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Opie, Anthony switched off

On New York radio, Opie and Anthony are silent. Again.

CBS Radio said Monday that it will turn K-Rock (WXRK-FM 92.3), the station that now airs them, from modern hard rock into 92.3 NOW, a Top 40 hits station to compete head-to-head with Clear Channel's highly rated Z100 (WHTZ-FM, 100.3). The switch is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Opie and Anthony, who have been on and off of New York stations for years, headed K-Rock's highest-rated show. They were told Monday that they would not be part of the new format.

- Opie and Anthony photos

"K-Rock has just informed us that our services are no longer needed," Opie announced via Twitter, saying his show was ranked No. 2 among men aged 18-49. "When I can talk," he added, "I will."

"For the first time in nearly 30 years, New York now has a choice for hit music," Dom Theodore, a CBS Radio vice president, said in a statement. "With 92.3 NOW FM, we're breaking the mold of the traditional radio station and creating a pure multimedia companion for today's music fans."

The station said its core artists would include Kanye West, Beyoncé, Pink and Justin Timberlake.

The move was not unexpected. CBS Radio has similarly reformatted several stations this year, including its talk radio station in Los Angeles, aiming to capture a younger demographic.

- Opie and Anthony photos

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