Mediaco Closes On Hot 97/WBLS Acquisition

Hot 97 97.1 WQHT New York Emmis MediaCoStandard General’s Mediaco Holdings has closed on its acquisition of Rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT and R&B 107.5 WBLS New York from Emmis.

Emmis received $91.5 million in cash, a $5 million note, and a 23.72% stake in the new holding company, which will soon go public on NASDAQ. Emmis will continue to manage the two stations under a Shared Services Agreement with all employees remaining on their payroll. Emmis continues to own Gospel 1190 WLIB and 98.7 WEPN-FM New York, the latter of which is operated by ESPN Inc. via LMA.

The majority of the Mediaco board of directors will be appointed by Standard General with their CEO/Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer Soohyung Kim serving as Chairman of Mediaco. Emmis Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan will serve as CEO.

Standard General has been on a media acquisition spree as the investment group owns Standard Media, which just acquired nine television and fifteen radio stations from Waypoint Media and Vision Communications and took a 9.8% stake in TEGNA last month.

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