Skip to comments.First Cumulus/Citadel Domino To Fall In Washington? (Rock 105.9 Wash DC to talk?)
Posted on 09/18/2011 6:26:51 PM PDT by raccoonradio
The first change from the combined Cumulus and Citadel looks to be taking place Monday in Washington, DC. Both morning co-host Mike OMeara and afternoon host Cerphe Colwell, at Classic Rock 105.9 The Edge WVRX have posted on Facebook that they and the rest of the staff have been let go and that the station will be flipping on Monday.
Most speculation revolves around the station flipping to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 630 WMAL. While that makes the most sense, nothing has been confirmed so far.
More via radio-info.com
Washington DC’s classic rock “Edge” likely to simulcast sister talk WMAL (630)
>>”Edge” WVRX (105.9) personality Cerphe Colwell writes this message on Facebook today (8/18): “It’s official - 105.9 The Edge goes away tomorrow. Thanks for listening and thank you to our sponsors and clients who believe in us.” Cerphe, a veteran of the D.C. radio scene, says “I’ve been at the station only 10 months, but have made some wonderful friendships with my Citadel Broadcasting co-workers.” On Friday, Cumulus Media Inc. officially closed on its $2.4 billion purchase of Citadel. Cerphe says “I will miss [my co-workers] and my pals Kirk McEwen, Mike O’Meara, Jeff Shamrock, Suzie Ansilio and Thom Grooms - true professionals.” The DCRTV.com site has been rumoring that talk WMAL, under the guidance of Chicago-based progarmmer Drew Hayes, will be taking over the 105.9 frequency of WVRX, Woodbridge, VA. The evidence seems to be adding up. The site suggests that Monday morning (8/19) will bring stunting to The Edge, followed by a noontime flip to a simulcast, putting Rush Limbaugh on FM in the Nation’s Capital.
wow that would be great news, pickings are so slim in this area
More via DCRTV.org below; also the WMAL lineup which will no doubt soon be heard on the 105.9 frequency maybe
>>Edge To Die, WMAL To 105.9 Monday - 9/18 - Late Sunday, both morning man Mike O’Meara and afternoon man Cerphe Colwell have confirmed on their Facebook pages that their old station, classic rocker 105.9 The Edge, WVRX, is officially a terminal case. As DCRTV has been exclusively reporting since Friday, it now appears certain that 105.9 will become an FM relay for Cumulus (formerly Citadel) news talker WMAL, 630 AM, by midday Monday. Expect some stunting on 105.9 early in the day, though. More soon.....
The WMAL lineup via their site
12:00AM -1:00AM John Batchelor
1:00AM 3:00AM Coast To Coast
3:00AM 5:00AM Midnight Trucking Radio
5:00AM 9:00AM The Morning Majority
9:00AM 12:00PM Chris Plante
12:00PM 3:00PM Rush Limbaugh
3:00PM 6:00PM Sean Hannity
6:00PM 9:00PM Mark Levin
9:00PM 12:00AM John Batchelor
Rush on FM? Killer...
Moving to FM no matter where it is located in the region makes a lot of sense.
I pick him up on the FM dial in our little burg.
Who needs classic rock when we all have thousands of songs on our portable devices?
Who needs live talk radio when we all have podcasts and internet radio?
It’s a different world. Cable TV stopped growing. The Internet is booming.
Thanks raccoonradio. More fallout from the online streaming and music d/ling revolution. :’)
The various areas represent the primary signal, distant, and "fringe" reception
The antenna is apparently located in Merrifield nr the I-495/I-66 intersection. West of Falls Church. Nr US 29, US 50 etc (A station can be licensed to one place but that doesn't necessarily mean the antenna is there. For example, WMKK-FM 93.7 is licensed to Lawrence MA, serves the Boston area, and the antenna is in between in the city of Peabody, MA)
I’m conflicted - I like 105.9 as a classic rock music station though another might emerge, but would love to have a better WMAL/conservative talk signal, especially at night. Arguably, it could make the Rush subscription superfluous for me (Our buildings inhibit AM reception and I’m a Rush subscriber mainly to get internet audio over 3G). The big bonus could be, in my humble opinion, to get Chris Plante broader exposure (9 to noon on WMAL). I’m moderately puzzled that Rush hasn’t asked him to substitute host (presuming Chris wouldn’t decline though I note that the great Walter Williams is from the DC area as well).
In Twin Cities, Clear Channel just swapped their sports talker KFAN to FM and put what was on the KTLK-FM to KFAN’s former AM freq.
Some places like New Orleans have Rush on FM (”Rush Radio 94.5” there). In Boston Clear Channel flipped a Spanish language station at AM 1200, WXKS to what they first called RushRadio1200 and now it’s Talk 1200 (but Rush is still there). It has an iffy signal at times but a solid conservative lineup. Clear Channel owns FM stations in Boston on 94.5 and 107.9 (rap, top 40 etc.) but the music does so well that they wouldn’t put talk on FM.
Meanwhile Boston sports station WEEI (AM 850, Entercom) started rebroadcasting on FM 93.7, to better reach areas that can’t get the talk and ballgames due to a weak signal or AM/power line interference.
The presence of a competitor already on FM (WBZ-FM 98.5,
owned by CBS) which started to beat them in the ratings
was a major factor! Now I can hear Red Sox games in crystal
clear FM at work (and I work nights), finally. It’s a trend.
Yes—btw Boston/New England conservative talker Howie Carr has Mark Steyn on as a guest once in awhile and said he would love Mark, who is based up in New Hampshire, to guest host. Mark said he’d love to but he has some kind of contract that allows him to only fill in for Rush.
Internet killed the video star
Chris Plante is lame. Worse than Hannity.
Sounds like he’s always rushing to get his thoughts out and stuttering in the meantime.
Haven’t heard him but someone has pinged me to threads about him. (I’m up in Boston)
Onetime WMAL host Michael Graham was fired over comments on Islam. (He is now at WTKK in Boston and writes for the
Boston Herald. Not really a fan of him—at least not of his voice.)
>>According to WMAL, Graham said “Islam is a terrorist organization” 23 times on his July 25 program. On the same show, he also said repeatedly that “moderate Muslims are those who only want to kill Jews” and that “the problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam.” The comments drew complaints and prompted an organized letter-writing campaign against WMAL and its advertisers by a Muslim group, the Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR) of Washington. The protests led several advertisers to ask WMAL to stop airing their ads during Graham’s weekday show, although the station says it didn’t lose any advertisers amid the controversy.
Fifty-thousand watts of El Rushbo? What’s not to love?
Double that, so people will hear it in their dental fillings. Then rebroadcast 24x7.
What a shame. The weekend music was fantastic.
When I'm driving, I can't listen to Internet radio. That's when I do most of my listening to talk radio.
Fine w/ me - classic rock is pretty much the same 30 or 40 songs over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over... with the Doobie Brothers’ “China Grove” at least once and hour.
Chris Plante is great and one of the best. He actually listens to his callers and lets them speak. Unlike Fawn Vannity and Limbo he gives the impression that he cares about what the caller is saying. I think he might be the best.
I suppose that that is because there's not a huge number of hit songs to choose from. It's not as though one were selecting from the late 50s and all through the 60s.
I like the Fawn Vannity... haha!
He always sounds like he’s too excited and rushes his words. Plus there’s always a slight saliva suck in his voice during pauses.
He needs a voice coach.
Internet, Sirius/XM, and podcasts on cell phones plugged into the car’s MP3 systems killed the radio star.
I no longer listen to radio music since I downloaded (free) Pandora.
The days of Wolfman Jack are over.
The days of Wolfman Jack are over.
The days of Wolfman Jack are over.
Chris Plante is the only broadcast guy I listen to regularly. Beck is opposite him and loses the comparison, Rush is usually boring, Hannity is a blow dried airhead, Levin is fingernails on the chalkboard to me.
Believe it or not, I find myself listening to Lou Dobbs more and more.
Or I just plug in Pandora to the MP3 off the cell phone and tune out the world.
630AM WMAL to flip to 105.9FM as of Noon today, Sept. 19, 2011.
No word on what will happen to 105.9 The Edge (Classic Rock).
We get Rush on FM here as well. We have an excellent lineup with Quinn & Rose, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and Levin. I’m praying they don’t change it anytime soon!
I love Howie Carr, but I have to listen via podcast. I can’t download an entire show - just segments. What’s up with that? I wish they’d post the entire show.
I couldn't disagree more.
Indeed and it is now on the WMAL site. (Maybe they’d put 105.9’s rock format on HD radio or online, I don’t know)
From WMAL site
WASHINGTON — This may take a little getting used to - Rush Limbaugh in STEREO!
It’s been quite a weekend at WMAL.
On Friday the station received new owners, and at noon Monday, after 83 years at 630 on your AM dial, WMAL will make its debut on FM radio at 105.9.
WMAL’s new signal addition is the first action taken by the station’s new corporate parent, Cumulus Media, since a purchase of the previous owner, Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, was closed Friday.
WMAL’s arrival at 105.9 on the FM band will allow more listeners than ever to enjoy The Morning Majority, Chris Plante, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, but the good news is that if AM 630 works for you, WMAL will continue to be there as well!
Here is the official announcement from Cumulus Media:
Washington’s 630 WMAL AM Now Available on FM
Cumulus Announces Simulcast on 105.9 WVRX FM
First Platform Change Following Acquisition of Citadel Stations
WASHINGTON, DC, September 19 — In an effort to compete directly with nation’s highest-grossing radio station, Cumulus media today at noon begins simulcasting news and talk programming from 630 AM WMAL on 105.9 FM WVRX — providing FM listeners in the DC area with access to WMAL’s 85 years of award-winning programming and community service.
“By expanding our successful brand to the FM dial, we will be a viable listening and advertising option for many more people in the Washington, DC, area,” said WMAL President/General Manager Jeff Boden. “There are many potential listeners who never listen on AM, and we are now making programs of wide interest available to the largest possible audience.”
Programming simulcast as of noon today on AM and FM includes The Chris Plante Show, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and “Morning Majority” (hosted by former Fox News anchor Brian Wilson, “The Daily Caller’s” Mary Katharine Ham and WMAL veteran Bryan Nehman).
This simulcast uniquely positions WMAL/WVRX to compete head-to-head with WTOP, whose $57 million in annual ad sales make it the highest-grossing station in the nation. While WTOP has a repetitive news-wheel format, WMAL/WVRX programming is interactive through a mix of news reports and call-in shows that allow for engagement with listeners.
“When we grew to 570 stations nationwide last week after closing the Citadel deal, I told my team to be creative at using innovative ways for the newly acquired stations to bolster our community involvement, and that’s what our Washington, DC, team has done so elegantly here,” said Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus.
On Friday, following approval from the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission, Cumulus completed a $2.2 billion purchase of Citadel Broadcasting and is now the nation’s largest pure-play radio owner with 570 stations reaching 93% of Americans each week.
Most of the top talk hosts nationwide (commercial radio) are conservative. The few liberals (Colmes, Steph Miller, Ed S.) pale in comparison. Conservative talk makes MONEY.
Talkers’ Top Talk Radio Audiences
I'll never understand why WTOP dropped 1500 AM and 820 AM. I was driving south on I-95 thru Baltimore last week and wanted to check Wash DC traffic conditions. But WTOP’s three FM channels were very spotty, while their old channel — 1500 AM — was loud and clear with the super-boring “federal news radio” format.
Anyway, the availability of WMAL programming on 105.9 will certainly be welcome news for lotsa folks in the DC suburbs, since WMAL’s nighttime signal is really poor in at least a few heavily populated areas that are only 15 or 20 miles from downtown DC.
Probably due to ad content, newscasts, etc.They just do segments. I was on vacation in Pitt. (for a cartoon convention) when I saw online that Whitey was captured so I caught up on Howie via the podcasts.
It’s legal stuff...just like I work for a college station on the North Shore and we’re told we could podcast an interview (or interview with a musician’s own music, with permission) but not a whole show. Music copyright issues, and also we
make some non-profit money from donorships and supposedly we’re just supposed to air those once, via terrestrial
signal and online, but not repeated times...
Yes, don’t know why they dropped WTOP from 1500 and 820 other than to take on an FM signal, even if it doesn’t cover as well. Not sure why they have the fed news radio format.
I’m up in Boston but do notice occasional goings on elsewhere (I did briefly pass thru DC a couple months back; saw
Newseum) and I see that 1260 AM is conservative talk
from Salem Communications. Used to be liberal talk! Similarly the AM 1200 in Boston area flopped when they were Air
America some yrs back.
Now playing on 105.9 stream
Stones—Only Rock n Roll
Reagan speech excerpt
Promo for new format
The Who —The Song is Over
Also Changes, Another One Bites the Dust
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