Mount Carmel Baptist Church has flipped its recently acquired Classic Hits “94.5 The Beach” 1490 WVGB/94.5 W233AW Beaufort, SC to Gospel “Praise 94.5“. Mount Carmel Baptist Church had acquired WVGB and W233AW from Partners Broadcast Group in May for $300,000. Michelle Coke, a veteran of Urban AC’s “V101.9” WBAV Charlotte, NC and “Star 94.5” WCFB Orlando is Program Director.
Terry Barber Enterprises is continuing to grow a cluster in Montgomery, AL. Barber, the former GM of Blueberry Broadcasting’s cluster in the market, purchased Gospel 800 WMGY in March and is now adding another AM and translator. Barber is paying $210,000 for Classic Hits 1250 WRBZ Wetumpka from J&W LLC. and $100,000 for 96.5 W243CS Montgomery from Patrick Sullivan. TBE began operating both stations and Sullivan’s 95.5 W238CE Montgomery via LMA on May 1. Mount Carmel Baptist Church is acquiring Classic Hits “94.5 The Coast” 1490 WVGB/94.5 W233AW Beaufort/Hilton Head, SC from Partners Broadcast Group for $300,000. Norman Broadcasting Company NMB sells Oldies 900 WNMB North Myrtle Beach, SC to Beatty Broadcasting Company for $25,000 and an option to acquire the st...[Read More]
Partners Broadcast Group has flipped CHR “94.5 The Party” 1490 WVGB/94.5 W233AW Beaufort/Hilton Head, SC to Classic Hits as “The Coast“. Partners acquired the station and translator earlier this year from Vivian Broadcasting for $300,000. The station’s Facebook page describes the new format as “Beach, Soul and Rock-n-Roll”. The move places the station in direct competition with Low Country Radio’s “104.9 The Surf” WLHH. And that’s where this deal gets interesting. The three partners in Partners Broadcasting were also the three owners of WLHH until last week when Joel Garrett applied to acquire the 66 percent he did not own of 1490 and 94.5 from Joe Mule and C.J. Jones for $10.
The Clear Channel/EMF bulk translator move to the IDS Center in Minneapolis has hit a few hitches. The planned moves of 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, 97.7 K249ED Albertville, 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids, and 102.5 K273BH Fridley have been hit with informal objections to move by a Jeff Sibert. The move of 97.7 is also being objected by United Audio Corp., the owner of 97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN. Northpine.com has more details on the move, including a part of history repeating itself. These petitions impacted Clear Channel’s frequency swap of 1130 KFAN and 100.3 KTLK earlier this month. A similar Clear Channel/EMF move in Baton Rouge is being protested as well. EMF has applied to upgrade 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA from 13 watts to 250 watts where it will simulcast Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Gu...[Read More]
A quiet week on the translator front this week. The top translator story this week is the return of the Urban format to Pittsburgh via 660 WPYT and 100.1 W261AX as we’ve been discussing for the past few weeks. About 60 miles east of Kansas City we see the debut of a new CHR. 1430 KAOL Carrollton, MO has dropped its Sports format and with the addition of 101.3 K267BN Bosworth, MO it has relaunched as “101.3 The Grenade“. A pair of translators are about to debut in Hilton Head Island, SC. 104.3 W282AT Hilton Head Island has been sold from Edgewater Broadcasting to Monterey Licenses’ Adventure Radio Group where it will bring Soft AC “1130 The Island” WHHW to FM. Across the Port Royal Sound in neighboring Beaufort, Edgewater’s 94.9 W235BD has a Constru...[Read More]