Elsewhere in Massachusetts, Ware's WARE (1250) has reportedly ended its simulcast with country WQVR (100.1 Southbridge) to pick up Westwood One's adult standards format. And M Street claims Lowell's WLLH (1400) has added jazz overnights -- anyone in the Merrimack Valley want to confirm that?
We also mourn the passing of Talbot Hood, former owner of Keene's WKBK, who died May 2 at age 71. Hood joined WKBK as program director in 1959, and eventually became part-owner before retiring in 1991.
From the FCC comes word that religious WLMW (90.7 Manchester) has been granted permission to put its transmitter atop Uncanoonuc Mountain in Goffstown, where Manchester's other FMs are located. The new CP for WLMW calls for 15 watts directional from 869 feet above average terrain. WLMW is not yet on the air from any facility.
More sale news: Kingston NY's WKNY (1490) and WDSP (96.9 Arlington NY) have been sold by CHET-5 Broadcasting to Crystal Communications, which already owns WEOK (1390 Poughkeepsie), WALL (1340 Middletown), WCZX (97.7 Hyde Park), WRRV (92.7 Middletown), and WPDH (101.5 Poughkeepsie). WDSP dropped its simulcast of AAA WDST (100.1 Woodstock) this week in favor of simulcasting WRRV's modern rock. WDST is now CHET-5's only broadcast property in the Hudson Valley.
WODZ-FM (96.1 Rome-Utica) has applied for a power increase and a change of transmitter location; we'll know more on that in a week or so. Up at WYLR (95.9 Glens Falls), PM drive jock Brian Cortez has been promoted to Production Director. And the religious Family Life Radio network has applied for a translator on 102.7 in Geneva, relaying WCIY (88.9) Canandaigua. Another religious broadcaster, WHVP (91.1 Hudson), has applied to increase power to 360 watts from a tower site near the Massachusetts state line, between Spencertown and Green River NY. WHVP isn't on the air yet; they've asked for an extension of time to build.
In Auburn NY, Salt City Communications is paying $1,685,000 for oldies WMBO (1340) and AAA-ish WPCX (106.9) (Hey, Broadcasting & Cable magazine, it hasn't been country for nearly a year!) from Great Scott Broadcasting. Salt City recently sold WXCD (now WLTI, 105.9) Syracuse to Pilot Communications.
Way up north in Plattsburgh, veteran broadcaster Gordie Little has departed WIRY (1340) after 36 years with the station. Little began at WIRY as a disc jockey, and later served as news director, morning show host, and program director.
We'll also launch a mild zing towards West 43rd Street in New York, where the editors of the New York Times somehow seem to have misheard the call letters of Lowell Paxson's Florida TV stations. "WPBS" and "WTBX"?!?!?! How about WPBF (Channel 25 Tequesta) and WTVX (Channel 34 Fort Pierce)?