October 25, 2005

Born Free: 106.9 Free FM Launching Today

FLASH! The Doghouse made its debut on 106.9 Free FM at 9 o'clock this morning. The station's lineup is expected to include Darian O'Toole (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and John London (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

The up again, down again 106.9 Free FM (KIFR)website is back up again today, and is showing Tom Leykis on the schedule from 3 PM to 8 PM and KIFR 106.9 Free FMJohn & Jeff from 11 PM to 3 AM (along with their Southern California phone-in numbers), with Adam Carolla and Penn Jillette coming in January.

Does this mean that we'll hear Leykis as early as today? Perhaps, according to a CBS/Infinity press release issued bright and early this morning:

Beginning today, KIFR, WYSP and KPLN will convert to FREE FM programming offering listeners a combination of powerhouse local and national personalities (see separate releases for complete lineups). WXRK, the flagship station for the David Lee Roth Show, will debut FREE FM on the station in conjunction with Roth's premiere in January 2006. Current Infinity stations in Los Angeles (KLSX-FM), Chicago (WCKG-FM), Dallas (KLLI-FM), Washington, D.C. (WJFK-FM), Detroit (WKRK-FM) and Baltimore (WHFS-FM) have all been rebranded FREE FM as of today.

And why, if she's already signed, isn't Darian O'Toole listed on the site?

I also wonder how they plan to fill the gaps in programming until January — Don Imus in the morning? Bill O'Reilly's "Radio Factor"? (Wow! Didn't know my gag reflex would kick in so easily.)

Note that if you click on the "Coming Jan.: Adam Carolla - Penn Jillette" logo, you go directly to CBS/Infinity's website, which includes a map that shows what stations will be "Free" and who will be on them. For example, "New York - WXRK FM 92.3 - David Lee Roth, Penn Jillette."

Jillette's show, according to CBS/Infinity, will be only one hour long.

With the post-Howard Era almost upon it, Live 105 (KITS/105.3) has announced that it will go back to music in the morning with live, local host(s) beginning January 3, 2006, meaning no Roth or other syndicated talent, according to the CBS/Infinity press release:

KITS-FM in San Francisco will launch the MORNING MUSIC CO-OP, an entertainment-based program featuring alternative music with unprecedented listener involvement/interaction and minimal commercial interruption. The station's on-air programming attributes will include music-oriented town halls, sponsorship of "locals-only" concerts, monthly music and movie listener correspondents, frequent auditions for permanent positions on the show, listener advisory reports, and Q&A sessions with station executives.

One rampant rumor: Sarah & No Name, currently at co-owned Alice@97.3 (KLLC), will be shuffled over to Live 105 come the new year.

Complete list of Howard Stern markets, replacement talent and station format:

WXRK-FM New York David Lee Roth/FREE FM (*)
KLLI-FM Dallas David Lee Roth/FREE FM
WYSP-FM Philadelphia David Lee Roth/FREE FM (*)
WBCN-FM Boston David Lee Roth/Active Rock
WRKZ-FM Pittsburgh David Lee Roth/Active Rock
WNCX-FM Cleveland David Lee Roth/Classic Rock
WPBZ-FM West Palm Beach David Lee Roth/Alternative Rock

KLSX-FM Los Angeles Adam Carolla/FREE FM
KPLN-FM San Diego Adam Carolla/FREE FM (*)
KZON-FM Phoenix Adam Carolla/Alternative Rock
KUFO-FM Portland Adam Carolla/Active Rock
KXTE-FM Las Vegas Adam Carolla/Alternative Rock

WCKG-FM Chicago Rover/FREE FM
WKRK-FM Detroit Rover/FREE FM
WAQZ-FM Cincinnati Rover/Alternative Rock
WMFS-FM Memphis Rover/Alternative Rock
WZNE-FM Rochester Rover/Alternative Rock

WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. The Junkies/FREE FM
WHFS-FM Baltimore The Junkies/FREE FM/Alternative Rock

KITS-FM San Francisco Morning Music Co-Op/Alternative Rock

KIKK-AM Houston CNN Radio News

WBZZ-AM Tampa Talk (*)

KHWD-FM Sacramento JACK-FM (*)

WOCL-FM Orlando Drew and Mel/Alternative Rock

KXBT-FM Austin Star & Buc Wild/Rhythmic CHR

(*) Format Change


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reporting you Friday 3:15 comments to the FCC


August 18, 2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger DavidFerrellJackson said...

Okay, genius, I give up. What did I say at 3:15 on Friday? As far as I know, I looked over at my dog (the legendary Beau Jackson) and asked him if he needed to go out to water the lawn. Go ahead, report that to the FCC!

August 18, 2006 3:37 PM  

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