United States

Don Davis’ Vanguard Radio Center has launched 1100 KRKE Peralta/93.7 K229CL Albuquerque NM and is currently stunting with a ten minute loop of remixed clips of 1980s songs ahead of a new format launch on Friday, October 14 at 12pm.

Davis purchased the CP for a then new CP on 1120 AM on 1120 in July 2020 for $25,000. After a few modifications to the CP as well as the move of what is now 1080 KEMR Moriarty from 1090 in Milan NM, the AM signed-on in February simulcasting KEMR with 1kW daytime. The 93.7 translator previously rebroadcasted Rock of Talk LLC’s Conservative Talk 1600 KIVA Albuquerque.

The new format on KRKE/K229CL will join a Vanguard operation that includes Dance “96.7 Pirate Radio” KSFE Grants, Hip Hop “101.3 The Hustle” KYLZ Albuquerque, Regional Mexican “La Mexicana” 106.3 KXOT Los Lunas/95.9 K240EC Santa Fe, Smooth Jazz “103.7 The Oasis” 1510 KOAZ Isleta/103.7 K279BP Albuquerque, and Full Service AC “East Mountain Radio” 1080 KEMR/102.1 K271DC Moriarty,
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/243928/krke-albuquerque-stunting-ahead-of-friday-format-launch/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-10-12)

United States

SPORTS Betting is spread across KGO.
After abruptly eliminating its heritage Talk format on Thursday, Cumulus Media launched Sports Betting “810 The Spread” this morning.

KGO will utilize programming from Audacy’s BetQL and CBS Sports Radio networks which are both distributed by Cumulus’ Westwood One. It becomes the third Sports brand in the Cumulus San Francisco cluster joining 680 KNBR/104.5 KNBR-FM and 1050 KTCT.

The station’s lineup will feature BetQL Daily from 6-9am, the Jim Rome Show from 9am-12pm, You Better You Bet from 12-4pm, Bet MGM Tonight from 4-8pm, and CBS Sports Radio overnight.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/243796/sports-betting-is-spread-across-kgo/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-10-10)

United Kingdom

Our next Radio Caroline North broadcast is between 15th-16th October, live from our radio ship Ross Revenge.

You’ll hear some great music from the 60s – early 90s plus, in this month’s on-air competition, you can win virtual money to spend in our web shop plus a book for each winner, kindly sponsored this month by Addo Addison from Royston, Herts.

Listen on 648 AM across England, The Netherlands, Belgium and beyond, on 1368 AM in the North/North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, worldwide online here via our Caroline North Player, on smart speakers and the Radio Caroline app.

We’d love to hear from you during the broadcast via memories(at)radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it’s the only email address that gets you straight through to our ‘North’ broadcasters.
https://www.radiocaroline.co.uk

Sources: Nico from Gouda HOL direct and Mike Terry via WOR iog (2022-10-10)

United States

KGO SIGNS-OFF NEWS/TALK FORMAT.

Cumulus Media has pulled the plug on the News/Talk format on 810 KGO San Francisco .

Midday host Mark Thompson was abruptly taken off the air around 10:16 this morning quickly signing off with “This is KGO San Francisco, A Cumulus Media station” before a stunt loop began. The station is currently running a loop clearly teasing a Sports Betting format, “The most unique radio station in the Bay Area is coming on Monday. You can bet on it”. The sweepers include song clips referring to gambling and making money.

A message on KGORadio.com states, “Today we say goodbye to the legendary KGO.

Over the last 80 years, KGO has been here for Bay area listeners covering and discussing all the news that has impacted our world and local communities. We thank you for your loyalty and for trusting KGO to be your source for information. We also want to sincerely thank all the talented men and women that worked so hard over the years to produce award-winning programming on KGO.

On Monday, 810am begins a new era. We hope you will tune in.”

Under ABC ownership, KGO was the dominant player in the Bay Area with Ratings Expert Chris Huff noting the station had 125 consecutive #1 ratings periods from 1978-2008. Its demise began with the shift from diary to PPM measurement and then multiple retoolings under Citadel Media and Cumulus. The station ranked 20th in the September Nielsen Audio ratings with a 1.7 share trending up from a 1.2 and 1.5 the previous two months.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/243623/kgo-signs-off-news-talk-format/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-10-06)

United States

Townsquare Media relaunched Sports “ESPN Lafayette1420 KPEL/103.3 K277DQ Lafayette LA as “103.3 The Goat“.

Timed to today’s homecoming at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, the station is now positioning as “The Greatest Sports Talk Of All Time”. The station features local shows hosted by Lynden Burton from 6-7am and Scott Prather from 7-9am. Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick Show from 9am-12pm, Westwood One’s Rich Eisen Show from 12-3pm, and ESPN Radio programming in other timeslots make up the remainder of the lineup.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/243299/the-goat-charges-into-lafayette/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-09-30)

United States

And now the reasons behind the consolidation of all of Audacy’s Sports programming in South Florida has become known. Audacy Sports “790 The TicketWAXY South Miami will flip to Spanish Conservative Talk “Radio Libre” on Monday, October 3.

The new brand will utilize programming from Americano Media, which will move from SiriusXM (channel 153) to WAXY, while continuing to operate its streaming television network. Americano Media founder and CEO Ivan Garcia-Hidalgo told NBC News, “This is the first of many terrestrial radio syndication agreements for Americano, and we look forward to a strong partnership with Audacy.”
More on the story here https://radioinsight.com/headlines/243265/audacy-to-launch-radio-libre-790-miami/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-09-29)

United States

Yet more storms affecting radio stations – Tampa FL.
With Ian Threatening, Tampa Radio Moves Into Storm Coverage Mode.

It was the calm before the storm in Florida Tuesday afternoon as Ian emerged into the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane. The impact on Florida is expected to be severe, especially in the heavily populated Tampa and Fort Myers areas. iHeartMedia news/talk “NewsRadio” WFLA Tampa (970) shifted into wall-to-wall coverage early Tuesday with plans to remain in that mode through the duration of the storm. As the situation deteriorates, Tampa sister music FMs “98 Rock” WXTB, AC “Mix 100.7” WMTX, country WFUS, CHR WFLZ and urban contemporary WBTP planned to simulcast WFLA’s coverage. For now, iHeart’s 13 other stations in the Tampa-Sarasota region are airing news reports from WFLA every 15 minutes.

Florida is one of iHeart’s eight regional news centers. In addition to a statewide broadcast it will be providing, all of its stations in the state have partnerships with local television stations to bolster their own people in the market, Chris Berry, iHeartMedia Executive VP of News/Talk Programming, told Inside Radio.

“We have relocated some of our news anchor staff to Orlando, who will be able to continue to broadcast if there is any kind of a disruption at our studios in Tampa,” Berry said. Engineers from other markets have been brought into Florida should stations lose transmitter facilities or electricity. “In addition to our primary broadcast studios, we have the ability to relocate, if necessary, to a more hardened emergency broadcast location,” Berry added.

The plan is to simulcast throughout the Gulf Coast region while providing local content for sister stations, from Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa up the Gulf Coast into Tallahassee and potentially Pensacola and Panama City, if needed.

“We have a lot of resources that are already in the state – in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami – and we have the ability to move people around as necessary to provide reporting on the ground and also from the studio,” said Berry.

Beasley Storm Center Updates

Beasley Media Group’s Tampa stations, including country WQYK and classic hits WRBQ, were promoting and airing hourly updates Tuesday with their ABC TV partner, amidst regular programming, while pointing listeners to their websites. Beasley stations also sent emails to their listener databases with a link to follow their Storm Center updates and “tips to get you through a hurricane” from ABC Action News meteorologist Denis Phillips.

CMG Airing Multiple Updates Per Hour

Cox Media Group’s Tampa music stations were following a similar blueprint, interspersing essential storm-related news with regular programming. “Our programming, content and engineering teams in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville have been preparing for several days and are ready to give critical life-saving updates to our audiences,” CMG Radio VP of Audience & Operations Chris Eagan told Inside Radio. “Our stations are updating weather, closings, evacuation and giving news updates multiple times per hour to ensure listeners have the information they need and know how to stay safe.”

CMG news/talk WHPT Tampa was in storm coverage mode Tuesday although with the “real raw radio” attitude you would expect from “The Bone.” In addition to coverage from its local hosts, WHPT was airing updates from “Fox 13” WTVT-TV chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto and local officials.

Cox owns television stations in Orlando and Jacksonville that it can partner with for more information and extended coverage. The company’s Tampa cluster has long standing content-sharing partnerships with “Fox 13” WTVT-TV and CBS affiliate “10 Tampa Bay” WTSP-TV.

“We’re utilizing all of our assets (on air, social, digital, push alerts from our station apps etc.) to make sure our audiences can get the information they need anywhere and everywhere,” Eagan said.

INSIDE RADIO 27/9

Steve Whitt to mwcircle iog (2022-09-28)

Kiribati

Radio Kiribati (846 kHz.) off the air on Wednesday and Sunday.
On Sept 21 (Wednesday), I also found 846 was noticeably silent. Yes, again off the air again today (Sept 28 – Wed.).
Their regular schedule must be off the air on Wednesday and Sunday, as we have been observing.

Ron Howard, California to WOR iog (2022-09-28)

India

All India Radio‘s special transmission for “Mahalaya 2022”
Date : 25th September, 2022 (Sunday)
Time : 0350 – 0545 IST, 2220 UTC (24th Sept 2022) to 0015 UTC* (25th Sept, 2022)
* some stations have late sign in & may continue past 0100 UTC

All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast the special dawn programme “Mahishasur Mardini” on the ocassion of Mahalaya in following languages  :

– Hindi/Sanskrit version – on its Indraprastha & FM Gold channels. This will be relayed by all FM Gold channels and selected SW & MW stations.
– Bengali/Sanskrit version – at same time on AIR Delhi FM Rainbow network and selected SW & MW stations.

All India Radio, Kolkata will also originate the special Mahalaya programme in Bengali/Sanskrit at same time which will be relayed by selected SW & MW stations .
This programme may also be relayed over concerned DRM channels,YouTube channel AIR Live News 24X7 & DTH.

Live-streaming on : https://www.youtube.com/user/akashvani

“Mahishasuramardini” is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit & Bengali recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930’s. The sheer nostalgia is what makes the dawn of Mahalaya special as one of the most looked forward to Radio broadcasts. Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

Frequencies observed during past years :

MW

531 – Jodhpur
549 – Ranchi
603 – Ajmer
621 – Patna A
648 – Indore A
657 – Kolkata A
675 – Chattarpur
684 – Port Blair
711 – Siliguri
729 – Guwahati A
747 – Lucknow A
756 – Jagdalpur
774 – Shimla
792 – Pune (Also try 783 DRM)
801 – Jabalpur
810 – Rajkot A
819 – New Delhi A
828 – Silchar
846 – Ahmedabad A
891 – Rampur
909 – Gorakhpur
918 – Suratgarh
954 – Nazibabad
981 – Raipur
990 – Jammu
1008 – Kolkata B (Pure DRM)
1026 – Allahabad A
1044 – Mumbai A (Pure DRM)
1125 – Tezpur
1179 – Rewa
1242 – Varanasi
1260 – Ambikapur
1296 – Darbhanga
1314 – Bhuj
1386 – Gwalior
1395 – Bikaner
1404 – Gangtok
1458 – Bhagalpur
1530 – Agra
1593 – Bhopal A

Please email your observations & receptions reports to :  spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.gov.in

Or,
Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi 110001, India

Related :

Eight Decades Later, the Original Mahalaya Still Unites  
https://thewire.in/society/eight-decades-later-the-original-mahalaya-still-unites-bengalis-in-communion

Come Mahalaya, Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s recitation still default choice for All India Radio
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-come-mahalaya-birendra-krishna-bhadra-s-recitation-still-default-choice-for-all-india-radio-2020933

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi to dxindia iog (2022-09-22)