Entercom New Orleans' FMs Show Signs Of Life
October 5, 2005 at 8:37 AM (PT)
WEZB and WKBU/NEW ORLEANS OM MIKE KAPLAN checks in with ALL ACCESS with a status report, as efforts continue to restore normal programming to the FM stations in NEW ORLEANS. Top 40 WEZB (B97) and AC WLMG (MAGIC 101.9) have returned to their respective music formats, and are currently running jockless.
Classic Rock WKBU (BAYOU 105.3) has also returned to the air, but at a new permanent dial position - 95.7 - the frequency previously occupied by Oldies WTKL. WTKL will eventually return to the air at 105.3 after repairs are made to that heavily damaged facility. Currently, ENTERCOM News/Talk WWL-A is being simulcast on 105.3 via a 1000 watt temporary transmitter.
"WKBU's heritage WALTON & JOHNSON morning show has been on the air here for years," said KAPLAN, "and we wanted to get it back on the air as soon as possible, on a signal that reaches all corners of the market, so it made sense to do this frequency flip. We hope to have WALTON & JOHNSON, and all of our personalities, back on the air soon."
KAPLAN is still residing in a hotel, despite the fact that his house in NEW ORLEANS escaped major damage. "My house is fine, and it has electricity, gas and water, but the water's unsafe. I wouldn't be able to drink it, or even take a shower there. Plus, there's an 8pm curfew. I'm better off in the hotel for now."