June 27, 2005

Viva Combo Moves To La Kalle

Univision Radio switched its Bay Area "Viva" simulcast (KVVZ/100.7 in San Rafael and KVVF/105.7 in Santa Clara) to "La Kalle — Reggaetón y más" this morning (June 27) at a few minutes past 10 a.m.

La Kalle LogoI haven't seen the press release from Univision Radio yet, but the company switched their New York City duo over to what it described as "a new youth-targeted Spanish-language radio station" on May 27, noting that the format caters to "Hispanics in the highly sought-after 18-34 demographic."

Univision's New York launch announcement also explained, "La Kalle’s high-energy format will primarily feature Reggaeton and Latin Hip-Hop music. Reggaeton, a relatively new genre of dance music that originated in Puerto Rico and derives from a blend of Latin tropical sounds, Jamaican reggae music and urban hip-hop, has taken the New York market by storm. A recent Nielsen SoundScan report of Latin Album sales found that 8 out of the top 10 albums sold in the New York area were of Reggaeton music. Reggaeton is hotter in New York than in any other major U.S. city."

As "Viva," the combo had posted numbers in the low ones over the past year in the San Francisco Arbitron ratings (most recently landing in a three-way tie for the #25 spot), with slightly higher numbers in the San Jose book.

(A special tip of the cap to David Eduardo for the scoop on this one!)

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Blogger guayabita said...

I really hate it when the big companies change the radio station format on us without so much as a hint or goodbye.
I had been listiening to Viva 105.7 since it came on and loved it. It was constantly on my car. I like regeatton don't get me wrong but I don't think I can take it 22 hours a day.
We shall see how everybody else feels about La Kalle.

June 29, 2005 5:02 PM  

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