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WFAS Becomes Radio 103.9

Previous Format: AC “103.9 WFAS-FM” New Format: Urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM Date & Time Of Change: July 4, 2014 at 1:03pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/759.mp3

92.3 Now Becomes Amp Radio

Previous Format: CHR “92.3 Now” New Format: CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” Date & Time Of Change: May 22, 2014 at 2:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 92.3 K-Rock Becomes Now-FM http://formatchange.com/audio/747.mp3

92.3 K-Rock WXRK becomes Free-FM WFNY-FM

Previous Format: Rock “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK New Format: Hot Talk “92.3 Free-FM” WFNY-FM Date & Time Of Change: January 3, 2006 at 6:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia When Howard Stern announced his departure from terrestrial radio in late 2004, then-Infinity Broadcasting was left with a year to put together plans for replacements. In October, they announced a new initiative called Free-FM, branding all of its FM Talk stations under that name and included 4 different shows replacing Stern in various markets. Infinity also announced they would be flipping additional stations to the format including K-Rock in New York. K-Rock, which was New York’s only source for current Rock music, had only earlier in the year refocused from Alternative to Mainstream Rock in a...

WNWS-FM Becomes Y97 WYNY

Previous Format: News “NewsCenter 97” WNWS-FM New Format: AC “Y97” WYNY Date & Time Of Change: January 1, 1977 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Big Apple Airchecks http://formatchange.com/audio/568.mp3

94.7 NashFM Launches

Previous Format: Christian “Family Radio” WFME New Format: Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH Date & Time Of Change: January 21, 2013 at 9:47am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WFME Signs-Off, 94.7 Spins The Wheel of Formats http://formatchange.com/audio/650.mp3

WFME Signs-Off

Previous Format: Christian “Family Radio” WFME New Format: Currently Simulcasting 95.5 WPLJ Date & Time Of Change: January 11, 2013 at 3:39pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 94.7 Spins The Wheel of Formats, 94.7 NashFM Launches http://formatchange.com/audio/647.mp3

New Rock 101.9 Becomes WFAN-FM

Previous Format: Alternative “New Rock 101.9” WRXP New Format: Sports WFAN-FM Date & Time Of Change: November 2, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Alan N. http://formatchange.com/audio/637.mp3

New Rock 101.9 Debuts

Previous Format: News “FM News 101.9” New Format: Alternative “New Rock 101.9” Date & Time Of Change: July 17, 2012 at 10:05am More Info: RadioInsight http://formatchange.com/audio/597.mp3

The End Of Kiss-FM; Debut of 98.7 ESPN

Previous Format: Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” New Format: Sports “98.7 ESPN” Date & Time Of Change: April 30, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia The Final Day Of 98.7 Kiss-FM | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | The End |   http://formatchange.com/audio/571.mp3

WRXP Begins Stunting

Previous Format: Alternative “101-9 RXP” New Format: Stunting “101.9 FM New” (Became News “101.9 FM News” WEMP in August) Date & Time Of Change: July 15, 2011 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Airchecks: WQCD Becomes WRXP, WRXP Says Goodbye http://formatchange.com/audio/475.mp3

WRXP Says Goodbye

Previous Format: Alternative “101-9 RXP” WRXP New Format: News “101.9 FM News” WEMP Date & Time Of Change: July 14, 2011 at 10:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WQCD Becomes WRXP, WRXP Begins Stunting http://formatchange.com/audio/473.mp3

Pulse 87 Signs-Off

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Pulse 87” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Party-FM” Date & Time Of Change: October 30, 2009 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Tony Santiago http://formatchange.com/audio/387.mp3

WQXR Becomes X96.3 WXNY

Previous Format: Classical WQXR New Format: Spanish CHR “X96.3” WXNY Date & Time Of Change: October 8, 2009 at 8:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WQXR Moves From 96.3 To 105.9 http://formatchange.com/audio/394.mp3

105.9 WCAA Becomes WQXR

Previous Format: Spanish CHR “La Kalle 105.9” WCAA New Format: Classical WQXR Date & Time Of Change: October 8, 2009 at 8:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 105.9 WCAA Moves To 96.3 http://formatchange.com/audio/472.mp3

92.3 K-Rock becomes Now-FM

For much its life, WXRK “92.3 K-Rock” was synonymous with Howard Stern. Stern joined the station in 1986 and it was his flagship until he left for Sirius at the end of 2005. Outside of Stern, the station’s identity was always evolving. It started out as Classic Rock, shifted to Alternative, and later Active Rock before bouncing back and forth between all three until it flipped to Talk as “Free-FM” at the beginning of 2006. When the talk format didn’t pick up steam, the station reverted to the “K-Rock” brand in May 2007. Outside of Opie & Anthony in the mornings, the station continued to struggle in the ratings as the stations identity had been lost due to the constant musical shifts and its target audience’s usage of newer technolo...

Smooth Jazz CD101.9 Becomes Rock 101.9 WRXP

Previous Format: Smooth Jazz New Format: Rock Date & Time Of Change: February 5, 2008 at 4:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/304.mp3

101.1 WCBS-FM Returns

When Dan Mason returned as President of CBS Radio in the Spring of 2007, the first thing he did was make it clear that many of the blunders of the past few years needed to be fixed. The “Free-FM” brand was slowly dissolved, leading to the return of K-Rock. San Francisco’s KFRC was relaunched on a new frequency just a few months after that station had dropped its heritage format. All that remained was dealing with that pesky Jack in New York. On July 12, 2007 at appropriately 1:01pm, Jack shifted over to 101.1’s HD-2 signal and made way for the return of a slightly modified WCBS-FM. Dan Taylor and Bob Shannon were brought back, but were joined by newcomers Broadway Bill Lee, Joe Causi and more 80’s music. Note: This is quite long, running at almost 27 minutes, ...

92.3 Free-FM WFNY Reverts To K-Rock

” Nappy Headed **** ” Three words that shook the number one radio market and the industry as a whole. We all know about Don Imus’ misguided comments and the uproar it caused. The trickle down effect would directly lead to this and other format changes across the country including WSBG Stroudsburg and KIFR San Francisco as stations dealt with how to handle so-called “shock jocks” or others who were caught for saying supposedly offensive comments. CBS Radio was most directly caught in the crosshairs of the Imus/Shock Jock issue. They were still looking to replace Imus on WFAN while having to deal with multiple issues at WFNY. Midday hosts JV and Elvis were let go for a bit taken offense to by Asian groups. Morning hosts Opie and Anthony were suspended for a mont...

Mix 102.7 WNEW Becomes Fresh 102.7

Previous Format: Rhythmic AC New Format: AC Date & Time Of Change: January 2, 2007 at 5:00am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/271.mp3

101.1 WCBS-FM Becomes Jack-FM

It was the day many never thought would happen. And when it happened, two of the top three radio markets would simultaneously wonder what had happened. At around 3:50pm WCBS-FM midday jock Bill Brown hinted at something about to go down in his final break. At 4:00 the station played a half-hour of songs with nothing but jingles in between. However, each song hinted ominously at what was to come. Songs like “Hit The Road Jack” and “Movin’ Out” led into Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind”. At 4:30 a 5 minute stunt loop led into the introduction of of “101.1 Jack-FM” at 5:00pm while simultaneously Chicago’s 104.3 WJMK would drop Oldies for Jack. It was one of many blunders made by CBS Radio management that would eventually be rectifi...

CD 101.9 WQCD Becomes New York Chill

Previous Format: Smooth Jazz New Format: Chill Date & Time Of Change: November 22, 2004 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/108.mp3

Blink 102.7 Relaunches As Mix 102.7

Previous Format: AC “Blink 102.7” New Format: Rhythmic AC “Mix 102.7” Date & Time Of Change: December 26, 2003 at 10:27am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/386.mp3

102.7 WNEW becomes “102.7 Blink”

It was a long time coming. What was once one of the most revered rock stations in the country, 102.7 WNEW lost its way in the mid-1990’s. Constant musical shifts: AAA, Alternative, Classic Rock, Mainstream Rock, back to Classic Rock took their toll on the audience. Finally an answer was found as the station hired so called “shock jocks” Opie and Anthony for afternoons. Ratings rose in their daypart and eventually WNEW flipped to all talk, but could never fill in all the dayparts to the same level of success due to Howard Stern being heard on sister station 92.3 WXRK. Opie and Anthony were eventually syndicated, but it all came crashing down in August of 2002 when the duo were fired for a highly publicized promotion that went awfully wrong. The station’s ratings, whi...

1050 WEVD Gives Way To ESPN

Previous Format: News/Talk WEVD New Format: Sports “1050 ESPN Radio” (Station would become WEPN in April 2003) Date & Time Of Change: September 1, 2001 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/194.mp3

105.1 WBIX flips from AC to Rhythmic Oldies

Sensing the failure of Big 105, it soon became obvious it would be the 2nd format on the frequency to fail to last 12 months. AMFM had been developing the Jammin Oldies format across the country, and it was just a matter of time before the format found its way into New York. In early December, Big 105 adjusted to a new Modern AC sound to throw some speculators off guard. However, the new imaging did little to prevent the inevitable from happening and on December 10, 1998 “New York’s Jammin Oldies” took to the air. Following the results of a pre-planned name the station contest, 105.1 became WTJM “Jammin 105”. http://formatchange.com/audio/196.mp3

105.1 WNSR becomes “Big 105”

In August of 1997, ten months into the life of WDBZ, Bonneville was planning on pulling the plug and returning the WNSR calls and “Soft Rock 105” format to battle head to head with WLTW. However, the change was put on hold as Bonneville finalized a deal to sell the station to Chancellor, the owner of WLTW. The WDBZ calls were replaced by WNSR, but the Modern AC format stayed until October when the station gradually adjusted back to Hot AC under the “FM 105.1” name. Once Chancellor took over, market speculation led to anything from Soft AC, to Country, to Urban. All they got was “Big 105” a Hot AC that for some reason sounded very close to WLTW. Big 105 failed to make a splash in the market after trying various forms of Hot AC and for the second time in t...

105.1 WMXV ends Showtunes stunt, launches Modern AC “The Buzz”

Previous Format: Hot AC “Mix 105” WMXV New Format: Modern AC “105.1 The Buzz” WDBZ Date & Time Of Change: November 14, 1996 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia In 1996, Mix 105 began to feel the squeeze of WLTW and WPLJ. Market speculation had the station flipping to Mainstream CHR to compete against WKTU, however Z100 beat them to the punch by returning to its heritage sound. By November, the station had announced the hiring of new morning team Kelly & Kline from WTIC-FM in Hartford. On November 14th, when the morning team debuted, it did so by kicking off a brand new station. 105.1 The Buzz debuted as an 80’s leaning Modern AC, attempting to fill a niche in between K-Rock and WPLJ along with gaining listeners disenfranchised by Z100 and WNEW dropping ou...

103.5 WYNY Becomes Dance CHR WKTU

Previous Format: Country WYNY New Format: Rhythmic CHR WKTU Date & Time Of Change: February 10, 1996 It would be hard to imagine a need for a CHR station in New York. For decades WABC and later Z100 would play all the hits in America’s biggest market. By 1996, Z100 had strayed into an Alternative Rock direction opening a hole for a station with a beat. By then WYNY’s ratings had remained stagnant at around a 2 share. Putting two and two together, and after a week of simulcasting sister stations from around the country Evergreen Media (one of the predecessors to what would later become AMFM) resurrected the name and image of the station (then at 92.3) that many considered to have caused the demise of WABC a decade and a half earlier. Bringing aboard many people responsible ...

WYNY Announces Coming Format Change

Previous Format: Country “Country 103.5” WYNY New Format: Dance CHR “103.5 KTU” WKTU Date & Time Of Change: February 1, 1996 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 103.5 WYNY Becomes Dance CHR WKTU http://formatchange.com/audio/276.mp3

104.3 WNCN flips from Classical to Active Rock WAXQ “Q104.3”

Previous Format: Classical WNCN New Format: Active Rock “Q104.3” WAXQ Date & Time Of Change: December 18, 1993 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia, New York Daily News Related Changes: 104.3 WNCN New York Becomes Rock WQIV Being one of three Classical Music stations in the New York market in a time when radio is more and more reliant on being a revenue generator for the owner spelled doom for WNCN. Once the flagship for the Concert Network, which distributed classic programming to station throughout the Northeast ( including WBCN Boston, WRCN Riverhead, and WHCN Hartford), the station had actually made the same flip 20 years earlier. Among protest from its former listeners, “Q104” WQIV dropped its Progressive Rock format in 1974 after just a few weeks to return to ...

660 WNBC bids farewell

In 1988 General Electric purchased RCA and with it NBC. Due to FCC ownership fules at the time, GE could only keep either the NBC Television stations or its Radio stations. Obviously the radio stations were the ones to go. Emmis Broadcasting, which owned 1050 WFAN and 103.5 WQHT saw this as a perfect opportunity to upgrade the signals of its New York outlets and triggered one of the most complex frequency swaps in radio history. WFAN moved from 1050 to 660, WUKQ debuted on 1050 with a non-commercial Spanish format, but only until Spanish Broadcasting could complete the swap for 97.9 WEVD, while 97.1 WYNY and 103.5 WQHT swapped as well. In the end, this deal was most important for the demise of WNBC and NBC Radio in general. What was once the flagship station of the biggest network in Ameri...

1050 WFAN Moves To 660

In 1988 General Electric purchased RCA and with it NBC. Due to FCC ownership fules at the time, GE could only keep either the NBC Television stations or its Radio stations. Obviously the radio stations were the ones to go. Emmis Broadcasting, which owned 1050 WFAN and 103.5 WQHT saw this as a perfect opportunity to upgrade the signals of its New York outlets and triggered one of the most complex frequency swaps in radio history. WFAN moved from 1050 to 660, WUKQ debuted on 1050 with a non-commercial Spanish format, but only until Spanish Broadcasting could complete the swap for 97.9 WEVD, while 97.1 WYNY and 103.5 WQHT swapped as well. In the end, this deal was most important for the demise of WNBC and NBC Radio in general. What was once the flagship station of the biggest network in Ameri...

97.1 WYNY Becomes Hot 97 WQHT

Previous Format: Country “Country 97” WYNY New Format: Dance CHR “Hot 97” WQHT Date & Time Of Change: September 22, 1988 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia In 1988, as part of the purchase of RCA by General Electric, NBC was required to sell off their radio holdings. Emmis Broadcasting acquired NBC’s two frequencies in New York City to upgrade their holdings in the market, but were required to then sell the other stations. While 1050 WFAN moved to 660, Emmis moved its Rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 103” to the more powerful 97.1 signal in order to better compete against Z100 and Power 95. The 103.5 frequency was spun-off to Westwood One, along with the WYNY call letters and country programming. Related Changes: Hot 103 WQHT Becomes Country 103.5 WYNY http...

Hot 103 WQHT Becomes Country 103.5 WYNY

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Hot 103” WQHT New Format: Country “Country 103.5” WYNY Date & Time Of Change: September 22, 1988 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia In 1988, as part of the purchase of RCA by General Electric, NBC was required to sell off their radio holdings. Emmis Broadcasting acquired NBC’s two frequencies in New York City to upgrade their holdings in the market, but were required to then sell the other stations. While 1050 WFAN moved to 660, Emmis moved its Rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 103” to the more powerful 97.1 signal in order to better compete against Z100 and Power 95. The 103.5 frequency was spun-off to Westwood One, along with the WYNY call letters and country programming. Related Changes: 97.1 WYNY Becomes Hot 97 WQHT http://for...

WLIR Loses Its License

Previous Format: Modern Rock WLIR New Format: Modern Rock WDRE Date & Time Of Change: December 18, 1987 More Info: Wikipedia, WLIR.FM, New York Times http://formatchange.com/audio/367.mp3

1050 WHN flips from Country to All-Sports WFAN

Previous Format: Country WHN New Format: Sports WFAN Date & Time Of Change:July 1, 1987 at 3:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Jeff Smulyan had an idea. What if you could recreate barroom discussion of sports on a 24 hour radio station. Lucky for Jeff, he happened to be the President of Emmis Broadcasting, which happened to have an AM outlet in New York that would be a perfect testing ground for the format. WHN had become a legend in the previous 15 years it had with the Country format, with many New York DJ’s that will go into any New York Radio Hall of Fame: Del Demontreaux, Lee Arnold, Dan Daniel, and Dan Taylor to name a few. Equipped with rights to the defending World Champion New York Mets, WFAN signed-on and without making much of a dent in the ratings it did make a name for itse...

97.1 WYNY flips from AC to Country

With the publicly known flip of WHN from Country to All-Sports as WFAN taking place on July 1, 1987, it was known that there would be a void for country music in the New York Metropolitan Area. WYNY, was one of four AC stations targeting the same audience. Taking both into consideration, WYNY became “Country 97” 15 hours before the sign-off of WHN. Although Dan Daniel did make the move over to do mornings and later afternoons, WYNY’s future was not meant to be at 97.1 as the station moved to 103.5 in 1988. http://formatchange.com/audio/4.mp3

105.1 WRFM flips from Beautiful Music to AC WNSR

As we proceeded through the 1980’s the older targeting music formats weren’t cutting it anymore. The baby boomers were approaching their thirties and wouldn’t tolerate “Elevator Music” at work. WRFM’s ratings had taken a tumble from Adult Contemporary stations WYNY and WLTW along with fellow Easy Listening WPAT. In order to compensate, on April 15, 1986, WRFM gave way to “New York’s Soft Rock” WNSR. Achieving a solid niche in the AC marketplace, WNSR was partly responsible for driving WPIX and WYNY out of the format. As the 80’s turned into the 90’s, WNSR continued to evolve into a more contemporary station eventually changing its name to “Mix 105”. http://formatchange.com/audio/256.mp3

Z100 Launches

Previous Format: Standards/Jazz WVNJ New Format: CHR “Z100” WHTZ Date & Time Of Change: August 2, 1983 at 6:08am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/201.mp3

77 WABC changes format from Top 40 to Talk

There’s not much to really say about this one. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s WABC was New York Radio and nationally known to the point in the early 70’s it was consistently ranked in Pittsburgh’s ratings. The 50kw Top 40 machine in America’s biggest market. In the late 70’s the radio landscape began to change nationwide as FM became a bigger player. In New York “Disco 92” WKTU and 107.5 WBLS reached the point where they battled WABC for the #1 slot in the ratings. Corporate Ownership saw the success they were having with an all talk format at KABC in Los Angeles and in what has become known as “The Day The Music Died”, May 10, 1982, WABC changed from Top 40 to Talk. The WABC legacy lived on at 101.1 WCBS-FM, whose Oldies form...

104.3 WNCN New York Becomes Rock WQIV

Previous Format: Classical New Format: Progressive Rock Date & Time Of Change: 11/7/1974 11:00am More Info: WNCN.org, Wikipedia, and Youtube Thank You To Robert Resnick For Contributing This Aircheck http://formatchange.com/audio/362.mp3

1050 WMGM Becomes WHN

Previous Format: Top 40 “1050 WMGM” New Format: Middle Of The Road “1050 WHN” Date & Time Of Change: February 28, 1962 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia, Las-Solanas Aircheck Via: WCPR1620

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