The Federal Communications Commission reports there were 19 call letter changes on radio stations across the U.S. during the month of January. The changes are the result of a mix of format flips, rebranding and deal-making.
Five of the changes were made by Educational Media Foundation. It relocated its WLWX call letters to Chicago from Winchester, VA for its “K-Love 90s” station at 88.1 FM. And the call letters that had been on the frequency – WAIW – were sent to 92.5 FM in Winchester.
EMF’s other call letter changes came as a result of its purchase of three adult alternative FMs in Northern New England from Northeast Broadcasting Company. What had been WXRG (102.3) in the Concord, NH market is now WAKC. What had been WNYN-FM (99.1) in Whitefield, NH is now WYKC. And what was WRJT, Royalton, VT (103.1) is now WZKC. All three FMs are airing EMF’s contemporary Christian “K-Love” network.
In Tennessee, a sale also brought new call letters for Saga Communications. It closed a $175,000 deal to buy country “The Bull” WBQL, Clarksville, TN (1400) and the Clarksville, TN-licensed translator W288DQ at 105.5 FM. Saga dropped the WBQL call letters for WNZE for a soon-to-launch new format.
A pending sale in the Burlington-Plattsburgh, VT-NY market has already brought a format change and new call letters for one FM. Great Eastern Radio is purchasing WPLA (107.1) from Radioactive and it has the new WSLP call letters with some programming and frequency changes underway.
In the Wilmington, DE market, Forever Media did some shuffling. Baltimore market country outlet WXCY (103.7) has begun simulcasting on two sister signals in the adjacent Wilmington, DE market. The result is what had been WVJJ (1510) is now WXCY and the Baltimore signal is WXCY-FM.
Read the FCC’s complete monthly update on call letter changes HERE.