At the end of 2014, Buckley Radio turned off “ESPN 630” KIDD Monterey, CA with the station’s towers subsequently knocked down. KIDD will receive a new lease on life as Buckley has sold the license for the station to Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters for $50,000 completing the exit of Buckley from station ownership. Mount Wilson will be need to file for a new transmission facility for KIDD before bringing it back on-air, which both groups will work together to get an STA filed within the next thirty days. The $50,000 purchase price includes a two year non-compete against the Buckley principles. KIDD will join a Mount Wilson cluster that includes Classical “K-Mozart” 95.1 K236BK/95.9 KMZT-FM, “Z Country 97.9/106.7” KYZZ/K294CA, Classic Hits “Q103.9 ...[Read More]
Buckley Broadcasting took Sports “ESPN 630” KIDD Monterey, CA off the air on December 31. The move comes following the closing of the sale of Buckley’s other remaining properties to Alpha Media. The move makes the Monterey-Salinas market one of the few in the country without a Sports formatted station, although Cumulus’ 680 KNBR San Francisco puts a city-grade signal into the market. The Monterey Herald reports that Buckley intends to dismantle the station’s towers instead of making necessary repairs to the tower lighting. They are located on protected coastal wetlands in the flight path of the local airport. Buckley intends to sell the license to the station sans tower site instead of turning in the license.
Update 8/12: Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has returned 97.9 KYZZ to the air as Classical “K-Mozart“. The station joins sisters 1260 KMZT Beverly Hills and 95.9 KMZT-FM Big Sur in airing Mount Wilson’s Classical programming. Update 7/31: Mount Wilson has closed on its purchase of KYZZ and has temporarily taken the station dark while it puts together facilities to feed the station’s programming from the company’s Los Angeles studios. Mount Wilson anticipates the station will return to the air within a week to ten days. Original Report 5/24: Buckley Broadcasting has sold Sports “97.9 ESPN” KYZZ Salinas, CA to Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM for an undisclosed amount. Mount Wilson will likely use KYZZ to expand its Classical “K-Mozart” ...[Read More]