Our good friend Scott Fybush at NorthEast Radio Watch happened to be within listening range of new Clear Channel country station WYBL/98.3 Ashtabula on its first day Tuesday, and reports that the station has indeed launched as advertised.
Scott tells OMW that "98.3 The Bull" charged out of the gate (too bad we don't get paid for our pithy prose!) with a live and local airstaff, and spent much of its first day with a live remote from the Ashtabula County Fair.
"The Bull's" website is up and running. It's using the new Clear Channel music station template, and for example, looks nearly identical in style to Cleveland CC hot AC WMVX "Mix 106.5"'s site.
The air staff:
Morning Drive: Roger McCoy (PD)
Middays: Jake Andrews
Afternoon Drive: Kristie Lee
Nights: Paul West
OMW has no idea how many of those personalities are live and not voice tracked, though it appears both drive time shifts are live. Ms. Lee's afternoon drive show is certainly live from the Ashtabula County Fair this week. (And what a way for a country station to launch - live from the county fair!)
According to Clear Channel sister news/talker WFUN/970's website, morning driver/program director Roger McCoy has been doing morning drive for that station. And we'll assume Ms. Lee is no relation to the Bob & Tom Show regular of the same name...