Update 10/16: Alpha Media is paying $5.8 million for the six stations. Original Report 10/10: Alpha Media is expanding into California with the purchase of Buckley Broadcasting’s six stations in Bakersfield and Merced. The stations involved in the deal are: Bakersfield – Hot AC “Kelly 95.3” KLLY, News/Talk 97.7 KNZR-FM/1560 KNZR, and Rhythmic Oldies “Groove 99.3” KKBB Merced – Country 96.3 KUBB and Rhythmic CHR “Hot 104.7” KHTN Following the deal, Buckley will be down to just one station (Sports “ESPN 630” KIDD Monterey) as it winds down its divestitures over the past few years. Alpha Media of Portland, OR announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Buckley Broadcasting of Ca...Read More
Update 10/16: The FCC filing indicates Envision Broadcast Network will pay Journal $1.55 million for 92.3 KFTI. Excluded from the sale are the KFTI call letters and the current intellectual property of the station. Original Report 10/10: Journal Broadcast Group has found a buyer for its necessitated divestiture of Classic Country 92.3 KFTI Newton/Wichita, KS. Envision Broadcast Network, LLC will acquire KFTI for an undisclosed amount. Envision describes itself as “a not-for-profit organization that promotes nationwide advocacy and independence for those who are blind or visually impaired”. Journal was required to divest one Wichita station as part of its pending merger with Scripps. Journal Broadcast Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Journal Communications, Inc. JRN, has announced a...Read More
Translator Sales Steve Hegwood’s Core Communicators is converting its lease of 94.5 W233BF Atlanta into a purchase. Edgewater Broadcasting will receive $53,000 for the translator, which currently operates as Urban “Streetz 94.5” via a rebroadcast of 94.1 WSTR-HD3. Hegwood had previously applied to purchase the translator in 2010 for $60,000, but that deal never closed. Curtis Media’s Eastern Airwaves adds yet another Raleigh area translator with the acquisition of the CP for 93.3 W227CU Cary from Juan Alberto Ayala for $150,000. Curtis will utilize the translator to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of their 94.7 WQDR Raleigh pending an additional modification to the CP. Patricia J. Young is selling three St. George, UT area translators to Canyon Media Group in separate ...Read More
Renda Broadcasting is selling Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS-FM Fruit Cove, FL and Country “100.7 The Bull” WMUV Brunswick, GA to Nancy Epperson’s Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting for $3.7 million. Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting currently owns Conservative Talk 600 WBOB/100.3 W262AG Jacksonville. Under the name Delmarva Educational Association, the Eppersons own Christian AC “91.7 The Promise” WTRJ-FM Orange Park/91.9 WAYL St. Augustine, local K-Love affiliate 88.1 WCRJ Jacksonville, and operates Classic Hits “102.3 The Beach” 1600 WZNZ/102.3 W271AP via Time Brokerage Agreement. FCC regulations do not count non-commercially owned stations under a group’s ownership limits. After the divestiture of WSOS-FM and WMUV, Renda will retain AC “Li...Read More
Long Point Communications is purchasing the assets of Finger Lakes Radio Group out of a bankruptcy auction for $3.375 million. Long Point is a partnership of Bruce Danziger and Eric Sivertsen. Danziger owns stations in Pittsfield, MA under the Gamma and Berkshire Broadcasting names, Burlington, VT under Vox AM/FM, and Marion and Kokomo, IN as Hoosier AM/FM. Included in the purchase are seven stations and five translators: AC 98.5 WNYR-FM Waterloo, Classic Rock “99.3 The Wall” WLLW Seneca Falls, Country “K101.7/104.5” 101.7 WFLK Geneva/1550 WCGR Canandaigua/104.5 W283BF Canandaigua, News/Talk 1240 WGVA/96.1 W241AW Geneva, Country “96.9/101.9 WFLR” 1570 WFLR Dundee/96.9 W245BL Dundee/101.9 W270BY Watkins Glen, and News/Talk 1590 WAUB Auburn/98.1 W251AJ Mel...Read More
Yankton, SD based Riverfront Broadcasting is expanding into Iowa with the purchase of six stations and a translator from NRG Media. Included in the sale are Country 1600 KLGZ/98.5 K253BJ and 92.7 KLGA-FM Algona, News/Talk 1590 KWBG Boone, AC “97.7 The Bolt” KHBT Humboldt, AC “Q95.7” KQWC-FM and Oldies “The Kruise 1570” KQWC Webster City. Riverfront currently operates stations in Pierre, Mitchell, and Yankton, SD and Nebraska City, NE. NRG is in the process of acquiring Woodward Communication’s stations in Waterloo, IA and will still own seven stations in Illinois, sixteen in Nebraska, and thirteen in Wisconsin. NRG Media LLC announced today the sale of its Northwestern Iowa radio properties in Algona, Humboldt, Webster City, and Boone to Riverfront...Read More
CBS Radio and Beasley Broadcasting have agreed to exchange 19 stations in four markets. CBS will acquire five stations from Beasley: Country 92.5 WXTU and Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia along with Sports 560 WQAM, Rhythmic CHR “Power 96” WPOW-FM, and Country “99.9 Kiss Country” WKIS in Miami. Heading to Beasley are fourteen stations including CBS’ entire Charlotte and Tampa clusters: CHR “Kiss 95.1” WNKS, Urban “Power 98” 97.9 WPEG, Urban AC “V101.9” WBAV, Country “The New 103.7” WSOC, AC “K104.7” WKQC, Sports “610 The Fan” WFNZ, and Sports “CBS Sports Radio 1660” WBCN Charlotte, Spanish CHR “Maxima 92.5” WYUU, Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94...Read More
Air Augustine has closed on its purchase of Hot AC 105.5 WYRE-FM St. Augustine, FL and has quickly flipped it to Adult Rock “105.5 The Whale“. The station is promoting “St. Augustine’s Quality Rock From The 70s To Now” and that it will be fully live and local. The ownership group behind Air Augustine is full of prior radio experience. The new ownership group is made up of three people with radio experience. David Mitchell will serve as President of the Company with a 55% share. Mitchell is based in the Charlottesville, VA region where he once owned 107.5 WUMX (Now News/Talk WCHV-FM). Joseph Riley, owner of four stations in the Albany, NY area holds a 30% stake. Former 98.7 KLUV Dallas Program Director Peter Zolnowski has 15% of the company.
iHeartMedia is adding another translator to its portfolio in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market. United Broadcasting System is selling 96.7 W244CS Hudson, WI to iHeartMedia for $300,000. The currently silent W244CS holds a Construction Permit to relocate its tower site to south of St. Paul with 71 watts at 101.5 meters (Coverage Map). iHeartMedia states its intent to rebroadcast 107.9 KQQL Anoka on the translator, perhaps to give Alternative “Alt 93.3” W227BF Shoreview/KQQL-HD2 additional coverage in the St. Paul side of the market.
iHeartMedia and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a new multiyear agreement to renew their radio broadcast rights for the team’s games on 570 KLAC Los Angeles. The new agreement covers rights to all regular season and postseason games as well as select spring training games. KLAC will also continue to air “Dodger Talk” with Kevin Kennedy, David Vassegh and Jorge Jarrin before and after each game. KLAC and the Dodgers will work to collaborate on additional programming. Vin Scully intends to return in 2015 for his 66th season broadcasting the Dodgers. The first three innings he broadcasts are simulcast on radio and television before Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday takeover the rest of the radio broadcasts. The deal will also see the Dodgers ownership group take an equity sta...Read More
Note To Readers: As we mentioned in yesterday’s FCC Applications column we are breaking off the Station Sales report into a separate column to run every Friday. Sea-Comm Media sells 95.9 W240AS Wilmington, NC and claims it will sell 103.7 WBNE Wrightsville Beach, NC to Sunrise Broadcasting. In two separate deals, American General Media will sell 1000 KKIM Albuquerque and 1410 KERI Bakersfield to Wilkins Radio. Station Sales Scott Thompson’s BIG Radio acquires “Oldies 1490” WGEZ Beloit, WI from Alliance Communications for $150,000. WGEZ will join a local cluster including Talk “Big 1380” WTJK South Beloit, IL and Rock “105.9 The Hog” WWHG Evansville, WI. Gregory Communications acquires 560 WGAI Elizabeth City, NC from Max Media for $100,000. G...Read More
Mike Knar’s SOCO Radio is expanding its portfolio in Pueblo, CO. SOCO has agreed to begin operating United States CP’s Classic Hits “I25 Oldies” 94.7 KFVR-FM Beulah and Talk “I25 Talk” 690 KWRP Pueblo/93.9 K230BB Fowler/100.3 K262BB Boone via LMA. SOCO currently operates Soft AC “Easy 101.3” KFEZ Walsenburg, CHR “Power 103.3” Colorado City, Classic Country 780 KCEG Fountain, and Standards 890 KJME Fountain all via LMA. No word on the status of the current format have been included. KFVR-FM will lose its simulcast with 1530 KCMN Colorado Springs and KWRP will lose its simulcast with 1040 KCBR Monument/Colorado Springs as those two AMs were not included in the new lease with SOCO Radio.