1420 Pittsfield

Galaxy Communications Acquires Pittsfield Cluster

Ed Levine’s Galaxy Communications is expanding to Pittsfield, Massachusetts with the purchase of Bruce Danziger’s commonly owned Berkshire Broadcasting and Gamma Broadcasting. The combined $3.15 million purchase will give Galaxy II Media, LLC the following stations: Hot AC “Live 95.9” WBEC-FM Pittsfield, Classic Hits “Whoopee 100.1” WUPE-FM North Adams/1110 WUPE Pittsfield/103.3 W277CJ Pittsfield, Full Service AC 860 WSBS Great Barrington, AC 1230 WNAW North Adams, and News/Talk 1420 WBEC Pittsfield. Gamma will also acquire WSBS translator 94.1 W231AK Great Barrington from Northeast Airchecks for $20,000 and transfer that to Galaxy. Galaxy operates clusters in Syracuse and Utica NY. A 2013 attempt to sell these stations to Greg Reed was later withdrawn.

Pittsfield Cluster Sale Withdrawn

Greg Reed’s purchase of six stations in the Pittsfield, MA market has been dismissed. Reed had agreed in August to purchase AC 800 WSBS Great Barrington, AC 1230 WNAW North Adams and Classic Hits “Whoopie 100.1” WUPE-FM North Adams from Berkshire Broadcasting and 1110 WUPE, News/Talk 1420 WBEC, and Hot AC “Live 95.9” WBEC-FM Pittsfield from Gamma Broadcasting for the sum of the six stations cash flow multiplied by 5.25. Competitor WBRK Inc. quickly filed a petition to deny based on the fact that the sale documents including the actual purchase price were never filed with the FCC. On December 30, both Berkshire and Gamma withdrew the transfer application. Reed, the prospective buyer, was the former General Manager of WQAM and WPOW Miami and co-owner of Beasley ...[Read More]

KPUA Hilo & WBEC Pittsfield Drop Rush Limbaugh

Update 8:20pm: And then there were two. Vox Radio Group’s 1420 WBEC Pittsfield, MA has dropped Limbaugh as well. WBEC GM Peter Barry told New England Public Radio, “The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far.” Original Report 5:11pm: As the advertiser backlash from Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke continues, we have the first affiliate to drop his show: New West Broadcasting’s 670 KPUA Hilo, HI. The following statement was made by Chris Leonard, President and General Manager of New West: “We have always encouraged spirited discussion about national and local issues on KPUA and from time to time those discussions may be deemed by ...[Read More]