland Park now use "Latino Mix," formerly "103.1 y 93.5" (RadioInsight)

September 28
* IL Quincy WLIQ 1530 flips to classic country/WW1 "Kick AM 1530," ex-soft AC (Paul Walker via IRCA List)

September 27
* IN Boonville WEJK 107.1 flips to classic hits, ex-adult hits (DX-midAMerica.com)
* IN Columbus WGPI 93.5 signs on with Catholic/EWTN (DX-midAMerica.com)
* IN Decatur WJZI 1540 is silent (DX-midAMerica.com)
* MN Hawley KNNZ 89.1 is silent (DX-midAMerica.com)

September 24
* MN Pillager WWWI-FM 95.9 will begin a classic rock simulcast of KQDS-FM 94.9 Duluth on October 6, using "KQ96" and dropping "Wings 95.9" (RadioInsight)


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