98.5 Fort Myers

Hip-Hop Fly 98.5 Launches In Fort Myers

After nearly two years of waiting for the FCC to approve their acquisition of Spanish Christian “Radio Nueva Vida” 98.5 WLVO San Carlos Park/Fort Myers FL, Sun Broadcasting has closed on the purchase from Educational Media Foundation. As tipped in this morning’s Daily Domains, Sun wasted no time and has flipped the station to Urban “Fly 98.5” with new WFFY calls in place. Positioned as “Non-Stop Hip-Hop” the station is being led by veteran programmer Scrap Jackson. Jackson previously spent a decade programming iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR “105.5 The Beat” WBTT and CHR “Z100” WZJZ in the Fort Myers market and also helped launch “B96” KTTB Minneapolis and “Radio Now 93.1” WNOU Indianapolis during his career...[Read More]

Beasley & Renda Pair Up To Take On Fort Myers Purchase & Sun Broadcasting Operations

Sun Broadcasting’s acquisition of 98.5 WLVO Fort Myers FL has been held up by Petitions To Deny by the unlikely pairing of competitors Beasley Media and Renda Broadcasting. Beasley and Renda, who both operate clusters of their own in the Fort Myers market, argue that Sun’s purchase of WLVO does not comply with the current ownership limits because Sun has de facto control of other stations in the market. Sun currently owns 2 AMs, 3 FMs and a television station in the Fort Myers market but the petitioners argue that the owners of Sun also have control of the 2 AMs, 2 FMs and television station owned by Fort Myers Broadcasting Company which would put them well over the ownership caps even before the acquisition of WLVO. The argument goes on to depict how the operations are united....[Read More]

FCC Applications 11/23

Station Changes Sunrise Broadcasting AC “Sunny 104.5” WILT Wilmington, NC has applied to change its city-of-license to Carolina Beach as part of a proposal to increase from a Class A with 3.1kW at 120 meters to a C3 with 17kW at 120 meters (Coverage Map). Educational Media Foundation’s pending acquisition of 98.5 WDEO-FM San Carlos Park/Fort Myers, FL from Ava Maria University has applied to increase from a Class C3 with 18.5kW at 113 meters to a C2 with 50kW from the same antenna (Coverage Map). Delta Media Corporation applies to make 104.1 KLCJ Oak Grove, LA a rimshot into Lake Charles. After a previous application was dismissed earlier this year, Delta applies to upgrade the station to 6kW at 94 meters where its service contour will come just short of the city (Coverag...[Read More]

EMF Enters Fort Myers

Ave Maria University has sold Catholic 98.5 WDEO-FM San Carlos Park/Fort Myers to Educational Media Foundation for $2.2 million. The acquisition is EMF’s first in the Fort Myers market. The station already operates on a non-commerical license with 18.5kW at 113 meters. Following the sale Ave Maria will still own Catholic formatted AM’s in Ann Arbor and Saginaw, MI.