After 27 years of rock 'n' roll, Magic 105 - "Arkansas' Real Classic Rock" - will cease broadcasting at 6 a.m. Monday.
The Clear Channel-owned radio station's 105.1 frequency will be the new home of The Wolf, a Clear Channel station that plays classic country. The Wolf's current 106.7 signal will be home to a brand-new Clear Channel station, Tom-FM. A news release from Clear Channel said Tom-FM would include hit music from the '60s, '70s, '80s,' 90s and today.
The move will grant The Wolf a greater transmission signal.
"We're very excited about delivering The Wolf to a much larger coverage area," said Kim Pyle, vice president and market manager for the Clear Channel Radio Little Rock stations. "It was time to make a new business decision.
"[Tom-FM is] like your iPod on shuffle."
Magic 105 DJ Tom Wood and program director Jeff Cage will make the switch to Tom-FM. Pyle would not comment on other Magic 105 personnel, but Magic 105's morning show trio - Sharpe Dunaway, Nathan Christian and Roger Scott - were told of the switch and fired following their Friday morning show.
"Right after our show ended we were told to go to the corner office [Pyle's office]," Dunaway said. "When you get called to the corner office out of the blue, you know that this is it. All three of us got laid off together."
Dunaway had been with the station since 1988.
"It's a shame that they're going to let that classic radio station die. They say the brand [Magic 105] is dead," Dunaway said. According to the Fall 2007 Arbitron ratings, Magic 105 had fallen to 16th place in the marketplace.