Post by oldiesfunhouse on Nov 19, 2018 8:48:43 GMT -7
It was mentioned on the Christmas Thread that Cumulus ought to consider changing the format of 101.9. (I believe its current call letters are KHTB.) I'll tell you what I wish could happen. I wish the Larry H. Miller group would acquire it and move the programming from 97.5 to 101.9. I was riding north on I-15 from Salt Lake to Clinton Friday evening trying to listen to the Jazz game and I don't know exactly where we were but there was about a five to ten minute stretch there where the signal was terrible. Our car radio generally does a pretty good job of locking into stations but it sounded as if I was not quite on the frequency. My guess is that I must have been in between boosters or something. I wish LHM would acquire 101.9 or some other non-rimshot/Farnsworth station, make it a mono signal like iHeart has done with 105.9 KNRS FM and move the programming of 97.5 up to it. I live in Rose Park and it's a struggle to get 97.5 to come in on a pretty good radio without fuzz. I would have switched to 1280 on that trip but they were running Utah State coverage. Thoughts?
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Nov 19, 2018 9:14:55 GMT -7
I may have had a better idea and it might solve the problem even better but would take 101.9 out of the equasion but I don't think I can retitle a thread. What if LHM acquired 570 AM KNRS from iHeart and made it a straight simulcast with 97.5. They could put all national sports on 1280, maybe CBS Sports Radio (then we could have a decent affiliate of Jim Rome). Then if the Jazz, the Bees, and Utah State were playing at the same time they'd have a third frequency to use and, though, 1280 has a great signal during the day, they don't do well at night and I think 570 would help with some of the signal gaps of 97.5 but then the Jazz would still have an FM and then Cumulus could keep 101.9 and make it Lite AC or ... standards? There I go wishful thinking again. Hot talk? I know. I'm probably the only person in the world that enjoys standards and edgy/liberal talk radio.
Post by amanuensis on Nov 19, 2018 11:05:48 GMT -7
My wishful thinking (well, okay, delusional thinking) is that a station will resurrect instrumental Easy Listening. I stream Music Choice's Easy Listening channel very often when I am working I want background music that will not demand my foreground attention.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Nov 19, 2018 11:46:53 GMT -7
Your relaxation station, one oh one point nine, K R L X! Soft, easy favorites to make your workday go by ... just a little bit faster. KRLX. I'm sure those call letters are already taken but ... who knows?
Post by amanuensis on Nov 19, 2018 13:37:24 GMT -7
According to Wikipedia, the KRLX callsign is assigned to a free-form college station in Minnesota. No mention of relaxing music being on the playlist but, "radio programs on KRLX run the gamut from bluegrass to independent hip hop to classical, and DJs are restricted only by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KRLX
Easy Listening has no chance. There are only a handful of those stations left in the country. Before we go further we need to make sure we have our definitions correct. Easy Listening are acts like Matovani, 101 Strings, etc. Example here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=__1xOAjkn58 What most people refer to as Easy Listening is Soft AC or Lite AC. The water got a little muddy decades ago because Easy Listening stations might throw in an occasional Soft AC track and eventually morphed into Soft AC fulltime before that format fell out of favor.
That being said, the Soft AC format has become the hot "new" format. Entercom and iHeart have been flipping stations around the country after there was success with the format in San Francisco and it's gaining momentum. To be honest I expect most of these stations won't last more than 2 years at most, but it's always possible something will work. The "hey, this works in a completely different market so why don't we try it here?" style of programming is rarely a good one. (See Jammin' Oldies and Jack-FM for two such formats.) Entercom isn't here but iHeart is in a big way, though all of their stations are doing at least reasonably well. This might be an opportunity to stop having translators that get out pretty well simply duplicate full service stations. 95.9 and 103.9 from Lake Mountain spring to mind. From Davis County I can practically get both of those on my teeth. I'd be a little wary of flipping 106.7 back, but that seems that most likely *if* iHeart is going to flip an FM here. It's the lowest rated FM they have and it took years to build up after they dumped the KOSY format.
IMHO, 101.9 would be a good frequency for the new home of Utah's Mountain (formerly KUMT). I think there's a sizeable audience for the format in the Salt Lake market, as demonstrated by listner posts on the station's Facebook page when it was announced that 107.9 had been sold to BYU Broadcasting.
In regards to CA's comment about Soft A/C being the new "hot" format: I think it's ironic that Cache Valley Media Group recently dumped the soft A/C format on KLGN in favor of sports yak, especially just before the station's traditional flip to Christmas music. I guess that's why I don't work in radio.
I hope it stays like it is. I like the format and the there is a lot of history with it at that station, but I like a few niche formats like that. I am surprised it hangs in, since usually the bean counters win in "the end" .
I was a fan of the "Chunga and Mister" period of KENZ, but it was more of a Classic Alternative, if that is even the proper term for it. Things were always a little "edgier" there than the super safe norm.
I sampled a bit of 101.9's morning show this morning. A little too edgy for me.
The morning show on 101.9 isn't even a live and local program: It's "The Woody Show", and Cumulus syndicates it all over the U.S. on their stations. The program was added to KHTB's schedule in May of this year.
I can understand why many or even most wouldn't care for it. It's just one of my presets and I like a diversion every once in a while. Diff'rent Strokes (that's a good spell-checker when it doesn't flag that spelling).