Saga Communications Sports “98.7 The Buzzer” W254BF/WYXL-HD3 Ithaca NY is moving to 96.3 W242AB. The move serves two purposes. First, Saga is moving W254BF to Greenfield MA as part of the AM Translator Revitalization period to rebroadcast Progressive Talk 1240 WHMQ. Second it places The Buzzer on a stronger signal as W254BF currently operates with 54 watts, while 96.3 W242AB operates with 250 watts from the same 156 meter antenna. 96.3 currently rebroadcasts AC “Lite Rock 97.3” WYXL The Buzzer carries the CBS Sports Radio Network programming around the clock.
Pine Tree Broadcasting has flipped recent acquisition 1400 WWNZ Veazie/Bangor ME to Classic Country “The Country Road“. The station had previously been operating a News/Talk format to complement sister News/Talk 1340 WVZS. It is the second flip at the cluster since taking over following Oldies 1230 WGUY/94.1 W231CH becoming a simulcast of Soft AC “93.7 The Wave” WRMO Milbridge. GM Paul Dupuis described the new station to Fox Bangor as “playing the greatest hits from the decades back, from Waylon and Willie, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, the early Reba McIntyre and George Strait collection.”
We continue our month by month recap of the deals and changes that shaped radio in 1996. Acquisitions Sinclair Broadcasting, then and now a mostly Television based operation, made the big splash of the month with the acquisition of River City Broadcasting for $1.2 billion. The deal added 10 TV stations and 34 radio stations to Sinclair’s holdings including clusters in Albuquerque, Buffalo, Greenville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, St. Louis and Wilkes-Barre plus 1580 KBLA Los Angeles. Evergreen Media purchased Rhythmic CHR “Wild 107.7” KYLD San Francisco from Crescent Communications for $44 million to pair with Hot AC “K101” KIOI and Urban 106.1 KMEL. OmniAmerica swapped Rock 100.7 WMMS and Oldies 105.7 WMJI Cleveland to Nationwide Communications for Hot AC...Read More
Station Sales Seven Mountains Media has purchased Farm & Home Broadcasting Company’s Hot AC simulcast “104.5/92.3 The Buzz” 104.5 WNBT-FM Wellsboro/92.3 WNBQ Mansfield PA and Standards 1490 WNBT/92.9 W225AT Wellsboro PA for $400,000. Toccoa Falls College sells its four stations and two translators to Radio Training Network for $2.1 million. The stations involved are Christian AC 90.9 WRAF Toccoa Falls GA and simulcasters 88.5 WEPC Belton SC, 92.1 W221AZ Liliburn GA, and 1480 WPFJ/100.9 W265AZ Franklin NC and Silent 89.7 WTXR Toccoa Falls GA. Family Life Ministries sells Erie rimshot 102.7 WCGM Wattsburg PA to Sam Jordan’s Williamsport Broadcasting for $840,000. WCGM will revert to commercial status and become a sister to Full Service Classic Hits 1370 WWCB Corr...Read More
The second half of the Wilks deal has been filed with the FCC as Lotus will pay $1.2 million for AAA 100.1 KTHX Dayton NV and 95.9 K240CA Carson City. Lotus will simultaneously divest Sports “NBC Sports 1060” KFOY Sparks to Lazer Broadcasting for $50,000. KFOY will be Lazer’s first property in the Reno market. Original Report 4/26: Wilks Broadcast Group has completed the sell-off of their broadcast properties as their three stations in Reno will be split between two buyers. Locally based Evans Broadcast Company, run by Jerry Evans, will acquire Country “92.1 The Wolf” KWFP Sparks and Classic Rock “100.9 The Bandit” KURK Sparks/105.1 K286AG Carson City for $750,000. Lotus Broadcasting will acquire AAA “100.1 The X” KTHX Dayton in a deal ...Read More
Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston has extended its deal to remain the flagship station for Boston Red Sox baseball through the 2023 season. WEEI has held the rights to the Red Sox since 1995 with the games airing on 850 WEEI until the primary local Sports format moved to 93.7. From 2007 through 2009 most games aired on sister Talk 680 WRKO with WEEI carrying the rest. While no terms were disclosed, The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that the two sides were discussing a deal between $15 million-$17 million per year. That would be a reduction from the $20 million per year Entercom had been paying on the 10 year deal that expires at the end of this season. That deal was signed amidst reports that the Red Sox were looking to move to Greater Media’s 92.9 WBOS and take...Read More
After bouncing around from 1510/93.7 to 1550/94.1 to 1340 over the past few years, Brokered Sports “Mile High Sports” KDCO Denver has once again paired itself with an FM translator. Mountain Community Translators has used the 250 mile AM translator waiver to bring 107.1 K296GQ Kimball CO into Denver as 104.7 K284CI. Operating with 140w/231m, the new signal brings 1340 KDCO to FM on the western side of the market. Mile High Sports Radio (KDCO AM 1340) announced Thursday that it is now simulcasting on 104.7 FM in the Denver-area suburbs. The move makes Mile High Sports Radio the only all-sports format in Denver broadcasting on both AM and FM. (Other AM stations are available only on HD2 signals.) “We are very excited to again offer our fans multiple over-the-air broadcast options...Read More
MainStreet Media of Colorado has debuted Adult Alternative “96.9 The Cloud” 1550 KKCL Golden/96.9 K245AD Arvada CO targeting Boulder. KKCL is positioning as “Modern Music with Less Talk” and featuring Alanis Morrissette, Elvis Costello, Sarah McLachlan and U2 as core artists. It joins a crowded AAA marketplace in the Denver market including iHeart’s 97.3 KBCO Boulder/Denver, “Open Air” 102.3 KVOQ Greenwood Village, and “The Colorado Sound” 105.5 KJAC Tinmath.
Days after exiting as SVP/Programming of iHeartMedia’s Toledo cluster, Nathan Reed has been named Director of Branding & Programming for Cox Media Hot AC “Mix 96” 96.5 KRAV Tulsa OK. Reed fills the vacancy created by the exit of Director of Operations Steve Hunter in March. Hunter also oversaw Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR. He had been with iHeart Toledo since April 2008 and previously spent twelve years in the Flint MI market. Cox Media Group (CMG) Tulsa has named Nathan Reed as Director of Branding and Programming for KRAV-FM (Mix 96). Reed’s first day on the job will be Monday, May 9. Reed has spent 20 years in various programming roles across multiple formats, most recently as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s seven station ...Read More
Is iHeartMedia planning its nearly annual change at 93.1 KPLV Las Vegas? Plus upcoming launches in San Luis Obispo, Monroe and an HD subchannel in Kansas City.
Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence/99.7 WEAN Wakefield-Peacedale RI restructures its schedule in the aftermath of the death of afternoon host Buddy Cianci earlier this year. Cianci served two long terms as Mayor of Providence as well as five years in prison before joining WPRO as afternoon host in September 2007. With his passing Dan Yorke will now move from 12-3pm back to the 3-6pm slot he held prior to Cianci’s arrival at the station. Matt Allen will move from 6-9pm to Yorke’s 12-3pm slot, while Cianci’s former producer Tara Granahan is given the 6-9pm slot. The full WPRO lineup includes: 5am-9am – The News with Gene Valicenti 9am-12pm – John DePetro 12pm-3pm – Matt Allen 3pm-6pm – Dan Yorke 6pm-9pm – Tara Granahan 9pm-1am – John B...Read More
The battle over Public News/Jazz 88.5 KPLU Tacoma WA continues as the local non-profit created to keep the station out of the hands of University of Washington’s KUOW. KUOW announced its intent to purchase KPLU last November for $7 million plus $1 million worth of underwriting. KUOW’s plan was to flip KPLU to all Jazz while letting go of the current staff. Following community backlash, Pacific Lutheran University agreed to sell the station to a local group should they reach agreement on a similar price offer by June 30. Friends of 88.5 says it has now raised $4,375,842 towards the $7 million purchase price. As part of its offer all of KPLU’s on-air staff including 16 news reporters, the 12 person jazz/blue music staff, and Jazz24.org will be retained along with local musi...Read More