MASON CITY - Three Eagles Communications recently changed the formats at two of its radio stations.
The station 102.7 has gone from The Blaze to "Super Hits," which includes music from the late '60s to early '80s, said Dalena Barz, general manager of Three Eagles Communications.
The Blaze, which plays rock music, is still being offered online at www.discovernorthiowa.com. People can also listen to it on their smartphones, Barz said.
KRIB-AM 1490 has changed its format from oldies to "The Music of Your Life," which includes "adult standards" such as Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, she said.
All of the disc jockeys and other personnel remain the same, Barz said.
The new formats went into effect at midnight Friday, Feb. 3, and did not go unnoticed, she said.
Barz said the company has received some positive feedback but is also aware of unhappy listeners. At least two Facebook movements have formed asking people to boycott Three Eagles Communications or to reinstate The Blaze format.
"I know how passionate - as if I didn't before - The Blaze listerners are," she said. "That is why we are happy they can still hear The Blaze online. They can also get that on their smartphones."
Barz said Three Eagles Communications decided to change the formats for financial reasons.
"Truly the advertising community here in North Iowa and southern Minnesota did not buy into The Blaze format," she said. "So we made a decision based on finances, something that made sense for us. What made sense for us was a format change to try to make that (station) more financially sound."