Sister station

In broadcasting, sister stations or sister channels are radio or television stations operated by the same company, either by direct ownership or through a management agreement.

Radio sister stations will often have different formats, and often one station is on the AM band while another is on the FM band. Conversely, several types of sister-station relationships exist in television; stations in the same city will usually be affiliated with different television networks (often one with a major network and the other with a secondary network), and may occasionally shift television programs between each other when local events require one station to interrupt its network feed.

Sister stations in separate (but often nearby) cities owned by the same company may or may not share a network affiliation. For example, WNYW and WWOR-TV, in New York City and Secaucus, New Jersey, are both owned by 21st Century Fox. WNYW is a Fox owned-and-operated station; WWOR-TV is a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station. In addition, stations in different cities affiliated with the same network, but not sharing an ownership tie, may refer to each other informally as sister stations.

Sister networks or sister channels, in many cases, are cable or satellite channels which are launched to either broadcast series which either premiered on the main network but has been moved out of the higher-priority schedule (such as TV Land or Boomerang), fulfill a specific niche of content which would not be fulfilled on the main network (such as Nick Jr. or Nicktoons) or broadcast to a wider audience than the main network (such as CNN International or Al Jazeera English). However, in other cases, these cable or satellite channels may only share common ownership. The establishment and proliferation of sister networks on cable, satellite and internet providers has become easier and more commercially profitable over the history of such media venues.

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CJAB-FM is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Saguenay, Quebec. Its studios are located in the former city of Chicoutimi, with its transmitter atop Mount Valin.

Owned and operated by Bell Media, it broadcasts on 94.5 MHz using a directional antenna with a peak effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (class C).

The station has a contemporary hit radio format and is part of the Énergie network which operates across Quebec. It started operations as a sister station to CKRS 98.3 (now owned by Cogeco-affiliated Radio Saguenay since September 2010).

The station has a contemporary hit radio format and is part, since the early 1990s, of the Énergie network which operates across Quebec. CJAB-FM started operations on May 10, 1979. The station was bought by Radiomutuel in 1992 (predecessor of Astral Media), along with then-sister station CKRS 98.3 (now owned by Cogeco-affiliated Radio Saguenay).


KEZW (1430 AM, "EZ 1430") is a radio station serving the Denver, Colorado area and playing a format of soft oldies and adult standards music. It is owned by Entercom Broadcasting. The signal is also available on sister station 99.5 KQMT HD-2. Local musical programming is presented by disc jockeys and via computer automation. Local news and weather is supplemented with CNN news. Its transmitter is located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado near Colorado Boulevard and is the only Entercom station in Denver not to have its transmitter on Lookout Mountain.

Since the station lacks live, local disc jockeys on the weekend, they cover with a lineup of paid infomercials, syndicated weekend programs and automated music. Weekend shows include The Restaurant Show, hosted by Warren Byrne Saturday mornings; Ask the Garden Pros, heard on Saturday mornings; and Randy's Auto Show, a paid local program hosted by Randy Hancock.

When the station signed on in 1954, it aired a beautiful music format as KOSI, and was paired with KOSI-FM. In 1981, it became KEZW, and adopted an adult standards format, which would last for the next three decades. On December 27, 2015, KEZW adopted the oldies format from sister station KRWZ, which was sold to Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and flipped to sports as KKSE.

On September 4, 2018 KEZW changed their format from oldies to adult standards, branded as "EZ 1430".


KIKR (1450 AM; branded as Sports Radio Beaumont) is a radio station serving the Beaumont/Port Arthur area with a sports format when it is in operation. It is under ownership of Cumulus Media, and normally simulcasts sister station KBED AM 1510 Nederland, Texas. Its studios are located on South Eleventh Street in Beaumont and its transmitter is located half a mile southeast of the studios.


KJCE (1370 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Rollingwood, Texas, and serving the Greater Austin. The station airs a talk radio format and is owned by Entercom Communications. The station has studios and offices on Westbank Drive, off Loop 360, near Westlake High School. The transmitter is off Johnny Morris Road, near Loyola Lane.In 2015, the station began simulcasting on HD Radio, using the HD2 carrier of FM sister station 95.5 KKMJ.


KLIK (1240 AM), branded as Newstalk 1240, is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Jefferson City, Missouri, United States, the station serves the Columbia, Missouri area. The station is currently owned by Cumulus Media and features programming from ABC Radio and Westwood One. KLIK also operates a local news operation with sister station KFRU (1400 AM in Columbia, Missouri).

From 1954 until September 8, 1999, KLIK was located at 950 AM, transmitting with a daytime power of 5000 watts and a nighttime power of 500 watts (directional) from a four tower array about 3.2 miles south of Jefferson City.

Early owners of KLIK broadcast a varied format of news and talk programs including music programs of middle of the road, top 40, adult contemporary and country music as 95 KLIK. For many years, KLIK and KJFF as the two largest regional radio stations (the most powerful AM and FM station in the region) dominated radio listenership in cumulative market share in the Columbia-Jeff City Market of Central Missouri.

In the 1970s and early 1980s KLIK was known as the Live 95 as its broadcasts were all programmed by live deejays, talk hosts and newscasters rather than by a satellite or automation system.

KLIK once operated with an FM sister station in the 1970s and 1980s known was KJFF 106.9 FM, a 100,000 watt semi-automated easy listening music station with a large regional coverage signal.

In the early 1980s KLIK and KJFF-FM together were sold by the local Jefferson City operators to a regional group broadcaster, and newspaper publisher, Brill Media.

In about 1982, KJFF-FM 106.9 FM became an adult contemporary music station, initially with a satellite delivered music format, and easy listening music was phased out, along with the KJFF call letters, which were replaced by the new FM call signs of KTXY. KLIK 950 AM transitioned over from AC/Contemporary music at about the same time to a 24-hour-a-day live country/western format known as 95 Country. KLIK carried a variety of programming and a mostly country music format until the late 1990s.

Until February 6, 2009, locally produced programming included "Jefferson City's Morning News with Jay Kersting" and "Partyline"—a show which dates back to 1954—with Rick Sinclair. Locally produced newscasts are currently anchored by David Gaines.

The station also now airs syndicated programming from Laura Ingraham, Jonathon Brandmeier, Phil Valentine, Clark Howard, John Batchelor, and Michael Medved. America at Night and America in the Morning with Jim Bohannon are also featured.


KNEK broadcasts at 1190 AM and is under ownership of Cumulus Media. It was a sister station of KNEK-FM until it was sold to The Last Bastion Station Trust, LLC upon merger of Citadel Broadcasting and ABC Radio. After Citadel swapped KRDJ with KNEK-FM, they are now sister stations again. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011. KNEK simulcasts sister station KRRQ, which broadcasts on the frequency of 95.5 FM. Its studios are located on Galbert Road in Lafayette, and its transmitter is located south of Washington, Louisiana.

KNEK started as a country and western station owned by Dee Sylvester and had a popular radio personality named Cholly Charles in the mid-1980s. The station aired from 6 am to sunset playing country music and broadcasting local news and sports along with agricultural updates for the farmers of St. Landry Parish.

Because it shares the same frequency as clear-channel AM Radio station XEWK-AM at Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico, this station only operates during the daytime hours.


KQFC is a commercial radio station located in Boise, Idaho, broadcasting on 97.9 FM. KQFC airs a Traditional/Classic Country music format and is owned by Cumulus Media, which also owns fellow country sister station KIZN.


KSNR (100.3 FM, "100.3 Cat Country") is a radio station broadcasting a country format. Licensed to Fisher, Minnesota, it serves the Grand Forks, North Dakota area. It first began broadcasting in 1983. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..

KSNR also broadcasts University of North Dakota men's and women's basketball home games, while sister station KQHT broadcasts University of North Dakota men's ice hockey and football games as the flagship station, and sister station KKXL broadcasts University of North Dakota women's ice hockey. 100.3 Cat Country competes with Leighton Broadcasting's 97 KYCK.


KISS FRESH is a sister station to Kiss that plays exclusive first releases of the biggest tracks from the world of Hip-Hop, R&B, EDM, House and Garage.

Initially provided over Freeview (replacing Smash Hits Radio) and online, the station was made available via digital radio in the London area, alongside sister station Kisstory, from 12 December 2014.

The DAB availability of KissFresh extended beyond London from 1 May 2016, with the station being made available in some (but not all) of the areas previously served by Kisstory on local DAB, this capacity having been released following the migration of Kisstory to Sound Digital.From 10 July 2017, KissFresh itself expanded to national DAB availability, joining the lineup of services on Digital One alongside the parent Kiss FM UK service; as part of the move the KissFresh schedule and playlist was revised to better differentiate KissFresh from its sibling.. On 6 November 2017 it was removed from Digital One and replaced by Magic Christmas, and subsequently Absolute Radio 90s used the slot during 2018: a reshuffle of DAB capacity in February 2019 ahead of the launch of Scala Radio put Kisstory in this slot on D1.

Most DAB carriage of KissFresh ended at the end of March 2019 when the local-tier DAB slots were largely turned over to the new Country Hits Radio. (In Northern Ireland, where Bauer already operated Downtown Country, the KissFresh slot went to Greatest Hits Radio). KissFresh continues to broadcast nationally via Freeview and online.


Kisstory is a UK radio station, a sister station to Kiss that plays "old skool and anthems". Kisstory is also currently a radio programme airing 8 hours per week (11am daily & 7pm Sunday). Then on 7 May 2013 Kisstory was expanded into a full-time station in response to positive feedback from listeners and at the expense of Q Radio. At the same time KissFresh, a then brand-new station playing "non-stop new beats including Hip-Hop, R&B, EDM, House and Garage", was given its own station.


WCMF-FM is a radio station located in the Rochester, New York area and broadcasts at 96.5 FM. Its transmitter is located on Pinnacle Hill in Brighton, Monroe County, New York, and its studios are located at High Falls Studios in downtown Rochester.

WCMF is the heritage classic rock station in the Rochester area.

The current WCMF morning show is now called "The Break Room" and features Tommy Mulé, Pat Duffy, and Kimmy Bernston, with the latter fulfilling the producer role, with traffic reporting done by a rotating cast. Long time co-host Sally Carpenter chose to leave the show in September 2009. She had been broadcasting remotely from Philadelphia, and did not renew her contract, due to the stipulation that she move back to Rochester.

Program Director/Midday host Dave Kane returned to the station in February 2008 after Brother Wease's departure.

In 2012 WCMF became one of two Buffalo Bills radio affiliates in Rochester (the other being sister station WROC).

WCMF is an affiliate of the Sabres Hockey Network. It is one of two affiliates in Rochester (the other being sister station WROC).

The station is currently owned by Entercom Communications, which officially purchased it and several other stations from CBS Radio on November 30, 2007.


WGLD (1440 AM) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to serve Manchester Township, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Cumulus Media, Inc., through licensee Radio License Holding SRC LLC, and broadcasts a sports talk format as a CBS Sports Radio affiliate. Its broadcast tower is located near York at (39°59′58″N 76°44′43.3″W).The station's programming is also available to listeners with an HD Radio receiver via a simulcast on the HD4 subchannel of FM sister station WSOX.


WLTI is a radio station licensed to New Castle, Indiana which serves the Henry County, Indiana, radio market. It is a Real Country affiliate, which is a 24/7 format distributed by Cumulus Media Networks, a subsidiary of WLTI's owner, Cumulus Media. This station operates at an effective radiated power of 250 watts on AM frequency 1550 kHz. During the day, WLTI broadcasts with an omnidirectional pattern; at night, it broadcasts with a directional signal to the southeast and southwest, to protect Class-A clear-channel stations CBEF Windsor, Ontario and XERUV-AM Xalapa, Mexico.

Originally known for many years as WCTW airing traditional middle of the road programming, the station changed call letters to WMDH in 1991 to match up with its FM sister station. For many years, WMDH featured a news/talk format followed by a long stint as Adult standards with programming supplied by The Music of Your Life 24/7 satellite format and later with Citadel Media's Timeless Classics.

In early 2010 Timeless ceased operations, forcing WMDH to change format. In early 2010, WMDH flipped to a gold-heavy country format to complement its sister station, WMDH-FM, utilizing Citadel Media's Real Country format. In 2010, Citadel Broadcasting opted to retain the call letters of a station that changed format in Syracuse, NY to keep for future use. The FCC does not allow stations to retain call letters that are not on a station's licensed, Citadel decided to 'park' them temporarily on WMDH. As a result, on March 19, 2010, 1550 AM became WLTI. The existing classic country format remained in place. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.The WCTW call letters are now used at an FM station in Hudson, New York. The WMDH-FM call letters continue to be used on WLTI's sister station in New Castle.


WMHT-FM is the callsign of a classical music and NPR radio station licensed to Schenectady, New York, broadcasting on 89.1 MHz with 6,100 watts ERP from the Helderberg Mountains antenna farm in New Scotland, New York. It is sister station to WMHT, the PBS member station for the Albany/Schenectady/Troy market.

WMHT-FM broadcasts in HD.WMHT-FM programming is also heard on a part-time basis on sister station WRHV-FM in Poughkeepsie, which is involved in one of the last timeshare arrangements in the United States alongside State University of New York at New Paltz-owned WFNP-FM. From October 2005 to March 2006, WMHT-FM programming was also heard on WBKK in Amsterdam prior to WMHT starting its own, younger-oriented classical music on that station.


WMOS (102.3 FM, "102.3 The Wolf") is a classic rock radio station that targets the Connecticut and Rhode Island coastlines from New London, Connecticut to South Kingstown, Rhode Island (according to Radio-Locator) and it is licensed to Stonington, Connecticut. It broadcasts at 102.3 MHz with 3 kilowatts ERP from a tower located in Westerly, Rhode Island. The station is owned and operated by Cumulus Media and is "powered by Mohegan Sun," the casino in Uncasville. The Mohegan Sun casino also hosts the station's studios.

On March 17, 2008, WMOS changed its frequency from 104.7 FM to 102.3 FM, swapping frequencies with sister station WXLM).


WPHT (1210 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to serve Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Entercom and broadcasts a talk radio format. Its transmitter and broadcast tower are located in Moorestown, New Jersey and its studios are at 400 Market Street in Philadelphia.

WPHT uses HD Radio on its AM signal 24 hours a day. The station's programming is also available to listeners with an HD Radio receiver via a simulcast on the HD3 subchannel of sister station WOGL.


WSOX (96.1 FM, "96-1 SOX") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Red Lion, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Cumulus Media through licensee Radio License Holding SRC, LLC and broadcasts a classic hits format. The station's service contour includes the metro areas of York, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania as well as the northern suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Its broadcast tower is located near Red Lion at (39°54′16.7″N 76°34′46.6″W).WSOX uses HD Radio, and simulcasts the talk radio programming of sister station WSBA on its HD2 subchannel, while the sports programming of sister station WGLD is simulcast on its HD4 subchannel. HOPE FM branded christian radio programming is broadcast on the station's HD3 subchannel, which is simulcast on three FM translators.


WWCN is a commercial radio station located in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, broadcasting to the Fort Myers area on 99.3 FM. WWCN airs a sports talk format branded as "99.3 FM ESPN"; until 2012, it was an alternative rock radio station, although the active rock flip was confirmed following the flip of sister station WRXK-FM to talk radio. Every December, the station hosted a concert called the "99Xmas Ball".

On June 20, 2013, the then-WJBX took over sister station WWCN's ESPN sports radio programming, with the rock format moving to sister station WRXK.


WYDR (94.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a variety hits music format, licensed to both Neenah and Menasha (giving it and sister station WNCY-FM a rare dual cities of license situation) and transmitting from High Cliff State Park in Northwestern Calumet County, Wisconsin. Jack FM has its studios at Midwest Communications' facilities at 1420 Bellevue St in the Green Bay suburb of Bellevue, Wisconsin, adjacent to the tower site of sister station WNFL.

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