Austin is no longer a Jammin’ city.
After just 10 months, San Antonio-based Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has pulled the plug on Jammin’ 103.1, replacing it with 103.1 iHeartAustin, a station focused on giving airtime to emerging artists.
Initially, the company had said the switch to iHeartAustin was just a temporary one, lasting only during South by Southwest. Jammin’, which played an assortment of new and old rhythmic hits, had been scheduled to return to Austin’s airwaves in mid-March.
Obviously, though, the big bosses changed their minds at some point.
“Austin is the live music capital of the world, and throughout the year people from all over the world come to Austin to discover new music,” Clear Channel senior vice president Brad Hardin said. “iHeartAustin provides a variety of emerging music to our listeners, and by keeping this format thriving, it will help to keep the spirit of the Austin music festivals alive 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
This isn’t the first time Clear Channel has killed off Jammin’. Longtime Austin residents will recall that Jammin’ was found on 105.9 FM before that frequency was sold and flipped to a contemporary Christian format.
Clear Channel’s other Austin stations include 96.7 KHFI-FM, 98.1 KVET-FM, 100.7 KASE-FM, 102.3 KPEZ-FM and 1300 KVET-AM.
New boss at KVET-FM, KASE
A new guy is calling the shots at two of Austin’s country stations.
JT Bosch has been named program director at 98.1 KVET-FM and 100.7 KASE-FM, where he’ll help select the music listeners hear each day.
He replaces Joel Burke, who was one of several people Clear Channel laid off earlier this year.
“I’m looking forward to starting this next chapter in my radio career and am excited to take KASE and KVET to the next level,” Bosch said.
Bosch arrives here after a stint in Harrisburg, Pa. He’s also worked for stations in Pittsfield, Mass., and Greenville, N.C.
“JT has shown incredible leadership in Harrisburg, managing that cluster along with regional oversight in Allentown, Reading, Lancaster and Williamsport,” Clear Channel senior vice president Brad Hardin said. “JT has proven his programming skills with an exceptional track record of winning. We’re excited to add JT to our Austin team.”
Bosch’s hiring isn’t the only change at KASE-FM and KVET-FM in recent months. The two stations shook up their lineups earlier this year to make way for morning host Bobby Bones’ move from KHFI-FM to KASE-FM.
KHFI-FM still No. 1
It feels like I’ve written the following sentence about a zillion times now: 96.7 KHFI-FM continues to be Austin’s No. 1 radio station.
But with the highly rated “Bobby Bones Show” now gone from its lineup, it’ll be interesting to see if its ratings dip in the coming months. The station has been spending some serious cash on TV commercials — something it hasn’t done in a while — so it certainly seems like managers are at least a little worried.
Bones’ new home, 100.7 KASE-FM, remains in second place, according to the latest Arbitron ratings.
Meanwhile, two relative newcomers — 98.9 KUTX-FM and 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM — continue to slowly work their way up the ratings chart, though neither has cracked the top 10 yet.
Average quarter-hour ratings as of Feb. 27, courtesy of allaccess.com (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of Jan. 30):
1.) 96.7 KHFI-FM (1)
2.) 100.7 KASE-FM (2)
3.) 103.5 KBPA-FM (3)
4.) 107.1 KLZT-FM (7)
5.) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (4)
6.) 590 KLBJ-AM (6)
7.) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (9)
8.) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (5)
9.) 93.3 KGSR-FM (13)
10.) 94.7 KAMX-FM (10)