Translator Moves 97.5 W248AW Franklin, IN has applied to modify its move to Indianapolis with a shift to an adjacent tower with 150 watts at 276 meters rebroadcasting Sports 1260 WNDE Indianapolis (Coverage Map). iHeartMedia is in the process of acquiring the translator from Educational Media Foundation, which was originally being disputed by Emmis on the condition that iHeart intended to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 94.7 WFBQ on the translator. iHeart responded by stating that was to be a temporary condition to close the sale, but now agrees to keep the translator rebroadcasting WNDE for four years as required by the Mattoon Waiver and Emmis has dropped its Petition For Reconsideration. Hope Christian Church of Marlton wasted little time to make the next step with 105.7 W289AZ Trenton,...[Read More]
Alpha Media Urban “Hot 103.9” WHXT Orangeburg/Columbia, SC is now simulcasting on 93.9 WSCZ Winnsboro, SC. WSCZ, owned by Miller Communications, had been “Cat Country 93.9” rimshotting Columbia from north of the city. With WHXT covering the market from the south, the addition of the 93.9 signal increases Hot’s coverage of the entire market. Despite the signal limitations, “Hot 103.9” was tied for second in the market with an 8.0 share in the Summer Phase 1 Nielsen Audio ratings trends trailing only sister Urban AC “101.3 The Big DM” WWDM-FM.
Two months after acquiring YMF Media’s Jackson, MS cluster, L&L Broadcasting has agreed to purchase YMF’s five stations in Columbia, SC for $13 Million. The stations involved are “Rock 93.5” WARQ, Urban AC “The Big DM” 101.3 WWDM, Classic Rock “Fox 102.3” WMFX, Urban “Hot 103.9” WHXT, and News/Talk 1230 WOIC. L&L will begin operating the stations immediately via LMA. Once all its current sales close, YMF will be left with just Urban AC 107.5 WBLS and Gospel 1190 WBLS New York.
Two recent developments have us wondering if Yucaipa Investments and Magic Johnson are winding down their YMF Media holdings. YMF has sold their brokered Chinese 1400 KVTO Berkeley/San Francisco and brokered Vietnamese 1430 KVVN Santa Clara/San Jose to Pham Radio Communication for $6 Million. Earlier this week Tom Taylor reported in his daily Tom Taylor Now newsletter that Larry Wilson’s L&L Broadcasting has signed a letter of intent to acquire YMF’s Columbia, SC and Jackson, MS stations. YMF owns five stations in Columbia and six in Jackson. Those deals would leave YMF with just a pair of stations. Urban AC 107.5 WBLS and Gospel 1190 WLIB New York. YMF Media was formed in 2011 by Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies and Magic Johnson’s Johnson Capital Investment to ...[Read More]