Friday, June 20, 2014

IL Radio: WYKT Flipping To Syndicated Sports

"The Southland's Rock & Roll Animal" is being put down, according to CRM.   Far south-suburban WYKT-FM/The Kat 105.5 (Wilmington IL) is dropping its current hard rock format and flipping to an all-syndicated sports talk format, branded as 105.5 The Ticket.

The format change at the STARadio-owned station will take place on July 10th.

Kankakee's new 105.5 The Ticket will have the majority of its programming come from CBS Sports Radio, making it the closest that the syndicated sports network has come to Chicago since its launch in September 2012. Some CBS Sports Radio content is heard in Chicago on CBS-owned WSCR-AM/670 The Score.

WYKT 105.5 FM (1.3Kw) 60dBu Coverage
 STARadio Kankakee General Manager Bill Jones said in today's announcement: "We are very excited about the launch of '105.5 The Ticket,' bringing the area something unique and brand new, a 24/7 FM Sports station. This initial announcement is just a sample of things to come!"

At the end of March, STARadio released Freak, The Kat 105.5's Program Director, afternoon host, and driving force. The move was done for budgetary reasons. At the time, the station tried its best to calm down upset fans, assuring them on-air and on social media that the hard rocking format started by Freak would continue on. Less than three months later, the station is announcing the end of the rock music.

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  1. So is there another station out there that plays similar music to The Kat? My entire family is very disappointed this is happening!

  2. What a joke. When I want to listen to sports I turn on am 1000 or 650 or 720