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May 20, 2008

Another test post

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I’m writing a new post to test this baby out. I’m having major issues here with this thing.

April 17, 2008

Having Trouble Here

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I’m trying to post an entry on here.  Tell me if you’re reading it.

 

–The Radio  Kid

April 8, 2008

RNN 4-8-08

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Radio News Now – The blog to go to when your radio station changes format.

April 8, 2008

Hello,

I’ve been having medical things going on in the family. But, I’ve been following up on some things, so, here’s a brief update on what went on in the radio world last week.

Yakima gets a “My” station
Yakima, WA – Gap West launched Adult Hits on KQSN (99.3) as “My 993” on April 1. The station was previously Spanish as “La Preciosa,” according to several sorces, but after Gap West took over the stations from Clear Channel in February, KQSN was a simulcast of Country KDBL “Bull” (92.9 Yakima. There is a website: http://www.my993.com. However, there is no live streaming, or, at least, not when I checked it out here at RNN Ground Zero last week.
My Opinion: It surprises me that Gap West is using the “My” nickname. Normally, that’s a Clear Channel thing. Hmmm. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

Louiville’s “Walris” makes some changes
Louiville, KY — Louiville is a Walris, KooKoocaChoob, and the Walris is changing! The “Walris” that I’m talkin’ ‘bout here is radio station WLRS (105.1), and last week, the station changed format. The station segwayed from Modern Rock to a mix of classic and new rock, still known as “The Walris.” I have not been able to find much info on this. There is a website: http://www.wlrs.com, but right now, it’s under construction, with a logo that says: “New Website Coming Soon! Turn us on now!”
Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

“The Blytz” splits in Columbus
Columbus, OH – WBYZ (99.7) in Columbus pulled the plug on it’s modern Rock “Blytz” format Thursday afternoon, replacing it with computerized beeping sounds, and a message that said: “PLEASE STAND BY… THIS RADIO STATION IS REBOOTING…” The same message also appeared on the station’s website: http://www.wbyz.com. Then, Friday morning, someone on a message board at radio-info noticed that WBYZ changed it’s calls to WRKZ. Then, Friday afternoon, radioinsight noticed the http://www.997rock.com domain, which was pointing to the former wbyz.com website, fueling speculation that the station would become “99.7 The Rock.” Sure enough, at 5P.M., on Friday, April 4, that’s what happened. The first song on the station was Nervonna’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” There is a webstream, and I’ve been listening to it here at RNN Ground Zero. Core artists include:
Guns And Roses,
Red Hot Chilly Peppers,
Pearl Jam,
Death Lepard,
Bush,
AC/DC,
And Smashing Pumpkins.
I don’t know who does the imaging, but it’s the same voice that you most often hear on Canadian Rock stations. The website says that the station is centered on the rock of the 90’s, with today’s music and music of the 80’s thrown in. On the website, WRKZ PD Hale Fish says: “It seems as though rock listeners in Columbus have had to choose between stations that play either very old rock, or rock that is mostly new. 99.7 The Rock will bridge that gap with a mixture of rock that starts in the 90’s, and spreads it’s wings in both directions. We think it’s a mixture that most rock listeners can agree on.” Right now, the station is jockless.
My opinion: With the exception of some 80’s rock, this is no different from the “Blytz” format they were previously running. I mean, all the Modern Rock elements are there. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

Thanks for reading Radio News Now. Send any feedback to: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. Once you do, you will receive an email asking you if I can put your thoughts in next weeks issue. If you say “Yes,” then, you’ll see your thoughts right here baby! If you have a news tip for RNN, please send it to the same address: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. Thank you.

–The Radio Kid (AKA Oswego Jeremy, as nicknamed by George of the Radio Racket)

March 27, 2008

Comin’ at ya!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Radio News Now, the blog to go to when you’re radio station changes format.

This blog has been a long time in coming. Now, it’s here, and I’m psyched!… But, who am I? I am The Radio Kid (AKA Oswego Jeremy, as nicknamed by George of The Radio Racket), and I am the creator, founder, editor, and sole writer of Radio News Now. This post gives all the what, why, and insight into Radio News Now.

Why are there some weird posts on here from January?

Well, I’ve had the Radio News Now blog registered since January, but I haven’t posted anything of real relevance on here until this month. To understand why, please see a post called “What the Hell’s goin’ on Here!” It explains everything that has been going on with me.

What is Radio News Now?

Radio News Now, also called RNN, is a blog dedicated to reporting radio station format changes. A radio station format change is when a radio station goes from broadcasting one style of music or programming, to broadcasting a different style of music or programming. For example: Let’s say you’re listening to your favorite station. It plays the music you like, and has a cool name to it (like, oh, I dunno, “Rock FM.) Now, let’s say you get in the car one day, and… Gasp! The station is calling itself another name, and the station is playing stuff you consider to be crap! Well, my friend, you’ve just experienced a format change… And that’s exactly the kind of stuff I report about here at Radio News Now.

Do you report anything else (such as management and/or staff changes, hirings, firings, transmitter moves, etc?)

No. Radio News Now only reports news concerning radio station format changes, and station sales that may lead to format changes. This blog does not report any other type of radio news. If you’re looking for more indepth news concerning other areas of radio, you’ll most likely find it in the radio resources section of our blogroll.

Where is Radio News Now located?

Radio News Now headquarters are located in Oswego, New York. I’m not gonna tell you exactly where the building is that I write from. However, you must know that, for this blog, Radio News Now headquarters, from this point forward, will be refered to as “RNN Ground Zero,” which, in my opinion, is the cool and Gothic way of saying Radio News Now Headquarters.

When is Radio News Now updated?

A new RNN update appears once a week – usually on Saturday mornings after 2A.M., after the conclusion of the Radio Racket, a radio show about radio. The exception to this is if I’m gone on Friday night/Saturday morning. In that case, the new update will appear as soon as I get back to RNN Ground Zero, and as soon as I have finished writing the update.

Where do you get the news you report, and what happens after you receive word of the format change?

As of right now, I get my reporting material from other radio industry websites, all of which are listed in the radio resources section of my blogroll. However, in time, I’d like to be getting this news from a different source… You. That’s right… You! You see, I am only one person, who can’t be on top of radio everywhere, so I need a little help. If you hear of a radio station changing it’s format, I’d like you to tell me about it, so I can tell everyone else out there. (To find out how to do this, keep reading.) Now, after I receive word of a format change, I will use a number of resources to look up the phone number of the radio station, and contact management to confirm said format change, and to ask for an interview. I will also look at the different radio message boards to see what people are saying about the new station. All of that then gets compiled to get put into that weeks update.

How do I contact Radio News Now? How do I send news to Radio News Now? What if I don’t want my name mentioned ither in the update, or to management when they are contacted? What about comments? How do I get comments to you?

The best way to contact Radio News Now is to email me. My email address is: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. This is the best way for you to send me your news tips, leave me your comments, ETC. This is really the only way to contact me, especially if you want to remain anonomous. Now, let’s say that you want to send me a news tip, but you want to remain anonomous. Well, just say so in your email. I respect people’s right to privacy, and so if you don’t want anyone to know it was you who leaked the word out, just state so in your email. Upon doing so, your name will not be mentioned on this blog, or to station management when they are contacted. If I can’t get any info from management without a name to my information, I will still report the story that an anonomous person told us (insert story), but because I wouldn’t divulge my source, management wouldn’t talk to Radio News Now. If you have enough trust to give me a tip, and you are afraid of losing your job, then, don’t worry, because I have too much respect for you for telling me to reveal your name to anyone… I PROMISE. Now, what if you have a comment for me. Well, if you read our updates, you’ll see that at the end of every one of them, it says: “Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.” I’m giving you my email address so you can email me your comments. And no, you don’t have to agree with me. In fact, I like a good discussion every now and again.

What do you do with a comment after it is emailed to you?

Well. I like discussions, and I like to give people the chance to voice their opinion. So after you send a comment to me, I will send you an email asking you if it is okay if I can publish it in that next weeks update. If you say yes, then, your comment will appear in the next weeks update of Radio News Now.

Can I leave a comment in the comment section?

Yes. You may leave a comment there, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it, or that it will be approved. When you leave a comment, it will usually show up in my in-box, but with this system, there are no garantees. Once wordpress sends me your comment, I then go to the admin portion of my blog, and aprove your comment to appear on this site. So, yes, you can do that, but I would prefer that you email me: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Why is email the main way to interact with you?

Well, to answer that question, you must know a little about me. I, The Radio Kid, am totally blind. I use an adaptive talking computer software program called Jaws. Now, there are certain things Jaws can and can’t do. Now, I realize that most people today interact via Instant Messaging, Facebook and Myspace, and message boards and chat rooms. However, Jaws is not compatible with any instant messenger; Myspace and Facebook will freeze, and do major damage to, the Jaws on any system that has it; and I can read, but not write in, message boards and chat rooms because of Jaws. Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that email is the only way for you to contact me, and for me to contact ya back. Email is the only way that we can interact for the purposes of Radio News Now. My email address again: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Do you run advertisements?

Yes. Radio News Now runs advertisements, but not the kind you’re thinking of. You see, I believe that the internet and blog community should all be connected. So, I’m running mentions of other blogs and websites, or, “Advertisements,” if you wanna call them that, in between news stories.

What do I need to advertise with Radio News Now, and how do I go about doing so? What is the cost of advertising with Radio News Now?

In order to figure out if you can advertise with RNN, I must ask you this: Do you have a blog that isn’t getting much traffic? Maybe you just started a blog, and you wanna tell more people about it? Do you have a website or blog the radio community might benefit from knowing about? Maybe you have a radio show that just isn’t getting an audience? Or, maybe, just maybe, you have a website or blog, and you just wanna tell the world about it?

If the answer to any of those is yes, then you should consider advertising with Radio News Now. I will take advertising for almost any website or blog (and no, your blog doesn’t need to have to do anything with radio), and will also take advertising in order to tell my readers about a radio show that you are involved in. So, how do you do this? Well, all I need from you is an email giving me the direct address to your website or blog, and a brief description of what your website or blog is about, plus permission to visit your blog or site on a regular basis. If you’re advertising a show, then, I just need a description of the show, and where people can find it. Now, what’s the cost? It doesn’t cost you a cent. All I ask is that you post a link to Radio News Now on your blog or website, and tell me that the link is there. Once I see the link on your site or blog, I will begin advertising for you, and I won’t stop running adds for you until you direct me to stop doing so. If you’re interested in advertising with RNN, then, please email me: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Please explain your blogroll?

The blogroll is divided into several categories. I will now go through them one by one.

Radio Resources:

In this section, you’ll find many resources to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the radio industry outside of (as well as) format changes. These links include national radio news and message board sites, regional radio news sites, sites to locate your favorite radio station, and more. If the site is not Jaws accessable, you won’t see it listed here.

Listening links:

Notice the listening links are divided into different categories or sections. These sections contain links to radio stations (terrestrial and internet) that play the music I like, and hope you will too. If there’s a station you think should be on here, but isn’t, email me. However, if the station doesn’t use Windows Media Player to stream, and, if the station website is not Jaws accessable, you will never see it on here.

Goth sites:

Another thing you’ll learn about me is that I’m also a Goth Wanna-be, someone who wants to be a Goth. These sites are either about Goths, or are written by a Goth. If there’s a Goth related site that isn’t on here, but should be, please, please, please, please email me! JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Advertisers:

These are the links to websites and blogs that advertise with Radio News Now. Please visit them often. To learn about advertising with RNN, please read the section above on this post about advertising. Thank you.

Other links:

These are other blogs and websites that I, and you, the reader, like to visit. So, wanna add a link to this section of my blogroll? Then, please email me: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Okay, I think that’s everything… Accept, I need to send out some thank you’s. First, to Zone91, a friend, and my manager of sorts, for helping me set up this thing, and testing it out for me. I encourage you to visit the blogs of Zone91, which can be found in the Other Links section of my blogroll.

And to Diamond Joe of The Radio Racket. You see, Diamond Joe used to have a blog which I enjoyed reading. But he stopped updating it about a year ago. So now it just sits there like an old, dried up ball of fuzz. I got so sick of looking at that thing with the last post updated May 25, it made me sick with anger. So, seeing that I couldn’t buy his blog, I decided to start this one. So Diamond Joe, thank you. Your lack of motivation to inform the radio community made me decide to get off MY lazy butt, and start this blog.

In closing: thanks for visiting. Come back every week for a fresh update of the latest format changes in radio. And you can always email me with your news tips, comments, jokes, insults, and anything else, at: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

–The Radio Kid (AKA Oswego Jeremy, as nicknamed by George of The Radio Racket.)

March 25, 2008

More stations to start “Movin'”? Maybe… But maybe not

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You may or may not of heard of the “Movin’” (or as the creator, Alan Burns, calls it, “MoViN) format that launched on many stations in 2006. After signing up 10 afiliates, the buzz and hype that surrounded the Rhythmic AC format, and, “Movin’,” especially, died rather quikly. The last “Movin’” station to launch was WOLF-FM (96.7)/WWLF-FM (100.3), serving the Syracuse market. That was on December 6, 2006. Most radio industry pros thought that would be the last we’d see of “Movin’” format launches…

Not according to Alan Burns.

You see, Burns just released a report that told of the progress of all the “Movin’” stations. But in it, he wrote something critical—yet, it’s easely missed if you don’t read carefully. In this report, Burns wrote: “One final sign of growth we’re excited about is that more operators are adding the MoViN format to their clusters. There will be multiple new MoViN’s launched prior to the spring book.”

Wait! Wait! NOT SO FAST! Before we all go jumping up and down with joy, I must give you this little fact. The spring book starts on Tuesday, April 1, and, so far, there’s only been one launch. About 2 weeks ago, Toddy Broadcasting launched “Movin’” on it’s new KMVV (104.9) in Juno, AK.

So, here’s my question: Where are all the new “Movin’” outlets? Where are all these operators who want to launch this format? Either they’re not out there, or, they haven’t launched “Movin’” on their stations yet. So, what does all this mean? Well, for all those managers of those operators that will supposedly be launching “Movin’” on a station before the spring book, you’ve only got 5 business days in which to do so, and, as of right now, Radio News Now’s gonna count down the days until April 1, the start of the spring book, and we’ll see how many “Movin’”s launch, kay?

My opinion: Personally, I think this is a publicity stunt by Burns to draw attention to his stations – a stunt I’m not happy with. Believe me, RNN readers, if no other stations launch “Movin’” before April 1, I’ll tell you. If MR. Alan Burns said that just to say that, or, to make himself look good, I feel he should be held accountable, and that, RNN readers, is what I, The Radio Kid, and this blog, Radio News Now, will do if Burns can’t live up to what he writes. He wrote about multiple operators, and one operator in Alaska doesn’t fit the bill.

MR. Alan Burns: If you’re reading this, know that I’m not your average nobody sitting in a basement. I’ve spent my life indulging in radio. I know when the spring book is, and I know what you wrote. I know you have more than just KMVV up your sleeve. But in order to make your report true, the stations you have signed up to launch the “Movin’” format MUST do so by April 1. If this doesn’t happen, then, you’ve brought false news to the radio community, and the public, and Radio News Now will take you to task for your false statements. We’re watching the clock, MR. Burns… You have 5 business days, and counting!…

So, what do you think? Do you think we’ll see some new “Movin’” stations this week, or do you think that the statements of Alan Burn’s report were just that – statements to make himself and the “Movin’” format look better than what it is. Email me with your thoughts: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. And if you want to see the full report, it’s at: http://www.burnsradio.com. When you get there, click on articles, then click on “MoViN update, One Year In.”

We’ll keep watching the calendar, and give you updates either way right here baby!!

–The Radio Kid

March 24, 2008

What the hell’s goin’ on here!

Hello all,

I know it’s been 2 months since I’ve put anything up here, and I figured I owe you an explanation. This explanation has nothing to do with radio, but you deserve the full story, anyway. If you radio professionals don’t like this explanation, or, if you think less of me because I’m putting personal stuff up on this blog, well, guess what: This ain’t YOUR! Blog, it’s mine! And, I, The Radio Kid, will put whatever I damn well please on here, and if you think that’s wrong, then, you can kiss my feet.

Now, for the rest of you loyal fans and readers, here’s what’s goin’ on with me, and why I haven’t posted anything.

First, I must tell you that I’m blind – I’ve been totally blind since birth. Well, cmon! Ya would-a found out about it, anyways.

Now, here’s something else that probably would’ve creeped into this blog sooner or later, too. Ya ready? Okay. Well, as well as being a radio format junky, I’m also a Goth Wanna-be. What does that mean, you ask? Well, first, Goth is a subculture, the people of which are some of the coolest in the world, in my opinion. I’ve been observing them for a while now (since 2002), and I want in… I wanna be one of them. Therefore, because I’m not a Goth, I’m just a wanna-be.

So, what the hell does this talk about Gothdom for a blind dude have to do with not posting on Radio News Now? Well, you’ll need more of the story to answer that question. So here it is.

About a year ago, my sister, who I’ll refer to as “Blah blah blah,” became a Goth. Yup, she wears the black clothes and everything. Well, here. I’ll tell ya a little bit about her, and you be the judge, kay?

Well, she wears black clothes, or so I’ve been told; is fasinated by death; loves vampires (there’s a Vampiric element to Gothdom); she listens to Rock (ik…) and Goth music, whatever that is… But, most intreeging to me is the 2 coolest things she, and some (I stress some, not all…) Goths are into are Anime and Manga, forms of Japanese entertainment. I’m especially fasinated by the idea of Manga, which, from the little I’ve been told, is, well, a Japanese comic book. I want to know more about this, and I’d love, and I do mean LoooOoooOove! For someone to read and describe a Manga to me. But my sister claims that I can’t enjoy Manga because they don’t make audio Manga, even though she’s never checked to verify that. (I, The Radio Kid, can’t confirm that claim because of the limitations put on me by the adaptive equipment I must use, the talking Jaws software.) Now, there’s another way that Blah Blah Blah could introduce me to Manga if she wanted to. She could either come over to Radio News Now headquarters (lovingly refered to as RNN Ground Zero) and read and describe some Manga to me, or, if she’d rather sit at home, she could do that, but put it on Audio Tape. But when asked if she was willing to do that, Blah Blah Blah said, “If given the choice to die or describe a Manga to a blind person, I’d die.” Yes, Radio News Now readers, and Goths alike, I, The Radio Kid, am curious about Goths – their fassion, their music, their video games, and their other social activities. But it’s Manga that fasinates me the most. I want in…

Now, I thought Blah Blah Blah would do the sisterly thing, and explain all this stuff to me, but, instead, she told me I was unworthy of knowing about such things because of my disability. That was back in November. Well, at a family gathering in January, Blah Blah Blah and I exchanged words again, but this time, it effected the repore between the members of the family, and completely destroyed the relationship between Blah Blah Blah and myself. Now, when something like that happens, naturally, the people involved feel hurt. But, on top of that, I must admit that I’m very, very jelas of Blah Blah Blah because she’s living the life of the ones I’m curious about, and I’m angry at her because she won’t let me into this world because of my disability – a disability that I had no say over. I never chose to be blind, but because I am, Blah Blah Blah feels it is nessasary to punish me, and deny me access to the Goth world (especially Manga.)

Now, you must know that I am a very, very, very, very emotional person. So, after all this happened, I became depressed. Now, when I’m depressed, I have no energy, and no drive or ambition or motivation to do anything. That’s exactly what happened. I literally had no motivation to do this blog (or anything else.) I was lifeless. I literally didn’t care if this blog was updated. I literally didn’t care if I was healthy, or if I was active in any way. I just had no motivation to care about anything. It’s been that way for 2 months now…

But not anymore!

No, Blah Blah Blah hasn’t read a Manga to me. I’ve just decided that, no matter how I feel, I’m gonna get motivated again! I’ve decided that I need to move forward in some way, even if I’m just a walkin’ through the motions… And that includes updating this blog. To that end, I will talk about the plans for Radio News Now in a moment.

But first, I wanna use this blog to possibly bring a solution to this personal crisis. So, now, I wanna talk to all the Goths out there who might be reading this post.

ATTENTION ALL GOTHS… ATTENTION ALL GOTHS.

If you wear all black… if you listen to Goth Music… If you play Gothic video games (are there such things?) If you RPG… If you looOoove Manga…,…,… Basically, if you consider yourself to be a Goth, then, there’s a wanna-be that wants to talk to you! (Especially if you’re in Oswego, NY, where RNN Ground Zero is located.) Please email me at:
JHANLON001@twdcny.rr.com.
This is the best way to contact me. You can leave a comment for me in the comments section, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it. So, if you can, please email me. The address again:
JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.
Thank you.

Now all I can do is hope and pray that someone responds to my public call.

Okay, now that I’ve done that, I wanna talk to the people who’ll be reading this blog – those of you who wanna know what’s goin’ on as far as what radio stations changed their format. First, I wanna apologize to you for not being there for you during what I think has been a very active 2 months. We’ve missed a lot together: The disappearance of Smooth Jazz from the airwaves of New York, NY, Washington, DC, Houston, TX, Van Couver, BC, Canada, and Savanna, GA, and the birth of “Hot Hits,” the successor to Smooth Jazz in Houston; the birth of “True Oldies” in Washington, DC (replacing Smooth Jazz there), Atlanta, GA, and Providence, RI; the death of “99X” WNNX (99.7 Atlanta, GA); the death of AAA WBOS (92.9 Boston, MA), and the birth of WRXP (101.9 New York, NY, replacing Smooth Jazz there.) I’m sorry for not being there to report these incredible stories. Please, please, please, please, please, please forgive me. I now resolve to move past this, and will update Radio News Now (or RNN for short) on a weekly basis. And, if I really feel like crap, I’ll try to come on here more often, and tell you so, so you won’t be in the dark for 2 months again… I promise.

So, what about my commitment to the future of this blog? Well, true to my promise to move forward, look for a post entitled “Comin’ at ya” later this week. This post will officially launch Radio News Now as a blog dedicated to reporting radio station format changes, and will explain everything about this blog.

In closing: Thank you for your patience during all of this, and my sincere apologies to all the radio fans out there who I’ve disappointed.

–The Radio Kid
Administrator and editor of Radio News Now

March 8, 2008

RNN 4-8-08

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradiokid @ 5:44 pm

Radio News Now – The blog to go to when your radio station changes format.

April 8, 2008

Hello,

I’ve been having medical things going on in the family. But, I’ve been following up on some things, so, here’s a brief update on what went on in the radio world last week.

Yakima gets a “My” station
Yakima, WA – Gap West launched Adult Hits on KQSN (99.3) as “My 993” on April 1. The station was previously Spanish as “La Preciosa,” according to several sorces, but after Gap West took over the stations from Clear Channel in February, KQSN was a simulcast of Country KDBL “Bull” (92.9 Yakima. There is a website: http://www.my993.com. However, there is no live streaming, or, at least, not when I checked it out here at RNN Ground Zero last week.
My Opinion: It surprises me that Gap West is using the “My” nickname. Normally, that’s a Clear Channel thing. Hmmm. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

Louiville’s “Walris” makes some changes
Louiville, KY — Louiville is a Walris, KooKoocaChoob, and the Walris is changing! The “Walris” that I’m talkin’ ‘bout here is radio station WLRS (105.1), and last week, the station changed format. The station segwayed from Modern Rock to a mix of classic and new rock, still known as “The Walris.” I have not been able to find much info on this. There is a website: http://www.wlrs.com, but right now, it’s under construction, with a logo that says: “New Website Coming Soon! Turn us on now!”
Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

“The Blytz” splits in Columbus
Columbus, OH – WBYZ (99.7) in Columbus pulled the plug on it’s modern Rock “Blytz” format Thursday afternoon, replacing it with computerized beeping sounds, and a message that said: “PLEASE STAND BY… THIS RADIO STATION IS REBOOTING…” The same message also appeared on the station’s website: http://www.wbyz.com. Then, Friday morning, someone on a message board at radio-info noticed that WBYZ changed it’s calls to WRKZ. Then, Friday afternoon, radioinsight noticed the http://www.997rock.com domain, which was pointing to the former wbyz.com website, fueling speculation that the station would become “99.7 The Rock.” Sure enough, at 5P.M., on Friday, April 4, that’s what happened. The first song on the station was Nervonna’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” There is a webstream, and I’ve been listening to it here at RNN Ground Zero. Core artists include:
Guns And Roses,
Red Hot Chilly Peppers,
Pearl Jam,
Death Lepard,
Bush,
AC/DC,
And Smashing Pumpkins.
I don’t know who does the imaging, but it’s the same voice that you most often hear on Canadian Rock stations. The website says that the station is centered on the rock of the 90’s, with today’s music and music of the 80’s thrown in. On the website, WRKZ PD Hale Fish says: “It seems as though rock listeners in Columbus have had to choose between stations that play either very old rock, or rock that is mostly new. 99.7 The Rock will bridge that gap with a mixture of rock that starts in the 90’s, and spreads it’s wings in both directions. We think it’s a mixture that most rock listeners can agree on.” Right now, the station is jockless.
My opinion: With the exception of some 80’s rock, this is no different from the “Blytz” format they were previously running. I mean, all the Modern Rock elements are there. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

Thanks for reading Radio News Now. Send any feedback to: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. Once you do, you will receive an email asking you if I can put your thoughts in next weeks issue. If you say “Yes,” then, you’ll see your thoughts right here baby! If you have a news tip for RNN, please send it to the same address: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. Thank you.

–The Radio Kid (AKAk Oswego Jeremy, as nicknamed by George of the Radio Racket)

January 30, 2008

hold on

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — theradiokid @ 8:46 pm

Hey all,

I really wanted to get this thing up and running sooner. Unfortunatly, I have a lot of emotional crap going on in my life right now. I just haven’t had the motivation to get on this blog, and I’m only human. I’ll try to have a full update here by Sunday, Feb 3. Also, I’d like your suggestions on something. This is gonna be a weekly blog. My question to you is: Given the cycle of format changes, and the way things go in radio, on what day would you like to see updates come out. The best way to put in your .02 is to email me, JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. The day that gets the most emails is the day you’ll find new updates on here. (Ex: if the majority wants this thing published on Wednesday, then every Wednesday, there will be a new Radio News Now to read.) You can leave your suggestions in a comment, but I can’t guarantee that I will get it. I will explain all when I officially launch this sight. In the meantime, email me with the day you wanna see updates. This is your blog, and you are the public that listens to the radio. Thanks for your ideas, and thanks for your patience while I get my personal crap resolved.

–The Radio Kid

January 21, 2008

the real thing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — theradiokid @ 2:24 am

Hey,

We’re under construction right now. I hope to be runnin’ with this thing on a weekly basis soon.

Here are some headlines.

*Orlando gets “Sunny,” as CBS dumps “ORock” in favor of Classic hits. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com

*The deal between Entercom and Nasau that I told you about is dead. This means that the stations mentioned above in my Holiday Round up post will NOT be flipping to a simulcast of WEEI (850 Boston.) What about “Frank” and “The Hawk” in New Hampshire? Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

*And starting tomarro, WLIR (107.1) out on Long Island will simulcast WEPN (1050 New York.) The station used to be Alternative, first as “The Box,” and then as WLIR. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

That’s all for now. Expect weekly updates soon.

–The Radio Kid

January 13, 2008

holiday roundup

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Radio News Now- 12-26-07

Hello. This is the first adition of Radio News Now, the blog to go to when you’re radio station changes format. If you weren’t near a radio December 26, or today, December 27, then, here’s what you missed. If you have anymore info, or just wanna comment, then email me, The Radio Kid, you’re editor, at: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com. Thanks.

Sacromento Gets another “My” station-
Sacromento, CA- Clear Channel dropped the “Y92.5” soft AC format on KGBY (92.5 Sacromento) this morning at 6, replacing it with Hot AC as “My 92.5. KGBY was low in the last ratings book, with it’s competitor in third place. “My” will now compete against CBS Hot AC KZOO “Zone.” In August, Clear Channel flipped KBIG (104.3 Los Angeles) from Rhythmic AC to Hot AC as “My 104.3.” My opinion: This is only the beginning for Clear Channel. They’ll flip many more stations to that name, just like they did with “Kiss” and “Mix” several years ago. Esentially, “My” is a new way to say “Mix.” Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

New Orleans Gets reshuffled AGAIN!
New Orleans, LA- Citadel did it again. Two weeks ago, they flipped WMTI “Martini” (106.1) from standards to oldies (with Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Network) as “True Oldies 106.1.” Then, on December 21, at noon, they flipped dance “Deva” (WDVW 92.3) to Hot AC as “Mix 92.3.” Now comes word via radioinsight.com that KKND (106.7) rebranded itself as “106.7 The Wolf” today at midnight. The station is still country. The last song on “KKND” was Kenny Chesney “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem.” The first song on the rebranded “Wolf” was Shiniah Twain “You’re Still The One.” My opinion: It looks like Citadel is trying to shake things up a bit. And, as always, they had to drop a really original format, didn’t they! “Deva was truly an original dance format. But, Citadel had to follow the pack, and drop a creative format. They’ve done this before. They did it in Harisburg, PA, where they dismembered Dance/pop/bubble-gum/Barbie “Cool Pop” (WCPP) for Soft AC “Mix” (WMHX back in 2005. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Some true goings on in Indi
Indianapalis, IN- There’s a lot going on in Indi today. First, Emmis Communications made some flips to two of it’s stations. In October, they blew up CHR WNOU (93.1) “Radio Now” (no relation to Radio News Now), and began stunting with Christmas music. The reason they did this is because the plan was to move NewsTalk WIBC from 1070 AM to 93.1 FM, making room for a new sports station on 1070, known as “The Fan,” and with new calls, WFNI (standing for “FaN Indianapalis,” to boot. Well, the plan came true last night and this morning. According to the message boards at radio-info.com, at 6PM on Christmas Eve, WIBC (AM) did it’s last newscast, with newscaster Stan Laire saying: “It just hits me… it’s the last time you’ll hear us say it this way: this is News Radio 1070 WIBC.” Then, WIBC (AM) joined the Christmas simulcast of 93.1. This was a place holder until midnight, when WIBC (93.1) ended it’s Christmas stunt with “Home For The Holidays,” before presenting a montage of IDs from previous formats, then the new WIBC legal ID (giving the ID with the new 93.1 frequency), then ABC news, then the first local newscast for the FM, then joining the “Coast To Coast AM” program in progress. 1070 AM, according to the message boards, left the simulcast at midnight with 20 minutes of dead air, before going into a replay of the best sporting events of all time. This stunt will continue on the AM until “The Fan” officially launches on January 7. Across town, there are some piculiar goings on over at the Cumulus cluster. First, WWFT (93.9 Indianaplis) has moved from it’s Christmas stunting to a loop of an instrumental song, sound effects, and an imaging spot announcing a new format on January 2, at 9-39 AM. Meanwhile, down the hall, they’ve dropped the “Jack” nickname on WJJK(104.5.) There’s a back story here: Originally, WJJK was owned by Infinity. The station became “Jack FM” as a variety hits station back in 2005. In October 2006, Infinity sold the station to Cumulus, and upon assuming control of the station, Cumulus dropped the variety hits format (along with the Howard Cogan imaged “Playing What We Want” liners), replacing it with a classic hits format, but keeping the simple “Jack FM nickname. Now, that, too, has disappeared. Now, the station is simply “Classic Hits, 104.5 WJJK.” My opinion: Well, first, it seems that the suits at Emmis are gonna gamble on NewsTalk on FM. But, I think they’re gonna find it to be a waste of a good signal, and a waste of money. Second, I wonder what the new format will be on WWFT. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Third, “Jack.” Well, I knew it was gonna happen sooner or later. “Jack” is a coppy-written name, and cumulus didn’t want to pay those rights. Still, “Classic Hits” as an imaging nickname? I think that is stupid, lame, stupid, lame, stupid, lame, stupid, lame… Did I mention that I think the new nickname for WJJK was stupid and lame? Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Atlanta Gets The Legends
Atlanta GA- Clear Channel pulled the plug on the “Lite” Soft AC format on WLTM (96.7) today at midnight. Now, the station is Classic Country as “96.7 The Legend.” Check out their website at: http://www.967thelegend.com. According to the message boards at radio-info.com, Clear Channel is trying to compete against the Citadel owned “Kix” (Modern Country), and “Bear” (Classic Country) stations. According to a poster on the radio-info.com message boards, the station does not serve Atlanta metro proper. Instead, it’s a rimshot signal. As a result of this, the station keeps changing calls and format. “CC has changed the format/calls more than I change underwear.” This poster remarked. To prove his point, he posted the history of the station.
WBUS – April 1985
WWER – March 1987
WMKJ – November 1987
WLDA – October 2000
WXVV – October 2001
WBZY – April 2002
WVWA-FM – May 2005
WLTM – January 2007
So, what do people in Atlanta think of the new “Legend?” “Just what we needed… Another Country station. Thanks Crap Channel.” One poster remarked. “ZZZ.” Remarked another. One radio-info.com poster went as far as to say: “The imaging is horrible. The voiceover guy sounds like he’s doing a bad imitation of a 60-year-old dude rancher from the southwest.” But one poster said: “If done correctly, it could be a good nitch format.” My opinion: I agree with the last poster. Classic Country is a good nitch format. But, Clear Channel Atlanta, you’re doing it for the wrong reason, in my opinion. You’re doing Classic Country not because you have a passion to make good radio, but because there’s another Classic Country station in town. Right? Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Jacksonville Gets A Stronger “Beat”
Jacksonville, FL- WRUE (93.3) has begun simulcasting with WJBT (92.7) as of 6PM December 25. Eventually, according to multiple radio magazines, WJBT will move to 93.3, and it’s 50,000 watt signal. My opinion: Okay, Jacksonville, you really need a 50,000 watt urban powerhouse? And what will become of the 92.7 frequency? Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Greenville Gets A Little “Shine”
Greenville, SC- According to multiple sources, Clear Channel owned WBZT (96.7 Muldon/Greenville dropped it’s “Real Rock, 96.7 The Buzzard” Active Rock format, becoming Contemperary Christian “Shine 96.7” at midnight on December 25. My opinion: Thank God… Literally, thank God for taking away “The Buzzard,” or what ever the hell it was, and replacing the Active Rock for something clean, wholesome, and good. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

New Hampshire, Say Hello To “Frank,” and kiss “The Hawk” Goodbye
NH- On December 19, Nassau Broadcasting pulled the plug on the oldies format on WNNH (99.1 Heniker) and WLKZ (104.9 Wolfsburrow), replacing them with Classic Rock as “Frank FM 99 and 104.9.” The reason they’re doing this is so that the current Classic Rocker in the area – “Hawk,” WWHQ (101.5 Maridith), and WWHK (102.3 Concord) can become a simulcast of the WEEI Network from Entercom Boston later in January. This deal doesn’t involve just the hawk stations. In October, Nassau announced that it did a deal with Entercom, in which stations across New England would flip from their current formats to a simulcast of Entercom owned WEEI (850 Boston, Ma), creating a sports network across New England. Here are the stations rumored to be flipping to “The WEEI Network,” along with their current formats:
Portland, ME market stations WHXQ (104.7 Kennybunkport), WHXR (106.7 North Windham) – both Active Rock as “The Bone” – and WLAM (1470 Lewiston) – now doing sports with WLVP Portland as “ESPN Radio Portland”
Cape Cod Market WPXC(102.9 Hiannis, Ma) – currently Active Rock “Pixy 103”
And the Classic Rock “Hawk” stations mentioned
My opinion: This is dumb! I mean, first, you have 2 companies making a dumb deal together, and then you find out that Entercom gets all! The goodies. Look, every station that makes this flip is gonna simulcast this WEEI station. At least New Hampshire Classic Rock fans got a reprieve in “Frank.” I don’t think the Active Rock fans in Maine and Mass will be that lucky. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Charleston Must Move To Find The “Magic”
Charleston, SC- Citadel has moved WMGL (Ravenel) from 101.7 to 107.3. As of December 19, the station is branding as “Magic 107.3.” Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Orlando Station To flip from Sports to Spanish
Orlando, FL- On December 30, Clear Channel will flip WQTH (740 Orlando) from Sports as “The Team” to a satellite delivered Mexican/Spanish format as “La Priciosa.” The format is mostly talk during the day, and Spanish Adult Hits at night. The problem is, according to the message boards at radio-info.com, this leaves Orlando with out a Sports Station. My opinion: Oh well. Get over it. SportsTalk is a terrible format. This Mexican format will serve a nitch of people. I like nitch formats. This is one of the few times you’ll hear me say it, but, there’s actually a Clear Channel branch that’s doin’ the right thing here, and saying: “We’re gonna put an unusual format on this station, and if you don’t like it, then, f**k you.” Great attitude. Let’s get more cool and unusual stuff on air, and tell these lovers of plain, boring formats to kiss our feet. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Omaha Gets “O’d”
Omaha, NB- NRG Media pulled the plug on it’s “Lite” soft AC format on KLTQ (101.9 Omaha) today at 3, replacing it with an energetic Rock AC format as “The Big O, 101.9.” PD Billy Shere tells radio-info.com that “The Big O” is “upbeat, fun, and very, very, music intensive.” The station is aimed at 25-54-year-olds who “like a lot of eighties rock.” Some core artists include:
Springsteen
The Police
Eric Clapton
Tom Petty
U2
Cold Play
And Matchbox Twenty
According to radio-info, the former “lite” format ranked 10th place in the last ratings. My opinion: Again, great job. I think this format will work out for you better than that boring “Lite” crap. Nitch formats are beautiful! Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

The Party’s at XM This New Years Holiday
XM Satellite Radio- Celebrating New Years Eve? Can’t go to a party? Well, XM brings the party to you, with a microchannel called “Party City.” According to orbitcast.com, “Party City” will hit the airwaves of “XM Live” (Channel 120) on December 30, and run through New Years Day. The microchannel features nonstop party hits – “from bar party hits, to dance party jams, to classic rockparty anthems.” If you can’t wait till Sunday, then, for a small fee, you can hear the channel online at: http://www.partycity.xmradio.com. My opinion: This is great! Hey, here’s an idea: Why stop on New Years Eve? I’ve always thought it would be great to have a channel that plays party music, complete with party sounds under the voices of very energetic party MCs. This is the perfect oprotunity for XM to do so. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Hannah Montana’s Comin’ to Sirius
Sirius Satellite Radio- Hannah Montana – uh, I mean, Miley Cyrus, is taking over a channel on Sirius. According to orbitcast.com, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, and star of “Disney Channel’s” series Hannah Montana, will take over the programming of “Sirius Hits 1” (Channel 1.) For the next few days, Cyrus will play her favorite songs,and count down the years top 45 songs. This will run from December 28 through January 1, and the channel will be renamed “Miley Radio.” My opinion: Personally, I can’t stand that 14-year-old super-freak known as Hannah Montana, but if Sirius thinks it’s a good move for them to interrupt regular programming to give the airwaves to a teenage freak, one who has no talent in acting, or singing, then, that’s their perogitive. After all, satellite radio was ment to be innovative, and creative – the way radio should be. So, Sirius, go ahead, and we’ll see if “Miley Radio” works out for ya. Your thoughts? JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

Formats we’re watchin:

Asbury Park NJ- WTBQ is supposed to flip from “ESPN Radio Deportes” to “Fox Sports Radio” January 7.

Email comments to: JHANLON001@twcny.rr.com.

–The Radio Kid

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