<Rock radio stations flipping to other formats.
Summary of the number of rock radio stations.
1998 ? 856
1999 ? 539 plus ?new rock?
2000 ? 770
2001 ? 812
2003 ? 860
2004 ? 872
2005 ? 869
Source: Radio Today. Arbitron
381 album rock stations.
381 classic rock stations.
94 modern rock stations.
Total rock stations 856
Source: Radio today 1998. Arbitron.
539 rock stations
The figures for alternative also include ?new rock?. There were 424
Source: Radio today 1999. Arbitron.
Source: Radio today 2000. Arbitron.
Source: Radio today 2001. Arbitron.
860 rock stations
Source: Radio today 2003. Arbitron.
872 rock stations.
Source: Radio today 2004. Arbitron.
869 rock stations.
Source: Radio today 2005. Arbitron.
Over the years the rock format has fragmented into several subformats.
Formats that are experiencing growth include include Spanish
Contemporary, AOR and Talk Personality.
Source: Radio today 2006. Arbitron.
This article looks at what happened at the end of the 90?s when there
was a the rise and fall of modern rock radio.
?With so many stations going after the same audience, the bottom
nearly fell out of Modern Rock radio last winter. Stations that had
doubled their ratings overnight found them cut almost as quickly.
Between the spring of '96 and spring '97, KNRK in Portland, Oregon,
saw its Arbitron ratings slide from 4.4 to 2.9 percent of the
listening audience. WDGE in Providence was down from 3.0 to 1.7. WMRQ
in Hartford, Connecticut, down from 5.7 to 3.9. KEDG in Las Vegas,
down from 7.0 to 4.1. Even KROQ took a hit. By the fall of '96, the
station had fallen from a high of 4.5 the previous summer to a shaky
Source: Who killed rock radio?
Stations that have flipped.
February 24, 2005, Y100 flipped to hip-hop.
WHFS (Washington D.C) has folded.
WZBT (Miami) has folded.
KLOL (Houston) has folded.
?Ratings for rock radio have been in decline for at least six years,
with audiences shrinking by nearly twenty percent. With urban and
Hispanic formats increasing nationwide, rock is getting squeezed out.?
Listenership of album-oriented rock has fallen 70% since 1998.
The article explains the changes due to shifting demographics.
Source: Rock radio not rolling. Stations dump rock format as audience
declines.Bill Werde. Rolling Stone.
From 1989 to 1992 hard rock and heavy metal.
From December 25, 1992 new format that was a hybrid of rock and
alternative. Station was know as 100.3FM.
From 1993 ? easy listening known as KXEZ EZ100.3
From 2001 KQLZ returned to the heavy metal format on the internet.
WJZE ? August 1, 2000, classic hits, March 2005 rap and R&B.
WXKR dropped its classic rock format in the spring of 1996 for an
Adult Album Alternative format. In 1998 it returned to the classic
In 1997, WJZE became a classic rock station ( formerly smooth jazz) by
2000 it had a classic hits format and then in 2005 flipped again to
rap and R&B.
WCXR now WJZW smooth jazz format. Woodbridge Virginia. ABC/Disney
Classic rock from 1986. Changed to oldies in 1987. Changed to soft
rock. R&B and pop music in 2003.
Source : Wikipedia.
Rock from 2001 to 2005. After 2005 the format shifted to
non-traditional rock artists. On January 1st 2006 ? call sign chaged
to WXRK - random play commercial modern rock.
On January 17th 2006 ? commerical modern rock format.
On July 31. 2006 WXRK launched it?s HD2 staion ?k2?with harder-edged acts.
WPLJ switched from rock to top 40 June 83.
WCFL March 1975 rock to beautiful music.
WHFS, January 12, 2005, Tropical Latin format.
WNEW-FM, Sept 13, 1999, talk format, New York.
Source: Rock Radio Scrapbook.
WHFS_FM, January 2005, Spanish-Language POP ? Infinity Broadcasting, Washington.
WNEW-FM, 1999, talk format (other formats tried since) ? Infinity
Broadcasting, New York
KSJO-FM, 2004, Spanish language, San Francisco
KLOL-FM, 2004, Spanish language, Houston.
Source: Rock, Rolling Over. By Paul Farhi, Washington Post.
WMRQ (Radio 104), Cookie cutter format, Hartford
WHCN, gone, clear channel, Hartford
Source: The Last Days of Rock Radio? Mike Larkin.
WCBS-FM, ?Jack? format, 70?s and early 80?s.
Source: Mark Adams.
Rock 101, KLOL, October 2004, Spanish Hip-Hop, Raggaeton and Pop/Dance
music. Clear Channel Radio, Houston.
Source: KLOL fans rock the web to get station back. Michael McGuff.
WKKB-FM, February 2005, salsa and other Spanish-Language programming. Fairhaven.
Source: Rock radio station sold; format changes to Spanish language.
Joao Ferreira. Standard-Times.
WPLY, 2005, Philadelphia. Flipped to Spanish.
Source: It?s the end of the world as we know it. Lee Gardner.
97X Cincinatti ? now broadcasts online.
Source: Fans, and some advertisers, keeping Y100 alive and online. Elites Tv.
ZETA 94.9 WZTA becomes Mega 94.9 WMGE-FM, 2005, spanish
K-Rock (WXRK), 2005, sports, politics and pop culture with music at
weekends and after 7pm. New York.
K-Rock 2, 2005, has been launched as an online rock radio station.
WHFS, 2005, Latin plus online rock., Baltimore
WPLY, 2005, online rock.
WOXY (97X), 2005, online rock.
The Future of Radio: Rock is Out, Talk And Latin In As Industry
Reinvents Itself. Gil Kaufman.
KJJO switched from rock to country in 1992 then jazz in 1995.
Rock to country in 1980.
KNAC, 1995, Spanish language, relaunched 3 years later as web-based rock radio.
Source: Metal madness. By Andrew Leonard.
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