Viva Media Flips Wild 104.3 Amarillo In Middle Of Charity Remote

If there is ever an inopportune time for a format change, Viva Media found it on Saturday, July 28 as the company flipped CHR “Wild 104.3” KQFX Borger/Amarillo TX to a simulcast of Regional Mexican “96.1 La Poderosa” KBEX-FM Dalhart while Program Director/Morning Host Tommy ‘The Hacker’ Hurtado and co-host Angel Dee were hosting a live remote for a Salvation Army sock drive. Hurtado tells RadioInsight that he and his co-workers were notified of their termination and the format change while on the air at the sock drive via text message. He is asking that anyone who can donate new socks or money to purchase shoes in the Amarillo area to go to the local Salvation Army office to help make up for the lost traffic from the plug being pulled on the station. The...[Read More]

Cumulus Amarillo Country Pair To Swap Frequencies

Cumulus Media will swap frequencies of its two Country stations in Amarillo TX on Monday, January 15. Texas/Red Dirt Country “107.1 The Armadillo” KPUR Canyo will move to the 100kW/119m Class C1 signal currently held by “95.7 Nash Icon” KARX Claude, while that station moves to the 6kW/96m Class A 107.1 signal. In the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, “The Armadillo” held a 2.0 share of the Amarillo market, while “Nash Icon” registered a 1.7 share. Cumulus Media-Amarillo announces that it will flip the frequencies of two of its Country radio stations on Monday, January 15, 2018, as its increasingly popular Texas Red Dirt Country station KPUR-FM/“The Armadillo” moves from 107.1 on the dial to the more powerful 100,000-watt signal 95.7, which h...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 9/22

Todd Robinson’s KZLZ Inc. sells Classic Country 1250 KHIL and 98.1 K251CG Willcox AZ to John Oberreuter and Mark Lucke for $150,000. Lucke, who serves as Station Manager for KHIL and current sister Variety Hits “X-Wave 104.9” KWCX-FM will continue to operate KWCX-FM until that station completes its move to Tanque Verde in the Phoenix market. In a deal buried in a settlement agreement earlier this month, Viva Media LLC will convert their Time Brokerage of Caroline Smith’s Norteno 105.1 KAMT Channing/Amarillo TX to a purchase for $351,000 minus a $100,000 TBA payment. The deal was originally filed within a supplement to a petition to deny filed by Smith to Viva’s purchase of CHR “Wild 104.3” KQFX Borger/Amarillo from Tejas Broadcasting. Cameron University donates 89.1 KYCU ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 9/8

Christian Broadcasting of Greenwood sells CHR “Hot 1240” WGRM and Urban Oldies “Blazin 93.9” WGRM-FM Greenwood MS to Donald Pugh’s Eternity Media Group for $105,000. Snake River Radio purchases Christian Talk 1490 KRTK Chubbuck/Pocatello ID from Inspirational Family Radio for $20,000. Humboldt State University acquires Hot AC “95.5 The Bay” KBAE Trinidad/Eureka CA from Airen Broadcasting Company for $70,000. The university has begun operating the station via LMA and has flipped the station to Spanish Public News/Talk “Radio Bilingue“. John Higgs is buying out the 75% of Broadcast South and its eight stations and one translator in south central Georgia that he doesn’t own for $1.05 million. The company owns Regional Mexican “...[Read More]

KGNC Amarillo Adds ESPN Programming & FM Signal

Alpha Media News/Talk 710 KGNC Amarillo TX has expanded to FM with the sign-on of 97.5 K248DE. With the addition of the FM signal, the station is also picking up the ESPN Radio affiliation previously held by My Home Team Media’s “ESPN 1010” KTNZ. KGNC will retain its current News/Talk programming from 5am to 5pm weekdays and carry Sports content from 5pm to 5am and weekends. In addition to ESPN Radio, KGNC is the Amarillo affiliate for Texas Rangers baseball and Dallas Cowboys football. The KGNC lineup now consists of: 5-6am – The Agri-Business Hour with James Hunt 6-9am – NewsDay Amarillo with Tim Butler, Kelli D’Angelo and Mike Hill 9-11am – Brian Kilmeade Show 11am-2pm – Rush Limbaugh 2-5pm – Dave Ramsey 5pm-5am – ESPN Radio Alpha Me...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 7/14

Translator Sales Windy City Broadcasting sells 96.7 K244EX Las Vegas NV to Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Farmworker Educational Radio Network for $400,000. While K244EX will rebroadcast iHeartMedia’s 95.5 KWNR-HD3 Las Vegas, both will allow they buyer’s rimshot Regional Mexican “96.7 La Campesina” KYLI Bunkerville to expand its coverage in the market. Farmworker Educational Radio Network is also purchasing Silent 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix AZ from Riviera Broadcasting in a deal not yet filed with the FCC according to broker Kalil & Co. K270BZ will rebroadcast recently acquired 860 KNAI Phoenix to allow the group to move to a full-time commercial signal from their shared time non-commercial 88.3 KNAI-FM Phoenix. Station Sales Catholic Radio of the High Plains is add...[Read More]

Radio By Grace Expands In Amarillo

Grace Community Church of Amarillo has closed on its purchase of Hot AC “Fun 99.7” KBZD Amarillo TX and has flipped the station to its Christian AC “Radio By Grace” network. The network programming had been heard in Amarillo on rimshot 88.3 KRBG Umbarger and translator 102.3 K272EM Amarillo. The addition of KBZD gives Radio By Grace a 21.5kW/107m Class C3 signal in Amarillo itself.

KPRF Amarillo Flips To Classic Rock

After a day and a half of stunting, Townsquare Media has flipped Variety Hits “98.7 Jack-FM” KPRF Amarillo TX to Classic Rock “Lonestar 98.7“. The flip fills the Classic Rock vacancy in the Amarillo market. Alpha Media’s market leading Classic Hits “100.9 The Eagle” KXGL and Cumulus Media’s Active Rock “Rock 108” 107.9 KZRK were the closest things the market had. KPRF registered a 2.4 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, while KXGL led the market with a 13.3 and KZRK held a 5.5 share. Braden Smith, Brand Manager of Country “101.9 The Bull” KATP will add those duties for KPRF as well. Original Report 6/28: Townsquare Media has pulled the plug on Variety Hits “98.7 Jack-FM” KPRF Amarillo TX and is cu...[Read More]

Wild 104.3 Launches A Party In Amarillo

Viva Media LLC launched Rhythmic Hot AC “Wild 104.3” KQFX Borger/Amarillo at 12pm today. The station is focusing on Party Hits of the 1990s through now with Rihanna, Drake, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Dr. Dre, Maroon 5, and Pitbull as core artists. Launching with a full airstaff, “Wild 104.3” will feature The Hacker Morning Show from 6-10am. Tommy The Hacker, Angel Dee, and Josh were most recently hosting mornings at Townsquare Media CHR “96.9 Kiss-FM” KXSS Amarillo. Newcomer Jessi will host middays from 10am-3pm, Cruz, previously of Country “101.9 Blake-FM” KATP joins for afternoons, while former “93.1 The Beat” KQIZ host Chino The Hustler will host nights. KQFX is in the process of being sold to Viva Media from T...[Read More]

Tejas Broadcasting Sells Two In Amarillo

A number of changes are taking place in Amarillo TX as Tejas Broadcasting announces the sale of two stations. Tejas sells Hot AC “Fun 99.7” KBXD Amarillo to Grace Community Church of Amarillo for $400,000. Grace owns Christian AC “Radio By Grace” KRBG Umbarger and a network of translators in the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. Meanwhile Regional Mexican “La Caliente 104.3” KQFX Borger goes to Viva Media for $650,000. As mentioned below the previous format has moved to 1310 KZIP Amarillo as Viva has begun operating the station with a “Wheel of Formats” stunt. Viva Media owns Regional Mexican “La Poderosa 96.1” KBEX Dalhart and operates 105.1 KAMT Channing TX via LMA. Tejas Broadcasting retains Sports “ESPN 1010”...[Read More]

Blake-FM Leaves Behind A Bull In Amarillo

Townsquare Media has relaunched Country “101.9 Blake-FM” KATP Amarillo TX as “101.9 The Bull“. The relaunch comes with a new airstaff as KATP adds the syndicated Bobby Bones Show for mornings and Braden Smith replaces Amy Garcia in afternoons. Smith joined Townsquare Amarillo as cluster Operations Manager and KATP Program Director last month from Alpha Media’s now defunct “98.9 The Wolf” WLFV Richmond VA. Middays will remain jockless while Taste of Country Nights with Sam Alex stays in nights. KATP ranked fourth in the Amarillo market with a 5.5 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, however trailed Alpha’s second ranked 97.9 KGNC’s 6.5 share in the Country format. Two other Country stations owned by Cumulus also serve the Amaril...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/18: Identity Theft Leads To LPFM Deletion

The FCC has deleted the license for Spanish Tropical "Zima 103.5" WZMA-LP New Britain CT after the group the station was licensed for says it has never had any association with the station. The Hispanic American Cultural Council states that Lincy Castillo and two others used their organization's name to secure the CP and license for WZMA-LP, which signed-on in May 2015. HACC filed an identity theft report with the New Britain police on October 29 stating that they first became aware of the station after receiving a property tax bill for it. The filing states that Castillo's apartment and another organization, The New Britain Museum of American Art (which also states it has never had any association with WZMA-LP) were the listed addresses for the station. Lincy Castillo reportedly passed...[Read More]

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