DLC Media has flipped Sports “1130 The Fan” WFNF Brazil/99.5 W258BA Terre Haute IN to Adult Standards under new WAMB call letters. The Terre-Haute Tribune Star reports that the station is using Westwood One’s syndicated Standards feed. Owner Dave Crooks told the newspaper, “The plan is to flank our current light hits station, WFNB 92.7, which has a nice soft adult format. A lot of the songs we’re featuring [on WAMB] are songs that you rarely hear on the radio anymore.” Crooks also stated that the former Sports format had the lowest revenue and was one of the most expensive to program in the company.
The FCC filings for the three deals reveal a bit more info regarding how the deals are structured and show a slightly different price than previously announced. Emmis will still receive $4.3 million in its sale of Country “Hi 99” WTHI Terre Haute and the intellectual property of Classic Rock “105.5 The River” WWVR West Terre Haute to Midwest, however $300,000 of that will be the proceeds of Midwest’s divestment of Classic Country “95.9 Duke-FM” WDKE Seelyville to DLC Media. The price DLC Media is paying for CHR “B92.7” WFNB Brazil, and Sports “1130/99.5 The Fan” WFNF Brazil/W293AL Rochester, and the license for 105.5 WWVR is $865,000 and not the $900,000 listed in the Emmis press release last week. Original Report 10/12: Thr...[Read More]
After multiple extensions Jeff Smulyan is letting his $4.10 per share privatization offer for Emmis Communications expire. This was Smulyan’s third attempt to repurchase all outstanding shares of the company since 2006. In a letter to the company’s board of directors Smulyan wrote, “I am sorry we could not reach an agreement on the valuation. I look forward to continuing to work with you as we move Emmis forward as a public company.” When the offer was first made in August, the board also had authorized management to sell off non-core assets. The first two of those deals were announced this week with the $5.2 million divestiture of the company’s Terre Haute radio stations and $25 million sale of Texas Monthly magazine. The company still intends to sell Gospel ...[Read More]
In a lesson on how to not feed a translator, the FCC enforcement bureau has issued a notice of violation to Elizabeth Gonzalez for her 93.7 K229BJ Hollywood Park TX. The translator is licensed to rebroadcast 92.1 KTNR Kenedy TX but was caught receiving its programming via an internet stream as opposed to KTNR over the air as its supposed to. Armada Media has purchased a trio of translator Construction Permits from Marc A. Lehmuth for $40,000. 92.9 K225BO Colby KS will rebroadcast 101.1 KFNF Oberlin KS, 93.7 K229CE Holyoke CO will rebroadcast 92.3 KSTH, and 106.1 K291BW North Platte NE will be used to simulcast News/Talk 1240 KODY. Clear Channel and Radio Assist Ministry are swapping a pair of translators CP’s. Clear Channel will receive the CP for 94.7 W234BW Parkersburg WV, while RA...[Read More]
WLFM, LLC has begun the process to convert WKQX-LP to digital. The low-powered television station is known to radio listeners as Merlin Media’s Alternative “Q87.7“. With the September 2015 deadline for all remaining analog LPTV’s to convert to digital, the flashcut will need to happen by then. The digital transition will end the ability of the LPTV on Channel 6 to masquerade as a radio station. That will not mean the end of Q87.7 any time soon. Once the FCC approves the application the station will have three years to build out the new digital facilities. That will take it well past the September 2015 drop dead date for analog LPTV, keeping WKQX’s programming safe until at least then. Southwest FM Broadcasters Beautiful Music 102.1 KAHM Prescott, AZ has been g...[Read More]
The Sports simulcast of “ESPN Sports Radio” is no more in Terre Haute as Emmis relaunches both signals it recently acquired from Crossroads Investments. 92.7 WSDM has flipped to Variety Hits “92.7 Bob-FM“. 1130 WSDX will retain the Sports format but changes its branding to “1130 The Fan” with new WFNF calls. The station will retain its ESPN programming with plans for a new local afternoon show in the pipeline.
Emmis Communications has announced the acquisition of “ESPN Sports Radio” 1130 WSDX/92.7 WSDM-FM Brazil/Terre Haute from Crossroads Investments for $335,000. Emmis will begin operating the stations via LMA on September 1. They will join a cluster that includes Country “Hi 99” 99.9 WTHI and Classic Rock “105.5 The River” WWVR. Crossroads sold its other Terre Haute area stations; 1300 WBOW and 102.7 WBOW-FM to Midwest Communications and 104.9 WAXI to DLC Media earlier this summer.