WZMP-FM , better known as 96.5 AMP Radio, switched formats and names Thursday, shedding some personnel along the way.
AMP becomes Today's 96.5, switching formats from contemporary hits to adult contemporary. "It's going to mean a 'softer sound.' Think more Bruno Mars and Adele, less Major Lazer and Pitbull," said former AMP DJ Mike Adam, who left the station Dec. 30 for an expanded role at 92.3 AMP Radio in New York.
"Our previous on air talent Bex and Bennett are going to be off-air for a few weeks while we make a big music impression playing better variety and fewer commercials on the station. Our plan is to gradually introduce on air talent in the coming weeks. Jason Cage has relocated back to Chicago and Mike Adam is going to continue on with our CBS NY AMP station and we wish them both the best," said Bobby Smith, the station's program director.
"I don't think AMP Philly was given a fair shot, unfortunately," Adam said. "We were making some great things happen, and while the station was really still in its infancy. The plug was pulled too quickly."
Today's 96.5 is owned by CBS, which also owns 1060 KYW-AM, 94. 1 WIP-FM, 98. 1 WOGL-FM, 1210 WPHT-AM and 92.5 WXTU-FM.