Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust: Movin 93.9 Signs Off



As expected (see original post here), KMVN-FM "Movin' 93.9" signed off at midnight, replaced by a Spanish Hot Adult Contemporary format.

That means L.A. morning star Rick Dees is back in radio exile, although he has just launched a new Internet radio venture, All Number 1 Hits.com. (According to Dees' site, "The ALL NUMBER 1 HITS channel is a live, 24-hour Top 40 radio channel which targets the 6-34 year old listening audience... The launch of ALL NUMBER 1 HITS will feature an exclusive one-on-one with Miley Cyrus as its first guest host. Along with Miley, young visually-oriented entertainers will host shows, including Kevin Dees, Joe Kieley, Mark Wong, and Lizard Man. Gerry DeFrancesco, heralded as the most recognized top 40 programmer, is heading up the programming and consulting of the current driven format.")

Movin' 93.9 seemed to have finally found its niche as a mostly-80s retro station, and had seen its ratings tick up in recent months. But owner Emmis, hurting for cash, saw an opening in leasing the station out to Mexico's Grupo Radio Centro for $7 million a year.

The station ended its run at midnight with, of course, Donna Summer's "Last Dance." Here's how it programmed its final hour:

11:58 PM "LAST DANCE" - DONNA SUMMER
11:53 PM "TOO SHY" - KAJAGOOGOO
11:51 PM "SHOUT" - TEARS FOR FEARS
11:47 PM "BEST OF MY LOVE" - EMOTIONS
11:45 PM "SAFETY DANCE" - MEN WITHOUT HATS
11:37 PM "SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO" - CLASH
11:32 PM "ROCK LOBSTER" - B-52'S
11:29 PM "MAD ABOUT YOU" - BELINDA CARLISLE
11:20 PM "SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE" - ROBERT PALMER
11:16 PM "COME ON EILEEN" - DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
11:13 PM "LUCKY STAR" - MADONNA
11:08 PM "PRETTY IN PINK" - PSYCHEDELIC FURS
11:05 PM "GOOD TIMES" - CHIC
11:02 PM "LOVE PLUS ONE" - HAIRCUT ONE HUNDRED

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