Richard Heftel’s Heftel Broadcasting has won the bidding for the seven Highway Radio stations. Heftel, son of longtime radio operator Cecil Heftel and former GM of KLVE/KSCA/KTNQ Los Angeles for Hispanic Broadcasting, won the bidding with a $620,000 offer. Educational Media Foundation’s $525,000 offer for just 98.1 KRXV Yermo and 99.7 KHYZ Mountain Pass was considered the backup bid. Following the closing of the transaction, Heftel Broadcasting will own a controlling 67.7 percent stake in the stations while John Hearne’s Point Broadcasting will retain their 32.3 percent share. Heftel began operating the stations via Time Brokerage Agreement earlier this month. Original Report 3/8: Seven stations in the California desert on the route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas are b...[Read More]
Translator Changes Bridgelight LLC has applied to increase 103.1 W276AQ Fort Lee NJ from 35 watts at 136.9 meters to 99 watts with a change in originating station to Cumulus’ 94.7 WNSH-HD4 Newark, which already rebroadcasts Bridgelight’s “Bridge FM” Christian AC format (Coverage Map). Bible Broadcasting applies to increase 93.9 W230CE Charlotte NC from 38 watts at 61.6 meters to 95 watts at 107 meters on 93.7 rebroadcasting their 930 WYFQ (Coverage Map). Edgewater Broadcasting’s CP for 104.1 W281BF Richmond VA proposes an increase from 30 watts at 23.7 meters to 250 watts at 188 meters on 104.3. The translator will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of Summit Media’s 95.3 WKHK Colonial Heights (Coverage Map). Radio Fargo-Moorhead plots the final step in its mo...[Read More]
Two recent converts to Dance music have jettisoned the format. EMF Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of “Party 97.7” KLTO McQueeny/San Antonio from Univision. The station, acquired for $1 Million, has joined EMF’s Air-1 Christian CHR network as KZAR. The previous Dance CHR format which debuted in early Feburary remains on Univision’s 98.5 KBBT-HD2. “The Highway Vibe” trimulcast serving the I-15 corridor in between Las Vegas and Barstow, CA has returned to its previous Hot AC format while keeping the current name for now. The Highway trimulcast of 98.1 KRXV Yermo, 98.9 KHWY Essex, and 99.7 KHYZ Mountain Pass, CA along with a booster in Las Vegas assumed the Vibe programming in September following the demise of “Vibe 94.5” KVBE on July 1....[Read More]
A trio of stations serving the Interstate 15 corridor between Barstow, CA and Las Vegas as “98 & 99 The Highway” have flipped to Dance using the “Vibe” moniker most recently used on 94.5 KVBE. After Jelli Inc. took assumed the programming on 94.5 on July 1, The Vibe’s programming continued to be heard from 12am to 5am on 99.7 KHYZ Mountain Pass, CA and its booster licensed to Las Vegas. Now KHYZ and its normal simulcast partners 98.1 KRXV Barstow, CA and 98.9 KHWY Essex, CA have dropped their Hot AC format for 24/7 Dance as “The Highway Vibe“. The Highway Vibe continues to air its full service elements including AP News at the top of the hour and traffic reports on the major highways between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.