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Radio format flips for the holidays

Although radio format flips happen all through the year, there’s just something about the holiday season that makes it the ideal time to begin anew. As inVocus does every year, here’s a list of some of the latest format changes happening now and through the New Year:

  • Sports WZIM-FM in Bloomington, Ill., has been rocking music from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s since it flipped to an Adult Contemporary format in November. According to, the station is now airing the “John Tesh Radio Show” for the morning drive, with local talent picking it up for the rest of the day.
  • Earlier this month, WTNT-AM in Washington, D.C., changed its format from Talk to Spanish Adult Contemporary.
  • Following the close of the Christmas season, seasonal tunes will cease to be on WRCN-FM in Riverhead, N.Y., which will not return to its previous Rock format. Instead, the station will debut as News/Talk “LI News Radio.” Radio Insight reported that a mix of local talent and syndicated hosts will fill the airwaves in the New Year.
  • After debuting a Variety Hits format in August, WQSL-FM and WQZL-FM in Jacksonville, N.C., flipped to a Country format this month, going by “The Wolf.” NextMedia is reportedly in the process of selling the stations to Digity.
  • Chicago’s WIQI-FM has switched from Hot Adult Contemporary to Rhythmic Hot Adult Contemporary.
  • In October, Country “The Cat” relocated to WKLI-FM in Albany, N.Y., and left WZMR-FM vacant. Since then, those empty airwaves have begun crooning to the sounds of contemporary/classic rock and alternative and pop music in its new Adult Album Alternative format. According to, the station will broadcast all music until the New Year when radio DJs can then also be heard.
  • Starting Jan. 1, New York City’s WWRL-AM will switch from News/Talk to Spanish-language music.
  • Adult Hits WDRQ-FM in Detroit flipped to an all-Christmas Country format earlier this month. Regular Country programming will begin after the New Year. Accordingto, the only other Country station in the area is WYCD-FM and it dominates the market.
  • Finally, FM Idaho/Impact Radio is reportedly selling News/Talk KINF-FM to Lee Broadcasting, which will flip the station to Regional Mexican in early January.


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