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WRKO Flips To Talk

Previous Format: Top 40 New Format: Talk Date & Time Of Change: September 27, 1981 at 6:00pm More Info: Wikipedia, WRKO.org Aircheck Contributed by Airchexx.com http://formatchange.com/audio/672.mp3

K242CC Becomes 96.3 RNB

Previous Format: Talk (Simulcasting 1370 KJCE) New Format: Urban AC “96.3 RNB” Date & Time Of Change: July 29, 2013 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight Aircheck Contributed by MeAgainstMarconi.com http://formatchange.com/audio/681.mp3

Comedy 1200 Debuts

Previous Format: Conservative Talk “Talk 1200” New Format: Comedy “Comedy 1200” Date & Time Of Change: August 13, 2012 at 8:30am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/606.mp3

MTR Signs Off

Previous Format: Talk “MTR 1377” 3MP New Format: Soft AC “MyMP” 3MP Date & Time Of Change: April 2, 2012 at 5:00pm More Info: Sydney Morning Herald, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Rick Schwarz http://formatchange.com/audio/614.mp3

WCAR Becomes ESPN 1090

Previous Format: Talk “1090 The Car” New Format: Sports “ESPN 1090” Date & Time Of Change: February 1, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: Michiguide, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Mark David http://formatchange.com/audio/556.mp3

1500/107.7 WTOP Becomes Washington Post Radio

Previous Format: News New Format: News/Talk Date & Time Of Change: March 30, 2006 at 5:30am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/278.mp3

WJHR Flemington becomes “ChatRadio 1040”

After years of silence, 1040 WJHR Flemington returned to the air in 1996 with a Full Service Hot AC format as “Jersey’s Hometown Radio”. As the only commercial station licensed to Hunterdon County, WJHR had a nice niche in a rapidly growing area. Nassau Broadcasting attempted to increase that niche when they took over the station. Flipping the station to News/Talk was intended to increase the local niche of the station in the market, while removing the music that competed with Nassau’s WPST. Unfortunately, the station did not succeed enough as was expected, which is not surprising given the amount of money needed to operate an all local News/Talk operation. In 1999, the station flipped to a simulcast of 1350 WHWH in Princeton, NJ and both air a satellite Business Ta...

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...

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...

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