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February/March/April 2001

Information goes from newest to oldest.

WI On March 19, 99.7 WLTM Sturgeon Bay/Green Bay flipped to mainstream AC as Magic 99.7 ending the simulcast with WROE 94.3 Neenah-Menasha
MN 1280 WWTC Minneapolis/St. Paul went Talk radio on March 19.
MN 96.5 WKLK (Hot AC) Cloquet/Twin Ports flipped to Classic Rock, still "K96.5." (UMB)
MN 104.3 KZIO Two Harbors/Twin Ports dropped automated Soft AC for automated Oldies. (UMB)
IL Arlington Heights, New to WCLR (FM 88.3)
MN Cambridge, KZNT to WGVY (FM 105.3)
MN Eden Prairie, KZNZ to WGVY (FM 105.3)
MN Lakeville, KZNR to WGVX (FM 105.1)
WI Birnamwood, New to WYNW (FM 92.9)

03/17/01 - 12:00am
MN 1280 WWTC Minneapolis/St. Paul is now Oldies, the change happened at noon on Friday March 16th. (UMB)
WI 92.1 WMEQ Menomonie/Eau Claure switched to Active Rock, the station is now called "Rock 92.1." (UMB)

03/16/01 - 5:30pm
IL 103.1 WGFB (Hot AC "B103") Rockton/Rockford has tweeked their soft Hot AC format a bit this week. More 80's tunes have been added to the playlist and their request lunch from noon to 1pm has been replaced with the "80's Cafe." Starting Saturday morning at 6am, WGFB kicks off their all 80's weekends.
MN Twin Cities metrocast "Zone-105" switched to Rhythmic Oldies as "V105" on Thursday March 8th. (UMB)
IL 97.1 WNIB Chicago kicked off their new format Thursday morning at 7am. They are now Classic Hits as "97.1 The Drive" with the calls WDRV. (Radio/DX)
IL 41 WIFR-DT-CP Rockford, 49.6kw @ 718'
WI 46 WTPX-DT-APP Antigo, 50kw @ 938' - This would mean WTPX would sign on as a digital station only.

03/02/01 - 2:00am
Lots of news to catch up on, listed in order by state:
IL 103.5 WUBT (CHR) Chicago becomes WKSC-FM
IL 95.9 WKKD-FM (Classic Hits) Aurora becomes WEVR-FM.
IL CP granted for 16 WTVO-DT Rockford with 196kw @ 659'
IL CP granted for 53 WGBO-DT Chicago with 180kw @ 1410'
IL 820 WYPA Chicago switched to Sports via One on One. (Radio/DX)
MN 92.1 WWAX (CHR) Twin Ports upgraded from Class A at 780w @ 905' to Class C3 with 3.4kw @ 892' (UMB).
MN CP granted for 40 KPXM-DT St. Cloud with 1000kw @ 1410'
WI CP granted for 42 WPNE-DT Green Bay with 150kw @ 1282'
WI 100.1 WRHN Rhinelandwe switched to Hot AC at 6am February 14h. (UMB)
WI102.3 WAUH Wautoma applies for License to Cover - .110kw @ -16'
WI 95.5 WIFC (CHR) Wausau, CP to change facilities - 99kw @ 1079'
WI 101.9 WDEZ (Country) Wausau, CP to change facilities - 99kw @ 1079'
WI 7 WMKE-CA Milwaukee is now operating with 3kw. (Radio/DX)
WI 540 WYLO Jackson is on simulcasting 1160 WYLL Chicago. (Radio/DX)
WI CP Granted for 41 WGBA-DT Green Bay with 1000kw @ 1053'

02/12/01 - 2:30pm
IL Correction: The comments made below on the format switch for WNIB/WNIZ are only for WNIZ. WNIB did not return to the air rebroadcasting WTMX, instead the 97.1 frequency stayed off the air and returned hours later stunting with "format of the day."

02/12/01 - 12:15am
IL 97.1 WNIB Chicago, and repeater WNIZ 96.9 Zion, faded out their classical format followed by about a minute of dead air. At 12:01 am Bonneville officially took over the stations and began rebroadcasting co-owned Modern AC "The Mix." Apparantly Bonneville has yet to decied on a format for 97.1 & 96.9.

02/02/01 - 1:00pm
IL 97.1 WNIB Chicago, and 96.9 WNIZ Zion, will drop their Classical format at midnight the night of Feburary 11th. (Radio/DX)
WI 100.1 WRHN (Soft AC) Rhinelander is planning on making a "special announcement" at Noon on Tuesday February 6th. (UMB)
WI 11 WMSN-DT-CP Madison - 15kw @ 1545'
WI 22 W22BW (NBC // WGBA) Sturgeon Bay, granted Class A status.
WI 30 W30BU (3ABN) Green Bay, applies for Class A status.
WI 39 WEAU-DT Eau Claire, App. to change to 982kw @ 1919'
WI Menomonee Falls, WJMR becomes WJMR-FM (FM 98.3).
WI Milwaukee, WMKE-LP becomes WMKE-CA (TV 7).
WI Nekoosa, WXEC becomes WZRK (FM 93.9).
WI/IA Ratings for Wausau, Eau Claire and Dubuque were recently released. The top-5 stations in the Wausau market were WIFC, WDEZ, WIZD/WOFM, WMZK, and WGLX. The top-5 in Eau Claire are WIAL, WATQ, WAXX, WBIZ, and WECL. The top-5 in Dubuque are WJOD, KDTH-AM, KLYV, KATF, and KXGE.

02/01/01 - 12:30am
MN 101.3 KDWB remains as their liners were just a promotional stunt. (UMB)
WI 104.1 WZEE (CHR "Z104") Madison started their new permanant morning show on Monday morning called "Connie & Fish." Also on Monday, Z104 changed their "Flashback Lunch" to an "All Raquest Lunch" and they updated their website, although I havent been able to connect to it.
WI Ratings for the Madison market we released on the January 30th, and Magic-98 remains Madison most listened to station (12+) with a 10.3 share. News/Talk'er WIBA-AM takes second place with an 8.7 share followed by Z104 with an 8.1 share for third place. Entercom's WMMM leaps into fourth place with a 6.1 share, and Q106 ets a 5.7 share for 5th place. Stations with the biggest gain (Su00 to Fa00) were WIBA-AM, WBZU, and WMMM. Stations with the biggest loss were WOLX, WJJO, and WZEE.