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101.1 FM Birmingham, Al changing format from news talk.

Posted on 06/29/2007 1:31:18 PM PDT by Timbo64

Does anyone have any information on the format change at 101.1 FM The Source in Birmingham, Al. I called and asked if they were changing formats and I was told no coment. There is nothing on their website about this. I received an e-mail from a friend stating that they were changing to oldies rock and roll. WTF!!! For as long as I have been listning to this station it has been GOD AND COUNTRY as their motto. They have some great local host. I do not need another oldies station to listen to.


TOPICS: Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: talkradio

1 posted on 06/29/2007 1:31:21 PM PDT by Timbo64
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To: Timbo64

Somebody has an aversion to success.


2 posted on 06/29/2007 1:39:23 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: Timbo64

Be grateful they didn’t switch format to Spanish language hosts and hip hop/dance. The trend for such flips (of stations in general) extends all the way to DC.


3 posted on 06/29/2007 1:40:05 PM PDT by weegee (If the Fairness Doctrine is imposed on USA who will CNN news get to read the conservative rebuttal)
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To: Timbo64

What are the call letters?


4 posted on 06/29/2007 1:47:24 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Timbo64

I’m surprised they’re not changing over to Spanish.


5 posted on 06/29/2007 1:49:34 PM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid./LOUD and PROUD!)
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To: Timbo64

Maybe it was in anticipation of the “Fairness Doctrine”. Give em hell before it’s too late. Get on all the local boards and post contact numbers. Go to any national shows they carry and alert them.
After the defeat of “comprehensive immigration reform” and the “fairness doctrine” I’m feeling pretty mighty....


6 posted on 06/29/2007 2:09:06 PM PDT by Uriah_lost ("build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must." -Fred D Thompson)
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To: weegee
Be grateful they didn’t switch format to Spanish language hosts and hip hop/dance. The trend for such flips (of stations in general) extends all the way to DC.

Our local (Boston) Err America station switched to "rumba" about 6 months ago.

7 posted on 06/29/2007 2:10:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Vision

I got this from wiki:
‘WYDE’-FM
City of license Cullman, Alabama
Broadcast area Birmingham/Huntsville/Tuscaloosa/Gadsden
Branding 101.1 FM, the Source
Slogan The Voice of Alabama
First air date 1950, as WFMH-FM
Frequency 101.1 MHz
Format Talk radio
ERP 100,000 watts
Class C
Callsign meaning Bartell Broadcasting, who owned the original WYDE-AM (850) in Birmingham in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, dubbed WYDE and co-owned WAKE-AM in Atlanta as “Your WYDE-a-WAKE Stations”
Owner Crawford Broadcating Company
Website www.thesourcefm.com

looks like all the associated websites are down....looks bad for the AL listeners.


8 posted on 06/29/2007 2:14:58 PM PDT by Uriah_lost ("build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must." -Fred D Thompson)
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To: Uriah_lost

WYDE-FM News Talk Information 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.0

They were dead last among existing radio stations and trending badly.

Numbers represent market share of the last four quarters with the most current rating last.

In order of ratings.

WBHK-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.1 12.3 11.6 13.5
WBHJ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 9.1 8.6 9.4 8.4
WZZK-FM Country 4.5 5.3 5.4 7.7
WDXB-FM Country 7.2 4.8 4.6 5.9
WMJJ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.9 4.5 6.1 5.2
WBPT-FM Classic Hits 4.2 3.4 4.2 5.1
WQEN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.9 5.7 4.8 4.3
WDJC-FM Contemporary Christian 5.2 3.3 2.4 3.8
WJOX-FM All Sports * * 1.9 3.8
WENN-FM Alternative 5.6 5.4 5.0 3.4
WZRR-FM Classic Rock 4.8 5.1 4.5 3.2
WAGG-AM Contemporary Inspirational 2.4 2.1 1.3 3.0
WUHT-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.1 2.9 3.9 2.9
WAPI-AM News Talk Information 1.6 1.5 1.1 2.2
WERC-AM News Talk Information 2.5 3.1 3.1 2.1
WNCB-FM New Country 1.5 1.4 1.1 2.1
WYSF-FM Adult Contemporary 5.4 6.0 4.6 1.6
WSPZ-AM All Sports * * 3.2 1.3
WATV-AM Urban Oldies 1.2 1.4 1.5 1.2
WJLD-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.2 1.3 0.9 1.0
WYDE-FM News Talk Information 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.0
WPHC-FM Southern Gospel * * * 0.8
WLGD-AM Oldies * * * 0.4
WAYE-AM Religious * * 0.5 *
WJOX-AM All Sports 2.1 2.7 * *
WKLD-FM Country 0.4 0.5 0.4 *
WRAX-FM Alternative 2.3 2.1 * *
WRTR-FM Classic Rock 0.4 * * *
WXJC-AM Religious * 0.5 * *
WZGX-AM Mexican Regional 0.7 * 1.0 *


9 posted on 06/29/2007 2:24:26 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Timbo64

Good God man. Urban Adult Contemporary bets Country in Birmingham?


10 posted on 06/29/2007 2:26:01 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision

Good God man. Urban Adult Contemporary beats Country in Birmingham?


11 posted on 06/29/2007 2:26:35 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision

FM talk is a tough market, it’s not what most people think of when they think “talk radio”. If it’s not working for them, they should change but I’m betting somebody will pick up the slack.


12 posted on 06/29/2007 2:32:21 PM PDT by Uriah_lost ("build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must." -Fred D Thompson)
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To: Uriah_lost

How is it different from AM talk?


13 posted on 06/29/2007 2:35:40 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision
Part of it is habit, part is range and part is that talk doesn’t really take advantage of the better fidelity of the FM band. I also think that, looking at those numbers, the market may have too much talk. Few markets seem to be able to support very many talk outlets. There is also a cyclical factor to political/talk type programming.
14 posted on 06/29/2007 2:40:17 PM PDT by Uriah_lost ("build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must." -Fred D Thompson)
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To: Vision
I know that the rating do not look to good for WYDE-FM 101.1 The Source. The thing is, WYDE is a 100,000 watt station that can be heard in the whole state of Alabama. While a 1.0 rating in Birmingham is bad, if you combine it with all of the other markets it reaches I wonder what the total ratings would be. I guess I knew they were in trouble when they started playing 30 to 40 public service announcements per day and never seemed to have any new advertisers. I heard that they were moving to 92.5 FM in Birmingham, but I can not get that station in north Alabama. I guess if I want to listen to Matt Murphy, I will need to listen online.
15 posted on 06/29/2007 3:56:34 PM PDT by Timbo64
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To: Vision

Call letters? double-ewe eff tee. ;^)


16 posted on 06/29/2007 4:44:37 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

radio-info.com board posts, Alabama:

>>Looks like Crawford is going to be having fun in Birmingham. If you go to http://www.legends1260.com you’ll see the new Fun 101.1 logo. I guess that answers what was going to happen to Legends 1260 also.


17 posted on 06/30/2007 11:23:41 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

more from radio-info:

>>http://www.radio-info.com/smf/index.php/topic,74842.0.html
This from http://www.home101show.com/

Show Notes
June 30, 2007

BREAKING NEWS...
Crawford Broadcasting is cancelling their
FM talk format. As this is a shock to all
of us I ask that you rememeber those that
were employeed by the station and are now
with out jobs.

This Saturday will be the final airing of
the Home 101 Show so please join in as
this will be a great show especially for
those around Smith Lake or other owners of
waterfront property.


<<This has been confirmed by someone who works at Crawford Broadcasting... possibly a flip to an oldies format is what I’m told...


18 posted on 06/30/2007 11:26:06 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Timbo64

Damn! This is bad news. Guess I won’t be listening to the radio during the am/pm commute.


19 posted on 06/30/2007 11:32:59 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF *GOA*SAS)
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To: EdReform

I would like to hear from Charles Allen Head, Bessemer, to give us the legalities of this move


20 posted on 06/30/2007 8:22:27 PM PDT by RodR
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To: Vision
Urban Adult Contemporary beats Country in Birmingham?

Anymore, it's gettin' kinda hard to tell the difference.

21 posted on 06/30/2007 8:30:59 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: RodR

Got to love Mr. Charles Allen Head, Bess’mer, Alabama!


22 posted on 06/30/2007 8:32:15 PM PDT by Timbo64
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To: Timbo64

I guess we got a rude answer this morning - I went to turn on Lee Davis, and Christmas music is playing. I feel like Crawford Broadcasting has slapped us in the face. Just last Thursday, Matt Murphy said that the company was not abandoning the talk radio format - guess he got hosed as well.


23 posted on 07/02/2007 4:41:00 AM PDT by 1shell1
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To: Vision
"Good God man. Urban Adult Contemporary beats Country in Birmingham?"

Haven't been to Birmingham lately, have you?
24 posted on 07/02/2007 5:54:09 AM PDT by TruBluKentuckian
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To: TruBluKentuckian

No, but have some family in Montgomery.


25 posted on 07/02/2007 6:16:37 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: 1shell1

I hope they are going to 92.5FM. I can not get that station in north Alabama, but I can listen on line.


26 posted on 07/02/2007 12:05:06 PM PDT by Timbo64
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To: Timbo64
92.5FM/770AM is taken in Huntsville. The FM signal is pretty weak and the AM station powers down to shouting distance at sundown.

http://www.wvnn.com/

They have Bennett, Boortz, Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, and Lavin. The local guy is pretty good too. I’ll miss the source on the drive home though. I would listen to them until “I’m a great American, Love me, I have a new book” Hannity would go off at 5 and I could get some real news/debate.
The Source really gave Alabama politicians a lashing. Hasn't the Source lost a lot of talent lately?

27 posted on 07/02/2007 5:33:39 PM PDT by Farmerbob (I long for the days when I was the dumbest person on FR)
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To: Timbo64

92.5 comes in strong from Huntsville here where I am. Dale Jackson from the Attack Machine is on there in the AM now.

I’m just really steamed about this. If there were some advanced warning, I wouldn’t be so mad. Instead, not a single word from Crawford Broadcasting whatsoever. That’s a good way to thank those of us who have been with them since day 1.

If you go to Matt’s and Lee’s websites, they are just asking us to keep watching for updates. I’ll keep checking the Birmingham News. If they do go to 92.5FM, they will have to power up a bit to get the coverage that they had with 101.1.


28 posted on 07/02/2007 7:37:23 PM PDT by 1shell1
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To: 1shell1

According to what I heard on 101.1 after a xmas song went off (which is stupid) was you can hear Matt Murphy on 92.5 starting July 10th from 3 to 6. I too believe it was wrong for Crawford to do what they did, but after they moved the station, I had a feeling they would. I think they got caught up in either money or prestige, but how they did it was wrong. I dont see the station doing well at all now and personally I hope it fails. I really wish Matt could get his own satelite show or syndicated show. I think he would be great for it.


29 posted on 07/02/2007 8:00:27 PM PDT by droehrig
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To: droehrig

Thanks for the heads up. Several people are now going to the Huntsville FM talk on 92.5 - Dale Jackson, formerly of the Source, is the new morning host up there.

To be honest, the Source hasn’t been the same since they cut Russ and Dee loose. Like ‘em or hate ‘em, they had a following, and several sponsors.


30 posted on 07/02/2007 9:41:05 PM PDT by 1shell1
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To: Timbo64

Coincidence!! I think not!! Russ and Dee gone just prior to Bush here with Riley and big words against Bush and Immigration. Now Bush here with Sessions and Immigration bill defeated and 101 talk radio gone. Think maybe Crawford FCC liscence in jeopardy, even if he did pay for it. I think so. So much for freedom of speech even if you do pay for it.


31 posted on 07/02/2007 9:55:35 PM PDT by My way Freeway
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To: Farmerbob

I listen to WVNN a lot. Dale Jackson went there when the was fired from 101.1 a few months ago. As far as 101.1, I was a big Matt Murphy fan and I called in all the time. The rest of the on air talent sucked.


32 posted on 07/02/2007 10:31:27 PM PDT by Timbo64
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To: 1shell1

The Source started downhill after Russ and Dee were fired. Half a day of Lee Davis was intolerable. The Attack Machine wasn’t much better (I doubt Dale will be at WVNN for very long). It’s a sad commentary on a station when Matt Murphy is considered the best talent.

101.1 could have succeeded if they had limited local shows to morning and afternoon with some nationally syndicated shows during the day. When given a choice most people who listen to talk radio would choose Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz, or nearly anybody over Davis, Burt & Kurt, or Irwin.

Crawford just had no idea what talk radio is and basically blew it. To have had such power and opportunity and still fail will be a black mark on his record.

Goodbye powerful talk radio in Alabama.


33 posted on 07/03/2007 6:32:15 AM PDT by bamapatriot
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To: bamapatriot

Well hells bells I guess Don Crawford lost the “STAND”...LOL OR Dee Fine finally whipped his butt and kicked him off that stand..


34 posted on 07/03/2007 7:56:40 PM PDT by IBmoderate
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To: IBmoderate

I should have came here first. I just emailed Matt Murphy to find out what was going on. I doubt he can comment on it anyway. One of the last things I heard Matt talk about was the Free Masons. He said if they were so powerful then take him off the air. He challenged them to get him fired. Now everyone is gone. I call conspiracy. Seriously, I can’t pick up 95.5 but just a few spots here and there. What will we do without our talk radio and Charles Allen Head and the rst of the gang?


35 posted on 07/07/2007 8:10:56 PM PDT by BamaDan01
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To: RodR

Charles Allen Head, Bessemer.....

He’s got nowhere to vent now? He’s probably “mobilatin’ some legislation to get his station motivatin’” again.

:)

Damn shame about the station. I hated it when the Fines go the axe a while back.


36 posted on 07/10/2007 3:17:37 AM PDT by myheroesareDeadandRegistered (Ann Coulter/ Mark Levin tag team in '08)
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To: Timbo64

And why is Mancow no longer on?


37 posted on 03/02/2010 5:47:15 AM PST by chesley (Lib arguments are neither factual, logical, rational, nor reasonable. They are, however, creative.)
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To: RodR

Tell me the truth. have you EVER heard a bigger fool than Charles Allen Head, Bessemer?? I mean, ever? About anything?

Even “an old fool in love” can’t touch him.


38 posted on 03/02/2010 8:29:00 AM PST by chesley (Lib arguments are neither factual, logical, rational, nor reasonable. They are, however, creative.)
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To: EdReform

Try 105.5 or 105.9 for the Steve and Leah show.


39 posted on 03/02/2010 8:29:46 AM PST by chesley (Lib arguments are neither factual, logical, rational, nor reasonable. They are, however, creative.)
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