Philadelphia

Wired 96.5 Becomes Amp Radio

Previous Format: CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM New Format: CHR “96.5 Amp Radio” WZMP Date & Time Of Change: April 10, 2015 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by James Steele http://formatchange.com/audio/808.mp3

WDRE Announces Pending Format Change

Previous Format: Modern Rock “103.9 DRE” WDRE New Format: Urban “Philly 103.9” WPHI Date & Time Of Change: December 18, 1996 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 103.9 WDRE Flips From Modern Rock To Urban http://formatchange.com/audio/395.mp3

WPEN Shifts To Oldies

Previous Format: Adult Standards New Format: Oldies “Oldies 950” Date & Time Of Change: September 1, 2004 More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/144.mp3

1480 WDAS Becomes Smooth Jazz ‘JJZ

Previous Format: Urban Oldies 1480 WDAS New Format: Smooth Jazz “1480 JJZ” Date & Time Of Change: June 10, 2013 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/668.mp3

WRNB Goes Old School

Previous Format: Urban AC “100.3 WRNB” New Format: Urban Oldies “Old School 100.3” Date & Time Of Change: April 1, 2013 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/662.mp3

WKDN Ends Family Radio Begins Stunting

Previous Format: Christian Preaching “Family Radio” WKDN New Format: Stunting Date & Time Of Change: April 16, 2012 at 12:00am and 12:15pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Notes: This is a complilation of the final WKDN ID’s at 11:00pm, the abrupt sign-off at 12:00am, return from new studios and beginning of stunt at 12:27am, teaser at 1:00am, end of REM stunt at 12:00pm, and launch of Sean Hannity stunt around 12:15pm. Thanks to Nick Dampman for contributing the 12:00pm portion of the aircheck. http://formatchange.com/audio/223.mp3

Hot 107.9 Debuts

Previous Format: Stunting “Michael Vick Radio” & “Rickey Smiley Radio” New Format: Urban “Hot 107.9” Date & Time Of Change: September 8, 2011 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 107.9 WRNB Stunts As Michael Vick Radio http://formatchange.com/audio/514.mp3

107.9 WRNB Stunts As Michael Vick Radio

Previous Format: Urban AC “107.9 WRNB” New Format: Stunting “Michael Vick Radio” WPHI Date & Time Of Change: September 2, 2011 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 100.3 The Beat Becomes WRNB http://formatchange.com/audio/509.mp3

94 WYSP Becomes WIP-FM

Previous Format: Rock “94 WYSP” New Format: Sports “94 WIP” Date & Time Of Change: September 2, 2011 at 3:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/508.mp3

100.3 The Beat Becomes WRNB

Previous Format: Urban “100.3 The Beat” WPHI New Format: Urban AC “100.3 WRNB” Date & Time Of Change: September 1, 2011 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 107.9 WRNB Stunts As Michael Vick Radio http://formatchange.com/audio/505.mp3

97.5 WJJZ Becomes Now 97.5

Previous Format: Smooth Jazz New Format: AC “Now 97.5” WNUW Date & Time Of Change: September 8, 2008 at 9:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/325.mp3

94.1 WYSP Returns To Rock From Talk

Previous Format: Talk New Format: Classic Rock Date & Time Of Change: 9/13/2007 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight.com Story http://formatchange.com/audio/288.mp3

97.5 The Hawk Becomes WJJZ Philadelphia

Previous Format: Classic Rock New Format: Smooth Jazz Date & Time Of Change: November 17, 2006 at 6:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/268.mp3

WSNI Becomes Rumba 104.5

Following the launch of “Philly’s 106.1” on WJJZ and WSNI 13 days earlier, it was known that 104.5 would eventually launch a new format of its own. Unlike the Rhythmic AC format at 106.1, which word had leaked out about a few weeks prior, Clear Channel kept the new format of WSNI closely guarded. Market observers guessed anything from Country to Modern Rock to Spanish, all of which could have filled a logical hole in the marketplace. As noon approached on August 23, Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” helped trigger the end of 104.5 as an english language station. A deep voice counted down from diez to uno and the station signed on with Frankie Ruiz’s “Puerto Rico” kicking off “Rumba 104-5”. Thanks to Nick D. for the aircheck. http:...

Sunny 104.5 Signs-Off

August 10, 2006 will go down as one of the most historical days in Philadelphia radio history. At Noon, Clear Channel blew up the formats of two of their five FM stations simultaneously. While Smooth Jazz was disappearing from 106.1 WJJZ, 104.5 WSNI was saying goodbye to its Gold based AC format. In both of their places appeared Rhythmic AC “Philly’s 106.1”. It wasn’t a simlucast persay, as FCC regulations forbid two stations with identical coverage from duplicating so much programming, however the same songs played in the same order with different sweepers and commercials leading to the music not lining up completely. The purpose of the so-called “shadowcast” was to get Sunny 104.5’s audience to move over to the new 106.1 format before the debut o...

WJJZ Becomes Philly’s 106.1

August 10, 2006 will go down as one of the most historical days in Philadelphia radio history. At Noon, Clear Channel blew up the formats of two of their five FM stations simultaneously. While Sunny 104.5 was ditching its Gold based AC format, Smooth Jazz was disappearing from 106.1 after a successful 13 year run. The demise of WJJZ, which was made to create a format to support Whoopie Goldberg’s syndicated morning show. Following a euology of the station by Program Director Michael Tozzi, and Daryl Hall’s “She’s Gone” the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started” kicked off “Philly’s 106.1” and its shadowcast at 104.5. http://formatchange.com/audio/253.mp3

Y100 100.3 WPLY Signs-Off

Previous Format: Alternative “Y100” WPLY New Format: Urban “100.3 The Beat” WPHI Date & Time Of Change: February 24, 2005 at 11:50pm For years WPLY stuck out like a sore thumb in Radio One’s portfolio. One of the few non African-American targetted station in the company, radio insiders were constantly speculating on when the Alternative Rock of Y100 would be no more. In early 2005, Preston Elliott and Steve Morrison, the morning hosts on Y100 announced they were moving to crosstown Rock 93.3 WMMR following the expiration of their contracts. Faced with either retooling the station or moving in another direction, the decision was made to go the cheaper route. Following Preston & Steve’s final show, where they announced that they were moving, the ...

Y100 Announces Format Change

Previous Format: Alternative “Y100” WPLY New Format: Urban “100.3 The Beat” WPHI Date & Time Of Change: February 24, 2005 at 11:50pm For years WPLY stuck out like a sore thumb in Radio One’s portfolio. One of the few non African-American targetted station in the company, radio insiders were constantly speculating on when the Alternative Rock of Y100 would be no more. In early 2005, Preston Elliott and Steve Morrison, the morning hosts on Y100 announced they were moving to crosstown Rock 93.3 WMMR following the expiration of their contracts. Faced with either retooling the station or moving in another direction, the decision was made to go the cheaper route. Following Preston & Steve’s final show, where they announced that they were moving, the ...

96.5 The Point Becomes Wild 96.5

Previous Format: Hot AC “96.5 The Point” WPTP New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 96.5” WLDW Date & Time Of Change: November 17, 2003 at 5:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/345.mp3

Alice 104.5 Philadelphia Becomes Sunny 104.5

Previous Format: Rock AC New Format: Soft AC Date & Time Of Change: August 1, 2002 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/202.mp3

96.5 WWDB flips from News/Talk to All 80’s “The Point”

One day before Election Day, a huge day for a Talk station, WWDB-FM America’s first Talk station on FM abandoned the format. Sinking ratings caused by the loss of the syndicated Dr. Laura and Rush Limbaugh to upstart 1210 WPHT as well as the many reimaging and refocusing WWDB went through in its final years helped lead to its demise. Around 9:00am the station began stunting with an automated voice counting down to 1. When the station debuted at 5:00, they did so by airing all of the station’s sweepers prior to the first song “Don’t You Forget About Me” from Simple Minds. http://formatchange.com/audio/71.mp3

“Star 104.5” WYXR becomes Rock AC “Alice 104-5”

For most of the 1990’s, 104.5 in Philadelphia has programmed different variations of the Hot AC format under the Star 104.5 name. In the Spring of 1999, rumors were running rampant that they would flip to the Jammin Oldies format that AMFM Inc. was launching in most markets. However, they were beaten to the punch by Greater Media’s WXXM which flipped from Modern AC in May. In November, Star 104.5 finally flipped formats, switching from Hot AC to Rock AC (Female targeted Classic Hits with some currents) under the name “Alice 104-5”. Call Letters were soon changed to WLCE. http://formatchange.com/audio/74.mp3

640 WWJZ Mount Holly flips from Standards to Radio Disney

A 1992 sign-on, WWJZ in suburban Mount Holly, NJ fit a small niche in the Delaware Valley as a locally operated popular standards station. With some tower problems, it was operating well below its allocated 50kw daytime signal, which would’ve been one of the strongest in the area. Disney, among other companies, saw the potential the 640 signal had, even with its weak nighttime signal. Disney, however was looking for a local outlet for its Radio Disney network. Targeting children, the nighttime signal was not as much of a hindrance as it would’ve been for another format. http://formatchange.com/audio/75.mp3

WFLN becomes Modern AC “Max 95.7”

After 40 years of service as Philadelphia’s Classical Music station, frequent ownership changes in the mid-1990’s and developing business trends led to the demise of 95.7 WFLN. Greater Media Broadcasting donated the WFLN music library to Temple University’s 90.1 WRTI. With Q102 leaning Rhythmic, the Modern AC format of Max was thought to fill a niche between Alternative Y100 and WIOQ. However, it took almost 6 months for Max to put together an airstaff and ratings were never able to get much higher than a 2.3 share. In May of 1999, as ratings were beginning to turn the corner after the addition of the Barsky Show in mornings, Greater Media pulled the plug on Max in order to beat AMFM to the punch with Rhythmic Oldies. http://formatchange.com/audio/70.mp3

103.9 WDRE flips from Modern Rock to Urban

In late 1996, Jarad Broadcasting sold off WDRE to Radio-One, who specializes in Urban based formats. With knowledge of a change coming, the station decided to go out with a bang. Sweepers promoted the days remaining until the death of ‘DRE, while an anything goes attitude prevailed at the station. On Valentines Day, 1997 WDRE presented Bitterfest, a concert to mark the demise of the station. As the clock prepared to strike midnight, 103.9 played Pearl Jam’s “Alive” while the concert’s crowd chanted “DRE, DRE, DRE”. At midnight the station began a weekend stunt of Old School R&B, until the sign-on of the “New 103.9” Urban format the following Monday. http://formatchange.com/audio/72.mp3

WEAZ Relaunches As B101

Previous Format: AC “EZ 101” WEAZ New Format: AC “B101” WBEB Date & Time Of Change: April 25, 1993 at 5:30pm More Info: Philadelphia Radio Archives, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/419.mp3

Eagle 106 WEGX becomes Smooth Jazz WJJZ

In the early 1990’s CHRs across the country were flipping formats. Baltimore and Washington, D.C. had lost theirs in 1992. In 1993, Philadelphia would lose its. The 106.1 frequency had been CHR for almost a decade under a few monikers: WZGO Z106, WTRK Electric 106, and finally Eagle 106. Smooth Jazz formats were sprouting up across the nation, targeting a more desirable audience to advertisers. After the flip on Friday, March 12th, another station was quick to jump on WEGX’s audience. 100.3 WKSZ, a struggling AC flipped to CHR as Z100 the following Monday, but would later change calls to WPLY “Y100” after a lawsuit from New York’s Z100 fearing audience confusion due to signal overlap. WPLY would have an Adult lean until it flipped to Modern Rock in 1994. Other...

103.9 WIBF flips from Ethnic to Modern Rock

The 103.9 frequency was one of the last remaining voids in the Philadelphia market. With a leased-time format under Fox Broadcasting, WIBF was an untapped goldmine in the world of formatted radio. Enter Jarad Broadcasting, owners of longtime Modern Rocker WDRE in Garden City, New York. Jarad was quickly developing a cluster of Modern Rock stations with the “Underground Network” moniker. Affiliates included stations in Albany, Memphis, Little Rock, and WIBF. Signing-On with Pearl Jam’s “Alive”, 103.9 would simulcast New York’s WDRE until the demise of the network. Around that time, the WDRE call letters were moved to 103.9, which went live and local until its death in 1997. http://formatchange.com/audio/73.mp3

102.1 WIOQ flips from Oldies to Rhythmic CHR “Q102”

On November 18, 1987, two Philadelphia radio stations changed formats to oldies within minutes of one another: “Hot Hits” 98.1 WCAU-FM became “Oldies 98” WOGL, while Rocker “Q102” WIOQ became “Solid Gold 102”. The battle between the two stations would last for 14 months until WIOQ was sold to EZ Communications. Under new PD Mark Driscoll, the station debuted a Rhythmic CHR format under the resurrected “Q102” moniker that has lasted to this day in various forms. http://formatchange.com/audio/138.mp3

KYW Goes All-News

Previous Format: Middle Of The Road New Format: News Date & Time Of Change: September 21, 1965 More Info: CBS Philly, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by KYW 1060 http://formatchange.com/audio/47.mp3

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