Rock On: (November 18) After a decade of divergent formats, alternative rock has returned to the 92.3 format. With the FCC's approval of the merger of CBS Radio into Entercom Communications on November 17, 2017, 92.3 (WBMP) discontinued its CHR format and began a 10,000 song commercial-free launch, re-branding the station as "ALT 92.3 FM". Entercom, which operates a dozen alternative rock stations nationwide, has not as yet announced an on-air schedule for the station.
New Mornings: (June 4) Following nearly six months of on-air auditions, WFMU (91.1 FM) has selected a weekday host for its new morning show - Clay Pigeon will preside over the "WoofMoo Morning Show" Monday-Friday, 6-9 AM, beginning on Monday, June 4th. Clay is a long-time WFMU DJ, whose weekly program, "The Dusty Show", has aired on Thursday evenings. The morning slot became available when Nachum Segal left his 30-year radio home last December for online radio.
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.
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.