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

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