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July 4, 2005

Pop Goes "Cool Pop" in Harrisburg

Happy Fourth of July - and, to our Canadian readers - a belated Happy Canada Day! A quick look at what's making news this holiday-shortened week...and our thanks for your support during our Early Summer Subscription Drive! (Didn't subscribe last week? It's never too late - click here.)

*Citadel never got much respect for its attempt to do a pop-oriented top 40 in central PENNSYLVANIA, and last week the company pulled the plug on "Cool Pop" at WCPP (106.7 Hershey), replacing it on Thursday with soft AC as "Mix 106.7."

That wasn't the only change Citadel made in the Harrisburg area; the company also announced that it's selling WQXA (1250 York) to Wilkins Communications Network, which runs a chain of 10 religious stations that includes WWNL (1080 Pittsburgh). The $250,000 sale has already brought an end to WQXA's "Real Country" programming, with Wilkins taking over via a time brokerage agreement last Friday.

Over in the State College market, WGMR (101.1 Tyrone) dropped its "Revolution" moniker in favor of "G101," completing its transition from modern rock to top 40.

In Pittsburgh, Ron Atkins replaces George Cook as PD of WAMO-FM (106.7 Beaver Falls), WPGR (1510 Monroeville) and WAMO (860 Millvale)/WJJJ (107.1 Greensburg), returning to the post he held a few years back.

And we join the Keystone State engineering community in remembering Jeff "Bix" Bixby, who died June 25 at age 61. Bixby was known for his work with complex AM antenna systems, including KDKA in Pittsburgh and WINS in New York. He had most recently been running his own engineering firm, BixTech LLC of Lykens, Pennsylvania, and had just been awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters' "Broadcast Tube" plaque for his contributions to the industry.

*An obituary this week, as well, for a veteran NEW JERSEY overnight jock: Willie Twyman was an early part of "New Jersey 101.5" on WKXW (101.5 Trenton) with his "Third Shift" show; he died June 25, at the far-too-early age of 45.

(There's a nice tribute to Twyman from Perry Michael Simon of All Access right here; from Perry's blog, we also learn that consultant Walter Sabo, who crafted the "New Jersey 101.5" format, is a daddy again, having welcomed Meredith Grace Sabo to the world on Friday. Congratulations!)

*There was one format change last week in NEW YORK, and it came in response to the impending demise of AP's All News Radio format. WDNB (102.1 Jeffersonville), which had been using the AP service to bring news radio to the Catskills, flipped to country as "Thunder 102."

(What of the Empire State's other All News Radio affiliate? WYSL 1040 in Avon is adding CNN Headline News service when the AP's fulltime format goes dark July 15.)

While we're in the Finger Lakes, we note that WWLF (1340 Auburn), the Radio Disney simulcast of Syracuse's WOLF (1490), was off the air for a few days after a storm damaged its site. We're told things are now back to normal over there.

*Don't sound the death knell yet for WSMN (1590) in Nashua, NEW HAMPSHIRE. The station signed off in January after losing its studio and tower site just off Route 3 - but now the license has been purchased, for a reported $250,000, by Tom Monaghan's Absolute Broadcasting, which also owns WSNH (900 Nashua). Monaghan says he'll have the station back up and running from a temporary transmitter site by the end of August; NERW wonders whether a replacement for WSMN's three-tower directional array could ever be built in what's now a very pricey and NIMBY-prone part of New England...

*Two VERMONT TV translators are off the air, apparently for good, after losing their lease for tower space on Equinox Mountain above Manchester. W69AD relayed WCAX (Channel 3) from Burlington, while W36AX relayed Vermont Public TV's WETK (Channel 33); both used a tower site owned by the Carthusian monks, who declined to renew the lease for the site. WCAX tells the Bennington Banner that it has no replacement site, while VPT says the translator was apparently serving only four member households at the end.

*PDs on the move in MASSACHUSETTS: Radio and Records reports that WAAF (107.3 Westborough) PD Keith Hastings resigned Friday, ending a three-year stint at the Entercom active rocker. (His resignation will take effect July 29.)

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports that Jerry McKenna is departing Entercom's WMKK (93.7 Lawrence) to take the PD chair at Infinity's "Mix" WBMX (98.5 Boston).

Up on Great Blue Hill, the word is that Radio One's WBOT (97.7 Brockton) has moved in with its new facilities. Instead of the former 2.7 kW/492' facility in Abington, "Hot 97-7" is now reaching more of Boston with 2 kW/568' from a directional antenna atop the hill in Milton. (We hope to have pictures soon!)

And up on the North Shore, WBOQ (104.9 Gloucester) announced that it's joining the Red Sox network after the All-Star break, bringing a strong FM signal to an area that's sometimes iffy for flagship WEEI (850 Boston) after dark.

*In southeastern CONNECTICUT, WSUB (980 Groton) has completed handing off its news-talk format to WXLM (102.3 Stonington), and we're told the AM side has now flipped to Spanish hits as "Magia 980."

*One bit of news from CANADA, amidst the Canada Day celebrations up there: the CBC has won permission to move Radio Two relay CBL-FM-1 in Huntsville, Ontario from 104.7 to 106.9. CFBK (105.5 Huntsville) had complained of interference from the CBC signal; the station says it's still worried that 70 kW on 106.9 will impair reception of its own signal, though its request to the CRTC to reduce Radio Two's power was denied.

*Our special clearance pricing continues for fans of the Tower Site Calendar 2005. We're well aware that many of the calendar's fans buy it for the pictures, not the actual calendar pages...but that doesn't change the fact that by this time of the year, we're not exactly shipping 'em out the door at a breakneck pace, and Mrs. NERW would very much like a corner of her living room back.

So while she rediscovers the floor beneath those boxes of calendars and we begin to line up the images for Tower Site Calendar 2006, you get the very first crack at our Calendar Clearance Deal for 2005.

Here's how it works: instead of our list price of $16 for this fabulous, full-color, glossy calendar, you can now pick one up for just $8, postpaid. ($8.64 to New York State addresses.) Better yet, if you order two calendars at this special clearance price, we'll throw in a third for free - $16 for THREE calendars, with nine exciting months of 2005 yet to go. (That's $17.28 in NYS.)

Maybe you've already hung your original 2005 calendar on the wall, and you're thinking it would be nice to have another copy to stick away in pristine condition. Maybe you really want to frame that spectacular September page right now - but you still need a calendar later this year. Maybe you just want to help Mrs. NERW clean out the living room and give happy NERW baby Ariel more space to practice walking.

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