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All News 106.7 launches in Atlanta

Atlanta-based Cumulus Media officially launched All News 106.7 at 5 a.m. this morning, the first FM 24/7 all-news station in metro Atlanta.

Until this launch, Atlanta was one of the largest markets without an all-news station. John Dickey, chief operating officer for Cumulus, said this format was “long overdue.” WCNN-AM, now sports station 680/The Fan, attempted a local, all-news format in 1988 but it lasted only two years.

About half the news staff of 24 came from the recently disbanded CNN Radio operation, including the station’s first two anchors Michelle Wright and Andy Rose. In its fast-paced first hour, All News 106.7 used Fox 5 for weather, the Fan for sports and ABC News for top-of-the-hour national and international news briefs. Greg Talmadge did traffic every 10 minutes. Commercial breaks were frequent but brief.

All News replaces an oldies format, Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, which survived four years focused mostly on 1970s pop but included songs from the 1960s and 1980s. The format’s final full songs before the switch were Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”and the Beatles‘ “A Day in the Life.” The signal at 106.7 for 24 years was a  country format until 2008, when it became True Oldies, then the similar-sounding Atlanta’s Greatest Hits in 2010.

More info from my original announcement of the format shift is here.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

50 comments Add your comment

Oxwinkle

May 29th, 2012
1:40 pm

I like it! Especially the clear traffic reports. I suppose Captain Herb will be taking diction lessons soon!

boib

May 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

All news? Really? And no talk shows for morons? I’m sold! But it probably wont succeed in Georgia without a few anti-Obama talk shows.

LoyalStattionSeeker

May 29th, 2012
2:18 pm

I have varied musical tastes.

I joined Y106’s loyal listener club when they were Classic Country.

They became a KICKS clone, but I was loyal.

They kicked Rhubard to the curb. I missed Rhubard, but I was loyal.

I joined The True Oldies Channel loyal listener club.

They dropped Scott Shannon and pushed more 90’s rock, but I was loyal.

They became Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, but I was loyal.

They dropped Randy and Spiff, but I was loyal.

Stations want me to be loyal to them, so they can try to sell me stuff.

I was loyal.

But look what I got in return.

And now I’m tired.

I want a Loyal Listener Club for a station that says they will be loyal to me.

Is that too much to ask?

Harry Doyle

May 29th, 2012
2:32 pm

Does this new, all-news channel have THE KIMMER on it yet?

No?

YAWN….

—-

Call me when they do.

mmsurvivor

May 29th, 2012
2:57 pm

Smaller radio markets are soo much better than Atlanta. IF I want news, I will go to 750 AM. Changed my radio already. IF I want oldies, I have pandora loaded on my iPhone and can hook up to my car’s radio. Cumulus doesn’t like oldies, that is evident with its presence in the local market for years. I hope they fall on their faces!

marco

May 29th, 2012
3:39 pm

IF you want news and you go to 750 AM, you’ll be SOL unless it is exactly at the top of the hour or between 5 and 8:30am. I’m looking forward to getting to hear the “NEWS” and an understandable traffic report during the drive home at night instead of all of the political talk that seems to occupy the airwaves. If they do a reasonable marketing job, I’m thinking quite a few presets will be getting changed.

Atlantaradiosucks

May 29th, 2012
3:46 pm

someone bemoaning the loss of an OLDIES station? Oh, how are you going to go on living when there are now only 10 other stations in this market playing the same Elton John & Eagles songs?!? The humanity of it all!

Amelia Island

May 29th, 2012
4:03 pm

It’s about time. All News (note I said All News not news talk) are highly rated all over the country. A lot of them are CBS radio stations. They should take some lessons from WBZ in Boston. They are good..

Bill Andrew

May 29th, 2012
4:25 pm

They sound great. This should make Cox Radio work a little harder at putting together “quality” news coverage, not just headlines.

double D

May 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

wow, they have 9 listeners already LOL

barneyfife

May 29th, 2012
6:04 pm

@Harry Doyle….you are an idiot. Give up your Kimmer mantra. He may have been entertaining, but that was about it. I don’t think a credible all-news station wants to hear that moron yelling, “herp, herp….” and his incessant fake laughter. Glad he’s gone. give 106.7 a chance. Doing all news is very difficult and what I heard today was a great start.

Delia Cook

May 29th, 2012
6:06 pm

WSB has a quality news product, but going to syndicated talk shows for the majority of the day just lost me. So far, I heard about a half hour this afternoon, and it was pretty darned good. And whoever keeps beating the drum for the Kimmer….really? Really? Are you that brainless that you thought the Kimmer was good?

Growler

May 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Listened this morning and it sounded smooth and crisp. Off to a good start. Esp. liked the traffic reporting, Congrats to all involved in starting this new venture!

BarryATL

May 29th, 2012
6:45 pm

The comments here reflect what has been said all day on one of the radio message boards….. a traffic report where they take more than one breath. WSB may have three traffic reporters, but unless you really know the city and can listen fast, it is hard to keep up. Syndicated shows do not leave enough time for a complete Atlanta traffic report every 10 minutes.

Also, I wonder how this might affect the ratings for WABE in the mornings and afternoons?

PM

May 29th, 2012
7:09 pm

It sounds great. A few rough spots to be expected. I am not sure there’s value using terms like “miscue” instead of crash or accident in a traffic report, and the Fox 5 Weather audio is awful. Somebody get them a decent mic, please, and drop the recorded conversation noise effect. But otherwise wow. This is a tremendous start. Predict seismic upheavals at stations who used to sit back and phone in the news. Not only are these folks doing more news, they’re also talking to the same advertisers. That has to sting in certain ad sales cubbyholes around town.

edge770

May 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

The station has a clear delivery, and apparently better audio system for their remote reporters. I would like them to segment their news though and gee they heard of Dougherty County. I am going to be interested to hear what they sound like for REAL breaking news. WSB has been tired, old and not very innovative. It would be interesting to see if 106.7 will kick some drawers. More importantly, the Dickey’s leave it alone and don’t go cheaper. But really a fighter that’s paralyzed for life is NOT going to fight again. 106.7 Traffic Clear

Karyl

May 29th, 2012
7:42 pm

I was a station that is relaxing to listen to. A news station is not it. I don’t want to hear it while I’m in traffic. If I want to know what is going on, I read the different news web sites. Since there isn’t that much “REAL” breaking news, they will just add junk stuff to fill in the gaps.

Karyl

May 29th, 2012
7:45 pm

Crap, I need to do a better job proofing my comment. That’s what happens when I’m in a rush.

“I want a station that is relaxing to listen to. A news station is not it. I don’t want to hear it while I’m in traffic. If I want to know what is going on, I read the different news web sites. Since there isn’t that much “REAL” breaking news, they will just add junk stuff to fill in the gaps.”

wareagle0904

May 29th, 2012
7:59 pm

I listened for 30 minutes around 6:00 tonight as i was driving home. Really good. I can see tuning in a couple of times per day. So bored and tired of 750. Hopefully there will be some decent stock market and biz news too. Time for a good alternative and maybe this will be it.

rod

May 29th, 2012
9:09 pm

like the first day many anchors old cnn and wgst need more detailed atlanta local news traffic and weather great. tom hughes would be perfect to add in the morning

Eric

May 29th, 2012
9:36 pm

Looks like 106.7-FM’s All News is likely to give WSB’s News-Talk AM-750 and 95.5-FM a run for their money. B-98 pretty much ran me off when they disbanded Steve & Vikki in early 2010. Star-94 has since disbanded Cindy & Ray. Clear Channel definitely ran me off when they dropped Peach/Lite FM from 94.9-FM in late 2006, for country music.

marco

May 29th, 2012
10:08 pm

I guess I have a different take on what a local radio station should be than Karyl… If I want

marco

May 29th, 2012
10:18 pm

I guess Karyl and I have different ideas of what a local radio station should provide… If I want relaxing, I’m going to listen to an mp3 player or Sirius or Pandora — whether the station is based in Atlanta or Poughkipsie, it makes no difference. What a local presence can do is provide me with timely news, weather, traffic and a few sports updates with a local emphasis so I feel like I’m informed when I land at the office.

mikey

May 29th, 2012
10:54 pm

Bump 106.7 the news station , I will continue to listen WSB for my news and find some other source for my oldies music. Cant somebody in this town start an oldies station and leave it alone?

Thomas

May 29th, 2012
11:55 pm

I a little confused about something?
“Until this launch, Atlanta was one of the largest markets without an all-news station.”
What is 95.5 FM? I thought that was an all news station? Please define “All-News Station”?

Why It' A Ruger, Thank You!

May 29th, 2012
11:56 pm

Damn, these are the best friggen” commercials yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And with the spattering of news , weather and sports for 5 minutes each hour, I don’t think I’ll ever listen to another station in the lousy Atlanta market again! What a piece of DUNG…ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee

Dana Littlefield

May 30th, 2012
3:11 am

Mikey, i’m with you. i came home from vacation a few years back to Dave FM. When I left it was Z93. Then we got the River and I listened to that until I found 106.7. For those of us who love the music from that era, PLEASE somebody help us. The River doesn’t cut it. And for Atantaradio sucks, could you please list the 10 stations you said play this kind of music. i sat in my car searching for them today after I realized I had lost 106.7 and I couldn’t find anything but the River that was close. I think you’re wrong about this, but I’d be thrilled if you were right. Good luck to the news people. Today was my 1 day to iisten. My news comes from cable and the internet.

joemoedee

May 30th, 2012
7:48 am

750/95.5 isn’t all news by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a news-talk station, heavy on talk, outside of the 5-8:30am time period.

I, for one, welcome an actual all news station. If I want news, I want to be able to turn and get actual news, not conservative talk radio with a smattering of news. Even if I thought the music mix on 106.7 was improving over the past month or so.

You’d have to believe we haven’t seen all the shifting we’re going to see as far as station formats go. 100.5 is a decent signal with consistently bad ratings, outside of the Regular Guys in the AM. The bottom fell out of 92.9’s ratings months ago. (1.7, 1.5, 1.3 over the past 3 months. I know AAA books well, and I personally love the format and the station, but that’s an incredible signal to get those types of numbers)

A Different Jeff

May 30th, 2012
7:57 am

I listened to 106.7 on the way in this morning. They have a little bit more of a formal tone than WSB, but also a good balance between local, national, and international news. So in the morning, I’ll probably switch back and forth. But I will be SO glad to be able to listen to news on the drive home instead of Hannity!

Rufus

May 30th, 2012
8:42 am

I hope it succeeds. I think the only reason AM 750 has survived is because they have the only game in town as far as signal strength. How else can you explain Scott Slade repeating the time every few seconds, and how else would you explain having to hear the weather every 6 minutes. (like there is going to be a real change) And my goodness, the Cap’n Herb……his babbling is awful.

Tarryl

May 30th, 2012
9:00 am

This is AWESOME. A city like Atlanta needs and all news station. It has worked in NYC for years with WCBS 88 AM radio and 1010 WINS. I grew up listening to newsradio and I was truly excited to hear newsradio. The only time that WSB does true newsradio is from 5am to 8:30am with Scott Slade. I hope that this newsradio is here to stay for the long haul.

Allison Wonderland

May 30th, 2012
9:26 am

Weather segment they used this morning at 6:30am was old from last night as they said it was storming downtown and it wasnt. I listened for a little bit, but quickly went back to Scott Slade.

r.crain

May 30th, 2012
9:53 am

FM 106.7, AWESOME ! Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Captain Herb

May 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Who says I doesn’t speak English?

richard whiskey

May 30th, 2012
10:05 am

who are these people who think we want more news?i can get all the news i need off my blackberry in two minutes a day that it takes these talking heads 24/7 to keep telling the same old over and over,106.7 you are deleted from my dial

Jeepers McCreepers

May 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

When I want to be told that in 5 minutes I will be told what I missed 10 minutes ago, I listen to AM 750 WSB.

When I want to hear a gargled traffic report from someone with a Moe Howard haircut, I listen to AM 750 WSB.

Now, what happened to the Morning Merry Go Round on AM 750 WSB?

FM is just a fad.

jc

May 30th, 2012
4:28 pm

IT SUX…..BELONGS ON AM, NOT FM…..GET RID OF IT ASAP…..WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS MANAGE TO SCREW UP A GOOD THING?…SEEMS TO BE THE TREND IN AMERICA THESE DAYS……A SHAME!

Lance

May 30th, 2012
4:33 pm

They have over 16 min of commercials an hour. Way too much. Over all it sucks. It’s like someone reads the scroller on the bottom of CNN over the radio and then plays a commercial.

I was hoping for actual stories, like NPR’s All Things Considered. Instead I get 5 sec headline stories followed by more commercials.

sagebasics

May 30th, 2012
4:55 pm

All News 106.7’s debut is impressive and the sound is very professional. But there’s room for improvement.

The Fox 5 weather segments should be updated more than three or four times a day. The traffic reports are so-so. And because there are mostly voice reports from All News 106.7 reporters, it indicates to me there are no or few reporters hitting the streets. I hope the station doesn’t rely on their practically all of their street audio to come from Fox 5.

The afternoon drive home is great now because there is news to counter program the pedantic talk programming on WSB-AM. There is now a choice, and that’s the good news.

MJ

May 31st, 2012
12:56 am

I admit, I live well past Marietta on the NW part of Georgia…it seems like 106.7 weakened their signal. I have a very hard time getting it because I am getting static I used to be able to listen to True Oldies past Calhoun before, but before I get to Adairsville, I’ve already lost the new station. Any ideas?

Sean Limbaugh

May 31st, 2012
2:21 am

ALL NEWS!!!

That’s right. I said it. ALL NEWS!!!

TheLazyComic

May 31st, 2012
5:09 am

To MJ’s comment… You’re having problem picking up the station because Cumu-sucks only paid part of the electric bill. One thing I’ve learned about Cumu-sucks. Don’t take any nickels from them. That is one corporate that could be even more slimy than Cheap Channel.

LogicalT

May 31st, 2012
11:50 am

59 years old
Say 5,000 songs on BillBoard from 1965 to 1975.Just a chunk out of the ole time line.
Some of these songs are gone forever.
Cumulus spent their whole roll on 400+ stations in recent years.
Couldn’t afford a new 300 playlist.Spending $$$ on sports talk with a rating of 0.001.

Jon

May 31st, 2012
1:14 pm

I am absolutely loving having an all-news station! It’s been kind of an embarrassment that Atlanta hasn’t had one before this – every other city of our size and stature has had an all-news station for years now. Stations like KCBS in San Francisco, WBBM in Chicago, WINS and WCBS in New York, KNX in LA have all been tremendously successful with this format in the past, and it’s a mystery to me as to why it has never caught on here before.

mad as hell

May 31st, 2012
2:24 pm

this is some real bulls”"”t. give me back my music.

MM

May 31st, 2012
4:36 pm

I’m really disappointed they replaced the oldies station. I can’t find another one (The River doesn’t count). I don’t see much use for an all-news station. Most other stations provide news updates regularly and the majority of people I know get their news from the internet or TV). But if this many people wanted one, I wish they would have replaced a different station :(

Transplant from NYC

June 1st, 2012
9:22 pm

We have three stations like this on NY Radio. It’s a pleasure to find it here.
Do the News&Weather come on at a specific time as in NY. Our news/weather
comes on the 8’s, the 1’s and the 5’s, depending on the station.
Also, where did the 70’s music go? Yes, I’m a senior citizen.

hopefulle

June 4th, 2012
1:18 pm

I am for one HEARTBROKEN that the station I listened to to get a FEEL GOOD feeling everyday has been replaced by SAD DEPRESSING OVER AND OVER AGAIN BAD NEWS…if you want this you can turn on ANY LOCAL TV STATIOn and get it OVER AND OVER AGAIN for hours everyday….We need a place where we can FEEL GOOD…be taken back to GOOD MEMORIES…a place where we dont have to hear HOW SAD this world has become….BRING BACK THE OLDIES BUT GOODIES…..I for one have enough places to look if I choose to hear BAD NEWS ALL DAY……

Ranger Dave

June 4th, 2012
8:40 pm

The sales weasels have screwed up yet another radio station. The line up for both the country then later the soft rock were excellent. Now they want to be WSB. It just sucks! Good reason to renew my XM subscription!

Baheshdhi Jones

June 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

This station is so boring. There is not enough news in this city to justify it. I really couldn’t care less about the metro spelling bee, the drought’s affect on Aunt Mini’s garden, or whatever the heck stuff they are reporting. And why do the weather reports sound like they are being delivered by disembodied spirits from a deep well?