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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

WHIO-FM moving to Sharonville

Just when radio had settled down, here comes anther change on the dial. For the second time in a year, a broadcaster wants to move an out-of-market radion station here.

Last year, WIFE-FM from Connersville moved to Norwood to become the new MOJO 100.3. Now Cox Radio wants to move WHIO-FM (95.7) from Piqua to Sharonville. The station was "The Point" classic rock until November, when it switched to simulcasting WHIO-AM news/talk.

Obviously WHIO-FM won't continue simulcasting Dayton news/sports/traffic/weather with a signal beaming from Middletown to Covington, and saturating Hamilton County. So if the move is approved by the FCC, expect a new format or new owner. (First Broadcasting of Dallas, which bought WOXY-FM in Oxford and WOAL-FM in Ripley, and is trying to move them closer to Cincinnati as MAXX FM, did some of the engineering research for Cox on this one.)

Here's a link to a map of the proposed new signal for WHIO-FM

I know radio station staffers read this blog. Maybe they can post the latest buzz on what this move could mean.


at 2/09/2007 4:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They better not do that. WHIO-AM will be making a monumental mistake. They finally got a good signal to beam north, west and east. There are a lot of UD basketball fans that will not like this move one bit. You cannot get WHIO-AM after 5pm unless you are within shouting distance of the antenna.

at 2/09/2007 4:55 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Here'/s a question for John and/or the insiders...

I know there can be the factor of one station stepping on another so there has to at least be some space on the dial between each station. Is there a limit to how many stations can be in a particular market per band (AM/FM)?

at 2/10/2007 8:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, i'm slighly off topic but what is with the CW not being in the Sunday TV guide but being in the weekday guide?

at 2/10/2007 9:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Cox's plan is when they sell of 95.7 to someone else there is going to be a big shake up in ownership in dayton between Cox/Radio One and Clear Channel. and WHIO-fm gets moved to another station in dayton i beleive

at 2/14/2007 12:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take it this is where they want the transmitter.

Is there anything about where the studio would be? Could they remain in Dayton, just extending the coverage (or simulcast?) in the Cincy market?

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