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Pulse 87 Signs-Off

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Pulse 87” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Party-FM” Date & Time Of Change: October 30, 2009 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Tony Santiago

WQXR Becomes X96.3 WXNY

Previous Format: Classical WQXR New Format: Spanish CHR “X96.3” WXNY Date & Time Of Change: October 8, 2009 at 8:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WQXR Moves From 96.3 To 105.9

105.9 WCAA Becomes WQXR

Previous Format: Spanish CHR “La Kalle 105.9” WCAA New Format: Classical WQXR Date & Time Of Change: October 8, 2009 at 8:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 105.9 WCAA Moves To 96.3

92.3 K-Rock becomes Now-FM

For much its life, WXRK “92.3 K-Rock” was synonymous with Howard Stern. Stern joined the station in 1986 and it was his flagship until he left for Sirius at the end of 2005. Outside of Stern, the station’s identity was always evolving. It started out as Classic Rock, shifted to Alternative, and later Active Rock before bouncing back and forth between all three until it flipped to Talk as “Free-FM” at the beginning of 2006. When the talk format didn’t pick up steam, the station reverted to the “K-Rock” brand in May 2007. Outside of Opie & Anthony in the mornings, the station continued to struggle in the ratings as the stations identity had been lost due to the constant musical shifts and its target audience’s usage of newer technolo...

Smooth Jazz CD101.9 Becomes Rock 101.9 WRXP

Previous Format: Smooth Jazz New Format: Rock Date & Time Of Change: February 5, 2008 at 4:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

101.1 WCBS-FM Returns

When Dan Mason returned as President of CBS Radio in the Spring of 2007, the first thing he did was make it clear that many of the blunders of the past few years needed to be fixed. The “Free-FM” brand was slowly dissolved, leading to the return of K-Rock. San Francisco’s KFRC was relaunched on a new frequency just a few months after that station had dropped its heritage format. All that remained was dealing with that pesky Jack in New York. On July 12, 2007 at appropriately 1:01pm, Jack shifted over to 101.1’s HD-2 signal and made way for the return of a slightly modified WCBS-FM. Dan Taylor and Bob Shannon were brought back, but were joined by newcomers Broadway Bill Lee, Joe Causi and more 80’s music. Note: This is quite long, running at almost 27 minutes, ...

92.3 Free-FM WFNY Reverts To K-Rock

” Nappy Headed **** ” Three words that shook the number one radio market and the industry as a whole. We all know about Don Imus’ misguided comments and the uproar it caused. The trickle down effect would directly lead to this and other format changes across the country including WSBG Stroudsburg and KIFR San Francisco as stations dealt with how to handle so-called “shock jocks” or others who were caught for saying supposedly offensive comments. CBS Radio was most directly caught in the crosshairs of the Imus/Shock Jock issue. They were still looking to replace Imus on WFAN while having to deal with multiple issues at WFNY. Midday hosts JV and Elvis were let go for a bit taken offense to by Asian groups. Morning hosts Opie and Anthony were suspended for a mont...

Mix 102.7 WNEW Becomes Fresh 102.7

Previous Format: Rhythmic AC New Format: AC Date & Time Of Change: January 2, 2007 at 5:00am More Info: Wikipedia

101.1 WCBS-FM Becomes Jack-FM

Previous Format: Oldies “101.1 CBS-FM” New Format: Variety Hits “101.1 Jack-FM” Date & Time Of Change: June 3, 2005 at 5:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Related Change: 101.1 WCBS-FM Returns It was the day many never thought would happen. And when it happened, two of the top three radio markets would simultaneously wonder what had happened. At around 3:50pm WCBS-FM midday jock Bill Brown hinted at something about to go down in his final break. At 4:00 the station played a half-hour of songs with nothing but jingles in between. However, each song hinted ominously at what was to come. Songs like “Hit The Road Jack” and “Movin’ Out” led into Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind”. At 4:30, a 5 minute stunt loop led into the introdu...