K-Rock Returns To A Different World Of Terrestrial Radio
It’s a fickle time to be involved in the radio industry. The New York Times reports that CBS Radio relaunched K-Rock in New York yesterday on their former 92.3 WFNY-FM station with little advance warning. K-Rock, a classic rock-oriented station, occupied the 92.3 frequency until January 2006 when it was replaced by the all-talk WFNY.
They ushered in the return of K-Rock by playing Nirvana‘s “All Apologies.” (Aw.)
All of WFNY’s hosts, save Opie & Anthony team Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia, are out of jobs. Axed hosts include Nick Di Paolo, Leslie Gold and “Ron and Fez.” The profit-oriented move is the latest for a troubled station that has been reeling since Howard Stern‘s defection to satellite radio in 2005. When station general manager Tom Chiusano was asked if the rebranding was due to post-Imus skittishness, he said no and then went on to boast about his tape delay controls to keep the Condoleezza Rice-fascinated Opie & Anthony in line. But let’s face it it’s probably all about Imus.