In this week’s issue… “Harbor” yields to “Evolution” – Clear Channel blows out WOR staff – Family back in Philadelphia – CityTV granted in Montreal
By SCOTT FYBUSH
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*If any broadcaster has perfected the art of nuclear-level security surrounding a format flip, it’s Clear Channel in eastern MASSACHUSETTS. For several months after announcing its purchase of the former WFNX (101.7 Lynn) earlier this year, Clear somehow managed to keep almost everyone from sniffing out its plans to install an automated adult hits format on what became “101.7 the Harbor,” WHBA.
And after just five months with that format, Clear Channel pulled out an even bigger surprise on Thursday night at 6, when it abruptly drained “The Harbor” and flipped WHBA to electronic dance music (EDM), essentially using the signal as a terrestrial simulcast of “Evolution,” the company’s online dance station that’s been running for the last few months on the iHeartRadio platform.
There are few groups of music fans as passionate about their genre as EDM aficionados, who were celebrating the terrestrial launch of “101.7 the Evolution” within minutes after the surprise flip. But there were also cautionary voices pointing out that Clear Channel’s commitment to the format in Boston may be only temporary. So what gives – is this a stunt or for real?
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