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Manhattan Broadcasting To Acquire KBLS Post Alpha Spin-Off

Sunny 102.5 KBLS Manhattan Broadcasting Company Rocking M Alpha MediaOne day after announcing the acquisition of five stations in the Salina-Manhattan KS market from Alpha Media, Rocking M Media has announced it will divest AC “Sunny 102.5” KBLS North Fort Riley KS to Manhattan Broadcasting Company.

No terms were announced as the deal gives MBC a fifth station on the Manhattan side of the market. Manhattan Broadcasting owns CHR “Z96.3” KACZ Riley, Rock “101.5 K-Rock” KMKF Manhattan, Country “B104.7” KXBZ Manhattan, and News/Talk 1350 KMAN/93.3 FM K227CX Manhattan/93.7 K229CW Wamego KS.

Manhattan Broadcasting Company and Rocking M Media announced Friday their formal filing with the Federal Communications Commission to transfer ownership of KBLS-FM 102.5 from Rocking M Media to Manhattan Broadcasting Company.

Rocking M had previously announced the agreement to acquire KBLS-FM from Alpha Media as part of a five station agreement on Wednesday October 12th.

Rocking M Media President, Christopher Miller commented on the announcement, “I’m excited as part of our acquisition process to help bring ownership of KBLS-FM to a great locally focused group in Manhattan Broadcasting Company. Like Rocking M Media, Manhattan Broadcasting is a company committed to Kansas radio excellence and ownership.”

Manhattan Broadcasting VP and General Manager, Corey Reeves added, “What a fantastic opportunity to bring the KBLS-FM signal, once owned by the Vanier family, back home to Manhattan. Adding KBLS to the Manhattan Broadcasting family of stations will allow us to even better serve and promote the local communities and businesses in Manhattan, Junction City, and the surrounding area by adding a heritage signal with an established audience that further broadens the MBC coverage area.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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