FCC Report 7/16: WLLH To Stay Synchronous

Gois Broadcasting’s Spanish Tropical “Mega 95.1” 1400 WLLH Lowell MA has requested and been granted a dismissal of its November 2016 application to end the use of its synchronous transmitters in Lowell and Lawrence MA. Hubbard Radio's application to move 94.9 K235BP Bemidji MN to 94.1 in Minneapolis has been dismissed following interference claims by "Frogtown Community Radio" 94.1 WFNU-LP St. Paul as the LPFM submitted documentation from listeners of their station within K235BP's proposed 60dBu contour. The translator was set to rebroadcast Sports "1500 ESPN" KSTP Minneapolis.

Station Sales Week Of 1/20: Power On The Move In Phoenix

Translator Sales After closing on its $175,000 purchase of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ from John Low’s, MKhanGroup LLC. turns around and sells the translator to Riviera Broadcasting for $230,000. K241BQ already holds a CP to relocate to Phoenix’ South Mountain tower farm with 120w vertical/449m rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of Riviera’s 103.9 KZON Gilbert. The sale filing also mentions Riviera needs K241BQ to replace 101.9 K270BZ due to interference complaints filed by “Gila 101.9” KQSS Miami AZ. K270BZ simulcasts the programming of Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer via KZON-HD3 to cover the eastern side of the market. Station Sales Universal Media Access sells South Asian “Desi 1170” KLOK San Jose CA to Tron Dinh Do’...[Read More]

Scott ‘Lugnut’ Dwyer Joins KFAT Anchorage As PD/Mornings

Scott ‘Lugnut’ Dwyer is exiting his PD/Afternoon Host position at Alpha Media Rhythmic CHR “U92.7” KKUU Palm Springs CA to join Ohana Media Group Rhythmic CHR 92.9 KFAT Anchorage AK as PD/Morning Co-host. The Anchorage native joined KKUU in 2013 from mornings at “Hot 107.9” WPFM Panama City FL. He has previously programmed 107.1 WGMY Tallahassee, “96.3 Jamz” WAJZ Albany NY, and 97.7 KWIN/98.3 KWNN Modesto CA. He will replace Brad Erickson as morning co-host at KFAT. Erickson will depart mornings on June 9th and take time off to focus on his own live events business. Mike Lajoie will remain in mornings with Dwyer. Ohana Media Group, LLC’s KFAT Anchorage announces the appointment of Scott “Lugnut” Dwyer as the new program director. Dwyer, curre...[Read More]

KXLW Anchorage Relaunches As The Moose

Ohana Media Group Country “96.3 The Wolf” KXLW Houston AK/Anchroage underwent a metamorphosis last week and relaunched as “96.3 The Moose“. The rebranding comes along with a musical shift to focus on music from the 1980s through today. The station describes its new sound as “the great songs from the 90’s and early 2k’s from superstars like George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw…plus the classics from Waylon, Willie, George Jones and Johnny Cash. Throw in a dash of today’s new stars like Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and the Zac Brown Band and you have found the new traditional yet contemporary Country sound that listeners have asked for.” The Moose is running jockless but featuring morning news an...[Read More]

Alpha Media Acquires Morris Radio

Alpha Media will be paying $38,250,000 for Morris Communications radio holdings. The purchase will consist of $18,250,000 in cash and the issuance of 8,196,722 shares in Alpha Holdings valued at $20 million and 8,196,722 shares in Alpha Holdings II valued at $6,585. The addition of Classic Rock “100.9 The Eagle” KXGL Amarillo and Classic Country “Country Legends 106.9” KTPK Topkea from JMJ Broadcasting will cost Morris $8,650,000 as the company exercises their option agreement to purchase the stations. Those stations will then be rolled into Alpha’s purchase of Morris. Additionally, Alpha began operating all of the Palm Springs/Victor Valley stations involved in the deal via LMA on May 15. Original Report 5/18: Morris Communications is selling its radio divisi...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 4/24

Station Sales American General Media and Hutton Broadcasting are swapping signals in the Santa Fe, NM market. Hutton will send Spanish Adult Hits “Juan 102.9” KLBU Pecos to AGM for “Radio Lobo” 94.7 KKIM-FM Santa Fe, which currently simulcasts 97.7 KLVO Belen/Albuquerque. The deal gives Hutton a much more powerful signal in Santa Fe as 94.7 KKIM-FM is a 100kW Class C1, however the deal may also help American General Media in the adjacent Albuquerque market as the 3.7kW Class C3 signal of KLBU is on the same channel as AGM’s Albuquerque translator 102.9 K275AO. That signal currently rebroadcasts 840 KARS Belen, NM as Alternative “Area 102.9“. Owning KLBU should allow AGM flexibility in upgrading K275AO’s signal. Davis Broadcasting of Atlanta i...[Read More]

FCC Applications 6/4

Station Sales Kasa Radio Hogar is acquiring Spanish Christian 580 KSAZ Marana/Tucson from Owl Broadcasting & Development for $1.37 million. Kasa Radio Hogar has been operating KSAZ under a Time Brokerage Agreement. Harold and Eric Zwidler will acquire silent 960 WHYL Carlisle, PA out of bankruptcy from trustee Trustworthy Radio for $30,000. The Zwidlers own the other two commercial stations licensed to Carlisle: Classic Country 1000 WIOO and Country “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM. Easy Radio Inc. sells Standards “Stardust 105.7” WMXH Luray and Classic Country/Bluegrass 1330 WRAA Luray to Hayden Hamilton Media Strategies for $325,000 plus a non-compete agreement between the three members of the selling company. Selah Corporation sells 89.5 KFAA Horace, ND to Educational Med...[Read More]

FCC AM Auction Complete

After six days of bidding, 5he FCC’s auction of 22 Construction Permits for new AM signals is now complete. Of the 22 stations available, only 10 received bids from the 17 qualified bidders over 34 rounds. The FCC gained $891,500 from the auction of the ten stations. With a $409,000 bid in the 32nd round, The Levine/Schwab Partnership gains 1500 in Culver City, CA. The Los Angeles market station will operate with 25kW daytime and 1kW nights. Their bid beat a competing attempt from Royce International, who had been attempting to get their former 1500 KRCK Burbank relicensed and built in Culver City since the mid-80’s. $409,000 also gives Alexander Communications a CP to relocate its 1300 WRCR Spring Valley to Ramapo with 10kW daytime and 1kW nights. Alexander beat out a competin...[Read More]

Anchorage’s Peak Flips To Oldies

Editor’s Note: This story was supposed to publish on Sunday, March 9 but due to a system error never went live. We Apologize for any inconvenience. Ohana Media Group AAA “102.1 The Peak” KDBZ Anchorage dropped the format on Friday, March 7 to relaunch as Classic Hits “Oldies 102.1“. The new format places the station in direct competition with Morris Communication’s “Kool 97.3” KEAG. Ohana does not subscribe to Nielsen Audio so we do not have any public numbers for KDBZ. KEAG was third in the market with a 6.6 share in the Fall 2013 book. The station bid farewell with the following message on its Facebook page, The Peak says goodbye….thank you for listening to the timeless variety we’ve presented for the past two & half years....[Read More]

KHAR Anchorage Flips To Sports

Anchorage, AK gained its third Sports formatted station today as Morris Communications flipped 590 KHAR. Affiliating with CBS Sports Radio, the new format on KHAR replaces Adult Standards “Heart 590“. The station will run the CBS Sports Radio network around the clock and is also heard on 96.7 K244EG. The Anchorage Daily News reports that KHAR will also air Anchorage High School football, Anchorage Glacier Pilots baseball, and the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog. KHAR joins Clear Channel’s “ESPN 550 The Zone” KTZN and Robbins’ Fox Sports affiliated “1080 The Ticket” KUDO in the three-way Anchorage sports battle.

Anchorage Is Movin Again

Alaska Integrated Media has flipped AC “Lite 105.7” KNLT Anchorage to Rhythmic AC “Movin 105.7“. The Movin format had been heard in the market on 104.9 KMVV until last November. After stunting with Christmas Music as “Rudolph Radio” until the end of December, the station went dark as Alaska Integrated’s lease of the station expired. We reported in January that the station was supposed to return as Smooth Jazz “The Oasis” under a new lease holder, however the station filed an STA to go dark in February for what was supposed to be for 14 days while moving studio locations but has yet to return to the air.

The Oasis Movin Into Anchorage

In mid-November Rhythmic AC “Movin 104.9” KMVV Anchorage dropped its format for Christmas Music as “Rudolph Radio“. That lasted until New Years Eve when the old format returned, at least until midnight when the station went dark. The station, owned by World Radio Link had been operated by Alaska Integrated Media. While still dark as of this writing, it appears the station will soon return to air under the management of Christian Broadcasting Inc. featuring a Smooth Jazz format. CBI, which owns Christian CHR “Z93.7” KAFC and Christian Talk 89.3 KATB in Anchorage, has registered and for the new format. A partially completed website is live at both domains.

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