Fred, given his political views decided to launch WCPT on the weaker 850 signal to at least bring the format back into the market. It grew, even after Air America shut down they continued to grow it with a hybrid of syndicated and local programming. Nine FM and WCPT were the two stations in the cluster that were not mostly Brokered Ethnic.
Not sure about why they gave up on Nine FM in 2008. It was an election year (Which went well for the Democrat party obviously) They had a top notch setup allowing each of the 3 signals to break for local ads in perfect sync but I don't think it billed as well as they would have liked. They also had 104.3 JACK FM competing, even though musically Nine FM was more diverse and interesting (Not to mention had airstaff) So the cheaper and more business sense route seemed to be simulcasting and expanding WCPT while continuing with Dance Factory (Which was and still is brokered) at night.
I should point out that they did drop CNN Headline News Radio on 92.7 WKIF Kankakee for an automated version of Nine FM for a few years until they sold the station.
I know I mentioned this in a post earlier, but way back in February 2001 (Not sure if I mentioned this in an earlier post) One on One Sports decided to move from 6AM-6PM and 7PM-10PM on WJKL over to 820 so they could have their own station without other programming (WJKL broke away daily, sometimes for an entire weekend to simulcast the Radio Shopping Show with WRMN, and had the German programming on Sundays). K-LOVE leased 94.3 and eventually bought it at the time. Between formats, 820 ran a format similar to Adult Hits with a Legal ID and some PSAs. I have a cassette of that somewhere.
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