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

Jump to: MENHVTMARICTNYNJ PACanada

*A shakeup involving multiple ownership groups means some format changes along the NEW YORK/VERMONT border in the Champlain Valley.

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.

We have a great lineup of podcasts here on our site. While you’re catching up with your summer reading, don’t forget about your summer listening. Now is the time to make sure you’re up to date with Top of the Tower.

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.

Don’t forget you can still visit our store to check out our other great products. We’ll be taking preorders for the 2021 calendar soon. Stay tuned!

Click Here To Register And Purchase This Column!!

You don't have to stop reading here! Each week's NorthEast Radio Watch is packed full of exclusive, in-depth reporting and analysis from across the nine states and five provinces we've been serving since 1994. You won't find anything like it on any free site - and you can read the rest of this week's column for just $2.99 by clicking on the "Purchase Only" link below. 

Or click here to subscribe and enjoy full access to current NERW and Tower Site of the Week columns and two decades of searchable archives -- for as little as 25 cents per day.

If you are already a member, please login to view the rest of this column. (If the site does not recognize your username, don't panic! Either your subscription has expired and we need to reactivate your account, or your username and email do not match our payment records and we need to link them. Please email Lisa,  or call her at 585-442-5411, for instructions.)

Why are we now subscriber-based? Click here to read more about the reasons behind our decision.


Click Here To Register And Purchase This Column!!

You don't have to stop reading here! Each week's NorthEast Radio Watch is packed full of exclusive, in-depth reporting and analysis from across the nine states and five provinces we've been serving since 1994. You won't find anything like it on any free site - and you can read the rest of this week's column for just $2.99 by clicking on the "Purchase Only" link below. 

Or click here to subscribe and enjoy full access to current NERW and Tower Site of the Week columns and two decades of searchable archives -- for as little as 25 cents per day.

If you are already a member, please login to view the rest of this column. (If the site does not recognize your username, don't panic! Either your subscription has expired and we need to reactivate your account, or your username and email do not match our payment records and we need to link them. Please email Lisa,  or call her at 585-442-5411, for instructions.)

Why are we now subscriber-based? Click here to read more about the reasons behind our decision.

4 COMMENTS

    • I don’t think so. I know there’s some work planned there, but I don’t believe it’s been completed yet. The window is only a few months long for easy access to Mansfield, of course.

Comments are closed.