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The Federal Communications Commission reports there were 15 call letter changes in radio during December, including a rare switch in a top ten market for a second consecutive month. Audacy made headlines when it pulled the plug on CHR “97.1 Now” KNOU Los Angeles and began using the FM as a simulcast for all-news KNX (1070) – with the new call letters of KNX-FM. The station is now branded as “KXN News 97.1 FM.”

In November, Audacy made a call letter move in market No. 1 when it flipped “Nash 94.7” WNSH New York to classic hip-hop “94.7 The Block” WXBK.

But the prize for most listener-celebrated call letter switch likely goes to Cumulus Media, which revived a set of call letters long associated with rock in the Harrisburg, PA market. It dropped the country “Nash FM 93.5” format from what had been WZCY to create classic rock WTPA. The WTPA call letters were a fixture in the market for over 35 years until 2017 when their previous home was sold.

As usual, sales helped drive several of the changes. Such as the University of Minnesota, which closed on its $175,000 purchase of variety KUMD-FM Duluth, MN (103.3) and switch it to WDSE-FM to match its sister WDSE-TV in the market.

In the Wheeling, WV market, after Ohio Midland Newsgroup closed on a deal to buy an FM in November it launched “Biggie Country105.5” WBGI last on what had been classic hits “Kool 105.5” WUKL.

And in Des Moines, after VCY America closed an $825,000 deal to buy religious KTIA (99.3) it put the new call sign KVDI on the signal.

Check out all of last month’s call letter changes HERE.