August isn’t exactly known as the busiest month for business with lots of Americans stepping away from work to enjoy summer. But the radio industry showed no sign of slowdown last month, at least when it came to switching call letters. There were 33 changes last month according to the monthly report by the Federal Communications Commission.
One of those moves came in Orlando where Salem Media Group is getting ready to spin-off WORL (660) and a translator at 105.5 to JVC Media in a pending $900,000 deal. That led Salem to move its talk “The Answer” programming over to what had been WDYZ (950). Those WDYZ call letters—which are a legacy of the AM’s previous ownership by the Walt Disney Company—now sit at 660 AM. JVC Media has started operating the station under a local marketing agreement with a talk format it has dubbed “Florida Man Radio” featuring the Bubba The Love Sponge show.
In Chico, CA, Bustos Media closed on the purchase of three FMs from Mapleton Communications in July and in August that brought new call letters as CHR “107.5 Now FM” KQPT became the latest station to carry its regional Mexican “La Z” format with the call sign KZSZ. It wasn’t Bustos’ only change in Chico. It also turned rock “93.9 The Hippo” KFMF into “News Talk 93.” KPAY-FM.
Townsquare Media also make numerous changes in August in its Albany, NY cluster. It debuted soft AC “103.9 The Breeze” WPBZ-FM out of what had been “Alt 103.9” WQBK. Townsquare held onto the WQBK call letters though, putting them on classic rock “Q-105.7” which had been WQSH.
In the Greenville-Spartanburg, SC market iHeartMedia flipped WLFJ to WESC (660) after the AM dropped its religious format to simulcast country WESC-FM (92.5).
The FCC report also shows Educational Media Foundation, which is typically radio’s biggest changer of call letters each month, made three moves last month. See what they were and check out all of August’s call letter changes HERE.