After simulcasting “True Oldies 104.9” WAXI-FM Rockville since DLC Media closed on its acquisition of the former CHR “B92.7” from Emmis in February, WFNB Brazil/Terre Haute IN has flipped to Soft AC “Lite 92.7“. Positioned as “Five Decades Of Lite Favorites”, Owner Dave Crooks lists Norah Jones, Michael Buble, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Celine Dion, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Whitney Houston as core artists for the new station. Operations Manager Barry Kent launched the new format just before 2pm this afternoon. The station’s launch was set to take place in March but postponed due to construction delays at the company’s new studio facilities in Brazil.
When the three way Terre Haute move closes on Monday we now know what DLC Media will do with their newly acquired stations. Once WWVR vacates 105.5 for 98.5, the newly minted WZJK West Terre Haute will become Variety Hits “105.5 Jack-FM“. The Bob & Tom Show will move from new sister “True Oldies 104.9” WAXI-FM Rockville to WZJK. WZJK will also carry Indiana University football and basketball starting this fall. “95.9 Duke-FM” WDKE Seelyville will remain Classic Country, but rebrand as “95.9 The Legend” WVIG. Barry Kent, Operations Manager for WAXI-FM, will become Program Director and Morning host at WVIG. Until the company’s new studios are completed in March, CHR “B92.7” WFNB Brazil will simulcast WAXI-FM. Afterwards i...[Read More]
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]
Update 4/17: Emmis flipped Variety Hits “92.7 Bob-FM” to Hot AC “B92.7” this morning. Post by B 92.7 Today's Best Music. The move places the station directly between Midwest’s combo of AC 98.5 WBOW and CHR “100.7 Mix-FM” WMGI Update 8:30pm: B927FM.com has gone live with a splash page promoting the station as “Beats 92.7 Hip Hop and R&B“. Original Report 4/10 3:45pm: On the heels of Midwest Communications launching AC 98.5 WBOW, another move appears imminent in the Terre Haute market. Emmis has registered B927FM.com for what is currently Variety Hits “92.7 Bob-FM” WFNB Brazil. WFNB ranked sixth in the Terre Haute market with a 3.8 share in the Fall. Will Emmis attempt to position 92.7 between WBOW and Midwest CHR ...[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.