EW Scripps has announced the first of its planned divestments of its radio properties with the sale of its five stations in Tulsa OK to Griffin Communications for $12.5 million. The privately held Griffin currently owns four television stations in Oklahoma: CBS affiliate KOTV 6 and CW affiliate KQCQ 19 in Tulsa and CBS/CW affiliate KWTV 9 and MyNetworkTV affiliate KSBI 52 in Oklahoma City. The company has a long history in radio as the previous owners of 1430 KTUL Tulsa and 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City. It also currently owns the statewide Radio Oklahoma Network. The stations involved in the sale are: Classic Hits “92.9 The Drive” KBEZ, Country 98.5 KVOO, Classic Country “Big Country 99.5” KXBL, CHR “106.9 K-Hits” KHTT, and News/Talk 1170 KFAQ. Scripps announ...[Read More]
As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.
One of the big rumors going around the internet this week was about NBC setting up a reunion special of Friends to air on Thanksgiving 2014, which has since been debunked. According to an April 8 report on Examiner.com, the rumor started from an unattributed image posted on the Facebook page of KHTT Tulsa’s “Morning After Show“. Posted on a Sunday afternoon with no background information or a followup, the “K-Hits” rumor quickly went viral online. But at what cost? While the post brought attention to the morning show are people in Alabama or New York really going to be converted into listeners because of a fake rumor? Or will some listeners not believe the show when they break an actual story for previously crying wolf? It seems like the goal of many radio sta...[Read More]
Update 3/8: Journal paid $11.8 Million to acquire the two stations. They will begin operating them via LMA on March 26. Original Report 3/7: Journal Broadcast Group has acquired Variety Hits “92.9 Bob-FM” KBEZ and CHR “106.9 K-Hits” KHTT Tulsa from Renda Broadcasting for an undisclosed amount. The duo will join Journal’s existing cluster of Talk 1170 KFAQ, Country 98.5 KVOO, and Classic Country “Big Country 99.5” KXBL. From the Press Release: “We have high regard for Renda Broadcasting and their talented team and are very pleased to add these exceptional radio stations to our Tulsa cluster,” said Steven Smith, Chairman and CEO of Journal Communications. “The combination of these high quality stations will create a strong group tha...[Read More]