In this week’s issue… Two owners shake up Champlain Valley dial – Saga switches Portland management – Flips coming in Elmira? – Veteran NJ rock jock remembered – Binghamton morning vet retires
By SCOTT FYBUSH
Loud Media, which had been running oldies “Mid-Century Radio” on WPLB (1070 Plattsburgh) and its 103.7 translator, flipped those signals on Saturday night to “Jump 103.7,” playing the same throwback hip-hop format it’s been running in Fort Collins, Colorado. The new “Jump” carries the syndicated DeDe in the Morning show, and is otherwise running automated for now.
For a few hours, that meant the Plattsburgh/Burlington market, of all the unlikely places, had two stations spinning classic hip-hop – but it didn’t last.
At midnight on Monday, Great Eastern Radio did away with its classic hip-hop format on WJKS (104.3 Keeseville), killing off “Kiss” almost five years to the week after Jeff Shapiro completed the move that took the former WWOD across Vermont from the Upper Valley into the Burlington market.
In place of “Kiss,” Great Eastern has launched a simulcast of its country “Froggy,” WWFY (100.9 Berlin), over in the Barre-Montpelier market on the other side of Burlington. Billing itself as “Vermont’s Country SuperStation,” the new supersized Froggy takes on one of the biggest stations in the Burlington market, Hall’s venerable WOKO (98.9), as well as John Fuller’s “Eagle Country” WTNN (97.5), plus classic country “Moose” on WXMS (97.9) on the New York side.
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Our latest one features Donna Halper discussing her life in radio, from her time at WMMS when she helped Rush get US airplay, to what she learned from Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg.
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