Riverfront Broadcasting plans on shuttering Country 1310 KOKX Keokuk IA and Classic Hits “Z93” 93.9 WCEZ Carthage IL should it not find a new operator for the stations by the end of the month.
WCEZ afternoon host Leah Jones, who also served as Office Manager for the company, was the only employee not terminated last week. Jones, a Keokuk native who previously served as a Producer for The Brother Wease show at iHeartMedia’s “Radio 95.1” WAOI Rochester NY, is also leading efforts to find a new operator for the stations. Tri-States Public Radio reports that Jones has been meeting with city leadership and business owners to find a way to acquire the stations. She told TSPR, “What we are really trying to do right now is use the shop local initiative, but put it towards our local radio station.”
Riverfront, led by Doyle and Carolyn Becker and Dave Brock, purchased both stations from Withers Broadcasting in December 2015 for $100,000 and flipped both to their current formats in June 2016. The sale was accompanied by Withers sale of 95.3 KOKX-FM and 96.3 KRNQ Keokuk to Educational Media Foundation for $500,00. KRNQ was since spun off to Bott Radio Network’s Community Broadcasting last May for $125,000.
Riverfront Broadcasting owns seventeen other stations across Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.