590 St. Louis

Station Sales Week Of 6/10

Station Sales Tim McKernan, who currently operates 920 WGNU Granite City IL and 105.7 KPNT-HD2 Collinville/St. Louis with Sports programming from his InsideSTL.com will become a 25% partner in Markel Radio Group’s “590 The Fan” KFNS Wood River/St. Louis. The ownership will be renamed McKernan Radio Group as Markel will pay McKernan $1.25 million over a five year employment contract to program KFNS and move his “Morning After” show to the station for 7-10am weekdays. McKernan, his wife, and one other employee will receive a car allowance from Markel, while McKernan also gains a $50,000 signing bonus, right of first refusal to match any sale of the station or receive $100,000 prior to the distribution of sale proceeds. McKernan will start his morning show on KFN...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 11/13: A New Cloud To Rise Over Boulder

Station Sales After selling 94.1 K231BQ Golden CO to iHeartMedia, Marc Paskin’s Marco Broadcasting Corporation winds down operations with the sale of 1550 KBUD Golden/Denver to Chuck Lontine’s Marconi Wireless of Colorado for $25,000. Lontine’s group is planning on launching “96.9 The Cloud” K245AD Arvada/Boulder in early 2016, which KBUD could serve as originating signal. In addition to beginning to operate 590 KFNS Wood River IL/St. Louis via LMA, Markel Radio Group LLC will acquire the station for $250,000 plus an additional $50,000 in fees from Detalus Consulting, the bankruptcy receiver for Grand Slam Sports. Prior to the sale closing, Markel will end its LMA with 1380 KXFN St. Louis. Grand Crown Resorts of Pigeon Forge sells Silent 930 WSEV Sevierville T...[Read More]

KFNS Returns Just Prior To Last Rites

As the license for Grand Slam Sports 590 KFNS Wood River IL/St. Louis was set to expire next week had the station not return from its one year of silence, the bankruptcy receiver in charge of the station has found a new operator for the station. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Detalus Consulting, the bankruptcy receiver overseeing KFNS and sister 1380 KXFN St. Louis, has agreed to lease KFNS to Markel Radio Group run by Randy Markel and Scott Gertken, the latter of whom operates the TalkSTL.com programming currently heard on KXFN. KFNS was the one time Sports Talk leader in the St. Louis market until the launch of Hubbard’s “101 Sports” 101.1 WXOS in January 2009. A string of failed relaunches and shift to Hot Talk as “590 The Man” followed. When KFNS...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 10/9

Station Sales The Circuit Court of St. Louis County has appointed Detalus Consulting as Bankruptcy Receiver for Grand Slam Sports 590 KFNS Wood River, IL and 1380 KXFN St. Louis. KFNS has been silent since last Halloween following non-payment of its transmitter lease, but has never filed a Silent STA with the FCC. At the time the ownership stated it was in negotiations to sell KFNS to a religious operator. Catholic Radio Network is converting its LMA of 1060 KRCN Longmont/Denver, CO into a purchase as it acquires the station from Pilgrim Communications for $850,000. Meanwhile Catholic Radio Network’s former Denver affiliate has been sold again as Loveland Radio Partners sells 1570 KKCL Loveland, CO to Vic Michael’s Kona Coast Radio for $80,000. Loveland Radio Partners had reacq...[Read More]

KFNS St. Louis Goes Dark; To Be Sold To Religious Group

Grand Slam Sports’ “590 The Man” KFNS Wood River, IL/St. Louis has reached its end. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the station went dark on Friday, October 31 following non-payment of its transmitter lease. Operations Manager Mike Calvin told the paper that the station’s owners are $580,000 in debt and that they are in negotiations to sell the 590 license to a Religious group. KFNS has struggled since the debut of Bonneville’s (Now Hubbard’s) “101 Sports” WXOS in January 2009. In May 2013 it dropped its longtime moniker “590 The Fan” for “590 The Man” and attempted to shift to Hot Talk which was short-lived. There have been many issues regarding the ownership and management of the station which the Post-Dispa...[Read More]

Two St. Louis Sports Stations To Become The Man & Woman

Update 4/30: “590 The Man” KFNS and “1380 The Woman” KXFN will both debut on Wednesday, May 1. The full lineup for “The Man” will include current KFNS morning host Tim McKernan remaining in mornings until his deal runs out in July, at which point the station will pick up Bubba The Love Sponge. Current KFNS middayer Frank Cusumano remains from 10am-12pm, followed by “The Alpha Males” Brian McKenna & Jeff Burton from 12pm to 3pm. “Smash & Twist” will follow from 3pm-6pm hosted by longtime St. Louis personality Asher “Smash” Benrubi and former St. Louis Blue Tony Twist. Former St. Louis Cardinal Jack Clark will follow from 6-8pm, Charlie “Tuna” Edwards and Andy Strickland from 8-10pm, and Jeff Vernet...[Read More]