KUUL-FM listeners got a jolt Monday morning with the introduction of a new format -- contemporary-hits radio -- and new call letters, KISS-FM.
"We strive to bring the best programming to our local listeners, and we are thrilled to bring the new 101.3 KISS-FM to the Quad-Cities," said Jeff Ashcraft, vice president and market manager of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Eastern Iowa.
The move away from KUUL -- which played the best of the '60s and '70s for 23 years -- came after Clear Channel looked at its local lineup and saw "an opportunity to fill a hole that might have been in our menu lineup," Mr. Ashcraft said, noting KUUL programming overlapped often with the radio group's stations KMXG-FM (Mix 96) and KCQQ-FM (Q106.5).
"I think we're really doing a service and providing good product, and growing that younger demographic," he said. The format switch coincided with the debut of the former "KUUL Morning Guys" -- Mark Manuel and Steve Ketelaar -- on the AM dial, at WOC 1420, another Clear Channel station.
"In both moves, we thought it was a great application of resources," said Jim O'Hara, director of programming operations for Clear Channel Quad Cities. "This was absolutely a perfect time. They were separate decisions, but the timing was definitely handy."
Mr. Ashcraft said the goal is not to exclude older listeners with the Top 40-type format. Clear Channel locally also includes the country station WLLR.
"We think we have several offerings in place for that 25-to-54 demographic, even older," Mr. Ashcraft said. "We wanted to expand that younger listener."
"Playing your hits is our focus," Mr. O'Hara said. "The heart of this station is our listeners, and we
plan to bring them the hits they want to hear."
While Todd Alan previously was brought in to replace Mr. Manuel and Mr. Ketelaar in the mornings, starting Monday he was moved to afternoons, 2 to 6 p.m. Mornings will feature just music until a syndicated show that is new to the market will be introduced within the week.
That will be "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," which Mr. Ashcraft said is the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S. and consistently ranks No. 1 across multiple demographics. Broadcasting live from New York's Z100, Mr. Duran and his on-air crew entertain listeners with entertainment and pop-culture news, celebrity guests, songs and regular features such as the gossipy "The Sleaze," the fashion-forward "Rage Page," and the prank "Phone Taps."
"On Air with Ryan Seacrest" will air on KISS from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, broadcast from Hollywood and focusing on all aspects of the entertainment industry. Throughout the show, Mr. Seacrest interviews and highlights top talents from the worlds of music, film and television. On weekends, he will host American Top 40 on KISS-FM.
Mr. Alan, a Quad-Cities radio veteran who has hosted the afternoon show on Mix 96, will host from 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. His show will feature a daily Facebook request hour called Facebook/iHeart Radio 5 at 5.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.