Maryland Star Broadcasting is blowing up its Talk Radio WQMR-FM 101.1 to become “WAMS — The ’80s Channel.” Sister station Top 40 WKHZ1590 AM will take over the WQMR call letters and run a news and talk format.
The company, owned by on-air personalities Jack Gillen and Kevin Bresnahan, will still be called Maryland Star Broadcasting, they will team up with Delaware-based Epcot Broadcasting, which runs WAMS-AM 1600 in Dover and Milford.
The ’80s Channel will simulcast on 105.1 FM, and Hot Talk will simulcast on 104.3 FM.
Bresnahan characterized the to Delmarvanow.com move as two small radio groups pooling their resources to move forward “in a very challenging direction.” He said it’s tough to sell ads locally when area television stations are slashing rates down to the same prices points as radio, “and we’re trying to fight that… We’ve got a lot more to sell, a lot more to offer people” under the partnership.”
The new WQMR will keep “Power Talk,” Gillen and Bresnahan’s signature public affairs show, which moves to a 10 a.m. to noon time slot. Other programming to air on the news-talk station will include Laura Ingraham and Dennis Miller, Washington Redskins and Stephen Decatur High School football broadcasts, and an ESPN Radio feed.
During morning drive, Hot Talk will run ESPN Radio program “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” while “The ’80s Station” will air “Hitman & Company.”