Thursday, January 05, 2017

The New 92.1 Radio Now replaces Boom 92.1 KROI

Radio One Houston blows up Boom 92.1 KROI for The New 92.1 Radio Now Houston's LIT Music Station


Radio One Houston has responded to Hot 95.7 KKHH flipping to 95.7 The Spot by blowing up Boom 92.1 KROI and making it The New 92.1 Radio Now Houston's LIT Music Station this evening.

One of my blog commenters claims this is Radio One's answer to Hot 95.7 going bye, bye. Now 92.1 will be the new Top 40/CHR station for Houston.

In fact, some of KROI's new IDs take swipes at Hot. They also took a swipe at 104.1 KRBE.

If anyone caught audio of the actual flip, let me know. Here is audio of the flip.

Radio One's first all classic hip hop station, Boom 92, debuted October 13, 2014 after replacing the stunt format all Beyonce Channel B92. Other Radio One stations across the country flipped to the format soon after. A week before that, Radio One killed its all news format News 92.

The ratings for classic hip hop jumped at first but cooled off later on.

Official press release:

After kicking it old school, Radio One Houston has moved from its Classic Hip-Hop format to the new sound of NOW! Today, Radio One announced its new format, 92.1 RADIO NOW, a cutting edge Top 40 radio station for the NOW generation. 92.1 RADIO NOW launches with 92 hours of commercial free music.

Currently, Radio One Houston is home to MAJIC 102.1 FM and 97.9 FM The BOX. 92.1 RADIO NOW will feature artists such as; Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Chainsmokers, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Nick Jonas and more.

“The New 92.1 Radio Now will reflect emerging music, trends and culture for the NOW generation of 18-34 year old millennials here in Houston,” said Terri Thomas, Operations Manager/Program Director of Radio One Houston.

“With recent changes in the Top 40 radio landscape in the Houston market, we believe that Houston is ready for this new sound,” said Gary Spurgeon, Vice President and General Manager, Radio One Houston.

Radio One’s Senior Vice President of Programming, Jay Stevens said, “We’re excited about this opportunity to bring a fresh innovative approach to Top 40 Radio in H-Town.”

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30 comments:

  1. Quietly flip at the 17:00 TOH ID. Very classy on Abernathy's part to take shots at the deceased (i.e. Hot.

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    1. Abernethy left in 2015. http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2015/03/radio-ones-houston-boss-doug-abernethy-entercom.html

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    2. That was by far the best station Houston has ever had!!!! We need old hip hop!!! This is so ridiculous to make this just like 104 & 96.5. Someone please fix this!!!!!

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  2. We want our old school hip-hop!

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  3. Boom 92 started out with a ratings boost from all news but then kind of stayed flat.

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  4. Word on the street is that the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show will return on this station. First affiliate added since the namesake's death in 2013.

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    1. Where's the proof?

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    2. YAY! I'm so excited. The Kidd Kraddick Crew is my favorite contemporary morning show! I can't get enought Kellie Rasberry.

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  5. Boom 92.1 and changes to 97.9 suck

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  6. Wth is this?! Seeeeee... NO!!! Bring back BOOM 92.1. now it is just another station that sounds like the rest. Not happy at all... about to go back to satellite radio... smh...

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  7. Mike, don't know if you've been alerted to this yet, but apparently someone has not taken the "Boom" loss well. We have suddenly gotten a replacement on air, as someone near downtown has pirated the 87.9 frequency and is airing Dallas's "Boom 94.5" from Gainesville.

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  8. If you live inside Loop 610, Boom is now "pirate" Check out "Boom 87.9"

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  9. Don't have to be inside the Loop at all. Clear signal of this pirate "Boom" @ 87.9 in Inwood Forest. I tracked the signal down this morning. Coming from an old tower on Neyland @ Fulton. Tower base is around 200 feet, with an additional J-Pole antenna vertically extended above that by around 15 feet. The tower is lit with white strobes, as opposed to red beacons, so it has to be under 200 to pass the muster as far as the lighting requirements.

    With a scan from the binoculars, it appears that this tower was significantly taller at some prior time, but has been twisted off in an apparent storm. Whoever this pirate is, he has spent a lot of time, money, and effort on building out an unlicensed facility.

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    1. Gotcha. Somebody's got sense enough to keep the BEST I MEAN BEST RADIO STATION THIS CITY has seen EVER!!!

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    2. Since you went to all the trouble tracking it down, and seem perplexed by how someone spent a lot of time and money building out an unlicensed facility, I guess I should offer an explanation.

      In 2013, Congress enacted to Local Community Radio Act allowing folks to apply for Low Power radio licenses. I was a party in an application for 106.1. However, two of the most unscrupulous broadcasters in the industry wanted the frequency in order to move their translator into Houston from Simonton, Texas (and were blocked from doing so by our application). Their lawyer convinced me to withdraw our application by promising I could use two analog TV licenses -- KJIB-LP 5 and KVDO-LP 25 -- until 2015 (or whenever the FCC formally ends all low power analog TV broadcasting). At my own expense I built out these stations. Channel 25 had music videos. Channel 5 was a simulcast while I was waiting on FCC approval to modify it to Channel 6. This would have enabled it to be heard on 87.7 FM (just like LaLey 87.7 in Beaumont is doing with a Channel 6 LPTV license).

      Only problem here was that this was a gentlemen's verbal agreement. After they got their 106.1 translator moved in, the lawyer said shut our facility down. We refused and started complaining to the FCC. To avoid an federal inquiry, the licensee simply had his lawyer surrender the LPTV licenses. The FCC cancelled the licenses and closed the matter.

      So yes, I spent a lot of time, money, and effort building out two TV stations that can no longer legally broadcast. And the FCC says its too late to reinstate our application for 106.1, which is now licensed to some foreign outfit called Hum 106 broadcasting India and Pakistan music.

      The FCC says there are no longer any open FM frequencies available at our tower location, so we can't get a license. Actually, the FCC is not telling the truth. There is 87.9, a channel that is used in other countries for FM broadcasting. Here in the USA, back in the 70s, 87.9 was set aside for exclusive use by Class D 10 watt low power stations. Later, however, they changed their rules where they no longer grant Class D stations. So the 87.9 frequency is in a kind of wasted limbo hell where it sits unused and nobody can get a license to use it.

      I have a tower and facility and 87.9 is the only usable frequency left. I'm going to use it. Right now I'm repeating the Dallas Boom, but in a week or two Boom 87.9 will be live and local, with an online stream for out of area listeners.

      Enjoy.

      Enjoy the new Boom 87.9

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    3. Joe!!!! What about 105.3 from The Guevaras??

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    4. Roy Henderson has filed oppositions to moving this translator into Houston. He claims it will interfere with his station KTWL in Hempstead

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    5. Well looking at the map it does seem like it would cause interference with his station.

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    6. Todd Mission, not Hempstead. What would you expect Mr. Henderson to do? Allow interference to his full power licensed facility?

      God bless him for standing up and taking a stance against protected signal coverage area encroachment. Too bad other, larger operators in the market aren't following his lead.

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    7. Even though Radio One has killed the Boom format in Houston, they have significant legal issues with another station continuing their legacy. They may want to bring it back one day, or resurrect it as an HD subschannel of 97.9 or 102.1. I was politely asked to pull the plug on hip hop on 87.9. I have done so.

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    8. Let's peel back that coating of sugar, sir. The words for which you search are "cease and desist".

      You were illegally retransmitting KSOC. Spin it how you wish; that's what happened, and that's why you off the air now.

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    9. Actually, you are totally mistaken. I contacted the folks in Dallas when I started. They had no problem with it but had to shoot the matter up the corporate chain. It was the folks in Maryland/DC who asked how does this make us money? They decided to kill the simulcast because it produced no revenue. End of story. In any event, I am extremely sick with the flu crap. Oldies will reappear on 87.9 at some point when I'm feeling better.

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  10. Lol! Like Paul Mooney said before "Dont get to comfortable with me cause white folks "ll come in here and take stuff." Damn shame come home from deployment to a BS station! SMDH! IJS!

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  11. Boom 87.9. Move to it!

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  12. I won't listen to the new format. I'm going back to 104.1.

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  13. Bring Back Classic Hip Hop to Boom 92 Houston
    https://www.change.org/p/radio-one-bring-back-classic-hip-hop-to-boom-92-houston

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  14. 102.1 for me I cant believe you all messed up the boom no more ed lover

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  15. Bring Back Boom 92.1
    Best station around....with out that I'm going back to listening to downloaded music cause every other station suck....even 97.9 at times

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  16. For years i complained..along with many others..that htown needed a old school hiphop station cuz frankly the box is a shell of its former self. I mean i cannot stand much less listen to over half the crap they play. Then FINALLY i..and many others..were over the moon because there was a old school hip hop station. Heck i rarely changed my dial. Now they yank our beloved old school station for more of the same. Christ how many country..dance/pop/hip hop/top 40...and tejano stations does one freaking town (no matter how big) need? Smh i dont know wth these folks are doing?

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