St. Louis imports take over; WNUA to change calls to WEBG
While WLS-AM and WGN-AM are adjusting to lineup changes, WNUA, or Big 95.5 FM, has also been making news of its own.
After flipping from a Regional Mexican format last week, Big 95.5 FM announced its new morning team on Friday: Mason Schrader and Zach “Remy” Hoesly from St. Louis’ KSD-FM, also a country station known as “The Bull 93.7 FM”. They’ll hold down the morning drive shift from 6 to 10 a.m. beginning January 20, while continuing to do a live afternoon show for KSD.
Also coming from KSD is program director Steve Stewart, who took over in the same capacity last week. Stewart also was PD and morning host for oldies KLOU-FM.
And the WNUA call letters are finally being retired to history books. As first reported by Robert Feder Monday afternoon, WNUA officials have filed a request to the FCC to change their call letters to WEBG. WNUA had been associated with the New Age (and later Smooth Jazz format) since 1987, but also served the two Spanish-language formats it recently hosted.
And if you’re asking why they simply can’t change their calls to WBIG to match their station branding, there’s a good reason – those calls belong to an AM station in west suburban Aurora.