It's not clear which, if any, New York station might pick up standards if WQEW drops the format. Several suburban stations, including WVNJ (1160 Oakland NJ) and WHLI (1100 Huntington LI), run standards, but none has the signal WQEW enjoys. Could WEVD (1050) drop much or all of its leased-time schedule to go standards? We're, um, all ears.
Here in Rochester, we hit the scan button Wednesday afternoon only to find a change of simulcast for one of Jacor's local outlets. At 5 PM, WYSY (106.7 Irondequoit), switched from soft AC "Sunny 106" to a simulcast of dance-CHR WMAX-FM (107.3 Honeoye Falls, but already using the CP city of license South Bristol). Not entirely unexpected, since the 107.3 signal will disappear from most Rochester dials when it moves up to Bristol Mountain -- but here's the kicker: the "Sunny" format lives on at WISY (102.3 Canandaigua), which is STILL calling itself "Sunny 106," at least in the obviously-canned voice tracks running today. This'll be fun when WYSY's listeners get in their cars Friday morning to listen to the "12 Hours of Holiday Music" the station had been promoting all week...
The program director of Syracuse's WSYR (570) and WHEN (620) is moving to Atlanta to hold down the same position at WGST (640/105.7). It's a nice jump in market size for Ken Charles, and he'll be competing against his current employer, since WSYR/WHEN owner Cox also owns WSB (750) in Atlanta.
Also in Syracuse: Pax TV's WSPX (Channel 56) fired up the transmitter on Tuesday, and is now beaming 5 megawatts of family programming to central New York. And WSIV (1540 East Syracuse) has been granted 57 watts at night.
Further north, we neglected to note last week that WXQZ (101.5 Canton) has dropped its own country programming to begin simulcasting nearby WNCQ (102.9 Morristown), also country.
Five of Binghamton's biggest stations are falling into Citadel hands as part of the $77 million sale of Wicks Broadcasting to Citadel. Included in the deal are news-talk WNBF (1290), standards WKOP (1360), dominant country WHWK (98.1), classic rock WAAL (99.1), and oldies WYOS (104.1 Chenango Bridge). "No format changes are planned," says the Citadel release.
And downstate, Montgomery NYC Broadcasting has applied for another small FM in the northern suburbs of New York, this time 88.3 in Beekman NY, in Dutchess County just north of I-84.
Also shuffling air talent is WEGQ (93.7 Lawrence), now under the guidance of WAAF GM Bruce Mittman. Steve York has moved from nights to middays, Dave Breen comes over from 'AAF to do nights, Karen Blake takes over afternoons, and Stella Mars and Jay Michaels end up with fill-in gigs.
Out along the Connecticut River, there's a new signal coming from WPVQ (93.9 Turners Falls). Bob Shotwell checked in to tell us he's added RDS encoding to the signal -- and at least two listeners called the station to report they were picking up RDS text.
And over at Springfield's WHYN (560), this Saturday night marks the annual Sock Hop Reunion, as DJs from WHYN's music past appear for a live remote from Westover Air Force Base. It'll also be available on Real Audio at www.whyn.com.
WFSB is also promoting its helicopter, "Sky 3," to compete with WTNH's chopper down in New Haven.
WMSJ (89.3 Freeport) has been granted an increase in power from 5000 to 7500 watts.
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WQRI (88.3 Bristol) can now be heard on-line at <http://wqri.rwu.edu>.
And that's it for two weeks, as NERW heads off to the wilds of Ohio and Indiana. We'll be back with our next regular edition December 11, with updates before that as news warrants.
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