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Journey 97.9 is dead, replaced by Q100 ’spinoff’


Another day, another format flip.

This afternoon, Atlanta-based Cumulus has ended Journey 97.9, which played an eclectic mix of 1980s and 1990s pop music for just over a year, in favor of some sort of Q100 “spinoff” station. Songs the new “Q100″ station has played so far include “As Long As You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber, “Hello” by Karmin, “Whistle” by Flo Rida and “Let Me Love You” by Ne Yo.

In a press release, John Dickey, co-COO of Atlanta-based Cumulus, said the company has decided to create a Q100 “brand extension,” so to speak on 97.9. “With so much hit music, we needed to add on,” he said. “Q-100’s 20 at 97.9 will give us the room we need to continue to serve up more hit music than any other station/brand in Atlanta. While Atlanta wakes up to Q-100’s The Bert Show on 99.7, kids can get their hit music fix on Q-100’s 20 at 97.9.”

This is partially a response to Clear Channel’s new Power 96.1, which flipped from hard rock Project 9-6-1 last Wednesday. That new top 40 station is gunning directly after Q100’s big numbers. On Friday, Cumulus dumped alternative 99X at 98.9 in favor of hard rock 98.9/The Bone to pick up disaffected Project listeners.

Notably, neither 97.9 nor 98.9 are on terribly strong signals.

Dave FM, the adult rock station in town since 2004, is going away in favor of sports talk in a few weeks. Atlanta’s Greatest Hits at 106.7 died in May in favor of news talk.

That’s five format changes this year. The moves have been bad news for rock fans and fans of somewhat older pop music. For those folks, it’s a good excuse to go to Spotify, Pandora and Sirius/XM. But it’s been great news for top 40 fans and news/talk folks.

Cumulus operates Kicks 101.5, All News 106.7, Q100, Rock 100.5, 98.9/The Bone and now this Q100’s 20 at 97.9. Clear Channel operates 94.9/The Bull, Power 96.1, Wild 105.7/96.7 (which is skewing more hip hop now), news/talk 640/WGST-AM and 105.3/El Patron.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

98 comments Add your comment


September 4th, 2012
5:33 pm

You have got to be kidding me! 99x was going to be my back-up for Dave. Scratch that! Journey could at least play *some* 80’s and 90’s stuff I liked. Now scratch that! Hope the River can broaden their playlist to pull in some Dave listeners or streaming radio here I come!

Nick Wright

September 4th, 2012
5:40 pm

Excuse me, folks. I’m going to go find the guy that introduced Atlanta radio executives to bath salts and punch him in the face.


September 4th, 2012
5:46 pm

I AM DONE. Do you hear me, radio execs? Not that you care anyway, but now I’ll just make my own iTunes mixes and play them in the car. We need another pop station like we need another HOT lane!


September 4th, 2012
5:48 pm

The best way to send the signal “up yours” is to seek out your own source of music and NEVER turn the dial to these radio prostitutes. They obviously don’t care for your demographic. Let them know you don’t care for theirs by boycotting the radio. Money talks.


September 4th, 2012
5:48 pm

106.7 is NOT news/talk, but rather ALL NEWS.

But, I do think this is a stunt. That is what this guy said:

Kennesaw Dave

September 4th, 2012
5:56 pm

Well I didn’t expect it to last as long as it did. That seems to be the trend with 80s stations for some reason. Good grief though, how many Top 40 stations to we really need in Atlanta though? What is this #6 or 7?


September 4th, 2012
5:57 pm

Yippee – ANOTHER top 40 station to add to Q100, Star94, 98.5, 105.7, now Power 96 or whatever its new name is. Seriously?! I can only take so much Rihanna, NeYo, Beiber (ugh!), Maroon 5, Goyte…etc…. it is killing me. When you turn the station, the exact same song is on the next station. Is this an evil plot to finally rid me of what little sanity I have left??? I believe it may be.

Native Atlien

September 4th, 2012
6:03 pm

Wow this has been the worst decision making week or so in radio history. Why on Earth do we need 5 stations playing the exact same 27 songs………………………..


September 4th, 2012
6:21 pm

So… I will be switching to all internet radio all the time. I like some top 40, but if that is all there is I can make my own radio stations and playlists.


September 4th, 2012
6:29 pm

Just went to, on their Station Portfolio page they have 97.9 listed as 99X. If you click on listen live it is playing the bone crap. I don’t know what it means.


September 4th, 2012
6:30 pm

Great, another station that will play the same 15 songs over and over again every hour.


September 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

Really? REALLY? I agree…..WORST DECISION IN RADIO EVER!!!! peace out 97.9….you are no longer programmed on my car radio preset. I hope enough people complain…sign a petition….boycott…..please bring back JOURNEY!!


September 4th, 2012
6:32 pm

Today is my birthday. This is the worst birthday ever.


September 4th, 2012
6:35 pm

This is the worst decision made by a media station since FOX cancelled Arrested Development in 2006.


September 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

I think Apple is behind all of these format changes. iPod sales and radio accessories will be going up. I don’t mind 99x going to a rock format but what about the alternative music that 99x and Dave were great at introducing to the ATL? Goyte and fun. were being played on these stations long before the top 40 stations would give them the time of day. I really hope 99x and Dave get merge onto the Rock 100 frequency.


September 4th, 2012
6:45 pm

Just another radio station off the pre-set (now done to 4 stations)! Can’t wait for all the ratings to start to come in.

For those changed already, are there “numbers” out there yet? If yes, Rodney, you may just want to set up a direct link to the ratings for only these 5 (more if there are more changes yet to come): last 5 ratings results prior to change, then all under new format. Be nice to have something to be referred to when roasting those big shots who don’t know the radio market here in ATL.

Ok – now where’s that iPod (2nd generation 8g nano – still works great, has more songs on it that all radio stations in ATL combined – 1400+ songs!) of mine???

hey now.....

September 4th, 2012
6:47 pm

with TuneIn and Slacker apps on my phone, and my ipod, I have no use for Atlanta radio, Cumulus… suck! Clear Chanel… suck! Take your 15 Pop stations in one market and shove them up your @55!!!! I won’t listen to any station you own.


September 4th, 2012
6:54 pm

Great. Another lame station for the sheeple of Atlanta


September 4th, 2012
7:04 pm

PS – Rodney, it’s time to update your station listing on the right. Also, some of the links you have in the USEFUL list, are dead or go somewhere else (ex: arbitron ratings).

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 4th, 2012
7:05 pm

WHO CARES…..satellite radio rocks!!!!

With satellite you don’t have to hear the same songs regurgitated every 4 hours…..same play list, same limited artists, same DJ banter between songs, same lack of creativity when it comes to the music that is played because the station managers/owners are stuck on stupid.


September 4th, 2012
7:14 pm

Why in the hell would they do that?? I switched to Journey 97.9 because I didn’t want to listen to all the DJ rhetoric on competing station 98.5. Journey was a great market for those who only like 80s and 90s. There is a NEED for another 80s/90s station in Atlanta. HUGE MISTAKE TAKING IT OFF THE AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING BACK JOURNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 4th, 2012
7:38 pm

And now you know why there are so many of us who have listened to satellite radio for so many years…local radio, outside of talk radio, is a joke! Atlanta has for years totally blown it with great radio stations…just ask anyone who remembers Jazz of the best Jazz radio shows in America that featured LOCAL acts like the Killer Bees…Gone!!


September 4th, 2012
7:45 pm

Really? Do we really need another top 40 station, do we really need more news talk, do we really need more sports talk? No we don’t.

Where is the variety, where is the differentiation?

What am I going to listen to now? I am not paying for satellite radio, pandora, etc.

face man

September 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

80/90s is a niche format-never designed to be around for any long period of time .other niche formats include smooth jazz, which I love. Also, there was a time there were five stations that played AC, pop/country/urban crossovers from the likes of mariah carey, gloria estefan, anita baker, shania twain. Local formats here in the atl mirror the national trends. Different decades bring on different tastes. Every1 just take a slow deep breath-it’ll be ok!


September 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

Macon now has a better selection of music stations than Atlanta. Who are these Dickey people and why are they trying to destroy Atlanta music radio? First it was David Dickey with Dave FM and now John Dickey. I still can’t believe 92.9 is being destroyed. It is the only station that plays good, rounded, classic and current music. Music radio in Atlanta is now dead. How did we let this happen?


September 4th, 2012
8:15 pm

Wait 99X is gone? So now no DaveFM very soon, no 9-6-1? Guess it’s WABE/NPR for me on terrestrial radio. I won’t even bother with pop/rock on Atlanta stations.


September 4th, 2012
8:16 pm

Sorry, but satellite radio isn’t much better (and I’m a subscriber). I think I’ll mainly start listening to Slacker.

It must be great to be a Tween in Atlanta

September 4th, 2012
8:21 pm

All these station changes are great news for my 16 year old daughter! She and her friends have more stations to pick from than can fit on the preset buttons. Congratulations to all stations involved that have now captured the elusive and magical 12-17 year old demo.

HOWEVER. 12-17 year olds don’t generally have any money to spend… in fact, nada. maybe $20 from babysitting, or minimum wage from a part time job that (for girls) will entirely go towards clothing… so if you think your formats will translate into advertising dollars, you obviously didn’t think this all through. Good luck with that.

An Adult

September 4th, 2012
8:23 pm

I agree with Nick Wright. So what Radio Execs are saying is there is there will be NO Terrestrial Adult Rock Format station…period. Destroying DaveFM means I have to move to Bubble Pop or Hard Rock or some Pseudo InBetween Kinda Thing. No new Artist or Music for Those who grew up on 99X and then moved to the Adult Format of DaveFM. Fine. We have no Station to Sponsor our Music, We’ll keep our Dollars


September 4th, 2012
8:28 pm

I didn’t listen to Journey at all because I think 90’s music is YUCK and I hope that this is a stunt to bring a much needed station with great programming, Seriously the q100 top 20 songs?? Power is playing the same 100 songs 96 times in a row and they think people will remain loyal listeners to hear that?? I want to hear Little Steven’s Underground garage on the radio. Margot, Steve Craig and Yvonne could definitely get something together that people would like-Dave plays way too much of that raspy dude that sings lullabye and the Indigo Girls, but they will play something good once in a while, this morning I heard Fight like a Brave by Chili Peppers, not that Dani California dreck and I was surprised.
Time will tell, but I hope we get something wonderful.


September 4th, 2012
8:39 pm

Spotify makes it easier to listen to music that I like. XmNotSerious plays the same songs over and over again. They’ve got a gazillion channels but each channel has a very limited play list. I hear the same songs every time I get in my car. Spotify is simply the way to go.

Laplace's Demon

September 4th, 2012
8:40 pm

Last decent station on air in Atlanta is Georgia State’s 88.5. Thank God for hipster college kids.


September 4th, 2012
8:40 pm

Radio killed the radio stars. BOOOO HIISSS..this STINKS! I guess I’ll be carrying my cd’s with me..and making my own music. No 99X so I fell in Love with Dave…now that is going away for stupid sports talk….And now this. I guess the radio execs think rock is dead…or they are trying to kill it.

Laplace's Demon

September 4th, 2012
8:41 pm

I will really miss the acoustic sets on Sunday mornings on Dave and 99x. Great playlists.


September 4th, 2012
8:42 pm

Variety Radio here in Atlanta is now officially DEAD!!!!! How many format changes have we seen over the past decade?? WAY TOO MANY!!!!!!!!!! First Peach 94.9, then Lite 94.9, the 94.9 the Bull? And now all other stations play either too much top 40 or have nothing but news. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! Where is the variety for oldies, 70s, 80s, and 90s??? Goss told me that radio would change here in the ATL over the next decade, and boy was he right!!! Maybe I better get an internet radio started in a hurry. Too many changes in Atlanta radio for me. TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 4th, 2012
8:54 pm

Well, I now have exactly two (2) stations: WABE and Album 88.5. If nothing else, the complete absence of decent “big” stations will make me smarter. But I’ll never hear the 90’s rock I grew up with on the radio again, and that’s sad.


September 4th, 2012
9:00 pm

88.5 just sounds better and better every day.

Thank GAWD for my Sirius sub.


September 4th, 2012
9:00 pm

Everybody call in and demand Some News 97.9


September 4th, 2012
9:15 pm

I also say that Satellite Radio is not all some say it is. You certainly have a variety of genres/themes to listen to but any one station has a playlist comparable to the breadth of many FM stations. For my tastes, Dave FM has the biggest playlist and is what I’ve listened to for years (despite their excessive love for The Police). In a few weeks, I’ll be on TuneIn Radio looking for a Dave clone.

Traffic Headache

September 4th, 2012
9:40 pm

Head, meet wall. Wall, head.


September 4th, 2012
9:40 pm

I like Cumulus’s new all news format. I listen on my way home from work so I can stay up-to-date on the news because the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is sit in front of another screen.


September 4th, 2012
9:55 pm

It is amazing that the rock stations fell like dominos almost overnight. I have never seen anything like it. I used to boast to outsiders about the good rock stations in Atlanta, now we are worse than everywhere else.


September 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

This is not cool! I loved 97.9, all music, none of that talking crap and so few commercials! Besides, who doesn’t love 80’s and 90’s music!!

Calling It Lke It Is

September 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Oh….where to begin? A spinoff of Q100? So they are only going to have a rotation of 20 songs? I thought that is what they were already playing. Honing in tighter on the kids? Smart, but stupid. So, now we add yet another Top 40….unbelievable! They going to steal some of Q’s listeners and revenue? I guess that’s why Q has ben playing a little more music in the morning during The Bert Show, to prep people of the addition of another station that is supposedly going to play music. I guess the comment Bert made last week about all of the new people and additions in the building all makes sense now.

All Cumulus needs to do now is to flip Rock 100 to something else and they pretty much have changed every station in this pit of a radio market that used to have some good flagship stations. I guess Top 40 is where the revenue is at right now and they are trying to capitalize on it. What they don’t understand is that they are REALLY alienating every Rock listener that is over the age of 25, who doesn’t listen to the type of music that used to be on Project, now on “The Bone”. Bone fits, but only at the media companies who came up with these ideas…BONE-HEAD!

How long will it be before all of these stations flip again to whatever the hot format is next year?

Petitions and whining is not going to phase these guys. They are executives that are completely out of touch with the demographics of the market. And they think that putting these stations on translator signals is going to get the station going. Those translator signals don’t reach further than you can throw a rock.

These execs need to get a grip on reality and on the market they are in. Based on the actions in the last month, they sure as hell don’t.

Rodney Ho

September 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

I’ve seen folks here constantly say over the years: I’m glad I have Sirius/XM. Well, as a radio reporter who is 43 years old and enjoys/enjoyed Dave, Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, 99X and Journey, I have to say: thank God I have Sirius/XM!

disloyal subject

September 4th, 2012
10:52 pm

The ‘illuminati’ strike yet another blow, foisting yet another soulless stream of atonal electronic dreck disguised as “music” (in between eight-minute stretches of advertising) on an unsuspecting public.

Lord help us all, and especially our children. I know parents have been saying this since the advent of Elvis (and perhaps before), but the current crop of “artists” strike me as at least vacuous, at worst downright vicious.


September 4th, 2012
11:08 pm

More Top 40 pop stations? Has anyone called Steve McCoy yet? There HAS to be a spot for him on one of them!

ATL Native

September 4th, 2012
11:33 pm

WTH is going on with ATL radio?! Is it a blatant desire for the “powers” (used loosely!) that be, to drive everyone to satellite?! What happens to our local voices?!


September 4th, 2012
11:52 pm

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: Atlanta radio sucks. Even places like Macon and Columbus have way better stations than Atlanta. I guess it’s time to start seriously looking into satellite for when I’m not listening to my CDs or my MP3 player in the car.

No Other Reason

September 5th, 2012
12:36 am

All the radio executives, etc. are in cahoots and are working for the Top 40 and Pop music producers.
Taking over a big market like Atlanta and completely monopolizing all stations, killing there competition
will MAKE CAPTIVE AUDIENCES. But Pop and Top 40 music producers can’t and won’t let their drug scouged minds understand that a huge portion of public can’t stand Pop/Top 40 crapola.
With the long Atlanta commutes back and forth to work, the radio exec think they rule the universe.
But we will have to use alternative measures to beat the rap we’ve been given. Crap is Crap.