Modern Rock

“Planet Radio 96.5” KFTE Becomes “NewsRadio” KPEL

Previous Format: Modern Rock New Format: News/Talk Date & Time Of Change: 6/25/2010 12:00am More Info: Related Format Changes: 105.1 KPEL Becomes “Planet Radio” KFTE Thanks to Chris Stelly for this aircheck.

105.3 The Spy Returns

Previous Format: Spanish Sports New Format: Modern Rock Date & Time Of Change: November 23, 2009 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 105.3 KLGH Becomes The Spy

“Fuel 90.3” CFUL Calgary Becomes “Amp Radio” CKMP

Previous Format: Modern Rock New Format: CHR Date & Time Of Change: June 20, 2009 at 6:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

106.5 KWOD Becomes All 90’s The Buzz

Previous Format: Modern Rock New Format: All 90’s Date & Time Of Change: May 22. 2009 at 9:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

99X Returns On 97.9

Previous Format: None New Format: Modern Rock “99X On 97.9” Date & Time Of Change: April 17, 2009 at 9:09am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

102.9 The Point Becomes X102.9

As one of the last All-80’s stations in the country 102.9 The Point became a victim of cluster programming. Sister station WJGL’s “96.9 The Eagle” 70’s and 80’s based Classic Hits format was stepping on its toes and not giving The Point much room to thrive. By flipping to Modern Rock, X102.9 is able to flank sister WFYV “Rock 105” from Clear Channel’s Modern Rock WPLA “107.3 The Planet”. The Point went out with the same song that had launched it in nine years earlier: Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me”. System of a Down’s “Chop Suey” ushered in X102.9’s life. Thanks to Dan Rubin for submitting this aircheck.

WSMJ Baltimore Becomes “Channel 104.3”

The 104.3 frequency in Baltimore has been in a continuous loop of format changes since the demise of CHR “B104” WBSB in the early 90’s. There was Hot AC “Variety 104.3” WVRT, Soft AC “Soft 104.3” WSSF, All 70’s and later Classic Hits “The Colt” WOCT, Classic Rock “Baltimore 104.3” which later brought back the “B104” name under the call letters WXFB. Since 2003, the station had found some stability with Smooth Jazz WSMJ. With the format dying off in many markets, it was expected that WSMJ would eventually change formats. That change eventually happened on May 23, 2008 as WSMJ became Modern Rock “Channel 104.3”. The launch sequence includes a nice montage of airchecks taken from as...

99X Atlanta Signs-Off, Q100 Moves In

Previous Format: Modern Rock New Format: CHR Date & Time Of Change: January 25, 2008 at 5:30am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Rock 100.5 Atlanta Debuts

“O-Rock” 105.9 WOCL Orlando Becomes “Sunny 105.9”

Following the departure of Howard Stern to Sirius in December 2005, WOCL’s Modern Rock format fell on hard times. Drew Garabo and Savannah were brought in following their departures from crosstown FM Talker WTKS to host mornings, but the format floundered behind 101.1 WJRR for the young male audience it desired. Finally on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 10:00am the station dropped Modern Rock and began stunting with Bill Drake’s “History of Rock and Roll” until the following Thursday, January 10. That day at 12:40pm, the station began a year-by-year montage similar to the one used by sister WCBS-FM New York the previous summer, which led up to the launch at 1:05pm and 9 seconds of “Sunny 105.9 – Orlando’s Greatest Hits”.

Drive 105 becomes Love 105

The Twin Cities trimulcast 105.1 WGVX, 105.3 WGVY, and 105.7 WGVZ has never been a powerhouse in the market due to its rimshot status. Since being brought together with the same programming in 1996, the stations have flipped from Modern Rock to Active Rock back to Modern Rock to Rhythmic Oldies to Adult Alternative. ABC had usually used the stations as a flanker to sister rockers KXXR and KQRS. Drive 105’s intention was to siphon listeners away from Clear Channel’s KTCZ “Cities 97”, but as the ratings and revenue for the trimulcast never grew, ABC management targetted CBS’ WLTE “102.9 Lite-FM” and Clear Channel’s Oldies KQQL “Kool 108” with the new Soft Oldies “Love 105” The station launched at 5:30am on May 8, 2007 wi...

KZGL Becomes Power 98.3

Previous Format: Alternative “98.3 The Z” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” Date & Time Of Change: September 18, 2006 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: Power 92 KKFR Becomes KTAR-FM

96.3 WMAD Becomes Star Country

Previous Format: Modern Rock “Mad Radio 96.3” New Format: Country “96.3 Star Country” Date & Time Of Change: December 24, 2005 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews