The Taylorville cluster of Miller Media Group radio stations, completed a major re-alignment of its formats and frequencies, late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
The re-alignment featured signing on a new frequency, and re-aligning formats on several others.
WTIM's local newstalk and agriculture format, now airs on THE BIG 870 AM across Central Illinois from Jacksonville to Paris daytime, and at 96.3 FM in Christian County and surrounding area full-time. WTIM also streams 24/7 at taylorvilledailynews.com.
WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 did not have any change in format or frequency.
WRAN and groovy, the cluster's 2 oldies stations, merged to form WRAN groovy 97.3 FM. The oldies format will continue to feature top 40 hits from the mid 60's thru the mid 80's.
A new format entitled "NEW Country" premiered just past midnight, on WSVZ 98.3 FM covering the Shelbyville/Effingham/Mattoon area, and 104.1 FM covering Taylorville and Christian County.
The group's Contemporary Christian Music station, 107.5 shine.fm, which went on the air May 31, is also unaffected by Friday's changes.
The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held on-air ribbon cuttings on both WTIM and WRAN Friday morning, to celebrate the sign-on of these stations.
Several local vendors were involved in the re-alignment and remodeling project. Financing of purchase of AM 870 was handled by John Gardner and Dan Sneed at People's Bank and Trust in Taylorville. Financing of the remodeling at the cluster's Taylorville studios was handled by Kent Richardson at CNB Bank and Trust in Taylorville. Financing of radio equipment was handled by Blaine Cornwell and Jared Beckham at First National Bank in Taylorville.
General Contractors for the remodeling project were Mark and Brad Siegrist of Taylorville. Heating and Cooling work was done by Jim Blakley, Jr. at Blakley Heating and Cooling in Taylorville. Electrical work was completed by Rich Payne and his staff at Star Electric in Taylorville. Painting at the Park Street offices was done by Chris Daykin of Taylorville.
Carpeting work for the new studio constructed, was done by Ron DeMichiel at DeMichiel Floors and More in Taylorville. The building's Computer Network was upgraded by Jeff Durbin at Computer Techniques, Incorporated in Taylorville.
The group's Direct Mail campaign promoting the changes, was handled by Kirby Hames at PS Printing in Taylorville, and new signs for building were completed and installed by Jason Lilly at Lilly Signs in Taylorville.
The re-alignment now gives the Miller Media Group Taylorville cluster 6 stations and 7 signals that operate from its Park Street offices.