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The following is a list of events affecting radio broadcasting in 2019. Events listed include radio program debuts, finales, cancellations, and station launches, closures and format changes, as well as information about controversies.

Notable events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
1 Just two months after it was taken off the air by Hurricane Michael, former Southern Rock/Blues hybrid WARB Dothan, Alabama returns to the air with R&B/Hip-Hop, billed as "Vibe 105.9." They'll be the second Mainstream Urban in the Wiregrass Region, as they take on WJJN.[1]
Classic Country format WRKA Louisville began stunting with party songs based around a New Year's Day theme, leading up to a flip to Soft-based Rhythmic AC as "103.9 The Groove" on January 14.[2]
The Air1 radio network drops Christian CHR in favor of contemporary-based Worship music.[3]
The Adult Alternative Album simulcasts of WXTG/WXTG-FM Norfolk/Hampton/Virginia Beach is replaced with All News. Its sister station WTYD Williamsburg continues with the Triple-A format.[4]
2 The United States Department of Justice has ordered Way Broadcasting (DBA RM Broadcasting), the owner and operator of Russian News WZHF Capitol Heights, Maryland/Washington, D.C., to register the station as a foreign agent, due to its affiliation with Radio Sputnik, of which it has a leasing arrangement with operator Rossiya Segodnya, the Russian Federation government-owned news agency that operates the service. The U.S. government alleges that Rossiya Segodnya "has complete control over the contents" of RM's station through a "Services Agreement" and is disseminating information to U.S. audiences "to advance Russian interests." The counterclaim also points to the way that RM is obligated to perform maintenance work on broadcasting equipment so that Sputnik content reaches as broad an audience as possible. Both parties are disputing the allegations, with RM stating that it doesn't have "any kind of joint venture relationship whatsoever" with Russian interests and that "this commercial transaction in no way created an agency relationship."[5]
CKOO-FM in Kelowna, British Columbia abandons its oldies format for an AC format as Soft 103.9.[citation needed]
3 Upon the completion of the simulcast between Urban AC KMEZ Port Sulphur/New Orleans and sister KKND as KMEZ replaces the latter at 102.9, KKND is relaunched with Classic Hits, branded as "106.7 The Krewe."[6]
4 Most of the air staff of Country KKGQ Newton/Wichita are released, leaving only mid–day DJ Brian Michaels. A new lineup is expected to be announced soon.[7]
Cumulus Media makes major changes in Western Michigan. WBBL Grand Rapids drops Sports and becomes a simulcast of Country sister WTNR Holland, utilizing the "Thunder" branding; the simulcast ended on January 19 with WTNR flipping to Triple-A as “94.5 The Q.” The Sports format moves over to WJRW Grand Rapids and WKLQ Whitehall. The move is part of a shuffle that will see Michigan Media Network acquire WBBL's Huge Show hosted by Bill Simonson, which will continue to be syndicated to its affiliates in Michigan.[8][9]
WSOL-FM Brunswick, Georgia/Jacksonville returns to Urban AC after nearly five years with Classic Hip-Hop.[10]
7 The Los Angeles/Southern California trimulcast of KSSE/KSSC/KSSD drops Spanish AC “La Suavecita” after one year and starts simulcasting Spanish Adult Hits sister KLYY Riverside, thus bringing the "Jose" branding back to the area, when it was last used at KDLD/KDLE, who had dropped it around the same time for Regional Mexican “La Tricolor“ until May 2018 when it flipped back to the “Super Estrella” brand, this time as Spanish Classic Rock.[11]
The former America's Morning Show associated mainly with the Cumulus Media Nash FM network of country stations rebrands for the third time in three years as solely The Ty Bentli Show, reduced from the Ty, Kelly and Chuck Show several months after Kelly Ford's departure; Chuck Wicks continues to serve as Bentli's sidekick on the program. Unfortunately on the same day, flagship station WNSH Newark/New York City dropped the program in favor of a music-intensive morning block.[12][13]
9 After two years with Rhythmic Top 40, WXZO Willsboro, New York/Burlington flipped to a satellite feed of MeTV-FM. The move comes in the wake of parent owner Vox AM/FM's acquisition of Top 40/CHR WXXX in December 2018.[14]
In Albuquerque, Spanish AC “La Suavecita” replaces Regional Mexican "La Tricolor" at KRZY-FM[15]
10 In the wake of the fallout stemming from the airing of the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which saw several artists who had collaborated with him pulling his music from their social media accounts, along with authorities launching investigations into allegations of sexual abuse, a handful of key R&B/Hip-Hop and Urban AC outlets, lead by KKDA-FM and KRNB in Dallas, KJLH Los Angeles, WBLS New York City, and WAMJ Atlanta have made the announcement they will not play anymore R. Kelly tracks, while other radio stations that quietly banned his music did not make a public announcement on their decision. On January 18, R. Kelly's longtime record label, RCA Records, officially dropped him from the roster after growing protest. By February, more stations began following suit by dropping Kelly's songs, with Salem Media removing sweeps and bumpers that used his songs for intros to their talk and religious programs.

Sirius XM also pulled R. Kelly's songs from rotation. His songs would only be announced when they came up on Sirius XM's weekend Countdown shows from the 90s and 2000s. [16][17][18][19][20]

11 The Classic Hip-Hop quadcast of WMTX-HD2/W233AV/W256CT/W290BJ Tampa-St. Petersburg abruptly ends, and starts redirecting listeners to R&B/Hip-Hop sister WBTP, who adjusts their direction to a more mainstream Urban presentation in part due to a drop in the Nielsen Audio ratings. WMTX-HD2 and its translators' flipped to a simulcast of News/Talk WFLA on January 14.[21]
14 Entercom expands the "Channel Q" branding to Seattle, as it flips KNDD-HD2 from all-Pacific Northwest bands and artists and K277AE from a feed of Rhythmic Hot AC KHTP Tacoma to the LGBTQ/Dance hybrid. The move gives Seattle two Dance/EDM outlets, joining the already established Seattle Public Schools' KNHC.[22]
Seven Mountains Media, a Pennsylvania-based broadcaster, purchases a package of stations in New York's Southern Tier from Community Broadcasters, LLC. The package had been in Community Broadcasters' hands since Backyard Broadcasting sold the stations in its exit of the radio business in 2013.[23]
15 Two Halifax radio stations make a switch to Soft AC. Evanov's CKHY-FM abruptly dumps their Mainstream rock format and its "Rock" moniker after nearly 6 months for “Jewel 105". This comes as a preemptive move for CKUL-FM which in turn, switched from adult top 40 "Mix 96.5" to that same format as "The Breeze" two days later becoming the third radio station owned by Stingray to adopt the "Breeze" format and branding.[citation needed]
17 Fox Sports Radio affiliate KGA and K278CY Spokane relaunches its format to a hybrid Sports/Hip-Hop mix as "103.5 The Game." The station, whose presentation will mostly be music oriented and is expected to serve as a flanker for Top 40/CHR sister KZBD and to counter Rhythmic rival KEZE, continues to serve as the home for Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Chiefs hockey, and Spokane Indians baseball.[24]
18 A Nielsen BDS Radio data research for 2018 confirms that Rhythmic Top 40 returned to the new music lead, as reflected by the number of top 20 songs in the format with 106 titles, up from 103 from 2017. Hip-Hop/R&B is second, having charted 104 top 20 songs last year. Meanwhile, the number of top 20 hits at Mainstream Top 40 continues to decline with 105 titles in 2013, followed by 96 in 2015, and 87 in 2018, placing it fifth behind Active Rock (fourth with 92 titles) and Adult Album Alternative (third with 100 titles) respectively. Rounding out the remaining five were Country (6th with 85 titles), Alternative Rock (7th with 84), Adult Top 40 (8th with 82), Urban Adult Contemporary (9th with 75) and Adult Contemporary (10th with 69).[25]
21 KMXA Denver split from its simulcast with Spanish AC KJMN and switched to ESPN Deportes Radio, marking a return to the format after seven years.[26]
23 After a 20-year run as Vice President of Programming and National Digital Program Director for Emmis Communications, including overseeing Rhythmic Top 40 KPWR and since 2017 Classic Hip-Hop KDAY for Emmis and (current owner) Meruelo Media, Jimmy Steal exits the Los Angeles outlets to take a new role as Vice President of Branding and Content for Hubbard Broadcasting's Hot AC WTMX Chicago.[27]
31 NHL's St. Louis Blues switches flagship stations, moving from KMOX to WXOS in a four-year deal that includes a cross-promotion with Hubbard Broadcasting's St. Louis cluster and expanded content, starting with the 2019-2020 season. Chris Kerber and Joey Vitale will remain with the team's broadcasts with the move from KMOX to WXOS[28]

February[edit]

Date Event
1 KMGW Yakima drops Rhythmic Oldies for Classic Hits, putting it in competition with KARY-FM.[29]
KTTU-FM HD2 and K245BG Lubbock drops Active Rock for 1990s-based Classic Country, a move that gives the Ramar Communications outlet a companion for Red Dirt-focused K226CH/KTTU-FM HD4 and increased competition for Country listeners in the central west Texas market, joining current-focused rivals KLLL-FM and KQBR, and Classic-based KSSL/K231BE.[30]
5 Alpha Media sells off its Peoria cluster (Classic Hits and Sports translator WPBG and W240DM/WPBG-HD3, Classic Hip-Hop WNGY, Country WXCL, AC WSWT, Oldies WIRL/W274BM, and News/Talk WMBD/W262BY) to Midwest Communications, giving the Wisconsin-based broadcaster its maiden entry into Illinois.[31]
7 Emmis Communications and Educational Media Foundation files a series of contingent applications that will see several stations in South Texas adjust their coverage in the San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Austin markets. Emmis will downgrade Adult Hits KBPA San Marcos from a Class C0 to a C1 with 48 kW/326.2m from a tower just east of downtown Austin giving the station a better signal in the northern suburbs, along with a new city of license. KMJR Odem, Texas (serving Corpus Christi) will move from 98.3 to 103.7. And KXAI (at 103.7) will relocate from Refugio, Texas to new city-of-license Balcones Heights, Texas, downgrading from Class C1 to Class A with 4.3 kW/98m, where it will cover San Antonio and its adjacent suburbs.[32]
8 WXZX Hilliard/Columbus, Ohio revives its "105.7 The Brew" moniker and its Classic Rock format (this time with an emphasis on 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s) after a lackluster three-year run with Sports and prior to that a two-year stint with Alternative.[33]
The Virgin Radio branding expands into Victoria, British Columbia as Hot AC 107.3 Kool FM CHBE-FM switches to that branding with a CHR/Top 40 format becoming the latest radio station owned by Bell Media to adopt the "Virgin Radio" branding as it takes on rival station CHTT-FM.[citation needed]
11 After three years as "The Move," Rhythmic Top 40 CFXJ-FM Toronto rebrands itself as "Flow 93.5" again, this time with an emphasis on current Hip-Hop hits.[34]
13 Cumulus Media announces its plan to shed several major-market FM radio stations and trade several others in deals with Entercom and Educational Media Foundation. Among the divestitures include both of its New York City metro area FM stations (WNSH to Entercom and WPLJ to EMF) and stations in Syracuse (WXTL), Washington, DC (WRQX), Savannah (WZAT), Atlanta (WYAY), San Jose (KFFG) (the aforementioned stations to EMF) and Springfield, Massachusetts (WMAS/WHLL, both to Entercom); Cumulus, in turn, will receive Entercom's stations in Indianapolis (WXNT, WZPL and WNTR).[35]
15 Apollo Global Management officially acquires Cox Media Group's 14 television stations, along with its entire Dayton cluster that consists of CBS affiliate WHIO-TV, radio sisters WHIO, -FM, WHKO, and WZLR/W266BG, and newspapers Springfield News-Sun and Dayton Daily News, the latter cluster retaining its legacy in the market due to Cox's origins that began in 1889 with the purchase of the Daily News by founder James M. Cox. The deal, estimated to be around $3 billion, will also include some joint venture agreements with Cox's radio, newspaper, and other media properties owned by the Atlanta-based company. This will be Apollo's second television group acquisition, as it has purchased Okemos, Michigan-based Northwest Broadcasting, which owns 21 stations in ten markets and plans to combine them with the Cox assets once the deal is approved by the FCC. The Cox family will continue to have a minority stake in the television properties.[36][37]
20 In the wake of a fallout from a lack of payment from the proceeds of a state lawsuit, Chuck Brennan's Badlands Airtime is being sued by John and Heidi Small's Cup O’ Dirt LLC in Federal Court for $450,000 in attorney fees and expenses Brennan was ordered to pay. The dispute stemmed from a March 2015 failed sale of KZOY/K221FO Sioux Falls, South Dakota that Brennan was about to purchase from the Smalls for $1.5 million, only to default after agreeing to instead acquire then-KCFS (later KBAD-FM, now KGWD) from the University of Sioux Falls for the same amount, which resulted in the Smalls being awarded $750,000 in damages from Brennan in 2018, and cites the sale of KBAD-FM to Real Presence Radio for $945,000 in April 2018 to “hinder, delay, impede and impair the ability of Cup O’ Dirt to recover on the money judgement and to vindicate the verdict of the jury.” Brennan sold KBAD-FM to Real Presence Radio after his tourist attraction Badlands Pawn which the station was part of shut down in September 2017 after the South Dakota Division of Banking revoked all the business licenses of his Dollar Loan Center locations in the state.[38]
21 Sirius XM adds 100+ new “Xtra Channels” to its platforms and devices, utilizing the same setup as its recently acquired Pandora model.[39]
22 Entercom's Radio.com streaming platform adds stations owned by Bonneville International (22 stations in six markets) and Cox Media Group (55 stations in 11 markets) to its list, including their in-house podcasts produced by the companies. The expansion comes on the heels of adding CNN and Bloomberg News to the lineup on February 19.[40]
25 Tribune Media's CW affiliate KDAF-TV/DallasFt. Worth forms a partnership with Urban One's Rhythmic Top 40 KBFB to launch a pop/lifestyle culture-centric morning show simulcast called The Beat on 33, hosted by the DJs from KBFB's Veda Loca in The Morning program (Veda Loca and co-hosts J-Cruz, Jazzi Black and DJ Kayotik).[41]
26 CKCE-FM, Calgary, Alberta rebrands from "101.5 Kool FM" to "101.5 Today Radio". The station's format still remains Hot AC but with an emphasis on 80s/90s hits.[citation needed]
28 A pair of frequency changes takes place in Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula. Telesouth Communications' recently acquired Alpha Media property WXYK and its formerly-owned WQBB trades places, with WXYK and its Top 40/CHR format moving from 107.1 to 105.9 (giving "The Monkey" expanded coverage), while WQBB drops Bob FM and goes the other way to 107.1 with new calls WLGF under new owner Port Broadcasting, who later flipped the station to an affiliate of K-Love March 11.[42]

March[edit]

Date Event
1 At 4 p.m. (ET), after playing “Broken” by Lovelytheband and "In Bloom" by Nirvana, Alternative WDTW-FM Detroit began stunting with a loop of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)", leading up to a 5 p.m. flip back to classic rock after three years, reviving the locally famous brand of WLLZ, as "106.7 Detroit's Wheels." The brand (and callsign) were previously used on WDZH from 1980 to 1995. The first song to spin on "Detroit's Wheels" was "Back in Black" by AC/DC. The call sign was officially changed to WLLZ one week later.[43]
2 WGGO in Salamanca, New York returns to regular programming after nearly two years of intermittent silence and temporary formats, this time carrying Premiere Networks conservative talk radio, returning The Rush Limbaugh Show to the market after several years of absence.[citation needed]
4 iHeart Media's Aloha Stations Trust swaps Classic Rock WEKL Augusta, Variety Hits WSFF Vinton/Roanoke and simulcaster WSNZ Lynchburg, and Classic Country WLRX Ironton, Ohio /Huntington, West Virginia, to Educational Media Foundation for six translators: K266BD Carmel Valley, California (which simulcasts Conservative Talk KION Salinas via KOCN-HD2 Pacific Grove, California), Regional Mexican K253BV Oklahoma City (which is fed via KBRU-HD2), Alternative W227BF Shoreview/Minneapolis (which is fed via KQQL-HD2 Anoka), W292DH Pittsburgh (which rebroadcasts ESPN Radio affiliate WBGG), W221CR Memphis (which rebroadcasts News/Talk WREC), and Gospel W248BQ Nashville (which is fed via WNRQ-HD2).[44]
5 In the wake of HBO’s airing of the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, Cogeco pulls Michael Jackson’s music library from its Montreal outlets (Anglophone Rhythmic Top 40 CKBE-FM, Francophone Top 40/CHR CKOI-FM and Francophone Rhythmic Adult Contemporary CFGL-FM), and does the same at the company's 20 outlets across Quebec days later. A spokeswoman for Cogeco cited complaints from listeners as the reason behind the decision.[45]
6 Univision Communications rebrands Univision Radio as "Uforia Audio Network".[46]
7 Just 6 months after launching, Emmis moves KGSR's “Austin City Limits Radio” to their Austin translator K246BD/KGSR-HD2. The primary 93.3 signal flipped to Soft AC as “Star 93.3” on March 8.[47]
8 WWJK Green Cove Springs, Florida/Jacksonville changed formats from adult hits to active rock, branded as "107.3 Planet Radio".[48]
13 For the first time since it was attempted by KYCY San Francisco from 2005 to 2008, WSAN Allentown, Pennsylvania drops ESPN Deportes Radio to broadcast an all-podcast format, utilizing content from parent owner iHeart Media's library of podcast programs. The station will continue to serve as the home of Lehigh Valley Phantoms minor league hockey broadcasts.[49]
14 WBGA/W242CJ Brunswick, Georgia drops Urban AC for Gospel, avoiding an overlap with sister station WSOL-FM, who returned to Urban AC from Classic Hip-Hop in January.[50]
15 The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that was approved by the United States Congress in 2018, called The 2018 Reimbursement Expansion Act, which will go towards reimbursing FM stations as well as Low Power TV and TV translators that were “forced to incur costs to permanently relocate, temporarily or permanently modify their facilities, or purchase or modify auxiliary facilities” due to the ongoing television repack. The rules apply to all FM signals that were licensed and operating on April 13, 2017 that shared a tower with a repacked television station will be eligible for reimbursement, estimated at $150 million, including costs for relocating, modifications of facilities or to build auxiliary facilities while a television station was rebuilding their facilities. A statutory deadline have been to implement the rules, ending March 23.[51]
19 WVLZ/W268BP Maryville/Rockford, Tennessee ends its temporary run with Variety Hits to target Knoxville with Active Rock. The move puts the station in an already crowded battle for Rock listeners in this market, joining Alternative WNFZ, Triple-A WFIV-FM, and Classic Rockers WNRX and WIMZ-FM. Ironically, on March 21, WNFZ (which changed owners from Oak Ridge FM to Midwest Communications on the same day) became the second station this month to drop Alternative to bring Jack FM back to Knoxville, which was last heard on now-sister station WDKW from 2005 to 2012.[52][53]
25 The FCC has opened an investigation into a complaint made against Entercom's Buffalo stations regarding a series of overcharges that were made by an alleged congressional candidate for ads she purchased in 2018, and whether it charged the candidate a higher rate than that paid by commercial advertisers such as law firms and auto dealerships, in violation of federal law. At issue involved the congressional race between Nathan McMurray and incumbent Chris Collins, in which McMurray believed he was charged a lot more to place ads on the stations than Collins; evidence obtained by The Buffalo News indicated that both McMurray and Collins were charged the same rate for airtime. The alleged candidate, Jackie Drost, was not on any Congressional ballot, nor did Entercom have any record of her trying to buy airtime on its stations. Entercom acknowledged that it had not posted required information about the 2018 ad campaigns on its website until January but said this was an inadvertent error and denied any violation of federal law, but agreed to cooperate with the investigation.[54]
26 After 17 years, CING-FM Hamilton/Toronto revives the "Energy" branding but retains its Adult Top 40 direction. The relaunch coincided with the return of former Top 40/CHR CKFM-FM morning hosts Scott Tucker and Maura Greirson to the same timeslot at CING.[55]
27 iHeart Media trades its Frederick, Maryland combo of News/Talk WFMD and Country WFRE (operating under the Aloha Trust Group) to Connoisseur Media in exchange for their Erie cluster (Country WTWF, Bob FM-formatted WXBB, AC WLTM, Top 40/CHR WRTS, Classic Rock WRKT, Sports WFNN and News/Talk WJET).[56]
29 Newly formed Wichita-based company Allied Media Partners acquires six properties in this Kansas market from Rocking M Media (Country KKGQ Newton, Rhythmic Hot AC KWME and AC KLEY and K262CQ Wellington, Bob FM-formatted KIBB Haven, AAA KVWF Augusta, and Talk KKLE Winfield).[57]

April[edit]

Date Event
1 Binnie Media's 99.1 WNNH Henniker, New Hampshire flipped from an independent oldies format to a simulcast of classic hits 106.3 WFNQ Nashua, expanding the latter station's coverage north and west of Manchester and complementing the 106.3 signal, which covers the city of Manchester and points south.[citation needed]
8 After nearly 13 years as an affiliate station for the syndicated Big Boy's Neighborhood program that aired in the mornings, Rhythmic Top 40 KOPW Plattsmouth/Omaha/Council Bluffs became 100% local in all day parts with the debut of Chef West and The Morning Scramble, hosted by Tay ‘Mr. West’ Westberry and former American Idol season 13 contestant (and YouTube blogger) Alyssa Siebken.[58][59]
11 WBOS Brookline/Boston drops Alternative for 1980s-90s Classic Rock, billing themselves as "Rock 92.9," this despite Nielsen Audio ratings that saw the station trending upwards in previous books. The flip gives Boston a straight up competitive Rock battle that places the Beasley Broadcasting outlet in-between iHeartMedia's older-skewing WZLX and Entercom's more current-based Active Rock WAAF.[60]
PBS member station WGBY-TV Springfield/Holyoke, Massachusetts (a semi-satellite of Boston's WGBH-TV and licensed to parent owner WGBH Educational Foundation) and New England Public Radio announces a merger between the two public broadcasters, rebranding as New England Public Media. The newly formed organization will utilize the combination to increase the newsroom and coverage of its Western Massachusetts region, with the WGBH Educational Foundation, who'll continue to retain ownership of WGBY, investing $6 million over six years in the new venture.[61][62][63]
12 KXTN-FM San Antonio dropped Tejano for Rhythmic Adult Contemporary, billing itself as “107.5 The Vibe” and adopts the new calls KVBH. The move gives Rhythmic Top 40 sister KBBT a flanker against the rival Rhythmic and Classic Hip-Hop duo of KTFM and KTFM-HD2/K277CX. The flip also sees the Tejano genre, which in part have been skewing older and a factor in KXTN's declining ratings, disappearing from the FM airwaves as parent owner Univision relocated the format to its AM sister KXTN and KVBH-HD2.[64]
Lilly Broadcasting returns to radio with its purchase of most of the assets of Radio Partners, which consists of three stations in Warren, Pennsylvania: WKNB, WNAE and WRRN. The three stations will be merged with the "Erie News Now" television cluster of WICU-TV and WSEE-TV.[65]
15 Meruelo Media makes news in the Los Angeles media market. First, without any explanation, Rhythmic Top 40 KPWR parted ways with morning host J Cruz, co-host DJ Lechero and Jeff ‘The Sports Dude’ Garcia after four years and their profiles erased from all the station's social media platforms, leaving co-host Cece Valencia solo under the temporary-billed “LA's Hip Hop Morning Show“. J Cruz is later announced as the new afternoon host at R&B/Hip-Hop rival KRRL. The second came from Cumulus, who announced that it was selling Classic Rock KLOS to Merulo for $43 Million, the latter taking over KLOS under an LMA on April 16 until the sale closes. Cumulus also trades News/Talk WICC Bridgeport, Connecticut and sister AC WEBE Westport to Connoisseur Media (joining that company's Southern Connecticut roster that includes Classic Rock WFOX Norwalk and AC WEZN Bridgeport) in exchange for the latter's Allentown, Pennsylvania roster of Classic Rock WODE-FM and Sports WEEX (both licensed to Easton), Alternative WWYY and W234AX (licensed to Belvidere, New Jersey and Allentown), and WEEX's simulcast WTKZ (joining Cumulus' soon-to-be-sisters Country WCTO Easton and AC WLEV).[66][67]
Youngstown picks up a Rhythmic Top 40 for the first time in nearly 20 years, and since R&B/Hip-Hop WRBP flipped to K-Love in 2013, as WLOA and W272EI (the former licensed to Farrell, Pennsylvania) makes its debut as “Loud 102.3.”[68]
18 WKZG Seymour/Green Bay shifts from Classic Hits to AC, filling a void that had been left open in the market for a decade.[69]
21 The Cincinnati area multicast of WMWX Miamitown, WYNS Waynesville, WKCX Crittenden, Kentucky, and two LPFMs, dropped the Classic Rock "ClassX" presentation for Christian Classic Hits, billed as "The Touch."[70]
28 Grand Junction, Colorado picks up a Classic Hip-Hop outlet, as former Adult Top 40 KGJX-HD3 and K232FB relaunches as "94.3 The Beat."[71]
30 West Virginia Radio Corporation makes a series of major moves. In Martinsburg/Hagerstown, WKMZ-FM drops Top 40/CHR after two years and begins stunting with Christmas music as it prepared to return to AC and its former WLTF calls,[72] while in nearby Berkeley Springs, they acquire Oldies simulcast WCST and WXDC from Metro Radio LLC. WCST will split from the simulcast of WXDC and become a simulcast of News/Talk sister WEPM and W229CM, with WXDC shifting to Classic Hits.[73]

May[edit]

Date Event
1 WHBU and W279CL Anderson, Indiana drops News/Talk for Oldies. The station will continue to offer local high school, Purdue University football and basketball broadcasts, and auto racing broadcasts from IndyCar and NASCAR.[74]
6 WYEZ Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina dropped Adult Top 40 for Conservative Talk, billing itself as “Talk 94.5” with new calls WTKN. The upstart will take on rival talker WRNN-FM, whose former morning co-host Liz Callaway joined WYEZ after leaving WRNN in February.[75]
El Dorado Broadcasting acquires Entercom's outlets in California's Victor Valley region, CBS Sports Radio affiliate KMPS Hesperia and Classic Hits KVFG Victorville. The two stations joins El Dorado's four other properties in the market.[76] On August 26, KVFG flipped to Regional Mexican as "La X 103.1" with new calls KXVV, while KMPS is taken silent for “financial reasons”.[77]
Bustos Media expands its presence in the Puget Sound area with the purchase of KFNY Centralia, Washington from iHeart Media's Ocean States Divestment Trust for $3 million. The station will drop its Smooth Jazz format to simulcast Regional Mexican duo KMIA Auburn and KZNW Oak Harbor.[78]
American station group iHeart Media emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which it filed for last year after accumulating $20.3 billion in debt.[79]
ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate KHHL 103.1 FM in San Antonio begins simulcasting sister station KLEY-FM and its Regional Mexican format.[citation needed]
7 Connoisseur Media exits the Billings market with sale of its six properties (News/Talk KYYA, ESPN Radio affiliate KBLG, Country KRKX, Active Rock KRZN, Classic Hits KWMY, and Top 40/CHR KPLN) to Desert Mountain Broadcasting.[80]
12 Alpha Media Top 40/CHR KFRX Lincoln, Nebraska fires morning host and program director Matt McKay (real name Matthew Rydberg) after an April 21 arrest for domestic violence against his wife, in which he also tried to strangle her during an argument, an assault for which he faces carries a three-year prison term in Nebraska. McKay was placed on leave during the time of his arrest until management dismissed him.[81][82]
17 CISO-FM in Orillia, Ontario dumps its classic hits format after nearly seven months as it switches to an alternative rock format while retaining the "Max FM" branding. The station's unsuccessful classic hits format debuted last November replacing AC 89.1 Sunshine FM.[citation needed]
21 Cumulus Media has filed papers with the FCC to allow up to 100 percent foreign investment in the company. If the petition is granted (as the FCC will allow comments and opinions to be filed by June 20 and replies by July 8), special warrants agreed to as part of Cumulus’ bankruptcy restructuring last year would be triggered increasing foreign ownership of Cumulus to 31 percent equity and 34 percent on a voting basis. Currently, Cumulus' voting and equity stakes were 22.5% held by foreign interests with no single entity holding more than five percent.[83]
22 Meruelo Media expands its Los Angeles portfolio with the purchase of Grupo Radio Centro's Regional Mexican KXOS for an undisclosed amount. Meruelo will also help launch a Spanish All-News format in tandem with Grupo Radio Centro on an HD subchannel of KXOS and develop content for Mereulo's KWHY-TV.[84]
23 CKJH in Melfort, Saskatchewan rebrands from CK750 to Beach Radio with 80s/90s classic hits.[citation needed]
24 Cumulus Media flips Top 40/CHR WYRG Indianapolis to Active Rock as "93.9X Rocks" with new calls WNDX. The flip comes as Cumulus took over ownership of Entercom's WZPL to avoid overlap while filling a space in-between iHeartMedia's Classic Rock WFBQ and Alternative WOLT. The Bert Show, which had aired on WYRG, moves over to new Adult Top 40 sibling WNTR.[85]
Binnie Media expands the "Frank FM" brand in New Hampshire, as AC sisters WLNH-FM Laconia and WBYY Somersworth/Portsmouth join WFNQ Nashua and WNNH Henniker in forming a simulcast of the Variety Hits format. Binnie also flips News/Talk WEMJ and W297BS Laconia to a simulcast of Top 40/CHR sister WJYY Concord/Manchester, thus expanding its reach to the Lakes Region around Laconia.[86]
WVZA Herrin/Marion/Carbondale dropped AC for Alternative as "Alt 2K," emphasizing a current-based direction with recurrents from the 2000s. The flip will serve as a flanker for Active Rock sister WTAO-FM in the Southern Illinois area.[87]
28 Bell Media rebrands its 13 Country stations across Canada, including former Alternative rocker CKLC-FM Kingston, Ontario, to the "Pure Country" moniker in conjunction with iHeart Media Canada.[88]
30 With Educational Media Foundation taking ownership of WSFF (to become WLRX) and WSNZ (to become WAWX), Rhythmic Top 40 WJJS Roanoke moved to 93.5, replacing Hot AC WSNV, while retaining its simulcast on WJJX Appomattox/Lynchburg. In turn WSFF and WSNZ's Variety Hits “Steve-FM” format (at 101.7 and 106.1 respectively) moved to 104.9 in Roanoke under new WSTV call letters.[89]
Call Communications, the parent owner of the Christian CHR "Call Radio" network that broadcasts from flagship station WMKL Hammocks/Miami, along with three co-owned full-powered and four translators that make up the network, announced plans to phase out terrestrial broadcasting altogether in favor of a digital platform that comprises streaming and on-demand music, podcasts, high school sports, and live concerts and events while building a digital production studio and hire additional programming staff. No decision has been made on whether Call will continue owning, selling, or cease operations on the stations.[90]
Liberal Talk KABQ Albuquerque switched to an all-podcast format (its second this year) with little warning (to the point where radio news website RadioInsight didn't report the change until July 9, nearly a month and a half after the change), having dropped the format after becoming the longest-running liberal talk station in the country at 15 years. The station is mostly utilizing programming that iHeartMedia gained from its purchase of provider Stuff Media in 2018.[91]

June[edit]

Date Event
1 Illinois State University, the owners of WGLT Normal/Bloomington, takes over the operations of WCBU Peoria from Bradley University. As part of the deal, Bradley retained ownership of WCBU's license with ISU handling all facets of the station's operations, as well as its News/Talk format, while WGLT's Peoria translator W278AE switched to a simulcast of WCBU's HD2 Classical service to avoid any duplication of NPR programs or similar shows.[92]
3 The LGBTQ/Dance hybrid Channel Q platform expands to five more markets, and adds another OTA signal as KGMZ San Francisco drops its simulcast of Sports sister KGMZ-FM to pick up the brand.[93]
Apple announced the launching of its new iOS 13 device, which will allow users to call up audio streams from over 100,000 radio stations globally via SIRI voice command. The iPhone voice command platform will access streams from iHeartRadio, Radio.com, and TuneIn.[94]
4 3 Horizons LLC announced that it has sold Rhythmic Top 40 KWEE West Linn/Portland to WAY-FM Network, whose Christian AC programming is also heard on K283BL via iHeart Media’s KFBW-HD2. The sale also ends its three-year LMA with Alpha Media, who is expected to announce plans to continue the format in another capacity as WAY-FM is expected to move the Christian AC format to KWEE upon the closing of the sale.[95]
5 Townsquare Media acquires and divests a pair of stations in Tuscaloosa. The company will buy R&B/Hip-Hop WALJ Northpoint from Apex Media and plans to rebrand the station from "105.1 Jamz" (mirroring former LMA partner WBHJ Birmingham's "95.7 Jamz" moniker) to "105.1 The Block" while at the same time spins off Sports WTID Marion to Educational Media Foundation for $110,000. The latter's format will move to W256CG/WTUG-HD2.[96]
6 Nashville will serve as a launching pad for what is billed as the first Country/Hip-Hop hybrid Rhythmic Top 40 in the United States with the debut of WQSE and W244EK White Bluff. The station, acquired by and owned by Jamal ‘Polow Da Don’ Jones's Young Country Holdings, will feature a mix of Country artists such as Kane Brown and Chris Young along with crossover stars such as Taylor Swift and Fifth Harmony and rappers like Ryan Upchurch, Migos, Yelawolf, Blanco Brown and Bubba Sparxxx.[97]
Vista Radio rebrands two of its stations in Lethbridge, Alberta: CJOC-FM rebrands to 94.1 Juice FM becoming the latest radio station to adopt the Juice FM branding while CKBD-FM drops its "Bridge" moniker and becomes 98.1 2Day FM while maintaining the modern AC format.{{cn
10 Urban One announces the sale of its Detroit Urban AC WDMK and its Gospel translators W228CJ, W252BX, and W260CB, to Beasley Broadcasting, and will also end its LMA deal with International Free and Accepted Modern Masons to continue operating R&B/Hip-Hop WGPR at the end of the year.[98]
East Texas Results Media sells its Tyler/Longview roster of Classic Country KZXM Bullard, Top 40/CHR simulcast KFRO-FM Gilmer/KLJT Jacksonville, and Regional Mexican KMPA Pittsburg, to Educational Media Foundation for $800,000. The stations will join two EMF-owned outlets in East Texas, Tyler-licensed KVNE and KGLY.[99]
Emmis Communications sells their 50.1% stake in the Austin cluster that it acquired in 2003 from the family of former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s LBJ Broadcasting Company for $105 million to Sinclair Communications, who will regain full control of the six stations and three translators for $39.3 million, which it will rebrand under the name Waterloo Media. The sale will leave Emmis with eight stations, four each in Indianapolis and New York City.[100]
11 Dispatch Broadcast Group announces that it will sell all of its television and radio assets (including News/Talk WBNS and Sports WBNS-FM Columbus) to Tegna for $535 million. The deal, which is expected to close later that year, will allow Tegna to expand its presence in media presence in Ohio, as well as adding its first radio property in the state.[101]
13 KCRW Santa Monica/Los Angeles's Jason Bentley announced that he is relinquishing his duties as Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic after 10 years on August 30, but will continue hosting the station's mix show Metropolis on Saturday nights; Bentley has been with KCRW since volunteering in 1988 and became a paid air talent in 1992. The Santa Monica Community College-owned station will seek out two positions, one each for Morning Becomes Eclectic and MD duties respectively.[102]
17 Nick Cannon is named the new morning host at Rhythmic Top 40 KPWR Los Angeles, whose program debuts on this date. The news was spoiled several days earlier by R&B/Hip-Hop rival KRRL, whose air talents Big Boy and J.Cruz were former morning hosts at KPWR. The move marks Cannon's return to morning radio after a seven-year hiatus. He also replaced temporary host Cece Valencia, who returned to Classic Hip-Hop sister KDAY as co-morning host with one-time partner Romeo.[103][104]
KOAS Las Vegas shifts from Rhythmic Oldies to Urban AC as it rebrands as "Jammin' 105.7." The station's musical emphasis features a balance of current-based uptempo R&B hits and recurrents from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.[105]
WRXD Fajardo/San Juan returns to Spanish AC after a year with Spanish Top 40/CHR, but retains the "Play 96.5" moniker.[106]
Telesouth Communications shuffles a pair of formats in Tupelo. The statewide “Supertalk Mississippi” format moved from WCNA Potts Camp to WFTA Fulton replacing Classic Hits “Power 101“ and expands the coverage area for the Talk network. WCNA flipped to Hot AC, billed as “Mix 95.9“.[107]
21 W255BY/WAJI-HD2 Ft. Wayne splits from a simulcast of Alternative WGBJ Auburn to launch Top 40/CHR "99.5 The Twenty-FM." The station, which will offer a commercial-free presentation featuring the "Top 20 hottest songs," will take on Top 40/CHR WJFX and Adult Top 40 WMEE for listeners.[108]
25 WAMO and W297BU Pittsburgh changed formats from rhythmic contemporary to urban adult contemporary, branded as "107.3 The Beat". However, sister simulcast W261AX and Entercom-partnered WBZZ-HD3 continues to use the "WAMO 100" calls and Rhythmic Top 40 format.[109]
WROX-FM Norfolk shifts from Alternative to Triple-A, featuring a broader, gold based playlist with songs as old as the 1970s and positioning as “More Variety, Less Repetition”.[110]
26 iHeart Media expands its Pride Radio format targeting the LGBTQ community to 12 more markets. The expansion was in response to rival Entercom's launching of the similar-formatted Channel Q platform. The move replaces EDM/Dance Evolution in several markets but continues as an iHeart Radio online platform.[111]
Union Broadcasting suspends Sports WHBKansas City afternoon host Kevin Kietzman "until further notice" in the wake of the controversy surrounding comments on he made on his June 25 show about Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his family, in which Kietzman criticized the Chiefs' handling of the Tyreek Hill child abuse charges as a lack of discipline within the organization, and then comparing that to issues regarding Reid's son Garrett's death from a heroin overdose in 2012 and another son's prison term, later referring instead to Reid hiring his sons to work for the team after drug convictions. Kietzman would later apologize to the Chiefs, Reid, and listeners for his actions. On June 28, Kietzman was released from WHB, ending a 22-year relationship and Kietzman's 6% stake in Union Broadcasting altogether.[112][113]
Apollo Global Management announces that it will acquire Cox Media Group's 55 radio properties after announcing in March that it was exploring a sale. The move will keep all of Cox's radio and television properties under one roof as Apollo has already announced in February that it will acquire the 14 television stations and its Dayton radio and newspaper operations, of which will retain the Cox Media Group name (it had originally chosen Terrier Media as a new name before the radio purchase). However, Cox will spin off Top 40/CHR WPYOMaitland/Orlando and Alternative WSUNHoliday/Tampa, Florida to a divestment trust due to having lost its grandfathered ownership status with the announced sale.[114][115]
27 Cumulus Media sells Conservative Talk WABC New York City to Red Apple Media, a new company founded by conservative billionaire and syndicated talk host John Catsimatidis through his Red Apple Holdings, for $12.5 Million. Catsimatidis, who hosts a weekly program at Salem Media rival WNYM Hackensack, New Jersey, plans to retain the current format and staff. The sale will leave Cumulus with only one station in New York City, Urban AC WNBM Bronxville.[116]
28 Urban AC WKAF Brockton/Boston flipped to Rhythmic Classic Hits as “97.7 The Beat,” with an emphasis on Rhythmic Hits from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. This type of direction is targeted towards listeners who grew up listening to WXKS-FM during its early years with a mass appeal Rhythmic/Dance direction during the 1980s and those who listened to WJMN when its Rhythmic Top 40 direction also had a broad variety during the 1990s and 2000s. The first song played on The Beat was Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”[117]
Pacific Media Group acquires Ohana Broadcast Group's Honolulu cluster of Hawaiian contemporary KQMQ-FM, Rhythmic AC KUMU-FM, Rhythmic Top 40 KDDB (licensed to Waipahu) and Alternative KPOI-FM for $5.5 million. All four stations will retain their current formats.[118]
KSBJ Educational Foundation expands its presence in the eastern part of the Houston and Golden Triangle area with purchase of Full Service AC KSHN Liberty from Trinity River Valley Broadcasting, which plans to move the station's format online July 2.[119]
30 In a surprise move and without any notice or warning to its listeners, Rhythmic Top 40 KVYB Santa Barbara moved its call letters from 103.3 to 106.3, replacing the Rhythmic Oldies format of KRUZ Oak View (serving Ventura County), relaunching as Top 40/CHR "106.3 The Vibe." The KRUZ call letters returned to the 103.3 frequency after 15 years with a Classic Hits format on July 1.[120]

July[edit]

Date Event
1 Standard General acquires a majority stake in Rhythmic Top 40 WQHT and Urban AC WBLS New York City from Emmis Communications in a deal worth $91.5 million in cash and a $5 million note. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan will also serve as CEO of the new company, Mediaco Holding, which will enter into a shared services agreement with Emmis (whose shareholders will retain a 23.72% stake in Mediaco) while the employees remain on the Emmis payroll. Emmis will continue to own ESPN Radio flagship WEPN-FM (which is leased out to The Walt Disney Company under a LMA) and Gospel WLIB in New York City.[121]
WUBG and W287CW Methuen, Massachusetts moves its Classic Hits format online as the stations targets the Boston area as an affiliate of Educational Media Foundation's K-Love format.[122]
The Alternative war in Albany/Schenectady/Troy gets a shakeup after one year, as Classic Rock simulcasts WQBJ Cobleskill and WQBK-FM Rensselaer replaced "Alt 105.7" WQSH Malta and rebrand itself as "Q105.7." On August 1, WQBJ would relaunch as the new "Alt 103.5" in its continuing battle with rival WINU Altamont, while WQBK flipped to Soft AC as "103.9 The Breeze", putting it in a battle with the more established WYJB. The flips ends a simulcast for both WQBJ and WQBK than began in 1994.[123][124][125]
Stephens Media Group acquires Mapleton Communications' 37 stations across seven markets in four states with the exception of three stations in Chico, California that are being sold to Bustos Media and KSFN San Francisco. The markets involved are Medford, Oregon (KCMX, KTMT, KAKT, KCMX-FM, KTMT-FM, and KBOY-FM), Merced, California (KYOS, KBRE, KABX-FM, KHTN, KLOQ-FM, and KUBB), Salinas-Monterey (KCDU-FM, KHIP, KKHK, KPIG-FM, and KWAV), Redding, California (KRNO, KQMS, KWLZ-FM, KRDG, KRRX, KSHA (FM), and KALF), Spokane (KGA, KJRB, KZBD, KEYF-FM, KDRK-FM, and KBBD), Alexandria, Louisiana (KBKK, KEZP, and KLAA-FM), and Monroe, Louisiana (KMYY, KNNW, KXRR, and KZRZ)[126]
KQEG La Crosse, Wisconsin transitioned from Oldies to Gold-based AC and takes the MeTV-FM brand.[127]
WMAL Washington splits from its Conservative Talk FM sister simulcast and flipped to ESPN Radio as WSBN.[128]
KVXQ Denver rebrand from “Open Air Radio” to “Indie 102.3.” The Triple-A station adjusted its focus towards a more music intensive direction featuring local and independent musicians at the Colorado Public Radio outlet.[129]
2 Staffers at Entravision's Sacramento outlets, Rhythmic Top 40 KHHM and Country KNTY (licensed to Shingle Springs), along with KNTY's Columbia-Modesto simulcast KCVR-FM, informed listeners that they have been let go as all three stations will flip to Spanish-language formats. KNTY flipped to Regional Mexican as a simulcast of sister KRCX and rebrands as "La Tricolor 99.9/101.9" on July 8. On July 29, KHHM and KCVR flipped to a Bilingual Top 40 simulcast as "Fuego 103.5", with an emphasis on Pop-intensive currents. The news ended a 22-year run for KHHM's Top 40 format in both Mainstream and Rhythmic directions that date back to its start as KBMB, a 13-year run with Country for "101.9 The Wolf," and a short 4-month run for "98.9 The Wolf."[130][131][132]
5 Univision Communications, owner of Uforia Audio Network, has contracted three investment banks, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Moelis & Company LLC and LionTree LLC, to perform a strategic review of its assets and whether to sell the privately owned company. The news comes after Haim Saban, Madison Dearborn Partners and Providence Equity Partners were seeking at least a partial exit through a public stock offering or to sell the company completely. The three investors acquired the Hispanic-focused multimedia entity in 2006 and have explored offers to sell since 2014, although it did turn down a $15 billion bid by John Malone in 2017.[133][134]
8 KDSP Denver drops Sports in favor of Conservative News/Talk as "Freedom 93.7, Real News, Real Talk." The station, whose new calls will be KDFD, will also utilize its newly acquired FM translator K229BS Lakewood as its simulcast.[135]
11 Amarillo picked up a third Top 40, as Alpha Media flipped Regional Mexican KEYU-FM to new calls KVWE and moniker “We 102.9,” with a Hip-Hop intensive Rhythmic direction. The move puts the station up against rival Rhythmic KQIZ-FM (the market's second most listened to station) and Mainstream Top 40/CHR KXSS-FM for listeners while serving as a flanker for market-leading Classic Rock sister KXGL. The Regional Mexican format and KEYU calls remained with former owner Gray Television due to its ownership of Telemundo affiliate KEYU as it goes to an online platform.[136]
After two days of stunting with a series of bird sounds, Rhythmic Top 40 WMBX-HD2/W242CI West Palm Beach launched with a Top 40/CHR format, branded as "Party 96.3".[137]
12 Whitney Young resigned her position as morning co-host at Entercom Top 40/CHR WPXY-FM Rochester, New York over her inability to lessen the pay gender gap between herself and morning partner Corey James. Young began her career at WPXY-FM in 2014 before moving on to digital media work in 2016, only to return to the station as midday host in 2017 and later moving to mornings with James in 2018. Young posted her letter on Twitter that James was paid nearly double what she was and attempts to reduce the disparity after her promotion from middays to mornings failed; although she emphasized that James is a good friend, talented showman and fully deserving of his salary, Young felt that she was underpaid in comparison.[138]
17 JVC Media expands its Orlando roster with the acquisition of Conservative Talk WORL Altamonte Springs & W288CJ Oviedo from Salem Media for $900,000, and will launch a new format on the two frequencies in August. Salem will hold on to the WORL calls, which will be exchanged with Spanish Christian WDYZ prior to the closing of the sale. JVC's other leased property, W231CT (which was programmed as Active Rock "Bud 94.1"), was recently sold by Circuitwerkes to iHeartMedia for $500,000.[139]
18 After a five-year run of Regional Mexican format as Radio Centro, at 9:39AM (PDT), KXOS Los Angeles flipped from Regional Mexican to Bilingual Rhythmic Top 40 as "Cali 93.9" and changed calls to KLLI. The flip puts the station (whose direction will feature Latin pop and reggaeton) up against rival Spanish CHR KXOL-FM while serving as a flanker for Rhythmic Top 40 sister KPWR, as it reunited the two stations after seven years.[140]
22 Bakersfield picked up a fifth Top 40, as Lotus Communications flipped Ranchera KCHJ-FM (part of a simulcast with AM sister KCHJ) to new calls KQKZ and moniker “Q92.1,” mirroring its Visalia-Fresno sister KSEQ with a Rhythmic direction. The move puts the station up against rival Rhythmics KISV and KBDS, Rhythmic-leaning Top 40/CHR KLLY, and Mainstream Top 40/CHR KKXX-FM for listeners. The new format was planned to launch on July 15, but was pushed back a week in order to set up social media accounts.[141]
Hubbard Broadcasting makes another change in its West Palm Beach cluster, as it rebrands Country WIRK as "New Country 103.1". The change was caused by the recent hirings of Bruce Logan, who's now the Brand Director, and Tim Leary, who will join Chelsea Taylor in the mornings.[142]
Indianapolis sees yet another radio shakeup, as iHeartMedia splits up the simulcast of Fox Sports Radio/Talk hybrid WNDE and translator W248AW (97.5 FM), running a redirect loop pointing the WNDE audience to the 1260 frequency, whose programming also features Rush Limbaugh in its lineup. The translator is later sold to Educational Media Foundation on August 7 along with six other stations in a swap deal while continuing to operate the signal. On August 15 the translator flipped to Top 40/CHR as "97.5 Kiss-FM", giving the market 3 Top 40s again.[143]
24 Cumulus Media makes a change in its Dallas/Fort Worth market, as it rebrands country outlet KSCS to "New Country 96.3". The station's format did not change.[144]
30 KRTO Guadalupe-Santa Maria-Lompoc changed their format from rhythmic oldies to rhythmic contemporary, branded as "Mega Hits 97.1". The flip will put the station up against Rhythmic rival KPAT while serving as a flanker for the market's top rated Regional Mexican sister KIDI-FM.[145]
31 CFSM-FM in Cranbrook, British Columbia rebrands from Summit 107 to 107.5 2Day FM becoming the latest radio station owned by Vista Radio to take on the "2Day FM" branding. The station's format was changed to modern AC.[citation needed]
iHeartRadio quietly drops the branding of its children's CHR channel Nick Radio without any advanced notice and rebrands it as Hit Nation Jr., a children's version of the Hit Nation CHR-formatted channel, ending a six-year run for the Nickelodeon-branded channel.[citation needed]

August[edit]

Date Event
2 WQBU-FM Garden City-New York City changed their format from Regional Mexican to Spanish AC.[146]
5 KJZY Sebastopol-Santa Rosa, California dropped AC for Top 40/Dance as “93.7 The Beat,” featuring Jamtraxx Media's club mixed oriented SPiN-FM format that was previously tried at WOLT Greenville, South Carolina in 2012. The flip puts the station up against Top 40/CHR rival KHTH for listeners in Sonoma County.[147]
After a week of stunting with novelty songs, KDRI & K269FV Tucson flipped from Religious programming to oldies as "The Drive." Bobby Rich, who was last heard on KMXZ-FM from 1993 to 2017 before being let go over a comment that he made on social media, is named the station's PD/morning host.[148]
Kemp Broadcasting's KVGQ Overton-Las Vegas transitions from Adult Top 40 to Top 40/CHR, giving the market five Top 40s, joining Mainstream Top 40s Entercom's KLUC-FM and Ed Stolz's KFRH, and Rhythmic rivals KYMT-HD2/K280DD and KVGQ's sister KVEG.[149]
7 iHeart Media and Educational Media Foundation makes another translator swap deal. EMF will acquire seven stations from iHeart in exchange for six stations, all of which program a R&B/Hip-Hop format under iHeart, thus suggesting the management at EMF were feeling uncomfortable with that format being on their licensed properties.[150]
Capital Area Career Center's student-run Diversified WQNA Springfield, Illinois announces that they will put the station up for sale, as the school can no longer afford to keep running as it has zero students enrolled in the radio program for the 2019-2020 school year, and for the time being they're currently operating with a community volunteer air staff. Management at WQNA says the station will continue to operate until a new buyer is sought.[151]
12 Entercom flipped Classic Hip-Hop KRBQ San Francisco to Rhythmic oldies. Retaining the previous name, the station is now positioning as “The Bay's Old School” with a focus on 1970s through 90s R&B and Disco/Dance-pop classics. The move is positioned closer musically to Bonneville's Urban AC rival KBLX-FM. This station has also marked the return of its Rhythmic oldies back to the San Francisco area due to KISQ’s flip to Soft AC on April 13, 2016. In the July Nielsen Audio ratings KRBQ held a 2.1 share, while KBLX was at a 2.3.[152]
13 Nielsen Audio will release the first of its Continuous Diary Measurement ratings reports for the 46 markets converting to monthly releases, effective with the July 2019 survey, bringing the number of CDMs to 94 and will have monthly reporting (48 PPM markets and 46 CDM markets) representing 80% of radio's ad spend and population. The markets involved are Akron, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Albuquerque, Allentown-Bethlehem, Bakersfield, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Charleston (South Carolina), Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Columbia (South Carolina), Dayton, Des Moines, El Paso, Fresno, Ft. Myers-Naples, Grand Rapids, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, Greenville-Spartanburg, Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Honolulu, Huntsville, Jackson (Mississippi), Knoxville, Little Rock, Louisville, Madison, Mobile, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Puerto Rico, Richmond, Rochester (New York), Shreveport, Spokane, Springfield (Massachusetts), Syracuse, Toledo, Tucson, Tulsa, Wichita, Wilkes Barre-Scranton, and York.[153]
Urban One officially confirmed that ‘Hurricane’ Dave Smith was fired from his position as VP/Operations & Programming for Radio One Atlanta due to a lawsuit alleging multiple instances of sexual harassment. While Smith claimed that it was a “misunderstanding led to his dismissal”, it was the filing of a lawsuit on August 5 by former R&B/Hip-Hop WHTA evening host Feleg ‘Shorty Mack’ Abraham (who worked at the station from December 2016 until quitting in February 2018; she is currently a mid-day host at WFXE Augusta, Georgia) that led to his firing, in which she claimed that in May 2017 Smith trapped her in his office, groped her, took his penis out and demanded she perform oral sex on him and suffered unspecified injuries escaping his grasp, as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress by Smith, negligent infliction of emotional distress by Urban One, negligent hiring, retention and supervision, assault and battery and false imprisonment. Smith has denied these charges and maintains his innocence.[154][155]
14 Radio Training Network ended its nearly 20-year LMA deal to operate “His Radio Talk” on iHeart Media's WLFJ Greenville, South Carolina. The station, who has programmed the format since March 2000, reverted the daytimer back to its previous WESC calls and started simulcasting Country sister WESC-FM. RTN will continue the Religious talk format on W225AZ, now being fed by WLFJ-FM HD4 and WHRT-FM Cokesbury, South Carolina.[156]
15 The Channel Q platform added nine more markets, bringing the number of stations airing the LGBTQ/Dance format to 28.[157]
CJNW-FM in Edmonton, Alberta rebrands to Power 107 as it shifts towards a more rhythmic classic CHR sound with an emphasis on rhythmic pop-r&b hits from the 1990s and early 2000s. This marks the return of the "Power" branding to the Edmonton market for the first time since 2004 when CKNG-FM became Joe FM with variety hits.[158]
The "Jack FM" variety hits format makes its return to Victoria, British Columbia after a four-year absence as Kiss 103.1 CHTT-FM dumps its Top 40 format and branding after dismissing all its on-air staff for the return of the "Jack" format and branding. The station's unsuccessful "Kiss" Top 40/CHR format was launched back in February 2015 replacing Jack FM. The first song to be played on the newly-relaunched Jack FM station was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.[citation needed]
19 The FCC reached a settlement deal with Meruelo Media over misuse of the Emergency Alert System tones, collecting over $67,000 in civil penalties, and committing to a "strict" compliance regime as part of the consent decree, according to the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. The fine that were handed out resulted from a featured production piece that aired on Classic Hip-Hop KDAY Los Angeles’ morning show between September 8 and November 22, 2017 that aired a voiced promo of “Ninety-Three Five, K-DAY. Hip Hop, back in the day. It's time for (morning host) Romeo's romantic weather,” featured multiple sound effects supposedly ripped from a video found online including EAS tones and the start of a “National Weather Service has issued...” warning. The production piece aired 106 times on KDAY and 33 times on KDEY-FM Riverside-San Bernardino after it began simulcasting KDAY on October 30, 2017.[159][160]
CHNI-FM Saint John, New Brunswick rebrands from Rock 88.9 to Q88.9 while maintaining the same mainstream rock format.[citation needed]
21 After being held up for three years, the deal between the Cesar Chavez Foundation and Educational Media Foundation to swap KUFW Woodlake/Visalia to EMF for KVPW Kingsburg/Fresno has closed with the companies swapping programming on the two frequencies. KVPW flips from EMF's “Air 1” network to Regional Mexican “La Campesina” programming, while KUFW has picked up EMF's “K-Love” network and applies for new call letters KLXY.[161]
22 With Rhythmic Top 40 KWEE West Linn/Portland going to new owners WAY-FM Network, Alpha Media is expected to announce plans to continue the format on FM translator K275CH (broadcasting at 102.9 from Gresham), as it has dropped its simulcast of Sports sister KXTG along with all references to the FM signal from the AM on this date. The transition becomes official September 16.[162]
25 Former Illinois congressman and Conservative talk show host Joe Walsh announced his entry into the 2020 Presidential Election, where he'll run as a Republican and challenge incumbent Donald Trump (who Walsh had supported until recently) for the nomination. Due to the FCC's equal-time rule, it also de facto suspends his syndicated program that aired on Salem Media's WIND Chicago and WNYM New York City.[163]
26 WDAS/W273DO/WDAS-FMHD2 Philadelphia drops the Variety Hits/Health Information "Breakthrough Radio" format that they partnered with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since September 2017 in favor of Fox Sports Radio, billed as "The Gambler." A third simulcast, W281BI Trenton, New Jersey, will carry a different format due to Fox Sports Radio already affiliated with Townsquare Media's WNJE in that market.[164]
Just three years after taking his morning show to syndication, and later becoming independently self produced, Tino Cochino is dropped by his flagship station, Rhythmic Top 40 KKFR Mayer/Phoenix. His program, which continues in syndication, is later picked up by another Phoenix station, Top 40/CHR rival KZZP, for evenings starting September 8.[165]
IHeartMedia drops the Spanish CHR format of K276EL 103.1 FM (which is fed by KVET-FM-HD2) in Austin to simulcast Sports Talk sister KVET 1300 AM. The translator formerly simulcasted the AM signal from 2011 to 2012, before switching to Rhythmic Oldies that year.[166]
In St John's, Newfoundland, Longtime morning host Randy Snow makes his return to CHOZ-FM after a 16-year stint at rival station CKIX-FM. In addition, CHOZ-FM shifted to playing hits from the 90s, 2000s & today with its new slogan "Newfoundland's Music Mix, The New OZ FM".[citation needed]
28 Good Karma Brands will take over operations of ESPN Sports Radio's WMVP Chicago from The Walt Disney Company as of September 28, under a long-term LMA deal. Disney will continue to own the station under the arrangement.[167]
CHOO-FM in Drumheller, Alberta dumps its "Drum FM" branding and its AC format to become Boom 99.5 with a classic hits format becoming the latest radio station owned by Stingray Radio to take on the "Boom" branding.[citation needed]
30 KJOC Quad Cities flipped from ESPN Sports Radio to Active Rock as “I-Rock 93.5.” The Sports format returned to AM sister KBOB, replacing the Classic Country format. The move restored the formats back to their original locations; KJOC-FM was previously Active Rock as “Planet 93.5” and “93 Rock” from 1995-2004 before its programming was merged into sister WXLP, and also returns the Sports and ESPN branding to KBOB where it existed from 1993-2003 and again from May–September 2014 before it was moved to the FM side.[168]
Classic Rock WNNX Atlanta also makes a shift to Active Rock, but retained its current lineup, “Rock 100.5” branding, and “Atlanta’s Best Rock” liner.[169]
Another Atlanta station rebranding takes place, as News/Talk WGST becomes ”Fox News Radio 640”. The changeover also coincides with Conservative afternoon host Dana Barrett ending her show after 14 months to run in the 2020 election as a Democratic candidate in Georgia's 11th congressional district.[170][171]
The Spanish AC trimulcast of KJFA and K275AO Belen/Albuquerque and KJFA-FM Pecos/Santa Fe flipped to Bilingual Rhythmic as “Fuego 102.9.”[172]

September[edit]

Date Event
2 Univision's Rhythmic CHR duo KVVF/KVVZ "Hot 105.7/100.7" in San Jose and San Francisco returned to Spanish CHR and its “Latino Mix” branding at noon Pacific Time after five years. The simulcasts dropped its former format on August 30 when they began stunting with a loop of Vicente Fernandez's "Volver Volver" and J Balvin's "Reggaeton" that lead up to the switch. The move leaves the Bay Area with three Top 40s, San Francisco’s KYLD, KMVQ-FM, and KREV, the latter whose signal doesn’t reach the San Jose area. It also leaves both markets without a core Rhythmic format for the first time.[173]
Entravision flips its six ESPN Deportes Radio affiliates, KBMB Black Canyon City/Phoenix, KCVR Lodi/Sacramento, KMXA Aurora/Denver, KRZY Albuquerque, KSVE El Paso, and KBZO Lubbock, to Ranchera/Norteño under the relaunched "Jose" branding, which was previously used for its now-defunct Spanish Adult Hits format. The move comes ahead of ESPN Sports Radio's Spanish-language sister network's closure on September 8.[174]
After a weekend of going jockless, WZLB Fort Walton Beach, Florida flipped from Alternative to Classic Rock and rebrands from "The Blaze" to "The Shark." The station, whose direction will center around the 1980s and 1990s aimed at 35-44s, will continue with a jockless presentation while going after Cumulus Media's Active Rocker WKSM for listeners.[175]
CHXX-FM in Quebec City, Quebec rebrands from Pop 100.9 to 100.9 La Vibe with more of a Modern AC/CHR-style format.[citation needed]
3 iHeartMedia Sports KGME "Fox Sports 910" Phoenix revamps its daily lineup, moving afternoon drive host Jody Oehler to morning drive (forcing Dan Patrick's syndicated show off the schedule, which eventually moves to Hubbard's crosstown KDUS), while hiring Dan Sileo as the new afternoon drive host.[176] Sileo's show lasts approximately four days after the Arizona Coyotes (of which KGME is their radio flagship) finds out about his checkered radio past.[177]
5 The Laramie, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins-Greeley, Colorado markets picked up its first Rhythmic contemporary format in that region covering Northern Colorado and Southeastern Wyoming, as Laramie-licensed KARS-FM dropped Classic Rock to become "Power 102.9." While the flip marks the first time a Rhythmic format has launched in Wyoming (as it takes on Laramie's Top 40/CHR KIMX and by de facto fills a Top 40 void in Cheyenne), its expected to serve as a flanker for its Townsquare Media-owned Cheyenne-licensed Fort Collins sisters Adult Top 40 KKPL and Country KUAD-FM against iHeart Media's Top 40/CHR KSME. KARS will also continue to serve as the flagship for Colorado State University football and basketball, thus sharing the green and gold in its logo with the school.[178]
6 After nearly 36 years as a rock station, most of its life as Adult Album Alternative and its final year with Alternative, Cumulus Media's KFOG San Francisco dropped the format to simulcast sister station KNBR's Sports Talk, becoming KNBR-FM when a callsign change is approved. The decision to end the format was due to declining listenership and ratings, along with the general move of sports talk and play-by-play to FM. It also gives the Bay Area two Sports Talk FMs, as it takes on Entercom's KGMZ-FM.[179]
7 Roger Dale Wahl, the owner of Oldies WQZS Meyersdale/Johnstown, Pennsylvania and Larimer Township Supervisor, is arrested on charges of creating a fake online dating profile of a woman in a scheme to lure people willing to rape her, including rape/threat of forcible compulsion, identity theft, criminal use of a communication facility and invasion of privacy, as well as tampering with physical evidence. Authorities say Wahl used equipment and devices that was connected from the station to a trail camera he secretly had hidden inside the woman’s house over a six-year period – without her knowledge – and then used images from it to lure men to her home, and upon arrival Wahl encouraged men to rape her; Wahl would then destroy evidence linking himself to the crime. The arrest came after a person answering the ad alerted law enforcement about Wahl's activities after meeting him.[180]
20 The Walt Disney Company rebrands ABC Radio as ABC Audio to reflect its diversified platform of radio, online, and podcast programming.[181]
23 The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling, has vacated the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 broadcast ownership rule changes that loosened cross-ownership and duopoly prohibitions, and remanded them to the Commission for further consideration of how the changes affect ownership diversity. The decision was deemed a victory for grassroots media groups and organizations who challenged the changes, while at the same time criticized by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who along with Commissioner Mike O'Rielly and National Association of Broadcasters EVP of Communications Dennis Wharton, had supported the changes in an effort to allow media companies to consolidate television, radio, and newspapers entities in order to avoid financial difficulties and possible shutdowns or closures due to increasing competition from other platforms. The FCC plans to appeal the decision.[182]
A series of financial conflicts between Wichita-based company Allied Media Partners and Rocking M Media over the March sale and LMA of the latter's properties (Country KKGQ Newton, Rhythmic Hot AC KWME and AC KLEY and K262CQ Wellington, Bob FM-formatted KIBB Haven, AAA KVWF Augusta, and Talk KKLE Winfield) has resulted in Rocking M taking the stations off the air and cancelling the LMA with Allied despite the sale already approved by the FCC in May but has yet to close; As of October 1, Rocking M ceased operations on the outlets and its staff was dismissed. Both companies are offering different explanations; Rocking M's Monte Miller told Radio Television Business Report that he took the stations off the air and that the sale is off, while Allied told listeners of each station that technical issues had caused the silence.[183][184]
Federated Media fired WBYT Elkhart/South Bend morning host Jim Mackey after apparently not showing up for the Country station’s 25th Birthday Party concert on September 22, instead opting to go to his daughter’s wedding. Mackey, who had been with WBYT since October 2016, was given time off two days for the wedding but not for the concert and he had only given them two weeks notice ahead of time. A friend of Mackey’s wrote that he offered to show up late to the concert on Sunday, but that was rejected by station management; the news has sparked outrage from listeners accusing WBYT of forcing Mackey to appear at a function instead of allowing him to spend more time with family. Ironically, both Mackey and co-host Deb Miles (who remains in mornings until a new co-host is announced), were just nominated by the Country Music Association for Best Small Market Morning Show in the 2019 event.[185]
25 Entercom's Radio.com adds Alpha Media's 183 stations and Salem Media's 115 stations to its platform, including their on-demand audio/podcasts, scheduled to be added in the coming weeks.[186]
26 Entercom becomes the first radio broadcasting company to announce a ban on all advertisements for electronic cigarettes, which have recently been linked to seven deaths and 400 cases of a new severe form of respiratory disease. This comes after warnings of the health hazards of the products from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and the American Lung Association.[187]
30 After dropping Top 40/CHR on September 27, followed by a weekend stunt with Christmas music, WNUZ Mercersburg, Pennsylvania/Hagerstown, Maryland changes formats to Classic Hits as “92.1 The Goat” (as in “Greatest of all Time”) and its call signs to WIKG.[188]

October[edit]

Date Event
1 WNNF Cincinnati is the latest Cumulus Media Country station to drop the Nash FM branding due to low ratings, as it rebrands as "Cat Country 94.1." Most of its lineup, including Nash FM's Ty Bentley and Blair Garner, remains intact.[189]
The 100th anniversary of WWV, a shortwave time and frequency standard station owned and operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the oldest licensed American radio station.[190]
3 KZLB Fort Dodge, Iowa dropped Classic Rock Hits and returned to Active Rock after seven years.[191]
99.9 Sun FM CHSU-FM in Kelowna, British Columbia rebrands to Virgin Radio, becoming the latest Bell Media station to adopt the "Virgin Radio" branding. The station's format still remains CHR.[citation needed]
7 Stingray Radio rebrands two of its stations in rural Alberta CKWY-FM in Wainwright & CJEG-FM in Bonnyville to the "Hot" format.[citation needed]
9 Bob Kingsley announces his departure from Country Top 40 to undergo treatment for bladder cancer. During his absence, Kingsley struck an agreement with the Country Music Association to provide guest hosts for the program, all of whom will be women, through at least December 1.[192] Kingsley died a week later.
10 KCJK Garden City/Kansas City transitioned from Alternative to a hybrid Alternative/Active Rock direction (calling it "Rockternative"), and rebrands from "X105.1" to "105.1 The X." The Cumulus Media outlet will use this approach to flank Classic Rock sister KCFX against Entercom’s combo of Active Rock KQRC-FM and Alternative KRBZ.[193]
14 KQFC Boise end its run with Country with a flip to Gold-based Soft AC as “Magic 97.9.” The flip brings the “Magic” branding back to the Idaho State Capitol city after a 10-year hiatus, when it was last used at then-Top 40/CHR (now Sports) sister KZMG from 1991 to 2009, and prior to that, then-Top 40/CHR KBBK from 1984 to 1986 (that station is now Country sister KIZN). The Cumulus Media outlet will position itself between Townsquare Media’s more established AC rival KXLT-FM and Lotus Classic Hits KTHI for listeners.[194]
Entercom adds four more markets to its growing list of Channel Q LBGTQ/Dance affiliates.[195]
WWYY and W234AX Allentown dropped Alternative to simulcast Country sister WCTO.[196]
16 A pair of rival AM/FM translators in Gainesville flip to R&B-centric formats within hours of each other. The first came from WAJD/W255CV, who dropped Smooth Jazz for R&B/Hip-Hop as "99 Jamz," putting it in competition with Rhythmic Top 40 rival WTMG.[197] In response, WTMG's sister station WDVH/W231DH split from its Country FM sister and flipped to Urban Oldies as "R&B 94.1," with a emphasis on R&B/Hip-Hop hits from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s to serve as a flanker for WTMG.[198]

Upcoming Events[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Date Event
January 1 Netflix licenses their library of stand-up comedy specials to Sirius XM for an audio-only channel under the "Netflix Is A Joke Radio" channel banner.[199]
Sebastian Gorka launched a new program on Salem Radio Network, which cancels The Michael Medved Show at the same time.[200] Medved will continue his show online, and as a local show on KTTH, until he finds another terrestrial network.
January 7 Cumulus Media launched a new morning program, Rick and Sasha, hosted by Rick Party and Sasha The Diva, on Urban AC outlets.[201]
March 2 Westwood One launched a new weekly entertainment/pop culture program, With Elaina, hosted by Nash FM personality Elaina Smith, on Country stations.[202]
July 15 Benztown and Promo Only launched Hot Mix: The Afterhours, an EDM/Dance mix program that will supplement its Hot Mix Top 40/CHR and Rhythmic Top 40 versions to stations.[203]
August 5 The BetR Network, a spin-off of SB Nation Radio launched in partnership with Brent Musburger's Vegas Stats and Information Network, launched. The network focuses primarily on sports betting, making it the first full-time radio network devoted to sports betting, and launched in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, both known for their numerous casinos.[204]
Entercom launched Dance/EDM channel "FireLane" on its Radio.com platform, with KAMP-FM HD3 Los Angeles serving as the flagship station after a soft launch in March. The format will feature DJ mixes 24/7 that encompasses today's “festival tent” feel with rhythmic, dance, hip hop and EDM all being represented.”[205]
August 11 iHeart Radio launched Sunday Night Podcasts across 270 stations in the CHR, Hot AC, Country, Rock, Urban, and News/Talk formats.[206]
August 14 SummitMedia began expanding Rhythmic Top 40 WHZT Greenville, South Carolina's Dex and Barbie T morning program to Rhythmic sister WKHT Knoxville, marking the company's first in-house syndicated show.[207]
August 17 iHeart Radio launched Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee, a two-hour entertainment program featuring “celebrity news, information and gossip, along with candid conversations with the stars who will bring truth to the latest stories and rumors” hosted by Hollywood Unlocked CEO Jason Lee, Melyssa Ford, and DJ Damage, on R&B/Hip-Hop stations. An uncensored podcast version will also be available on iHeart Media's online platform.[208]
September 9 Unanimo Deportes, a new Spanish-language Sports network founded by former ESPN Deportes General Manager Lino García and former ESPN Deportes Radio Program Director Gerardo Quirama, debuts with a number of former ESPN Deportes talent involved. The network signs up stations that were once affiliated with ESPN Deportes Radio up until its September 8 shutdown.[209]
October 15 Mexican-American actress/singer Angélica Vale, best known for her work with Mexico's Televisa and TV Azteca, as well as her starring role on La Fea Más Bella (of which led to a cameo on its American equivalent Ugly Betty), will make her foray into American radio as a midday host at KLLI Los Angeles on this date.[210]

Closings[edit]

Date Event
January 1 After seven years, NBC Sports Radio switched to a stripped-down syndication service format, ending their run as a full-time network as multiple factors have made offering a full-time network cost-prohibitive. :00/:30 past the hour sportscasts continues to be offered, along with the morning show Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio and a new afternoon show The Daily Line with Michael Jenkins and Tim Murray. Hosts Newy Scruggs, Keith Irizarry, Mark Malone, and Dan Schwartzman will lose their programs as a part of the switch. The switchover also resulted in several affiliates (like KHKA Honolulu) to join Westwood One's co-distributor CBS Sports Radio to fill the void.[211]
January 14 Oldies WAIK Galesburg, Illinois ceased broadcasting after 61 years. The shutdown was due to the buyer of its sister stations WRAM/W231DA and WMOI not receiving any rights or recovery from a series of lawsuits involving the WAIK tower.[212]
January 31 Urban AC "Mix 87.7" Atlanta signed off the air, due to television station WTBS-LD turned off its companion channel 6 analog signal, which could be heard on most radios on 87.7 FM.[213]
February 28 After an eleven-year run Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly, which aired on Sports stations across Arkansas and focuses on University of Arkansas Athletics, aired its final broadcast due to parent distributor Sport and Story moving its focus to film production and podcasting.[214]
Broadcast Company of the Americas officially ceased operations on Classic Hits "105.7 Max-FM," which was under a leasing agreement via XHPRS-FM Tijuana to serve San Diego. The station had been programming with no imaging or advertising since December 2018 and released its air staff in January after a dispute with Mexican businessman/owner Jaime Bonilla Valdez over the leasing contract, resulting in Valdez cancelling the arrangement altogether.[215][216]
April 1 The New York Mets Radio Network abruptly ceases operations. WCBS, a maximum power clear-channel station that can be received in most of the Eastern United States at night, now exclusively airs all games.[217][218]
April 4 The Federal Communications Commission revokes the license of WJDF Orange, Massachusetts for not paying regulatory fees since 2014, as well as a lack of response to warnings regarding the unpaid fees. Steve Wendell, who operated the station under a local marketing agreement with plans to acquire it outright, subsequently announces his intention to file a $1.8 million lawsuit against owner Deane Brothers Broadcasting, as he had not been informed of the unpaid fees (which prevented renewal of the WJDF license and the proposed license transfer).[219]
April 10 Sports XEPRS Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico (serving San Diego) is taken off the air by the Bichara family, who had leased the station to Broadcast Company of the Americas. The signal is replaced with a simulcast of KJAV Alamo/McAllen, Texas, which is owned by Bichara's Bi-Media Corporation.[220]
April 12 ESPN Radio affiliate WRDW Augusta, Georgia signs off the air after Beasley Broadcasting sold the land where the tower is located but has not yet secured a new transmitter site. Beasley also moves WRDW's Atlanta Braves baseball broadcasts over to Gospel sister station WGUS-FM.[221]
May 31 Cumulus Media's Hot AC sisters WRQX Washington, D.C., WPLJ New York City, and WZAT Savannah, Classic Rock WXTL Syracuse, News/Talk WYAY Gainesville/Atlanta, and Triple-A KFFG San Jose, signed off the air as commercial-licensed stations as the Educational Media Foundation took over ownership of the newly acquired properties. The stations flipped to EMF's K-Love network. Meanwhile, WRQX's format and "Mix" moniker is expected to be acquired by another station in Washington due to being a heritage brand in the market, but after its sign off it directed listeners to Top 40/CHR WIHT instead; the WRQX calls supplanted the WSOM calls in Salem, Ohio, while WXTL's "The Rebel" brand moved online ahead of the turnover.[222]
WQUN, a community radio station owned by Quinnipiac University, ceased broadcasting.[223]
June 19 Access.1 Communications ended its tenure of owning radio stations with the sale of KCUL-FM Marshall/Longview, Texas to RCA Broadcasting and KSYR Benton/Shreveport to Coochie Brake Broadcasting. Both had been simulcasting Regional Mexican KOYE Frankston/Tyler, Texas through a LMA with Alpha Media, who had intended to buy the stations but the deal fell through although Alpha did acquire Access.1's other properties. The sale now leaves Access.1 with American Urban Radio Networks and SupeRadio Networks while a 2015 sale of WGYM Hammonton, New Jersey to Domestic Church Media is still awaiting closing due to judgment liens of the property and repairs needed to be made.[224]
July 15 Trine University's Alternative WEAX Angola, Indiana signed off the air and moved its programming to online. The move came with increased programming to be produced by the school's Department of Humanities and Communication, including a podcast network.[225]
August 16 After 72 years, Conservative Talk KQTY Borger, Texas ceased operations. Most of its local programming moved over to Classic Country sister KQTY-FM.[226]
August 18 After 50 years, Country WEBS and W278CD Calhoun, Georgia ceased operations due to foreclosure from a failure to pay off a loan, as a local bank takes over the station from owner Ken Payne.[227][228]
August 30 After a 50-year run in radio, including a 10-year stint as a weekend sports anchor at WHEC-TV, Steve Hausmann retired from Country WBEE-FM Rochester, New York, where he joined in 2001 and then became co-host of "The Bee Morning Coffee Club" since 2004, on this date.[229]
September 6 Nevada Public Radio shuts down Triple-A KVNV Sun Valley/Reno after two years due to a budget shortfall, the resignation of Nevada Public Radio CEO Flo Rogers, and a pending sale of its properties. The station will temporarily simulcast its Las Vegas News/Talk sister KNPR-FM until a sale is announced.[230]
September 8 ESPN Deportes Radio ceased operations and shifts its programs to podcast delivery including Jorge Ramos y Su Banda and Raza Deportiva, along with 10 additional Spanish language podcasts. The closure laid off 10 full-time and 25 part-time employees as ESPN closed its Coral Gables, Florida offices. Several key affiliates have already found new formats or affiliates to fill the void ahead of the shutdown (most of its former outlets switching to Univision's TUDN Radio or newly upstart Unanimo Deportes), while New York City's WEPN switched back to the English-language ESPN Radio feed.[231]
October 1 KKGQ, KWME, KIBB, KVWF, KLEY and KKLE, six stations in the Wichita, Kansas area, simultaneously shut down after financial problems prevented its previous owner from closing on a sale of the station cluster.[232]
October 7 The Pacifica Foundation ceased local operations on WBAI New York City, due to financial and legal issues that has plagued the station (since Pacifica acquired it in 1960) that saw its staff dismissed and programs cancelled (including the news department), default on rental payments to the owners of the Empire State Building, foreclosure and repossession of its equipment that was averted via an emergency loan to pay off outstanding and mounting debts, a leasing deal with a community operator fall through, and reaching a settlement to relocate their transmissions to 4 Times Square. WBAI will remain on the air with a mix of programming from Pacifica's other stations and the syndication market for the foreseeable future, promising to return if and when Pacifica resolves its financial problems.[233] Pacifica staffers received a temporary injunction ordering Pacifica to resume local operations (they argued Pacifica's actions were illegal under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law, Section 1315 of the Not For Profit Corporation Law and Pacifica’s bylaws), but the WBAI studio had already been dismantled by the next morning, making compliance impossible.[234]
October 18 WBT-AM-FM Charlotte afternoon host John Hancock will retire from radio on this date due to health reasons. Hancock had been a fixture in the Charlotte radio market since 1990 as well as working at stations in Denver, Jacksonville, and Scranton-Wilkes Barre prior to his first of his two tenures at WBT (1990–99; 2001-2019) and Alternative WEND (1999-2001).[235]
December The Tom Joyner Morning Show will end after 25 years, concluding host Tom Joyner's 50-year career in broadcasting. The retirement had been announced in 2017, and several affiliates have already begun replacing his program with similar shows like Steve Harvey's, which sister Urban ACs WROU Dayton and WKXI-FM Jackson, Mississippi picked up in December 2018.[236][237] Stations still carrying Joyner at the end of the show's run will be transitioned to Rickey Smiley's show in January 2020.[238]
After a 32-year partnership that began at KZZP Phoenix, and a 30-year run in mornings at Alternative KROQ-FM Los Angeles, Gene "Bean" Baxter has announced that he leaving the Kevin and Bean show to return to his native England, where he has hosted his portion of the show remotely (first from Washington state and later New Orleans) since 1999. His partner Kevin Ryder is expected to continue in a solo capacity.[239]

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability Ref
January 1 Jon Stapelton 55 American radio personality based in the Boston area (traffic reporter on WBZ and performer on WAAF's Hill-Man Morning Show). Also film actor. [240]
January 4 Wiet Van Broeckhoven 69 Belgian radio presenter and writer. Hosted the shows Njam Njam and Hitbox on Radio 2. Was also active as a humorist writer. [241]
January 18 Brian Stowell 82 Manx linguist, physicist, author, and radio personality (Manx Radio) [242]
January 25 Brittney Cason
39 American radio personality and freelance journalist (alumna of CBS Sports Radio, KOMP Las Vegas and WNKS Charlotte) [243]
January 29 Sari Seppälä 50 Finnish radio presenter and journalist (Radio Nova). [244]
February 1 Jon Anderson 76 American radio talk show host (KGUM Hagåtña, Guam) [245]
Jeremy Hardy 57 English comedian and radio host/panelist (The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation) [246]
February 4 Gary LaPierre 76 American radio journalist (WBZ Boston) [247]
February 5 George Klein 83 American DJ (WLFP Memphis and Sirius XM) [248]
February 9 Bruce Williams 86 American Hall of Fame talk show host, specializing in personal finances; hosted The Bruce Williams Show nationwide from 1981 to 2010 [249]
February 14 David Horowitz 81 American consumer advocate, host of Fightback Talkback on the USA Radio Network. [250]
February 16 Ken Nordine 98 American poet and radio voice-over artist, host of Word Jazz on WBEZ Chicago [251]
Jerry Blum 86 American GM/president of WQXI and WQXI-FM in Atlanta, Georgia from 1960 to 1989; famously parodied as Arthur Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati [252]
February 24 Mac Wiseman 93 American country musician and disc jockey (WSVA Harrisonburg, Virginia; directed the WWVA Jamboree from 1966 to 1970 and was a regular on the Old Dominion Barn Dance in the early 1960s) [253]
March 10 Rex Sorensen 73 American broadcaster, television/radio executive, and real estate developer (co-founder of Air America Radio) [254]
March 16 Tom Hatten 92 American entertainment reporter on KNX Los Angeles [255]
March 18 Augusto Victa 87 Filipino radio drama actor (Philippine Radio) [256]
March 20 Wolfgang Miller 44 American sportscaster, co-host of The Drive With Wolfgang and Steen on KBGGDes Moines [257]
Jacqueline Rossetti 65 American radio/television personality, broadcaster, and programmer in the Honolulu market (known on air as “Honolulu Skylark”), notably as co-host/emcee for The Merrie Monarch Festival broadcasts and co-founder/host of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Alumnus of Honolulu outlets KNDI, KCCN, and KCCN-FM; and Hilo, Hawaii stations KWXX-FM and KAPA. [258]
March 21 Chris Corley 55 American voice-over artist at numerous radio stations [259]
March 31 Ermias Asghedom 33 Eritrean American rapper, remixer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor, known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle (Mix show contributor for KPWR Los Angeles) [260]
April 2 Bill Heine 74 British radio presenter (BBC Radio Oxford) [261]
April 6 Jim Glaser 81 American country musician (along with his brothers, a member of the Grand Ole Opry) [262]
April 17 Chet Coppock 70 American journalist (WMAQ Chicago) and sports talk personality (Sporting News Radio) [263]
April 23 Jim Dunbar 89 American radio program director (KGO San Francisco) and DJ (WXYZ Detroit, WDSU New Orleans, and WLS Chicago) [264]
April 30 Fitzroy Gordon 65 Jamaican-born Canadian radio broadcaster (CKFG-FM) [265]
May 1 Maa Afia Konadu 67 Ghanaian broadcaster (host of "Asomdwe Nkomo" on Peace FM) [266]
May 2 Mike Williamson 90 Australian runner and sports commentator (3AK and 3AW) [267]
May 13 Doris Day 97 American singer and actress whose career dated to the Golden Age of Radio era (radio work included an eponymous program, Carlin's Carnival on WLW and The Bob Hope Show) [268]
May 16 Steve Duemig 64 American golfer and sportscaster on Fox Sports Radio, WDAE Tampa, Florida and WFNS Blackshear, Georgia and color commentator on Tampa Bay Lightning games [269]
May 17 Herman Wouk 103 American writer (radio work included gags for The Fred Allen Show) [270]
May 21 Dave Bookman 58 Canadian DJ at Toronto stations CFNY-FM and CIND-FM [271]
June 1 John Myers 60 British radio executive (GMG Radio, Radio Academy) [272]
June 4 Humble Harve Miller 84 Los Angeles radio personality and convicted murderer [273]
June 16 Zappy Max 97 French broadcaster (Radio Luxembourg) and actor [274]
June 20 Abdiel Gonzalez 47 Puerto rican radio DJ, voice-over artist and host of "El Jukeo" on WRXD, worked for radio stations WEGA, WMEG and WOYE [275]
June 21 Avelino Muñoz Stevenson 62 Puerto Rican sports journalist, and father of Jowell Muñoz. Served as a contributor of programs at WIAC, WIPR, WSKN and WVOZ. Also worked as an announcer for basketball and volleyball events. [276]
Eamon Friel 70 Northern Irish singer, songwriter and broadcaster (BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle). [277]
July 1 John Walton American radio host (co-host of the regionally-syndicated Walton & Johnson) and station owner (KXXF) [278]
July 7 Bob Fouts 97 American sportscaster (San Francisco 49ers Radio Network) [279]
July 29 Max Falkenstien 95 American radio sportscaster (Kansas Jayhawks) [280]
August 8 Malcolm T. Elliott 73 Australian host on several stations [281]
August 11 Jim Cullum Jr. 77 American jazz musician, music preservationist, and host of Riverwalk Jazz on Public Radio International [282]
August 26 Reb Foster 84 American radio DJ (KRLA and KYA) and band manager (The Turtles, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf) [283]
Felix Donnelly 89 New Zealand Catholic priest, social activist, academic (University of Auckland), and radio talkback host (Radio Pacific) [284]
September 13 Eddie Money 70 American singer/songwriter, actor, and reality television personality (host of “Money in the Morning” on WSRV Atlanta) [285]
September 17 Cokie Roberts 75 American journalist (political reporter and analyst for Morning Edition on NPR) [286]
October 6 Jeff Silberman 66 American entertainment, broadcasting, and media journalist (Billboard Radio Monitor, All Access Music Group, Network 40, and Hitmakers) [287]
Larry Junstrom 70 American amateur radio operator (call sign K4EB)[288] and bass guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special) [289]
October 17 Bob Kingsley 80 American country music radio host and producer (American Country Countdown, Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40) [290]

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