NEW Again: (March 21) After operating 102.7 for more than nine years as WWFS, CBS Radio has brought back the legacy WNEW-FM call letters, effective March 15th. Since January, 2007, the WNEW calls were used in the Washington, DC market (99.1 FM). Despite the name change, WNEW-FM won't be resuming its status as "the place where rock lives", but will retain its current AC format and "Fresh 102.7" branding.
Summer Shuffle: (August 23) WFUV (90.7 FM) has shuffled its weekday and weekend lineup, yielding extra airtime for its core programming. With the discontinuance of "The Alternate Side" as a daily show, Alisa Ali will take over weekday evenings, with Darren DeVivo moving to late evenings. Regular programming will also fill Saturdays from 6 AM to 1 PM, with Celtic music programming shifted to Sundays, while John Platt's Sunday morning show moves to 5 PM Sundays. "The Alternate Side" will no longer be heard on WNYE (91.5 FM).
PPM Monthlies: Arbitron released its PPM (Personal People Meter) radio ratings for May on Tuesday, June 9th. Lite FM (WLTW, 106.7), which has held the overall top ratings spot throughout 2015, earned a 7.6 audience share, as WCBS-FM (101.1), with a 6.5 share, remained in the #2 spot. WBLS (107.5 FM), Z-100 (WHTZ, 100.3 FM), Mega (WSKQ, 97.9 FM) followed, with a 6.0 share, a 5.6 share, and a 5.5 share, respectively.
WINS (1010 AM) continued its ratings slip, with a 3.7 share, down from 5.1 in February.
Back to the Family: After announcing its intention to sell off all but one of its Radio Disney stations nationwide, ABC/Disney has sold its local outlet, WQEW (1560 AM) to Family Stations for $12,950,000. As of February 27, 2015, Family`s fundamentalist religious programming returned to the NYC area, about two years after Family Radio sold WFME (94.7 FM), now WNSH, "NASH FM" to Cumulus. The WFME call letters were adopted by 1560 on February 20, 2015.
Radio Newsbriefs: WBGO (88.3 FM) has introduced a new weekly jazz program, "Jazz Night in America". Hosted by bassist Christian McBride, the show will feature live performances from across the nation, along with background material. "Jazz Night in America" is a collaboration between WBGO, NPR, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and airs Sundays at 6 PM, repeated Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. WWRL (1600 AM) has adopted a Spanish-language format as of January 1st, ending ten years of talk radio. The station is featuring Regional Mexican music.