United Kingdom

Lyca Media II Ltd has been granted permission to change the format of its London-based local radio station Lyca Dilse Radio following an Ofcom consultation.
Two responses were received, with one in favour and another seeking clarification over the wording of the proposed target audience.
The station will now become a retro Asian music radio station with lifestyle speech, targeting over 40-year old Asians in London.
The new format means the station would have to offer less speech during the daytime than it currently does.
RadioToday
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS’ CLUB FB group (2021-06-16)

United States

Former BET, PBS and NPR/Public Radio International host Tavis Smiley’s Smiley Audio Company will launch its new Black Talk format on 1580 KBLA Santa Monica/Los Angeles on Saturday, June 19.

The Juneteenth launch follows Smiley’s purchase of the station last fall from Multicultural Radio Broadcasting for $7.15 million.

Smiley has tapped Elston Howard Butler to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of KBLA and parent Smiley Audio Company. Butler joins KBLA from Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions Adult R&B 102.3 KJLH Inglewood where he has served as Market Manager since January 2019. He has also served as VP/Sales for iHeartMedia Riverside CA, Local Sales Manager for 790 KABC Los Angeles, and held sales positions at CBS Radio, Evergreen Media, Cox Radio and KJLH in Los Angeles.

KJLH has also unveiled its daily on-air schedule which features a few other KJLH veterans.

Dominique DiPrima will move from the 430-6am slot on KJLH to anchor “First Things First With Dominique DiPrima” from 6-9am at KBLA. DiPrima, who had been with KJLH since 2005, previously hosted “Street Science with Dominique di Prima” at 92.3 and 100.3 KKBT where she also was a part of Steve Harvey’s morning show.

Smiley himself will host from 9am to 12pm. He will be followed by Danny Morrison from 12 to 2pm. Morrison will continue to host mornings at Cesar Chavez Foundation Rhythmic CHRs “Forge 95.3” KBHH Kernan/Fresno and “Forge 103.9” KBDS Taft/Bakersfield.

Reach Media’s syndicated DL Hughley Show will follow from 2-4pm. Comedian Alonzo Bodden will host afternoons from 4-7pm. Dr. Jeshana Johnson will host “Let’s Get Intimate with Dr. Jeshana Johnson” from 7 to 9pm. Another KJLH alum, Don Amiche will host “Don Amiche vs. Everybody + Crysta and Kiara” from 9pm to midnight. Amiche spent 11 years at KJLH from 2007 to 2018 and most recently was a producer for Westwood One’s Pat McAfee Show. He has also worked on-air at KJMZ Lawton, KQXC Wichita Falls, KZZA Dallas, KWIN Stockton, XHTZ San Diego, and served as Creative Services Director for KNX Los Angeles.
RadioInsight (2021-06-11)

Canada

Rogers rebrands 680 NEWS, other Canadian radio stations as CityNews.
Rogers Sports & Media announced Friday that its news radio stations – including Toronto’s 680 NEWS – will be rebranded under CityNews to “become a powerhouse local news offering in each market.”
The communications and media company says the change is strictly in brand identity only, as loyal listeners will continue to receive the same content from 680 NEWS, NEWS 1130 (Vancouver), 660 NEWS (Calgary), NEWS 95.7 (Halifax), and 570 NEWS (Kitchener).
This includes the latest news, traffic and weather, along with the same beloved local on-air personalities.
Toronto CityNews
Andy Reid to Canadian Radio News FB group (2021-06-04)

United States

Salem Media Group will flip Conservative Talk “1640 The PatriotKDZR Lake Oswego/Portland OR to Regional Mexican “La Patrona” on Tuesday, June 1.
The new format will duplicate the branding utilized by 1680 KNTS Seattle since its flip in February. The station will create a flanker to sister Regional Mexican “93.1 El Rey” KRYP Gladstone.
KDZR was one of two Conservative Talk stations in Portland owned by Salem. The company will continue to operate “The Answer 860” KPAM Troutdale. In addition to time-shifting some of Salem’s national programs heard on KPAM, KDZR also carried Westwood One’s Chris Plante, Ben Shapiro, and Michael Knowles along with Compass Media Network’s Joe Pags Show.
RadioInsight (2021-05-31)

India

The very severe cyclonic storm called Yaas, hit the Odisha coast in the morning of 26 May 2021 bringing lot of damages in the area.
AIR Cuttack  of Odisha State was noted on  972 kHz  (300 kW)  continuously in the previous night broadcasting emergency messages in Odiya along with songs instead of signing off at around 11.20 pm IST.
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS to dxindia groups.io (2021-05-26)

United States

WCMD Adds News/Talk Programming.
West Virginia Radio Corp. has flipped Sports “ESPN 102.1” 1230 WCMD/102.1 W271AT Cumberland MD to a mix of Talk and Sports.
Now branding under its call letters, the station retains a Sports heavy lineup. Tony Cimaglia’s “Sports Rush with Tony C” remains in mornings but shrinks from 6-9am to 6-8am. Cluster News Director Amanda Mangan will now follow with “Tri-State Today” from 8 to 10am. The company’s regionally syndicated “Metronews Talkline” hosted by Hoppy Kercheval will air from 10am to 12pm. The remainder of the WCMD lineup will continue to feature programming from ESPN Radio as well as play-by-play of MLB’s Washington Nationals, NHL’s Washington Capitals, and NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.
RadioInsight (2021-05-18)

United States

Salem Media Group flipped Classic Country “Real Country760 KGU/95.1 K236CR Honolulu to Sports “The Shark” last month.
KGU is carrying programming from SportsMap Radio and all play-by-play for Hawai’i Pacific University.
KGU becomes the fourth Sports station in Honolulu joining iHeartMedia’s “Fox Sports 990” KIKI and Blow Up Inc.’s duo of “ESPN Honolulu” 1420 KKEA/92.7 K224FR and “CBS 1500” KHKA.
KGU Honolulu Flips To Sports – RadioInsight
RadioInsight (2021-05-11)

United Kingdom

On 30 April 2021, Ofcom started a consultation concerning a format change of Lyca Dilse Radio [London 1035 kHz].
See: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/lyca-dilse-radio-format-change
Consultation: Lyca Dilse Radio – Request to change Format
Start: 30 April 2021 Status: Open  End: 28 May 2021
Lyca Media II Ltd wishes to change the ‘Character of Service’ of one of its Greater London licences, which broadcasts as ‘Lyca Dilse Radio’, from:
“An interactive speech-based station targeted at over-35s in the various Asian communities around London, accompanied by a mix of popular forms of music appealing to the target audience. Speech (expected to comprise at least half of daytime, and maybe less out of daytime) may be in English but should encourage a multi-lingual environment.”
to:
“A retro Asian music radio station targeting over 40-year old Asians in London. Playing music from 50s to 90s era & no current music. Also inclusion of lifestyle speech.”
We have taken a preliminary view on the request and are minded to grant it. However, we are seeking views on the request before we make a decision. The consultation closes at 5pm on 28 May 2021.
[…]
Main documentsConsultation: Lyca Dilse Radio – Request to change Format (PDF File, 478.3 KB)
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/218221/lyca-dilse-condoc.pdf
via Dr. Hansjörg Biener (2021-05-02)

United States

Blarney Stone Broadcasting Sports “Up North Sports Radio” 101.1 WGRY-FM Rosscommon MI will begin airing on two additional frequencies on Monday, May 3.

WGRY’s programming will begin airing on Mitten News LLC’s Talk 1110 WJML Petoskey and 1210 WJNL Kingsley/101.1 W266CS Traverse City according to the Traverse Ticker. Blarney Stone and Mitten News have been running their stations in a Joint Sales Agreement since November 2019.

WGRY’s Sports format had previously been heard in the Traverse City market on 92.3 WBNZ Frankfort until the collapse of Blarney Stone’s LMA of Roy Henderson’s stations in 2019.

Up North Sports Radio airs Michigan Sports Network’s X’s and Bro’s Morning Show with Anthony Bellino from 6-9am and CBS Sports Radio programming the remainder of the day. The stations also carry Detroit Tigers baseball, Detroit Red Wings hockey, and Detroit Pistons basketball.
radioINSIGHT (2021-04-29)