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

92.3 Free FM Free-FM David Lee Roth Opie Anthony JV Elvis Doghouse WFNY WFNY-FM New York

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 […]

KYNG Becomes The Talk That Rocks

Previous Format: Country “Young Country 105.3” New Format: Hot Talk/Active Rock “105.3 The Talk That Rocks” Date & Time Of Change: March 10, 2000 More Info: Wikipedia, DFW Radio History

“FM Talk 97.1″ KLSX Los Angeles Becomes Amp Radio

There was no one reason that led to the demise of FM Talk on 97.1 KLSX Los Angeles after 13 years. The departure of Howard Stern to Sirius in 2005 led to the national “Free-FM” experiment bringing in a restructuring that brought in Adam Carolla. The PPM ratings system changed the way stations recorded listeners. […]

WCKG Becomes Fresh 105.9

With the return of Dan Mason to the head of CBS’ Radio division it soon became apparent that the company’s FM Talkers were in danger. The “Free-FM” brand was dropped and the format was dropped in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, and Pittsburgh. In early October 2007, rumors began swirling that the Chicago […]

B94 Returns

Previous Format: Talk “93.7 The Zone” WTZN New Format: CHR “B94″ WBZW Date & Time Of Change: October 5, 2007 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

97.1 Free FM Becomes 97.1 The Ticket

Previous Format: FM Talk “Live 97.1 Free-FM” WKRK New Format: Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Date & Time Of Change: October 1, 2007 at 3:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Aircheck Contributed by

“Free-FM” KZON becomes Rhythmic CHR “101.5 Jamz”

With the Memorial Day weekend flip of WFNY New York back to Rock and the relaunch of KFRC in San Francisco, the new management of CBS Radio made it clear that the “Free-FM” network of talk stations would not be long for the world. While many of the stations simply drop the Free-FM branding, speculation […]

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 […]

100.7 KQBZ becomes “The Wolf” KKWF

The departure of Howard Stern from terrestrial radio set off a chain reaction throughout the radio industry. Even stations that didn’t air Stern felt the fallout. When the morning show opening on sister station 99.9 KISW was given to KQBZ middayer B.J. Shea, the remainder of the two stations programming was merged. KQBZ night show […]

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 […]

KPIX-FM Stunts With Chicago Simulcast

101.9 The Mix WTMX Chicago 95.7 KPIX-FM San Francisco KOYT Z95.7 KZQZ

Previous Format: Hot Talk KPIX-FM New Format: Simulcasting 101.9 WTMX Chicago Date & Time Of Change: May 30, 1997 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia, FMAirchecks Notes: 95.7 (Under new KOYT call letters) would simulcast WTMX Chicago until July 11, 1997 when it would flip to CHR “Z95.7” KZQZ. Aircheck Contributed by Steve Worth