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Kiss Off To Kiss FM: Great R&B New York Station Folds Into WBLS

I don't really listen to the radio any more, but back in the day KISS-FM introduced me to everybody from Eric Benet to Kelly Price as well as a steady stream of mellow r&b from the 70s, 80s and beyond. Always a fave, their Christmas concerts were a straight out blast.

So I was sorry to learn that effective tomorrow (Monday 4/30/2012), KISS-FM will be merging with KISS-FM to make way for ESPN-FM, thereby giving ESPN a tremendous chance of picking up Yankee games for the radio.

Here is the story via Euroweb.com. Ennis owns Kiss

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Emmis also entered into a transaction to sell the intellectual property rights of Kiss FM, the current format Emmis programs on 98.7FM, to YMF Media, who is in the process of acquiring New York radio stations WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM. “We want to thank our loyal employees and especially the fans of Kiss FM for an amazing 30 year run including several periods where Kiss was the number one ranked station in New York,” Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan said. “Recent changes in the way radio ratings are measured made it very difficult for us to find success with Kiss FM despite the great work of our Emmis New York team. We hope the best parts of Kiss will continue to live on. With enhanced financial flexibility we look forward to enhancing our service to New York‘s urban community at our award winning Hot97 brand.”
So another one bites the dust and the question remains, wither terrestrial radio?

 

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